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National Portrait Day 2014 (Formally Happy Faces Day). 5th April.

National Portrait Day (Formally Happy Faces Day).

5th April 2014. 10-30am -5.30pm  - Athlone Town Shopping Centre. 1st Floor.

Following the great success of the last few years of the IPPA Happy Faces Day, I’m happy to announce that I will be participating again this year on the 5th of April.

National Portrait Day, which was formerly known as Happy Faces, is an annual event organised by the Irish Professional Photographers Association (IPPA) in aid of a chosen charity (ISPCC this year). Now in its eighth year, the campaign raised over €80,000 for charity last year and it is hoped that the amount can be topped this year.

 

National Portrait Day Formally Happy Faces Day

Formally Happy Faces Day

Corin Bishop Photography is calling on people in Athlone and the Midlands to take part in the IPPA’s National Portrait Day, a new fundraising initiative in aid of the ISPCC. Sponsored by Canon Ireland, National Portrait Day is a week long campaign celebrating great photography with all proceeds going to the ISPCC.

To date Corin Bishop Photography along with the support of the people of Athlone and the Midlands have raised over €21,000 for charity. In the last two years we raised €8700 for Jack and Jill. This year it’s the ISPCC.So whether you want to freshen up the family album or perhaps get that perfect shot of yourself, it’s an ideal time to take advantage of this fantastic offer for a worthy cause.

Corin said about the event “The support from the local people has been amazing year on year. Last year there was a queue out the door and we did 147 portraits in one day which is really quite incredible.”

Jonothan Sultan, marketing manager, Canon Ireland said “We are pleased to partner with the IPPA once again on such a positive and powerful initiative which not only raises money for a worthwhile cause but also celebrates great portraiture and the power of fantastic imagery.”

“We are delighted to be chosen as this year’s National Portrait Day charity partner” explains Aisling Andrews, Corporate Fundraiser for the ISPCC “With every portrait taken you will be helping to answer five calls to our Childline service. This means five vulnerable children who reach out to us will have their issues listened to and understood because of that one portrait and your wonderful support, and for this we are extremely grateful.”

FAQ – So how does it work?

Quite simple really. For a €25 donation to ISPCC you’ll get a professional portrait and 7×5″ print

It is one donation and one sitter, we can’t accommodate groups, families/siblings together due to time constraints and practicality.

Due to the demand that this event generates we will operate a ticket queue system. When you sign up we’ll give you a ticket number and we will go through the tickets in order. This means you need not worry about loosing your place and you can keep the kids entertained. We are hoping to have some activities for the kids too! Will keep you posted!

We will do our best to accommodate small babies too. Just bear in mind they will be laid down on a bean bag so make sure they don’t have lots of clothes that can bunch up.

This portrait is NOT JUST FOR KIDS!! It’s for ALL AGES!

Choosing and ordering. When you sign up we will book you in for a viewing at Corin Bishop Photography in Monksland (please note, I’ve moved!).  You will go through the images we’ve shot and you can  choose your free portrait. You can then order more copies and/or framed images too.

What to wear? Keep it simple and timeless. No logo’s or current fashion.

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Romantic Castle Wedding

A Romantic Castle Wedding in a Secret Location…

I’ve wanted to blog this wedding for a while. It was from a while back but I’ve only recently been able to blog about it. The couple was happy for the images to be blogged but the location itself was a privately owned castle and I need to get confirmation that they were ok too! I still can’t say where it is but hey, you can still look at the pictures.

It was a very small and intimate wedding, it was going to be inside but at the last-minute it was decided (as the weather was good) to do it outside. Everyone grabbed a chair and out they went to the helipad which made for a perfect setting for the wedding! Probably the first wedding I’ve photographed on a helipad, probably the last too…

Anyway, can’t give too much more details so here’s the pics… enjoy!

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Patrice and Ruarí Middle Park House Wedding

I thought I’d blogged this wedding! Turned out I hadn’t! So here it is!

Taken at the fantastic Middleton Park House a while ago (2012!). I remember we had just left the church quickly as it was getting dark and rainy. As we were driving from Castle Daly to Middleton (via Moate) there was thunder and lighting behind us. One hell of a storm. Didn’t hit us though! I was putting on sun tan lotion to protect my head from getting burnt while back near Athlone they were drowned!

Anyway…. you’ll notice some pictures were taken in a really cool house… it was the bride and grooms new house and it had gorgeous light… a lovely contrast of modern against the old of Middleton.

Enjoy!

 

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Save The Date – Alternative Use of an Engagement Shoot

I always offer my wedding clients the opportunity for an ‘engagement shoot’. But this time we did Save The Date.

Now, these days the whole ‘engagement shoot’ thing is a bit old hat. Most people have been engaged ages or it’s not really their thing. I tend to call them ‘practice shoots’ or something similar. It’s a really handy thing to do. I get to photograph the couple and know how they act in front of a camera. The couple get to know how I work and get a few tips. Generally it makes the actual wedding day go a LOT smoother!

However there are other uses for this shoot and this is an example. Joanne and Jonathan aren’t getting married till 2015 and haven’t sent out the invites so they wanted to use the shoot to get some cool ‘Save The Date’ images for the invites.

They had a few ideas, gathered a few props and we met at the Glasson Country House Hotel on a very dark and rainy day and tried a few things!

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Shannon Princess Luxury Boutique Hotel Barge Ireland

The Shannon Princess has just launched their new website

At the very end of the last season I was asked to shoot some updated photography of the Shannon Princess, a luxury floating boutique hotel. We were very lucky with the weather as the next day was really bad and hasn’t improved since!

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The Shannon Princess is owned and operated by husband and wife team Ruairi Gibbons & Olivia Power. They have extensive experience from the world of restaurants, hotels, yachting and have brought it all together to create a wonderful luxury river experience.

As someone who lives and works in Athlone, I’ve seen the Shannon Princess many many times as it passes through and moors here. I’ve heard many nice things about the boat, the owners and staff but by far the biggest thing I’ve heard about is the food. Everyone knows that the food is fantastic. When I visited them for the photography I was blown away the quality of the food being served to the guests (from a tiny little galley). Even to see the reactions and smiles on the guests faces when it was being brought out was quite amazing. All the guests made a point of talking to me about the food! I was starving when I finished the job but my ham sandwich just didn’t quite do it for me:(

Anyway, here are a few of the pictures I took.

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Photography Lessons/Training Vouchers

Photography Lessons/Training Vouchers

Teach me photography lessons

I am now offering either small group lessons (max 3 people) and individual photography training lessons. They can be for either a half day or full day, individual or small groups. Anyone who comes on one of my training sessions will get customised training at any level (from newbie to professional). The requirements for each person will be tailored so they will get the most out of it.

Have a new camera and no idea how to use it? Want to improve on what you know? Want to go to the next level in photography? Want to know how to edit and post-process your images? You might even want to know about lighting? How to take better portraits? Better landscapes?

All participants will also get access to my printing services so they can print up to 6 of their photographs taken during the session (up to 8″x12″ in size).

Voucher 1. Group Training Session (max 3 people). Half Day. €125

Voucher 2.  Group Training Session (max 3 people). Full Day. €195

Voucher 3.  Individual Training Session. Half Day. €245

Voucher 4.  Individual Training Session. Full Day. €395

A great present for someone else or just yourself! You don’t need to get a voucher either. You can just get in touch and book in. For individual courses you can arrange a date directly and for group sessions I will be posting dates/times as they come up. Just put your name down!

 

General Terms and Conditions: The Training vouchers cannot be exchanged with normal Corin Bishop Photography vouchers. They are valid for 1 year. All training will take place in the Athlone/Midlands area and participants must make their own arrangements for travel. In the case of the small group session you will be partnered with other trainee’s with similar experience and requirements. Basic refreshments are included but in the case of full day sessions lunch is not included. Further T&C apply.

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Gemma and John – The Full Wedding Blog Post

Not just a sneak peek, a bit more detail from John and Gemma’s Wedding at Lough Rynn Castle

I did a sneak peek of this wedding from the summer here. I’ll try to not to repeat too many of the images I showed then so have a look at that post too..

As well as showing a few more images from the wedding I’ve actually got more details about the suppliers which Gemma was kind enough to supply.

Gemma and John live in Australia. They are, of course, Irish. So the wedding was back here (shame, I wouldn’t mind travelling to Oz to photograph a wedding!). So the day of the wedding was the first time I’d met either of them!

The ceremony was in Mohill, County Leitrim and for for those who don’t know it’s one of the local churches for the fabulous Lough Rynn Castle Hotel. I’m a fan of Lough Rynn for weddings (and in general!). Not only a lovely hotel with wonderful views, food and friendly staff but it’s great photographically. There is so much you can do there, even if the weather isn’t too good. Luckily for us the weather was amazing!

Wedding Supplier Details:

Bride’s dress: Jenny Packham, Sharon Hoey

Brides’s shoes: LK Bennett

Bride’s headpiece: Kirsten Kuehn Bridal

Groom’s suit: Suit Supply, New York

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Coast

Flowers: Feehilys Florist, Sligo

Make-up: Aisling Leydon, Sligo

Hair: Pauline Dineen, Sligo

Cake: Bride’s Mum!

Band and DJ: The Poor Boys

Engagement Ring: Abana Jewellers

Bride’s wedding band: Cerrone (Sydney, Australia)

Other things to note? Well, the priest was Gemma Uncle. He’s also a photographer! So I was closely watched! He was also photo-bombed my shot of the bridesmaids/flower girls at the church. See if you can spot the pic!

I won’t bore you with more waffle… enjoy the photographs!

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Long overdue Portrait Post

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged any updates and it’s even longer since I blogged a portrait post

So. Here goes…..

These are the Broderick Twins… I’ve photographed these two since they were babies and it’s been wonderful to see them grow up. Each year they come in for their portrait. A lovely record of the way they change over each year.

These are the latest!

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