Posts Tagged ‘photographs’

“The most romantic Wedding gift on the market” – Emma Bunton

A very romantic Wedding Anniversary gift.

What could be more romantic than a beautiful landscape photograph taken at sunrise in Cornwall on the very day you got married? Click here to search for your special day. A photograph was taken at dawn on the day you said yes to your partner and started the rest of your lives together as husband and wife.

A beautifully framed photograph taken at dawn on your wedding day

Since June 21st 2005 (The Day That) have been going out very single morning and taking photographs of the dawn breaking over the Cornish landscape. The Day That produce beautiful fine art landscape photographs, mounted, personalised and beautifully framed  so you can remember a very special day for ever.

A The Day That photographer capturing your dawn photograph

If you would like to see a photograph taken on your wedding day in Cornwall then please visit our website The Day That Use the calendar to find your wedding date and see the wonderful photographs we took on you special day. You can buy your husband it as a Wedding anniversary present, as a Valentines gift, as a Christmas present or just to show how much you love him.

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We offer all our Facebook friends a 10% discount so when you choose to purchase “like” us on our FB page and enter FB10 at the check out to get your discount.

Visit www.thedaythat.co.uk to see your beautiful photograph taken at dawn on your wedding day.

Examples of the personalisation you could choose

“Our Wedding Day + Date”

All of our lovely photographs are personalised which you can choose

“This day was the start of the rest of our lives + Date”

You can choose your own personalisation

Rachael and Matts wedding day + Date

If buying for a gift you can personalse it with the couples name and date of their wedding.

Want more information then watch our wonderful 3 minute film

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On the 9th of May 2005 my beautiful daughter Ella was born which obviously changed my sleep pattern. Any new parent will tell you that nothing can prepare you for the change especially if you don’t just want to roll over and ignore the cry of your new baby but want to be fully involved.

It was about a month after this wonderful day that I started My First Day, June the 21st at 3.30am to be exact. Five years later I can still remember being excited as soon as I woke up and thinking, this is it the start of something very special.

A week later after getting up at this crazy time every day I was starting to flag and getting up was not so easy. Friends were laughing saying “well Ella will get you up so it won’t be a problem” This was true but Ella also got me up at 12, 1.30am and 3am so when my alarm went off at 3.30am I was like the living dead.

During this initial period my Dad came to stay and wanted to know more about this mad idea of mine. (To be fair he’d heard a few) So we decided that he would come out with me on a dawn raid. I gently knocked on his door at 3.45am and he murmured something and rolled over so I let him be and headed down the beach. This is what he missed and to this day it is still the most amazing sky I have ever seen.

Five years on and now called The Day That there are three of us that share the photography which means we all get to recharge our batteries.

Each of us has our idiosyncrasies when it comes to getting up on time.

I am known and have been seen to run up the road in my wellies after sleeping in just a little. I can’t kick my habit of the snooze button and my lovely wife gives me a gentle kick, which I am sure is more about stopping me having another snooze session than lovingly helping me on my way. What has surprised me is that I have never missed a sunrise and even when I’m late I always arrive just at the optimum time.

Chris and Gary are very similar in their pattern as they arrive at their chosen spot usually in complete darkness, never wanting to miss the magic that is the first glimmers of light and the start of the pre dawn. The first glimmer of light is usually my second snooze opportunity.

About a year ago, and I admit this freely I was struggling to keep my enthusiasm going. Chris told me something that I still do to this day. He said that what he does is lift his head off his pillow, swing his legs round and plant his feet firmly on the ground and think “This is my time” and get up. I’ve been doing this ever since. I still have my snooze time but hey that’s me.

But what really gets us up and being creative at unearthly times is the knowledge that someone somewhere is going to have a most fantastic day whether it be a birth of a baby or a Wedding day That’s how we keep getting up at this ridiculous time,  we are capturing the start of that day…. Fantastic!

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" St Ives"

A beautiful photograph of St Ives Cornwall

In the recent Coast Magazine awards, St Ives won 2 out of the 10 awards going.

St Ives itself won Best Family Holiday Destination voted for by the readers. We’re not surprised that St Ives is a hit with readers,’ says deputy editor and Coast Awards organiser Alex Reece. ‘For a small town, it offers such variety – from bucket-and-spade beaches to high culture.’

What he also could have mentioned was the astonishing light that St Ives and the surrounding beaches offer.

One beach that we go to take our stunning personalised newborn pictures is The Porthminster Café beach which also won an award for best Coastal Café. I have eaten here regularly and the food is fantastic with amazing views. I have photographed in front of the café on many occasions, it’s a great spot. Here are a few examples…. See what I mean

Little Boat St Ives

Little Boat St Ives

View From St Ives

View From St Ives

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Our Solar System

Our Sun and Planets

Isn’t it strange how some things just catch your eye and make you think WOW!

The BBC (along with many other news streams I expect) were running a story yesterday about a Monster Star that has been detected using the Very Large Telescope in Chile. It has absolutely no relevance to our everyday lives but you still read it and think WOW! 265 times bigger than our own sun… amazing!

The Sun against the Star

The Astronomical expert informs us that if it were in our solar system it would outshine the Sun the way that the Sun outshines the full Moon… WOW! I don’t even know what that means but I guess I would be using more than the 0.6 density grad filter I use most mornings when I’m out shooting the sunrise! Lucky then it’s 165,000 light years away.

A Very Large Telescope

And we thought the sun looked big in this shot of the sunrise Gavan took back in 2005.  We were reminded of this amazing shot from 5 years ago as someone has recently purchased it as a birth gift.

Our lovely Sun

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Are Wedding Exhibitions the best way to promote our Unique Wedding Gifts My top 10 tips

The Day That Baby Show Stand

The Day That Baby Show Stand

Over the past three years we have been attending the National Baby Shows at Earls Court, Excel and The NEC to promote our unique christening gifts and newborn baby gifts. I laugh now as the first show we did we turned up in a 3.5 ton van with enough kit to pack out our huge stand. We now manage to do the same show by filling my trusty Ford Focus.

We now sell more and get more out of the shows making them great value for  money in what can be a very expensive event.

We are considering exhibiting at the National Wedding show at Earls court as we are entering new markets with our fabulous product. More and More customers were asking to use our pictures to create unique Wedding gifts and even as anniversary gift ideas.

As we feel that we are doing this as well as we can I thought I would write my first ever “Top 10 Tips Blog”

So, drum roll please.. Here is my top ten tips on attending Wedding Exhibitions.

1. Aims

Be very clear on your aims, it’s not all about sell sell sell. The amount of stands you see with very worried faces is alarming. We work very hard on collecting contact information from potential customers, usually by holding a competition. The aim of your exhibition should be a Marketing Exercise and not necessarily a selling one.

Remember, new leads can become new customers if treated in the right way.

2. Budget

This can soon rack up so make sure you keep to a tight budget. Remember, it’s not only the stand cost but all the other things you will need to have a successful show.

Design and Print costs for materials

Electricity and lighting (not always included)

Transport and Accommodation

Food

Staffing – Worth getting an extra bod in just to get emails and other data

The actual cost of filling your stand

3. Location Location Location

I have a bit of an issue with this as the sales team will always tell you that all the stands are good. Well this is defiantly not the case. We have had one bad experience where we were in a poor location and it affected our exhibition in such a bad way that I would rather not attend than just take any stand offered. We have specific needs and will always try and get the best possible stand at each show.

4. It’s your Brand, be consistent

It amazes me how many stands look sloppy. Big companies always look great because they understand the power of looking after their brand.

5. Promotion

I have to hold my hand up and say that this is something up to now that we have not been good at. Some points for all of us to think about

- Send out invitations and event promotions to your existing customer base.

- Send out invitations and event promotions to your business network.

- Do some PR. Local press will write about the event, can you score a mention?

- Be sure to advertise the event on your website.

- Also advertise on any online forums or social online networking groups you may belong to.

6. Be presentable on your stand

It sounds obvious but look good on your stand. If you love what you do then this should be enough to get you through the event with a smile on your face. Make no mistake it’s very hard work if you do it properly but always be welcoming and genuine as the person you are speaking to could be the next customer. A definite no no is eating on the stand. Get away, even for 15 minutes and grab a sandwich… also you never know who you will meet (another story that I will blog about next week)

7. Know your market

Another obvious one but you’ll be surprised at how many companies attend exhibitions just because there are lots of people attending. For example I knew a company that attended a woman’s exhibition when they were selling a baby product, not focused enough. They had a disaster of a show and only sold one item… lesson learned.

8. Be prepared

Don’t eave everything to the last minute. If you don’t want to have a flea pit for a hotel (this happened to us) then book as early as you can. Designers will do a better job with a little time rather than a last minute deadline.

Also, you will be stressed enough without having last minute problems on your mind.

9. Follow Up

Data capture as I mentioned earlier is very very important. For example at The National Wedding Exhibition we won’t sell very much as the people attending will be getting married in the future. (Don’t worry though we have a cunning plan to sell on the day too) We will however, be collecting information that will be like gold dust for us that we will cherish and use very carefully as these are our client base. And once they have bought one of our Unique Wedding Gifts they will be a client for life. What do married couples often do next… yes have babies. We would hope they would come back for more and buy on of our pictures as a unique Christening gift or just a gift for friends.

10. Enjoy

Yes it is hard work but you do need to enjoy it. It’s really not worth doing if you can’t look back and think it was a good experience so try and add something to the trip. We usually have a good night out, especially if the exhibition is in London… but that’s another story, hey Chris?

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We were scratching our heads thinking of the best way to celebrate taking our wonderful photographs at dawn that are bought as  unique Christening gifts and unusual wedding gift ideas.

We decided to have a BBQ at Carbis Bay beach at 5am which was a lot of fun. Friends and family came down to the beach and had bacon butties and sparkly, they even got to see a dolphin and a seal playing in the water, what a treat.

Chris celebrating The Day That 5th Birthday

Chris celebrating The Day That 5th Birthday

Most of our customers buy our pictures as unique christening gifts or as personalised wedding gifts but we often get requests to see our favourite pictures. So, we took this onboard and have created a collection of our favourite photographs which was a difficult process as we have 14,500 pictures to choose from.

Please take a look at our collection and let us know what you think…. Has it been worth getting up at dawn for 5 years? We think so.

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