Photoshoot pamper parties was an idea developed by Tony and the team in the summer of 2013 and the parties began when the new studio opened in September 2013. They quickly went from strength to strength as a new and different kind of party idea for girls aged 6 – 11 years.
In April 2014, it was decision time! Oculus were offered premises closer to the centre of Warrington which had been previously viewed and loved, but wasn’t available the year before. To move or not to move? This was the question! Weighing up all the pros and cons, it was decided to go for it! The new premises at Evans House was much more central with far greater footfall, with many passers by each day. They were now central Warrington photographers and the business changed from being a sole trader to a limited company.
The latest exciting development came when Tony was approached to try a new venture as an in-store photographer with a studio set up in a local baby shop. Again, it was decision time… to go for it or not? And who would work there? Timing could not have been better as Leah Darbyshire, who had worked for Oculus Studios part time for several years, finished university and was keen to take on the challenge! The first baby photographs were taken in July 2014, although it was decided that working at the main studio was more suitable, towards the end of 2014. Leah quickly developed her Baby Photography in Warrington, ensuring great success by taking stunning newborn baby photographs at realistic and affordable prices.
2015 offered more in the way of opportunities with an approach from Warrington Market who were keen to have a photographer based in the market and it was decided to go for it. This meant that further staff would be needed to manage two separate outlets. Following discussion, it was decided to appoint an apprentice, someone who could help Toni with the ever growing administration tasks in the office, but also help out with editing and taking passport photos at the studio or at the market. It would be quite a varied role and would need someone with versatility and adaptability. The post was advertised locally and attracted around 20 applicants. Following interviews, the successful candidate, Becky Swainbank who gained a full time position with the company after a 12 month apprenticeship.
2017 has been a busy and challenging year so far with two sites to staff and manage. New clients are continuing to enquire and book, as well as previous satifsfied clients returning. Our event photography service has gone from strength to strength and we’re now looking at further developing commercial and product photography, as this has been something which has naturally occurred through enquiries without any marketing etc.
So from a sole trader business, to a company employing three staff, it’s been a busy few years! We’re so excited by the developments at Oculus Studios and we’re sure that all our fabulous staff will continue to help the company grow from strength to strength!
Just some of our Clients
Warrington Disability Partnership (One of our chosen charities for 2016/17)
Warrington Worldwide Magazine
Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home (charity for rehousing dogs)
Brainwave (charity for disadvantaged children)
Feathers Hotel Group (group of hotels in North West U.K.)
TailorMade (overseas property investment & pension specialists)
Lymn Golf Club
Fife Rangers FC
Heathcotes (catering specialists)
Care for the Paw (charity for canine awareness and rehousing older dogs)
Q Hotels (chain of 21 4* luxury hotels)
Smithfields Kitchens (luxury kitchen designers & fitters)
Barrow Hall College
University of Liverpool Law Society
Great Sankey High School
Warrington Town Football Club
Cheshire Life magazine
The Sun Newspaper
Warrington South magazine
Gok Wan, How to look good naked (TV series)
MEN Spring Wedding Magazine