Posts Tagged ‘Wedding Gift’

Capturing the Sunrise on your wedding day

What could be more romantic than a beautifully framed and personalised photograph taken at dawn on the morning of your wedding day. The start of your first day as husband and wife.

Pesonalised art taken on your wedding day

Since June 21st 2005 we 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 stylish and beautifully framed photograph

All our photographs have hand written personalisation, for example “Dawn on your wedding day – 27 August 2011″ or “Sally and Harry’s Wedding day – 18th June 2011″ It’s up to you.

You can personalise your beautiful photograph

So if you want a piece of art that is personal to you then a The Day That photograph is perfect. We also do the most romantic Gift Vouchers that you can give your partner or the happy couple on the day.

Give them a gift voucher on the day

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The Day That Gift Voucher

What do you get a couple getting married these days? It’s no good turning up with a toaster, a pair of matching candlesticks, a teasmade or anything else on the Generation games conveyor belt. You have to find something a little bit different.

The Day That offer the most romantic wedding gift, a beautifully framed photograph taken at dawn on the big day.

And because you want to give them something on the day we have created these beautiful personalised Gift Vouchers.

The Day That Gift Voucher

The Day That offer the most beautiful gift vouchers so you will be able to give the lucky couple something on their Wedding day whilst you wait for our photos from that morning to become available. Choosing a photograph from the day they met or the day they became engaged on the voucher will be a touching reminder of their love for each other, which they can then use to claim one of our wonderful pictures of the morning of their wedding day.

To order one of our gift vouchers please call us at the studio on 01736 758109

The Day That Gift Voucher

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

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The Atlantic Blanket Company

The Atlantic Blanket Company was started by the lovely Jo Riley in 2007 after she searched for the perfect blanket for her daughter who had chicken pox. Jo searched in vain and decided if she couldn’t find the blanket she was looking for then neither could anyone else and so The Atlantic Blanket Company was born. They offer the most beautiful luxurious blankets and throws blending contemporary design and colour with traditional weaving methods and natural fabrics.

Jo says “I don’t think I could have started this company anywhere but Cornwall. It is such an inspiring place to live and we are surrounded by creative and innovative people doing great things. That really gave me the confidence to have a go, and it certainly made finding local talent easy when it came to designing and building the website etc. Now our client base stretches all over the world and customers come back to us time and again to share their blanket stories. We sell baby blankets all year round, picnic blankets for the summer and gorgeous throws and blankets for all seasons, plus exclusive gifts and accessories. We also work with hotels and interior designers on bespoke projects, and are lucky enough to be able to do all that and walk the dog on the beach every day too!”

Beautiful luxurious Baby blankets

We think the Atlantic Blanket Website looks fantastic and sums up Jo’s attitude to her company and brand. To see her lovely blankets go to their website. Jo is also offering all our readers 15% discount Use TDT15

The Atlantic Blanket Company

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Learning The Light

Before I had gone on my first shoot with The Day That, I had asked Gavan and Chris which type of mornings they preferred to take photos, the glorious mornings with an artists dream etched across the sky, or those grey, murky days that make you glad you own central heating. Of course it was unanimous. They preferred the latter. With a challenge to make a visually strong image that shows the beauty and simplicity of these mornings, it would allow their creative juices to flow.

I have had some previous experience with photography and I was happy to take the colourful mornings that sold themselves. But of course, The Day That captures every dawn, and it isn’t up to us what the weather will be doing! And I knew that eventually I would have to take on the challenge they both loved so much.

Kieran Brimson Learning the light with The Day That

Eventually became immediately, and on my first day shadowing Chris on Porthmeor beach we both got soaked from the constant downpour and chilled to the bones from the cold. Through the wind and rain I still took in a lot from Chris about how the light can change during the morning and how to prepare for what the dawn can bring. The trend continued and my newly acquired wet weather gear was given a good christening. Each time joining Gavan or Chris on the morning shoots made me learn that it’s not just about the weather, it is also about the location.

Kieran in more testing conditions

Picking the right location proves to be key in getting great photographs as each location allows you to do something different. An obvious example is if you want to capture the sunrise, get on a beach that faces east. Less obvious examples are knowing about tides, and swells of the sea, and what locations to go to when there is a strong current, or when it is peaceful.

After shadowing them, the guys finally trusted me enough to let me have a camera in my own hands. It is easy to over think when trying to capture a shot, it is also easy to under think. I learnt quickly that the skill is finding that balance of knowing what you want but being confident enough that the decisions almost come naturally. On my first day I over thought. Each minute the sky is brighter and the sun doesn’t hang around to let you get that one last shot. Comparing my shots with Chris’ afterwards, it was clear who the pro was.

Beauty can be found in all conditions

The next day I came back and tried again, and the day after that I had another go, and then another go. Just in the few days I have been out with Gavan and Chris I can see how my images have improved. I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but with each return to the coast I have a little more experience that I can use to help me to relax and use the weather to my advantage. Gavan has been taking photos since 21st June 2005. That’s over six years of taking photos for him to get to the stage he is at. With any luck it won’t take me six years to catch up to him.

Catching a Wave by Kieran Brimson

Catching a Wave by Kieran Brimson

A perfect start to a day

A perfect start to a day

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“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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Godrevy Head, Godrevy Island and Godrevy lighthouse have a special place in our hearts here at The Day That as they feature in more of our photographs than any other area. Situated on the eastern side of St Ives Bay, they offer a strong contrast to the, often soft, colours of sea and sky in our dawn pictures.

This enigmatic area has drawn human interest for hundreds if not thousands of years, from several prehistoric archeological finds, through mining interests spanning several hundred years to the dangers of the rocks to shipping and the building of the Godrevy lighthouse. Now protected by the ownership of the National Trust, it has also become a Site of Special Scientific Interest with some of the best examples of coastal heathland in the UK.

I, like many artists and photographers, am drawn to the lighthouse. This iconic structure with its life-saving light has added mystery by being so close but almost untenable due to the dangerous stretch of water that separates it from the mainland. I was very pleased to learn of an exhibition being staged by the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth centred around Godrevy lighthouse with several works on display featuring the light over many years.

‘This captivating new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall features artwork inspired by the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse.

Charles Thomas and Jessica Mann began collecting these works over 50 years ago, when they met and fell in love on an archaeological dig at Godrevy.  Since that time, the couple have collected various works of art, poetry and objects depicting the lighthouse, including pieces by artists such as Bryan Pearce, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Kurt Jackson.

Godrevy Lighthouse has seen considerable changes along the north coast and the exhibition includes artwork showing 1780s St Ives, buzzing with marine activity, right up to a 2003 Kurt Jackson piece depicting the calms of the St Ives coast.


Jessica Mann says: “Godrevy Lighthouse has become an icon; it is one of the images that represents Cornwall. This exhibition will give people an insight into the magic of the lighthouse, which Charles has known all his life and I first saw over 50 years ago.” ’

The exhibition runs until 29th August. There is also a general lighthouse exhibition at the museum that runs until the end of the year.

Image and exhibition description © NMMC 2010 – www.nmmc.co.uk

Sunrise at Godrevy a The Day That photograph

One of my favourite The Day That shots featuring Godrevy Island is this one from very early in our archive that surfaced recently with the help of a young lady called Evie to mark her first day. It’s from July 2005 and was taken by Gavan. It helped pave the way for the wonderful style that has developed as we create our unique christening gifts, special wedding gifts and beautiful anniversary presents.

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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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A fox in St Ives, cornwall

Gary gets a closeup look at a Fox in St Ives

We get to see some great things along with the fabulous dawns and sunrises that we’ve intentionally set out to capture.

Saturday 12th June found me in the Island car park at St Ives at 4am. I was minding my own business getting my camera onto its tripod when I caught a glimpse of something moving amongst the cars. A fox popped out and stood looking at me for several seconds. Luckily I had my point and shoot camera in my pocket and pulled it out as quietly as I could, hoping to catch a quick shot before it disappeared. However, instead of running off, the fox decided to trot towards me! It came right up to me and had a quick look in the boot of my car before deciding I had no food and wandered off to the bins behind the café. Amazing!

Two things I learnt from this, remember to take pictures instead of just gawping as the fox looks in your boot, and keep fresh batteries in your camera, as it was all it could manage to take these two shots before dying.

And this was the dawn I enjoyed afterward Possibly the best I have experienced so far and, I hope, a wonderful momento for celebrating a wedding, birth or other unique occasion from this great day.

Sunrise on the 12th June 2010

Sunrise on the 12th June 2010

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