Happy New Year Happy New you?

New Year    New You    New York?

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and that getting back to normal hasn’t been too tough.

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Not service as usual!

Traditionally January is the time to set new goals for yourself in the up coming year.  We’re all fired with enthusiasm and maybe on a bit of a sugar high from all the Christmas sweeties. Do you have any interesting goals for 2017?

One of the plans for the Angel Images studio is to eventually get my make-up and changing room created. At the moment it’s still a kitchen but Greenock Cricket club  have kindly offered to take the kitchen stuff off my hands for their pavillion. http://www.greenockcricketclub.com/home/ My head is full of ideas for how I’d like to style it. I saw some great lamps at a craft fair made from copper pipe which made me think I’d like to decorate it in an ‘industrial chic’ sort of style. I think my aircraft engineering days will always have an effect on me!

So with the new dressing room I’ll be able to offer a brand new service. If you follow my facebook page you’ll know I’ve been working with the student make-up artists at West college Scotland for sometime now. Well I think it’s time to open up their talents to you. From the spring of 2017 I will be offering make-over and fashion photoshoots at the studio. These will be real pampering sessions to make you feel and look a million dollars.   Look out for a great competition for a mum and daughter session and some model calls as I’ll need some great marketing materials.

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Update your personal brand

So what else is new this New Year?
Well what about you?
Is it time to update your business headshots?

A great headshot on your website or brochures can really help your clients to get to know you. As we all know ‘people buy people’.
I recently had the absolute pleasure of  updating psychic medium Luke Danskin’s head shots. http://www.lukedanskin.com/ I must admit I expected him to turn up in robes with a crystal ball (too much Harry Potter perhaps!) but no, he was very ordinary and yet I could tell that his gift brings great comfort to a lot of people.
He will be performing at the Beacon in Greenock http://beaconartscentre.co.uk/ this spring. Go and see him if you get the chance. Even if he doesn’t get contacted by anybody you know, you’ll have a great night just by being in his company.

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January photo tips

Well believe it or not the short days when the sun doesn’t get so high in the sky and the overcast conditions are perfect outdoor portrait weather. The light is diffused and even which creates lovely soft shadows on the subjects face. Why not go out and try it. Have the sun at a 45 degree angle to your subject and just see what happens.

As the nights draw in quite early – a fun trick to do with your camera and kids (big ones included!)  is light painting. It’s really easy and lots of fun. Simply set your camera on manual, set the aperture to about f:8 or f:11 and set a  long shutter speed on your camera, pop it on a  tripod or other stable surface and let your subject doodle with a torch or sparklers. If you’re writing words just remember to write the words backwards! Ciaran had a go at New year – we used a 4 second exposure which just let a wee bit of the ambient light in

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Coming attractions – Valentine mini sessions

I know it’s only just January but Valentines day is coming soon. (it’s two days after mine and Mr Angel’s 12th wedding anniversary eeeek!)

Have you thought about doing anything special this year. We’ll be running some Valentine themed mini sessions at the studio on the 29th January.

Mini sessions are short and sweet and a whole lot of fun. Each session is only about 20 – 30 minutes long and your child will have a fantastic time playing with the valentine themed props. Our mini sessions are only £49 and include a single digital download image of your choice.

Only 10 sessions will be available on the 29th so call 07932 764963 or email  [email protected]  to make your booking now

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And Finally!

Mr Angel did a very special thing between Christmas and New Year. He took me for a day trip to New York. Seriously a day trip! It was lovely to see the lights and displays in all the big shops and to have a wander round Grand Central station and Central park. It was super busy tho with folks travelling in and out of the city. It also gave me a chance to play with my  little Olympus camera. One of my favourite techniques is to use a slow shutter speed. I love how the moving people are almost ghost like blurs which make the people standing still pop out.

Mr Angel did a very special thing between Christmas and New Year. He took me for a day trip to New York. Seriously a day trip! It was lovely to see the lights and displays in all the big shops and to have a wander round Grand Central station and Central park. It was super busy tho with folks travelling in and out of the city. It also gave me a chance to play with my  little Olympus camera. One of my favourite techniques is to use a slow shutter speed. I love how the moving people are almost ghost like blurs which make the people standing still pop out.Silhouettes walking past the windows at Grand Central station New York busy Blur at Grand Central stationice skating on he frozen pond at Central park New York

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