Last Minute Xmas Ideas…

Hopefully, you will all be far more organised than I am and have all your Xmas shopping done.

If you are not and you are still looking for ideas then I still have a few GIFT VOUCHERS available for my Pet Portraits. They make a great gift for a family member, a friend, yourself or even use your pet as an excuse to get one.

The voucher includes a 1 hr Photographic session and a Complimentary 9″x6″ or 8″x6″ Glass Desk Framed image for the SPECIAL PRICE of only £30 normally £95.

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Don’t forget to get your pooch something tasty for Christmas but be sure it’s safe for them to eat. Kongs are great ideas, you can fill them with all sorts of tasty things to give variety and they can be frozen to make it last even longer. My dogs love these as both a toy and a treat.

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I hope you all have a wonderful Xmas and New Year.

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TWO! – IT’s THIS WEEK!

I have been working with the AmEgos Theatre group for quite a few years now, providing the images for their posters, PR, program and the show images. I always enjoy the shows and the latest is no exception!

From the writer of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice,  Jim Cartwright, “TWO” is a story of the British pub and those that frequent it. Two actors play all characters who tell their stories.

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The AmEgos Theatre group presents this show this week  Wednesday 2nd November to Saturday 5th November,at the lovely Buscot Park Theatre.

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The Theatre constructed in 1936 for the 2nd Lord Faringdon it has recently been restored and provides an excellent venue for this great show.

A few images from last night’s dress rehearsal.  It is really worth going to see…

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Tickets are available  http://www.wegottickets.com/AmEgos (plus £1 booking fee) or Hare in the Woods, Market Place, Faringdon.

Bar from 6.45pm

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More information can be found on their website : http://www.amegostheatre.com/two-2016.html

A Trip to the Vets

As an animal owner a trip to the vets is not normally something that I look forward to because it usually means that there is something wrong with one of my dogs. However, this time it was very exciting! I had been invited to go along to Cherrydown Vets in Basildon, Essex to spend the day taking photographs to be used for their new brochure and website.

Having had pets for many years I have been a customer at many vets and would highly recommend Cherrydown to any one that lives in the surrounding areas. It’s a big, bright, clean and friendly practice and the staff really care about your furry friend(s).

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Cherrydown is led by Director Jonathan Nurse and he is backed by a dedicated team of vets and nursing staff. In fact they were winners of The Good Vet Guide, Vet of the Year in 2014!

I had a great time meeting all the lovely characters that arrived for appointments thought the day. This two were just adorable. Not to mention the cuddly Cockerpoo puppy featured above, he was not lacking in volunteers for cuddles!

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All the animals regardless of if they were waiting for an operation out the back or waiting for a consultation in the waiting room were happy and relaxed.

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Cherrydown guarantee to be there for you 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year. Staff are on site to care for your pets, so it’s 24/7 at Cherrydown.  This care is not offered by all vets. Its is very comforting knowing that there is someone with your pet all the time. The staff take the time to greet the owner and pets and it was lovely to see that after operations the nurses were giving advise to each owner on how to care for them at home.

I was lucky enough to be invited to take images during some of the operations. I even got to gown up!  Obviously this was important as hygiene in the operating rooms is very key.

Working in low light conditions was a challenge, no flash was used for any of the images. This may have frightened some of the pets and would have been very distracting for the vets. I also spent quite a lot of time stood on chairs to get an elevated view of what was going on.

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Advice on all types of pet care and health is freely available in a friendly environment and there is plenty of room to allow separate areas for Cats and Dogs. I always feel sorry for the cats going into small surgeries that have dogs staring at them in their cat baskets!

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Another advantage is there is an outside area for a leg stretch of for doing the things that often need to be done and relaxation.

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A busy and enjoyable day and as you can see the images were put to good use. The brochure really nice and full of useful information for existing and new clients.

I would like to thank Cherrydown for allowing me to share what they do with you.

Thank you for reading my post… www.meltaylorphotography.co.uk

 

 

 

In the Herald

Every year I help out the fantastic Amegos Theatre group. I do the promotion images for them, cast shots and then go to last dress rehearsal to photograph the show. It is something I always look forward too.

We had a good laugh doing the promo images this year. Even had to put up with sardines in the studio!

The show got a write up in the Wantage & Grove Hearld and Mel Taylor Photography got a little mention too.

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Check out their website to see what people said about the show! http://www.amegostheatre.com/noises-off-20151.html

The show was a great success and if you missed it then keep and eye out for the next production… here are a few images from the show.

 

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Lesley Phillips – Director of Amegos Theatre Group.

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Into the Woods…

I have been working with the AmEgos group for a few years now. AmEgos are a small friendly group of actors and technicians who aspire to produce plays and musical that will thrill their audience.

They  are all amateurs but the productions are always very professional!  They advertise for new members all the time and are such a friendly group. They rehearse in Childrey or in and around the Wantage area.

I was first approached by Lesley Phillips in 2012 and asked if I would be willing to help out with promotional work for their debut production of Little Voice. She was so lovely I could hardly refuse and I have not looked back and enjoy working with Lesley and the cast members very much.

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, debut production in 2012 by AmEgos theatre group. For this production I provided the promotional images and also cast headshots for the programme.

In to the Woods_0071The show was a great success, the and the singing was amazing.!  Plans had already started for the next years show.

May 2013 was The Pajama Game a Musical comedy followed by DeathTrap a comedy thriller by Ira Levin.

In to the Woods_0074Again I did a shoot in the studio for the promotional Material and also cast headshots.  PJ GameI was asked for this show to go along and do some images at the dress rehearsal. This turned out to be great fun but often a challenge due to the low lighting and I prefer not to use flash and spoil the ambience not to mention distracting the cast!

In to the Woods_0065 In to the Woods_0075Next was Deathtrap, well that certainly had everyone on their seats!  Here is one review that sums up the performance very well.

To make Sidney’s slump all the more painful, Clifford Anderson, a student of one of Sidney’s writing seminars, has recently sent his mentor a copy of his first attempt at playwriting for Sidney’s review and advice. The play, “Deathtrap,” is a five character, two act thriller so perfect in its construction that, as Sidney says, “A gifted director couldn’t even hurt it.” Using his penchant for plot, and out of his desperate desire to once again be the toast of Broadway, Sidney, along with Myra, cook up an almost unthinkable scheme: They’ll lure the would-be playwright to the Bruhl home, kill him, and market the sure-fire script as Sidney’s own. But shortly after Clifford arrives, it’s clear that things are not what they seem! Indeed, even Helga Ten Dorp, a nosey psychic from next door, and Porter Milgram, Sidney’s observant attorney, can only speculate where the line between truth and deception lies.Written by Craig C Bailey

ZX7A9359 ZX7A9403We really enjoyed the play last night.  You were all wonderful and the twists and turns in the play just kept us wondering what would come next.  Acting brilliant, stage set brilliant, who needs the West End – GREAT EVENING! (JC Wantage)

Something a little different for the poster this time. We always have such fun doing the shoots. I am surprised the legs are not blurry, we were all laughing so much at the time.

PrintZX7A9497This group just does not stop, they love what they do and so much energy is put in to producing such good shows. The next big production was The Producers.The Pjama gameNew York, 1959. Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. Things turn around when he’s visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. To this end, they produce a musical called Springtime for Hitler written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. Finally, they hire as a lead actress the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (whose last name has over 15 syllables). As opening night draws near, what can go wrong? Well, there’s no accounting for taste…Written by rmolhner

In to the Woods_0070Next in 2014 was Improbable fiction a 2005 play by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn. It is about a writers’ circle, on the night the chairman, Arnold, seems to wander into the imaginations of the other writers. It certainly was not what I expected!  A real surprise. No promotional work on this one. Just cast headshots and the rehearsals. This was a real challenge for the cast with lots of costume changes need. The show was held at the theatre at Buscot Park, it was such a delightful setting.In to the Woods_0073All three performances were sold out a month before the opening night!

That brings us to this year! IN TO THE WOODS! …  What? you have not got your tickets? Well you had better hurry as they are selling fast!  In to the woodsInto the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.Written by Anonymous.

In to the Woods_0076I had the pleasure of meeting the cast a few weeks ago, we had a shoot on Easter Monday at the Court Hill Centre www.courthill.org.uk, Plenty of tea and cakes were consumed too from their excellent tea rooms.

We had some fun in the woods with the cast, for their promotional images. A challenge getting it looking dark and gloomy on a warm and very sunny bright day! I am now looking forward to the final dress rehearsal on Tuesday next week! In to the Woods_0054

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   I know it will be a huge success! 

To get tickets go to http://www.wegottickets.com/AmEgos