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).
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!
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.
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.
Super sweet British Summer Holiday themed, handmade, vegan dog biscuits from Pawfect Delights
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.
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.
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.
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
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.