Every year the girls have had photos taken at nursery by professional photographers. I have loved receiving them as not only do they make nice gifts for relatives, they are also a lovely record of them growing up. In 2014, I was stunned by the beautiful pictures that had been taken of the girls at nursery that year. Nursery had changed from their previous photographers to a local company called Cracking Capture.
What I was most amazed about was that the previous year Freyja had had to be bribed to have her picture taken, and had outright refused the previous year. Yet here were a set of photos where both girls looked happy and relaxed in their photos.
I was really pleased that Cracking Capture returned the following summer to take photos of the pre-school children before they left. I had taken Freyja in especially that day as it wasn’t normally a day she was booked in. She wasn’t too keen to have her photo taken, but the Cracking Capture team chatted to her and I watched her relax and smile and produce one of my all time favourite photos of her.
Later on in the year, Cracking Capture were back for the annual pre-Christmas nursery photos. This time Emily had been ill and just prior to the photo had been woken up from her nap and was in a particularly foul mood (according to her Key Person). You wouldn’t have known from the photo. Once again, another set of beautiful photos.
We were really impressed with the quality of the photographs and the way that they captured the girls at their best, so when we wanted to get some family photographs done, Cracking Capture were our first post of call. They are brother and sister team Sam and Naomi. They had originally wanted to start a photography business by buying into a current nursery photography franchise, but decided that with their artistic and creative backgrounds they could do a better job by setting up their own nursery photography business. It is a testament to how good they are that many nurseries in Gloucestershire liked their photographs so much that they switched from their previous photographer to Cracking Capture, and they now have around 30 nurseries which use them.
In the last year they decided to branch out into Studio and Motorsport photography. We were impressed with the portfolio of their work on their website, so booked ourselves in for a free family photoshoot. With both Rich and myself working, and Freyja being at school, it is quite hard to find suitable times for us all to be available to have our photos taken, but Cracking Capture were really accommodating, and we were able to go along for our photoshoot one Sunday morning. Once again, the girls were really nervous and when we arrived they became really clingy, hid behind us and buried their faces into Rich and myself.
I was worried. Were we going to get the sort of photos that I really wanted? Or were I going to have photos of the backs of the girls heads? However, Sam and Naomi put so much effort into getting the girls feeling comfortable and happy – something which they have had so many positive feedback about from their previous customers. It wasn’t long before their big smiles and cheeky faces were back. Sam and Naomi worked as a team, enabling them to entertain the girls and take photos at the same time, and as a result got some happy, natural looking shots.
They have obviously had a lot of experience in taking family photos, and they stopped us getting bored by rotating the grouping of the photos – from the four of us, the two girls, myself and the girls, Rich and the girls, Rich and I and the girls on their own.
All-in-all the photoshoot was actually great fun, and we all enjoyed ourselves. Sam and Naomi were obviously working really hard during the whole photoshoot, but always came across relaxed, happy and enthusiastic and I think this is what helped put us all at ease. By the end of our session, which was well over an hour, Emily had really embraced the whole experience and had gone all Zoolander on us.
A few weeks later, our photographs were ready for viewing, so we went back to the studio one evening to view them. There were over 40 different shots, and each one was available in colour, sepia and black and white. We were so impressed. Yet again, Cracking Capture had produced some amazing photos. We were particularly pleased with the photos of the girls. It was hard to believe that only a few minutes before some of these were taken, they were unhappy about having their photos taken. Not only did the girls look happy and relaxed, they had really captured their personalities.
Looking through the photographs kept us all entertained, but then we needed to decide which photos we were going to have. Thankfully, after Naomi had made us some hot drinks, she kept the girls entertained whilst Sam went through the photos again with Rich and myself. We went for their £300 package, which gave us all the shots on disk (with each in colour, sepia and black and white), a 16″ by 16″ multi-image print, ten 12″ by 8″ prints (although the sizes of these had to be altered for a few of the shots we chose) and a 9″ by 6″ print in a glass frame. Considering the prices of other photography companies, I thought this was really great value for what we got.
Cracking Capture had prepared 2 multi-image photos for us to chose from, but Sam was more than happy to combine the elements that we particularly loved from both to produce the single print that was perfect for us, and very patient as we dithered about trying to decide on exactly which shots we wanted to include. He was also happy to allow us to gradually whittle down the photos, creating a shortlist for us as we tried to choose our ten prints and the one for the frame, and then decide on whether we should have them as colour, sepia or black and white. All this time the girls were being occupied by Naomi.
We couldn’t be happier with our photos and I would thoroughly recommend Cracking Capture to anyone looking for some amazing shots of their children or family. We will definitely be returning when we want more photos done in the future, but for now, we have the tricky decision about deciding exactly where we will be putting each of our new photos!!