A CREATIVE double act has joined forces to launch a unique studio combining art with photography.
Boyfriend and girlfriend team Jodie Rock and Ben Grocott have used their love of art and photography to start Rock Art and Photography from their home in Trentham, in Stoke.
Miss Rock, who lived in Uttoxeter for 15 years before moving to Trentham, has focused her education on art and design starting at school, getting A levels and a degree in the subject.
This gave her the foundation to get a full time job as a marketing executive where she ran all the important marketing strategies and generating all the design work for the business. She currently works in event planning and so wants to take this business into the planning side of weddings.
The 26-year-old said: “Living in Trentham has been ideal for the business, is it easy to get to and our home studio near the canal and Trentham Gardens.”
Mr Grocott, 29, studied photography and has a keen eye for the subject, he always has a camera in his hand and has given up his 21 year rugby spree to pursue this venture.
The couple will sit with clients first to get to grips with their personality and character so they can achieve images relevant to that particular person – they want to give that client a photo shoot which no one has seen before by bringing in props, ideas or different locations to achieve a certain message.
For photo shoots with models it is a very advertising and fashion editorial style of imagery. Depending on the mood and emotion the message being portrayed elements involved in the shoot will differ.
If couples have a common interest or something special to them this will be involved within the image. The same is said for weddings – here the business offers a full day of photography, a photo booth for guests in the evening and wedding invitations.
The photo booth studio will see guests form a queue to a studio where they try on costumes, props, hats and all things oversized to create funny shots.
Mr Grocott said: “We are trying to add fun and creativity in all that we do.
“We don’t want people to feel like they are having a standard picture taken and thus feel ridged – we always say you can tell a genuine smile from a forced – we bring out a smile naturally and this shows in our work.”
To finish off a wedding service Miss Rock will hand make wedding invites and prints and canvases that most business in the industry offer will be available.
However, with Miss Rock’s artist background and experience in painting she also will paint images onto a canvas.
The website will be running within the next month but more information is available from the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rockphotography4u