Win a Fairy Photoshoot with Pamper and Pose

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We are introducing new fairy themed photoshoots and to celebrate we are giving away one of the first shoots for FREE. All you need to do is subscribe to our mailing list below. You’ll get bonus entries for sharing this post on social media via the buttons at the bottom of the post.

The winner will be invited to Studio G in Oldham during the next month to take part in a fairy photoshoot and will be given a free A4 mounted print from the shoot.

The small print: You must agree to the photographs being used anonymously to promote Pamper and Pose, Studio G Photography and our themed photoshoots. The shoot must take place before the end of October, at a time to suit both parties. The competition will close at midnight on Sunday 27th September. The winner will be announced here and on our Facebook page.

NB. The observant will notice that our fairy above is missing her wings. She is my footballing tomboy daughter. I was amazed she agreed to put on a pretty dress and pose for me, so I didn’t want to push my luck. THIS below is her more usual style. 🙂

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UPDATED:

I processed another photograph from the shoot this morning and gave her some ‘virtual’ wings. Shhhhh, don’t tell her. 😉

 

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2013 – That Was The Year That Was

It’s that time of year when people like to look backwards over the year and process what it meant, what was achieved and take stock as we move into the start of a New Year. I’m no different, so here’s a little look back at 2013, Pamper and Pose style:

2013 was a landmark year, both for Pamper and Pose and for myself personally. Looking back I think that for the first half of the year I drifted along, working mostly as a makeup artist and lacking much in the way of drive or vision. Now, I think that I was feeling frustrated. What I wanted to do was to develop (excuse the pun) the photography side of my business, but I lacked confidence and self-belief, having been badly put down by photographers I knew.

And then something happened. Call it fate, serendipity, or the universe lending me a helping hand, depending on what you believe. What happened was that Welshot Photographic Academy came into my life. I heard that my friend Laura Norrey was modelling for them and before I knew it, one summer evening, I was walking with her into the lions’ den, aka a room full of photographers. I was so nervous that I managed to drop my camera and broke a flash trigger I had borrowed.

But I took a selection of photographs I was proud of that night. The people were welcoming and I learned so much that I couldn’t sleep, I was so excited to get my camera out again. This is one of the photographs I took of Laura that night and for obvious reasons it is one of my favourite images of 2013:

That weekend, itching to create, I set up my studio lights and took a whole load of photographs of my family:

I joined Welshot, couldn’t wait for the next Academy Evening. Under the gentle, parental encouragement of owners Lee Iggulden and Eifion Williams I have spread my photographic wings and tried my hand at low light architectural, street, macro and commercial photography. None of that has any obvious direct link to Pamper and Pose, but the key thing is the way Welshot has boosted my confidence and given me the drive, no, a need, to constantly be learning more. And I do, all the time, from the Welshot team and from the many members I now count as friends.

It gave me the confidence to strike out on my own when I had always worked in partnership before. I redesigned and rebuilt this website, introducing these two little chaps, a creation I made to amuse my children, but which ended up as the mascots for Pamper and Pose.

Photographing children remains my first love and is central to what I do at Pamper and Pose. In the last couple of months I have done makeover photoshoot parties all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire. I absolutely love the fun we have. And last month I finally plucked up the courage to hold a family photoshoot day. It was a great success and I photographed six lovely families that day. I plan to do more of them, and soon.

When I look back at how far I’ve come during 2013 I am very excited to find out how much I can learn and how much I can achieve in 2014. I would like to put on public record my thanks and appreciation to those who supported, encouraged and believed in me this year. So, to my family, especially my husband and my Mum; to my lovely friends, especially Julie Crowley of Clear Mind, who coaches and supports me; and to my new Welshot family I will raise a glass and toast you at midnight.

A very Happy New Year to everyone who reads this, and to everyone who has worked with me, used my services or in any way supported me this year. You have all helped to make Pamper and Pose the fun business that it is. I can’t wait to see where 2014 will take us.

Portrait Photography in the Golden Hour

Photographers refer to the last hour before sunset as the Golden Hour because the lighting can make for some beautiful images. As a mum of two small children I don’t often get chance to get out and try golden hour photography, as it is usually during, or even after the children’s bedtimes.

But on Saturday my husband took my youngest on an overnight camping trip. It was a lovely sunny evening, so I decided to grab my camera and take my daughter out for an evening stroll around Tandle Hills Country Park in Royton, one of our favourite places. The resulting images below are all taken using just the flattering evening sunlight and my favourite 50mm prime portrat lens on my DSLR. I didn’t use flash and I didn’t even take a reflector. I really enjoy playing around with my studio lights, but it will never replace natural light photography for me. It was how I got started and it will always be my first choice.

Photography by Lisa Marie Gee at Pamper and PoseI am really pleased with the results. I think this image is the best photograph I have ever taken of my very photogenic daughter (admittedly I am a little biased). But please take a look at the rest and see what you think. Tandle Hills is one of my favourite spots for family portrait photography, but using the evening light just adds an extra dimension.

The only downside was that we didn’t hang around for sunset as the inevitable groups of young people were beginning to gather and I really didn’t want to be in a park with a small child and expensive camera equipment as it began to get dark.

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