MEMBERS of Conwy Camera Club held a portraiture session with a difference as its models did not have smooth skin, nor a pointed nose or lips, but rather slithering scales and eight legs.

For the past decade, the club has had special interest groups, otherwise known as SIGs, which bring together members with particular interests for indoor or outdoor shoots.

Dan Richards, who coordinates SIG activities, said: “The portraiture SIG usually photographs humans but we've held sessions with members’ pets, mostly dogs. This time we thought we’d do something different, with snakes, iguanas and tarantulas as our models.

"Everyone who attended had a great time and should have some unusual new pictures for their collections or to enter in club competitions. All the animals behaved perfectly, which was a relief to some of the photographers.”

The models were provided by the Denbighshire organisation Eric and Friends, which provides reptile handling sessions for birthday parties and other events.

The SIG photo shoots, usually on Thursdays, supplement the club’s weekly Tuesday evening meetings, which recently resumed after the summer break.

Conwy Camera Club, which welcomes new members, the oldest photographic society in North Wales, meets at 7.30pm on Tuesdays at the Morfa Venue (Conwy football ground).

Activities include talks by guest photographers and informal photographic competitions.

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