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Happy Valentine's Day!

Photography Blog • 14th Feb, 17 • 0 Comments

 

It's thanks to the Victorians that started the tradition to send a card anonymously and Venus' favourite flower...but what were the real origins?

Valentine's Day is thought to have originated from a Roman Festival known as Lupercalia, according to History.com.

The St Valentine that inspired the holiday may have been more than one man.

The saint officially recognised by the Roman Catholic Church was a real person who died around AD 270.

An account from 1400s describes Valentine as…

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Merry Christmas to All Our Couples - Put Your Feet Up Wherever You Are !!

Photography Blog • 24th Dec, 16 • 0 Comments

 

A Very Merry Christmas to all our lovely couples both past, present and future!

We hope you get the chance to put your feet up.

Cheers from Lesley & Mike xx

 

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The Origins of Modern Day Wedding Photography – Part 1

Photography Blog • 20th Nov, 16 • 0 Comments

 

The roots of the modern practice of taking photographs at weddings goes right back to the birth of photography in its current form by the French pioneer Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826.

Due to the nature of the heavy and large equipment and the difficulty of lighting, photography was largely a studio practice for most of the late 19th century and this…

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English Wedding Awards 2016 - Lesley Thomas Photography Voted Finalists!

Photography Blog • 23rd Oct, 16 • 0 Comments

 

We are delighted to have been voted one of five finalists in the category of Best Wedding Photographer in the North West by The English Wedding Awards 2016 #WeddingAwards. We…

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GraphiStudio & Lesley Thomas Photography – The Perfect Partnership!

Photography Blog • 11th Oct, 16 • 0 Comments

 

As many of our customers will already appreciate we at Lesley Thomas Photography have had a partnership for many years with GraphiStudio in Venice, Italy, and we place our complete trust in them to print and bind all of our Wedding Books to a world class standard once Lesley has finalised the designs with our couples.

The Original Wedding Book™

This is the cornerstone of the GraphiStudio wedding book offering and remains the favourite choice with the…

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Fabulous Fish-Eye Fun!

Photography Blog • 6th Sep, 16 • 0 Comments

 

At a pre-wedding consultation with one of our couples this week, they asked Lesley "what happens when it rains?". . . well, we told them, we always come prepared with a high stepladder and our fabulous fish-eye lens! This way even in the most confined of spaces we can easily capture every single smiling face, even within the full Group Shot.

You…

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Canon Launches EOS 5D Mark IV Camera

Photography Blog • 26th Aug, 16 • 0 Comments

 

At Lesley Thomas Photography we are massive fans of Canon cameras and lenses and have never ever considered venturing over to ‘the dark side’ (Nikon). Michael bought his first professional specification Canon camera way back in 1980, the now legendary Canon A-1 (pictured on the right above), which was a historically significant camera as it was the first SLR to offer an electronically controlled programmed auto-exposure mode.

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Thank You Cards Through History!

Photography Blog • 19th Aug, 16 • 0 Comments

 

According to Advanced Etiquette, the ‘bible’ of etiquette, "a personal, handwritten, thank-you note is the finest form of expressing gratitude". Last week you may remember that we reported that many of our couples are now asking that we take photographs specifically intended for use in a ‘Thank You’ card and a couple of further examples can be seen above.

You may also be interested to know that thank you notes and cards have been around since…

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A Big ‘Thank You’ for your Thank You Card Requests! – Part 1

Photography Blog • 11th Aug, 16 • 0 Comments

 

Many of our couples, especially here in trend setting Bolton, are now asking that we take some photographs specifically intended for use in a ‘Thank You’ card that will be sent to all of the guests that have come to celebrate their big day.

Most recently Phil and Ange asked us to take some shots of the lovely Bob, their miniature German…

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Candid Wedding Photography vs Traditional Wedding Photography – What’s The Difference?

Photography Blog • 25th Jul, 16 • 0 Comments

 

At Lesley Thomas Photography we are often asked to describe the difference between ‘Candid’ and ‘Traditional’ photography.

‘Candid’ photography is also often described as ‘Photo Journalism’ or ‘Contemporary’ and ‘Traditional’ photography is also frequently described to be ‘Formal’ or ‘Classic’.

In ‘Candid’ photography the subjects are typically unaware that their photograph is being taken. This approach…

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Rivington Revelery with Newly Wedded Abbie & Ford!

Photography Blog • 4th Jul, 16 • 0 Comments

 

After an emotional wedding service at the stunningly picturesque Rivington Parish Church, our lovely couple, Abbie and Ford invited their 60 guests to celebrate in unique style by chilling at The Cowshed in Horwich, Bolton, and Lesley Thomas Photography were most honoured to be chosen to cover this very special day, all the way from morning Bridal Prep to the First Dance and far beyond.

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A Wonderful Wedding Day in Wildest Westhoughton at Brookfield's, Bolton!

Photography Blog • 17th Jun, 16 • 0 Comments

 

Heartfelt thanks to the generous and ever fun-loving “A-Team” Lisa & Shaun Cooper, (Shaun is also known by his ‘close’ friends as “Mr T”!!) not to mention all of their very special family and guests, for sharing their Wedding Day Celebrations in Bolton with Lesley Thomas Photography on Saturday 28th May 2016.

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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to all our lovely brides and grooms past, present & future!

Photography Blog • 14th Feb, 16 • 0 Comments

 

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Perfect Christmas pressie for brides-to-be!

Photography Blog • 7th Nov, 15 • 0 Comments

 

Gorgeous personalised hangers!

If you're arty, read on...

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Perfect Christmas pressie for brides-to-be!

Photography Blog • 7th Nov, 15 • 0 Comments

 

or if you're tardy my personal favourite is the white rubberised hanger, nothing is slipping away from this little beauty - It's been created for knitwear, but suits everything. Are you listening Retailers!! I bought mine from the The White Company.

...oh and this one's not just for brides-to-be!

Lesley xx 

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From me to you

Photography Blog • 30th Jul, 15 • 0 Comments

 

I am constantly amazed by the style, imagination and individuality of the brides I've photographed and that's my inspiration for starting this blog...

For over two decades fashion was my life. As a former fashion designer and bride I want to share that knowledge from the dress and veil to the cake and flowers and all wrapped up in a love of style. Photographing weddings has given me a newfound appreciation which I hope…

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