Official “launch”

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The Costume Manor House Photographic Workshop (which I hinted about on my last blog) has now been scheduled for the 22nd March 2015.

The  most surprising thing is that there is ONLY 1 PLACE LEFT because a number of people contacted me (after they had  read my blog) to register an interest in finding out more… and when they found out more…… they went ahead and booked their place!

Due to the fact a couple of people couldn’t make the 22nd March, but still very much wanted to attend the workshop, Marie and I decided to arrange another costume shoot for Saturday 14th March…. so we booked the Manor House again  ….and 2 people have already secured their place.

Marie Otero is coming over from the USA and for those who don’t know her she is an instructor for the PSA (Photographic Society of America) who teaches Photography and Digital Art & Digital Painting at workshops in the USA and Europe with great success. She has won a number of International Photography Awards including a Royal Photographic Society Gold medal for her image Shipwrecked Stranger and Gold Medals for her Black and White Architecture work and Creative compositions.

For my part… I have organized a number of very successful photographic seminars including quite a few Fine Art Nude Photographic workshops and a good majority of those attendees who submitted the resulting images from the shoot to the various salons and exhibitions, gained awards at national and international level – some were fortunate enough to be awarded gold medals! –  which, as the organizer of the event, is very satisfying.

So along with the Costume Manor House Workshop Marie and I will be hosting a Photoshop for Photographers Workshop on the 15th March and the 21st March for a day of exploration with Photoshop, learning about textures, layers, layer masks, compositing and lighting your images post production. There are a couple of people already booked on these workshop and I am sure that it will be of interest to others too. Please be aware that there are only a very very limited number of places for this workshop.

I have to say that both Marie and I have been overwhelmed by the response to these workshops even before they have been “launched” to the wider world.

So, if I had a red ribbon, I would be cutting it now and declaring the Costume Manor House Photographic and Photographers Photoshop workshops… OPEN and a warm welcome to all of you who have already booked.

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Today I had to write for 10 mins on any subject

Sixties Chick

So I have to write for 10 mins – checking my watch… 10:50am…. Off we go !

So what to write about????   Well what indeed?????

I could write about my childhood growing up in the swinging sixties in a Northern Town in the U.K. It always seemed to be sunny and we actually played out in the street – hop scotch, paper chase, hide and seek, truth or dare – knocking on doors and running away (all very silly… but fun)

I could write about my annual holiday in Blackpool where Mum and I went for our summer holidays (same room, same guest house, same guests) – it was ALWAYS sunny. I would have lots of donkey rides (Noddy and Sue were my favourite equine beasts) and oh how I screamed when they broke into a trot – what fun.  Ice cream, fish and chips, candy floss, rock (rock made to look like an English breakfast  – sausage, bacon, egg, etc) and the ghost train on Blackpool Pleasure Beach …. Oh how I screamed.

I also screamed when I saw the Beatles perform at the local theatre – I seem to have done a lot of screaming in the 60’s.

Oooo five to eleven……. Get a move on girl…

I could write about 60’s fashion and how short my skirt actually got – tut tut. The make up …. Very pale foundation, dark smudgy eyes and painted on upper and lower lashes – very Julie Driscoll, you had to have very pale lips too to carry off the whole look. ! Even had a go with false lashes – not as good as they are now of course, tended to fall off and look like some weird caterpillar crawling on your cheek.  Buying the Jackie magazine and following what the models wore – Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, et al.  I could write about the boutiques and a trip to BIBA – oooo  BIBA, that’s a whole section on its own.

Checking my watch 11:00…. Where has that 10 mins gone………. And where have the last 40 years gone?

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