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We welcomed our first party girls of the New Year to the studio last weekend. Birthday girl Abbie chose Lipgloss and Lenses to help her celebrate her 10th birthday with her two closest friends, Emma and Chloe.
We played a few games to get everyone warmed up and banish any nerves and then the three girls each got a makeover before having their photographs taken, individually and as a group. You can see from the photographs that we specialise in age-appropriate makeup. We don’t want to make young girls look like painted dolls, or appear older than they are. To us, it is all about bringing out natural beauty and creating a subtle look that looks great on camera. This approach is, we believe, the reason why our bookings for girls under 16 are increasing all the time. The process of being pampered is just as important and just as much fun for the girls as the end result.
Since moving to the new studio we have much more space and as a result we can play about a bit more with sets and backdrops. At present we have four different set-ups for our girls’ pamper parties. We still offer the traditional high-key portrait look with a white background, but in addition we have delicate pastel coloured backdrops and our very popular graffiti wall. The latest addition is a dramatic back-lit black and white set with a checkerboard floor.
We have plans for even more sets in the near future to expand our range and keep our look fresh. The detail is hush hush at the moment, but watch this space.
In the last 12 months the party side of Lipgloss and Lenses has really taken off. We are getting lots of word of mouth referals and bookings are flying in at the moment. For this we are extremely grateful. We both absolutely love hosting our makeover photoshoot parties, especially now that we are in the new studio and we have much more flexibility with sets and space.
We had a very positive planning meeting yesterday, throwing about ideas for what we want to do in 2013. What we both concluded is that we need to remind each other, as well as our target audience, that we are more than just a couple of party girls. We love our parties, of course we do. But equally we both love a good wedding. Who doesn’t? We both started off working in the wedding industry and yesterday we started counting up all the wedding services we actually offer between us.
All of our services are outlined on our own individual websites – Pamper and Pose and Jude Gidney Photography – but in these busy times we think we need a united approach. Watch out for a website redesign to incorporate L&L Bridal, all our wedding services in one place. But for now, did you know we can do all of the following?:
- Engagement photoshoots
- Hen parties (contemporary and vintage style)
- Pre-wedding lingerie photoshoot as a surprise gift for the groom
- Wedding photography (including optional second photographer)
- Bridal Makeup (and some hair styling)
- Photobooth at your wedding reception
In addition to all that we have a bulging contact book full of cake makers, florists, wedding DJs, bridal shops, venue dressers and all manner of other wedding industry professionals that we have both worked with and are happy to recommend.
So, if you are planning to tie the knot, or you know someone who is, ask what we can do for you. Lipgloss and Lenses – more than just a couple of party girls
Contact us for your own requirements and availability.
Over the last week we have been running an offer to win a makeover shoot with Lipgloss and Lenses at the Jude Gidney Photography Studio. The winner has been decided and contacted so please keep an eye out for a confirmation if you have entered.
If you haven’t heard from us in the next 24hrs then perhaps you’d be interested in checking out our range of Makeover shoots and treat yourself to a pampering and posing experience, to record your beauty in the new year.
We encourage Ladies to come with a friend to make the session companionable. Packages range from The Audrey including makeup, simple hairstyling and photo shoot starting at £120 to the Ultimate Gold Package of a three hour pamper, makeover and photoshoot with both Vintage Inspired and contemporary sets. Click here for more details.
You may also be interested in our range of Makeover and Photoshoot parties – suitable for all ages from Teenagers to Grandmothers. Ideal for Christmas Parties, Hen Parties, Baby Showers, Leaving Dos, Team building, or simply the start to a fun night out in Manchester. Click here for more details
And to end – a big thankyou to all for your support over the last week in our celebrations of studio opening and birthday celebrations.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Lisa and Myself . xxxx
Lipgloss & Lenses are delighted to announce a new venture to complement our range of party and photography services.
Add some fun and originality to your party or event by hiring Lipgloss & Lenses’ Circus Big Top Photo Studio. We will bring along our mobile tent studio, packed full of fun props for you and your guests to pose with. Take your pic from our selection of wigs, hats, glasses, moustaches, boas and props galore and say “cheese” for the camera. Be as silly as you like, we dare you!
Our Big Top is bigger than the photobooths run by other companies, so we can accommodate several people at a time. The big top adds a fun twist to any party and is particularly popular for wedding receptions. We can provide props to suit the theme of your event and we guarantee that your guests will love it! For more information about availability, packages and prices give Lisa a call on 0161 300 6224 or fill in the contact form.
If you want to have a giggle at the range of photos we took at our first event at the weekend then click here.
All is very exciting in the glittery world of Lipgloss and Lenses because we have both been shortlisted in the Vintage Manchester Awards. I (Lisa) am nominated for Best Vintage Beauty and Jude is on the shortlist for Best Vintage Photography. To say we are excited is a major understatement. The publicity surrounding the awards is doing wonders for our profile, so if you are finding us for the first time, here’s a little video that shows all the things we do at Lipgloss and Lenses.
Meanwhile, if you would like to vote for us in the Vintage Manchester Awards just click on the icons below to go through to the voting form. Every vote counts and believe me, we really do appreciate all the support.
Like most people I get those daily Groupon emails and I have even bought a couple of deals in the past for canvasses to put my photographs on, but I would never dream of advertising my own services on there. I see ads for makeover photoshoots on there at least once a week for around £19. Sounds like a bargain doesn’t it? The services of two professionals – a makeup artist and a photographer – for just £19?
As one of those professionals it sets massive alarm bells ringing for me. Jude and I couldn’t possibly offer the high quality service we are known for at Lipgloss and Lenses for that price. We would lose money. I have a theory that there are only two ways companies can make money by offering prices like that. Either they offer a very substandard service, knowing that Groupon customers are after a bargain and will most likely never come back, or they massively inflate their print prices and put on the hard sell once the session is over.
I have spoken to people who have experienced both scenarios. What happened the next time they wanted a makeover photoshoot? They decided that you get what you pay for and they came to us. At Lipgloss and Lenses all of our pricing is completely transparent. Our reprint prices are very reasonable and are there to see before you even book. Jude and I love our work and take great pride in it, whether we are doing a single makeover portrait session, a group photoshoot or a photo pamper party.
A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from Groupon. They had seen the vintage makeover photoshoots we specialise in and thought it would be something a bit different for them to offer. I politely declined, much to the horror of the person on the other end of the phone. He seemed genuinely surprised I didn’t snatch his hand off.
Days later, sure enough there was an offer from another photo studio offering vintage makeover photoshoots. Not a service I had ever seen them offer before, but hey, immitation is the sincerest form of flattery, no? I thought no more about it until this weekend I saw a post from a reputable photography studio irate that one of their images had been copied and used on an ad on Groupon. Guess which offer it was?
Like I said, you generally get what you pay for.
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Happy birthday to one of Lipgloss and Lenses’ favourite vintage screen icons. Norma Jean Baker, aka Marilyn Monroe, would have been celebrating her 86th birthday today if she were still alive. I wonder what she would have looked like?
Troubled though she was, Marilyn was one of the most naturally alluring women to grace the last century, which, along with her fascinating life and death) story accounts for her enduring appeal to this day. To mark Marilyn’s birthday weekend Jude and I will be doing a Marilyn-inspired photoshoot at Saddleworth Jubilee Vintage and Handmade Fair in Uppermill on Sunday. Come along and watch us in action. Our model will be the very beautiful Miss Tameside, Ciara Hilton.
Just to prove how much fun we have at Lipgloss and Lenses. We keep seeing slogan pics on people’s Facebook profiles, so we thought we’d make some of our own. Here’s the first. Just one of the many little twists we can put on your vintage makeover photoshoot. If you fancy a go and have a slogan in mind then come along to Saddleworth Jubilee Vintage and Handmade Fair at the Civic Hall in Uppermill on Sunday. Lipgloss and Lenses will have a pop-up salon and photo studio so you can come along and have vintage hair and makeup done and a pin-up style portrait taken.
Our slogan pictures can be put onto all sorts of items, including mugs, cards, t-shirts, mouse mats and tote bags. Or you could just have it block-mounted to hang on the wall. We will have examples on display at the fair. Meanwhile, watch out for our series of slogan pics appearing on our Facebook page. Feel free to share them and help spread the Lipgloss and Lenses name.
We are very big on supporting local makers, manufacturers and designers here at Lipgloss and Lenses, hence the Jubilee vintage and handmade fair we are hosting at Uppermill Civic Hall on June 3rd.
So with that in mind we are thrilled to announce that the makeup and skincare products we use in our makeovers, photoshoots and pamper parties will in future be supplied by West Yorkshire based Inesse. All of Inesse’s products are handmade in Castleford from British sourced ingredients. They contain no parabens or sulphates are are gentle in the skin, particularly important when working with young skin, as we so often do.The whole ethos of the company – high quality, handmade, ethical products at affordable prices, sits squarely with what Jude and I are trying to promote at Lipgloss and Lenses, so we are delighted to be involved with Inesse. We will be unveiling the new product range at Saddleworth WI’s Swishing event at Dobcross Band Club on Friday 11th May. All the products will be available to order from us, as the first Inesse supplier in the North West.
Please come along and have a look, say hello and see the wide range of pamper party and makeover photoshoot packages we offer. You’ll be helping to raise funds for the WI’s chosen charities. And if that wasn’t enticement enough, who can resist the chance to swap that old frocky horror at the back of the wardrobe for something sexy and sophisticated.
I’m off to raid my wardrobe now.
Can you feel it? There’s a distinct swell in our pride in all things British. Something is definitely in the air. Whether it is the upcoming Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or the Olympics I’m not sure, but there is definitely something happening. Even good old Marks and Spencer are proudly flying the flag in their new summer TV ad. Have you seen it? They’ve signed up Gary Barlow to sing Here Comes The Sun Now that might not be the most apt song given today’s major snowfalls, but you can’t deny the spirit behind it.
It could be a long time yet before Britain pulls itself out of the financial mire it is in, but there is a real optimism in the air, like we have all collectively decided to pull the country up by its boot-straps and make it great again.
The best way that we can do that is to support British manufacturing and British creative talent. Mary Portas has hit the nail right on the head. We have a wonderful textiles heritage, particularly in Oldham and the surrounding mill towns. It is a crying shame that the industry is all but gone, lost to cheap overseas manufacturing. Mary, champion of the British High Street, has rightly decided that this is a travesty and a tragedy and she is leading the way in doing something about it. She has brought jobs to a troubled area of Middleton and come up with a great product, Kinky Knickers, a product 100% made in Britain.
Kinky Knickers launched in several retailers last week and they are already like gold dust. Interest in them has no doubt been stirred up by the Channel 4 series, Mary’s Bottom Line, but more than that she seems to have hit a patriotic chord with Britain’s women. I love the fact Mary Portas is doing so much to support British manufacturing, but I also love the product and especially its glamorous vintage style packaging.
Vintage is huge right now. It makes us all nostalgic for better times. Why do you think Jude and I love it so much? Well, there is the glamour too of course. We all love a bit of glamour.
There is a massive amount of creative talent in this country and it needs to be supported. More than that, there’s a massive amount of creative talent in this area. Lots and lots of small businesses, independent designers and makers. Supporting local businesses has long been a passion of mine, after all I have one and so does my husband.
There will never be a better time than 2012 to promote all things British. The eyes of the world are upon us this year and we can all do our bit. I know finance, or lack of it, is a key issue for many people, but if you can support a British business, or better yet a local one, then please consider doing so. Just think of the difference we could make.
At Lipgloss and Lenses we are trying to do our bit to promote British creative talent by organising a Vintage and Handmade Fair to mark the Jubilee weekend in Saddleworth. It will be held at Uppermill Civic Hall on Sunday 3rd June and will feature stalls from a number of renowned designer makers, local creative businesses and vintage sellers, plus a vintage tea room.
You can read more about the fair and other events happening that weekend on www.saddleworthvintage.co.uk. Please support us in supporting local manufacturing. Anyway, it’ll be fun
With many thanks to our beautiful model, Charlie, who gamely posed for us in nothing but a Union Jack so that I could get on my soap box.
Hair and makeup: Lisa Marie Gee
Jewellery: Samantha Mills
Photography: Jude Gidney