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Trafalgar Square, London Eye, the British Museum, Hyde Park, Marble Arch, Buckingham Palace, Pall Mall, and Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall – we love our job!
After weeks of meticulous planning and hard work by the Portrait Factory team, the studio is finally up and running – and the smiles say it all. Doors have only been open for 2 days and already there are more than a dozen happy customers.
Based in Waterlooville, Hampshire, The Portrait Factory is the brainchild of two local artisans: our very own Stefan, the photographer and Simon, a large format print specialist and owner of Lex Media. Stefan & Simon have pooled their resources to create a totally individual and personable environment for a portrait studio with a difference. Bookings are now being taken on 023 9200 6494. Unbelievably, the sitting fee is only £35, including a free precious memento of the day: an acrylic block etched with a favourite portrait from the session – hardly surprising there’s already a waiting list!
With so many image formats to choose from – framed photo prints, canvas, acrylic floats and blocks – there’s something for everyone’s taste and budget. Prices and print options will soon be on The Portrait Factory’s website, which is currently under construction.
Fun, friendly and affordable – that’s the Portrait Factory philosophy.
www.theportraitfactory.com…… coming soon!
Despite possibly the most torrential rain of the year so far, the crowds who came to see the Gunwharf’s annual fireworks event refused to be put off (and nor did the event’s official photographers – us!).
After retreating to the many restaurants and coffee shops for shelter, everyone emerged to enjoy the spectacular Day of the Dead Parade, led by a 15 foot high inflatable skull, various colourful characters and a procession of drummers and performers. The Spinnaker Tower, which recently celebrated its 5th birthday, was lit up like a lantern for the event and made a great backdrop for the fireworks display that illuminated Portsmouth Harbour and the surrounding Marinas.
The event made a refreshing change from the normal (Americanised) Hallowe’en celebrations and brought an interesting mix of cultural experience to all those who took part.
The 6th annual event of its kind was opened on Friday, 2nd July, by Raymond Blanc. As the Gunwharf Quays Official Photographer, Stefan was once again in action behind the camera. With over 30 exhibitors from around Hampshire and some great participation from the Gunwharf restaurants, shops and bars, the three day event was a great success. Of course, the glorious weather helped, with brilliant blue skies and many beaming smiles!
There was something for everyone: the little ones enjoyed the face-painting, pizza-making, the purpose-built beach and the brilliant Desert Island Discs theatre show, while the big ones relished the numerous samples of foodie treats – not to mention the Real Ales, Sangria, Toffee Vodka and assorted Happy Hour cocktails…..hic….
With fascinating food demonstrations, cocktail-making competitions and a whole host of colourful characters, it was a wonderful few days. Stefan and Sara definitely had their work cut out to cover the various aspects of the event. Cover it though, they did – then home for a long soak in a warm bath after walking nearly 20 miles between them!….