Family Portraits – Disk or Framed?

Family Portraits – Disk or Framed?

“I want to hang my family!”

Like you, I was shocked but then I soon realised all he wanted was a bit of help and someone to talk to.

How people act behind closed doors will always be a mystery to me.

That’s why I emailed my customers recently asking for their point of view.

Is it better to hang your family portraits on the wall beautifully framed or to leave them as digital files stuck on your computer system somewhere?
The replies were really quite interesting.
Most people wanted to display their family photographs but didn’t really know the best way to do it. So now, when people come into my Newton Abbot photography studio looking for ways to hang their photographs I provide a useful guide showing how to place wall art to get the best balance and most pleasing results.
You’ll be glad to know, I will not be making any further rushed phone calls to the emergency services!
My new range of wall hanging photography is called Art Noir and is based on retro-photographic techniques.
I love the old Hollywood movie photographers. They would spend hours perfecting the lights to create shadow and build character in a face until they were left with visually stunning images for movie posters and press releases. So, it’s with a nod back to their brilliance that I produced the Art Noir collection.
The photography takes place in the studio with one or two lights and a black background. Time is taken to produce and edit these striking timeless portraits and the resulting images speak about emotion, depth and absolute simplicity.
The ‘Art Noir’ photography session is always planned with simplicity in mind and clothing is kept dark to maximise the impact of the image. The idea is for the face to be the main feature of the portrait so a low key effect is employed.
Set off in a simple black border and carved frame, they are lightweight and ready to hang.
I think the collection beautifully captures those moments we never want to lose and are a timeless part of our family history.
Framed Portraits

What To Do In Newton Abbot

What To Do In Newton Abbot

What To Do In Newton Abbot

During the school holidays why not try these activities for the family?

What to do in Newton Abbot? St Leonard's Tower

St Leonard’s Tower in Newton Abbot

What to do in Newton Abbot? That is a question many people ask whether you are on holiday or simply looking for something to do with the children during the school holidays. But they soon realise, there is always something to do in the historic town of Newton Abbot in Devon.

A visit to the town’s museum in St. Paul’s Road is the perfect place to start. Here you can find out what is happening locally and be inspired by some of the stories of famous Newtonians. The exhibition centre consists of a rich multi-media archive as well as historical artifacts, maps and easy-to-follow directions for the “Newton Abbot Town Trail” and the “Medieval & Tudor Newton Abbot” tour. If you fancy a day walking and discovering new things about the town you are visiting, then this is a great place to start. Market days allow you to view some of the many varied suppliers of local produce, enjoy coffee at over 20 eating establishments and then allow you enough time to visit the historic St. Leonard’s Tower in the town centre, thought to date back to 1220AD. For further information visit

A family day out at Newton Abbot’s Racecourse can be very exciting. Under 16’s can go free and there is a special family enclosure with great views across the course with bouncy castles and games for the children, which makes it a safe and family friendly environment to be in. Alternatively you can leave the younger children at the Sunflower Day nursery, a creche which opens on each raceday.

If you are looking to capture the family enjoying themselves, why not visit the professional photography studio of Keith Hathaway’s Creativephotos. There you can have a great time with the family having your portraits taken by the South West’s Award Winning Master Photographer. He has the ability to put everyone at ease, making it easier to create those special family moments, even if you do not like having your photograph taken! Images can be supplied on disk and you can view the whole photo shoot on the internet when you get back home. For more information visit

If you like outdoor pursuits, Decoy Country Park is a great fun day out for the whole family. There is plenty to do from riding the various cycling courses, fishing, windsurfing, canoeing to simply pulling up a rug and laying out the picnic hamper. This park has plenty on offer. The Teignbridge Rangers also run guided walks and public events like “It’s a bugs life” which run throughout the year but these need to be booked and a small fee is charged.

Tuckers Maltings still produces malt in the traditional way and is only one of four malthouses in England to do so. The guided tour shows how barley is turned into malt for local breweries using the old Victorian machinery. They last about an hour and includes a sample of real ale from the neighbouring Teignworthy Brewery. This is a tour where you can experience the touch, smell and taste of malt being created. It is a real feast for the senses.

So, there you have it, a small list of what to do in Newton Abbot to get you started on your journey of fun and enlightenment!