Personal branding photographer

Do you need a new headshot?

I'm pleased to say that inspite of the horrendous year we've all had, new businesses seem to be flourishing. I've had lots of fabulous business and headshot shoots so far this year and more booked in the diary over the next few months.

Do you need a new headshot? Is your profile picture way out of date? If so, it might be time to get some fresh images created to boost your business for 2021.

Book your business shoot today!

To see more of my business photography, follow my dedicated account on Instagram - Cardiff Business Photographer.

Take a look at some of my favourite recent personal brand and business shoots below:

Eliza Eliza

We had a lot of fun on this shoot! Eliza Eliza, a Cardiff based tote bag and accessory business booked a shoot earlier this year. The shoot was in two parts - one location shoot, to show of the gorgeous bags and one session in the workshop to show how they are made. Visit her website to see how she's used the images!

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Est1958

Avril has a fashion and interiors blog and wanted some new images to use on her social media account. She looked absolutely amazing! The shoot took place in and around Penarth. We used the pier, the marina, the bars, the coffee shops, even the RNLI building!

You can see how she's used her images on her Instagram account.

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Seventh House

Abi has started a new coaching business and needed a new profile picture for LinkedIn. We had a lot of fun trying out different outfits and using the fabulous location at Bunny Farm Prisk.

Make up by Charlotte Joy.

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Cat

Cat needed some new images for her brand new coaching business. We took some great shots around Cowbridge and in the gorgeous new restaurant Rocket and Rye.

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Milan Coaching

When Cat came for her shoot, she brought along her friend and fellow coach Michelle. A few days later, Michelle got in touch to book a shoot for herself! Have a look at her brand new website Milan Coaching to see how she's used her images.

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Castle Emporium Cardiff

Just before the pandemic started I did a shoot at the Castle Emporium in Cardiff. A wonderful arcade, full of independent shops and businesses. The images were featured by Cardiff Life earlier this year. View the feature online, pages 36-41!

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Do you need images for your business? If so, check out my headshot and commercial packages and my business portfolio too!

 

Images from a shoot with Glass at the Spinney.

 

Want to take your own photos? If you need to constantly refresh your business images, with new stock items, then why not learn how to take better images for yourself?

“How to take better photos for your business” workshop

Book your one to one training session today!


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Christmas Gift Voucher Shop!

My Christmas Gift Shop is now open! I've got lots of lovely gift voucher ideas for you - let's try and make 2021 something to look forward to.

 

BUY NOW:

CHRISTMAS CARDS WITH IMAGES FROM YOUR SESSION

FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT GIFT VOUCHER

EXTRA PRINT CREDITS

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING GIFT VOUCHER

'HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS FOR YOUR BUSINESS' WORKSHOP GIFT VOUCHER

 

Christmas Cards

Brand new this year! I'm offering a bespoke Christmas Card service for clients that have had a shoot with me this year. Choose TWO of your favourite images and create your own card. You can add a message from your family too. Christmas cards are available in packs of 10 and 20. If you'd like to buy Christmas cards with images from your session, get in touch to find out more.

Pack of 10 Christmas Cards - £25

Pack of 20 Christmas Cards - £45

 

BUY CHRISTMAS CARDS

 

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Family Photo Sessions Gift Voucher

A perfect gift for family and friends. We've all had a tough year but being locked up at home together has also created stronger family bonds. Help someone you love to celebrate their family with an outdoor family photo shoot in South Wales.

The gift voucher will include:

A location family photoshoot (1-2 hours) in South Wales.

Help and advice on clothing and outfits.

Viewing session.

And a 10″ x 8″ print and matching digital image!

There’s also the option of adding print credit vouchers to your gift – add £50, £100, or £150 and the recipient can choose lots of gorgeous prints and products too!

 

BUY FAMILY PHOTO SESSION GIFT VOUCHER

 

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Extra Print Credits Gift Voucher

If you’ve already bought a gift voucher as a special present for a friend or family member, you now have the option to add extra print credits onto the value of their gift. Choose from £50, £100 or £150 and give them the option of buying lots of gorgeous prints and products from their shoot.  Print credits can be spent on prints, products and digital images too.

Check out my most popular product below - a 9 image frame. Who doesn't want one of these?!

 

BUY EXTRA PRINT CREDITS GIFT VOUCHER

 

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Beginners Photography Training Gift Voucher

One to one bespoke training sessions for adults and teenagers too.

This training is perfect for beginners who own a camera but are unsure how to use it properly. We’ll cover the technical aspects of photography (in a jargon free way!), looking specifically at helping you to control aperture and shutter speed. The training will also cover the creative side of photography, looking at composition, light and how to take great photos of family and friends. The training includes a practical outdoor session to try out new skills too.

 

BUY BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING GIFT VOUCHER

 

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'How to take better photos for your business' Gift Voucher

This brand new workshop has been created to help small businesses improve the images that they take to show off their products or service. If you know a small business owner who needs great images, this could be the perfect gift!

The workshop covers the importance of branding and photography for businesses and provides a step-by-step practical guide on how to get started with content creation.

See the workshop framework below for more details.

How to take better photos of your business - Workshop framework

Establishing your brand.

The importance of photography.

Step by step guide to the most important elements to include in your business photography.

How to take great picture for your business – understanding light and composition.

Technicalities – taking and processing the photo (using a camera or a phone). 

Planning your shoot – personalised plan of action for your business.

 

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Vouchers can be hand delivered (locally) or posted. Please purchase by 10th December to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.

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Gemma Griffiths is an outdoor family photographer based near Cardiff in South Wales. She offers shoots in all over South Wales, including, Cardiff, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, RCT, Bridgend and Swansea.


Photography lighting tips for parents!

Now that the weather is finally starting to improve, it's time to get out and about with your cameras! I've been offering beginners photography training in workshops and on a one to one basis for a few years now and I thought it would be helpful to write a blog post about light, with some helpful examples, using a very gorgeous model (yes, he's mine). Please excuse his facial expressions, I'm not sure what he was doing. The main aim of this blog post is to explain about the different types of outdoor light and most importantly, noticing the direction it is coming from and the effect this can have on your image.

Yesterday evening, it was lovely and sunny in the garden, so I knew I could get some great examples, of what to do and what NOT to do, when you're out and about.

The pictures below are what's known in photography circles as SOOC (straight out of camera). This means that I haven't edited them or changed anything at all. I've left them this way so that we can look at the light in the images and not worry about anything else.

First of all, I've taken a picture of my garden (please excuse the not very glamourous fuel tank in the background). I've taken this picture to show you that, outside, on a sunny day, you can see two types of light. Direct sunlight and open shade. If it's a sunny day, then you'll be able to see patches of open shade and patches of sunlight on the ground. In the photo, you can see that part of the garden is in direct sun and part is in shade (as the sun was setting behind the house). It's useful to notice these different types of light, you'll see why in a moment.

Photo of a boy with a ponytail standing in a garden

So, first of all, I'm going to put my subject in the bright sunshine. You might think this is a good idea, because it's a sunny day and it's nice and light. However, as soon as you do this, you'll notice a problem. First of all, your subject will start squinting and possibly crying and start to cover their eyes. See exhibit A (I didn't tell him to do that, it's just what happens!):

Photo of a boy with hands on his face

Next, after you've shouted at your subject, you can try and get them to look at you, if only for a few seconds. The problem with this, is that they'll be squinting and there will be some very harsh shadows on their face, eye sockets and under their chin.

Photo of a boy with a ponytailI then decided to save my son's eyesight and place him in the patch of open shade, just a few inches to his right. In this light, he can look at the camera and there's no harsh lines or contrast on his face. Better already!

Photo of a boy with a ponytail

So, open shade looks like a better bet in these conditions for getting a properly exposed image without causing pain and squinting to our subjects. It's a win win. When you're out with the kids and want to take a picture of them together or on their own. Have a look around to see if you can see some patches of open shade. They could be right next to where you're standing, so it could be just a case of asking them to move over a little bit, so that you can take a picture without harsh shadows.

Now, anyone that's been on one of my courses will have been introduced to the exposure compensation button - the little plus/minus square you can see on the back of your camera. I love seeing the reaction of students when they use this for the first time, because it can make such a difference to your images. If you've no idea what I'm talking about, maybe it's time you signed up for some beginners training? Below you can see an example of the same image, but I've used the exposure compensation control to over expose the image (make it brighter). I may have overdone it a little bit, but you get the idea. He's still standing in the same place, in the same light, but I've upped the exposure a little to make the image brighter.

Photo of a boy with a ponytail

Next, I asked him to stand with the sun hitting him from the side. As you can see, this is total no no. One side of his face is too bright and the other side of his face is dark. There's lots of shadows and the whole image looks terrible. Please bear in mind, that although it's very easy to see the problem looking at this image, when you're out with the kids and there's lots of distractions, it's very easy to overlook this sort of thing and snap away, only to realise what you've done later on. Side light can be very harsh and something you should look out for.

Photo of a boy with a ponytail

What do you do if there is no open shade? Sometimes, you might be in the middle of a field or on the beach and there's no open shade available. You don't want the sun shining directly into your subjects eyes. You don't want the sun hitting them from the side, so what else can you do? You can put the sun BEHIND your subject. I'm not saying this is going to be a breeze, as there's problems associated with doing this, but sometimes you'll have no choice. The problems for you will be that the sun is now shining directly in YOUR face and consequently down your lens - this can cause something called lens flare (little blobs of light that go across your image) and can also cause your images to look a little 'hazy'. It all depends on where the sun is in the sky - the lower the better - as it will be less harsh. Here's an example of my son with the sun behind him (not sure why he's pulling that face). All in all, not too bad, there's some very light patches around his hair but I can see his face properly.

Photo of a boy with a ponytail

When using backlight, sometimes your subject can look a little dark and the background too light (especially if it's the sky) so I've over exposed this image a little bit, to show you the difference it can make. The light parts of the image have gone lighter (his hair is now very bright) but his face is also lighter.

Photo of a boy with a ponytail

To conclude, it is really important to start to notice the light, particularly what direction it's coming from. Even on a cloudy day, the direction of the sunlight will make a difference to your images. Photographers love a nice soft light, which happens first thing in the morning (I'm talking sunrise here) or as the sun is setting. At these times, known as Golden Hour, the light is softer and shadows less harsh. For parents with little ones, golden hour is probably not the best time of day at all for taking photos, so it's handy to know some quick tips about using open shade and backlight instead. There's lots more to learn about light of course but I thought this little taster lesson might come in handy!

I'd love to see some examples of your images - why not share on my Facebook page. Have you taken a great backlit image, or can you show an example of terrible side light, that you didn't notice at the time?

Want to learn more about photography? I offer a selection of workshops for adults and teenagers as well as one to one training. See my training pages for more information.

 


Beginner Photography Workshops in the Vale of Glamorgan

"Thoroughly enjoyable and informative camera workshop. Feel like I've learnt a lot." Kirsten

"I now know so much about my camera and things to think about when taking photos. Thank you so much, very enjoyable" Jill

"Pitched just right and had fun. Learnt a lot and feel much more confident." Rachel

"Thank you Gemma, feel much more positive about using my precious camera. Excellent." Menna

Wow! What a busy weekend! On Saturday I held my Young Photographers Workshop with a bunch of very enthusiastic teenagers. They were up trees, down slides, hanging over walls and crawling around on the floor to get the perfect shot. I've had such a lot of interest from teenagers than I'm now offering an intermediate workshop for those that want to learn more technical skills. Keep your eyes peeled on my Training pages and Facebook page for more information on dates.

Then it was the turn of the adults and I held a fab Beginners Photography Workshop at my house in Colwinston. The weather was against us, but we didn't let it stop us and managed to practise all our technical skills in my conservatory instead of getting soaked. No chance of a group photo with this group though due to the downpour the minute we stepped outside! There was a fabulous group dynamic and I absolutely loved watching everyone helping each other and discussing all things photography. There were plenty of light bulb moments too - I love seeing the reaction from participants when they see the results they can get from taking control of their cameras.

There was some interest in learning some basic Photoshop skills, so I'll be offering some small (max 2 people) sessions to help people get going with Photoshop. Keep your eyes peeled on my website and social media platforms for more info. Also, don't forget that you can sign up to my newsletter to keep in touch and find out about my latest offers, competitions, workshops and pop up mini sessions. You can sign up by going to my homepage - scroll down to the bottom and pop your email address in the sign up box.

In the meantime, here's some budding photographers in action in and around Colwinston....

Gem x

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Beginners Photography Workshop January 2018

Beginners Photography Workshop January 2018

I held my first workshop of the year in Colwinston yesterday. It was great to meet everyone and get stuck into the nuts and bolts of photography.  I had some great feedback from everyone and inspite of the freezing cold weather I think it was a great success! I was so excited that I forgot to take many photos, so there's only a few to share with you!

It was great to see everyone getting to grips with their cameras. I love seeing the results of the practical sessions - there was so much creativity in the composition tasks, lots of great ideas. I love seeing what everyone comes up with and think it's great that we can share that creativity together in a group setting.

The workshop is 4 hours long and includes two practical sessions to practise what has been learnt. We covered the technical aspects of photography, including aperture and shutter speed as well as looking at light and composition.

Here's what the participants had to say about their experience:

"Brilliant course, venue great, looking forward to going away and putting the skills learned into practise." Natalie

"Explained everything well and all the content was relevant." Rhian

"Excellent starter. Good friendly and encouraging atmosphere to give confidence." Janet

"Very enjoyable 4 hours, thank you." Kim

"Substance of the course was spot on." David

If you're interested in joining me for the next Beginners Photography Workshop in March, you can book a place directly through the website. I also offer a workshop for teenagers. It is a little shorter with less emphasis on the technical aspects and focusses more on the creative side of photography. The February workshop is sold out but there are still places available on the March workshop. You can book a place on the Young Photographers Workshop directly through my website.

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