Professional snaps at a snip

Published: 25 March 2009 at 16:14

Students offer ‘lively’ portrait snaps to passing shoppers

Studio portraits can be expensive but Cambridge School of Art students have teamed up with the Grafton Centre to bring a low-cost photography studio to the shopping centre.

The enterprising students are raising money for their Degree Show, an event that marks the culmination of their studies at Anglia Ruskin University.  Final year students across a range of disciplines have set themselves the target of £9000 in order to deliver a professional degree show worthy of their hard work and talents.

The prints are competitively priced but of the highest quality due in part to the donation of materials and printers negotiated by Kerstin Hacker, Pathway Leader for Photography. Speaking about her students’ efforts Kerstin says:

"The students are using their creativity and professionalism to produce lively portraits which allow the sitters to be themselves in front of the camera. They have a talent for making people feel at ease, finding the right pose to suit the image or encouraging a smile. The event is sponsored by Epson and Permajet Digital Media, who have donated equipment to help the fundraising efforts of our students and the Grafton Centre have generously hosted the events free of charge. I would like to congratulate my students on the huge effort they have put into this event and hope that lots of shoppers grab the opportunity to get their photograph taken by this talented bunch."

The last event saw a variety of highly satisfied customers including a group of teenage girls who clubbed together with their remaining money after a busy day’s shopping and one family who were so delighted that they returned three times to buy extra prints for friends and family. Customers pay £10 for the first print with subsequent prints (the same or different image) at a reduced rate. Each sitter or sitters have up to 15 minutes of studio time, during which time a number of digital photographs are taken. Customers then choose their favourite image from the on-site computer screens. The photographs are then printed immediately and can be taken away on the day (although sufficient time for drying is recommended.)

Cambridge School of Art Photography Studio will be at the Grafton Centre on Saturday 4 April 10.30-3.30 – the final opportunity to take advantage of this great offer. The Cambridge School of Art Degree Show 2009 showcases this year’s graduates’ work from 5-14 June at the Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road.

For more information about the Photography studio, fundraising or the Degree Show contact: Sarah Jones, 0845 196 2981,