The Lewis Foundation is a family run charity that (all through donations) buys for, puts together and then delivers with a smile & some chat, gift bags to cancer patients in Northamptonshire hospitals – and one in Leicester. I met Lorraine through the networking group NBN (Northampton Business Network) and after listening to how TLF […]
A new business that asked for a logo and then help getting business cards set up and printed quickly. The brief was to work with the colour green and to keep the logo simple and to the point.
Meet Steph Jones, a bookkeeper based in Leicester who specialises in cloud accounting systems. Just screens, no paper – it makes for a very tidy desk! Steph believes that businesses don’t need to spend huge amounts of time on bookkeeping when there is so much accounting software out there to get things done, so she […]
Over the years I have spent time, on a voluntary basis, with charities in England, Uganda and India. When I heard that The Hope Centre here in Northampton wanted some help with photographs for their social media and newsletters I jumped at the chance to help.
We arranged for me to visit, to introduce myself and have a look around. I was then sent a list of photographs that would be useful and returned on an agreed day and time to spend 2 hours taking some of them.
I met some lovely people and I’m looking forward to going back again to take some photos in their Memorial Garden and allotment.
If you are reading this and know of any other small Northampton charities I could help please let me know. Call me on 07887 535112 or drop me an email.
Welsh acoustic duo The Lost Cause were playing local bars in Southern Spain and Gibraltar over the summer and asked me to take photos and videos of them to share across their social media platforms.
Taking photos in some situations that I was not able to stop and start when I wanted to was, for me, a completely different way of working and two of the biggest things I soon learnt were be brazen and work fast – there were rarely second chances.
We took photos at gigs; setting up at the start, performing and chatting after and some while writing songs and working on new covers.
For more on my time with Craig (guitarist & singer) and Baz aka Jordan (singer) keep a look out for my blog.
Northants podiatrist Sheila Kirwan found me through Instagram and her first message to me was, “Could I make feet look pretty”!
We met a few weeks later and it was soon clear that actually, for Sheila, the uglier the feet in a photo the better. The Langham Place Foot Clinic focusses on getting their clients feet functional and comfortable no matter how small or severe their problem.
I spent an hour and a half at this family run, very friendly, relaxed clinic. We took photos of all the different treatments the clinic offered, some of the faces that worked there and a couple of the very pretty garden.
Kate Dyer is in the early stages of setting up her yoga business here in Northants. Thinking ahead to advertising she asked me to take some photos that she could use for leaflets and her social media once set up.
Kate was very clear in her mind that she wanted the photos to be outdoors so in the run up to the photoshoot I sent her a few photos of places I spotted while out walking Georgie Dog.
We settled on a little stretch of the canal and met early evening, as Kate works in the day. The sky was not as blue as would have been nice but we still got some lovely shots.
If you would like to get in contact with Kate to talk about yoga classes drop me a message and I can forward it on.
Diane creates her personalised birthstone jewellery in a small workspace. Wanting photos for her social media platforms she wasn’t sure whether a photographer could work in the space she had.
It was a chat on Twitter #NorthantsHour about me working in another small business space that prompted her to call me.
Diane went through all the different stages of an order from receiving it to posting it out and I took the photos as she went along, with some fun ones showing off her tools and business cards.
This photoshoot is now officially the smallest business space I have worked in (to date). The printing shed of Bonfirecherry, a Northants lino cutter, podcaster and lover of social media.
Size of the space really didn’t matter, we had lots to work with and got photos of M at work, showing off prints and uploading photos and news onto social media.
If you worry that your work space is too small for a photographer to work in, please don’t. Working with my iPhone 10 I can work in the tiniest of spots, which can be quite amusing at times!
Virginia asked me to take some photos of her that she could use on her website and LinkedIn.
Taken at Virginia’s home, which is also her workplace, the shoot was relaxed and informal. There was plenty of natural light to work with and it was easy for Virginia to do a few outfit changes.
(NB: These photos are cropped slightly to fit into my square format).
Elyse of Birchfield Life had been thinking of doing some videos about her flower garden for a while but just wasn’t getting round to it.
So she asked if I would spend an hour with her to get things started – as we all know starting is sometimes the hardest part.
We took some time to work out what part of her garden Elyse wanted to talk about and how we were going to split her chat into 3 ‘scenes’. Elyse didn’t want anything too long which we agreed was a good idea for the first attempt.
We put together this short video in about 45 minutes – following the plan but also making things up a little too. We kept things very natural and I think Elyse was a pro, she was very relaxed chatting to my iPhone!
Ann of Time For You (Northampton) needed a ‘watermark’ to put on her photos that were being shared on social media. They needed to be ‘marked’ as belonging to her. I created a few for her to choose from, using one of her brand colours and the fairy wings. This is the one she chose.
I have taken a few photos for Time For You over the last year, but these were the ones I had taken in the office. Ann asked for photos of her team and anything else that I thought would work to use on social media. I had taken some Northants maps in with me so we took a series of photos around them and then some fun ones outside the office as there is a great frontage to it.
Chocolatier Rosemary, based in Leamington Spa, asked me to take photos that would show her clients how she really does turn single origin Venezuela and Panama cacao beans into her own unique chocolate.
I took photos at the different stages and in between got some shots around her shop.
Emma wanted a selection of photos for her social media posts. Photos that would give her clients a peek into how she works and put a face to the business.
The brief was to get photos that covered:
1) a general working day
2) visiting a client
3) taking some time out.
We spent 2 hours taking photos over 3 locations, there were a couple of wardrobe changes and our props were things that Emma works with every day.
Cathy of Rose-NV in Northampton wanted to start doing some business videos, but felt a little overwhelmed by the idea and wasn’t sure where to start. We spent an hour together. Met over a coffee, talked about her business and then a few things that would help her create simple videos with clear messages. Then we jumped straight in – best way sometimes. It took only a few takes and at the end of it Cathy was a lot more comfortable in front of the camera and had this lovely little 20 second video to show for it. If you need similar help let me know.
House of Ilona is a fashion house based in Milton Keynes where owner and designer Camelle, designs clergy dresses, blouses and tops.
Camelle, asked me if I could take a collection of photos for her to use in her social media ‘conversations’. We chatted before hand about what she wanted, agreed on the props that we would need and created the shots in the design room of House of Ilona.
Sarah wanted some photos of her products to put on her new website and a leaflet she was putting together. Being a local business she dropped her products off to me, we talked about layout ideas and agreed a deadline.
This is my most unusual, and colourful, project to date!
This was a different photo request from Stacks. Having written an article for the Four Shires magazine – January ’17 edition – entitled “How Schools Impact on the Property Market” they needed some photos to sit alongside the words. Thinking of local schools to me I spoke to Quinton House School who were happy for me […]
Birchfield Flowers is a new venture by a local lady called Elyse. She had just started a blog about her flower garden and asked me to take a few photos that she could use along side her words.
Rosemary was just starting out in her shop in Leamington Spa when she contacted me. With no set idea of what she wanted she asked me to just take anything I spotted. A lovely lady, full of enthusiasm for what she creates she was a lot of fun to work with, and her chocolate really is delicious!
Stepped out of my photography comfort zone for an amazing business lady who lives local to me and asked if I would take some photos for her social media.
We worked together on ideas and, well, it was fun!
Lisa is a nail technician based in Northamptonshire. A busy lady who works from home but also offers a mobile service. Lisa asked me if I could take some photos for her that would work with the wedding season.
The next time I did some work with Lisa was a couple of weeks before Mothers Day. She wanted to talk about her voucher on social media and needed some photos to use for promoting treatment vouchers.
Product photography for a new business that had just started printing up t-shirts in Spain, called WestShark.
I met them on holiday, got chatting to them and took these just for fun. It was the first time I had had the chance to take photos with people so it was a great chance for me to see if I could do it.
Kerry Sage was having an art exhibition at J Gallery in Moulton and asked me to take some photos of her paintings that she could use in her marketing posts.
I met Steve and Caroline at their home where they make all their lovely salsas, jellies and more. They are amazing people who love creating new flavours. These photos were part of a general collection for them to use on their social media.
Ink, Print & Design are a family run printing business, based in Market Harborough. They asked me to visit their factory and take general photos that they could use on advertising literature.
Deborah asked me to take photos of the Richard Cooper bronze sculptures in the gallery. The brief was to keep things natural and to give customers an idea of their size which she was happy I did.
Bonfirecherry is a Northampton-based business that prints on to bags, brooches and knot wraps by lino cutting. He also creates bespoke pictures with this method.
The owner had always done his own product photography but asked me to help him with 2 different products when I was offering a free service for a month.