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Charity Portrait Shoot

Thank you to everyone who has shown interest in the Charity Portrait Shoot on March 24th this year.

The event is an annual one that I run and previous benefactors have been the Laura Lynn Foundation, ISPCC, Hand in Hand Galway, St Anne’s Stroke Unit in UHG and last year’s one which was for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

The event will be running from 10.30am through to 5pm on Sunday March 24th.

I’ve received a lot of interest from the public regarding same and I’m hopeful that we’ll raise a nice sum of money for Make A Wish Ireland.

You’ll see some examples of last year’s shoot in the video below.

2018 Summary

There have been several enquiries about booking a time for portraits on March 24th. Having used a booking method in the past, it’s unfortunate that it’s messy and unreliable with few people arriving punctually for their slotted sitting making it messy from a very early point in the day. Therefore, I will be taking portraits on a “first come” basis.

When working with families in my studio, a portrait sitting can take between and thirty and nsixty minutes depending on the form of the children and the requested shots that parents would like. I’m sure most people will understand that as the Charity Portrait Shoot is a fundraiser that’s generating a lot of interest for a worthy cause, this length of time is something that isn’t possible on March 24th. I will capture as many portraits as I can for you during your sitting while also being conscious of the other people that may be queuing in order to contribute to Make A Wish Ireland. The average time spent on each person/family is 5 or 6 minutes…please bare this in mind and indeed have real expectations as to what we can achieve in a short period.

I don’t think the Charity Shoot lends itself to images of new-borns, or indeed large family portraits with plenty of young children/babies…..a session in the studio being necessary for this type of work as it requires time….and in the case of new born photography….plenty of heat and props.

Portraits where children aren’t involved tend to work faster as teenagers’ adults and grandparents tend to respond a lot prompter to some helpful advice by the photographer.

As this is a Charity Shoot with 100% of monies raised going towards Make-A-Wish Ireland, I look after all the costs associated with the shoot….from the capture to the edit, print, mount an postage….I ensure all your money goes to charity. As it’s a non-profit shoot for me, some people feel it’s okay to ask for the digital files……the answer to this is “no”. I sell images for a living, handing them over because it’s a charity event doesn’t change my ethos on same.

I will email a link to a private gallery of your images the day after the shoot (possibly two days for some)….you can select your chosen image as per your donation and I’ll arrange posting it to you. Some people purchase additional images and again all of the sales goes to Make-A-Wish Ireland.

I hope the above information is of benefit to you, and if you have any further queries, please get in touch

Payment can be made on the day of the shoot….or indeed people can pay before the day too by clicking on this link (please bring receipt of same to the shoot) and the minimum donation is €25.

Finally some tips on what to wear!
Keep clothing simple. Try to choose solid colours for your portraits. Avoid large, bold patterns such as plaids and stripes.
Avoid short sleeves and tank tops. Long sleeves will draw attention away from your arms and helps bring the focus back to your face.
Darker clothing slims. Light tones tend to emphasize body size.
For a family portrait, keep clothing consistent. Dress everyone in the same style, it gives greater harmony to an image.
Don’t mix casual and formal clothing in portraits!

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