Take a look inside Pamper and Pose Party HQ

It’s a couple of months now since Pamper and Pose moved into our shiny new party HQ, Studio G in Oldham, and we’ve pretty much got everything set up how we want it now. So I thought it was time for a bit of a virtual guided tour.

We have a separate reception room where we have hot and cold drinks available, included with all the parties. But we also set up food in there for those who want to book it. We have a round table to seat four for our more intimate tea parties, or we can set up an additional 6ft long table for larger parties.

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Next door to the reception room is our photographic studio, totalling 300sq ft and mostly painted in white. We have a brightly lit and well equipped makeover area with a large mirror and room for a makeup artist and a hair stylist to work together.

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At the back of the studio we have a cosy seating area with two sofas, where the girls can sit while they are waiting for their turn for makeup or to be photographed.

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The main photography area is painted completely white and is ideal for high key portraits and large enough that we have easily been able to photograph ten girls lying down in a row.

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We do have an expanding range of coloured and patterned backgrounds and floors to use, but we find the crisp white background is by far the most popular for parties. It makes it very easy to photograph groups and allows for a lot of movement, as illustrated in these party images below.

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Parties at Studio G start at just £99. See our Pamper Party page for details, or send us a booking enquiry if you have a date in mind. July is already very busy.

Thanks for reading,

Lisa x

 

From full time mum to full time photographer and businesswoman

first day-2016Today is a landmark day for me. My youngest child finally started school full time today. For the last eight years I have been a full time stay at home mum. I have loved (almost) every minute of it. But today I am on my own. Time to concentrate on me and time to prove that I can make it as a full time businesswoman. It is a very exciting time, but I won’t lie to you, it’s a little bit daunting too.

Of course, I am not suddenly making the leap from mum to businesswoman. I have been both things in tandem for quite some time now. There have been many twists and turns in the Pamper and Pose story to get me to where I am today. I always knew that I wanted to stay at home with my children. I was 36 when my daughter was born and I was ready to put my career on the back-burner. I knew I couldn’t do both and neither did I want to.

But staying at home means making huge financial sacrifices. I am not in the least bit materialistic, so as long as my children had what they needed I was happy. But my son was born in the middle of a horrible recession. My heroic husband, who runs his own blinds and curtains business, worked his fingers to the bone to provide for us (and still does), but I needed to do something to help. I did what many ‘housewives’ do – I joined a party plan company. I chose Virgin Vie because I had always loved playing with makeup. I was good at the makeovers, rubbish at the selling. But it gave me the confidence to go to night school and train as a makeup artist. Virgin Vie went bust and I started doing bridal makeovers and pamper parties.

Pamper and Pose was born, with me just doing the pampering side. But all the while I was rediscovering an old passion for photography, constantly chasing after my children with a camera in my hand. As friends began to ask me to photograph their children my confidence grew and I joined Welshot Photographic Academy to get some proper training.

Then, around a year ago, I was forced into a position where I had to either let Pamper and Pose go, or step up and take over the photography side myself. With the support of my friends I gave it a go and have not looked back. I know that portrait photography, particularly of children, is what makes my heart sing. I have worked hard over the last year, studying and practising at every opportunity.

So now, the day I go full time, is the perfect opportunity to announce the launch of Pamper and Pose’s sister business – Lisa Marie Gee Photography. My new portrait photography business will run alongside Pamper and Pose, but will allow me to be more creative and hopefully build a name for myself as a lifestyle portrait photographer in a way that wouldn’t be possible within Pamper and Pose.

I won’t be taking my eye off the Pamper and Pose ball in the slightest, I adore doing my photoshoot parties. It just means that this site will concentrate on parties and everything else will be on the new website. So please, if you like what I do, head over to www.lisamariegee.co.uk and have a look.

Exciting times. 🙂