Shropshire Photographer Reinvents Old Classic

A Shropshire entrepreneur who launched his own photography business after being made redundant earlier this year has come up with a ‘reel-y’ unique stocking filler – just in time for Christmas.

Paul Wilkinson, who runs Twig’s Branch Photography, is offering a limited edition boudoir package, which includes images on a retro View-Master.

The View-Master, which was hugely popular in the 70s and 80s, is a line of special-format stereoscopes and corresponding view-master ‘reels’ – thin cardboard disks containing seven stereoscopic 3-D pairs of small color photographs on film.

The View-Master system was introduced in 1939, four years after the advent of Kodachrome color film made the use of small high-quality photographic color images practical.

Mr Wilkinson believes he is the only photographer in Shropshire, if not the country, to be offering photo shoot images in this format.

He said: “Everyone who has experienced using a View-Master will distinctly remember the fun of pressing the little lever and the clicking sound it made when advancing to the next frame. It is such a fun and personal way of viewing your photographs and the retro-kitsch feel perfectly complements my modern-vintage style of photography. I’m aiming to reinvent an old classic for a new generation and, at present, I believe I am the only photographer in Shropshire to be offering bespoke View-Master reels.”

Twig’s Branch Photography has limited places for the View-Master boudoir package on November 30. The cost is £99 per person and includes a 45-minute photo shoot at a luxury Shropshire hotel, password protected online gallery and retro View-Master with personalised image reel featuring seven edited photographs – delivered in time for Christmas. There is also an option to purchase further reels or a CD of all images taken on the day.

For more information, or to book a space on the Boudoir day, visit


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