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Ballet Photo Shoots South Wales

A few years ago, I didn't know an arabesque from a jeté and then my son started ballet lessons. Now, I've fallen in love with ballet - the sheer beauty, grace and strength of it astounds me! I'm so happy to now be offering Ballet Photo Shoots in South Wales. I would LOVE to capture your love for dance and create images that you can keep forever. I've been a Cardiff family photographer for nearly 15 years and I'm very excited to be adding these sessions to my portfolio.

The images below feature the super talented Marla. She had a career as a ballet dancer and now runs her own business - The Polish Up Studio, alongside being a mum of two. We had so much fun during this session and kept shooting until it was dark when we reluctantly had to stop.

You can see images of my son taken during lockdown in my Lockdown Ballet Series over on the blog.

If you're a dancer and would like a personalised photo shoot, please get in touch! There's lots of outdoor locations to choose from - beaches, castles, town centres, gardens - the possibilities are endless!

 

Ballet Photo Shoots

Package:

£199

1 hour photo session

5 digital image and matching prints

Change of outfits

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Ballet Photo Shoots

Package:

£199

1 hour photo session

5 digital image and matching prints

Change of outfits

BOOK NOW


Small business photo shoot

Small business photo shoot

"Thank you Gemma for taking so much care over me and my business - it has been an absolute pleasure." Chrissie.

I met Chrissie from Glass at the Spinney on Instagram last Summer. I saw her gorgeous glass wave creations and she saw my images of beaches.  So, it was written in the stars that we would meet and end up doing a shoot together!

Our small business photo shoot was split into two parts. First, we shot some of her fabulous creations. She has a lovely range of glass products, from delightful little hanging birds to bespoke scenes. I love the hanging waves and the blue stripey coasters!

The next part of the shoot was to get some action shots of Chrissie working at home with all her magical tools and big sheets of glass. I shot a variety of images around her house to showcase her with her products. We also wanted to shoot images showing the artist behind the work. It's so important to be the face of your business!

Below is a small selection of the images from the session. I included some square crops for her Instagram grid and other sizes for social media use too.

I've combined some of the images together into 9 image grids - there's 3 different grids below. The first one shows Chrissie at home, working. The other two show her products.

If you run a small business and need a selection of images to post on social media, or use on a website, or even a leaflet, then have a look at my business packages.

You can see pricing details on my business pricing page and more examples of my work with other small businesses in my business portfolio.

If the packages don't fit your business, then get in touch for a bespoke quote instead. I'm happy to chat and advise over the phone.

 

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"Working with Gemma was an absolute pleasure. She really put me at ease and gave me loads of tips about how to be in the photos themselves. The whole process was so much fun and really enjoyable." Chrissie.

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"The photos Gemma created are beautiful. She really understands and plans out the whole process from set up, props and design to the light and angles themselves. She knows her stuff! Gemma has created the most stunning images that I could never have managed to do myself. My product range has never looked so beautiful!" Chrissie.

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Book your small business photo shoot today. Contact Gemma.


Commercial shoot Cardiff for Cardiff Life Magazine

Commercial Shoot Cardiff

I recently visited the fabulous independent shopping arcade - The Castle Emporium  - to take images for a feature in Cardiff Life Magazine.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the business owners and taking their portraits. The Castle Emporium is on Womanby Street in Cardiff. Just a stones throw from Cardiff Castle. The quirky venue is an old converted cinema from the 1920's so it has a very unique feel. No cloned high street vibes in here. It's full of character and individual personality instead.

You'll find an eclectic mix of vendors over two floors. On the mezzanine floor upstairs, I visited the framing and gift experts at The Sho Gallery. Then I popped in to visit urban streetwear brand Faded Studios in their new store.

Downstairs, I visited the The Barber Room, run by female barber Sofia. Opposite the barber shop is the Cardiff Skateboard Club, who sell a large array of skateboards and clothing. Next, I visited the not for profit organisation, Heads Above the Waves, who sell 'merch with a message' to help raise awareness of depression and self-harm in young people.

There's lots of other vendors too including the Holistic Haven, situated upstairs. When you need a coffee and a muffin there's the super friendly Finco Coffee.

For business, personal branding and headshot shoots, please visit my business pricing page and business portfolio. Get in touch for further information.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Cardiff Life Magazine edition featuring the Castle Emporium!

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Heads Above the Waves clothing, available in store.

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Finco Coffee.

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Urban Streetwear, Faded Studios.

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Sofia. Barber from The Barber Room.

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Heads Above the Waves.

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Look out for the upcoming edition of Cardiff Life Magazine to see more images and find out more about the vendors.

 


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Headshot photoshoot in Cowbridge

The start of the year is always a good time to think about refreshing your headshot. Admit it, it's on your 'to do list' right? I really enjoyed this headshot photoshoot in Cowbridge with Ceri in January.

To start the headshot photoshoot in Cowbridge we met at the fabulous Arboreal Kitchen for a coffee and a chat. We started the session indoors before heading outside.

There were so many different backgrounds to choose from in the lovely little market town. We really did get a great variety of images for Ceri. We took a stroll up the High Street and mooched around, spotting great doorways and colourful walls that we could use. Ceri needed some shots for her new business website and so she opted for two outfits so that she could have both informal and formal images as options.

All headshot photo sessions include a change of outfit and variety of different locations and backgrounds, so that clients have plenty of images to choose from.

"Thanks Gemma. A great experience, you come highly recommended." Ceri

To find out more about my business headshot packages - visit my business pricing page. You can see more of my commercial photography work in my Headshot and Commercial portfolio.

Follow my new business instagram account to see more!

In the meantime, check out Ceri's shoot below.

Gem x

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Cardiff headshot photographer

If you're looking for a Cardiff headshot photographer, then you're in the right place. Winter is a busy time for headshot sessions and commercial shoots. I recently met up with Business Psychologist, Sheila from London to refresh her headshot for her website. The shoot took place in a gorgeous hotel with lots of light and different backgrounds to choose from.

Headshot sessions last around an hour. There's plenty of time to have a chat, change outfits and choose a few different locations as backdrops.

If you're wondering why you might need a headshot, then read my blog post - 3 reasons why you need a professional headshot!

You can also see more of my commercial work in my business portfolio too. Headshot sessions don't always have to be just head and shoulder portraits. If that style doesn't suit your business, we can create different images that portray you in the right way.

Most business people that book a shoot want an image for their LinkedIn profile or website. With my headshot package - you get 5 images included in the price and a gallery of over 30 images to choose from!

See more of my work on my business Instagram account too!

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