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HEADSHOTS IN THE CITY

Join me for Headshots in the City!

If you feel like a city location is suited to you and your brand, then why not book a cosmopolitan shoot in Cardiff city centre?

You can book an hour long headshot session or a longer, 3 hour personal brand shoot to create content for your website and social media platforms. We can explore the gorgeous arcades in Cardiff as well as the historic monuments. Not every city has a castle you know!

We'll have time to sip coffee in one of the lovely cafes and do a bit of window shopping - all in the name of work.

Have a look at the images below and see if headshots in the city are suited to you. If not, don't worry, there's plenty of fabulous locations around South Wales. Choose from the gorgeous countryside, the epic coastline, forests, rivers and castles!

Check out all my business and personal branding packages on my pricing page.

See more of my work in my headshot and personal branding portfolio.

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Coronavirus Update

I've had lots of enquiries asking whether I'm still able to offer shoots during at this time, so I wanted to give you a quick Coronavirus update!

Are shoots still going ahead?

Firstly, yes, I am still offering shoots at the moment. The current Welsh Government guidelines mean that I can continue to offer shoots.  I'm also able to travel to different counties for work. I cover the whole of South Wales, including Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, RCT, Bridgend and Swansea. I am based near Cowbridge, in the Vale of Glamorgan but if you live in a different county, I am able to travel to your county (not vice versa,). There are lots of fabulous locations everywhere, so don't worry about not being able to travel!

All my shoots take place outside, which means that we are much safer, out in the fresh air. Social distancing is also easier outdoors too. The lenses that I have are able to capture you from a distance, so there's no need for me to get close to you. Of course, I carry hand sanitiser with me and use it before, after and sometimes during a session.

Finally, I am offering password protected online galleries to clients as an option, instead of in person viewing sessions. This means that you can view your images from the comfort of your home.  I'm available to chat over the phone and help with any advice that you might need.

Latest work

In spite of this nightmare, I have actually been really busy since the Summer. Want to see what I've been up to since lockdown restrictions were eased earlier in the year?

To finish my Coronavirus update, here are some images from recent family shoots at Southerndown beach, Dunraven Gardens, Nash Lighthouse, Ogmore Castle and not forgetting front gardens!

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Follow me on Instagram to see lots more of my latest shoots!

Check out my newly updated family portfolio, children's portfolio and headshots and personal branding portfolio too!

 

Gemma Griffiths is a Cardiff family photographer, based in the Vale of Glamorgan. She offers outdoor family photo shoots across South Wales.


My lockdown highlights

Lockdown may have stopped me from shooting but I've still got some lockdown highlights to share with you!

Since the start of lockdown I've had to postpone so many client shoots. Family shoots, beach shoots, toddler group sessions, school class photos and commercial sessions. It was an abrupt end to what was gearing up to be a very busy Spring season. But, I've still been squirrelling away behind the scenes. It took me a few weeks to get my camera back out again, after trying to establish some sort of homeschooling routine for my kids and worrying endlessly about running out of bread and tea bags.

I started doing some shoots with my children, at home and in the garden. You can see my sessions with my daughter in my blog post - Lockdown photos at home, and some with my son, in How to shoot your own lockdown images.

But that's not all I've been up to. I tend to share news and information on my Facebook and Instagram accounts but not so much on my blog. So, I thought I'd write a post to share my lockdown business highlights with you.

I've been a Cardiff family photographer and Cardiff business photographer for 14 years but I've only recently started to share my work with industry peers. I'm quite shy (although no one ever believes that I am!) and so it's a strange feeling submitting and sharing work to the wider world.

It's such an honour to have my work recognised and featured, both online and in print. See below for my business lockdown highlights!

Italian Vogue

The first bit of exciting news was that I had a some images published on Italian Vogue! It's something I've been trying to do for quite a while and lockdown gave me more time to get around to submitting them. I'm so happy that they accepted these client images, which are some of my favourites.

 

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I also had an article and images featured in the latest edition of the fabulous JUNO Magazine. It's the second time I've been featured in the magazine and this article is all about how proud I am of my son, who is a ballet dancer, so it's even more special.

 

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September brought another feature in JUNO Magazine!

This time, my daughter was featured as part of a home-school series. She's the one with the rainbow of books on the right.

United Art Gallery

My images have been published on the United Art Gallery, which was set up to showcase COVID 19 related art from around the world. I was so happy when they contacted me and asked if they could feature some of my 'Lockdown Ballet' series of images. You can see the whole set in my Lockdown Ballet post. Visit the United Art Gallery website to see some amazing and inspiring work from artists from all over the world.

 

 

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Shootproof blog

I was also contacted by Shootproof - an amazing company providing an online gallery platform to photographers around the world. They have the most brilliant blog, which I read on a regular basis. They got in touch to say that they loved my personal branding work and that they'd like me to write an article to help other photographers start shooting personal branding images too. It was published online and emailed to all their contacts in May. You can read it on their website.

 

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DIY Photography

DIY Photography also kindly published my Lockdown Ballet article, with tips to help shoot your own lockdown images at home.

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This Detailed Life

This Detailed Life is a new professional photography magazine to showcase artwork by photographers around the world, to educate and inform, and above all to inspire.  I'm very pleased to have had an image selected for publication in the first edition. The magazine is due out Summer 2020!

 

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British Photography Awards

The British Photography Awards shared my COVID 19 Assignment on their social media pages.

First News

Even my son got in on the act and wrote a little article for First News, the award winning newspaper for children, which was published a few weeks ago.

 

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Cardiff Life Magazine

Just before we went into lockdown, I visited the independent shopping hub, Castle Emporium in Cardiff to photograph the indie shops and their owners for Cardiff Life Magazine. When lockdown hit, Cardiff Life Magazine stopped production for a few months but came back in September! Here's the 6 page spread featuring all my images!

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There's a few other things in the pipeline too that I won't mention just yet but I'll come back and add them to the blog when they are released!

 


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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Looking down at the seating area and Finco coffee from the second floor.

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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.