Charity Portrait Shoot for Crumlin Children's Hospital (CMRF)

06th March 2018


Thank you to everyone who has shown interest in the Charity Portrait Shoot, and in particular my event which is taking place in the Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford Co Galway.

The event is an annual one that I run and previous benefactors have been the Laura Lynn Foundation, ISPCC, Hand in Hand Galway and last years personal one which was for St Anne's Stroke Unit in UHG where the turnout was extraordinary and we raised €2,300.

The event will be running from 10am through to 5pm on Sunday March 25th.
I've received a lot of interest from the public regarding same and I'm hopeful that we'll raise a nice sum of money for Crumlin Children's Hospital.
I'll be using the same set up/background as last year and you'll see examples from last years shoot in the slideshow below.





There have been several enquiries about booking a time for portraits on March 25th, and having used a booking method in the past, it's unfortunate that it's messy and unreliable with few people arriving punctually for their slotted sitting time. Therefore I will be taking portraits as people arrive.

When working with families in my studio, a portrait sitting can take between and thirty and ninety minutes depending on the form of the children and the requested shots that parents would like to get. I'm sure most people will understand that as the Charity Portrait Shoot is a fundraiser that's generating a lot of interest for a worthy cause, this length of time is something that isn't possible on March 25th. I will capture as many portraits as I can for you during your sitting while also being conscious of the other people that may be queuing in order to contribute to CMRF. The average time spent on each person/family is 5 or 6 minutes...please bare this in mind.
I don't think the Charity Shoot lends itself to images of newborns, or indeed large family portraits with plenty of young children/babies.....a session in the studio being necessary for this type of work as it requires time....and in the case of newborn photography....plenty of heat and props.

Portraits where children aren't involved tend to work faster as teenagers adults and grandparents tend to respond a lot prompter to some helpful advice by the photographer.

As this is a Charity Shoot with 100% of monies raised going towards Crumlin Children's Hospital, I look after all the costs associated with the shoot....from the capture to the edit, print, mount an postage....I absorb the costs ensuring all your money goes to charity. As it's a non profit shoot for me, some people feel it's okay to ask for the digital files......the answer to this is "no". I sell images for a living, handing them over because it's a charity event doesn't change my ethos on same.

I will email a link to a private gallery of your images the day after the shoot....you can select your chosen image as per your donation and I'll arrange posting it to you. Some people purchase additional images and again all of the sales goes to CMRF.

Payment can be made on the day of the shoot....or indeed people can pay before the day too by clicking on this link https://www.cmrf.org/user/john-9 This link means your donation goes straight through to CMRF.


Finally some tips on what to wear!
Keep clothing simple. Try to choose solid colors for your portraits. Avoid large, bold patterns such as plaids and stripes. Remember, bright colors also draw attention away from your face.
Avoid short sleeves and tank tops. Long sleeves will draw attention away from your arms and helps bring the focus back to your face.
Darker clothing slims. Light tones tend to emphasize body size.
For a family portrait, keep clothing consistent. Dress everyone in the same style, it gives greater harmony to an image.
Don't mix casual and formal clothing in portraits!



Comments

Photo comment By Ann Keating: Hello John, Would it be possible to book me and my husband in for your event on the 25th please. If you have 12pm please available we'd be delighted. Regards Ann Keating
Photo comment By John McMahon: Hi Ann....the blog explains why I don't make bookings. Quoting from above "There have been several enquiries about booking a time for portraits on March 25th, and having used a booking method in the past, it's unfortunate that it's messy and unreliable with few people arriving punctually for their slotted sitting time. Therefore I will be taking portraits as people arrive."

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