Harpist Photo Shoot

A beautiful South Wales harpist photo shoot.

My job is so varied. One day I'll be working with a family on the beach and then I'll be shooting kids at a nursery. Next thing you know, I'm in shooting a harpist! When I received an enquiry from local harpist Marged Hall, I was very excited. The harp is such a beautiful instrument and I knew that together we could create some gorgeous images in a harpist photo shoot for her new website.

At the start of June, the weather was very wet and murky so we were really happy just to have a couple of dry hours! Marged has a stunning garden and a variety of lovely harps so I was very happy indeed. We used a couple of different harps in the shoot - one of which was over a hundred years old! There were lots of different areas of the garden that looked great, so we moved around to try different locations. We also took some shots indoors as well.

There was a huge variety of images to choose from. When Marged saw her images she said:

"Thank you so much for these! I am so pleased and impressed with what you’ve managed to create! Wow! So thrilled to have worked with you - I will be highly recommending you! We are thoroughly enjoying going through all the pictures." Marged x

I love working with local business people, creating images that they can use to promote their businesses online. I have a great headshot package - that includes a set of digital images. Find out more about my business packages on my business pricing page. Check out my headshots porfolio to see more of my work.

Gem x

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3 reasons why you need a professional headshot!

Do you run your own business? Work as a freelancer? Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Are you on Facebook or Instagram?

If you've answered yes to any of those questions then it's time to put the selfie stick away and book a professional headshot photo session.

Here's 3 reasons why you need a proper headshot:

1. You need to look professional

Whether you run your own business, work as a freelancer or work for a company, you will need a decent headshot. A good headshot will convey your professionalism at work and portray you in the best light.  A professional headshot will stand out amongst the array of cropped and blurry selfie images. It will also will show your potential employers, clients and colleagues that you value yourself and that they should too.

2. You can use it in multiple ways

A photographer can work with you to create a set of images that you can use across a number of platforms. You might need something formal for a conference brochure or something informal for a magazine interview. Or, you might be asked for a portrait image for a presentation or a landscape image for an online article.  You can use them as profile pictures on Facebook and LinkedIn or on Instagram to introduce yourself to followers. The possibilities are endless. One thing is for certain, it's an investment that you won't regret.

3. It will make you feel good

Having a selection of professional images that you can use will make you feel good. You'll no longer panic when someone asks for a headshot as you'll have a variety of images to choose from. Having a set of great images will raise your self esteem and give you one less thing to worry about.

This year already I've taken lots of professional headshots for local business people, from physiotherapists to dentists, actors to freelancers and consultants to writers. Each session is tailored to create a set of images to portray them in a way that makes them feel professional and proud. In the next few weeks I'll be photographing a ceramics artist, a harpist and a therapist - each session will be totally bespoke for their needs. Keep an eye on my social media platforms to see them!

Have a look below at a selection of my favourites images from this year. What does your profile picture say about you?

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Personal Branding Headshot Shoot

Meet Rhiannon. She's a freelance writer and blogger based in Cardiff, South Wales. You can read her hilarious honest writing on her blog The Daily Boyle.

I've been doing quite a lot of headshot and personal branding shoots so far this year but I have to say this is one of my favourites. With such a variety of settings and amazing light, I was like a kid in a sweetshop.

What is personal branding?

If like me, you work for yourself and run your own business, then you ARE your brand. It's important to be able to portray yourself and your business to clients. It's vital for them to believe and trust in you - as a person and a brand.

A quick selfie might do the job in the short term but it's worth investing in some professional photography for the future. Personal branding shoots can include anything that helps to portray you and your business. Images can then be used across your website and social media platforms.

For Rhiannon's shoot - I wanted to show all the different sides of her. Yes, she's funny and friendly and down to earth but she's also a writer. Her writing covers all sorts of areas, some happy, sad, serious, funny and thoughtful. I wanted to capture all sides of her personality so that she can use the images for her blog as and when she needs them.

If you're interested in booking a personal branding shoot, then prices start at only £150. Bespoke packages can be created to suit your needs - each business is different and I'm happy to have a chat and create a package that suits each individual. Find out more on my pricing page and see more images on my headshots portfolio. Follow my very latest work on my Instagram account too!

 

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Why is personal branding so important?

Why do you need a personal branding photo shoot?

In this day and age branding is super important. You'd have to be living in a cave if you weren't aware of the impact of brands. It's not just big businesses that rely on branding to get their message across. It's equally important for small businesses too - it runs through every aspect of a business. How you want to portray your business to your clients, the look and feel of your products and service, your logo, your website and your web presence.

Personal branding extends to include not only your business but yourself as well. If you provide a service then your clients will want to get to know you. They will want to see what you look like, perhaps see images of you at work as well as just a portrait of you.

Running your own business is a very personal undertaking and so it's important to be able to have images that portray you - do you want to be seen as corporate, arty, relaxed, fun, serious, creative? Do you want to include where you work, the tools that you use on a daily basis etc.

If you don't run your own business, it's still important to have a set of images that illustrate your working life. You many need images to feature in a programme, for a conference, on the back of a book, for your LinkedIn profile, CV - even your dating profile!

I really enjoy working with local businesses and business folk to get the images that they need. Over the years I've photographed businesswomen, businessmen, writers, actors, graphic designers, builders and even a mermaid. I've included a little selection of images below.

If you need to update your personal branding images - drop me a line to find out more. Visit my Headshots pricing page and headshots portfolio page.

 

Business headshots
Sheila needed some images for her new consultancy website.

Marged needed headshots for her new website.

Siriol needed some headshots for her radio and acting work.

Scott needed to update his LinkedIn profile.

Rhiannon uses her images on her blog and Instagram account.

Kate uses her images on her Instagram account for her ceramics business - Skratch Ceramics.

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Suzy wanted a headshot for her brand new business.
The Home Physio Company
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Newbridge Software
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Ina wanted some images for her children.
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Mermaid Sandy needed new images for marketing.
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Claire needed new headshots for her dance business.
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Sian works in digital marketing.
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Neil, working with Channel Four architect George Clarke on a local project.
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Business Headshot Photography

Business headshot shoot on a weekend away! I recently went away for the night with my very good friend Sheila. She lives in London and I live in South Wales so we don't get to see each other very often.

She needed to update her headshots for her new website so we took the opportunity to nip into the beautiful restaurant at the St Bride's Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot (where we stayed) to take a few shots. It's a fantastic hotel with spectacular views and the service there is exceptional. I highly recommend a visit.

The views from the restaurant are gorgeous - I've included a shot of the view out of the window for you to see.

If you need to update your headshot or need images for your business, have a look at my headshot and business photography packages and my headshot portfolio and then drop me a line to arrange a bespoke session.

Headshot sessions are 20 minutes and include a selection of images for you to choose from and use. Commercial photography shoots are longer and include staff headshots as well. You can see lots of examples of my work with businesses in South Wales on my blog.

If you want to find out more, drop me a line for a chat.

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