Little Wings Photography Promotional Film

Last week I spent a day with Manchester-based photographer Matthew Grainger, at his studio 'Little Wings Photography' in order to produce a promotional film for the business. Matt is a very accomplished wedding photographer, but he's also a specialist in newborn photography and portraits, and he's truly fabulous. 

All images taken by Matthew Grainger  

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I joined Matt just as his first cake smash model arrived. Emily was first up, and she took a little bit of persuading that the camera was her friend! Matt has a brilliant manner with the children, with heaps of toys and props to keep their attention and make them smile for the camera. 

This was the first time I'd filmed a photographer in action in a studio, and the first time I'd been witness to a cake smash. I'm not sure I was quite prepared for the mess... let alone all the stickiness! Just when I thought it couldn't get any more messy, Matt got the jar of jam out. We soon discovered that little Emily was a big fan of Jam...  

After a bite to eat and a clean up (a LOT of cake mess), Matt's second cake smash of the day, Logan, arrived.   Logan loved the camera from the very start of the shoot - he was such a smiley baby. 

After a bite to eat and a clean up (a LOT of cake mess), Matt's second cake smash of the day, Logan, arrived.  

Logan loved the camera from the very start of the shoot - he was such a smiley baby. 

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It didn't take Logan long to smash into his cake, with a little help from Matt, and his mum. Being sticky didn't seem to bother him at all! He made it look so effortless that I almost wished I could plonk my own head in the middle of a cake, and perhaps I will some day, I'll keep you posted! 

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What really did amaze me is how stunning the images have turned out. Don't get me wrong, Matt's standard is incredibly high, but it just seemed strange that such a messy shoot could look so beautiful, relaxed and fun. I wonder what age it is that you become bothered by having jam spread on your cheeks?!

Each full cake smash finished with some splash time in a beautiful tin bath, complete with bubbles. Ok so yes it's fun to photograph, and the images look super cool, but it also saves the parents and guardians a lot of grief cleaning their cars out...

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Matt's final shoot of the day was Lyla, and there was no cake smash this time. I got to see some of Matt's gorgeous homemade props, all lovingly crafted and tailored to his style of photography, and what suits the children he photographs. He also has a massive selection of clothes, hats, and costume jewellery - something to literally suit every occasion, and to match the many backdrops he has in the studio! 

Lyla was a fantastic little model. She was captivated by the camera, and smiled all the way through her shoot.  

Lyla was a fantastic little model. She was captivated by the camera, and smiled all the way through her shoot.  

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It was a real pleasure to spend my day at Little Wings Photography. As a videographer I never get to be inside a photography studio, so I'm delighted I got the opportunity. Matt is a top bloke, and I'd recommend him highly. 

Here's the result - the Little Wings Promotional Film...