National Portrait Day. Sunday March 30th Anglers Rest Hotel Headford Co Galway in aid of Childline

23rd March 2014

Thank you to everyone who has shown interest in National Portrait Day (, and in particular my event which is taking place in the Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford Co Galway next Sunday March 30th from 11am-7pm.
The event which was formerly known as Happy Faces is an annual event organised by the Irish Professional Photographers Association (IPPA) in aid of a chosen charity. Now in its eighth year, the campaign raised over €60,000 for charity last year and over €400,000 in the past six years.
This year, the beneficiary will be Childline, an organisation that children turn to when they feel they have nowhere else to go.
Last year alone Childline answered over 700,000 calls which included 1,450 calls (texts and emails) on Christmas Day. Calls to Childline relate to abuse, suicide, depression and self-harm; literally matters of life and death. As well as substance abuse, domestic violence, loneliness, bullying and critical information on health and sexuality.
Due to a lack of funding Childline are only able to answer two thirds of those calls last year.
That’s 1 in every 3 calls left unanswered.
Your €25 donation on National Portrait Day will ensure that five phone calls will get answered- that's five voices that will not go unheard because of you!

My event will be running from 11am through to 7pm on Sunday March 30th.
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 Childline.
I will have two set ups available regarding the portraits...."High Key" where portarits are taken against a white background, and "Low Key" where portraits are taken against a dark background. If you click on the portraits page you'll see a slideshow with examples of both.

There have been several enquiries about booking a time for portraits on March 30th, 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 on Sunday March 30th in the Anglers Rest Hotel.

When working with families in my studio, a portrait sitting can take between and thirty minutes and two hours 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 National Portrait Day 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 30th. 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 Childline.
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.

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!

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