Posted 28 March 2017


Did you know that that when you purchase a BMW or MINI at Halliwell Jones you'll receive a complimentary voucher for a family portrait experience?

So, we recently sent Gareth from our Loyalty Team off on his own MINI Adventure to Venture Studios in Chester in the new MINI Countryman to sample the experience for himself.

Here's his story....

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Our experience started with a discussion on the phone with Jane from Venture Studios in Chester who immediately made me feel comfortable and excited about the day ahead. She went over what we could expect and really got to know me and my family, advising us on what to bring to make the experience as personal as it could be.

A Boot Load of Clothes and Toys

It was a good job we had the new MINI Countryman, as we took Jane’s advice quite literally and turned up with 3 bags of toys and clothes, as well a couple of kid’s cars as props that my boy loves to play with.

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After getting ourselves ready in our own family dressing room, we all went across the hall to begin. My partner was a little anxious about being in front of the camera, however none of that was an issue as it didn’t feel like a normal photo shoot.

A Big Play Room

From the very first photo to the last we were just behaving as we do as a family, and the energy and fun that Garry and Steven brought to it made it extremely enjoyable. My 17 month old son especially enjoyed it as it was a big play room in his eyes.

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Time Just Flew By

Before we knew it our time in front of the camera was done. That said, at no point did it feel rushed, it was purely the fact that as a family we were so relaxed and having so much fun with Garry and Steven, time just flew by.

After being helped with our bags and toys back upstairs we sat down and enjoyed another cup tea, as well as a few more biscuits. Steven then explained the next phase of our experience and went through what happens to all the photo’s that were taken. I began to truly appreciate the amount of work that goes into each experience with Venture.

Everyone we met on the day, Garry, Angela, Steven and Jane, not forgetting Scout the dog, made it a day that we will not forget. We left with great anticipation for our next visit to venture where we would be shown the finished portfolio.

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The Viewing

A week later we arrived back at the studio and received the familiar welcome. We were shown through to the viewing room and got comfortable on the sofa whilst Steven explained the process behind achieving the final product.

On average 400 photos are taken and meticulously condensed and edited into roughly 40 outstanding pieces of art. We were shown them in a short film with a lovely soundtrack that took us through a spectrum of emotions, from laughter and happiness to sentiment and love.

Out of all of these wonderful photos we were left with the difficult task of selecting our favourites. Each and every photo appealed to us but we had plenty of time to view them and make our decision. Steven demonstrated how the lighting and colour could be adapted to help us in selecting our ultimate favourite.

Decisions, Decisions

Once my partner and I, with a little help from our son had decided on a picture the excitement grew even more. We chose a stunning 24 x 16 metro picture of the three of us and cannot wait to get it on our wall at home.

The experience from start to finish was unforgettable and really was a family experience and not your standard photo shoot. Memories were truly created and to have a very special one of those memories captured in photo form to keep forever makes it even more special.

We all left with an overwhelming admiration for Venture Photography and the work they put in to make unforgettable memories.

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More About Venture Studios

At Venture Chester we create unique family portraiture in the most creative forward thinking way.  We then go on to produce bespoke cutting edge framed images which you and your family will go on to cherish for years to come.

We are a family run, high end, portrait studio, which has been in business for fifteen  years. During this time, the studio owners Garry and Angela Oakes have worked alongside a team of talented and creative photographers, and collectively we have been pioneers in family portraiture. We are proud to say that we have gone on to become the most successful portrait studio in the UK.  Our state of the art studio operates out of an old mill building which is conveniently located 5 minutes walk from the main Chester shopping area.

Over 12,000 families from all over the country have experienced our fun and relaxed portrait sessions, with many of our clients returning year after year as their families grow.  We are also experts in photographing pets as part of the family group.  We promise you that your journey with Venture Chester will be a truly unique and fun experience, creating lasting memories that even the most camera shy will cherish for a long time.

To find out more about booking your family portrait experience please contact us on the details below.

Call the studio directly 01244 394 870 or register your complimentary voucher as a valued Halliwell Jones customer using this link

Venture Chester Portrait Studio, 19a Upper Northgate St, Chester, CH1 4EE.

01244 394 870