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2017 CPA 1st prize

Today Michelle and Cianan came to accept their prize, – it’s a beautiful 20×16 inch framed print that would grace anyone’s home and will be a memory to treasure forever.  Cianan won the local 1st Prize in the 2017 ‘Child Portrait Awards’ – in support of the Lullaby Trust.


You could win the 2018 CPA (or FPA, if you’ve two or more people to enter) and we’re still supporting this amazing charity.  And the UK prize is £1000!  Just a £10 donation to our charity fund is all that’s needed to enter.




Beating the Beast!

This week the whole of the British Isles have been under a cloud of snow, with temperatures plunging into minus figures, snow drifts closing roads and causing traffic chaos, as The Beast from the East brings Siberean temperatures across Europe.  Just as the Beast took hold, ‘Storm Emma’ sent gale force winds to chill us even further.

The result was that most of our studio appointments were cancelled or postponed.  One determined client was Baby John, who (along with his parents) battled through the snow rather than miss his appointment for the last session in his Baby’s First Year package.  So here he is, in seasonal conditions…


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Saturday We’ans

Saturday 24th February was a day of babies and toddlers at Dundonald.  First we had the lovely baby Nisha, in for the last visit on her ‘Baby’s First Year’ package.  She’s ONE!


Then later in the day, along came cousins John and Teddy, great buddies at the best of times, here they are demonstrating their friendship for the camera!


2017 Mini-Models

Our 2017 Mini-Models Competition closed on 8th December, ane we are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners. There’ll be three great local prizes, and the 1st Prize-winner locally will go into the national competition to stand a chance of winning £1000!

2018 Competition opens in February – but BOOK NOW to get the best times. Go to to find out more. Entry by £10 per child donation to the Lullaby Trust.


Casper the friendly dog made his way up to Dundonald, (battling through the wrong kind of snow) to reach our studio for his photoshoot.  At 12 years old, there’s hardly a grey hair on his head (unlike your ancient photographer!).  He took the whole session completely in his stride!  Here he is in one of our popular doggy props…


Fancy giving it a go?  If you’ve got a dog who just tugs on your heartstrings every time you see those big eyes pleading with you, get him booked in for a professional studio visit, – you’ll not regret it!

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August Mini-Models

August ‘Mini-Models’ are all now submitted to our ‘National Child Portrait Competition!’ – Raising funds for the Lullaby Trust to help promote healthy sleep in for babies.

Last month 12 lovely  Mini-models took part in the local competition, between them raising £120 for The Lullaby trust. And here they all are…

Join in here……/childrens-portrait-award/


Kawasaki Motorcycle

Last week I noticed this lovely 80’s made Kawasaki parked at the unit next to our studio at Dundonald. The Nikon FG20 was sitting on the front seat of my car, – so as usual I reached for it and began snapping.

The camera was loaded with Ilford FP4 (ISO125) Black and White film. I developed it for 5.25 minutes in Ilfosol, to bring up the highlights, and increase the contrast. For an experiment, I pre-washed the film in water for 60 seconds, agitating throughout, then washed again for a similar time after the fix. Beautiful negatives, with acceptable grain.

PreWash Test_BikeIncidentally, I can’t begin to think what the bike rider thought when he came out of the shop next door, and found this old bloke with an ancient camera, down on his knees, taking a suspicious interest in his bike! Perhaps I’ll offer him a print!

Price List Restructuring. 

Price List Restructuring. 
We believe in complete openness and honesty, so we are informing everyone that as from 1st August 2017 we will be restructuring our Studio Price List. 

This is the first real change in the Price List from 2005 and it is needed in order to meet the challenges and demands imposed by the wider availability of cheap inferior digital print services both online and in the local town squares and shopping malls. Some of these are ignoring the Copyright Laws. 

To enable our studio to compete and to make a small profit we are making some changes. These are:

1. Single Prints. There will be a small increase in the cost of individual (single) prints. Single prints are our least profitable line – because of set up costs, postage etc. 

2. Print Packages will rise very slightly, but will be better value, with additional product at both Bronze and silver level. 

3. Digital Downloads. Here is our real challenge, and the threat to our existence. Our complete digital download package has been too cheap to reflect the true costs of production and the loss of wall-art sales due to cheap and inferior print services. The Gold full-resolution digital download will now be £250. That is still cheaper than other professional studios AND for the first time we will offer to sell single digital files and low resolution digital downloads. These will be £36 each for single files and £150 for a full gallery of low-resolution images (fine for mobile/Facebook etc.). 

4. Photobooks remain a real value item. To reflect set-up costs the 10 image and 12 image books have risen slightly. The larger books have not changed.  

5. Booking deposit. As previously announced a refundable booking deposit of £25 will apply to every booking without exception. This will be refunded or credited at the viewing. This change was reluctantly introduced only because of time wasters who book and then don’t turn up. 

These changes will apply to all studio appointments from 1st August 2017. 

Bob & Janette.