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Vladimir – 10 Years at Priory Studios by Dominic Lee

Vladimir – 10 years at Priory Studios

I get many emails from people seeking a job at Priory Studios but one I received about 11 years ago was to prove a life changing experience for the sender and for Priory Studios. Vladimir Polivanov is from Omsk, Russia (Two & half days from Moscow by train). He studied Photography & Cinematography at the Institute of Culture in Moscow and served his statutory two years in the Army where he was based in Vladivostok (Nine days by express train from Moscow).

His email caught my attention because he mentioned he used “Photoshop” and I had only read about it at that point. But I was in no position to offer him a job. However I did make a cheeky offer to correct the English in his CV which might improve his prospects elsewhere.
He was delighted with the offer and in the course of a few more email exchanges I sent him two images which I had failed to merge as desired in the darkroom. He returned the file and the result was better that I expected. That project went on to be one of two books depicting people in their hobby mode, titled Out of Your Tree and Out of Your Tree 2. Both of which have been very successful thanks to Vladimir’s Photoshop skills.

He spent his first eight months in Ireland living with my family and experimenting with Photoshop projects. It was still film back then which he would scan and retouch to a level which I saw as acceptable and desirable to the Irish market.

Ten years on, Vladimir is an integral part of Priory Studios and Priory Weddings; he is probably one of the most skilled Photoshop editors in Ireland and is also a master of Cinematography, conferences, bands and company profiles.

I’m very happy that I did make that investment in Vladimir all those years ago, he was subsequently joined here by his wife Inna who now runs a very busy dress design & alterations business and his son Vitaly who along with his wife Anna have been the All Ireland Dance Champions for three years in a row.

Here’s to another 10 Years!

Dominic

 

Keith Nolan - February 26, 2012 - 11:52 am

It was nice to read of Vladamir and his talents being acknowledged this way and of his family too. It also reflects well on his employer and friend. Well done to you all and many continued successes!

Calling all Brides & Grooms to be! by Laura Leonard

If you are getting married this December, January or February here’s a chance to win a luxury honeymoon. Four weddings return’s to our screens and they are looking for contestants to take part! Contact 4weddings@itv.com for further information. Meanwhile don’t forget to check out Priory Weddings for your Photography, Video and Red Carpet Hire!

 

Life at Priory Studios by French Work Experience Student Cassandre Lidvan.

This account is written in both French & English

Je suis arrivée début Mai a Dublin pour mon stage de fin de première année de BTS Commerce International. Pendant deux mois j’ai travaillé au sein de Priory Studios. Ce fut une très bonne expérience. Je me suis très bien et très vite intégrée dans cette petite famille. Je fus très surprise en voyant les prix que propose le studio, mais j’ai réalisé qu’une photo passe dans les mains de 4 ou 5 personnes avant de la remettre au client, donc en fin de compte, les prix sont relativement raisonnables, surtout lors de promotion.
J’ai découvert beaucoup de choses, aussi bien le coté administratif que les séances photos. J’ai pu assister a un mariage a l’Ouest de l’Irlande, ou Priory Studios était photographe et caméraman, des séances photos de familles, de communion, commerciale, une conférence sur la photographie… et pleins d’autres choses !
J’ai également beaucoup appris de chacun : Vladimir et la retouche de photos vraiment très impressionnante; Laura et les photos de mariages ainsi que l’actualisation constante d’un site internet et la realization d’album de mariage; Sonny et son beau travail de cadres et de tableaux. Linda et Mairead avec leur grande polyvalence et leur implication dans les différents domaines (confectionner un cadre, faire les comptes, accueillir les clients…) de l’agence. Ainsi que les 23 ans d’expérience en photographie et en management de Dominic.
Tout le monde m’a beaucoup donné chaque jour de mon stage. Je remercie cette belle équipe pour m’avoir fait gagner en expérience (aussi bien dans le travail qu’en anglais) et en maturité.

J’éspère que vous allez apprécier ce petit power point que j’ai réalisé sur Priory Studios.

Cassandre

I arrived in Dublin on 1st May for my end of first year work experience which I completed over two months in Priory Studios. It was a wonderful experience as I quickly incorporated into this friendly family. My first impression was that the price of the portraits was very expensive but I soon realised that most of the work passes through the hands of 4 or 5 staff members before it is received by the customer and that each stage uses the highest standard possible so I then changed my mind and now feel the price is very reasonable, especially when there is a promotion.

I also now have experience in the extensive administration required to run such a large studio and I was fortunate to attend a wedding in the West of Ireland where Priory Studios covered both the Photography and the Video.  I went to a conference on photography, photo shoots for several 1st Holy Communions, family portraits, executive portraits, commercial and PR photos.
I also learned a lot from each of the staff: Vladimir is an expert on photo retouching and airbrushing, Laura on wedding photography & album design, Sonny and his fine work with making frames and canvas portraits; Linda and Mairead with their versatility and their big involvement in every aspect of Priory Studios, one day cutting mounts & framing, next day doing accounts, and equally important displaying great patience with customers during a sale. As well as the extensive experience in photography and management which Dominic has.

Everyone gave me a lot and learned every day of my work experience.
I thank this wonderful team for making me gain experience (in work and in English) and maturity!

I hope you enjoy watching this short slide show which I made about the work of Priory Studios.
Cassandre

 

One for everyone in the Audience – 3 Generations Portrait Gift Voucher by Dominic Lee

For the fourth year running Priory Studios are offering our very popular Generations Portrait Promotion to celebrate Grandparents Day 2011.

Grandparents Day

Terms & Conditions:

Book a pre-studio planning session to discuss what to wear, portrait sizes, prices for extra copies etc;

Offer includes Studio session (normally €75)

Framed Portrait (normally €175) of The Grandparents.

Offer does not include the Family Group photograph. (Please request a price list)

Not applicable with any other special offer

Offer expires October 31st 2011

Session to include at least 3 generations

Portraits to be chosen within 10 days of your session.

 

“You never actually own a portrait from Priory Studios you just mind it for the next generation” Print off your voucher and book us today!!

01 288 07 55

 

Craft Master As seen on RTE1 by Laura Leonard

Craft Master As seen on RTE1 by Laura Leonard

Our shoot took us to Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda where we were asked to photograph participants and judges for a new TV series called “Craft Master”. Craft master is presented by Sonya Lennon and starts Tuesday 6th Sept at 7pm and runs for 6 weeks on RTE1.

“Over the course of the six part series presenter Sonya Lennon will meet a total of fifteen apprentices all hoping to represent their chosen craft in the final of Craft Master to be in with a chance of winning the prize, a stand in Showcase – Ireland’s International Trade Show for Irish producers and with the Irish Craft Industry being worth almost half a billion Euro annually it’s all to play for.” [http://www.rte.ie/tv/craftmaster/]

Similar to the other Big Mountain productions, we worked on a live set. During our shoot we had the pleasure of meeting Fashion designers Paul Costello and Louise Kennedy. We can’t reveal the winner of the show at this stage but can give you a sneek peek at some of the photo’s we took at the gallery. More photographs to follow as the Craft Master show progresses! Photography by Dominic Lee & Laura Leonard (Priory Studios)

 

 

For further information about the show visit: http://www.rte.ie/tv/craftmaster/