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Craig Derrick Photography


Following on from the announcement of the Miss Cheltenham Competition in the Regent Arcade it seemed a relevant way to start our editorial this month by informing readers of The Cheltonian all about how Craig Derrick Photography Ltd have been honoured to be involved in the National Beauteen UK Finals.

This exciting event was held at The Cadbury Hotel in Congresbury, Bristol on Thursday 21st April and involved the 10 stunning teenage (aged 15-19) finalists (see picture opposite) from England and Wales. Craig Derrick Photography were delighted to be approached by Elaine Flukes, Director of Lip Gloss Events Ltd - E: T: 01752 847338, who organise these exciting events throughout the UK and invited us to attend and photograph the National Finals for England. Craig Derrick Photography not only gave our professional time (free of charge) but using our state of the art “On-Site Professional Event Printer” we ensured all the competitors could purchase a “Special Event Offer” package of images to have from this amazing event as mounted professional prints and full copyright images on disc (ideal for Facebook). This we believed was a perfect momentum for the competitors (and their families) of their success in reaching the finals. For the winner we also donated the prize of a 2 Hour Fabulous Make-Over Photo Shoot including 5 framed 9” x 6” professional prints and those images with full copyright on disc (worth £299).

Congratulations to Shauna Mallon who was crowned Miss Beauteen UK 2011 (see picture opposite) with runner up Chloe Ball. Shauna Mallon will go on to compete in the international final in August 2011, held in Houston, Texas. Also present at this event, with their supportive family and friends, was Miss Beauteen Wales 2011 - Rochelle Gough and Miss Beauteen Ireland 2011 - Nicole Laverty (see picture opposite) who joined Shauna Mallon on stage to be presented with their crowns, sashes and flowers.

Jess Goodwin, the event co-ordinator from Lip Gloss Events Ltd said “Having worked with Craig Derrick and his team at our National Beauteen Pageant, I was so delighted with the outcome. His professional and friendly team produced outstanding photographs throughout the day and the best photography company I have ever worked with. Being the event co-ordinator of teenage pageants it is crucial to pick the right photography company to work with our teenagers and Craig Derrick Photography Ltd really did a brilliant job and went beyond the call of duty. I couldn’t have asked for better!”

Now no matter how stunning you are a little pampering goes a long way and what better place to go and unwind, de-stress and leave feeling pampered and gorgeous than at Chapel Spa Cheltenham – E: T: 01242 518075. Beyond the threshold of the 1816 Portland Chapel, now lovingly restored to a Day Spa, there’s a multitude of sensory experiences waiting to be enjoyed which features very individual and personal touches and where you will be looked after every minute of the guest journey by professional and enthusiastic staff. This small and intimate Moroccan style Day Spa, owned by Emma Whitelaw, Rising Star of the Year Winner for Gloucestershire Women In Business Awards 2011, features a hydrotherapy pool with candle-lit relaxation area, steam room, gym, yoga gallery, Arabian rasul and seven treatment rooms. For all stressed souls who need to escape for a day, or perhaps just to catch up with friends and feel pampered, or for romantic couples wanting to treat each other, a day in Chapel Spa’s hands is the answer. Curl up on the sofa over your morning coffee, let the waters of the pool ease away the aches and pains, experience the pleasures of a full body massage. There are many ways to spend each sensory moment at Chapel Spa, and the choice is up to you. Chapel Spa’s treatments are delivered in a unique and individual way. The extensive range of products on offer are: Eminence Organics, Elemis, Carita; a 5 star anti-ageing range, Mama Mio; exclusively for pregnant women, Jessica Nails and Youngblood Mineral Make-up have been chosen very carefully by the team. Chapel Spa’s ethos is that they never sell anything that they are not personally passionate about and immediate effects need to be proven before anything goes into their brochure. With this in mind, whatever treatment you choose, you can be assured that you will leave immediately noticing the benefits! The treatment rooms are cosy and atmospheric, with Moroccan accessories and scented candles, which will allow you to escape into your own tranquil world, whether it is for an express half hour treatment or for a couple of hours of full pampering. We recognize that everyone is an individual and we allow an extra 15 minutes on top of each well-being treatment to ensure that you have time to settle into your treatment, choose the music that you would like to listen to on your own individual iPod and to ensure you have time to awaken slowly afterwards.

All Chapel Spa Therapists go through a rigorous training programme to ensure their treatments are expertly delivered to a very high standard and work very closely with the local college to help share their expertise. With Chapel Spa’s prestigious reputation, you would have thought you would have to be a member to use their facilities. This is not the case! You can visit just for a treatment, a few hours in the spa or an invigorating workout in the gym. Or why not combine the above for a whole day where you can completely chill out and rejuvenate. Once you have visited Chapel Spa, it can get quite addictive! With this in mind they do offer various memberships which work out considerably cheaper than pay as you go visits and are very flexible in tailor making a package specifically for you. Chapel Spa also offers Yoga and Zumba classes with the renowned Kathy Moores, who has been chosen, due to her expertise, to carry out Yoga Retreat Courses at the prestigious Le Body Sport in St Lucia. With only 12 people within each class, you know that you are in safe hands and perfect for you to gain confidence and ability whilst receiving personal instruction. Chapel Spa offers something for everyone, whether you are an individual, couple or a group looking for a chill-out hen party, birthday party or baby shower. Having great relationships with local companies such as Craig Derrick Photography Ltd allows Chapel Spa to customise your spa day and ensure it is personal to you. Craig Derrick Photography Ltd support Chapel Spa and their clients by providing – bespoke £49 Gift Vouchers for either a 2 hour Make-Over Shoot or 2 hour Family Studio Shoot (see inset picture) as a gesture of thanks from Chapel Spa to their invaluable clients. For Chapel Spa’s Hen Parties we attend and photograph the final hour of the Hen Party (at the Spa) to capture the Hen Party in full swing taking candid shots for the future bride to have on disc and also a group Hen Party 9” x 6” Mounted Professional Print for each member of the party to take home with them. This photography service is charged at £20 per head and is a welcome add-on to the wonderful experience the Hen Party have received during their celebrations at Chapel Spa in Cheltenham.

Finally, the importance of fitness nowadays in the fast pace and stressful world we live in is essential and 10 weeks ago (prior to turning 40) I decided it was high time to seek professional help with my fitness, in order to regain my energy levels that are so necessary when running your own successful photography business. I had the good fortune to meet Tom ‘TJ’ Jolly of Beach Body Training -, E: M: 07590924929, an experienced and professional Personal Trainer and Body Conditioning Coach that successfully works out of Fitness First in the Brewery, Cheltenham. During my consultation, Tom and I discussed my current fitness regime (none!), my lifestyle, stress levels, diet, bad habits, how much time I could dedicate to working out and what my ultimate goal was (Elle “The Body” Macpherson of course!). Prior to my first 60 minute personal training session TJ measured all my vital stats so we could monitor the change over the next 10 weeks. As a huge thank you to TJ for helping me reach my goal, regain my energy and confidence Craig Derrick Photography Ltd now provide him with bespoke £49 Gift Vouchers (see inset picture) for either a 2 hour Fabulous Make-Over Shoot or 2 Hour Fantastic Family Studio Shoot as a gesture of thanks from him to his invaluable clients. An ideal reward to his dedicated clients for reaching their goal weights or fitness levels – as we believe they will be looking and feeling their very best once TJ has worked with them, which makes our photographer’s job so enjoyable!

Craig Derrick Photography Ltd is delighted to be working in conjunction with such reputable and established companies as Lip Gloss Events Ltd, Chapel Spa Cheltenham and Tom ‘TJ’ Jolly of Beach Body Training.

Craig Derrick Photography Ltd is located at:

Prep House, 53 Hewlett Road, GL52 6AD

Tel: 01242 241253 / 075844 26044