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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.
Kyla Brox may be well known to a number of you as she is a local Blues singer who has been nominated for the Uk female blues singer of the year. Her next performance in the area will be at the Diggle Blues Festival which is this weekend – 15th,16th and 17th June.
On Sunday 3rd June it was her birthday and she spent some of that time browsing at the Saddleworth Vintage and Handmade Fair, and posing for us as a model.
Many thanks to Kyla – and here are her photographs.
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.
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
If you look around the Lipgloss & Lenses website you will come across lots of beautiful photographs of ladies young and old that have been subject to the L&L treatment. But what you rarely see, because we women are a vain and hugely insecure bunch, is the ‘before’ shot.
Like most women, I am not keen on having my photograph taken. I am much happier behind the lens, or better still, behind my make-up chair. But recently I underwent a fairly drastic transformation, from my natural blonde to a bold redhead. I decided that a new profile photo was in order, so, after yesterday’s photo pamper party ended, I found myself under the studio lights.
I am thrilled with the resulting image and immediately uploaded it to use on my Facebook and Twitter profiles. If you saw me in the playground on a wet morning school run you probably wouldn’t think it was the same woman, but that is kind of the point of good makeover portrait photography isn’t it? Women don’t want to look like their every day selves in a portrait photograph. They want to look the best that they can, which is where skilled make-up artistry and photography come in.
It is all very well me showing you my lovely new profile photo, but to understand exactly what Jude and I can do you need to be able to put the photo in context. The proof of the pudding, so to speak. And so, for those of you fortunate enough not to encounter me in the playground first thing in the morning, here I am bravely revealed in all my bare faced, badly lit glory…..
Vintage Photography – Great Fun!
|Today was just great fun – Lisa and I were both rather nervous as to what the day would bring but the results are fantastic! …. even though I may say so myself.We had chosen 9 models from our facebook page that had shown interest in our project of Vintage Photo Pamper Parties. Luckily they all managed to find the studio and arrived with a cacophony of 1940s and 1950s clothing and accessories. They were all rather excited and maybe a little nervous of whatwas expected of them.They were all briefed as to the aim of the day and thankfully the reaction was one of agreement of a great idea. We will tell you all our idea in due course – please be patient. But what I do want to do this evening is showyou a brief tantalising sample of make-overs and photography that was taken during the day.If you wish to know more about or even book a session please click here||.|
Looking forward to welcoming a number of ladies to the studio for a Lipgloss and Lenses Vintage Photo Pamper Experience.
Tomorrow Lisa and I will welcome a number of ladies to the Jude Gidney Photography studio in Mossley for a taste of the Vintage Make-over and Photo experience. These ladies were selected as they had liked the New Facebook Page Lipgloss and Lenses and shown an interest in the project by making a comment about their interest. They have been asked to bring a selection of outfits that they feel have a Vintage look to them. Make-up will be applied to depict the 1950 and 1940s style and hair adjusted to suit.
As we have a handful of ladies coming to the studio we are expecting a lot of fun and girly chatter. There will also be a Vintage atmosphere of Rockabilly and Big Band Music to dance to if the mood takes any of our models.
We have chosen interested ladies and not ‘models’ as we wish to portray the work that we are doing for the ‘real woman’ of today – a Gok field day.
We are very taken with the Screen Siren Pin-Up look of the era – enjoying images of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean….. and the list goes on.
The direction we have chosen for this shoot is rather a cheeky little idea, that we hope will amuse you. Please pop back for updates of photographs from the session in the coming few days.