Christmas Already?

Christmas Already?
Photographs make exciting Christmas presents. If you need a present for Mum, Dad or Granny then give them something to treasure forever


We recognize many of our clients like to have photoshoots before Christmas so they can give personalized Christmas cards and framed portraits to parents etc.

If you’re stuck for what to give for Christmas then you’ve got to admit that photographs are a terrific present.

A pretty family shot for Gran and Grandad? A smashing children’s portrait for Mum? A glamour set for hubby to keep?

You can choose from a wide range of shoots including families, couples and portraits. Prices start at just £50 for a family shoot with 7×5 inch print. 

With a comfortable viewing session you can buy additional prints – or digital photographs – for all the family members. 

Text CHRISTMAS to 07802466302 to find out more. 

Dressing for an Autumn Family Session

Dressing for an Autumn Family Session
Autumn is a great time for family sessions. Those lovely, warm fall colors and some gorgeous light make for great photographs.

Here are some ideas of how to dress for your Autumn shoot:
1) You are always trying to keep clothes a little coordinated. If it comes to jackets you may not have a set that works for each of you. In that case see if you can swap jackets for sweaters.
2) Denims work really well. If you can all wear jeans it automatically joins you all together.
3) Use layers, scarves, sweaters, jackets and hats can make great outfits.

4) Go for appropriate shows – riding boots, wellies or fur boots are great. If not then sneakers and flats also work perfectly.

5) Try and choose colors that match the fall tones, so think warm browns, burnt orange or natural creams.

Cluan Place, Belfast – 15 years on.

In 2002, I visited Cluan Place in East Belfast for the first time.  I was visiting a couple of homes in the street, – people who were parishioners of a church that I belonged to at the time.  The reason for my visit was to see if their homes had been damaged in the rioting that was taking place at that time.   Cluan Place lies right on one of the Belfast interface lines, ‘peace-walls’ seperating two communities.  In the case of Cluan Place, it interfaced with the largely republican Short Strand area.  In 2002 friction between the two communities was at a height, and there was a constant police presence to keep the warring factions apart.  One of my friends in the street was an ederly man who had found a pipe bomb in his garden; it had been lobbed over the wall from the other side.

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In August this year I had occasion to visit the street again.  It’s fifteen years from my first visit, and I havent been there since, and I wondered how the community and the atmosphere had changed.  was there still that fearfullness, that alertness of suuden attack?  was there a constant police landrover sitting at the single entrance to the cul de sac?

Needless to say, I had a film camera with me.  I never go anywhere without one, so after my visit with one of the residents I did some photographs.  I hope they paint a small picture of life in Cluan Place 15 years on.

The other side of the wall is Short Strand, equally smitten in 2002, – here’s some pictures of the wall from the Short Strand side, and a lovely new building, on the site where the old ‘Picturedrome’ cinema once stood.

If I had to choose my ‘image of the day’ – it would probably be this one, for after all, like life the summer barbecues go on!

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Belfast Commercial and Family Photographer