As you may be aware, Maria Calton Photography has been rebranded!

We have a new logo, new brochures, new products and a new website!

This blog has now moved to the new website to keep everything in the one place, so if you would like to continue to follow my blog, you can do this on the new website.

Simply go to and click on BLOG on the main menu.

Logo final largeThanks to everyone that has followed my blog this far and I hope you will continue to on the new website.

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Win A Free Photoshoot in 2013

Happy New Year Everyone!


A lovely way to start the New Year!

As the liker’s on my Facebook page has now hit over 300, its time for a competition!

The prize for this competition will be a FREE Photoshoot and a FREE Framed Print worth up to £165!

The Photoshoot can be a Newborn session, Kids Portrait or even a Pet shoot done in the comfort of your own home!

To enter the competition is really simple, you just need access to Facebook:

  1. “Like” my business page on Facebook – click HERE to go to the page.
  2. Share my page – to do this, go to my page, select the drop-down menu at the side of the Messages tab and click “Share” to share this on your profile page (See Photo – You may have to do this on your computer).
  3. Once that is done, simply comment on this blog post that you have done this and leave your email address. fb page

************To Receive Additional Entries in This Competition****************

Do mention the competition in your post when sharing on your profile – for each additional person that enters through your sharing you will receive an additional entry into the competition but they must mention your name when posting on this blog.

NB. All blog entries will be private.

Providing you have done all of the above your name will entered into the competition and drawn using a random name picker.

Best of luck everyone and spread the word 🙂




Ok the winner of the competition was drawn on sunday using a randmon name generator and look who’s won! Congratulations Rachel Podmore!

Thank you everyone who entered the competition 🙂


Terms and Conditions
  1. Promotion is open throughout the UK however Maria Calton Photography will travel within a 20 mile radius of Barnsley, after this, additional charges may occur.
  2. Entries must be received by 20th January 2013
  3. The Framed print is 10×8 in size in a 12×10 frame with mount.
  4. The winner will be drawn at random as soon as possible after the closing date and will be notified within two weeks of the draw taking place via email. The winner is required to contact Maria Calton Photography to confirm acceptance of their prize within 30 days of notification. In the event of non-acceptance within the specified period, or if the person is not contactable or does not confirm acceptance within the specified time, Maria Calton Photography reserves the right to reallocate the prize awarded to the next randomly drawn valid entry or to forfeit the prize.
  5. Photoshoot must take place within 90 days of competition ending or prize will expire.
  6. The promotion is open to all residents of the UK aged 18 or over excluding employees of Maria Calton Photography or anyone professionally connected with the promotion.
  7. Only one entry per person allowed.
  8. The prize is non-transferable and non-refundable. No cash alternative.
  9. The promotion will be promoted by Maria Calton Photography and via our website
  10. If the Photoshoot is for your children that are under the age of 18, an adult must be present at all times.
  11. It is a condition of entry that the terms and conditions of the competition are accepted as final and that entrants agree to abide by the rules. No correspondence will be entered into.
  12. Maria Calton Photography will not accept responsibility for loss of entries through technical fault.
  13. In the event of unforeseen circumstances Maria Calton Photography reserves the right to offer alternative prizes of equal or greater value.
  14. By entering this competition and by agreeing the terms and conditions you consent to receiving further information from Maria Calton Photography.
  15. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Maria Calton Photography and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for this promotion and marketing purposes.

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All About Jess

Jess is just an absolute superstar!

She has to be the most posable, cutest girl on the planet – she just loves to pose for the camera!

Well, we had a vintage styled picnic which was aborted quite quickly as the scones and cupcakes just magically disappeared within minutes of us sitting down, personally I blame the teddy – he looked suspicious from the start 😉

After numerous outfit changes and a full belly, Jess went dancing in the fields (overgrown park really) and I got some gorgeous shots of a very happy, pouty and posy Jess 🙂

Here’s a taste of what we got until the photo book arrives…will keep you posted 🙂

And you just gotta have some outtakes… 🙂

Lifestyle shoots are available to book at £45.00 for the session plus 10×8 print and DVD slideshow set to music with all images from session. To head to my pricing page on my website click HERE or go to and click on pricing.

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Meet Janine & Chris

I met up with Janine and Chris at Conisbrough Castle for their Pre-Wedding shoot to get them used to the camera. Now I’ve known Janine for quite a long time and I’m quite aware she’s not a big fan of too much cheese. She also said she was fine to kiss Chris, but weren’t too bothered about looking at him LOL….well they have been together for 21 years!!

Chris seemed a little shy and this was the first time I’d met him so understandably so. But after 5 minutes in front of the camera – he had moves like Jagger, totally working it and obviously had been practising in front of the mirror!

Janine had absolutely no issues, she was the perfect model in every way, knew exactly what she was doing….I have high expectations of the wedding day now 🙂

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The Wedding of Lee & Becky

Becky and Lee’s wedding was one of the weddings I was really excited about but at the same time quite nervous about – mainly as it was forecast heavy rain all day and they wanted quite a lot of group shots.

I got to the Midland hotel early on the Saturday morning in Manchester to find Becky and the girls on Malibu shots discussing fifty shades of Grey (A book which Becky had been bought for her honeymoon); needless to say it was an interesting morning 😉

I got some great shots of the girls being airbrushed before driving across to St Phillips church to Meet Lee and his groomsmen.

The guys were game for a laugh and we had a good time getting some different styled shots.

The ceremony was really beautiful, Lee was quite emotional when his daughters walked down the aisle to Forrest Gump and Becky looked absolutely stunning as they said their vows.

Afterwards we headed to Buille Hill, Lee & Becky in their fabulous White Taxi and the bridal party in their big red bus where the party really started…

It really was an amazing day 🙂

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The Wedding of Sharon and Dave

Sharon and Dave’s wedding totally reflected their personalities. It was relaxed, informal, fun and easy going.

Meeting Sharon the morning of her wedding, she was so relaxed, sat having laugh with the girls, not even remotely stressed. Neither was Dave when I found him in the bar, as long as he could take his pint, he was pretty much up for any kind of shot, so we had a bit of fun 😉

The ceremony was held in the Qube at Burntwood Court and looked stunning. Very strange for me as the last time I was there was when it was the Night Owl (good memories).

It was a beautiful day and it managed to rain around the photos – which worked out well.

Big thanks to Sharon and Dave for letting me be a part of their special day 🙂

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A Photobooth is available as an additional extra at any wedding. They usually take place as your evening reception begins after the bride and groom have took to the floor for their first dance and makes for a very entertaining evening.

It’s a great opportunity for your friends and family, adults and kids to get a little wild and crazy and make your evening truly memorable. 😉

We set up in a corner with lights and a background and plenty of props such as hats, masks, moustaches, oversized specs, feather boas etc and snap away as guests take turns in the booth. It’s great entertainment for any party!

To have this additional extra its £200 for 2 hours and all photos taken on the night will be presented on a DVD slideshow set to music.

The photos will then be uploaded to a private online gallery where you and your guests can order prints to be delivered directly to your door.


Every Photobooth booked by the 31st July will receive a Hi-Res Disc of images from your Photobooth session for you to print from and a set of Lo-Res images to use on social networking sites – all worth £220!!

Just pop your details on the form below for more information or to book 🙂

Terms & Conditions

The Photobooth must be booked and booking fee paid before the 31st July to qualify for a free disc. The date for the Photobooth taking place must be in 2012 or 2013 only.

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