CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog en-us (C) CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) Mon, 09 May 2022 08:33:00 GMT Mon, 09 May 2022 08:33:00 GMT https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u305759231-o230000017-50.jpg CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog 80 120 Lighting https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/5/lighting covercover

My previous spotlight on white backgrounds proved to be really useful, not only for clients when making choices about the sorts of backgrounds they may want to use in their product photoshoots but also for me as a reference when educating clients on the different forms a white backdrop can take, so continuing right on from that I thought writing up a post focusing on lighting would be useful too.

Without light you can't have a photo, but the ways in which we choose to use light and shadow have a huge impact on the overall impression a subject gives and so the more deliberate we can be in the ways we light a subject or object, the more we can use lighting as a tool to make your images stand out and reflect your brand aesthetic.

 

Single Light Set-Up

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1. Soft Light

Soft lighting is the one that most closely replicates indoor daylight, creating an even light on the subject with soft shadows. 

2. Hard Light

Hard light creates hard shadows which create a dramatic contrast with the background. This lighting most closely replicates direct sunlight and is a really popular lighting style at the moment.

3. Flat Light

Minimal shadows with even lighting across the entire subject, flat lighting can be a bit boring for product photography, but the most flattering for portraits and modeled shots because it softens any lines on the skin.

 

Creative lighting

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4. Rim Ligh

Another dramatic choice, rim lighting is great for separating the subject from the background, creating silhouettes, and adding colour without lighting the entire scene in one hue.

5. Mixed Light

Using a mix of ambient light and artificial light (in this case daylight from a window and a rim flash) is brilliant when adding a little extra to an otherwise 'naturally' lit shot. In the above image, the window light creates a smooth, bright, even lighting while the rim light throws a highlight onto the label and adds extra highlights to the ripples in the water.

6. Backlight

Lighting a subject from behind makes for a glowy, ethereal look which I personally love using when the opportunity arises.

 

Natural Lighting

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Using natural light is an obvious choice for lifestyle images, though when working with a large number of products or where a large number of images are required, ambient light alone is guaranteed to create consistency issues as the clouds move across the sun and the sun moves across the sky. It is very pretty though.
 

7. Window light

Perfect for food photography, window light is often enough on its own, though factors such as the weather, time of year, and the space being worked within must be kept in mind as all of them will have an impact on how the light will behave in shot.

8. Outdoor light

Typically more reliable than indoor light but again is more suitable for small numbers of images or shots where lighting consistency isn't important.

9. Widow light pt2

A perfect illustration of the unreliability of sunlight in photography. This shot and image 7 were taken using the same light source, but from a slightly different angle and with a different background. But the time I'd changed the set-up, the sun had moved, the clouds had gone and the lighting was dramatically different. Had I been relying on sunlight alone, the 7th should have been near impossible to recreate should I needed to have gone back to it, and with so many clients coming back to add to their ever-growing collections of products months after a previous session and requiring identical photography to keep their shopfront consistent, natural light just wouldn't be an appropriate choice. HOWEVER it can be recreated beautifully. So if you like the look of natural light, that's okay! We just may need to fake it.

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A Trip To Pitt Rivers https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/5/a-trip-to-pitt-rivers Pitt Rivers - Christinaclarephoto 2022 (6)Pitt Rivers - Christinaclarephoto 2022 (6) During the bank holiday weekend, we took a little trip down to Oxford to visit the Pitt Rivers Museum. I hadn't been since Chris and I were at college together and it's even more of a spectacular place than I'd remembered and naturally, I couldn't resist taking far too many photographs so thought I'd share them here. Whoever works as a museum staff photographer is living the dream!

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April '22 Wrap-Up https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/5/april-22-wrap-up  

In April I decided to put the school holidays to some good use and update some elements of my marketing kit, beginning with my price guide which now includes a far more detailed rundown of all of the different ways we can work together to give your brand a bit of added sparkle. Whether you're a returning client or planning our first ever shoot together, if you'd like to receive a copy get in touch!

 

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Earlier this month I met up with Kay Heseltine, an incredibly talented graphic designer based in Bridgnorth, Shropshire to shoot some personal branding portraits for her business marketing. As is so often the case for small business owners who are used to running the show from behind the scenes, taking the step to put herself in front of the camera was a brave one, so we made sure to pick a location where Kaye felt comfortable and approached the session in the laid back way that lets me get to know the person I'm photographing, helps them to forget about the camera and bring out their most authentic self. 

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Kittycat Crafts https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/4/kittycat-crafts Kittycatcraftsblog (1)Kittycatcraftsblog (1) A sweet little collab with Kittycatcrafts

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George of The Shropshire Macaron Company is getting married!

Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to be his wedding photographer and recently discovered that George's fiancee Victoria is equally as brilliant as the man himself when we went on a little trip around Apley Wood and Telford Town Park for their engagement session.
Can't wait for the big day!

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The Shrubbery Soaps https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/4/the-shrubbery-soaps covercover For my first time working with The Shrubbery Soaps, we photographed a handful of their wonderful range of handmade soaps, powdered face masks, and facial oils. The brief was natural, light, and airy which complemented their gorgeous branding and packaging beautifully.

I can't wait to work with them again!

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March is Meet The Maker month and I love taking part in this celebration of creatives over on Instagram. My feed has been alive with 31 days of Behind The Scenes, Days in the life and lots of personal work, but if you don't have the app you can see what I've been up to right here!

 

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Emilie & Will came over to the house have some headshot portraits taken after missing their official school photos last term, and since they absolutely smashed their brother/sister and solo uniform shots in about 10 minutes flat, it left us with plenty of time for a quick outfit change so that Emilie could show off her best pirouette and then pose for some pictures with mommy & daddy too.

Will was 100% sick of my nonsense by this point and opted out of the extra photos, which is completely fair enough, I definitely would have as well XD

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The latest remote product photography session for Krafty Gifts UK.

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Last year I began offering micro collaboration sessions as a part of my remote product photography services, where makers could send over a single product in exchange for photos with the aim that even just a handful of high-quality photos would help to boost business on 3rd party selling platforms such as Etsy. It's been really successful so far and while the availability for these sorts of sessions is extremely limited it's something I hope to be able to continue to offer going forwards.


My latest collaboration was with the lovely Rose Room Gifts based up in North Lanarkshire who sent over this amazing pillar candle and let me crack out all my best gothic vibes for the shoot.

 

If you'd be interested in a remote product session in exchange for a product feel free to get in touch and have your name added to the waiting list.

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Spring themed collaboration with the lovely Catherine Lou Designs for another of their fun-filled children's cardmaking craft kits!

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Friends of Castlefields Photo Competition https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/3/friends-of-castlefields  

Friends of Castlefields asked me to judge a photography competition to help raise funds for their brilliant PTA, and with so many fantastic entries I thought it would be great to set up a little virtual exhibition of the fantastic photography work submitted by the Early Years, KS1 & KS2 Pupils.

It turns out that we have some very talented young photographers in our midst with some impossibly adorable pets!

Well done Castlefields, you all did an excellent job!

 

Early Years / KS1

KS1 Favourite Things Alex P (Y2)KS1 Favourite Things Alex P (Y2)The second picture shows two skulls. The biggest one is an albertosaurus and the smaller one is a velociraptor, both carnivores. The velociraptor was small, very fast and fierce. EY & KS1 Favourite Things: Mia P (N)EY & KS1 Favourite Things: Mia P (N)Mia's favourite thing is Nala.     EY & KS1 Favourite Things: Matthew H (R)EY & KS1 Favourite Things: Matthew H (R)
 
EY & KS1 Favourite Things: Emmie-Lei S (Y1)EY & KS1 Favourite Things: Emmie-Lei S (Y1)This is Emmi-Lei s favourite Toy Giraffe.
 
EY & KS1 Favourite Things: Elden O (R)EY & KS1 Favourite Things: Elden O (R)Vinnie Dog

 
KS1 Favourite Things Alex P (Y2)KS1 Favourite Things Alex P (Y2)Alex loves his dinosaurs, and we found a brilliant museum during half term. Alex’s reasons for picking these are:
The first picture is an allosaurus, a carnivore. It has 3 claws at the end of its arms, a t-Rex only has 2!!

 
EY & KS1 Favourite Things: Annalise (R)EY & KS1 Favourite Things: Annalise (R)Annalise's fairy garden
 
EY & KS1 Landscape: Jack B (Y1)EY & KS1 Landscape: Jack B (Y1)Jack took the landscapes at Carding Mill Valley during half term.
 
EY & KS1 Landscape: Jack B (Y1)EY & KS1 Landscape: Jack B (Y1)Jack took the landscapes at Carding Mill Valley during half term.
 

EY & KS1 Landscape: Jack B (Y1)EY & KS1 Landscape: Jack B (Y1)Jack took the landscapes at Carding Mill Valley during half term.
 
EY & KS1 Landscape: Jack B (Y1)EY & KS1 Landscape: Jack B (Y1)Jack took the landscapes at Carding Mill Valley during half term.
 
EY & KS1 Landscape: Matthew H (R)EY & KS1 Landscape: Matthew H (R)
 
EY & KS1 Landscape: Scarlett P (Y1)EY & KS1 Landscape: Scarlett P (Y1)She told me she took this photograph because one of her favourite places in Bridgnorth is the Castle Gardens.

 

EY & KS1 Wildlife: Elden O (R)EY & KS1 Wildlife: Elden O (R)
 

EY & KS1 Wildlife: Jack B (Y1)EY & KS1 Wildlife: Jack B (Y1)Jack took the photos of animals at The Cotswold Farm Park
 
EY & KS1 Wildlife: Jack B (Y1)EY & KS1 Wildlife: Jack B (Y1)Jack took the photos of animals at The Cotswold Farm Park

 
EY & KS1 Wildlife: Matthew H (R)EY & KS1 Wildlife: Matthew H (R)
 


KS2

KS2 Favourite Things Alfie A (Y3)KS2 Favourite Things Alfie A (Y3) KS2 Favourite Things Ava E (Y4)KS2 Favourite Things Ava E (Y4)My Dog Woody KS2 Favourite Things Ava P (Y4)KS2 Favourite Things Ava P (Y4)Hide & Seek
KS2 Favourite Things Ava P (Y4)KS2 Favourite Things Ava P (Y4)Feeding Time
KS2 Favourite Things: Darcy (Y3)KS2 Favourite Things: Darcy (Y3)My favourite thing is Apple, my hamster!
 
KS2 Wildlife: Xander P (Y3)KS2 Wildlife: Xander P (Y3)He told me he took this because he liked to look at the new buds growing and he likes the colours.
KS2 Favourite Things Oliver M (y6)KS2 Favourite Things Oliver M (y6) KS2 Favourite Things: Phoebe S (Y5)KS2 Favourite Things: Phoebe S (Y5)This is Phoebe's favourite thing, her cat Smudge. KS2 Favourite Things Tom M (Y4)KS2 Favourite Things Tom M (Y4)
KS2 Landscape: Alice A.S (Y3)KS2 Landscape: Alice A.S (Y3)Taken in Rome, February Half term at the Colloseum KS2 Landscape Amelie P (y5)KS2 Landscape Amelie P (y5) KS2 Landscape Ava E (Y4)KS2 Landscape Ava E (Y4)Temby Beach
 
KS2 Landscape: Edward G (Y4)KS2 Landscape: Edward G (Y4) KS2 Landscape: Jack M (Y4)KS2 Landscape: Jack M (Y4)
 
KS2 Landscape: Jessica B (Y3)KS2 Landscape: Jessica B (Y3)The landscapes were taken in Carding Mill Valley.
KS2 Landscape: Jessica B (Y3)KS2 Landscape: Jessica B (Y3)The landscapes were taken in Carding Mill Valley. KS2 Landscape: Jessica B (Y3)KS2 Landscape: Jessica B (Y3)The landscapes were taken in Carding Mill Valley. KS2 Landscape: Jessica B (Y3)KS2 Landscape: Jessica B (Y3)The landscapes were taken in Carding Mill Valley.
KS2 Landscape Oliver M (y6)KS2 Landscape Oliver M (y6) KS2 Landscape Oliver (Y6)KS2 Landscape Oliver (Y6) KS2 Landscape Summer W (y6)KS2 Landscape Summer W (y6)We took this photo on our way home from Snowdonia during half term as there was snow on the mountain
 
KS2 Landscape: Tom M (Y4)KS2 Landscape: Tom M (Y4) KS2 Wildlife Amelie P (y5)KS2 Wildlife Amelie P (y5) KS2 Wildlife Amelie P (y5)KS2 Wildlife Amelie P (y5)
KS2 Wildlife Amelie P (y5)KS2 Wildlife Amelie P (y5) KS2 Wildlife Amelie P (y5)KS2 Wildlife Amelie P (y5) KS2 Wildlife Ava E (Y4)KS2 Wildlife Ava E (Y4)Sea Snail in Rockpool
KS2 Wildlife Amelie P (y5)KS2 Wildlife Amelie P (y5) KS2 Wildlife Amelie P (y5)KS2 Wildlife Amelie P (y5)

 
KS2 Wildlife Ava E (Y4)KS2 Wildlife Ava E (Y4)Starfish in a Rockpool
 
KS2 Wildlife Ava P (Y4)KS2 Wildlife Ava P (Y4)Nosey KS2 Wildlife Ava P (Y4)KS2 Wildlife Ava P (Y4)Sunshine
 
KS2 Wildlife Dillon K (Y3)KS2 Wildlife Dillon K (Y3)Young Ladybirds on tree stump
Fungus on a fallen tree spotted on our walk in the Bridgnorth countrysideFungus on a fallen tree spotted on our walk in the Bridgnorth countryside
 
KS2 Wildlife: Jack M (y4)KS2 Wildlife: Jack M (y4)

 


KS2 Wildlife: Jessica B (Y3)KS2 Wildlife: Jessica B (Y3)The Cotswold Farm Park. Jessica saw the lamb in the photo being born and he was only 20 minutes old when she took the photo!

 
KS2 Wildlife: Jessica B (Y3)KS2 Wildlife: Jessica B (Y3)The Cotswold Farm Park. Jessica saw the lamb in the photo being born and he was only 20 minutes old when she took the photo!
 

KS2 Wildlife Oliver M (y6)KS2 Wildlife Oliver M (y6)

 
KS2 Wildlife Lola T (Y5)KS2 Wildlife Lola T (Y5)

 
KS2 Wildlife Millie B (Y5)KS2 Wildlife Millie B (Y5)
 
KS2 Wildlife Millie B (Y5)KS2 Wildlife Millie B (Y5)

 

KS2 Wildlife Olivia W (Y3)KS2 Wildlife Olivia W (Y3)We took this photograph of the Bug Hotel that we discovered at Monkey Forest during half term
 
KS2 Wildlife Tom M (Y4)KS2 Wildlife Tom M (Y4)
 

 
 

 

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Easter themed dog biscuits and brand new flavours shot for Pawfect Delights. The charcoal was definitely my favourite to shoot <3

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February has been all about bringing the romantic vibes with lots of Valentine's themed work.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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On White https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/2/on-white blog coverblog cover Before any shoot, it's important to get as much of an idea as possible about what the client hopes to receive as the end result of their session.

I often get asked for products against a white backdrop, which sounds simple enough but can be executed in a variety of different ways to accomplish a variety of different effects. So I thought it may be useful to create examples of different finishes as a reference.

 

'Plain White'

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1. Seamless white

This background is my most used set-up, the one I will default to when given no specific instruction beyond 'on white'. It's a classic shot and looks good with any product, keeping soft shadows from the product and on the background to create the illusion of natural light.

2. Reflected

Sometimes including the reflection of your product can be a simple way of introducing an added dimension to an otherwise plain set-up while still keeping the focus entirely on the 'hero' item. This effect can be accomplished with our without the gradient shadows and is a popular choice for shots of glassware.

3. 100% White / Cutout

Typically used on 3rd party selling platforms such as Amazon or Ebay this set-up eliminates all detail from the backdrop. While there are plenty of apps that can accomplish a cut-out effect, doing it in-camera allows for consistent lighting and produces a higher quality shot which is particularly important when the image will need to be isolated from the background for use in print.

 

'White Surfaces'

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4. Creative White

Using liquids, or substances like sand or glitter can be a great way to add more visual interest to a shot which is incredibly useful when trying to get your brand to stand out on social media.

5. Fabric

I love using fabric backdrops as their varied textures can offer such a breadth of different effects. They're also perfect for creating a natural-looking surface in a studio setting, though when aiming to use any creative surfaces it's important to factor in the size of the product to ensure it will fit within the backdrop.

6. Backdrop Boards

Using boards for backdrops is another brilliant option. Including a 'horizon line' is great for tabletop products and also allows for more lighting options.

 

'lifestyle white'

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Draped fabric backdrops have been incredibly popular lately and I absolutely love using this simple technique to add a touch of realism to a studio image.

8. Environmental 

This could be a panel created to look like a real surface or could be an actual space within a room used as a background. Combined with different lighting techniques as in this shot this can be a great way of manufacturing a 'real' environment for your product.

9. Props

Finally, introducing frames, blocks, risers and other kinds of props is a brilliant way to get creative with your products. These can be brought along, ordered specifically for the shoot, made from random items, or customized so make sure to ask what props are available before your shoot.

 

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I hope this has been informative and helps when planning our next session together. It's far from an exhaustive list and I'm planning to make something of a series out of this, talking about different aspects of the photography I produce. So if there's anything you'd like to hear more about in a future post, be sure to let me know!

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Styled product photography for Krafty Gifts UK. As always, each product was shot without any printed design so that each custom image can be added digitally before being listed in their online stores.

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One of my goals for 2022 was to make more time for creating images just for the fun of it, and this month I hit the ground running to bring to life any and every idea that came to mind. I've been sharing them all to my Instagram and Facebook but I'm aware that not everybody uses social media as much as I do, so thought I'd put together a monthly wrap-up over here too.

 

 

 

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Children's fairytale-themed greetings card craft making kit shot and styled for Catherine Lou Designs


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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/1/catheine-lou-designs Wed, 12 Jan 2022 06:45:00 GMT
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This was my first time working with the 'accessories' aspect of Pink Poppy Veils & Accessories and I had so much fun styling and photographing their pieces at my home studio in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. The blush, pink and ivory colour palette was so gorgeous and everything is designed to look so gorgeous in photos, it makes shooting them an absolute dream.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/12/pink-poppy-veils-accessories Wed, 15 Dec 2021 07:00:00 GMT
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Updated hamper photoshoot for fabulous Bridgnorth business Chouxlicious featuring lots of locally source goodies to suit every craving. From savoury cheese and pate hampers to the classic afternoon tea their hampers make fabulous gifts for anybody, including yourself!

Visit their website for delivery info.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) food https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/12/chouxlicious-christmas Wed, 08 Dec 2021 06:45:00 GMT
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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/12/shropshire-macarons-christmas Wed, 01 Dec 2021 06:45:00 GMT
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Ian Charles Jewellers is based in a beautiful shop in Bridgnorth's Central Court and proudly stocks stunning pieces by Val B's Wax. Earlier this month I was invited along to photograph the exciting launch of this brand new Bridgnorth Business with the ribbon cutting by our very own Mayor Sarah Barlow. 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/11/ian-charles-jewellers Wed, 24 Nov 2021 06:45:00 GMT
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C.V.V Art makes beautiful, abstract, alcohol ink art pieces and initially got in touch to commission some photographic reproductions of their paintings to be able to use their digital versions to create products featuring the paintings as designs. This was a first for me, and with the paintings having metallic qualities I knew it was going to take a combination of technical photography and post-production to capture this. 

Charlotte only required 3 prints, and so I asked her to bring along some other products to be photographed as mini-sessions allow for more than 3 products and so I was fortunate enough to also get my hands on some of her stunning custom Christmas decorations and trinket dishes.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/11/c-v-v-art Wed, 17 Nov 2021 06:45:00 GMT
Pawfect Delights Christmas https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/11/pawfect-delights-christmas covercover Christmas is coming and for me, September always marks the start of the festive season as I start shooting products ready for winter launches. Pawfect Delights were the first in line with their newly updated advent calendars available in a mix and match of beautiful, handmade (and decorated!) dog biscuits and chocolates.
After the year we've had, shopping local with local businesses is the perfect way to support all of our fabulous small businesses here in Shropshire <3

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/11/pawfect-delights-christmas Wed, 10 Nov 2021 06:45:00 GMT
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All Treats and no Tricks from Shropshire Macarons and their frightfully tasty Halloween flavour menu of Pumpkin Spice and 'Blood' Red Velvet Macarons  on sale this Halloween. How could you possibly resist?

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) food products https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/10/shropshire-macarons-halloween Wed, 27 Oct 2021 06:15:00 GMT
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It's Spooky Season and while we technically did the Christmas shoot first, my sense of order requires that I share our Halloween images from the latest seasonal mini shoot for Pawfect Delights while we're in the right month for it (and no, the fact that it was our 13th shoot was not lost on me).
 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/10/pawfect-delights-does-halloween Wed, 13 Oct 2021 05:45:00 GMT
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Playing with digital illustration and photography using some draft images taken for a gig pitch at the beginning of the year. It's not something I typically get the chance to do for work, but I had so much fun using photoshop for something creative to make my daughter smile while we were at home over the summer!

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Along with their incredibly popular afternoon tea delivery service, Chouxlicious will also cater and set up stunning dessert and charcuterie tables for events. I recently tagged along with them to such an event, shooting some set up and behind the scenes as Nicola did her thing, setting up the most mouthwatering summertime feast for a very lucky client's birthday party.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) business small https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/9/chouxlicious-event Wed, 08 Sep 2021 05:45:00 GMT
The Balm Pantry 2 - Portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/9/the-balm-pantry-2---portraits covercover For the second part of this little mini blog series featuring my latest photoshoot for The Balm Pantry, we're looking at branding portraits.

In my opinion, personal branding portraits are one of the most valuable investments you can have for your business. It can be tempting to shy away from the camera, and as a creative myself I can totally appreciate the urge to let your creations take centre stage and speak for themselves. But as small businesses, it's our individuality, our humanity that draws our clients and customers to us, what encourages them to choose us over Big Brands, and so getting to know the person behind the business, your space and your process is essential.

These types of sessions don't have to be posed or awkward. I believe natural images of you in the environment that inspires your work, while you do your thing, is the perfect way to give your followers, clients, and customers an authentic glimpse of who you are, what inspires, influences, and motivates you and your work.

 

In the case of The Balm Pantry, their beautiful home nestled in the Shropshire Hills, surrounded by natural beauty, wildlife and their wonderful pets speaks volumes about why sustainability and natural ingredients are the cornerstone of everything they create. The Balm Pantry 2 BLOG portraits gridThe Balm Pantry 2 BLOG portraits grid

 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) branding personal https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/9/the-balm-pantry-2---portraits Wed, 01 Sep 2021 05:45:00 GMT
Pawfect Delights - Staycation https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/8/pawfect-delights---staycation covercover Super sweet British Summer Holiday themed, handmade, vegan dog biscuits from Pawfect Delights
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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/8/pawfect-delights---staycation Wed, 25 Aug 2021 05:30:00 GMT
Pink Poppy Veils & Accessories 2 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/8/pink-poppy-veils-accessories-2 covercover With even more variations and new designs now available it was time for another session to add to Pink Poppy's online store of hand finished bridal vbeils. This time we also worked on highlighting differences between various beading options, edge types and detailing along with overall veil length. As always, Yvonne's impeccable attention to detail shone in every single one of her pieces, and if you're a bride currently searching for the perfect bride, be sure to pay her Etsy Shop a visit.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/8/pink-poppy-veils-accessories-2 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 05:45:00 GMT
The Balm Pantry Session 2 - Products https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/8/the-balm-pantry-session-2---products cover 3cover 3 Back on location shooting lifestyle product content for The Balm Pantry at their home nestled in the beautiful Shropshire Hills. As with out previous session, our time covered a LOT of ground and so I have decided to split the blog into parts so that I can share the various aspects that can be covered when booking half day or full day sessions.

For the first part we're looking at products and packages. Since our last session a variety of new products have been added to the bodycare range, including bath salts, body oils and hand balms along with a selection of themed gift bundles.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/8/the-balm-pantry-session-2---products Wed, 11 Aug 2021 05:45:00 GMT
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Back to school e-commerce for Krafty Gifts UK. This session also included their latest addition of personalised water resistant garden furniture cushions. As with all e-commerce sessions I like to shoot close up detail to help potential customers get the most accurate idea of what they're buying, so with these I also wanted to demonstrate their water resistant abilities by shooting a little water droplet macro.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/8/kguk-20 Wed, 04 Aug 2021 05:30:00 GMT
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While I almost never shoot family portrait sessions anymore, when I was contacted and asked if I'd be interested in photographing a family who are in the process of finalising the adoption of their two daughters, as a fellow adoptee I jumped at the chance. Making the decision to adopt and to give a loving home to children who would otherwise be without one is such an incredible thing to do, and the Challis' have given their daughters the gift of SUCH a beautiful family. It's a privilege to document a little piece of that and I wish them the most glorious future together <3 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/7/the-challis-family Wed, 28 Jul 2021 05:50:00 GMT
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After working together a few times to create a gallery of creative product photographs for Shropshire Macarons' website and social media marketing, it was finally time to get the man behind the business in front of the camera for some personal branding portraits which are an absolute must-have for any small business
It was a really fun session, which George brought a tonne of personality to and which we split into two parts, one indoor studio style shoot in my kitchen, and a more laid back, location session out and about in Bridgnorth. 
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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/6/shropshire-macarons-personal-branding Wed, 23 Jun 2021 05:15:00 GMT
Pink Poppy Veils & Accessories https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/6/pink-poppy-veils-accessories covercover Pink Poppy Veils create ethereal, hand finished veils & accessories in various lengths and designs to suite every bride on their wedding day.

For the session brief I was tasked with capturing the many different lengths, edge detailing and back to back beading on each individual veil which meant working in my home studio with separate backdrops and light set ups in order to capture each element from the ivory tulle to the different types and combinations of beads and crystals, in their best light. 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/6/pink-poppy-veils-accessories Wed, 09 Jun 2021 06:00:00 GMT
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My 10th (!) session with Pawfect Delights starred the faces behind the brand.
Fred and Florrie are a beautiful brother/sister pair of super smart Border Collies, both with a background in agility training courtesy of their lovely Mom Louise. Fred has lots of experience modelling (represented by Urban Paws), having starred in Adverts for Land Drover, Tails & Aldi and brought all of that patience and skill with him to the shoot, posing for the camera like the pro that he is for over an hour. Florrie being his baby sister, brought all of the show-stealing, step climbing, smiley faced personality to the shoot and between the two of them made for a super fun photoshoot to add to Pawfect Delights business branding.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/5/pawfect-delights-10 Wed, 26 May 2021 06:00:00 GMT
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The January lockdown threw a spanner in the works for a few of my planned personal branding sessions, pushing them further back into the spring when we'd be allowed to meet with different households again and while that was rather frustrating at the time, it ended up to be a blessing in disguise because the spring brought with it far more colour and light for outdoor portraits than the earlier months ever could have.

Jessica's of JKB Proofreading session was one of these rescheduled bookings, and when we first spoke she expressed the same sort of dread about the photoshoot as I hear from the majority of my portrait clients. As producers and content creators we are happy to be faceless, to operate behind the scenes and it can be a huge challenge to put yourself in front of a stranger's camera, even when you know how great it would be for your branding. As I always say, I'm forever in awe of those that do finally summon up the courage to do it, because it's never as painful as people thing and LOOK AT THESE PICTURES.

Portrait sessions don't have to be torture, you don't have to pose or smile, or do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. My goal with every shoot is to get to know you, your business, what makes you tick and every now and then I'll take a picture while we chat and walk around somewhere pretty.

 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/5/jkb-proofreading Wed, 19 May 2021 06:00:00 GMT
Black Cat Designs https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/5/black-cat-designs covercover Black Cat Designs are a new, Shropshire based business who create stunning acrylic signs and stationary for weddings, businesses and personal decor. Ever since I found their instagram I've been hoping for an opportunity to work with Krissy, and when I spotted their beautiful social media signs I just had to have one reached out to find out if she'd be interested in doing a little collaboration.

After my first ever styled shoot last year I came to really appreciate how valuable having a handful of professional images can be for a new business, even if they're just of one item. Having a high quality products and a brilliant brand ethos is essential for business success, but having some high quality photos to go with that can be such an effective way of kick starting your brand and showing off your products in their best light, but it's sadly often something that people aren't able to justify the expense of right away and so goes on the backburner for months and years.

I'm going to try to offer more opportunities for collaborations where time allows, so if you've set up a small, product based business in the last 12 months, aren't currently working with a photographer and would love to have some images of one of your products, get in touch.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/5/black-cat-designs Wed, 12 May 2021 06:00:00 GMT
Nicola Peake Mentoring https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/5/nicola-peake-mentoring Nicola Peake Mentoring 1Nicola Peake Mentoring 1

Nicola is the powerhouse behind Chouxlicious who I've been fortunate to work with since their launch last summer. After such an incredible year of success with her Afternoon Tea service Nicola set up a Nicola Peake Mentoring, a service to advise new foodie businesses on how to achieve similar success, and so booked a personal branding session with me to give her new clients the meet the person behind the brand.

Nicola is one of those people who even after spending just 30 minutes with I walk away with so many new insights into ways I can make my business stronger. She's an incredibly inspiring business women, mother and friend and I'm so excited to see where this next venture takes here <3 
 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/5/nicola-peake-mentoring Wed, 05 May 2021 06:00:00 GMT
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Latest work for Krafty Gifts UK updating their huge catalogue of products with images for their latest listings. As always with these sessions we shoot the items unprinted, before the numerous available designs are added by the Krafty Gifts UK creative team in post. This means that all areas of the products which are to be superimposed onto have to be clean, clear and correctly exposed so that the final image looks as accurate and seamless as possible. 
For this session we worked in some coloured backgrounds as well as styled ones with props which was a fun way to introduce extra elements to the images and help them to stand out on third party selling platforms such as Ebay and Amazon.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/4/krafty-gifts-uk-19 Wed, 28 Apr 2021 06:00:00 GMT
Brunch In Brum https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/4/brunch-in-brum cover 3cover 3Christina-Clare Photography : Food Photographer in Brigdgnorth Shropshire and West Midlands

Brunch In Brum offer delicious handmade breakfasts and lunches
made using locally sourced ingredients from their space outside of The Axis in Birmingham City Centre.
I was invited along to shoot some of their menu to create some food photography for their website and social media in time for the launch of their Starbucks Frappe range.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) business https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/4/brunch-in-brum Wed, 21 Apr 2021 06:00:00 GMT
Shropshire Macarons Session 2 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/4/shropshire-macarons-session-2 covercoverProduct Photography in Bridgnorth Shropshire For my second session shooting website content for  Shropshire Macarons we continued with the dark, luxury theme which really made the colourful macarons pop against the background and created a stronger sense of brand identity throughout the images which looks great on the final website design.
Using ingredients as props is a great way to add extra interest without distracting from the hero item, and bringing along something as simple as a couple of flowers piece of ribbon can provide plenty of versatile options for incorporating brand colours to your promotional imagery.
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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/4/shropshire-macarons-session-2 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 06:00:00 GMT
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With a brand new selection of Spring themed products rolling out ready for Easter Pawfect Delights sent over some of their newest homemade, vegan dog treats for me to shoot before being listed in their online store.

They also required a new set of images to add a new flavour to their existing ranges of biscuits and training treats using the same style as those we'd photographed previously along with a new design of beautifully painted edible alphabet treats to give as an adorable personalised gift for your Good Girls and Boys.

Mini sessions are a great, cost effective way to update your range with new products without the need for a full half or full day photoshoot and I have recently added a new option for styled mini shoots within my updated price list.

If you'd like a copy of the latest price guide please feel free to get in touch!

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/4/pawfect-delights-easter-range Wed, 07 Apr 2021 06:00:00 GMT
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So excited to finally share the first part of my shoot back in January with the fabulous Shropshire Macarons for the launch of their new website.


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Working with small objects like jewellery can be tricky, particularly when it comes to styling. Using props that might dwarf the piece, or make it look disproportionately large isn't a helpful illusion to create when designing an image for an online shop where customers don't have the opportunity to see the item in real life, so I always need to be mindful of striking a balance between fitting the brief, enhancing the product and accuracy.
Working with Surf & Scout is always a fun session, Clare has already designed for herself a consistent and beautiful aesthetic for her brand, using natural props to reflect the natural beauty of her jewellery, so it's something of a luxury to be able to spend my time finding ways to highlight that natural beauty using various lighting set ups, to catch the light reflected on a facet of raw cut amethyst or  to bring out the amber tones in a piece of tigers eye or the translucency of the rose quartz.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/2/surf-scout-2 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT
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Following on from our previous Christmas themed shoot, I had the pleasure of creating some food/product imagery of the delicious Valentines Day afternoon teas by Chouxlicious. Their luxury afternoon teas are created with some of Shropshires finest brands and are available for national delivery direct to your door. 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/2/chouxlicious-valentines-afternoon-tea Wed, 10 Feb 2021 07:00:00 GMT
Pawfect Delights 8 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/1/pawfect-delights-8 blog 1blog 1Christina-Clare Photography | Product Photographer in Bridgnorth, Shropshire Pawfect Delights recently did a bit of a branding and packaging overhaul, which meant they were in need of a new set of product images to show off their new packaging design. We also added in some more styled imagery featuring ingredients for each of the dog treat flavours, some flat lays and I even added in a little stop motion because I was recently asked if I offered this and I didn't at the time so wanted to test drive one. I think it worked out really nicely!

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/1/pawfect-delights-8 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 07:00:00 GMT
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For my 3rd session with Marianne at the end of last year we took a walk around my own neck of the woods for some extra promotional/branding portraits to coincide with the launch of her brand new novel The Doors Of Riverdell. I love working with Marianne partly because she's so gorgeous and therefore incredibly easy to photograph, but also because she's just got one of those personalities that's just addictive and now that I've finally got my hands on a copy of her book, it's a wonderful experience to get to escape into and wander through a world so intricately and fantastically crafted, by someone with such a unique view of the world. 
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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) branding portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/1/marianne-rosen-3 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 07:00:00 GMT
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For as long as I've photographed weddings I hoped I'd one day be able to attend one on Halloween and my wish was finally granted by Jonathan & Marianne who were married at Wellington registry office during that brief window between lockdowns in an intimate ceremony with a handful of friends and relatives before heading into Ironbridge for portraits by the river and then onto the Malthouse for a sit down meal.

It was a fabulous example of what have become typical of those weddings that have still gone ahead during such restrictive times, it was fun, laid back and of course, live streamed... But with spooky decor, obviously.

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Dress - Shropshire Country Brides

Shoes - Jimmy Choo

Wedding Topper - Talbot Polymer Creations

Cake - Debbie Wheatley

 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) wedding https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/1/jonathan-marianne Wed, 13 Jan 2021 07:00:00 GMT
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SubPro are a new, Bridgnorth based business producing high quality products for the sublimation process and with their branding designed and ready to go it was time to shoot some bright and colourful packshots in a drop off product photoshoot. Professional product photographs are a fantastic investment when launching a new business and act as one of the fastest ways to instil trust in clients and consumers who may be unfamiliar with your product or service, by providing them with polished imagery the quality of what you produce, as well as demonstrating your own willingness to invest in your business and run it professionally. 

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We've finally made it to the end of 2020 and while I did lose quite a bit of work this year due to the lockdowns, I was so incredibly fortunate to work with some amazing local businesses on their promotions and products which I am so unbelievably grateful for. So as a thank you and as a way of supporting the small businesses who keep me going, I thought I'd put together an extra post of gift ideas from businesses I've had the pleasure of photographing christmas goodies for, and some who I've shopped from myself this Christmas and who I just generally love.

1. The Doors of Riverdell by Marianne Rosen

2. Candles by Black Tree Organics

3. Jewellery by Val B's Wax

4. Doggy Christmas Baubles Pawfect Delights

5. Outfits by The Small Club

6. Hampers by Chouxlicious

7. Mini Guinea Pig Play Set by The Orange Corner

8. Earrings by Surf and Scout

9. Skincare by The Balm Pantry

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/12/shop-small-gift-guide Wed, 16 Dec 2020 07:00:00 GMT
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Working with and promoting fellow small businesses is something Nicola of Chouxlicious makes a lot of effort to include in everything she does, which is one of the reasons I really value working with her. For this session we were shooting her delectable variety of christmas hampers and afternoon teas brimming with delicious handmade and local goodies, making them a perfect gift or treat for yourself if you'll be celebrating christmas in smaller numbers this year and don't fancy making a whole feast yourself <3
You can shop Chouxlicious' christmas range here.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) food product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/12/chouxlicious-christmas-hampers Wed, 09 Dec 2020 07:00:00 GMT
Krafty Gifts UK 18 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/12/krafty-gifts-uk-18 covercover My Christmas product photography sessions with Bridgnorth business Krafty Gifts have become something of a personal tradition over the last few years. They are usually the first Christmas shoot of the year for me, and spark the first sparks of festivity in me.
This year we were updating stockings, which you can see along with their whole christmas range here. So if you're in the market for some personalised Christmas goodies for you, your kids or your pets while supporting a local Shropshire business, be sure to head over and have a look.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/12/krafty-gifts-uk-18 Fri, 04 Dec 2020 07:00:00 GMT
Emma & Jay https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/12/emma-jay Em & Jay Blog (38)Em & Jay Blog (38) Emma & Jay were originally going to be married in December but with all of the uncertainty surrounding weddings caused by the on again off again lockdowns, they decided to chance it and see if they could bring the date forward into October and be able to have an intimate Church Ceremony in Claverly before heading to Davenport House for a small reception. They decided to keep their beautiful blue Christmas theme, and I’m SO glad they did, so much time and thought and love went into making this wedding as stunning as it was, and it was so lovely to get into the festive spirit a little earlier than usual.

I arrived first at their home to photograph Emma getting ready and to finally get to meet her in person. Usually I get to meet couples a few months before the actual wedding, but with lockdown it wasn’t feasible, so being able to arrive before the ceremony and be able to get to know her and her amazing son Seb a little bit meant we got to break the ice before I started following everybody around with my camera for the next 6 hours!

 Emma & Jay’s wedding was stunning and really did go to show that having fewer guests does not mean that you can’t go all out with every other aspect of the day. From the blue streaks in Emma’s hair to the giant Christmas tree set up at Davenport House, this was a Christmas winter wonderland wedding of dreams.

Ceremony - Claverly All Saints Church

Reception - Davenport House

 Florist – Ginger Lily

Hair – Stephanie Watton

Harpist – Oona Linnett
 


 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) wedding https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/12/emma-jay Wed, 02 Dec 2020 07:00:00 GMT
Sub Pro https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/11/sub-pro Blog 2 Sub Pro 2 (2)Blog 2 Sub Pro 2 (2) Sub Pro are a new brand supplying high quality products for use in the sublimation process, from whole sale products that can be printed onto, to the very paper and inks themselves. For their photoshoot we needed to focus on the quality of their inks and paper hen used in printing as well as how transferrable they are. Technical shoots like this are a real treat for me, particularly when working with brightly coloured items as they really pop against the white backdrop.
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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/11/sub-pro Fri, 27 Nov 2020 07:19:42 GMT
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As well as producing promotional imagery for her book launch, Marianne was looking to experience a few different sorts of photoshoots to help her to feel more comfortable in front of the camera. Studio sessions can be really intense, particularly if you typically don't spend that much time having your picture taken, so rather than asking sitters to pose and smile, I always try to make it a conversation with pictures taken in between.
Luckily for me, Marianne always looks cool as a cucumber in front of the camera. 

Maybe it's her brilliant personality. Maybe it's the killer cheekbones. Maybe it's just her exquisite taste in coats.

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The Balm Pantry is a brand new business run from a true fairytale cottage high in the Shropshire Hills. PRior to the session I met with Lenka, the brands creator to chat about her products and vision for her business which is essential when essentially creating a businesses branding photography from scratch. Their products are handmade, natural and with a high importance on quality and sustainability and so it only made sense to set shoot the pictures from her home.

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Having booked a full day 'collection' session we were able to cover promotional imagery, modelled product photography, styled product photography and get plenty of extra seasonal shots for content to produce pictures to see them through the next couple of seasons, which is a brilliant way of getting a lot done without taking days, weeks and months to do it. 
 

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Autumn Styled Shoot https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/11/autumn-styled-shoot Portraits (10)Portraits (10) As I only work on a handful of weddings each year, styled shoots haven't ever been something I've thought of doing before, but when Nicola got in touch and pitched her idea to plan a styled wedding shoot to promote the work of some of our wonderful local businesses who have suddenly had their wedding season robbed of them this year, I jumped at the chance. And I’m so glad I did, because not only did I get to work with some incredibly talented people, but it was such an incredibly fun day. Shropshire and the West Midlands are the home to so many wonderfully gifted small businesses, and I'm was able to work with and produce something that celebrates that.

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The shoot took place on a stunning day in October, on a farm and upcoming wedding venue with breathtaking views of the Shropshire hills and backing onto Hampton Loade's SVR station. With two gorgeous models, amazing décor, delicious food and drinks, a tipi, a convertible, a horse, a drone, a videographer, amazing stylists, and 3 puppies who weren’t necessarily IN the shoot but were certainly very much appreciated.

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This photoshoot produced SO many of my favourite photographs, and really does prove the value of a good team
You can view everybody's websites by clicking the links below <3 

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Style shoot organiser: Nicola Peake

Tipi: Kata Cheifs

Wedding Photographer: Christna-Clare Photography

Blogger - Clare Loughead

Samosas: Samosa Stop

Model (Bride): Shannon McNally

Model (Groom): Harley Gregory

Biscuit Favors: The Biscuit Baking Company

Wedding cake & Macarons: Shropshire Macarons

Tableware: Tipples

Menus: Dotty About Paper

Drone Video & Images: Drone Rangers

Wedding Video: Shropshire Wedding Video

Bridal Makeup: SJM Beauty

Bridal Hair: Rural Roots

Afternoon Tea: Chouxlicious

Hexagon Backdrop & Prosecco Wall: Chouxlicious Wedding Catering and Props

Venue: Woodcock Lodge Farm

Balloons: Feather and Fox

Wedding Car: Stylishly Classic

Wedding Dress: Wedding Belles of Four Oaks

Men’s Suit https: Duncan James

Flowers: Blooms of Bridgnorth

Main bar & Prosecco DIY Bar: Bottle Top Bar

Hay Bales and Reels: Westcroft Farm


 

Thanks everyone, lets do it again some time! x

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product styled Wedding https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/11/autumn-styled-shoot Wed, 11 Nov 2020 07:00:00 GMT
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I first photographed The Smith Family back when their biggest was the littlest and I'm so glad we got to update their family portraits now that their gorgeous daughter has brought a little extra blue eyed sparkle to the world. Sarah and I go way, way, waaaaaay back and it really is a privilege to see a friend's family grow and change and to get to be the one to capture little moments like these to be treasured forever.

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Pawfect Delights 7 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/10/pawfect-delights-7 Pawfect Delights 7 Low Res  (35)Pawfect Delights 7 Low Res (35)

Getting Christmas ready with Pawfect Delights in a mini shoot covering doggy treat advent calendars filled with their homemade vegan biscuits as well as a few more additions to their pet care and birthday biscuit ranges.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/10/pawfect-delights-7 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:26:55 GMT
Chouxlicious - Halloween 2020 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/10/chouxlicious---halloween-2020 covercover
With Halloween being another casualty of Coronavirus this year, Chouxlicious have put together this brilliant ghoulish afternoon tea for people who still want to get spooky at home and it was SO MUCH FUN to shoot!
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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) food https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/10/chouxlicious---halloween-2020 Wed, 14 Oct 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Black Tree Organics - Autumn https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/10/black-tree-organics---autumn  

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Photographing seasonally or with a particular theme in mind is a fantastic way to create a set of current, relevant images to draw your audiences attention on social media as well as showing off your latest products in a way that's more visually interesting than a standard set of e-commerce shots would be and it's something more and more businesses are doing to make sure they have enough content to cover their Facebook and Instagram pages for an extended period of time.

Black Tree Organics really embrace this method for their photoshoots with me, creating various themed bundles including carefully selected products, gift sets, pairing them with appropriate props, setting up a mood board of ideas they love and then just letting me get on with it knowing exactly the sort of aesthetic they have in mind, and what 'themes' need to be covered.

For our latest styled shoot we covered Autumn, Christmas, Skincare and a touch of Valentines, which will see them right through into the new year with a full set of varied, individually styled product images of their latest products, but I won't share them all at once because I don't like to spoil, so we'll start with the autumnal set in all of its gold toned, moodily lit glory. I even added a little touch of Halloween vibes in there, because how could I not?

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/10/black-tree-organics---autumn Wed, 07 Oct 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Reachout Arts Rebrand https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/9/reachout-arts-rebrand covercover With lockdown causing so much disruption for small businesses, Reachout Arts decided to take advantage of the time suddenly available to them by doing a total branding overhaul (with some fabulous graphic design work from Louise Russell Design), so we headed to a local country park to shoot some socially distanced branding portraits for the newest branch of their biz and to update their headshots.
It's always such a huge pleasure to work with fellow Shropshire based businesses, particularly ones run by hard working mothers who are so exceptionally great at what they do and especially when they know how to pull together a team of legendary models who don't mind climbing trees and posing in front of curious dog walkers:D 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) business portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/9/reachout-arts-rebrand Wed, 16 Sep 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Sharron & Ian https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/9/sharron-ian covercover

With COVID 19 disrupting so many of 2020's weddings, rather than cancel their wedding entirely, Sharron & Ian decided to keep their wedding date and have a small ceremony with some of their close family and friends, and celebrate with a bigger party next year.

Their wedding was a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Abel's Harp, and while I was only there for a little over an hour, it was a truly lovely afternoon spent with truly lovely people and made for more plenty of lovely memories to capture in photographs.

Congratulations Sharron & Ian, see you next year!

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) wedding https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/9/sharron-ian Wed, 09 Sep 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Marianne Rosen https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/9/marianne-rosen Marianne Rosen Low Res (32)Marianne Rosen Low Res (32)

Marianne Rosen is a Shropshire based author and all-round wondeful person who got in touch a few months back to book in some portraits to accompany the publication of her upcoming novel. With the aim of keeping the shoot as laid back and natural as possible, while socially distancing, and still featuring the same landscapes that feature within Marianne's book series we headed into Ludlow for a walk around the town, stopping every once in a while to take some portraits.
Putting yourself infront of the lense of a stranger's camera is an incredibly brave thing to do, particularly for people who usually go out of their way to stay out of the frame (I should know, I built a whole career around doing just that), but for me, a great portrait isn't about how confident my sitter is, or how extravagant a pose they are willing to strike, it's about taking a little time to figure out who they are, what makes them tick, how they see the world and then capturing a small piece of that.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/9/marianne-rosen Wed, 02 Sep 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Krafty Gifts UK - Back To School 2020 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/8/krafty-gifts-uk---back-to-school-2020 KGUK 17 LowRes (19)KGUK 17 LowRes (19)

September in all of it's weird, socially distanced, awkwardness is almost upon us and Krafty Gifts have some awesome back to school goodies added to their shop to get your kiddos excited to get back into their new routine!

As always we shot each item once, from various angles on 100% so that the huge variety of Krafty Gifts personalised designes could be added in-house, but this time we also had Rory model a couple of the items as well.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/8/krafty-gifts-uk---back-to-school-2020 Wed, 26 Aug 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Surf & Scout https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/8/surf-scout covercover

For my first ever completely remote photoshoot, I had the pleasure of shooting these wonderful pieces of jewellery created by Clare of Surf & Scout in the mini-est of mini shoots. I've stalked admired Clare's work on Instagram for a very long time, so when she got in touched and asked for me to photograph 3 of her pieces for a newsletter giveaway, I jumped at the chance.
 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/8/surf-scout Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Chouxlicious 2 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/8/chouxlicious-2
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For my second session with the delectable Chouxlicious we coverd wedding dessert tables and afternoon tea.
For this session I decided to include a mix of natural and studio lighting, providing high quality, sharp shots for web listings where details matter most, as well as softer, ambient light to create a more 'real life' aesthetic, perfect for Pinterest and the 'gram.

Knowing the ways in which a client intends to use the images can make a big difference in the way items should be photographed and edited, from the lighting or backdrops used, to the size and dimensions of the final files, so always make sure to share any important final use information with your photographer when arranging your photoshoots :)

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/8/chouxlicious-2 Wed, 05 Aug 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Val B's Wax 6 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/7/val-bs-wax-6 Val B's Wax 6 Low Res (135)Val B's Wax 6 Low Res (135)

For the latest product photography session with Val B's Wax we shot the beautiful, brand new Chelsea B design collection as well as their Merorial and Gent's ranges. 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/7/val-bs-wax-6 Wed, 15 Jul 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Pawfect Delights 6 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/6/pawfect-delights-6 Pawfect Delights 6 LowRes (68)Pawfect Delights 6 LowRes (68)

This mini shoot for Pawfect Delights was to update their products to the latest branding design and to add on a few new products including this adorable rainbow cookie. Mini sessions are perfect for businesses who regularly update their product range with new designs and or flavours, and for small products, I offer a wider range of backdrop choices to add a little more flair and personalisation to the images.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/6/pawfect-delights-6 Wed, 24 Jun 2020 06:15:00 GMT
Chouxlicious https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/6/chouxlicious   covercover

Chouxlicious is a Bridgnorth based company who recently got in touch to create a photoset for their new wedding brunch hamper, filled with delicious handbaked cakes, scones and a huge variety of other delicious treats. They supply a huge range of goodies with national shipping available so be sure to head to their website if you have as sweet a tooth as I do (the scones, are to die for!)

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/6/chouxlicious Wed, 10 Jun 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Val B's Wax 5 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/6/val-bs-wax-5 Val B's Wax Session 5 HighRes (51)Val B's Wax Session 5 HighRes (51)

It's a really tough time to be a small business, with many of us unable to work at all, closing our storefronts or having to reduce our workload to accomodate having out kids at home. I have felt truly privileged to be able to continue to offer my drop off product photography service for local business who have been able to continue with their online stores, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has worked with me over the last few months, for your patience and your business!

Working with Val B's Wax is always a pleasure, her work is beautful and a treasure to photograph. Hopefully her storefront in Shrewsbury will be opening up with the others when the Pride Hill shopping centre re-opens, but until then, head over to her online store and have a browse at the latest of her stunning handmade creations and branding revamp (these blush and pastel gift boxes are divine!).

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/6/val-bs-wax-5 Wed, 03 Jun 2020 06:00:00 GMT
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Something special from Pawfect Delights this time, with gift bundles and birthday treats for all of your lovely dogs as well as this giant NHS Superhero treats, the proceeds from which raised around £400 for the NHS trust. Amazing.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/5/pawfect-delights-5 Wed, 27 May 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Black Tree Organics 2 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/5/black-tree-organics-2 Black Tree Organics Session 2 Low Res  (124)Black Tree Organics Session 2 Low Res (124) My second session shooting for black tree was covering packshots of their latest range of candles, reed diffusers and giftsets to go alongside the styled session we'd shot previously. Working with glass on a white backdrop is always tricky, shadows and reflections even in the most controlled environment can make for a lot of editing in Photoshop, which I don't really like to do if I can avoid it because it makes the process so much slower and I like to get images to my clients ASAP. So I ended up shooting this whole set twice, which is definitely the advantage of working from a home based studio, because had I been on location, this would not have been a realistic choice. The original set up worked nicely for the the gift collections, producing a soft, more natural looking light, but wasn't working at all for producing cut-out shots of the glassware or the reed diffusers, which were disappearing into the background. Anyway, long story short I had a bit of an Eureka moment while I was making breakfast the next day, set up a bit of an experimental studio using a pane of glass from a picture frame (risky, but worth it) and a bookshelf and decided to reshoot the whole set. It worked like a charm, produced beautiful cut outs in camera and overall I was pretty chuffed with myself.

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Hayley Dunn https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/4/hayley-dunn Hayley Dunn Portraits Low Res (25)Hayley Dunn Portraits Low Res (25)

Last Month I worked with Hayley Dunn of Shropshire SBM to shoot a quick set of headshots for her business.
It's always a privilege to work with people who feel comfortable in front of the camera, and as a professional public speaker, a couple of portraits were nothing and we breezed through the studio shots, leaving enough time left over to head outside and take a few natural ones, too.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/4/hayley-dunn Wed, 29 Apr 2020 06:00:00 GMT
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I've been so excited to share this styled shoot for Black Tree Organics which took place in February.
The shoot was a collaborative effort between Kelly of Black Tree Organics, Lindsey of Buy From and myself, at Kelly's stunning home in Shropshire, which somehow managed to have the best natural lighting conditions I ever could have asked for and made for one of the most fun and easy styled sessions I've ever been a part of.

Having such a large amount of products to arrange and photograph can often be a complicated process logistically, but with Kelly's clear, straight forward ideas about how she wanted her products shot, in which combinations and along with specifically sourced props to go with each item to be displayed, combined with Lindsey's detailed shot lists and knowledgability about how best to arrange each product in order to be able to market them in multiple ways, meant that a shoot that easily could have taken a full day, was complete in just over 2 hours with very little editing, no reshooting and no backtracking to cover forgotten item combinations.


Before any product shoot, especially for styled sessions I always try to emphasise the importance of providing a shot list with as much detail as can be provided, as something that might be obvious to a producer who has been working with their product for years, may not be so obvious to me, who has been working with it for 5 minutes and for this shoot, the amount of time and thought that went into planning that what information was necesary for me to know, meant that I could focus soley on lighting, styling and shooting the items instead of trying to decode shotlists that don't have much information, and it paid off a thousand fold, meaning we even had time to get creative, to experiment and play around with additional images that weren't on the shot list, too.

Working with businesses who work with marketing agencies is always a bonus. As creatives we have to be so focused on the service or product that we provide that it's easy to overlook or undervalue the things that fall outside of our areas of expertise, so having a third person who's job it is to know specifically how an image will be used, why it's required, who will see it and for how long is absolutely worth having if you can.

Black Tree Organics create wonderful products and it's such a privilege to work alongside such talented, dedicated businesses owner. Be sure to head to their online store and get your home spelling as lush as mine did when I had this range in for the studio shots (coming soon!)

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product styled https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/4/black-tree-organics-session-1 Wed, 22 Apr 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Family Portraits At Bridgnorth Castle Gardens https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/4/family-portraits-at-bridgnorth-castle-gardens Evans Family Portraits Low Res  (17)Evans Family Portraits Low Res (17)

Another trip to the castle gardens to snap some portraits of another absolutely beautiful set of cousins on a rather drizzly day in February. The kids brought their wellies and some bubbles a whole load of gorgeousness to an otherwise grey day.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) child photography cousins portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/4/family-portraits-at-bridgnorth-castle-gardens Wed, 15 Apr 2020 06:00:00 GMT
Pawfect Delights Easter Treats https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/4/pawfect-delights-easter-treats Pawfect Delights Session 4.1 Low Res (4)Pawfect Delights Session 4.1 Low Res (4)

Latest product shoot with Pawfect Delights, for their extra cute range of Easter Themed dog treats!

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/4/pawfect-delights-easter-treats Sun, 05 Apr 2020 06:00:00 GMT
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One of the greatest things about location family portraits is when said families bring along their dogs.
They're wonderful ice breakers and provide a great distraction for people who feel self conscious in front of the camera, they give us new places to explore and I get to make a new doggy pal.
 

For this family portrait session we headed out to explore Bridgnorth's Stanmore Country Park which is a spot I've wanted to use for SUCH a long time. The spotlights created by the sun breaking through the trees are just gorgeous.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) child photography family nature https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/2/neal-family-portraits Wed, 05 Feb 2020 07:00:00 GMT
Relaxed Family Portrait Session in Bridgnorth https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/1/christmas-family-portraits Beckie Nathan Portraits 02.11.2019 LowRes (12)Beckie Nathan Portraits 02.11.2019 LowRes (12)

I don't market myself as a family portait photographer because I feel that to be one, it's best to have a studio, which I don't. But when the circumstances are right, and if I feel like my style of portrait photography suits what a family have in mind, then I'll do it, because I know as a parent myself, how fleeting all the gorgeousness of baby and toddlerhood is and wouldn't want to deny preserving those beautiful memories.


For me, capturing a child's personality is the most important thing about a photoshoot, what they're wearing, where they are or how they sit is secondary. If they're boistrous or shy, precocious or cheeky, rambunctious or anxious that's all okay. If they're happier halfway up a tree or cuddled up on their parent's lap or hiding behind their favourite teddy, it's who they are at that moment in their lives, and it's a good thing that we can look back at that and remember them as they truly were. When I look back at my favourite pictures of my own children, it's always the ones I caught of them engaged in some activity, or interacting with eachother, or talking animatedly, midsentence about something awesome, that make my heart melt.


So I don't force children into poses for the sake of composition or formality, won't force them to look at me, wont insist on dragging out a session past the point of enjoyment for the sake of a 'perfect' shot. And it's absolutely okay that not everybody wants to risk spending their money on a session that doesn't guarentee a perfectly polished picture of their child.

But if you aren't after perfection, if your kid is happier doing their own thing, getting muddy or pretending to be a princess or walking the dog or pulling faces or even just hanging out in the living room like these two gorgeous cousins, then get in touch and let's chat.

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Goodwood Homecare https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/1/goodwood-homecare covercover At the end of last year I met up with the lovely team at Goodwood Homecare to take some business promotional images for their website overhaul. Opting for a personable, lifestyle approach to the session, we met up with some of GoodWood's carers and clients for a little afternoon trip into Bridgnorth Highstreet to grab some shots of the team in action before heading back to their offices to take some headshots.


Huge thanks to these wonderful local businesses for letting us borrow their spaces and shop fronts as backdrops!
 

Coffee at  d'Arcy's

Blooms of Bridgnorth

Mike & Sarah's Family Butchers

Bridgnorth Flowers & Gifts
 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/1/goodwood-homecare Wed, 15 Jan 2020 07:00:00 GMT
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Doggy advent calendars  from Pawfect Delights

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Gorgeous christmas gift ideas from Krafty Gifts

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/12/krafty-gifts-christmas Wed, 18 Dec 2019 07:00:00 GMT
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After meeting the faces behind the brand in our business branding portrait shoot, I headed home with some products to shoot some e-commerce images for their website and store update.
Pawfect Delights home-bake nutritious, gluten free, vegan dog biscuits and training treats to keep your dog healthy and happy. All of their products are made to order with lots of personalised and seasonal gift options so make sure to head to their site to see their full range of designs and flavours.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/12/pawfect-delights-2 Wed, 11 Dec 2019 07:00:00 GMT
Pawfect Delights https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/11/pawfect-delights

In my first time working with the wonderful Pawfect Delights we headed to the Bridgnorth's Castle Gardens do to a quick portrait shoot for the very pups who inspired the brand.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) personal https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/11/pawfect-delights Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 GMT
Wedding Lux https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/11/wedding-lux wedding lux coverwedding lux cover Wedding Lux are a Bridgnorth based business who create beautiful personalised table decor for Weddings and events.
In an absolutely mamouth catalogue shoot I photographed hundreds of individual pieces styled into 4 collections using gorgeous props from the Wedding Lux team.
Working with small, clear and mirrored acyrlic pieces using studio lighting proved to be quite the learning experience in order to create the sharp, high resolution product images that were required, but being able to play around with mood lighting (and to finally have an excuse to put my modifiers to good use) made it more than worth it.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/11/wedding-lux Wed, 13 Nov 2019 07:00:00 GMT
Wizard Express 2019 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/11/wizard-express-2019

On Monday Rory and I took a ride on the Wizard Express!
Beginning at Bridgnorth's Severn Valley Railway station we, along with a whole host of spectacularly dressed up guests boarded our steam train and opened up our invitations to be sorted into our houses.

On the train we were entertained by the fantastic sorcerer Cosmo who wowed us with his close up magic tricks while the Trolley Witches handed out sweets and their tragically teenage assistant gave us our wands.

When we arrived at Highley's station we were greeted by our house prefects and lef to the Engine House which set the stage for wizarding school. Inside we took part in our magical education with a variety of classes led by a host of professors before the final graduation.

Every single moment of the day was so incredibly thought out, from the sets, props, costumes and each character's rich and perfectly performed story team Reachout thought of everything to make the experience as emersive as possible. There wasn't a single performer I met who wasn't totally in character the entire time, even after the kids and their parents had moved onto the next class, and I hung back to take some extra scenery shots, the actors continued on as their witch and wizard selves, and it was amazing.

If you get the opportunity to pay a visit next year, you certainly won't regret it.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) event photography https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/11/wizard-express-2019 Fri, 01 Nov 2019 07:00:00 GMT
Lola & Amy https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/10/lola-amy

In the summer Lola (of the wonferdul LunaLovesStore) got in touch to arrange some family portraits of her daughter, neice and nephew as a gift for their grandparent's anniversary. We chose a day in the summer holidays and headed to Bridgnorth's Castle Gardens for a stroll around the park, a little bit of tree climbing and I even managed to talk their moms into getting into a few photos, because mother's so rarely end up in photos and I won't stand for it. We're important too, and when said moms are as gorgeous as this pair, it would be a crime to leave them out. <3

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) family portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/10/lola-amy Wed, 23 Oct 2019 06:00:00 GMT
Sam & Ali https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/10/sam-ali
Sam & Alistair were married on a beautiful summer's day in August. The ceremony took place at Church of St John the Baptist, a stones throw from the main vanue at Kinlet Hall which was beautifully decorated by a host of local creatives (including the bride's lovely sister, Hollie) to fit the Bride & Groom's rural themed wedding.
There was also a fair amount of cheerleading, because well, why wouldn't there be?

Venue: Kinlet Hall
Stationary: Hollie Childe
Dress: by Enzoani at Jessicas Bridal Shrewsbury
Hair: occasion hair by zona

 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) Wedding https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/10/sam-ali Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:00:00 GMT
KGUK 13 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/10/kguk-13

E-Commerce photography for Krafty Gifts.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/10/kguk-13 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 06:00:00 GMT
A return to Llandudno https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/10/a-return-to-llandudno llandudnollandudno After our ladt trip to Llandudno, we knew we had to go back with Rory to sample some of the delicious ice cream, play in the arcades and run around on the beach. At the time we didn't expect that when we finally did return it would be as a family of four, but even Fox enjoyed being able to shuffle around and dig in the sand.
Chris found us a lovely Airbnb apartment to stay in for the 2 nights we stayed to celebrate Rory's birthday and even though it drizzled pretty much constantly, the colder weather meant we didn't have to share the seafront with anybody but a handful of fishermen, a few dog walkers and a flash mob of swing dancers.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) personal https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/10/a-return-to-llandudno Wed, 02 Oct 2019 06:00:00 GMT
Val B's Wax https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/9/val-bs-wax

After photographing some of Val B's Wax's stunning beeswax jewellery collection last year, I finally had the opportunity to visit her at her workshop and storefront based in Shrewsbury's Pride Hill shopping centre to shoot some behind the scenes promo images.


Promotional business sessions are a fantastic way to open the door behind the scenes and show your customers all of the efforts that go into your creations. Your creative processes are easily taken for granted when you're in your studio or workshop day in and day out, but for the rest of us, being able to see how you work, and all of the thought, time and love that goes into making what you sell, can be utterly fascinating!
 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) promotional https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/9/val-bs-wax Wed, 04 Sep 2019 17:00:00 GMT
Krafty Gifts UK 12 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/8/krafty-gifts-uk-12

More e-commerce photography with Krafty Gifts

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/8/krafty-gifts-uk-12 Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:00:00 GMT
Kate and David https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/8/kate-and-david covercover

Kate and David were married in May at the Priory Hall Dudley Register Office in a lovely intimate ceremony among close family and friends (and lots of kids, which is always a treat!) before heading back to the home where Kate grew up for toasts and food then heading back out for dancing in the evening. It was a gorgeous day and it meant the world to me to be a part of celebrating it.
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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/8/kate-and-david Mon, 05 Aug 2019 06:00:00 GMT
Krafty Gifts UK 11 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/6/krafty-gifts-uk-11

This latest e-Commerce shoot with Krafty Gifts was all about the neon. 
As always the products were photographed unprinted, allowing the Krafty Gifts team to insert each of their many designs onto the product images after the shoot, but I couldn't resist showing a couple of the finished designs, because they're always so fantastic.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/6/krafty-gifts-uk-11 Tue, 18 Jun 2019 06:00:00 GMT
Tang Cafe https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/6/tang-cafe

I recently visited Oldbury to shoot some promotional imagery for Tang Cafe at their newest independent workforce cafe in Oldbury.

The session covered environmental shots of the venue itself to highlight it's set up, all of the interiors and details which were chosen to celebrate the local area and some of the services the cafe offers. I also got to do a little bit of food photography for the takeaway meal service offered by the cafe and even managed to talk the business' owner Andy into letting me snap a quick portrait. 

Promotional business sessions are always a great way to showcase all of the hard work that goes into running a business and are a great way to allow potential clients and customers to get a glimpse behind the scenes with a wide variety of images for use on websites and social media.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) business promotion https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/6/tang-cafe Wed, 05 Jun 2019 06:00:00 GMT
Bridgnorth Yoga Studio https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/5/bridgnorth-yoga-studio

It's always great when I get to work with local businesses that I already love and Bridgnorth Yoga Studio are not only a fantastic family run studio, but they're also my neighbours, my teachers and part-time parents of my cat who insists on sneaking into their house, so it was great to be able to work with them and show off the amazing work they do.

The studio is based just off Bridgnorth's High Town High Street and offers an incredibly wide variety of classes to suit beginners to experienced yoga practitioners, pregnancy and baby friendly classes, pilates and a whole lot more.

 

For this 'lifestyle' business promo photoshoot we set up a mini class and I photographed everybody doing their thing, which was just fascinating to watch because it's not often I get to work with people in such great command of their bodies, even if having to move higher and lower to catch their various poses made my knees ache for days (I'm definitely on the beginner end of the yoga spectrum and not cut out for such behaviour :D ).


Toni and Nathan are truly wonderful people, as are each of the various teachers I've had the pleasure to meet and work with and this was an incredibly fun shoot. I can't wait to work with them again, and if this inspires you to sign up to one of their classes, maybe I'll see you there! 

 


 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) Business Promotion Sessions https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/5/bridgnorth-yoga-studio Wed, 22 May 2019 06:00:00 GMT
Krafty Gifts UK 10 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/5/krafty-gifts-uk-10

Things are changing over at Krafty Gifts UK and where we usually photograph their products blank so that their many designs can be transferred digitally, this time I also got to work on some of their new, pre-printed designs such as this lovely collection of Alice in Wonderland mugs in a quick little drop-off product session.

And speaking of changes, I've done a little tweaking on my photography packages adding a couple of new shoot options including a product photography 'collection' session for those who require a full set of marketing images including styled and e-commerce imagery all in one shoot, along with a business promotion package for creative and service type businesses, so get in touch via the contact page if you'd like more information on this, or to schedule a session (currently taking bookings for August 2019 onwards).

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/5/krafty-gifts-uk-10 Wed, 08 May 2019 06:00:00 GMT
March/April https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/5/march/april IMG_9955IMG_9955

Where is this year going? I blinked at some point in January and now here we are!
This month I've been using up some of my maternity Keeping In Touch days to shoot some photo sessions that were postponed at the end of last year and taking advantage of having extra time to be 'just' a Mom while Rory has been home over the Easter holidays. We faked a birthday party for her dolls, explored the woods, went horse riding in wales and spend lots and lots of time making her brother laugh. 
It's been lovely.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) personal https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/5/march/april Wed, 01 May 2019 06:00:00 GMT
The Bluebell Wood https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/4/the-bluebell-wood bluebell woodbluebell wood

It's the photographer's lot, to rarely be in a photograph because we're usually the ones taking it and while I wouldn't say I'm the biggest fan of having my picture taken, I understand the value of pictures well enough to know that one day my kids might want to look back and know what I looked like at particular points in our lives.
 

So once a year we go back to this beautiful bluebell wood near Bridgnorth, and we take a family portrait.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) personal https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/4/the-bluebell-wood Thu, 25 Apr 2019 06:00:00 GMT
February 2019 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/2/february-2019 IMG_8897IMG_8897

Last month was all about Plastic Free February over on my Instagram where I sorted through all of my favourite items that reduce the amount of single-use plastic I use at home. The newest addition, but stand out hero of them all has been reusable nappies with their adorable prints, super soft and absorbent inserts and a huge community full of tips and trades has turned my attempt at reducing the amount of waste I send off to landfill, into a full-blown obsession with all of the many different varieties of nappies available. It's turned out to be a far easier process than I imagined and I really wish I'd taken the time to learn more about it the first time around.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) personal https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/2/february-2019 Thu, 28 Feb 2019 17:00:00 GMT
January 2019 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/1/january-2019  

1 week 21 week 2 January started out as a waiting game.

We counted the days as new year and my birthday and finally my due date came and went with no signs of the baby making an appearance and by the time I was a week overdue I'd given up any hope of the relaxed homebirth we'd been hoping for. 

But then on that evening the sporadic niggling I'd been experiencing for weeks finally began to form some sort of rhythm, and before I'd barely had enough time to get my head around the idea that this really, really might just be it, he was here (arriving just before the second midwife got to us). 


Our beautiful boy Fox Jasper Kit was born at 2:37am on the 11th of January, happy, healthy and at home and everything since then has been a whirlwind of medical appointments, nappy changes, learning how to do everything one handed and gushing about what a spectacular big sister Rory has already turned out to be. 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) personal https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2019/1/january-2019 Wed, 30 Jan 2019 07:00:00 GMT
RB Luxury / The Takeover https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2018/12/rb-luxury-/-the-takeover covercover

For this post I get to talk about two great businesses I got to work with, the first being The Takeover a design, marketing and social media management team based in Shropshire who reached out to me to arrange some product photography for their client RB Luxury

Working alongside the Takeover who were working on RB Luxury's entire brand design meant that the sessions concept, props, colour schemes were consistent with the brand's entirely new design style and meant that on my end the images taken were able to be far more varied, providing a number of image 'sets' to serve a variety of uses depending on the platform and format in which they will be used while maintaining a style specific to RB Luxury's aesthetic, right down to the being able to incorporate the brand's logo colour code into the backdrops I used in the images.

It was a great drop off session, made even more so by the fact I got to spend a day smelling delicious candles, which is possibly my favourite thing of all.
 

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2018/12/rb-luxury-/-the-takeover Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:00:00 GMT
Opium Gym https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2018/12/opium-gym covercover

Opium Gym is a family run business in Halesowen which offers amazing personal training sessions and fitness programmes.

In October I was invited over to shoot some environmental promotional portraits of the gym itself along with some lifestyle portraits of Nathan giving some personal training instruction and some more formal portraits using the portable studio set up for the business to use in their online and printed marketing and promotions.

Check out their Instagram to see some behind the scenes of the work these guys are doing.

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christinaclarephoto@gmail.com (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) business promotions https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2018/12/opium-gym Wed, 12 Dec 2018 08:32:20 GMT
Helen & Paul Wedding at Severn Valley Railway https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2018/12/helen-paul-wedding-at-severn-valley-railway covercover

Helen & Paul were married on the S.V.R in October, catching a train from Bridgnorth with a small group of guests to an intimate ceremony at Arley station with a little picnic reception afterwards. 
Their day was perfectly laid back and blessed with the very best autumnal weather.
Congratulations you two! 

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Venue: Severn Valley Railway
Dress: Orla Kiely 
Dress alterations: Dawn at Seams So Special in Broseley
Flowers: Louise at Florabunda in Ludlow
 

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