Its Our 20th Birthday

 

Sammy Southall Photography – 20 Years in Business

On Monday the 21st September 1998 Sammy Southall Photography opened for business. On Monday 24th September 2018 we will be 20 years old.

This all followed me having enjoyed a couple of years in retail (Thank you Istead Audio Visual in Worcester) selling high-end audio equipment and cameras, whilst running a mobile disco company at the same time. Then 8 years as a professional DJ, 6 of those years working in Jersey and in large European Night Clubs.

Next, I served a full 16 years in my dream job at Radio Wyvern, on-air as the first breakfast DJ and then in most of the on-air daytime slots as well as being Head of Music and programming for many years. I enjoyed nearly all my time at Wyvern but come August 1998 it was time to move on and follow my next dream.

For years I had said, ” If I ever leave the radio I would love to be a full-time photographer ” and thats just what I did. I left Wyvern Mid-August 1998 I immediately flew to Thailand for a 3-week break (with camera in hand) On my return I bought some lovely new cameras – Joined the Master Photographers Association and signed up for a “ How to start your own business” course run by Worcester Chamber of Commerce.

Having had some business cards printed I went about trying to get people in front of my lens. These were a challenging 6 months, my first success and saving grace was a promotion I signed up for being run by the MPA in association with the Sun and News of the World Newspapers.  Families had to save up 7 coupons over the course of the week 6 from the Sun and 1 from the News of the world. This would entitle them to a free family portrait shoot and one 7” x 5” print.

I was one of the few photographers in Worcestershire and The West Midlands who offered the deal and amazingly over 60 families responded to the offer between then and Christmas. I was pretty overwhelmed and certainly learnt my trade fast – nearly everyone who came for their “ free “ family portrait bought extra prints or framed wall art – everything had been shot on real film – I then had slides made of the film and would project the slides for people to see and buy their images. Most people spent around £100 to £150, one family from Stourport spent over £500 and the business was up and running.

We went on to diversify into Wedding Photography, (we covered 398 weddings before giving them up and getting our weekends back in 2011) Makeover and Boudoir Photography, Pet photography and a little product and commercial photography along the way.

We soon joined a national group of photographers “The Click and Fresh Group” and are still with them – they ran national portrait and makeover promotions in Magazines and Newspapers, partnered with big brands to offer low cost or free portrait sessions and went on to be a major player in the gift experience market such as Red Letter Days. Today we are a buzzy & busy little studio with lots of work from our websites and from portrait experience vouchers.

In the last 20 years we (My wife Jane joined me in the company in 2006) must have shot well over 3,500 Family Portrait, Makeover and Boudoir photography shoots and have enjoyed this time immensely.

To mark our 20th Birthday we are offering 20 Complementary Family Photography shoots and we’ll include your first 7” x 5” print. Just be one of the first 20 people to call after 9 am, Monday 24th of September and ask for our Birthday Offer and book your Complementary Family Photography Shoot. Perfect timing for Christmas!

A massive thank you to everyone who has trusted us with their photography over the last 20 years.

 

Love from Sam & Jane

 

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Boudoir Photography For Christmas

We always have a steady stream of Boudoir Photography clients throughout the year and there have always been some peak times like Christmas, January with vouchers bought as presents,  valentines day, and the Spring Summer season, but this year has seen a real surge in the popularity of our Boudoir Photography shoots. As always the age group is wide and the reasons that people decide to treat themselves and push their boundaries is varied.  It is young ladies looking to boost their confidence, it is ladies who are getting married soon, it is ladies who are recovered from surgery,  it is older ladies some finding themselves on their own again others finding new partners and wanting to expand their horizons. These empowering shoots are getting more and more popular for us and we love doing them as we enjoy seeing so many transformations that ladies go through during and after their Boudoir Photography shoots. So do something that will undoubtedly give you a real shot of confidence and make you feel good about yourself – let us take the most awesome, sexy and powerful images of you that you have ever seen. Our boudoir offer sessions give you a chance to experience this amazing shoot which includes professional makeup and hairstyling for just £19.95 and then we will produce a set of images that you will want to have and treasure forever. This is a wonderful experience which although maybe a bit nerve-wracking beforehand will be one of those things you will always be pleased you have done. For fabulous Boudoir Photography Wst Midlands, Birmingham and Worcestershire – Call Jane today on 01562 747612 to find out all about it and get booked in.