Our ZigZag Photography family fun open day has become a little bit of a tradition. With free photoshoots, entertainment and Goodie bags, there’s always a good turn out. We raised £521 for 20-20 Voice Cancer. Read more about the day here.
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The ZigZag Photography Story
It’s been nearly 4 years since we became an independent studio in Leicester and we often have people asking us why we took that leap. We were part of the Venture Photography (now Venture Studio’s) franchise for 15 years. Whilst we had lots of great times, met lots of great people and took many great photos, we wanted more creative control of our studio. Becoming independent has allowed us to diversify and make customer satisfaction our number one priority.
Whilst we’ve got the same owner, same management and the same talented photographers as when we were Venture Photography Leicester, we now run our own production lab from the studio, allowing us to keep our costs down and pass these savings on to you. One of the most requested items on our price list, were package deals and we now have 5 of these available offering discounts of between 40% and 60%. We try our best to work with every individuals budget ensuring that there is something for everyone.
We now don’t need to insist on all members of the family being present at your shoot - whilst it’s nice for everyone to be included, we understand that this is not always feasible. We’re happy for everyone to come along and join in, or just the kids… or even just the dog.
Since becoming ZigZag Photography, we have had a huge increase of customers coming back to us to photograph new milestones in their family life. It’s great when we really get to know you and your family and love meeting your new additions. Here’s an example of someone who came to us for 3 bump shoots and 3 newborn shoots!
We’ve got 100% top rated reviews on Facebook which really show just how happy our clients are with their ZigZag experiences. Our photographers are great at really building up a rapport with our customers and making them feel at ease. Even the most reluctant of family members leave having had a great experience and everyone’s got great things to say about their photoshoot, our staff and their finished products. You can read more of our reviews here on our Facebook page.
We’ve also had the opportunity to branch out and now photograph over 30 schools and nurseries in the area offering our custom themed backgrounds ensuring that your child’s photographs look different year on year. Our high quality, and fast turnaround ensures we are a hit with both the nursery staff and parents!
We also do corporate photography, both in the studio and on location.
We offer free mini shoots through out the year at various events, sending out thousands of free photo keyrings every year, giving everyone the opportunity to have a professional photo if they wish and running competitions to win some great prizes! We’ve also started running our annual open day at the studio that’s free for all to attend. Everyone gets a professional mini photo shoot in the studio that’s printed in just 10 minutes. We also have entertainment, music, face painting, food, toddler classes, goodie bags, a raffle, competitions and more. And it’s all free! You can read about our last open day here.
We did also had life before Venture Photography. We were still in the same location on Portland Road but it was called Clarendon Portrait Studio. We also started the Baby of Year Competitions that run in the Leicester Mercury newspaper and used to travel all around the UK to run the promotion at different cities.
We have a small team of dedicated staff, some of which have been here almost from the start! We try our best to give back to the community, often attending events for free and raising money for charity.
Over 30 years we have photographed thousands of people every year and look forward to photographing thousands more.
Buy your voucher here to come into the studio for your own session to experience it for yourself.
A summer of activities including free photo shoots and an amazing competition to design your own cake and have it professionally made!
Here at ZigZag Photography, we have captured lots of family stories. We give everybody the option of bringing in personal items to really tell your individual family stories and make the images unique to you. We have had captured all sorts of milestones over the years and it's great when a family comes back to us to let us continue telling their story. This is Emily and she has 3 children. That means 3 bump shoots and 3 baby shoots! (and a couple more in between.)
ZigZag Photography have a whole range of ex display frames available at a discounted rate. And as an added bonus, if you've been to us in the past, you can have one of your images printed and framed at no additional cost! All frames and prices are below and are sold as seen and terms and conditions are below. If you are interested in any of them, please either call us on 0116 2700995 or send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
For just £5, you can come into the studio for an hours photography session, our talented photographers will then spend several hours editing your images and creating the perfect show ready for you to come back and view on our cinematic viewing screen. Here you will get to choose your favourite image to be put into a 7"x5" blok with two keyrings as shown below.
Here at ZigZag Photography we do more than just studio photography and it's great when we have people like Janine that have used us for several different things. Janine first heard about us as we did her sons nursery photos, and this led to a family photography shoot in the studio and then a recommendation for her employer to use us. We've worked with lots of businesses - you can read about some of their testimonials here
Did you pop along to our very first, and obviously fantastic open day on Wednesday? Then you might be featured here on our blog!
Can we just say A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all of you, everyone made a great effort to dress up and come along and see what ZigZag is all about.
SPOT OUR 'LONDON MARATHON MAN' TO WIN £50 CASH!
Igor Burbela of ZigZag Photography is running the London Marathon for Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland and has donated £50 cash as a prize for anyone who spots him out and about during his pre-marathon training (see image). Igor is a top athlete and could be training almost anywhere within our city or county…he could be on Bradgate Park one day or running in your town or village the next!!
ZigZag Photography Leicester are having an open day!
If you're struggling to find ways of entertaining the kids in the Easter holidays then why not bring them down to ZigZag Photography's open day! You'll get a Free mini Photoshoot with free print for every child. And we're also giving out free goodie bags! They'll be facepainting, a colouring competion and more!
Children are encouranged to come dressed up and we have several different themed backgrounds to chose from!
View them here: www.zigzagphotography.co.uk/ziglets
No appointments are necessary and you can come for as little or as long as you wish.
We hope to see lots of new and familiar faces!
Who doesn't love a good cake smash? Anything with the word *smash* in it sounds exciting! Here at our ZigZag studio, the messier the better. For some of our recent cake smash photoshoots, there have been dogs, who are excellent little helpers when cleaning up! We're hear to tell you some advice about what to bring and expect if it's your first, second or even your 21st cake smash.
At ZigZag we love to introduce you to crazy, creative ideas that we know you’ll love as much as we do and it’s now time to reveal a very special collaboration we’ve been dying to unveil for weeks!
If you have little ones that love face painting, chances are you will have met Natasha of Hi5Faces, a local artist and straight up quirky human being who, for the last two years, has been working her way around Leicestershire painting tigers, butterflies, superheroes and more on the faces of happy children at places like Twycross Zoo, Curve Leicester and numerous county fairs. Her Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/hi5facepainting/
She's worth a follow purely based on her *things to do around Leicester* recommendations. If ever a job suited a person as much as face painting suits Natasha, she'll be winning awards soon enough. Her passion and creativity know no bounds and her business is about to skyrocket into something amazing. We know this because ZigZag Photography are officially a part of it!
We are proud to be the first professional studio in the area (as far as we know!) to offer a BUMP PAINTING EXPERIENCE in our lovely studios, featuring the amazing talents of this experience artist.
Natasha believes that face and body painting should feel more like an experience, rather than a quick novelty.
We all remember the summer fairs we had as kids, no child could resist the colourful animal patterns and pretty craft boxes full of potential wonder. Ahhk cool! A tiger! Spiderman?! Mum, mum pleeeeease! And she'd allow it because how often do you get to do something this quirky? Your eccentric design lasts for the rest of the afternoon and you and your family are fresh out of energy from the wonderful summer's day activities. Face paint comes off at bath time, or for some unfortunate souls, tea time. And that's it! All over.
But, what if this amount of creativity could be transferred? Not just to faces, but to the arm, and to the body!
For the two years that Hi5Faces has been active, Natasha has worked with many other professional face painters and companies like Curve Leicester,Toyota Derby and SamiTipi <--- this sounds amazing! A tipi party?!?! YEAH! So as well as kids' birthday parties and zoos, Natasha is a solid community driven gal, she has made wonderful connections everywhere at events and top notch locations showcasing her amazing artistic talents.
Here is Natasha at SamiTipi, what an awesome place to have an event! And below is even cooler! Images taken by Richard Murgatroyd Photography
Below, Natasha says, "This was at the Curve Leicester during the press launch of The Witches. It was a huge deal so they put on free face painting for the patrons! I created some special designs based on the costumes featured for the production!" Natasha worked with Livi Lollipop at this event, another amazing face painter/body art specialist within Leicester. "We painted before the play started and then again during the interval. I was at the Curve again for the LCFC parade in May. We had HUNDREDS of kids even before the bus drove past - it was mental! Hi5 Faces and Livi Lollipop ended up on TV!"
Some images below belong to Livi Lollipop and her website is found here.
What is the Hi5Faces x ZigZag Photography BUMP PAINTING EXPERIENCE?
Your bump gives you an excellent artistic licence to photograph every stage of your little one growing, but what if you had the chance to do something totally different? Pregnancy goes by in the blink of an eye, but Natasha's bump painting experiences will be with you forever.
Natasha says "Bump painting is almost like a pampering experience for the mum - it's a chance to do something creative either by yourself or with loved ones. Simply sit and and enjoy someone else making a fuss of your beautiful bump!
Each design is created in full collaboration with the mum-to-be and can range from ideas unique to the family or adapted from inspiration elsewhere." Natasha works with local suppliers and businesses to provide a variety of marvellous extras, such as professional photographers.... Like us! To capture the amazing results, or beauty treatments to make it all super special.
This is 100% safe and 200% fun, Natasha's main priority is mum and baby's safety and comfort, Hi5Faces uses top quality and professional paints which are dermatologically tested and meet all EU safety requirements. Natasha's also covered by Public Liability Insurance for your peace of mind.
ZigZagPhotography has had years of professional photography experience and the bump painting project has been brought to life by the super-enthusiastic and talented Sammy http://www.zigzagphotography.co.uk/our-team-2/ who said: “It’s been an awesome project to work on because it opens up some brand new opportunities for creative photography and some really striking visual effects. I’m excited to be part of such a unique experience, especially as the feedback we’ve had so far has been so positive, with one mum saying it was the first time she’d been made to feel beautiful during her pregnancy! So sweet!”
What's the point?
Bump painting is fun, an opportunity to create unique photos of you at a precious stage of your baby's development, and a way to get CREATIVE as mums can design their own art!
Designs can also incorporate other members of the family so it can become a great FAMILY PHOTO OPPORTUNITY! Or how about a baby shower where all of your closest friends can take part in one big cool design?
The length of time pregnancy art takes depends entirely on the complexity of the design, but allow at least ONE HOUR - some can take up to TWO OR THREE but this is decided at the point of choosing your design. You are free to move around and rest at any point during your session.
People will ask what's the point? We say why not! This is a wonderful experience for any mum-to-be who's after something a little out of the box.
For more Frequently Asked Questions about bump painting check out the Hi5Faces Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hi5facepainting/notes
How much is the bump painting experience?
Was £110, NOW £55!! £25 non refundable deposit
This is what Hi5 Faces and ZigZag Photography provide for you for £55:
Design consultation - including ideas board to choose from if you don't have your own
Speciality paints and equipment
Fully equipped professional photography studio
2 - 3 hour painting, pampering and photo session (depending on the complexity of the design)
Comfort and assurance all the way through
Fun, beautiful props that complement your design
Complimentary viewing by ZigZag Photography to see the beautiful images taken
One framed 7 x 5 desk portrait and digital version for your personal use
And of course one experienced and amazing artist at your service
£55 is an introductory offer so if you would like to grab this amazing opportunity while it lasts, this is how you BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
Call either our ZigZag studio on 0116 270 0995 or email email@example.com for any queries and questions, or call Natasha on 07966 490099 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're happy to make an appointment, call ZigZag Photography and we will book a date that's best for you. Your details will be passed on to Natasha at Hi5 Faces (and no one else), where she can discuss ideas/props/story you'd like to tell with your bump. Payment of £25 non refundable deposit is taken over the phone when booking in with ZigZag; this secures your date and time with ZigZag and Hi5 Faces. Final payment of £30 is taken on the day you come in for your bump painting experience.
ZigZag Photography and Hi5 Faces are proud to be working with each other, we hope to help create beautiful memories for yourself and your family as well as make this a really enjoyable experience!
Check out Natasha's growing 5* reviews! Proof you're in good hands.
Still struggling to imagine it? Check out this video of our most recent bump paints! An extra special mega thank you to Megan and Katie, our awesome bump models for this video and Hi5Faces newest images! We really could not have accomplished this without you ladies and we both thank you for your patience and courage for everything!
This is Aurora Willow Brown. She came into the world, oooo, about two weeks ago and so far, her life has all been about sleeping, eating, looking cute and....! having theee most epic and awesome photoshoot on the planet!!
ZigZag's first birthday is coming up!! We all know the first birthday is the most important, that and the 100th - we fully expect a card from the future monarch when we hit that stage. There has been 365 (or is it 366?) days of hard work, determination and strong spirit from everyone here.
INTRODUCING Ziglets!! Themed photo shoots exclusive to 1 - 8 year olds. Treat them to an afternoon of dressing up, acting out their favourite scenes and letting us capture their spirit! Ziglets is our little sister business that runs from the same studio in Clarendon Park, Leicester.
We have a collection of decorative, dramatic and delightful backgrounds that your kids can play in front of. We've got pirates from the seven seas in search of a new shipmate. Who will look after the new Frozen ice kingdom? Are you our Elsa? Is vintage shabby chic your era? Or perhaps your force has been awoken?
Dogs. Pups! The domesticated wolves of the world. This post is all about man's best friend and what to know when bringing your pet to a photo shoot!
We'll prepare you so that you and your pooch are as excited as the word WALKIES!
We're glad you're here. Reading this. We are going to write down and explain why Clarendon Park is so darn spectacular.
Are you free this SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER ?? Then please keep reading
What? A social gathering is taking place in Clarendon Park! ooooohh!!
Meeting point currently is Fingerprints Cafe, 65 Queen's Road in Clarendon Park
Meeting time is 11am - 11.30am in the Fingerprints Cafe SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER
What to bring; Yourself, an interest in all types of photography, possibly tea bags. For any questions you might have, please send a message to Lo-Fi through their Facebook page, or Twitter page, or just comment below right here. You've only got a few days to reply! Decide if Shelf Life is for you!
As you know... We love hanging out with Leicester Lo-Fi, every Tuesday 6-9pm actually. It's a rather lovely time, where we all work in the darkroom or develop negatives, or simply do the most British thing possible, and drink tea. So much tea was consumed, in fact that there was a stray cup near the enlargers we were using, only seen under the red glow of the darkroom safety lights.
We're calling upon you lot, the public, who has a fine interest in socialising, photography and/or drinking tea. Lo-Fi have an ongoing project called Shelf Life. This project outlines and details those magnificent shops you all walk past and curiosity grabs you in. The more well known of these quirky shops in Leicester would be The Very Bazaar located on Silver Street in the town centre. Very Bazaar contains a gorgeous array of colourful and spiritual knick knacks, mesmorising crystals and beautifully crafted jewellery. Deep aromas surround the place and you feel like you've walked into Aladdin's cave
I was extremely lucky enough to photograph this gentleman. He loves his coffee. Not only did I want to capture a real sense of the place, but also who worked there. This is Andy, I have referred to him as Skull Andy. The Very Bazaar has stood for over 40 years, they celebrated this by having a wonderful street festival - we're just hoping it's an annual thing for these guys.
Another fantastic place is the Tin Drum Book Shop, located on Narborough Road. We're hoping that most of you know this book shop, it is just marvellous. The Tin Drum is the pinnacle of vintage book shops, and it's right here in Leicester! Shelves stacked all the way to the ceiling, to the floor, every square inch of this quirky small book shop is covered in fiction, art, literature, sci-fi, old classics, language books, photography books *wink wink nudge nudge* foreign affairs, magazines and poetry.
These are the types of engaging places Shelf Life is all about. Do you know anywhere you'd like to photograph? Independent and unusual shops? Well!! Glad you asked! This SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER, Leicester Lo-Fi are meeting up in Clarendon Park for a social event doing exactly this. Come along if you've got nothing on this Sunday, we'll teach you how to use the medium format required for the Shelf Life project.
The current exhibition of all 8 photographs done thus far, reside at Lo-Fi's headquarters in Manor House, just off Haddenham Road, just off Narborough Road. You can see them in their full glory every Tuesday 6 - 9pm. We would LOVE to have more for the wall, so why not join us this Sunday 6th December along Queen's Road in the quintessentially independent cafe known as Fingerprints! This is presently our meeting point for Sunday, coinciding nicely with Clarendon Park's Christmas Fair! There will be a bucket load of things going on to keep everyone entertained!
Meeting point currently is Fingerprints Cafe, 65 Queen's Road in Clarendon Park
Meeting time is 11am - 11.30am in the Fingerprints Cafe
What to bring; Yourself, an interest in all types of photography, possibly tea bags. For any questions you might have, please send a message to Lo-Fi through their Facebook page, or Twitter page, or just comment below right here. You've got 4 days to reply! Decide if Shelf Life is for you!
The benefits of working in a photography studio are tremendous. Every day is different, every client is different and it is constantly exciting. And every once in a while, a person comes along and butterfly effects you in all the right ways. This person for me is Laura, the extreme housewife of Leicester. If not for the Blogger's evening on Friday 6th November, I would not have heard about the alluringly stylish hair salon, Danique.
Were you at the Highcross this weekend?? Was it Christmas shopping time? Merely end of season sales that drove you there? And while you were wondering about the upper levels.... Did you have your photograph taken by us?? If so, thank you a million squillion times! We absolutely loved being in the Highcross this year, but Christmas time always excites us the most.