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12 Aug 2016

Summer Print Sale

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23 Oct 2015

Christmas Portrait Promotion

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Limited availability

Have a studio portrait of your family, choose your favourite photograph and get 10 Christmas Cards, all for only £29.

On-line booking

If you use the link below, you can choose your own time in our diary, and confirm your booking:

Book your portrait now.

You will get confirmation of the booking, and a reminder by text and or e-mail, the day before.

The Portrait Experience

Having a portrait done is an important part of your family history and will become a treasured heirloom. Therefore it is important that the photography, viewing, and product choice is handled well.

We are proud of the experience we offer, and we want to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible.

The steps are:

  1. Book your portrait session in our diary using this link: http://aberdeenphoto.com/contact-us/book-appointment/
  2. Receive and complete the portrait booking form
  3. Come to the studio for a fun session
  4. Book your viewing appointment using the on-line diary
  5. See your images at actual size, framed, and visualised in room settings or your own wall (if you supply a photograph), and choose from amazing products
  6. Collect your portraits 7-10 days after the viewing

 

Two types of Christmas Cards

The Christmas Cards included have a slip in 6×4 print which is easily removed to have as a keepsake.

They have space for you to write your message, and they are 7×5 inches and can be posted as a normal letter.

Christmas Cards

Alternatively you can upgrade to beautiful high quality printed 6×4 cards, supplied with envelopes.

Christmas Cards

No obligation and no catch

Book a portrait session and we will take the photographs in our beautiful custom designed studio. You will be invited back to view them and you can choose your favourite images.

There is no obligation to buy, but of course, we hope you will love the images and choose from our incredible range of products.

We have some amazing offers, including:

BUY 2 GET 1 FREE ON ALL DESK AND WALL PORTRAITS
CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PORTRAIT SITTING !

If you want more information, e-mail Neil, or call us on 01224 877 499.

 

12 Apr 2015

Smart watches (Pebble and Apple)

With my renewed commitment to blogging, that will mainly be about photography, I want to add some variety to the posts and include some posts on my other interests, particularly technology.  With the launch of the new Apple Watch today (10th April) , I have ordered one and look forward to this incredible piece of technology. I already use a Pebble Steel and an iPhone 6 Plus and find this a great combination which will get better still with the new Apple Watch. I regularly walk and listen to podcasts and audiobooks and it is so useful to glance at my watch to see who is calling and decide whether to accept the call using my Bose QC20i headphones or decline the 0843 and nuisance calls with the X option on the watch. I can make calls using Siri and the in-line mic so I rarely need to take out my iPhone. In the cold winters of Aberdeen, this becomes even more useful when wearing gloves.

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Other indispensable things about the Pebble / 6 Plus combo
  • Vibrate when iPhone disconnected – this has saved me forgetting or losing my iPhone several times.
  • Misfit app to track my activity (steps, calories burned etc.) although I still also use a Nike fuel band which I will stop using after I get the Apple Watch.
  • Reminders on the watch are very useful e.g. a reminder of a meeting or task to be completed
  • Text and email notifications on my wrist are a great way to stay informed when looking at my iPhone would be inappropriate but lets me selectively deal with anything urgent. I was photographing at a conference last week and got a notification (vibration) on my watch about a job request and this did merit taking out my iPhone for a quick reply which got me the job.If I had waited until the conference was finished, I would’ve lost the opportunity.
  • A 4am daily alarm on my wrist wakes me with a subtle vibration, but not my wife – easily declined if I change my mind
  • The shake to light for the time during the night is also very useful

This is only going to get better with the Apple Watch. When I ordered the first Pebble, I did think it was a gimmick and not necessary when carrying a phone but using it has proved very different. This viewpoint is from a dedicated watch lover who has top end Swiss watches which I have always had a passion for. I have recently sold some of these on eBay as apart from an occasional very dressy occasion, I already cannot imagine not having a Smart watch on my wrist.

I think a lot of people will question the point of a “connected” watch but when they see the functionality and usefulness they will quickly be converted.

As soon as I get the Apple Watch, I will create a post with my initial thoughts.

8 Apr 2015

Fantastic range of books from Graphistudio

Italian design and beautiful quality staring at an unbelievable £175 including presentation box

We can offer outstanding books for every event:

  • Portraits
  • Baby book
  • Wedding books
  • Party books
  • Private and corporate events
  • Family history books using your old photographs
  • Golf days
  • Engagement portrait books
  • Wedding signing books (beautiful paper suitable for signing)

We can even create books with your own photographs – we have created beautiful books combining wedding photographs taken abroad with the family and party photographs taken by us locally. Whether it is your family history or a once in a lifetime holiday, we can enhance the images and create something special to treasure and pass on to your family.

We are working on a book of a trip to Florida for a client to give to his 8 year old daughter – what price do you put on memories?

The images below show books of all sizes and include signing books (printed on special paper that can be written on) with engagement portraits, a long service awards event for Dril-Quip, properties, products, portraits, and of course weddings.

With the amazing range of sizes, finishes, colours, and prices, there is something for everyone and every budget. If you have anything that you want to commemorate or treasure, contact me to discuss creating a unique book.

From 20x20cm to 50x40cm and from 10 pages to 350 pages – there is something for everyone!

 

27 Mar 2015

14 Camperdown Road

I received a phone call from Deborah Peterson Milne asking for a quote for interior photography. Her property was due to go on the market and she was not happy with the photographs that had been taken. She accepted my quote and a time was arranged to meet at her property in Camperdown Road. Deborah sent me copies of the photographs that had already been taken and they were not too bad but Deborah did not think they conveyed the feeling of the property she had put so much effort into creating. Looking t them, I felt that there was too much flash and some of the camera positions were not ideal.

When I met Deborah, I found out that she had worked in the property rental business for Margaret Duffus Leasing so new a bit about property and marketing. Her apartment was very nice and had lots of interesting touches, and a nice ambience. The predominance of flash in the photographs was not conveying this so I concentrated on using manly available light with less flash. For some of the shots, I used HDR (High Dynamic Range) where I used 7 or 9 shots at different exposures and combined them in Photoshop to keep detail in the shadow and highlight areas without ruining the atmosphere of the room.

I do not know the difference in price but my fees will have been higher but high quality commercial images are an investment.Good photography will not sell a property on it’s own but can make a difference to how many people arrange a viewing, and as Deborah says in of her comments – it can “help get them through the door”

If you have a property anything to sell or promote, get in touch to discuss your requirements.

 

Testimonials

“Hi Neil – your photos are incredible. I’ll pick the ones out we need & let you know tomorrow morning if that’s ok?
Thanks again, Graham & I are delighted!”

“Good morning Neil,
Here are the photos that’d we’d like to use. Sorry it took me so long to chose; they seriously are all great!
Thanks again for all your help and confirming we weren’t crazy for not settling for the first set of photos that were taken.”

“Thanks for emailing me the photos last evening. Each one is incredible and we are very pleased.
I can’t wait to hear what our sales agent says on Monday. Sharp contrast from the photos she had arranged last Monday.
Thanks again and all the best!”

“Well your photos will definitely help get them through the door!!
Thanks a lot : )”

Deborah

25 Mar 2015

Glamour, Glitz and Bubbles in aid of RNLI, 21st March 2015

We photographed a great event on Saturday. It was arranged by the Wood family who tragically lost their son, Stuart in 2009. The family wanted to learn about the search parties and this started their involvement in fund raising for the RNLI. Below is the story in Audrey’s words:

“Six years ago on 1st April 2009 flight 85n came down just of the coast of Boddam, 16 lives were taken including our son Stuart. Many months later we wanted to know how the search parties were involved in the search for the helicopter and the 16 bodies. We went to meet Fraserburgh RNLI and could not get over the emotions and the sincerity of these men. They told us of how upset that they were having to return back to shore as it became too dark for them to carry on searching, and how they left again on first light to begin searching again for our loved ones. The compassion and the comradeship touched us and even more so when we realised that they were all unpaid volunteers.

We decided to raise funds the first effort was a football match in Newmachar against Buckie Thistle. Then Kerry and I decided on a more female event, and in 2013 we held our first glamour, glitz and bubbles event at the Douglas hotel. The response for our events have been amazing, and with sponsorship from companies we have managed to take our small plans to a higher level. The support with raffle donations and auction items have been overwhelming and both Kerry and I have undertaken all the work without a committee. However without the loyal support of our family and friends we couldn’t have done it all. Until yesterday we had raised over £80,000 and the money has went  primarily to Fraserburgh and Peterhead, as they were involved in the search.Recently we have managed to include Aberdeen, Buckie and Macduff. Yesterday’s (Saturday 21st March, 2015) event raised another £19,000 and a late sponsor from Aberness Care kindly offered to top it to £20,000.

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15 Dec 2013

Maggies Cancer Care centre

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I have been involved in photographing the Maggies Cancer Centre since the work started and have taken progress photographs at all the stages. 

It was therefore very satisfying to be commisioned by Snøhetta, the Norwegian architects to take photographs of the interior which is stunning. The images have been used in a Norwegian magazine (see below). I have still more photographs to take as there were still small items to be fitted, and there was work being done in the kitchen when I was there. I am hoping to get these taken this week,and there will be another blogpost featuring more of the images.

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20 Nov 2013

Katie and Mark slideshow

Here is a slideshow of a selection of images from Katie and Mark's wedding created with an Autumn theme. These type of slideshows look great on iPads and other tablets and are a great way to show photographs. We are currently developing a "fusion" product that also includes some video. A blog post with 2 recent samples will be available soon.

You can view all the images on our website by clicking here

30 Oct 2013

Katie and Mark at Kinnettles Castle

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On Saturday (26th Ocober, 2013) I was photographing Katie and Mark's wedding at Glamis church and Kinnettles Castle. I had not been to Kinnettles before and was delighted that it was such a great venue for photography. Although it was cold and the skies went dark a few times, we were very lucky with the weather.

21 Oct 2013

Great feedback from our clients

One of the most gratifying aspects of my job as a photographer and as a manager of a small team is the great feedback we get from our clients. I am always so grateful that clients take the time to email or write to me expressing how pleased they are.

We have a large list of these testimonials in the wedding section of the website and we will be adding the same for the portrait and commercial photography. 

Below are a few testimonials from client's, all received last week. 

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Just a quick email to say we love the photos from our shoot and the prints that we bought are lovely.
We bought the Groupon voucher as family were over from Australia and we are never all together at the same time.
Dave was great and really put everyone at ease.
Thanks again, We'll recommend you to friends in the future.
Jennifer & The Young Family

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Morning Neil,
Firstly I just want to say thank you so much for photographing our wedding last weekend! You and Lucas did a fantastic job and so far I’ve had a great response from family and friends on the images! We’ve already gone through the photos and chosen favourites (found it really difficult to narrow it down…and have probably still selected too many!).
We’ve noticed that some of them you have already edited, and I’m amazed at how good a job you’d done on that too! particularly making the telegraph pole and white blocks disappear!

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Kind Regards,
Kirsty
(married on 4th October at Norwood Hall)

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