Christmas Portrait Offer

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Looking for something special to give this christmas?

I have 20 of these beauties available.

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Each voucher costs £150 and includes the following:

  • A portrait session with me, in my studio or on location (worth £125)
  • An online gallery to view your images
  • Your favourite image printed and framed for the wall (worth £225).

Total value is £350, saving £200! 

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I run this offer every year and they sell out very quickly. If you are interested, may I suggest you get in touch sooner rather than later. You can email me directly here

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Festive Offer

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Its that time of year again when I get rediculously excited and take my kids off for their annual Christmas photo-shoot.

I use the images to create books to give as gifts to all the grandparents. And on christmas day, without fail, they turn each page and I watch as their tears roll into their smiles. They love these books so much.

Family photographs are so important to me and my family.

When was the last time you had a family photograph? For most, its always on the to-do list. “We must get round to it”. But the truth is, for most, its not a priority and it tends to move down the list and the kids grow up.

In my family, its a necessity. I spend most of my time behind the camera and work hard to build a beautiful collection of images that my family will treasure. I’m sure, when I’m old and losing my marbles, I will love looking back at these memories, being reminded of moments I know I’ll forget. Its the little things you see, the cheeky grin on my child’s face, the size of their hand when holding mine. Having these images will, over time be priceless to me. I know that.

So here it is. My festive offer to you. If you are yet to have a family portrait, Let me photograph your family, let me also produce a beautifully framed wall print for you to hang on your wall.

And tell me in years to come how glad you are you did it.

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Wow, its October already?…

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…How did that happen?

Its fair to say; this year has been my busiest so far. I’ve shot weddings pretty much every weekend, been editing all week and seen very little of my family (I really must work harder on this work/life balance).

So, as you can imagine, I have neglected my blog big time. I am sorry.

For those that follow me on Facebook and Twitter you will have enjoyed the sneaky peeks from many of the weddings & e-shoots I’ve worked on this year. For those that don’t follow me on there, why not?

The good news is; as the wedding season comes to an end, I’m not only looking forward to a few winter weddings & family shoots. But I’m preparing to share this huge collection of weddings with you all.

I’ve shot in New York, France, Porthcawl (one of my fav weddings!). I’ve been in countless churches, marquees, the occasional pig sty, on the back of a quad bike, stood in the sea and documented some pretty incredible moments for many couples. You really can’t call this a job.

I look forward to sharing these weddings with you over the coming months.

In the meantime, I’m leaving you with this image I took after an e-shoot in West Wales. I wish I could have a little cottage in Whitesands and enjoy this for real every evening.

Enjoy

Mary & John

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Last Sunday I exhibited at a Wedding Fayre at the stunning Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

I met so many lovely Brides-to-be & Grooms but it was one particular Mother of the Bride that stole the show for me. I forgot to ask her name but what she did tell me was the amazing story of how she and her husband got together.

Its a proper true love story and I know my writing skills will not do this justice. I just really want to tell you about it.

I’ve decided to call them Mary & John.

Mary & John met in the ’60’s, they instantly fell in love and began dating. A year later John was offered a job in another town and had to move. He felt a long distance relationship wouldn’t work so he broke up with Mary. It broke her heart.

The following year Mary eventually met someone else.

One day, whilst on his way to visit an old friend, John drove through his home town and saw Mary waiting at a bus stop. He stopped his car and offered her a lift. They talked for bit then she broke the news that she’d met someone else and they were now engaged to be married. John said nothing.

2 days later while Mary was in work, John tuned up at her workplace to see her. He told her she couldn’t marry this other guy. He told her he was still in love with her and that he wanted to be the one she married. He handed her a marriage license and told her he’d booked the registry office the coming Saturday.

Without hesitation, Mary dropped everything.  She called off her engagement and she married John on that Saturday at Swansea registry office. Nothing was planned. Her dress & shoes were borrowed, flowers freshly picked, both sets of parents looked on in disbelief but Mary & John didn’t care.

42 years later, they are still happily married and she smiles every time she tells her story!

How cool is that!

Vintage Glamour at its best!

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If you are looking for beautiful vintage style glamor then you MUST visit Emma Philips Bridal Studio, 21 Bridge Street, Carmarthen, Wales, SA31 3JS
Telephone: 01267 237 127

Its simply stunning! You can even book an appointment in their luxurious second floor viewing room and enjoy total privacy away from the bustle of the high street. Emma is such a warm friendly woman with a fabulous eye for glamour, go on….make that call, you’ll love it x

2 Gold Awards!!!

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A few months ago I was commissioned by Freshwater, a top PR agency.  The brief was to photograph a new campaign for their client, Donate Wales.

As most of you (that follow my blog) will know, I don’t tend to do a lot of commercial work. I choose to work with families/real people as opposed to models yet what made this commission so interesting to me was they were using real people. Patients (including children) all waiting for a transplant.

I knew this job would prove very emotional especially as some of them had been given months to live if no donor was found. There was no way I could of refused, I guess deep down I hoped using my skills these images would really help the campaign.

The reason for this post is down to the success of the campaign. The results speak for themselves. Heres an extract from Freshwaters website

Donate Wales appointed Freshwater to devise a campaign to encourage people to join the organ donor register. Called Wales’s Invisible Death Row, the hard-hitting campaign featured real people waiting for an organ donation, as opposed to actors, filmed in police cells.

During the campaign, the advert was picked up by Sky News, which featured it throughout its bulletins, while a double page spread was secured in The Sun and three quarters of a page in The Observer.   Campaign collateral was even used in popular teen soap-opera, Hollyoaks.

As a direct result of Wales’s Invisible Death Row campaign, 2,500 additional people joined the organ donor register in Wales compared with same period the previous year, with a 658% increase on website hits.  A sustained high-profile debate on opt-out led to the government announcing it would introduce opt-out organ donation.

The CIPR PRide Awards is the only awards scheme which showcases the best PR work being carried out across the UK regions and nations and sets industry standards. There were over 1,221 plus entries UK-wide this year. Freshwater and Donate Wales won two Gold awards for Best Integrated Communications and Best Not-For-Profit campaign.

Judges commented that the Donate Wales campaign had ‘superb results, far exceeding the clients’ expectations, (a) well targeted and executed campaign, in which objectives were thoroughly thought through and clearly outlined.” Judges also highlighted that the campaign’s “inspiring use of social networks, the internet and bluetooth ensured the younger audience was reached effectively.” Finally, it was recognized that “the Government was won over and lives will be saved thanks to this campaign. No other outcome is important.”

To of been a part of this campaign makes me very proud. Whats even more exciting is that I also received news that one of the patients featured has just had her transplant!

It take just a few minutes to join the register, in doing so you could save lives. What an incredible legacy to leave. Follow this link: Donate Wales for more information.






Results from my 1st digital workshop

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Hi There,

For those that follow my blog, you may remember I ran my first workshop, “Digital Workflow”a while back.  I’m please to say it was a big success! I met some lovely  photographers ranging from Amateur, Semi to Professionals. Everyone was keen to see how I manage my images and how I can help improve their work-flow and help bring their images to life!

Each student brought 5 images to work with and together, step by step I showed them ways of improving them. I’ve added a few “before and after” images so you can see the results.

If you’d like to receive more information on my next workshop please email : info@mariafarrelly.com.