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What Do We Wear?

  • February 24, 2020
What Do We Wear?

What do we wear?

This is the question most frequently asked by our clients. Whether it’s for an outdoor or indoor session, formal or Lifestyle.

It’s not all jeans and white t-shirts – it’s not about matching outfits either. It’s about complementing colours and textures. Pale pastel and neutral colours photograph beautifully, as do rich, deep colours. Different textures such as denim, linen, cotton, wool (knitted), corduroy work very well together.

Layers are great, cardigans, wraps and winter woollies where appropriate. Soft or natural tones, such as pale pastels and neutrals will always photograph well. Black usually does not photograph well, so, tempted as you may be, please don’t.

We encourage you to leave your smart watch off and ensure that you do not have your phone or wallet in your pocket – distractions and strange shapes in your pocket are not ideal.

Shoes? Well, if you’re indoors, we always prefer toes (or plain socks, for those adults not keen on getting those piggies out). Outdoors, appropriate footwear for the type of session is advised. Going for a mucky walk? Wellies!

Whatever you choose to wear, we politely request that you avoid characters, logos or patterns such as checked, striped or polka-dot. Having one family member (such as mum, or a little girl) in a floral pattern is okay, but two can become too much. Avoid neon colours and avoid red. 

In a small nutshell: Deep and rich (such as mustard, forest green, burgundy or rusty) OR pale and pastel (such as light grey, baby blue, soft pink), no big branding labels or slogans and no characters or cartoons. Complementary colours and textures rather than matchy-matchy. Say NO to black. No vests under children’s clothing as the straps tend to show. Ensure that things that need to be ironed are ironed.

Need more help? Here’s a visual colour palette that should make it even easier:
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/05/76/ca/0576ca62573a4ce31793b45a0e596094.jpg

Some links for babies & young children:
(Please note that we do not endorse any of the following websites, nor can we attest to their quality or service as we have not ordered from them ourselves. We are not recommending that you use these links specifically, merely that you utilise them as a guide for what to search for.)

For baby for a Lifestyle session, we generally photograph baby in their own little (well fitted) white vest. This is really lovely!
https://www.organiccottonshop.ie/products/Long-Sleeved-Kimono-2Pk.html

Again for a Lifestyle newborn session, ideally, have some Muslin swaddles laid out ready, these are comfy for baby and they look great! We love Bygge Bo, they’re a local shop in Navan, Co. Meath and we often buy from them ourselves:

https://byggebo.com/collections/muslins

Some wonderfully simple clothing here, perfectly suited for Lifestyle sessions:

https://www.etsy.com/ie/shop/KichyKidsClothing

https://www.etsy.com/ie/shop/WUFKIDS

https://www.etsy.com/ie/shop/GioCrochetAndMore

https://jamiekay.co.nz/


(The above will not be to everybody’s taste, but for natural, simple clothing, there’s a good range there – be sure you’ll be able to pair adult or older child clothing nicely with these before diving in head first)

Behind the Scenes

  • February 4, 2020
Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes with MIAN at a Fine Art Newborn Session

Did you know, contrary to what it looks like, we don’t bring all those baskets, fluffs, flowers and props with us to every session? We’re all about comfort for your baby, so we work in The Perfect Posie, our magic beanbag, with a Tranquilo Mat (vibrating mat) underneath and the Sound Sleeper App on our tablet. We have a constantly updated wardrobe of knitted outfits (hand-knitted by Andy!) and beautiful soft, stretchy wraps and of course a selection of delicate headbands and super cute teddies and aside from the technical equipment, this is all that we need!

The magic happens afterwards… See that image above? That turns into what you see below!

A beautiful Luisa Dunn Digital Backdrop with our little model Bella, composited from the little beanbag onto the finished image – no lifting, no waking!

So if you are wondering if you’ll ever have enough room for us in your home, the answer is YES, of course! We’ve worked in some tight spaces and we absolutely love a challenge. You will still receive these beautiful pieces of art in your gallery when we’re finished waving the magic wand using the correct spells.

All wrapped up, snug as a bug in a rug!
Some babies pretend not to be sleepy…
…But it usually doesn’t take long…
The team…

Want to know more?

We will start to post on our blog more often, it’s been a little neglected… If you’re interested in booking with us for a newborn session, please visit our Newborn Information by clicking HERE. Be sure to follow us on Facebook on http://www.facebook.com/photographymian to see our latest work.

Thank you to our friend Deirdre Rusk for the wonderful behind the scenes photographs and to Tara Cole for allowing her little lady, Bella, to model for us!

Flying Fabrics Photography Workshop

  • February 11, 2018

It’s about time that we scheduled in another workshop and due to a number of requests following our latest maternity session, we’ve decided to run a ‘Flying Fabrics’ workshop!

All details can be found below and should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through Facebook or  our Contact Us page.

Fabric and Maternity Photography Workshop Cavan Meath

 

Date: Saturday, April 7th
Venue: Navan (Bartosz Tomas’ studio, Mullaghboy Ind. Est.)
Time: 2-5PM
Cost: €120
Max. Students: 6

Topics:
Lighting – HSS (High Speed Sync) vs. Non HSS, Lighting types, Affordable Lighting
Fabrics, Styling, Posing

(Some maternity posing tips will be given, however this is not a maternity workshop)

€50 non refundable booking fee required to secure place. Balance due on the day. Spaces limited to 6 to ensure all participants get adequate shooting time. Follow-up Photoshop workshop to be scheduled in at a later date.

 

Portrait Retouching Workshop

  • April 29, 2016
Portrait Retouching Workshop

Location: Beckscourt Centre, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan

Date: Wednesday, May 25th

Time: 7-9.30PM

Cost: €40
(incl. tea/coffee & biscuits)

Max. 10 Participants

What you need:

  • Laptop with Photoshop (any version) (bring your power cable!)
    • We have 3 laptops available for students – first come, first served
  • Wireless Mouse (much more precision than your touchpad)
  • Notepad & Pen

What you will learn:

  • Basic RAW processing for portraits
  • Skin retouching using Frequency Separation
  • Masking
  • Dodging & Burning
  • Making eyes ‘pop’
  • How far is too far?

Contact us now on info@mianphotography.com (click to mail) or phone us on 0429690315 or 0861925880 for more information or to book!

Portrait Retouching Frequency Separation Dodge Burn

School Photos

  • April 28, 2016
School Photos

We’ve had a few enquiries from our clients asking if we do school photos. Well yes, we do – but because of the nature of our business, the logistics of booking in a school session, getting you your proofs, taking your orders and getting your photos to you is beyond our scope. However, we have come up with a solution!

We are now pleased to offer the following:

Non-School-Day School Photos!

Yes, that’s right – book us for one of our Home Studio Portrait sessions (click here for details) and your child(ren) can have an outfit change and have their school uniform photo taken during the session. This way you can have a family session and get your School Photos done at the same time for no extra cost.

(Thank you to three of the Fisher children for being themselves, as always)

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The Making Of…

  • April 27, 2016

Before & After:

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To some folks, €150 for a photo session with your little one(s) may sound expensive – so we’d like to show you what you get for your hard-earned money!

We come to your home, with our professional equipment, there are two of us. We bring our lights, backgrounds, cameras and props, all of which cost money to purchase, maintain, repair and replace! We keep our overheads down because we don’t have to pay rent or rates, as we don’t operate from a premises, so we pass the savings on to you – if we had those bills to pay, we’d need to charge a lot more.

We’re friendly and spend time building a rapport with you and your little ones, we play with the children and get them interested in what we’re doing while we set up. Because we’ve come to your home, you haven’t had to bundle them into the car in the rain, drive to a location and hope that they don’t play up when you get to the studio! They’re not in a strange environment and something as simple as a mission to bring us their favourite toy or help us carry one of the props from the van can open dialogue with them.

We don’t just ‘snap’ the ‘pics’ and then upload them and charge you an arm and a leg for prints. Your session includes 3 free prints, because your beautiful photos belong on the wall in your home, not stored on a USB or CD! If you don’t want to purchase any more, that’s okay – if you do, we’re very reasonable on price. Purchasing a disc with available images costs you just €50 and generally contains around 10 high quality, professionally retouched images, sometimes more. We inject humour and imagination into the photos if that’s what you’d like to see, or we can simply leave the photos finished with basic development.

We’re flexible – we work all hours, every day of the year (except Dec. 25th!) – if a Sunday is what suits you, then it suits us too. If we arrive and your little one is having a terrible day, then we can come back another day – we don’t charge you twice, we only charge you for travel!

Most importantly, we’re bitten (or gummed!), we’re pooped on, we often go home smelling of sour milk. We’ve been wee-weed on. We’ve waited hours to take the perfect photos when waiting for someone to have a nap, a snack or a ‘moment’. We love what we do, we love being welcomed to your home, chatting about our work over a coffee and most of all we love delivering finished photos to you and when we can, we’ll do so in person. Take a look below to see how it is that we do what we do, what we start with and where  your picture finishes up and some of the giggles that can be had during your session!

Why not give us a call and experience it for yourself? We can cater for two families in one home too, so you can spread the cost between you!Studio Portrait Photography At Home Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth Children Babies Studio Portrait Photography At Home Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth Children Babies Studio Portrait Photography At Home Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth Children Babies Studio Portrait Photography At Home Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth Children Babies Studio Portrait Photography At Home Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth Children Babies Studio Portrait Photography At Home Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth Children Babies Studio Portrait Photography At Home Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth Children Babies Studio Portrait Photography At Home Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth Children Babies  Studio Portrait Photography At Home Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth Children Babies Studio Portrait Photography At Home Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth Children Babies Studio Portrait Photography At Home Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth Children Babies Studio Portrait Photography At Home Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth Children Babies

Little Drops of Snow

  • February 29, 2016
Little Drops of Snow

It’s nice to get an unusual job in – a lovely gentleman asked us to come and photograph the snowdrops in his beautiful, private garden and has kindly allowed us to publish some of the images!

Enough words, more photos!

Layers in Photoshop/Lightroom

  • February 19, 2016

Following the success of our Digital Darkroom for beginners in Kells in The BookMarket, attendees have requested that we host a workshop on Adjustment Layers. Who are we to say no? It has been scheduled in, price & details below. All of the students who came to the post processing in Camera RAW/Lightroom in Kells are already booked on to the Adjustment Layers workshop but we’ve made room for two more, so if you’d like to take one of those two spaces, send us an email on info@mianphotography.com or call us on 0429690315.

What will we cover?
Adjustment Layers!

  • Levels
  • Curves
  • Hues/Saturation
  • Vibrance
  • Black & White
  • And very importantly – using your layer masks to selectively apply your adjustments!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us just click HERE.

Adjustment Layers in Photoshop & Lightroom Workshop Course Kells Meath

Photos of Your Pet!

  • February 17, 2016
Photos of Your Pet!

After numerous requests, we have just scheduled in a Pet Portrait Photography Mini Session for you.

March 19th, Saturday – A total of 10 slots are available, so please book early in order to avoid missing out!

Cost: €50, includes 1 free 8″x12″ print.

We will photograph any of your pets – so you can feel free to bring your dog, cat, hamster, piglet, lamb or snake 🙂 We have experience with a wide variety of animals and the only things that scare us (Milca) are cockroaches and tarantulas, so they’re Andy’s responsibility.

€5 from your session will be donated to your choice of these 2 charities – Kitten Cottage or Lily’s Dog Rescue.

Pet Portrait Photography Session Cavan Monaghan Meath Louth

What are we Blogging about Today?

  • February 13, 2016
What are we Blogging about Today?

Camera Club Talk Speaker Workshop Demonstration Cavan Monaghan Louth Meath Dublin Wicklow Donegal IrelandCamera clubs? Yes, that seems like a good idea.

We love meeting new people and revisiting older, familiar faces. Club talks are always fun, so we’re now booked in to visit not one, not two but three camera clubs in Wales for April! Three consecutive nights. What started out as a holiday has turned into a working holiday with some spare time. We’re looking forward to it. Andy will be revisiting his old stomping ground and meeting up with members from the clubs where he has previously held talks & workshops and I’ll be meeting some new people. I’ll also finally get to traverse Snowdonia and the Brecons and get some big girl mountain shots! Here’s hoping the weather cooperates.

We’ve also been booked in this March to visit the Kells Camera Club – some of whose members are currently on our Introduction to Digital Darkroom processing course in The BookMarket in Kells. That’s another talk we’re definitely looking forward to.

If you’re interested in having us visit your club for a talk, demonstration or hands on workshop – give our details to the relevant club members and meet us in person, we’d love to meet you!

Camera Club Talk Speaker Workshop Demonstration Cavan Monaghan Louth Meath Dublin Wicklow Donegal Ireland