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New Studio Before and After Images

OK, so 'new', is pushing it, when we moved in back in February, but hey, we've been busy!

If you happen to remember all of those posts about the move, and the before pictures, here's how it all turned out at our Witney studio.

Reception

Originally, our reception space had walls but no ceiling, so that was quite a big job.

Before

During

After

The Office & Changing Room

There was one big long room that we were originally going to use as the viewing room (with the office going upstairs, you know, where we just built that ceiling over reception?).
However, we realised that the far end would be the perfect changing room (as it connects to the studio) and switched things round a little in our plans.
The first 'before' photo below shows the changing room end, before the wall was built to create the two rooms.

Before

During

Robin, Rachel and Elise tackling the new wall in the freshly created changing room.

After

The changing room had 2 things - a horrible ceiling and very weird acoustics. It's big enough to be a bit echoey.  So the fabric ceiling was my labour of love to solve both problems.

The Viewing Room

Before

During

After

The Studio

Before

We have a much bigger studio now, and it really needed zoning into smaller areas, which we've done using different back drops and flooring.
It has quite a 'film set' feel, due to the high ceilings and metal beams.

During

After

We're loving having more space and we're very settled in now.
If you'd like to come and visit us at the new premises, even if it's just to have a nosey around just let me know (if you happen to pop in on a Friday you maybe encouraged to take part in our Fab Shoe friday too).

Much love,
Anna
xx

(ps - if you were one of our film photo models, take a look at the 'after' images for reception - there are no images on the wall, still, as we are waiting, still to get yours up there. We bit off a bit more than we can chew, but they will be going up and we will be having a launch evening, even if it turns out to be a one year celebration in the end! xx)

Shoes with a story

So these shoes come with a story.

Firstly, I should say I know they're nuts. I'm not expecting everyone to rush to the shops, wanting a pair. I like mad shoes. And when I first saw these, months ago, I fell completely in love.

However, they're also not the most practical shoes ever and I couldn't really justify getting them. Then, Irregular Choice had a huge sale. Maybe I could justify getting them, if they were a little cheaper...

So, I watched the price and kept thinking 'just a little bit lower and I'll buy them'.

They reached the right price. They were sold out in my size. They had pink ones, they had blue ones, but they didn't have these ones. All that was left to do was whinge to Robin that I had lost them forever (I didn't think they'd me making more - I doubted they were the most popular style they could be making).

I'd like to say I let the whole idea of them go, but that would be a complete lie - I grumped, whilst Robin pretty much took no notice.

And then, on Tuesday, it was my birthday and I found the reason they had sold out in my size is because Robin had bought the last pair.

Is it ridiculous for a pair of shoes to make you happy? Yes. I'm therefore ridiculously happy 😉

Much love,
Anna
xx


Mother’s Day Gift

We're having a bit of a break with tradition this year - 

1. We're open on Mother's Day - so if you want your mum to have a fab, pampering time on the day itself, we have 2 spaces left - just get in touch!

2. We're offering gift vouchers for makeover sessions for one (your mum?) or two (you and your mum?)

Our gift vouchers can be personalised to include whatever message you'd like, and your mum then has until the end of May to book in for her portrait session.

If you've no idea what to say, you're welcome to choose from our quirky wording - samples are below.  They can be changed to include your name, or any message you'd like.

mother's day gift
mother's day gift
mother's day gift

The Mother's Day gift session includes:

  • Pre session chat, where we sit and plan your session together at our Witney studio
  • Champagne on arrival for the portrait session
  • Hair and make up by one of our pro stylists
  • Fully directed portrait session - you don't need to know how to pose, that's our job!
  • Your private image viewing - The 'wow' moment. (We have hankies at the ready just in case seeing how beautiful your mum is makes you cry.)
  • £100 towards anything on our pricelist, so that you/your mum can have exactly what you want from your session

If you'd like to order a voucher, email me at anna@smartphotography.co.uk or call me on 01993 862896, or fill out the form below and I'll call you.

Much love, 
Anna
xx

30 days of blogging

So, I'm at the end of 30 days of blogging (ok, I missed a day, so I am a day late finishing!). Thank you if you've stayed with me and read them all!

I'm hopeful that in that time I've answered some questions like who your portraits should be for, and introduced you to ways you might sabotage your session, without even knowing you're doing it. As well as sharing someone else's point of view on their portrait session.

If you have questions I haven't answered, then please let me know!

I've talked about how hard (and also important) it is to put yourself first, and I put myself first by being a make up model for us.

And I've told you about our studio move. And I may have mentioned it again. And again. Well, it is super exciting to us, and, since the move is imminent now, I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone at the new studio soon.

Of course whilst we've been busy picking paint colours and floors, we've been busy at the studio too - not least creating new wall art for the studio (and please click the link if you'd like to take part and be on our new walls).

We've also launched our Instagram account - and if you'd like to feature as one of our models for that, do get in touch. We're getting to grips with Instagram now and love showing a typical day at the studio.

Of course I will be continuing the blog - just not every day! If you'd like me to share anything about your own portrait session with us, let me know and you could feature!

Much love,
Anna
xx

30 days of blogging - before & after

More studio decorating…

Mondays & Tuesdays are our 'weekend' here at Smart Photography - hence the flurry of activity at our new premises, whilst we're not busy working at the existing studio.

Today Rachel joined me, Robin and Elise, to complete our decorating dream team.

Here are the three of them, working hard in your new changing room!

studio decorating

We got a lot of painting done today. See that brand new block wall? It's had it's first coat (at least one more needed).

studio decorating

It's already looking like the perfect home for this (which is just as well, as it needs to move from our living room):

studio decor

Meanwhile, over the course of the day, the viewing room has been transformed from this:

studio decorating

To this:

studio decorating

And is almost ready for the floor to go in.

studio decorating

Over the next few days and the (real) weekend, the biggest transformation will be happening. It's all feeling very exciting and very real now - and a lot more 'ours', now that we're putting the Smart Photography stamp on it.

Much love,
Anna
xx

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