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Summer 3-day Special

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I’ve always wanted to offer something amazing and now is my chance to do so. For a very limited time only, some of our products and services are available at 50% discount. Valid for studio orders only. You can also call me and we can arrange payment via bank transfer.


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50% off selected Acrylic Prints and up to £250 off A1 and A2 sizes

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Book your Couture Portrait Session and get this beautiful, handmade 6×6″ album with up to 30 of your chosen images. This gorgeous book will be delivered with its wooden box and a USB of your images.

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PORTFOLIO BOX : Elegant and beautiful presentation of your precious images.  Your 15 chosen images will be printed on fine art paper, mounted and delivered in a custom designed box.

Book a Family Portrait Session and you can have this product with 50% discount.

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Gift a Family Session Boutique Portfolio Package and save £55! This offer also applies to the Family Session Album Package.

And last but not the least, all standard prints from size 5×7″ are now 50% off.

Please note, gift vouchers should be purchased before midnight 30th of June 2015, the photoshoot itself can be booked at a later more convenient date.

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Editing and Retouching

One of the most time consuming things a photographer does is editing or developing the photographs taken.  The majority of the photographs taken for private clients (not professional models), need some perfecting. This  is not done during the proofing process because it will take time to do. During the proofing, I will only apply basic editing to all the images. It can be as simple as balancing exposures, wonky angles, fixing white balance. Orders are edited a bit more but not to the point of editing away strands of hair and flawless skin like the video below. That much editing is what I call “Retouching”. It is when we do more to improve the image. This is when the photographer/retoucher becomes the hairstylist, make-up artist, dentist, plastic surgeon, dermatologist and artist. Developing images takes time and for small businesses, time is money.  It is not like we will wave our magic wands and voila, the blotchy skin becomes flawless. A video below from one of the best professional retouchers in the industry, Pratik Naik shows the process – it took him 2hours to make this  beauty shot “perfect”.

At the studio, all of the orders purchased by clients are edited/developped. We also offer light and premium retouching services for those pictures you want us to add an extra umph to. Retouching is priced by picture and the amount of work that needed doing.

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Newborn Photographer London | Charming Henry

Newborn Photography London Meet little Henry, a wonderful little boy who loves his nap and his food. He came to the studio at around 21 days old so some of the newborn poses are a bit tricky for him. Besides, no matter how much I want to capture an image/pose, I won’t do it if it is too disruptive/uncomfortable for the baby. I was able to put my little NAO robot on top of his lower back because he does not move when he’s asleep. Below are some of my favourite images from his photoshoot. Continue reading »

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Reasons why I stopped reviewing

nadia-2155797-EditI haven’t written a review about a camera, accessory or anything in over a year. I also stopped inserting notes about my gear in my posts, although I still do add a tag or two from time to time. Spreading the love for brands is a very lucrative thing for people like me. The perks are very attractive and the advantage of having a big corporation behind you is very good too. I am still a hardcore Olympus fan however, I realised that I am not going to be happy with myself if I don’t do what I love the most despite the perks or the attention. I know my limitations, I may be able to chat intelligently or charmingly with people about the awesomeness of photography or the camera but I know that I am horrible in front of a crowd – my mind would go blank despite the sass and confidence I project – inside, I am panicking. I can’t teach and I don’t share well. When someone comes to me for camera advice these days, I ask them questions instead of tell them to get my fave brand. It is preferable to allow them to choose intelligently than pushing them towards something because it is more popular, with higher specs, more affordable, etc. Ever since camera sensors went over 10-megapixels, my focus shifted to the skills and quality.  All the cameras are capable of creating amazing pictures in the hands of a skilled photographer. New cameras are only interesting for me if there is a feature that makes my job easier or something.  I still use my E-5, the last Olympus DSLR to be made. Since my E3 died on me last month, I use the E450 for taking ID photos. Although I would really love to get a new camera, I still cannot justify getting one. I may want one but I do not need it (yet).

Photography by Ghene SnowdonMy priorities has shifted to my photography, my family and my crafts. My perceptions have as well. Photography as a business is a very competitive and very expensive one. I strive to create things I love and I don’t like following the trend. I can honestly say I am a creator. I love making things – I just am not good enough in expressing my ideas. My mind would flit from creative photo ideas to robotic applications to ways the council can improve their poop fine collection or to the new plot on the stories I am writing. I would say I’m also a problem solver – an easily distracted one at that. I am not very good at finding pretty words to describe something unless I honestly mean it. I can find ways to test the limits of things though and if you know a company brave enough for me to test their toys. Send them my way for I will be happy to experiment not scientific testing but in day to day use, I find out what I like and not like and I will say why. But I will not say nice things about it unless I actually mean it.

So yeah, aside from shift in focus, the other reason I stopped reviewing is there are way too many people saying nice things about cameras (and other stuff).

I am still passionate about photography. I just spend more time, creating pictures for my clients and myself as well as learning new way to create something amazing I can call my own.

Above images are from my personal projects. In the Woods with Nadia Kuznecova. Paper Doll with Patricia Collins. www.ghenesnowdon.co.uk

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