The Lockdown Logs
Dateline: May 14th 2020
Some exciting news for the Lockdown Log today! My new Studio-Pod is finally finished! The pod had been ordered back in January when I was first considering the long-term future of the studio at Dundonald and before we even had heard the word ‘Lockdown’ mentioned! My original plan was to close the studio around the end of July, when all the outstanding vouchers were finally redeemed. That would give me time to formulate a plan and get organised. So work was to begin on the Pod around March, with installation before the end of that month.
Then came the virus and the Lockdown and everything changed.
But this week some of the construction industry went bak to work, and among them the firm who had already pre-fabricated the Studio-Pod, and it was erected on site in two long days… Here it is!
First images of my newly built Studio Pod at Ballygowan! Just wait until the restrictions are lifted, and I’ll welcome pets, babies, passport photos etc etc. It’s not a full sized studio by any means, not even big enough for a decent family group, but it will serve its purposes very well. It’s all fully insulated, with heating and air-conditioning built in, double glazed and wired.
It’s wood lined and comfortable, and waiting for the lights and chairs etc.
So – some really good news in the midst of the gloom.
To be honest, it’s not often that the average working photographer gets to work with a real, successful model. So you can imagine how thrilling it was when I discovered that the girl in front of my camera today had starred in commercials, had been in videos with popular music bands, and was well accustomed to posing for the crowds! So here she is, photographed by yours truly – none other than professional model Miss Mary M’Lovely.
Isn’t she just gorgeous! Star of stage, screen, studio and the catwalk – erm, maybe not the CATwalk!
Tips for Pet Portraits.
Pet portraits can be GREAT FUN… but a few simple steps beforehand will help us to get the very best out of your pet’s studio visit.
1. Grooming. Whether you groom your dog yourself or have it done professionally it’s important to have it done a day or two before your studio visit rather than on the same day. Some dogs find grooming stressful and that will reflect in their images.
Continue reading Tips for Pet Portraits.
Photographing cats in the studio is never easy. The sudden flash of the lights seems to hurt their sensitive eyes, and after one shot they flee, terrified into some nook or cranny, in the hope of hiding away. Sometimes, even when they are being held by their owner, they will become so agitated that they will claw and bite their way to freedom.
Casper the English Long Hair Cat arrived at the studio yesterday with his human servant, and like any aristocratic cat would do, calmly settled down to pose for the camera, simoly aware that a celebrity cat of his position in life must sometimes nod at the paperazzi, and yield to the demand for publicity. Here’s a shot of him on his servant’s shoulder…