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FOCUS ON YOUR LOVE WITH A VALENTINE'S DAY PHOTOSHOOT; northernfashion.

Byline: NIAMH MCENEANEY

There are five days to go before we are once again forced by society, card shops and St Valentine to declare our love for our partners. You may be planning the usual - dinner, chocolates, champagne, flowers.

But whatever you do, in this digital day and age, you are bound to be recording it in some way. Social networking sites will be bombarded with posts and images of your February 14 and what you and your other half did to mark "the most romantic day of the year". When you are taking your photos here's some advice: If there is chocolate involved, make sure it isn't smeared all over your teeth. Roses? Hope you don't cut off their heads and Champagne.. try to capture something other than your finger.

In fact, scrap that. The best bit of advice I can give is to treat yourselves and go get a professional photograph done - and for not much more than the price of a dozen red roses - which will wither and die in a few days any way.

Make-up artist Paddy McGurgan and photographer Khara Pringle have joined forces by opening a joint studio in the heart of Belfast. With hi-tech facilities and a vast range of the best make-up from around the world (sourced by Paddy himself) the Make-Up Pro Studio on Royal Avenue looks like it has been transported straight out of LA.

Paddy's best pal and acclaimed photographer Khara has set up her studio upstairs so professional fashion campaigns, model portfolios and celebrity shoots can be carried out all under the same roof.

And this Valentine's Day the dynamic duo are offering loved-up couples the chance to come in, have their makeup done and get professional photos taken - for just PS170. You'll surely get your followers all tweeting and liking when you post that photo on Instagram.

Here's a selection of couples who put their love in focus.

Oh, and don't mind the two who ended up arguing during the interview.. we love each other really!

FOR further information or to make a booking, call the Make-Up Pro Studio on 028 9043 4007.

Merchant Hotel gets even more fabulous THE Merchant Hotel has announced the dates for this year's Fabulous Fashion Teas.

They take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 of April.

Saturday will showcase Cruise at 12pm, The Edge Emporium at 3pm and Ruedi Maguire at 6pm.

Sunday will showcase The Boudoir, Dungannon, at 3pm and Candy Plum at 5.30pm.

Each tea will feature an amazing fashion show which takes place in the elegant Art Deco surroundings of The Rita Duffy Room. Tickets are PS35 per show and include access to your chosen Fashion Tea, a glass of Moet & Chandon Champagne, afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, freshlybaked scones, a selection of delectable Merchant pastries, luxury goodie bag and entry to the pop-up boutiques of all featured retailers. To book, call 028 90262717 or visit www.themerchanthotel.com.

Heart-throbbing Feb 14 gifts...

Moschino gloves were PS140 now PS70, House of Fraser Dress PS79, Phase Eight Woven bag PS2.50, Paperchase Lulu Guinness Lipstick lips clutch bag PS295, House of Fraser Carvela wedges PS120, House of Fraser T-shirt PS11.99, Missguided Vivienne Westwood chancery croc heart tote bag PS230, House of Fraser Lulu Guinness umbrella PS32, House of Fraser Jumper PS14, George@Asda Mini straighteners PS20, www.elie.ie LOVE bracelet PS30, from www.pluckanddevour.com and House of Fraser | Jumper PS30, A|Wear Vivienne Westwood shoes were PS120 now PS40, Cruise Vivienne Westwood Valentine heart pendant PS160 Hat PS19.95, White Stuff Kurt Geiger wedges PS150, House of Fraser Connor Schelling-Tisza, 22, Tennis player/model and Laurina Kennedy, 24, Personal Assistant/model How they met: Laurina: We first met last year at Belfast Fashionweek. We had great chemistry and kept bumping into each other. One thing led to another and bam! Our first date was in the carpark of Carryduff McDonalds.

What is the most romantic thing each has done for the other? Laurina: Our Christmas gift to each other was a romantic trip to Paris.

We went for four days over New Year's Eve. It was amazing standing at the Eiffel Tower and getting a midnight kiss from him with fireworks in the background.

What is the most annoying thing about each other? Laurina: After he has a shower, every towel I own seems to be used and on the ground. The most annoying thing about me is that Connor hates my driving. He is a slow and steady kinda guy while I'm slightly speedy. I think he once said it was like being in the North West 200 when we were only going to the shop for a pint of milk.

Northern Fashion's Niamh McEneaney and Jason McKenna, Engineer How we met: Niamh: It was a very romantic (and drunken) night in Stiff Kitten four years ago. We noticed each other and kept exchanging looks. This went on for an hour. Eventually it took both of our best friends to set us up - like kids in a playground.

What is the most romantic thing you've done for each other? Niamh: When I was buying my first car I wanted a white Suzuki Swift. It had to be white. The nearest one was in Scotland so Jason got a ferry and train to Edinburgh and then drove it the whole way back - in freezing temperatures. Jason: Niamh's not romantic...I am hopeful though.

What is the most annoying thing about each other? Niamh: Jason's a Mechanical Engineer and talks about his work in WAY too much detail. Jason: Niamh deems all things technical to be unimportant.

Niamh: The same goes for Jason and fashion.

So we try not to mix business and pleasure.

Journalist Mary Johnston & husband Pete have been married for 40 years How they met: Mary: Pete had been dating two of my pals before he met me. I fancied him already. Pete: I noticed her at local discos and fancied her because she looked aloof and haughty.

What is the most romantic thing each has done for the other? Mary: Pete isn't remotely romantic. He is honest, generous and rather amusing. Pete: Mary's never been enthused about flowers, chocolates or surprises.

What is the most annoying thing about each other? Mary: Pete's a sporting fanatic and he's not very tolerant. Pete: Her butterfly brain drives me insane.

Recipe for lasting relationship.. Never give up on each other no matter what the circumstances.

ARTY PARTY Make sure you pop along to see Andy Warhol exhibition at The MAC in Belfast where Studio 54 comes BAC to life.

what's hot CKAf LOO-KING GOOD So it turns out Richard III was a bit of a babe. A spinetingling exciting week for history fans the world over.

CREATING A BUZZ Kate Middleton and Anne Hathaway are fans of "wonder" honey-based beauty products. I'll bee giving them a go too.

hpg VELVET REVOLVER Blake Lively sets new trend after wearing furry nails to her wedding. Does it give you a fuzzy feeling inside? LOAD OF HOT AIR? The "hotpod" is a giant yoga bouncy castle which heats to 38C and burns 700 calories an hour. No, I'm not stretching the truth.

SHIRTING THE ISSUE Mummy's boy Harry Styles wears his ma's top to birthday party. He needs to go in the Direction of a MENSwear dept.

TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG London host first Kids Fashion Week. They already have baby raves, what will they have left to do as adults? NUMBER TWOSIES As if the Onesie wasn't bad enough now they've made one to fit your partner in too. It may be Valentine's but DON'T do it.

Remember, two's a crowR two's crowd.

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