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Lymm Festival Committee’s new headshots

By |2022-06-29T11:14:23+00:00June 29th, 2022|Photography, Uncategorized, White background headshots|

Lymm Festival is a huge event in our village and is entirely run by local volunteersFirst held in 1999, Lymm Festival is now in its 23rd year. It runs for 11 days in June with over 50 events. The programme always starts with Food First which is just brilliant. The centre of Lymm Village is closed to traffic and all the locals food shops, bars and restaurants have stalls. The atmosphere is amazing and it's hugely popular with a couple of thousand people attending.The festival has a very wide range of events to suit all kinds [...]

Headshots for author Sally-Anne Bedford

By |2022-06-29T11:11:23+00:00May 26th, 2022|Black & white, Branding, Dark background headshots, Female headshots, Headshots for authors, Uncategorized|

Sally-Anne Bedford, author of dark thrillers and creator of the popular newsletter, ‘Into The Shadows’, booked herself on to one of my headshot days at Warrington with a very specific brief My headshots days in Warrington attract a wealth of inspirational people from all sectors and walks of life. I’m always amazed at the variety of people who come along to either get their very first set of headshots or require a complete refresh. It’s quite usual for the attendees to have a brief for how they want to come across, and happy for myself and my team to [...]

Jeanette Hine’s wonderful feedback

By |2022-03-27T07:30:42+00:00March 27th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Netty (Jeanette) Hine came to our November headshots day in Lymm, near Warrington, Cheshire and I think it would be fair to say that she was a bit anxious about it. She hates being photographed and doesn't think she's photogenic. This is quite normal. Most adults don't think they're photogenic and many don't think they can have great photos. This is a complete myth and I'll be discussing it soon in a forthcoming blog. It's such huge subject that it'll be a long one or might even make a series but that's [...]

Reflections in glasses – why they shouldn’t be there

By |2022-02-16T06:42:08+00:00February 14th, 2022|Hints & Tips, Uncategorized|

I'm on my soapbox again When I see headshots of people who wear glasses it annoys me when I cannot see their eyes clearly because of reflections on the lenses. The whole point of a good headshot is eye contact. A reflection in their glasses just ruins the photo. Sadly, it seems that a lot of photographers, including some professional photographers, lack the skills to avoid them or don’t think these reflections matter. Of course, it bloody well matters! These photos are very important to the people they are taken for and are part of [...]

Personal brand photography in Manchester

By |2022-02-16T06:42:30+00:00January 22nd, 2022|Personal branding, Uncategorized|

“I’ve met Andrew before, so I was very comfortable with him taking the photographs. He certainly has a knack of making people feel relaxed and special from the get-go – this makes you smile all the more.” **BREAKING NEWS - 2022 Northern Power Women - Power List** We've just been notified that Helen Tonks has been selected to be added to the 2022 Northern Power Women - Power List. You can read more about Northern Power Women here. Helen Tonks is a supporter of people, adept at business growth and improvement, and with her infectious enthusiasm [...]

How should you crop a LinkedIn headshot?

By |2022-02-16T06:42:44+00:00January 8th, 2022|business headshots, Hints & Tips, LinkedIn, Uncategorized|

To crop or not to crop. Now there's a question. You'll know what I mean. We've all seen a profile photo in LinkedIn's post feed and the photo next to someone's comments is tiny. And they have a three quarter length portrait or worse a full length photo. The whole point of having a profile photo (often called an Avatar) is to be identified, noticed and remembered. The profile photo is like the big light on the top of a lighthouse; you see it and it grabs your attention. [...]

Natural light | environmental headshots and team photos

By |2021-09-02T21:21:18+00:00September 1st, 2021|business headshots, Environmental headshots, Natural light headshots, Uncategorized|

Natural light or studio light? We have a growing number of returning clients in the north west of England who choose us because of the quality of our work, outstanding customer service and sensible pricing. We aren't the cheapest by a long way but most people recognise that you tend to get what you pay for. For corporate clients this is really important. With multiple people in a business, new people starting and longer term team members wanting updated headshots, a consistent style and consistent quality are really important for a corporate brand. But should you choose natural light or [...]

Alderley Park | Headshots at for Redx Pharma

By |2021-08-04T16:19:20+00:00August 4th, 2021|Branding, business headshots, Corporate background headshots, Photography, Uncategorized|

Redx is a biotech company based at Alderley Park, Cheshire. It is focused on the discovery and development of novel targeted medicines for the treatment of cancer and fibrotic disease. They needed new headshots for the management board and they'd tried other photographers and hadn't been happy with the results. Emily Sutton, Redx's Head of Communications contacted us to see if we could help them. The problem was that whilst most members of the board were based in the UK and could travel to Redx's headquarters [...]

Meet the people behind the smile #1 Clare Moorhouse, Moorhouse Digital Marketing

By |2021-07-22T11:36:34+00:00May 31st, 2021|Branding, Design, Female headshots, Photography, Profile photos, Social media headshots, Uncategorized, White background headshots|

You’ve probably heard websites being referred to as ‘shop fronts’, but Clare Moorhouse is committed to change people’s mindsets. Websites aren’t just pretty spaces that showcase what it is that you do, they should generate leads and attract business. To do this, a website’s con-tent and its images must build trust. I’d like to thank Clare from Moorhouse Digital Marketing, for agreeing to be my first ‘Meet the people behind the smile’ interviewee. We first met at a networking event and immediately hit if off through our shared passion to help businesses stand tall against their competition. Read on [...]

Is your LinkedIn profile picture out of date?

By |2021-07-22T11:37:21+00:00May 31st, 2021|Black & white, business headshots, Dark background headshots, Fashion, Personal branding|

We all judge what we see I’ve spoken before about the importance of having a professional headshot for your personal brand and business’ social media profile pictures. After all, they are the first things your potential customers will see – and judge! At that first glance of a picture, we have already formed our first impression. It’s key to look approachable, friendly, open and trustworthy. It’s so important that the headshot actually looks like you too. There’s one thing worse than not having a profile picture, and that’s having an outdated one. As agile working increases [...]

A Magazine cover shoot with Debbie Francis for In Cumbria Magazine

By |2021-04-26T13:58:16+00:00March 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

In September, when things were a bit more relaxed, Debbie Francis came to see us for new headshots and a photo for the cover of In Cumbria Magazine. Debbie was being featured in a big editorial piece in the magazine and they wanted to put her on the cover. They also wanted some photographs to open the article. We were holding our September headshots day at The Outset in Warrington, so Debbie booked an afternoon session. We had a good chat on the phone about what Debbie needed, the style and feel she wanted the photos [...]

CDX Security – When a consistent brand style needs to be regularly repeated

By |2021-04-26T13:56:47+00:00March 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Christian Roddy, Marketing Director at Warrington based CDX Security commissioned us to shoot new profile photos and headshots for all their management team in the Summer of 2020. He had a very clear style and brief in mind as they relaunched CDX into the next phase of their growth. They wanted to show the quality of their people, operations and services. They needed headshots and three quarter body shots too. Many parts of the security sector are very price driven with many small operators. CDX wanted to set themselves apart from them. As well as offering [...]

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