Studio 66 Photography: Blog en-us all content on this site (C) Studio 66 Photography 2011-2024 (Studio 66 Photography) Fri, 02 Feb 2024 23:55:00 GMT Fri, 02 Feb 2024 23:55:00 GMT Studio 66 Photography: Blog 80 120 All Change! All Change!


If the last couple of years have taught us anything, it's that we need to be adaptable. I've certainly realised that being self-employed, and having bookings cancelled and unable to take further bookings for a while.

I've been extremely fortunate in that I had been helping out in a GP surgery for one or sometimes two afternoons most weeks for about 3 years, before things changed. And I was even more fortunate that the surgery was able to offer me more hours while they themselves had to make major changes in the way they worked.

A lot of my work up to early 2020 had been parties and events, where I attended with my Funtography Experience set, which consisted of a fun themed backdrop, flooring, props. All of this couldn't happen moving forward. As a business owner, I have to ensure that both my clients, and I, are kept safe while working. This meant re-thinking my party and events photography work. I needed to think "outside the box".

So, when things started to get rolling again, I invested in some new equipment!

This was a variation on a theme.

Using the latest iPAD 7mp camera and photo booth software, an adjustable beauty lighting ring light, the selfie stand, and a pop-up gazebo perfect for the little ones for outdoor events during the summer, I was ready to go with my NEW Funtography Selfie Station!

Designing print templates to suit the theme of the event, and having the option for parents to email a copy of the photo to themselves instantly on the day.

Then, I thought...why not add a backdrop to the side of the gazebo instead of the plain silver-grey interior? And so I did!



Enter the Surfing Fun themed Selfie!

Now, we're getting somewhere! I do much prefer having something visual for the kids to get into the spirit of it.

I really enjoyed attending events throughout the summer of 2021, and everyone joining in with the fun. Even the grown ups!













My imagination was buzzing! What to do next?

With party bookings starting to come in again - many of them wanting the new Funtography Selfie Stand at their parties - and Christmas events on the horizon, I was in my element designing different templates and searching for fun backdrops to use.

This was my "Night Before Christmas" backdrop that I bought originally for Christmas 2020, but of course events couldn't go ahead then, so Christmas 2021 it was then.

I absolutely love this one. Using this brilliant print template of Santa holding a frame of the picture taken, it was a magical experience for the kids to see Santa appear right before their eyes!

And to make the experience even more special, I added on-site printing so everyone could go home with a mounted print from the day, as well as emailing the digital file.

Do keep your eyes peeled for Christmas 2022 - it's gonna be an "Express Ride" you will "Believe" in! (think sleigh bells, North Pole, a midnight train, and a rather click-happy Conductor.







Party bookings and other events are coming in thick and fast for 2022, and I'm so grateful to everyone who books me for their special occasions, and who joins in with the fun at public events that I attend.

It's the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year, with this fantabulous print template! So look out for the Funtography Selfie Station at a few street parties and fun days - it'll be lovely to see you there!


Teresa xx

(Studio 66 Photography) Birthday Celebration Christmas events parties Photography Queen's Platinum Jubilee selfie-station Tue, 15 Feb 2022 11:49:30 GMT
Come in Platform 5! Come in Platform 5! Your Time is Up!

And Boy! Was it HOT!

It must have been the second hottest day of the year, and there was I dressed as an Oompa Loompa! Well, not really, but I was very orange with a blue hat!


Back in August, I was commissioned to take photos of the new Turnback Facility at Stevenage Train Station on behalf of Network Rail & The Spencer Group, who had managed to complete the massive undertaking ahead of schedule.


Arriving around 8:45am to meet the site manager, I was handed a hi-vis vest and trousers in a lovely shade of orange, together with a blue hat, and safety boots. I'd had to let the company know what size feet I am so they could order the boots for me - "oh, well, I'm really only a size 2, but I assume you won't be able to get safety boots in that size, so get me a size 3" I said. 

It was an interesting morning - getting some pics of the new additions to the line that allowed the Hertford trains their own line into Stevenage without blocking the way for the through-trains. I learned quite a lot about how things work on the train lines too, for example when the workers are walking along the sidings, they must wear their safety gear, and when a train is coming they always raise ONE ARM to signal that all is OK. "Whatever you do, don't wave at the train drivers with both arms - they'll think you are in trouble!" I was told.


It was about 30degrees - one of the hottest days of the year. I certainly admire all the workers who dress up in their Oompa Loompa gear and do a hard day's work in the heat!



It's amazing just how much work goes into something that most people would look at and think "why does it cost so much? (it was £30m!)" or "why does it take so long just to add another platform?".  But, walking that stretch of line and being shown just what is involved - the new overheads that had to be installed, the trackbed, those little blue covered grates for access to the drainage along the line, the 130m-long platform, complete with approximately two kilometres of new electrified track and signalling, underground cables, a new-for-Stevenage buffer stop, and integrating the whole thing into the existing walkway; the number of hours involved is certainly justified.


Heading back to the site office to return all the safety gear, I asked "do you want the boots back?" to which the site manager laughed and said "no, you keep them. I don't think they'll fit any of my guys!!" Hahaha.


Check out more information on the Spencer Group's page HERE 


And the next time you're waiting for the train, take a good look at all the infrastructure - it really is awe-inspiring.



(Studio 66 Photography) construction photography network rail Spencer group Tue, 05 Jan 2021 11:52:36 GMT
WARNING! INTRUDER ALERT! As I turned the key in the lock, opened the door, and entered into a magnificent architectural foyer, I walked over to turn on the lights, got my camera ready to start taking some photos, and then...


"WARNING! INTRUDER ALERT! Your presence has been detected.  Security has been notified!"


I thought I'd been transported to outer space, and Robbie the Robot had entered the room!


"If you are authorised to be here please put the key against the flashing light"


"What key?" I said to myself?  "What flashing light?"  There was a funny little round silver keyring on the set of keys that I'd picked up from the lettings agent, but I couldn't see any flashing light!


And then...a piercing alarm started to ring out.  I couldn't stay inside with this racket going off, so had to go outside and call the lettings agent who managed to contact the landlord to turn the alarm off remotely. Ahh thankyou peace and quiet!  Only to find 60 seconds later... yes you've guessed it - "WARNING! INTRUDER ALERT! Your presence has been detected.  Security has been notified!"


I need to find this b!&@dy flashing light!  As I walked up the first flight of stairs, there it was - a MAHOOSIVE blue air-raid siren sitting proudly on the window ledge booming at me "security has been notified, if you are authorised to be here please put the key against the flashing light" and as I approached this bellowing beast, I could JUST see a small light flashing at the top - and reaching up I held the little round silver keyring up to it and Hey Presto! it stopped!


Thank goodness for that!


Well, it's not often that I get caught out like that when I go to take some photos at a commercial property I can tell you!  


But this building is really a lovely place - right in the centre of Hitchin, with large office space over 3 floors, and (if you're the CEO or something) allocated parking spaces too!  I spent the next hour getting some pics for the agent's marketing materials.


And my ears have been ringing ever since! hahaha 



(Studio 66 Photography) commercial building marketing commercial building photography office building photography Hitchin Wed, 11 Nov 2020 12:12:03 GMT
An Admiral Job In England, around 460,000 people are diagnosed with dementia, many who have not had a formal diagnosis.

Dementia UK currently have 382 Admiral Nurses - nurses who support those carers who care for those with dementia.

From face-to-face access and a telephone helpline that has helped over 19,000 carers over the last year alone.

Jan Burt has raised £90,000 over the last 10 years from hosting charity balls, like tonight's event, to smaller events throughout the year - and this year is her 10th Anniversary Gala Ball.  Her resolve has already helped provided an Admiral Nurse for the charity, and she hopes to get to the £100,000 mark by the end of the year!

black, white, and gold backdrop with hamper of props for a photo funtography experience setFuntography area for photos

Tonight's Gala Dinner was an amazing event - with 80 guests dressed to impress, enjoying a delicious 3 course meal at the Brocket Hall Golf Club, as well as entertainment with a "Heads or Tails" game, an auction with an array of sumptuous prizes, and prize raffle, followed by music and dancing with music from the ReBelles.

An upcoming young magician, Henry Wells, wowed guests with his card magic - a name to watch!

With mounted prints being sold on the night, I'm sure Jan raised a fair amount from the event.


And I was lucky enough to be invited to join the guests for the food - which was ABSOLUTELY DEEEEELICIOUS!


Thankyou Jan for letting me be part of the evening - I look forward to working with you again!


Teresa x


Check out the photos here

(Studio 66 Photography) charity charity ball coroporate event fundraising funtography Sun, 01 Mar 2020 18:33:50 GMT
Winter Wonderland BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!

It's November, and it's starting to get cold, but here at the Garden House Hospice Winter Ball everyone was warming up on the dance floor, and raising "loadsamoney" for the charity.

Couple by a gold and white balloon backdrop photo booth mother-in-law and daughter-in-law with gold and white balloon backdrop photo booth

With some stunning venue decor by the talented Belia Events who provided such a beautiful backdrop for my Funtography Experience photo area, and huge light-up letters from Make Your Day Event Hire it was a pleasure to help the Hospice - selling mounted prints on the night helped to raise the fundraising by a further £230, of which 60% (£140) will be donated so thank you to everyone who came over and had a photo or two!

man dancing in front of light up lettersMan dancing lady in silver dress dancing with man in black bow tie and suit

friends in the gold and white backdrop photo booth with fun props and hats and glasses

A brilliant Silent Auction with some amazing artwork, and sporty items, a DJ who got everyone up and dancing all night, and great service from the venue staff - I look forward to hearing how much everyone raised during the night!


(Studio 66 Photography) charity event fundraising garden house hospice raffle stevenage Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:20:00 GMT

Friends having fun at a Speakeasy 1920s Gatsby themed event in the Funtography photo booth.Speakeasy 1920s Gatsby Funtography Experience Two friends holding toy guns at a Speakeasy Gatsby themed photo boothBugsy & Mole

🎼"We could have been anything that we wanted to be, And I'm not saying we should,
But if we try it we'd learn to abide it, We could be the best at being good guys
Flowers on the earth, Who can even guess how much
A real friend is worth?

Good guys shake an open hand, Maybe we'll be trusting
If we try to understand, No doubt about it
It must be worth while, Good friends to tend to make you smile
We could have been anything that we wanted to be, Yes, that decision was ours

It's been decided
We're weaker divided
Let friendship double up our powers
You give a little love and it all comes back to you"

Couple in 1920s dress, lady smilingCouple in 1920s dress Couple being served at the Speakeasy BarCouple at the Bar

And the Biggleswade Ladies Circle Ladies Circle GB&I President 2019/20certainly gave a lot of love at the NALC Presidents Speakeasy Ball on Saturday night!

Raising funds for Societi, the U.K. Foundation for Kawasaki Disease this year's worthy cause.

With a 1920's theme, peaky blinders, ragtime, flappers, and cocktails, it was a brilliant night.

Two ladies posing on the dance floor at the Speakeasy Gatsby partyLadies on the Dancefloor People dancing at a Speakeasy Gatsby themed partyDancing on the dance floor

Man in hat dancing with women in Gatsby themed outfitsPeople Dancing Ladies dancing and smiling at a Gatsby themed 1920s eventLadies dancing in Gatsby themed outfits

With my Funtography Experience mugshot backdrop, lots of the guests had a fun photo or two, all helping to raise a further £130 for the charity.

Couple with Gatsby Police Lineup themed backdrop and props in the photo boothCouple of gangsters

Thanks everyone for being such great sports!


(Studio 66 Photography) charity charity ball fundraising funtography photo booth fun Mon, 30 Sep 2019 10:03:00 GMT
Putting Fun into Fundraising! The Annual Twilight Ball 2019!


Every year (bar one) since 2013, I've had the privilege to attend one of the best annual Balls for a local Hospice - The Garden House Hospice Care Twilight Ball.

Funds raised on the night are generously donated to this amazing charity, who provide care and support to not only the people who are affected by a terminal illness, but also to their families.

The Hospice organise a lot of events throughout the year, from Muddy Mayhem, to the London Bridges Walks.  However, the Twilight Ball is organised by two guys Keith Bounsell, and Chris Phillips who work tirelessly throughout the year to get everything organised to host this event.

And what an absolutely amazing evening it was this year!

There were lots of new faces, some unique auction prizes, and entertainment from Luke Clough, Magician.  Music was provided by Mark of MKF Sounds, and Gareth Wesley from Global Media was in attendance as compere and auctioneer - who I think helped to raise the fundraising even more!

I was there to capture the evening, and get some fun photos with my Red Carpet Funtography Experience set - lots of guests joined in for some fun photos, which generated a further £450 in print sales on the night!  60% of this goes straight to the Hospice - helping to raise the total to well over £12,000 for the night.  What an achievement!

All photos from the evening have been added to my online gallery HERE

And 60% of net profits from further sales will also be donated - so come on everyone - let's get FUNdraising!


Teresa x  

(Studio 66 Photography) charity event garden house hospice Hertfordshire party photography party photography stevenage Tue, 26 Mar 2019 11:21:24 GMT
A cup of kindness Burns Night Dinner & Ceilidh in aid of Garden House Hospice Care

"We'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne"

Well, this was a first for me! Although I'm half Scottish (on my dad's side), I've never been to a Burns Night Ceilidh before - but what a great evening!

With an amazing piper welcoming the guests as they arrived, followed by an Address to the Haggis, a fair few drams being downed in one, and then a 3-course meal, ending with a Ceilidh with a fabulous band and "caller" getting everyone up on the dance floor! 

A raffle and auction - and a very special prize: a tin disclosing just what a Scotsman wears under his kilt 😱 Sorry but my lips are sealed lol!


And no, I didn't have any Haggis 😝










I was there with my Funtography Experience photo-booth area with themed props for some fun photos - all raising funds for the Garden House Hospice Care.



(Studio 66 Photography) charity event garden house hospice Hertfordshire letchworth stevenage Sun, 27 Jan 2019 15:21:39 GMT
Let's Raise Some Money! I do love a good party - and when people are fundraising for a fabulous charity, it really warms my heart.

Hollie Cawthorn and her partner, Dan, organised a fundraising Ball in support of Macmillan Cancer Support, which took place at the Stevenage Golf & Conferencing Centre in Stevenage on 24th February, and boy, was it a fantastic evening!

Getting some room photos of guests, the venue, and all the amazing raffle prizes donated by local businesses...

A scrumptious buffet, and fab music - everyone enjoyed an evening of food, fun, and dancing - and all whilst raising well over £1700 for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity...

And setting up my fun photo-booth style backdrop, with printing on the night, lots of the guests were up for some fun prop photos.

Music by JN Sounds of Stevenage

Sweet cart by Candy2Share

Raffle Prizes by lots of local businesses, including Barnabys Florist, Cromwell Hotel, Misya Meze & Grill, Homes & Mortgages, Just 4 Gifts, A&D Framing, J Deamer & Sons, The Fisherman, Medix Pharmacy, Nicola Fulton Hair & Beauty, Cinnabar, Berry World, Favourite Fried Chicken, Standalone Farm, Paradise Wildlife Park, AG Studios, We R Cakes, Bouquets & Gifts, Amwell Studio Photography, Stevenage Golf & Conference Centre, and many more.


Check out the full gallery HERE where further purchases will help raise the total even more!


(Studio 66 Photography) charity event event photography photobooth stevenage Sat, 03 Mar 2018 17:48:22 GMT
Rutting Season at the Abbey Whilst I take photos and get paid for that, I'm forever still a hobbyist!  It's my way of relaxing, of taking a break from the job, to enjoy the surroundings, the beauty of this planet - to simply just BE.

On Sunday 29th October, I decided to have a wander around Woburn Deer Park, and hopefully get a couple of pics of the majestic deer there.  The day started out quite cloudy, but the forecast was good.  

Parking in the free car park on Park Street, I walked along George Street to the public footpath entrance to the estate.  As I entered the main deer park through the kissing gate at the end of the path, I was greeted with a stunning view of the House and lakes.  I looked around, but couldn't see any deer at all.  Oh, no, I thought.  Maybe I should have come earlier in the season!  

Anyway, I followed the public footpath towards the House and Gardens, and then just as the horse-drawn carriage came over the horizon and down towards the House, a deer skitted out from under the trees!  And guess what?  I missed it!  lol.  It darted off towards the other side of the park (and for me to have followed it meant that I had to follow the footpath back to the start and take the right fork towards the bridge).  Oh, well, I wondered if I could see any deer nearer the house.  But no, so I headed back along the footpath and took that right fork - and I'm so glad I did.  I could just see in the distance all the deer, so I headed off towards them.

Because you have to stick to the footpaths on the estate, the deer were quite a way away.  Luckily, I had my trusty Nikon Coolpix P510 compact camera with me - it has a 42x zoom (for all you photo buffs, it's an equivalent of 1000mm) and I managed to get some photos even though the deer were about 1000m away.  

Then suddenly, I saw a fawn-coloured stag to my right.  I'd walked right passed him and he was about 100m away.  He was busy grazing, and occasionally he'd look up to see what was going on.  And I managed to grab a couple of photos just at the right time!  The sun had started to peek through the clouds, and soon the clouds had dissipated and the skies were blue.  The sunlight hit the last remaining leaves on the autumn trees, and I got some lovely shots.

Woburn House & Gardens are closed now for the winter season, but they do hold a couple of special events, so if you're in the area, I'd highly recommend a visit!  It's a lovely place to just have a wander - just keep to the public footpaths, and enjoy the scenery!

The deer enjoying the sunshine!


(Studio 66 Photography) deer rutting season wildlife wildlife photography woburn abbey Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:58:55 GMT
Twilight Ball 2016 I've been photographing events for the Garden House Hospice for over four years now, from Fun Runs and team-building events like It's A Knockout, to Christmas Concerts and Lights of Life. 

For the past three years, I have also covered their Twilight Ball, (with the help of my very good friend, Jackie who I couldn't do without), held at The Priory Barn in Wymondley  (a unique venue set in rural Hertfordshire) - a fabulous evening organised by the Committee for the Corporate Partnerships that work closely with the Hospice to help raise not only awareness of the amazing work they do, but also help raise essential funds for the Hospice to continue providing care and support services to those diagnosed with a lifel limiting illness, and their families.

The Ball has always been a great evening of lovely people, food, wine, dancing, and fun!  This year was no exception, with 152 attending for a tasty 3-course meal, followed by coffee & mints, a raffle & auction hosted by DJ Gareth Wesley, round-the-table magic with Lee Smith Magician, and mounted prints being sold on the night - at the last count the grand total raised for the Hospice had surpassed a whopping £12,000!

Please have a look at the gallery of images from the evening at THE GALLERY HERE

For all photos purchased on the night, the digital files can be downloaded free of charge.  All other images from the evening can be downloaded for just £5, with proceeds of sales being donated to the Hospice - so please be generous and help raise even more vital funds for this amazing Charity.

Some of the local companies at this year's Ball include Lion Press, LV=, Phillips Digital Print, Barclays, FB Chain, City Remedial, Wine Society, and Odyssey.


(Studio 66 Photography) business charity coroporate event garden house hospice raffle Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:56:12 GMT

Woof, woof and welcome!  


Sunday 22 June was a glorious warm and sunny morning that saw over 50 very excited but well behaved pooches heading off for a 3-mile walk around Fairlands Valley Park to help raise vital funds for the Garden House Hospice.


With diet and behavioural experts on hand for the hounds, and a lovely spread of cakes and refreshments for the humans, the very First Hounds for the Hospice event was a great success and brought together different breeds of dog from lots of different backgrounds to enjoy a social walk around the beautiful lakes in the centre of Stevenage.


Trophies were awareded for "The Best Dressed Dog" and "The Best Dog & Owner Lookalike", and a raffle for some fabulous doggie prizes finished the event on a high.


Thanks go out to Karen at Garden House for inviting me along, and hope everyone enjoyed the day!


Teresa x

(Studio 66 Photography) charity event garden house hospice raffle Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:41:07 GMT
Garden House Hospice Twilight Ball 2014 I was lucky enough to have been invited to photograph the Garden House Hospice Twilight Ball 2014, which was held at the gorgeous Priory Barn in Little Wymondley, Herts on Saturday 15 March 2014.


What an absolutely brilliant evening, all that planning and organising by the wonderful team at Garden House comes down to one night, a night that is nerve-wracking in the build up but I was full of confidence that we would have a success on our hands.  The Garden House Hospice is a fabulous local charity that offers hospice care and support services to patients diagnosed with a terminal illness, and their families.


So we arrived for 6pm to be able to get into the barn to start setting up the pop-up studio area in a small stall close to the entrance.   With room just enough for a 2m wide backdrop, everyone had to get up close and personal for their photos!  Taking photos of guests as they arrived and during the evening, we raised a grand sum of £460 for the photos purchased on the night, and a whopping 90% of this was donated to the charity.


There was also a raffle and an auction hosted by Gareth Wesley, and which included Ian Poulter's signed polo shirt, Manchester United team signed framed print, 2 signed football shirts, a gorgeous pendant necklace, golf membership, a photo shoot (no not one of mine on this occasion), helicopter ride, and other fabulous prizes.


Lee Smith, Magician was amazing!  He can turn hand-drawn £5 notes into real £5 notes in front of your eyes - I did ask if he could show me how to do that for £20 notes, but he just wouldn't give up his secrets!


Guests can also download further images with royalty-free personal use via the online gallery client access page (Access Code was provided to guests on the night), with 25% of the price being donated to Garden House.  If you do not have the Access Code, please contact me, or Karen Rabjohn or Tina Fletcher.  Thankyou




Funds raised from the evening total in excess of £9,000!  

"We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped make the Twilight Ball such a success.The evening was sponsored by many local businesses and restaurants who gave raffle/auction prizes and donations. The generosity and support of  the community and our guests has been overwhelming, raising over £9,000 for the charity"  Tina Fletcher





(Studio 66 Photography) Auction Charity Event Garden House Hospice Magician Raffle Twilight Ball Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:39:19 GMT
A Year in Review 2013 - Wow what a Year!


What a great year 2013 was for some wonderful weddings, perfect parties, family "fotos" and entertaining events!  And not forgetting some great destinations for photography!


I was lucky enough to have photographed some lovely weddings throughout the year, from an almost snow covered Theobalds Park wedding back in February to a wet one at Minstrel Court in August and the wedding of two very special people Denise & Keith on a beautiful autumn day in October!  


As well as weddings and portrait sessions, I covered charity events for some very worthy causes including Age UK, Herts Air Ambulance and Garden House Hospice; and a couple of parties too.


It was a great year to visit some stunningly beautiful places too - from the Lake District to Weymouth, local National Trust properties to places further afield, like Croatia and Las Vegas, I've been able to add some lovely images to my collections.


Thanks to everyone for supporting me throughout the year, and I look forward to seeing some of you again in 2014!



(Studio 66 Photography) 2013 destinations events parties photography portraits review venues weddings Sun, 05 Jan 2014 14:00:14 GMT