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21 Oct 2009

Gladys Night and Tito Jackson in Aberdeen

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Tito and Nicole Jackson and Gladys Knight at the AECC, 20th October, 2009

Last night (Tuesday 20th October), Sandra and I went to see Gladys Knight at the AECC. The support act was Tito Jackson. Tito’s set included Blues, Motown, and a tribute to the Jacksons where he enlisted the assistance of 3 great female singers including Nicole Jackson, a cousin of the famous brothers. This opening was so good and entertaining that I was not sure if Gladys could match them.

I should not have worried – from the time she stepped on the stage to the closing number – Midnight Train to Georgia, she was amazing. Her voice is incredible and the audience was in awe of her talent. She was also a great entertainer, and had a superb 19 piece Vegas band backing her. Her brother Merald “Bubba” Knight was a special guest and he joined in a great medley of Motown tracks. She sang all her hits – including Help me make it through the Night, Thats What Friends are For, The Way We Were, and the Bond movie theme – License to Kill.

21 Oct 2009

Lukas certified as an Adobe Photoshop Expert

Lukas, our photoshop genius has just had his amazing skills certified. On Monday this week he went to Edinburgh to sit an exam for the Expert certification for Photoshop CS4. He said it was very tough but knowing his incredible skill and knowledge of Photoshop, I was not surprised that he passed with flying colours.

Photoshop is a key element for every photographer and although nothing can replace the skill behind the camera, we can correct, enhance, and create stunning images with Photoshop, and there is very little Lukas cannot do.

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What is an Adobe Certifed Expert?

“An Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) is a person who has demonstrated proficiency with one or more Adobe software products. ACE is recognized as a worldwide standard of excellence in Adobe software knowledge.”

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Lukas working on his high spec Macpro with 30 inch screen (and 22 inch Lacie screen) and a recently added A4 Wacom tablet which has made editing more efficient and accurate.

20 Oct 2009

Chancellor Alistair Darling returns to Aberdeen

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Chancellor Alistair Darling with Catriona McPhee-Smith, Chief Executive of Inspire

Last Friday (16th October), Chancellor Alistair Darling was in Aberdeen and visited Inspire at the Beach Boulevard. We were asked to take photographs but were sworn to secrecy for security reasons. Greig took a series of photographs of the Chancellor while he was there – click here to see the images. These images are for Inspire to use in promotional material and their website.

Inspire is a charity that aims to offer opportunities for an excellent quality of life to people with learning disabilities in North East Scotland. The Chancellor met with the team at Inspire’s new multi-resource centre on the Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen. Included at the new centre is Café Coast, a social enterprise operating under Inspire Ventures Ltd. They provide training and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities within Café Coast and its partner enterprise, Inspire Conferences.

Click here to visit the Inspire website.

The Chancellor is no stranger to Aberdeen. He was educated in Kircaldy and the private Loretto School in Musselburgh , then attended the University of Aberdeen where he was awarded a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B). He became the head of Aberdeen University Students Union. He entered Parliament at the 1987 General Election in Edinburgh Central defeating the sitting Conservative MP Sir Alexander Fletcher by 2,262 votes, and has remained an MP since.

In June 2007, the new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, appointed Darling Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Wikipedia entry for Alistair Darling here.

20 Oct 2009

Christmas Portrait Promotion

Now that we are well into October, many people are starting to think about Christmas.We have sent out details of our portrait offer to some of our database. I thought long and hard about what to offer and hope that the 1/2 price sitting along with 1/2 price canvas wall portraits will encourage people to get a family portrait done or give a gift voucher for a present that will be remembered and treasured for a long time.

We are offering sittings on Saturday’s and Sunday’s  and as our studio is easy to get to and we have a car park, it should be easy to get all the family to come along. The sitting in our beautiful new studio will be fun, and even those who dread getting their photograph taken usually enjoy the session.

The viewing appointment is also good fun when you can choose from great products including canvas, acrylic, aluminium, or beautifully framed prints. We can let you visualise them hanging on your wall to scale (if you give us a photograph of where they are going to hang) and ensure you get something beautiful to enhance your home.

I hope you are encouraged to consider this and look forward to seing you in the studio soon.

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Studio Sitting & Viewing 1/2 price reduced to £25

No obligation – buy anything from our extensive range of products

(click to download our price list)

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10 x 8 in presentation mount £25

20 x 16 canvas wrap wall portrait reduced from £275 to £137.50

Acrylics, multi-print frames, and many other beautiful options, all at competitive prices!

24 Sep 2009

Welcome to the aberdeenphoto.com blog

Our Studio at 256 Wellington Road, Aberdeen
Our Studio at 256 Wellington Road, Aberdeen

This is the first post in our new blog which I hope will become a useful means of communication with clients, prospects, and friends. It is a cliche but I feel very fortunate to earn my living doing something that I enjoy so much and photography has been a lifelong passion. Therefore the bulk of this blog will revolve around photography, but will also have posts on my other passions – technology, music, and fine dining. I have been a keen photographer for 39 years and had my first darkroom at home when I was 11. I have been working as a professional photographer for 32 years and this is the most interesting time I have experienced.

Digital imaging has matured and completely taken over from film and this is a very exciting transition for my profession. This blog will hopefully give an insight into how powerful a tool photography is both in it’s traditional role of recording life’s big events but also as a selling and communication tool in business and industry. aberdeenphoto.com has developed and we are involved in creating websites, email marketing campaigns, sales presenters, point of sale displays, and wall decor for hotels, offices, and restaurants. Hopefully it may be of interest to see some of the projects we are involved in e.g. supplying building wraps, images printed as wallpaper, themed display projects, creating websites, e-mail marketing, and everything that uses images to communicate.

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People photography and weddings in particular are still a major part of our business so you will regularly see what we are up to as this field of photography has seen dramatic changes. The biggest change is in how we present our photography producing beautiful bound books – click here for an example.

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Wellington Road Studio

The other important area that we are going to develop is studio portraiture as we have a superb new studio. We offer a wide range of style, both the creative modern style and also the more traditional portraits which is neglected by a lot of studios. As one of the founder Venture Studio members, I have extensive experience in offering innnovative portraits and I am looking forward to developing this part of the business.

Look out for special portrait promotions before Christmas

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Technology will feature in many of my posts as I am a self-confessed gadget fanatic. I am a huge fan of Apple and having converted from Dos/Windows, I never cease to be impressed by Apple’s hardware, software, and innovation. My favourite gadget is my iPhone 3Gs and I will feature some of the amazing apps I have on my phone.

I hope that you will  choose to read at least some of the posts and find something of interest.

Neil Gordon, LMPA, LSWPP

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24 Sep 2009

Our team and facilities

Before I start with posts about assignments, projects, and technology, I would like to introduce you to aberdeenphoto.com. We are a small team of five key people and two additional photographers, both of whom have worked with me since 1980.

Our team

  • Neil Gordon, LMPA, LSWPP  – Managing Director
  • Sandra Rae  –  Director  and responsible for accounts and administration (part time)
  • Lukas Smolaga – Photographer and Photoshop guru
  • Greig Wallace – Photographer and post production
  • Natasha Gordon – administration and computer systems (part time)
  • Andrew McLean – Wedding and Portrait photographer (part time)
  • Charles Morrison – Wedding and landscape photographer (part time)

Our premises are an old community centre which was completely refurbished and custom designed to give us great facilities for our clients and for us to work in. The images above show my office where I meet clients, the studio which also has a client area and image viewing facilities, and the post production room. The complete facilities include:

  • Waiting area with gallery
  • Changing room and toilet facilities
  • Store
  • Filing and library area
  • My office/client meeting room
  • Studio/client meeting area
  • Post production and printing room

In the future there will be more information about our team. There wil be posts with more details and photographs of our facilities and equipment, but this will give you an introduction to aberdeenphoto.com.

24 Sep 2009

Paul and Nina’s wedding on Saturday 19th September

W090919NG - Paul & Nina wedding 1The wedding I photographed on Saturday was a very special wedding for me as my best friend’s son was the lucky Groom marrying the beautiful Nina. I have known Paul, eldest son of Stuart Clarkson, (owner of Soul and many other busineses in Aberdeen) since he was a very young boy, and I have photographed him many times over the years (see below) . As well as being the photographer, Sandra and I were guests. Lukas was working with me taking the reportage shots and it was agreed that once we sat down for the meal, he would do the rest. This almost worked out but I had to take two large groups after the meal but after that I was free to enjoy a fantastic night at the Forum, another venue co-owned by Stuart with Hytham Bedawi.

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