Louise Russell is an extremely talented Graphic Designer based in Shropshire who got in touch a few months back to see if we could get together and take a few branding portraits out and about in Bridgnorth.
Branding portraits are a fantastic way of showing your clients the face behind your business and giving them an opportunity to get to know who they're working with. Before the shoot Louise sent over a few shots of her brand colours and the sorts of portraits she liked and after a couple of location scouting trips to find all of the colourful spots town we ended up with quite a few useful backdrops.
Portrait sessions can be tricky sometimes, particularly when working with people who usually operate behind the scenes, but Louise was a complete natural in front of the camera and working in a real environment rather than a studio allowed us both to approach the shoot in a more relaxed and fun way.
Chris And Teri were married on the 14th of July at Albrighton Hall in a gloriously sunny, vintage wedding with some Peaky Blinders vibes, a caricaturist and Yam Yam Elvis thrown in for good measure. It was a really fun day, made even more so by the fact that the groom is my cousin, and so it was great to get to be a guest and a photographer (it’s far easier to direct a group shot when you already know everybody’s name).
Seat covers & Floral Arch - Julie Nicholas Florist
Makeup - Emily Grosvenor Makeup Artist
Hair - Evelyn Davies
Venue - Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa
Caricaturist - Clive's Caricatures
DJ - DJ Mark Rees
Entertainment - Yam Yam Elvis
Dress - Julie Connolly Bespoke Tailored Alterations
Suits - Dapper Dan
Veil/Hair Piece - Matilda Bentley Bridal
For some clients producing custom and one-of-a-kind commissioned pieces the nature of their work means that it can take a long time to produce a single product or that work is produced as individual items and not as a part of a collection and therefor a standard product photography which is priced to cover a minimum of 5 items, is overkill.
To cater for those of you looking for professional product photographs of your work for your websites, social media and print marketing I offer a 'mini' session, which offers a bespoke pricing structure depending on the size of the item and style of the shoot from 1 - 4 items.
If you're a local artist, designer or maker and you'd like to know more about this service, get in touch and lets chat!
Getting back to school ready with Krafty Gifts UK. For this session we focused on their new holographic backpacks, lunch bags and pencil cases, but they have also added boot bags and messenger bags to their range, along with enlarged backpacks making them an ideal size for ring binders, A4 notebooks and laptops and as always, are forever adding to their huge choice of personalised design options.
Everything from the Krafty Gifts UK shop is exceptional quality, my daughter has had her school bag for 18 months and has been put through the sort of heavy use only a toddler can manage and it's still in an absolutely perfect condition, so if you've got a little one about to start at school or move into a new ear group, or just want something jazzy for yourself you should definitely head over to their store and have a browse in time for September.
Colourful product photography for Happy scents, a West Midlands based company who make the most gorgeously scented range of vegan candles. Check out their Facebook page to find out more about where you can get your hands on some.
As usual, it's never a dull session shooting e-commerce imagery for Krafty Gifts UK and this time I got to play around with the very latest addition to their range of personalised products in the form of colour change sequin cushions. For every Krafty Gifts shoot, I photograph a blank, unprinted sample of the items and then the team at KGUK transfer their designs onto my photo ready to be listed online. It's taken a little trial and error to find a way of photographing the items so that they are not only correctly lit, exposed and toned but so that they also have enough contrast from the backdrop for the design image to be layered on top, but I think we got there in the end.
I have been so excited to share this shoot I can't even explain it.
Luna Loves is an online store based in Bridgnorth that designs and makes the most adorable clothes for little kids that I have ever seen. I've been fangirling over Lola's creations for ages and so I was absolutely over the moon when she got in touch to book a shoot to get some pictures of her tutu dresses for her Etsy shop. These are just a handful of the wonderful creations available, so make sure if you head over to the Luna Loves Store to see more.
Studio portraits are great for technical imagery, but the greatest way to make a portrait more personal or emotive is to shoot it on location, particularly if that location has a personal significance.
Lifestyle portrait sessions are particularly useful for incorporating the environment as a backdrop, to help to show your audience who you are, what you do and what's important to by using a space to help tell your story.
In April The Onlyway Dress returned to the studio for some updated shots of their newest range of multiway wedding and occasion dresses to give to current and prospective stockists and I'm totally in love with these new sleeved designs!
The home studio is ideal for individual portraits/set-ups such as these, providing clients full access to lighting, modifiers and backdrops where location sessions limit the amount of equipment to that which is most portable. So if you're a designer or stockist looking for professional photography to catalogue your designs and apparel for brochures, websites and social media get in contact to schedule your photoshoot