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Photography information and advice is brought to you by Kenny & Sons. Photography is one of the most important aspects of a website. It can also ...


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weddOrganising a wedding in one year using only items bought or services in Thrapston, the challenge is set, follow this section to see what we’ve bought and where we’ve booked!  Can we buy every little thing we need in Thrapston?  Here is our list of suppliers so far. Click the link to read that part of the story;

Venue – Tasty Bite Garden  /  Celebrant – Danetree Ceremonies  /  Wedding Breakfast – Tasty Bite  /   Weightloss before the Big Day – Inspired to Change  /  Skin Rejuvenation – Rockstar Tattoo Removal  /  Wedding Album – Forget Me Not Cards  /  The Dress – Gowns & Garters  / Wedding Favours – Keirayne Sweets / Wedding Favour Bags – Bygone Days /  Plan B Venue – The Kings Arms / Flowers – Florae Foray / Brides Lashes – Younique’ly Hayley / Pre Wedding Highlights and Hair Trim by Flair by Sue / Children’s Gift Bags – Jollys Toys & Games / Wedding Ring – Victoria’s Emporium

Photography – The Value of Photography in Web Design

Photography information and advice is brought to you by Kenny & Sons.

Photography is one of the most important aspects of a website. It can also cause some of the biggest issues when it comes to designing a website. The Internet is a visual media, and visitors to your website judge with their eyes. Using strong, fit for purpose photography is just as important as good design and will greatly increase user experience on your site.

A word on stock photography.

There is no denying that stock photography has its place. There are an abundance of stock photography websites, such as Shutterstock and Alamy, with millions of photographs for you to choose from. But the fact is that the stock photography industry is still best suited to the market it was created for- newspapers and magazines.
It is generally best to avoid using stock images on your business’ website. One of the main reasons for this is that it’s pretty easy to spot stock images. This immediately reduces the authenticity of your website, and therefore your business, to visitors.

There is a lot of research showing the issue with trust when buying online, and this doesn’t just relate to eCommerce websites. If the stock photography on your site adds an element of doubt in a visitors mind, it may potentially lead them to look elsewhere. This leads us on nicely to our next point.

People buy from people.

While this isn’t completely true in today’s world- it’s still a relevant point. Particularly for small businesses. If you are a small, family run business, the photography on your site is a great opportunity to reinforce that and actually show visitors the people involved in the company. We recently shot a set of images for a Corby-based recycling company’s website and not a single photograph was taken without a member of the family behind the business in it.

Fit for purpose.

Many designers will tell you to ‘just buy stock’ images for your website. We can’t stress enough how much of a bad idea this is. You need photography that has been taken by a professional photographer, and that photographer should have been briefed by the client (you) and the designer. Designers are actually making their life a lot more difficult in recommending stock, as it makes fitting the images on to a web site a lot more difficult- if not impossible.

Website Photography Thrapston Kenny and Sons

An image shot for the University of Northampton Students’ Union.

Control over the shoot.

One of the biggest benefits of shooting photography for the purpose of your website design is being able to direct the shoot- both creatively and technically. A good professional photographer will most likely have their own input into any shoot, but the input from the designer is critical to ensure that the images will work in their design. Likewise, client input on how they would like their product portrayed is extremely important as the chances are, they know their product better than anyone.

Match the tone of your copy and the tone of your images.

Another major benefit of shooting specifically for your website is that you will be able to make the photography compliment the words. This might sound strange, but if the tone of the words on your site is relaxed and happy, the photography should be too. Likewise, if your site is very professional and corporate- the images should reinforce this.

Work with a professional.

Choose your photographer carefully- anyone can call themselves a ‘professional’ photographer these days (the same goes for web designers!). A professional photographer is not just someone with an expensive camera- they should ask questions about your business and the goals of the website

Thrapston Photographers

Strong photography can boost the over all success of a website, but it can also hinder it.


A website will be let down by its weakest link. Good photography can really boost a websites overall success, and it can also hinder it.

Thrapston-based Kenny & Sons are one of very few web design agencies that offer a photography service in house. Our photographer has over fifteen years’ experience and has worked all over the world shooting projects for brands such as Mercedes Benz, Barclays, Emirates and Ford to name a few.

Contact Kenny & Sons


Tyler Way, Thrapston, Northamptonshire, NN14 4UE

01832 420 010




Fly Tipping Frustration in East Northants

Fly tipping is hugely problematic in East Northants.

Investigations by East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) resulted in two people being fined hundreds in court this month for fly tipping.

On 5 September, Richard Johnson of Stanwick was found guilty of fly tipping in Midland Road, Rushden.

ENC’s waste team found rubbish scattered along the street in February 2016.  Evidence pointed to Mr Johnson who had allowed it to fall from an unsecured skip.

Mr Johnson had the chance to pay a fixed penalty notice for the offence, but declined.  He was ordered to pay nearly £500 at Northampton Magistrate Court instead.

The next day Corby’s Laura Ramaj was ordered to pay over £700 after she was found guilty of fly tipping in the north of the district.

In February 2016, ENC officers found household waste and furniture dumped on the Gretton Brook Road in Deene.

Evidence lead to Ms Ramaj, who was contacted by the waste team to find out how the material came to be left at the location.fly tipping

Ms Ramaj failed to return the request for information, committing a further offence. He was formally prosecuted by Northampton Magistrates Court on 6 September.

Leader of ENC, Steven North, is concerned that people still think it’s acceptable to fly tip in East Northamptonshire and beyond. “Fly tipping is completely unnecessary and costs us all.” he said.

“Not only does it blight our district, items left on the roadside could contain any number of unknown hazards to passing vehicles, pedestrians or animals.

“Our waste team works tirelessly to ensure any incidents are dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible, but it is frustrating that their time and tax payers money is having to be spent clearing up other people’s mess.

“We hope the recent increase in on-the-spot fines will help further reduce fly tipping.”

How can You Help?

You can help in the fight against fly tipping by reporting any offences online at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/flytipping or by calling 01832 742026.

To get rid of unwanted waste responsibly, please visit one of Northamptonshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. Or visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/bulkywaste to find out about ENC’s bulky waste collection service.