Archive for March, 2012

Special Easter Forest Sessions: €50 Session + Canvas Wrap

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Great Package Offer this Easter

With the Easter Holidays approching and Spring definitely here, it’s time to get out in the local parks and forests and take some pictures!

People always love our Forest Sessions and to encourage you to get out there this Easter break we’re offering a special promotional offer.

For €50 you get:

  • A full Outdoor Session in the Cork Area
  • A Viewing Session at the Gallery in Ardfallen Estate to review your selected images
  • A 12×18 Canvas Wrap

The offer applies to Outdoor Sessions taken between 31st March and 15th April 2012 (no sessions available on Easter Sunday 8th April).  Other products can be purchased using session images at our normal pricing.

So now’s your chance to get that Forest Session done over the school holidays.

Call us now to make your booking – 021 429 3714

Angel on the Bedstead

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

St Patrick’s Weekend meant two things for us this year: both girls in the Parade; and the chance for three lie-ins in a row.

It’s been a busy few weeks for all of us and we definitely needed some time to re-charge the batteries.

Thankfully our kids are now old enough to get themselves up and get started at the weekends, which leaves us an extra few zzz’s.

And on Monday morning I woke to find an Angel at the bottom of my bed:

'Everything looks better in Black and White'

Middle Child has been somewhat absent from these pages lately.  Don’t worry, you’ll see much more of her as her Communion approaches…

Portraits

Friday, March 9th, 2012

One of my favourite quotes relating to what I do has to be:

If you want to photograph a man spinning, give some thought to why he spins. Understanding for a photographer is as important as the equipment he uses.Margaret Bourke-White, Portrait of Myself by Margaret Bourke-White

This comment resonated with me before I really understood it.

The more I look and try to understand truely great photographs and how they were created, the more I see that the level of understanding in your subject is key.

The difference between a ‘Portrait’ and a simple picture is that a Portrait captures an essence of character and in so doing stimulates an emotional response in the viewer – whether it’s an empathy or a more negative reaction.

Generating that response, creating a rappor and engaging your subject creating a Portrait requires more than just camera skills.  In fact many of the greats of portraiture weren’t great camera operators but their personalities and creative vision allowed them to create some astonishing portraits.

And I don’t think that this is limited to portraiture.  Looking at Landscape work and stuff like Thom Hogan’s wildlife courses and many other fields it’s clear that a fundamental understanding of your subject and how it tends to behave gives you an advantage in being in the right place at the right time in good light to capture that decisive moment.

So, I’ll add a more recent quote from Thom: ‘Frankly, planning, preparation, and patience tend to gain me more than what the camera makers are gaining in their latest tweaks.’