CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog en-us (C) CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY [email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) Tue, 05 Mar 2024 14:21:00 GMT Tue, 05 Mar 2024 14:21:00 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 Feb 24 Recap https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2024/3/feb-24-recap
February was a mix of staggering sunrises and muted, misty mornings and I made an efford to get out and about as much as I could to look for early signs of spring. 

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January 24 Recap https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2024/2/january-24-recap feb 1feb 1

January was a whirlwind of birthdays, getting back into the swing of things after Christmas and craving the return of the sun. There has been a big influx of wedding enquiries this month so huge congratulations to all of you who got engaged over the holidays!

Prep for next month:

Spring is just on the horizon and Feb is the time to get ready for Mother's Day, Easter, and spring seasonal marketing. This is also an ideal time to start thinking about brand portrait sessions, particularly you're based in Shropshire and you'd like to book an outdoor session and want to make the most of the warmer weather longer days.

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) personal https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2024/2/january-24-recap Wed, 07 Feb 2024 06:15:00 GMT
The Visual Book https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2024/1/the-visual-book

Ecommerce product photography for The Visual Book featuring their beautiful range of digital photo albums and audio greetings cards.

 

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George & Vicky https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2024/1/george-vicky

Being asked to photograph the weddings of my business clients is easily one of the greatest privileges of my job because we already have experience working together and so that initial 20 minutes of getting used to me taking their photo isn’t a thing. George, who I am lucky to be able to work with regularly for his fantastic business Shropshire Macarons married his beautiful wife Vicky at the Hundred House Hotel in November which provided the perfect autumnal backdrop for their Harry Potter themed wedding. During all our chats in the run up to their big day Vicky was working tirelessly on their wedding decorations and we both got to share ideas about all the fun ways we could add a little something special to their photos. It was a wonderful collaboration from start to finish and I’m so, so happy with the way the photos turned out.

So buckle in, this was a full day (10 hour) shoot from prep to dancing, get yourself a cuppa, it’s going to be a goodie.

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Suppliers:

Macaron tower – Shropshire Macarons

Dress - Emstrey Bridal

Bowtie – Blue Eyes Bow Ties

Suits – Moss Bros

Flowers – Flowers By Lou

Confetti – Shropshire Petals

Venue – The Hundred House

Flower Girl Flower Crown – Teasel and Bloom

Photography -  Christina Clare Photography

 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) weddings https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2024/1/george-vicky Wed, 17 Jan 2024 06:15:00 GMT
December Recap https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2024/1/december-recap

In December, I committed to allowing myself to go slowly. It’s not easy, especially when there’s always a voice in the back of my mind telling me that slowing down is wasting time, but I have to remind myself that time will pass no matter what, and I can spend that time filling each of my days to the brim or I can appreciate each one as it comes, so when family life gets busy, and my children are depending on me to ferry them between choir performances and Christmas parties and I have to remember the endless flow of Christmas jumper days, dress, raffle prize donations and a hundred other things, it's not fair to them, my clients or myself to try to spin all plates at once.

So we spent a lot of time at home, going on walks about this gorgeous countryside we live in and just taking photos for myself which was lovely. One of our personal December highlights was the annual Bridgnorth tractor run which passes by our kitchen window in a parade of festive, rural jolliness that always marks the beginning of Christmas.

After such a great break I'm ready to get back to my work with a fresh perspective and can't wait to see what product and brand photography work we can create together for all of your small businesses.

Upcoming prep for next month:

For my recurring clients or those of you who plan to be, check your calendar, and budget for the quarter and have a think about the most cost-effective way to use your photography funds. That could be saving it all for a catalogue shoot to cover a whole bunch of new products and designs when they’re ready, or a day long location shoot to cover various types of content for a website relaunch, or it could mean splitting it up into multiple smaller sessions that will give you a steady stream of fresh seasonal content throughout the year. Now is a great time to slide into my DMs to chat about plans you have for the upcoming months (Valentines Day being a biggie!) so we can make your next session cover as much ground as possible.

 

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Bake It Special 3 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/12/bake-it-special-3

Food product photography for Bake It Special and their beautifully crafted baked Christmas goodie boxes. Lisa is a gifted baker and cake artist who makes amazing, bespoke wedding cakes for lucky couples in Telford and Shropshire but who also, once a year opens up a fabulous Christmas shop for those of us who aren’t planning cake worthy events but still want in on the cake and cookie action. Our photoshoots cover packaging shots, content shots (styled individually for each gift box option) and this year I also catalogued each cookie design so that customers are able to put together their own boxes based on the design options they would like. Check out the Christmas shop here.

 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/12/bake-it-special-3 Wed, 06 Dec 2023 06:00:00 GMT
Shropshire Macarons 8 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/11/shropshire-macarons-8 Product photography session for this beautiful new gift set from Shropshire Macarons featuring handmade ceramics from TH Pottery, perfect for those of us who love to support local small businesses at Christmas.

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/11/shropshire-macarons-8 Wed, 22 Nov 2023 06:30:00 GMT
The Shrubbery Soaps 3 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/11/the-shrubbery-soaps-3

A product update for Shrewsbury based The Shrubbery Soaps, creating new images of their latest skincare products to add to their website. This meant staying true to existing brand aesthetics to maintain consistency across the site while still creating images that are fresh and new.
 

 

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Shropshire Aesthetics https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/11/shropshire-aesthetics Business branding photoshoot for Shropshire Aesthetics at their skincare clinic at in Wyle Cop, shrewsbury.
Big thanks to their lovely froends for standing in as client models for the session!

 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) branding https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/11/shropshire-aesthetics Wed, 08 Nov 2023 06:30:00 GMT
Tea & Roses 2 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/10/tea-roses-2 Second session with Tea & Roses, this time photographing the artist herself, Deb in her studio at her beautiful home that's just filled to bursting with her creations and curiosities she's collected along the way.

Branding sessions like these are by far the most efficient for people who work from dedicated spaces, allowing us to capture portraits, products and behind the scenes of what goes into doing what you do all against a backdrop that allows your audience and customers to get to know the person they are buying from.

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/10/tea-roses-2 Wed, 25 Oct 2023 05:00:00 GMT
Look Elegant https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/9/look-elegant E-Commerce fashion photography for Birmingham based Look Elegant, modelled by the garments designer, the butiful Tara.
With a backdrop suitable for individual full length portraits I'm able to accomodate modelled shoots with human or mannequin models, just check in before booking to arrange your choice of backdrop colour and editing style (eg, 100% white/black or ghost mannequin editing).

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/9/look-elegant Wed, 27 Sep 2023 05:00:00 GMT
Crafty You Crafty Me https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/9/crafty-you-crafty-me

Lifestyle shoots show products photographed in use or in a ‘real’ setting, and these types of shoots are ideal for subscription boxes and crafts sets like this one shot for Crafty You Crafty Me, producing images than not only show the objects as a customer would receive it but also by providing behind-the-scenes style content that could show customers how to use it.

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/9/crafty-you-crafty-me Wed, 20 Sep 2023 05:30:00 GMT
Greaves Family Portraits https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/9/greaves-family-portraits

A laid back, back garden, family portrait session for my pal and her relatives. The weather was glorious for us, and I spent an hour snapping the kids as they showed off their kid skills and mixed in a few posed shots with the grown-ups. I don't often shoot portraits, so it's especially fun when I do, they always have this commercial quality to them and with kids they pretty much always come out looking like they've been photographed for a magazine because they just don't hold back the same way we learn to as adults and that always produces gorgeous results.  

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/9/greaves-family-portraits Wed, 13 Sep 2023 05:30:00 GMT
Organics By Hannah 4 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/8/organics-by-hannah-4 I'm so excited to share the latest shoot for Organics By Hannah. This marks my 4th time working for the Birmingham based handmade hair and skincare brand and one of the best things about being able to work repeatedly with the same client is that it gives me the opportunity to go into each new session already fluent in their branding and the ways they use their images, using the feedback from every previous session to elevate their content further with the launch of every new product.

It means that when I'm buying new props and backdrops for my own collection I can make purchases with regular, repeat clients in mind (like this gorgeous spearmint tile I'd spotted and immediately knew it would be perfect for my next session). It also means when I'm coming up with ideas for techniques I'd like to use, I'm can plan them with particular brands in mind, and when designing a shoot I know precisely how to cater it to ensure the brand will get the most bang for their buck. It dramatically reduces the turnaround time because the client knows they are welcome to send over ideas they like and thoughts they've had in between booked sessions, so I already know going in what I want to produce and how to most efficiently make it happen.

I absolutely loved this shoot, and am already so hyped for the next one.

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Liz & Graham https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/8/liz-graham

Liz & Graham were married in Neenton church just a stone’s throw from their home before heading back to the Pheasant at Neenton to celebrate. It was a gorgeous ceremony with easily the most spectacular hymn singing I've ever heard, with individual performances from some their incredibly talented guests. The entire day was a feast of small, well planned details, from the delicate embroidery of Liz's dress being mirrored in the decoration of the wedding cake, to the immaculately curated playlist of music playing throughout the stunning three course meal, this intimate, personal wedding was exactly what a wedding should be, a pure celebration of two people, what makes them who they are, surrounded by people who love them.


Suppliers:

Music: Charlie Venables

Bride's trouser suit and beyond beautiful jacket: My little wedding shop

Venue: Pheasant at Neenton

Flowers: Ridges farm flowers

Bouquet: The Petal Bar

Cake: The Cake Room

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Pink Poppy 5 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/7/pink-poppy-5 For my latest shoot for Pink Poppy Veils & Accessories we added to the established image style of the veils against a grey backdrop in various crops, grey being a great choice for veils as it allows the fine white tulle to stand in releif against the background. Along with this I also added in some macro shots for beading options as well as some edge details against a soft pink in order to tie in with the overall brand. 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/7/pink-poppy-5 Wed, 26 Jul 2023 05:00:00 GMT
Pembrokeshire https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/7/pembrokeshire When I was a student I lived at street away from the beach and while I love living in Shropshire, if there's one thing I miss the most it's the sea. 
Both of my kids love it too in their own individual ways, my daughter loves to be swallowed up by the waves, to feel them crash around and have the sand pull her down as the tide rushes around her ankles. My son loves to use it for target practise, throwing stones as far as the strength of his arms can carry them or exploring tide pools for treasure. This month we were able to take them to Pembrokeshire, our first time there, but certainly it won't be our last.

 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) personal https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/7/pembrokeshire Wed, 19 Jul 2023 05:30:00 GMT
Marla & Quin https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/7/marla-quin

A double christening for cousins Quintin & Marla at Envilla Village church before heading back to their grandparent's house to eat cake and play.
 

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Ellie & Tom https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/6/ellie-tom

A glorious rural summer wedding for the wedding of Ellie & Tom who finally tied the knot after Lockdown got in the way a few times between their original date and the final one, and even though Covid certainly has a lot to answer for, the delay it caused meant that they were able to have an incredibly special guest present at the wedding, their beautiful daughter!

It was my first time shooting a wedding at The Astbury in Claverley, with the ceremony taking place underneath the clear blue sky before portraits beside the lake and among the wildflower garden and then into a covered tent for the reception, we were absolutely spoiled for choice for the newlywed portraits. A truly gorgeous day.

 

Suppliers
Cake & Favours: Sweet Cupcake Cakery
Flowers: The Bloom Bank
Backdrop : Feather & Fox
Singer: Ryan Evans
Videographer: Chris Jezierski
Venue: Astbury Hall
B&B Cottages: The Dinney


 

 

Christina-Clare Wedding Photography Packages from £700, Get in Touch for more details­čî┐

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) weddings https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/6/ellie-tom Wed, 28 Jun 2023 05:45:00 GMT
Heide's Pottery https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/5/heides-poittery

For my shoot with Heide's Pottery I had a specific brief to work to with, shooting the subject with a sharp, even focus with a light falloff on the backdrop in a style often used in art galleries and museums. Fortunastely Heide was able to stay for the shoot and make sure her sculpture was lit in the way she'd invisioned and highlighting the particular aspects she wanted to shine. This can take a little trial and error sometimes, different materals, colours and textures behave diffeently under different lights and so it can take some maneuvering to get things right, but ultimately getting it right is absolutely essential to me.

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The Sea https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/5/the-sea

Last weekend we traded in the lush greens of Shropshire for the cool blues of the Welsh seaside, just for the day, in exchange for some Parma Violet Ice Cream and a few hours throwing stones into the water.

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) personal https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/5/the-sea Wed, 24 May 2023 05:45:00 GMT
Balanced Health with Homeopathy https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/5/balanced-health-with-homeopathy

Balanced Health With Homeopathy offers both in-person consultancy services and online sessions with the lovely Anne-Marie, who invited me to her home in Ditton Priors to shoot some personal branding images for her website and social media.

Portrait shoots are almost always a daunting concept for the person being photographed, and so often become something people put off doing, but believe me, they are never as awkward as people worry they will be. There is so much value in a quality set of images of you, your workspace and your process, not only for the benefit of your clients, customers and social media following but also for you to be able to give your business the polish that it deserves and I always strive to make your photoshoot as relaxed as possible.

These sessions can either take place in your home / workspace, which is most useful for makers or practitioners where having some ‘behind the scenes’ is beneficial. For everyone else I like to choose a location and head out for a walk, this could be a coffee shop or a public garden, and if you choose to visit Bridgnorth we can throw in a set of formal headshots with my home studio just a short walk from the high street.


 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) brand personal https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/5/balanced-health-with-homeopathy Wed, 17 May 2023 05:29:17 GMT
Emma & Pat https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/5/emma-pat

Emma & Pat were married in April, it was a particularly special day not just because Pat is my brother-in-law and has brought someone as so genuinely wonderful as Emma into our family but because it ended up being my very first two-part wedding. The first half too place at The Bridal Barns in Claverly, celebrating with family and friends in a beautifully designed venue surrounded by woodland and wildlife, while the second half took place on the following day at Emma’s grand father’s care home as he was unfortunately unable to attend the first.

Music: Alex chapman music

Catering: sticky fig catering

Flowers: flower fair

Venue: Bridal Barns

Perfume: Perfume Laboratory

A sound was detected, a pig was suspected, said pigs were located.
Joy.
 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) wedding https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/5/emma-pat Wed, 10 May 2023 05:45:00 GMT
Work Experience Collaboration https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/4/work-experience-collaboration In March I hosted a work experience student and put a request out on my instagram offering a free shoot with me in exchange for a product for said student to practise on. First Eden took the lead, researching each brand, gathering inspiration and then generating images for her own portfolio before assisting me with her styling skills in a reshoot for the brand who donated. 

Thanks so much again to everybody who kindly donated an item for the collaboration!

Natural Harmony
Purple Pixie 
Hook & Glow
Cotton & Clay

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Organics By Hannah 3 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/4/organics-by-hannah-3 Organics By Hannah 3 Low Res (7)Organics By Hannah 3 Low Res (7) Beauty, hair ands skincare photography is always a fun challenge because we need to represent one sense (in this case tactile and scent) visually which isn't always as straightforward as it can be for things like food photography where the subject often looks very delicious all by itself. When selling exclusively online, imagery needs to be aspirational, needs to create a mood and establish a trust in the quality of your product that makes a customer want to buy what you're selling without ever having had first-hand experience of it, it's tricky.

Organics by Hannah is a Birmingham based brand with a very committed customer base (and with good reason), and after investing a lot of time into a rebrand of their product packaging our latest shoot was all about brand elevation and creating a versatile set of images that can be used in a variety of different ways over multiple platforms. As a remote, mini session we covered 3 set-ups including hero shots and groups for up to 5 products. 

If you'd like to discuss remote product photography options for your own brand, get in touch, I'd love to hear from you!

 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) beauty haircare product skincare https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/4/organics-by-hannah-3 Wed, 19 Apr 2023 05:15:00 GMT
Shropshire Macarons 7 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/4/shropshire-macarons-7 Shoots for Shropshire Macarons always need to combine a nod to their darker, luxury aesthetic and George's creative and fun personality which shines through in all of his flavours and passion for every little mac he creates. For this shoot we were updating their promo imagery, with a 'how it's made' photoshoot of a batch of two tone macarons and their making process. Promotional portraits don't and shouldn't only cover the 'who' behind the business, but also the where, why and how, so that when creating social media and marketing content that informs your audience and customer base about your brand (Shropshire Macarons offer Macaron making masterclass where how-to images are really useful), you have plenty of original, on-brand, illustrative pictures to go along with it.

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) promotional https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/4/shropshire-macarons-7 Wed, 12 Apr 2023 05:15:00 GMT
Aston Eyre Barns - The Forge https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/3/aston-eyre-barns---the-forge Apologies for the radio silence around these parts this month, I've been busy over on Instagram and Facebook keeping up with the March Meet The Maker social media challenge and didn't want to confuse things between there and here so hang tight for April if you're interested to know what I've been working on this Month.

For the final Aston Eyre Barns property we're visiting The Forge, a sweet little cottage with a light, cosy, homey vibe and a free-standing bath on an indoor balcony. And did I mention all of these properties have their own hot tub? because they absolutely do! 

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Aston Eyre Barns - The Cart House https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/2/aston-eyre-barns---the-cart-house

Cottage #2 at Aston Eyre Barns and my personal favourite: The Cart House

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) property https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/2/aston-eyre-barns---the-cart-house Wed, 01 Feb 2023 06:00:00 GMT
Bridgnorth Veterinary Centre https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/1/bridgnorth-veterinary-centre A little promotional photoshoot for our wonderful Bridgnorth Veterinary Centre to provide some new images for their website refresh. I got to spend some time with the fabulous team who provided me with such incredible support with my Gatsby's diabetes and there were lots of four legged models to meet, all in all a dream couple of sessions!



 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) promotional https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/1/bridgnorth-veterinary-centre Wed, 25 Jan 2023 06:00:00 GMT
Aston Eyre Barns - The Byre https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/1/astone-eyre-barns---the-byre

Aston Eyre Barns are a newly establishes trio of holiday rental's converted from a large barn just outside of Bridgnorth, in the lovely little village of Aston Eyre. Surrounded by farmland and beautiful traditional buildings, the properties interiors are an absolute wonderland and a result of Deb's impeccable artistic abilities (with many pieces given the Annie Sloan treatment)  and unparalleled taste in interiors, which after years of running Bridgnorth High Street's famous Tea & Roses and gifting us all with her stunning window display it was a real pleasure to meet the lady behind the window and see what she can do with more space to play.

With the barn being divided into 3 individual properties that can be rented separately but which also interconnect via internal doors, each cottage has its own distinct aesthetic which still manages to flow into and complement its neighbour. So I plan to share images of each cottage separately, as this was such a mammoth session and with so much thought and attention given to each, it only seems right to let them each have their own feature.

 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) property https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/1/astone-eyre-barns---the-byre Wed, 18 Jan 2023 06:15:00 GMT
Organics By Hannah 2 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/1/organics-by-hannah-2 Second session shooting haircare products for Organics By Hannah.
Not being local to Shropshire, these sessions take place entirely remotely, with the items being delivered to me along with a shotlist and moodboard that we put together in the run up to the session. 
Remote photoshoots are a brilliant option for subscription boxes, giftbox items and other small products where only the cost of postage (and return postage where necessary) are added onto the session fee and enable me to be able to work with brands from all over!

 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2023/1/organics-by-hannah-2 Wed, 11 Jan 2023 06:30:00 GMT
Bake It Special 2 - Christmas https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/12/bake-it-special-2---christmas Christmas gift boxes for Telford based Bake It Special with 3 different available options: Family, Luxury & Kid's 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/12/bake-it-special-2---christmas Wed, 21 Dec 2022 06:45:00 GMT
The Shrubbery Soaps 2 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/12/the-shrubbery-soaps-2 A quick mini session for The Shrubbery Soaps shooting solid shampoo bars for their new product launch. 


 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) product https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/12/the-shrubbery-soaps-2 Wed, 14 Dec 2022 06:45:00 GMT
Bake It Special https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/11/bake-it-special

Bake It Special is a Shropshire-based company specializing in beautiful, bespoke cakes and bakes. With 12 incredible cake flavours for couples to choose from, Lisa has created a sample box including slices of the available options and got in touch for some photos to add to her website. 

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Petal Passion Flower Farm https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/11/petal-passion-flower-farm Local flower farmer Kate has just finished her first season since opening up her new business The Petal Passion Flower Farm and invited me along to take some portraits and behind the scenes of her brand. We absolutely maximized on the early autumn morning sunshine, catching her dahlias and sunflowers at their brightest and most beautiful, and threw in some family portraits of her team of helpers of both the two and four-legged variety!


 

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Jessica Kate Brown 2 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/11/jessica-kate-brown-2

Having refined her brand and overhauled her online presence since our original shoot it was time for an update, this time we headed into Shrewsbury to Hopefully Coffee who very kindly let me get in the way with my camera for half an hour or so, and we even got to include a little cameo from the lovely Clare of Pink Mash who along with many others brings her talent to the JKB Team.
 

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Hollie Childe Art https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/11/hollie-childe-art Hollie Childe is an amazingly talented Shropshire watercolour painter who is a frequent fixture at our local markets where you can buy her designs on a variety of homewares and art prints. But for those of you a little further afield, you can buy her pieces online and bring her beautiful countryside vibes into your home.


 

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Shropshire Macarons 6 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/11/shropshire-macarons-6 Autumn/Winter session for Shropshire Macarons, which is one I always really look forward to because their dark/lux aesthetic lends itself wonderfully to this time of year. This will be part 1 of the images shared from this session as many of the Christmas images are still under wraps for new product launches, etc. 

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Krafty Gifts 24 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/10/krafty-gifts-24 Latest product photography for Bridgnorth brand Krafty Gifts UK, shooting unprinted products for their personalized digital designs.

 

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Shannon McNally - Miss Black Country https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/10/shannon-mcnally---miss-black-country Shannon and I first worked together when she modeled for a styled shoot I was photographing. She was an absolute dream to work with and I was so pleased when she got in touch to ask if I’d be available to photograph her headshots for the Miss Great Britain competition. Shannon is already our reigning Miss Black Country, using her title to do some amazing charity work, including for her own charity. Sending all of the positive vibes for the final on Friday!   


 

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Bee Remembered https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/10/bee-remembered Ian Charles is the proud stockist of Val B’s Wax Jewellery with a lovely shop front in Central Court in Bridgnorth’s high town (just beside the town hall). For our most recent shoot together, we focused on their Bee Remembered range of memorial jewelry, and set about creating a step-by-step from consultation in their offices right behind the shop, to design and creation of the bespoke pieces.


 

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V & D Interiors https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/10/v-d-interiors As I was booked to shoot staff headshots and some BTS of the V&D interiors offices, we hadn't initially planned for me to take any photos of their on-site training space, but as with any on-location session if time allows and the client is happy to let me explore, getting as much content as possible is always a good idea.

Sometimes the things we see every day, the nitty-gritty of a business don't always feel interesting enough to document, let alone to share. But for the people who don't see these things every day -the people who the images are intended for- getting a peek into how things operate can be really informative and useful, particularly when said space is as fantastically kitted out as this one and in the end, those shots we hadn't planned to get, ended up being some of the first ones used in a write-up all about the Training Academy. 

Business promotional sessions are an absolute goldmine for producing photographic content and are always better to plan in sooner rather than later (you never know when you'll be featured by someone for something, and need better photos than ones quickly snapped on your phone). From staff headshots, behind-the-scenes, production detail, location shots and product photography, shoots like these are a fantastic investment and rarely take as long as you'd think. 

If you wouldn't mind having me hanging around for a few hours to capture all that makes your business what it is, get in touch via the contact page and let's chat.



 

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The Drying Shed https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/9/the-drying-shed

I first worked with Duncan to photograph Lavender Cottage, a gorgeous Airbnb property in Astley Abbotts Bridgnorth, and during the lockdown, its neighbor property The Drying Shed was converted into this wonderful little hideaway just a short distance from Bridgnorth's High Street.


 

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ReachOut Arts Birthday https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/9/reachout-arts-birthday Reachout Arts turned 5 this summer and invited me along to their birthday party celebrations to take some shots of the party and their creative wonderland of a HQ up on Faraday Drive Bridgnorth.

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Val & Ian https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/9/val-ian Val & Ian Wedding  Low Res (502)Val & Ian Wedding Low Res (502) Val & Ian were married at Shrewsbury Registry Office before heading to Bridgnorth for photos in the Castle Gardens before heading to Bridgnorth's Castle Hall for their reception with a very special guest appearance from the newlywed's bandmates from Bewedly Concert Band

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) wedding https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/9/val-ian Wed, 14 Sep 2022 05:15:00 GMT
Onlyway Dress Fabric Swatches https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/9/onlyway-dress-fabric-swatches

Some technical work photographing a catalog of fabric samples for the Onlyway Dress. Colour accuracy and being able to capture the texture of the fabric were absolutely key for this session and as is often the case with still life photography, the most simple tasks are often the most challenging. 

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Sue & Jason https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/8/sue-jason Sue & Jason Blog (32)Sue & Jason Blog (32) Sue & Jason’s wedding marked my second wedding at The Wroxeter Hotel in a month but this time was approximately 1 thousand degrees hotter. So while the ceremony still took place indoors, the wedding breakfast took place outside, under the shade of a huge Sycamore on the grounds of the venue which was perfect. With kiddos in attendance, the Bride sourced a giant inflatable slide and some lawn games to keep them entertained and a band to play and a tractor to take the guests on rides around the nearby country lanes.

 

Suppliers:

Hair - Nadine Bunce
MUA - Leanne Catalano
Flowers - Chelsea Owen
Band - Synergy
Tractor / DJ - Steve the Mobile DJ
Bouncy slide - AJS Bouncy Castle Hire
Dress - Heavenly Wedding Belles

 

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Suppliers:

Hair - Nadine Bunce
MUA - Leanne Catalano
Flowers - Chelsea Owen
Band - Synergy
Tractor / DJ - Steve the Mobile DJ
Bouncy slide - AJS Bouncy Castle Hire
Dress - Heavenly Wedding Belles

 

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Organics by Hannah https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/8/organics-by-hannah

A recent collab session with haircare brand Organics by Hannah. I absolutely loved this mini shoot. So simple, but so much fun.

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Anna & Andy https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/8/anna-andy

Anna & Andy married at The Hundred House Hotel in Norton, Shropshire at the beginning of June. It was my first time back at the venue after staying there on the night of my own wedding 10 years ago and it was a treat to get to see the stunning gardens and barn. With their children being a mix of ages, Anna had the stroke of absolute genius to hire Shropshire Nannies to take care of their youngest and keep their older kiddos entertained and supervised. It was my first time even hearing of such a service, but the team was absolutely wonderful and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

 

Suppliers:

MUA - Emily Mulan

Hair - Francesca The Hair Stylist

Photobooth - Feather & Fox

Chilcare - Shropshire Event Nannies

Flowers - The Petal Bar

Venue - Hundred House Hotel


 

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/8/anna-andy Wed, 17 Aug 2022 05:45:00 GMT
Aberwystwyth https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/8/aberwystwyth Aberwystwyth Blog (6)-2Aberwystwyth Blog (6)-2 We started the month by taking the kids for a long weekend in Aberwystwyth to see some butterflies, catch some waves and of course, eat lots of ice cream.
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The Jones' https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/7/the-jones Jessie & Nick Low Res (1213)Jessie & Nick Low Res (1213) Jessie & Nick were married in early June at the beautiful High Grosvenor House just outside of Bridgnorth, Shropshire. It was my first time shooting at this venue, but having already visited with the bride in the run-up to the day I already knew what an incredible space it was and would make a perfect location for an intimate summer wedding. With a full day in attendance, I was able to arrive in time to capture the bridal prep until the first dance, and with the weather on our side, and with a couple who were happy to let me whisk them away from their guests throughout the day, we were able to shoot numerous mini portrait shoots against the backdrop of the glorious Shropshire hills. As a business owner herself, Jessie made a point to make sure I photographed as many of the incredibly talented wedding vendors she’d booked, as possible and it was great to finally get to put some faces to the names of businesses I’d only known online. This wedding was a total celebration of the talent we have here in Shropshire, and it was an honour to be among them.

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Vendor shoutouts: 

Venue: @highgrosvenorhouse
Flowers: @rusticbloomshropshire
Balloons & sign: @feather.and.fox
Hair: @lisashepherdhair
MUA: @abijmua
Event coordination: @yourstrulyweddingevents
Cake: @bakeitspecial
Band: @rollingkeysmusic
Photography: @christinaclarephoto
 

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Shropshire Macarons 5 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/7/shropshire-macarons-5 For our latest session for Shropshire Macarons, the main task was to create some 'flying macarons' for a large printed banner to accompany George's new logo design on a banner for his market stall. It's always exciting working with another creative, and being mindful of the graphic designer's needs meant I wanted my photography to be as versatile as possible.

Once the banner shot was complete I set about to create some styled shots, some of which were inspired by our forever-growing mood board and some I came up with myself. Between shoots, I encourage all of my returning clients to send over any ideas and inspiration they may come across, regardless of whether we have any active plans for a shoot. I then send them over to the Pinterest board I keep for that client and then next time we work together I have a personally curated selection of inspo images to work from. 

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Pink Poppy Veils & Accessories 4 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/7/pink-poppy-veils-accessories-4 covercover

For our most recent photoshoot with Pink Poppy Veils & Accessories, I finally got a grey paper seamless backdrop to accommodate Yvonne's cathedral-length veils and it made the editing process so much easier. As with our previous shoots, we kept the background the same mid-grey shade, to keep a consistent look on her Etsy storefront and social media and included various close-ups of different elements of the veils, from the edging to embellishments and even some close-ups of the different beading varieties, to give customers as much of a detailed look at all of the many different available options, as possible.

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Baby Dom's Christening https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/7/baby-ds-christening covercover Baby Dom was christened at St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, and WOW, what an absolutely beautiful location it was. Followed by lunch at the Atrium this was a wonderfully local celebration for a totally lovely family, their friends, and their gorgeous little boy was a great way to spend a Sunday.

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Eisha & Anthony https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/6/eisha-anthony Edwards Wedding Blog (19)Edwards Wedding Blog (19) Eisha & Anthony were married at the Wroxeter Hotel in May, surrounded by family and friends in a super laid-back celebration. I stayed for half of the day, from the prep until the wedding breakfast, but since I wouldn’t be there for the first dance, and since the space where said dance would take place was set up and ready to go, we decide to go ahead and fake it. And honestly, giving the couple a moment (almost) alone, practicing their dance to whatever song happened to be playing on the bar speakers, was so utterly romantic that I am now making it a part of any wedding I photograph, to have the couple practice their first dance while I photograph it.

Venue: The Wroxeter Hotel
Hair: Chloe Bradbury Hair
Cake: Merricakes Shrewsbury
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Only-Way Dress

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[email protected] (CHRISTINA-CLARE PHOTOGRAPHY) wedding https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/6/eisha-anthony Wed, 29 Jun 2022 05:30:00 GMT
Law Customs 2 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2022/5/law-customs-2 Law Customs Session 2 High Res (LR) (9 of 106)Law Customs Session 2 High Res (LR) (9 of 106)

Latest shots for Law Customs' custom lightsabers. The brief for this shoot was a darker background to contast the metallic sabers and glowing, LED illuminated blades. I also wanted to amp up the scifi vibes by elevating the sabers in a few shots, which I think turned out really cool.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[email protected] (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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[email protected] (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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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SubPro 3 https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2021/1/subpro-3

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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Shop Small Gift Guide https://www.christina-clare.co.uk/blog/2020/12/shop-small-gift-guide

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