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 £199. 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 & commercial portfolio. Follow my very latest work on my Instagram account too!

 

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Winter beach family shoot

I love taking photos at the beach all year round. This winter beach family shoot, just after the snow fall in February, is gorgeous.

The shoot was booked as a surprise for Dad's birthday. The idea was to get some lovely pictures of the three children (plus puppy) together, to be printed on a canvas. I say 'children', even though the two eldest are officially adults because you're never too old to take part in a family shoot. Just because you're in your twenties, doesn't mean that your parents don't want to look at photos of you.

The shoot took place at my favourite local beach, Southerndown (Dunraven Bay). If you look closely in the background you can see a bit of snow left on the hillside. It was absolutely freezing but we managed a walk around the gardens and made it to the beach in time for the sunset.

It was super slippery and myself and youngest both fell over and had a nice coating of mud. I managed to hit both cameras on the floor as well as getting covered in mud in the car park before we'd even started! Not the first time I've fallen over on a shoot and I'm sure it won't be the last either!

But, it's all worth it to get a beautiful set of images.

Have a little nosey below to see what we got up to. At the end of the post, you'll see a 9 image collage - my most popular product. Putting 9 images together from a shoot is a great way to display your favourite images. Find out more about my products on my Products page.

Book your family shoot

If you'd like to book family photo shoot - have a look at my Family Portfolio and Pricing page for more information.

Get in touch if you have any questions.

Gem x

 

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Autumn Photo Shoot South Wales

As a family photographer, you might think that I'm taking photos of my own family all the time, but that's not necessarily true. Yes, I've got loads of rubbish phone photos (my phone is awful!) but it takes a bit of effort for me to get my kids scrubbed up and ready for a shoot. I like to take them out at least once a year and capture them together with my 'proper camera'. This year it was the turn of the Autumn photo shoot...

So, I nipped out to the shops to get some new clothes for them - taking my own advice and buying a chunky mustard knit for my daughter. I knew I had a few family shoots coming up in the same location in the Autumn, so I used my kids and their friends as guinea pigs to test out the location. Turns out it was a winner!

There's so many great locations in South Wales. Depending on the time of year, you can find me shooting in a forest or on the beach. If you want to find out more about locations that I use for my family shoots, then check out my locations blog post.

I was very pleased to get my son to wear a pair of jeans for this shoot (small victories) as he normally prefers shorts or tracksuit bottoms and sliders. I've already printed a calendar for Grandma and a set of prints Nain and Taid from this shoot, as well as printing a set to frame for myself at home. Perks of the job! Gem x 

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Summer Family Beach Shoot, South Wales.

I love it when a family return regularly for photos. I've photographed and watched this lovely family grow over the years and it's a real honour to be able to document these moments for them. Now that their little one is on her feet and raring to go, there's no stopping her! The shoot took place at one of my favourite locations, Dunraven Gardens and Southerndown Beach. It's such a great location because you get two different backgrounds in one place. Beautiful gardens and a stunner of a beach.

One evening at the start of the Summer we met there and had good old wander up the hill, into the gardens, through the woods and back down the hill to the beach. Some of my favourite images from this session are the hand holding, laughing, nose poking ones. I love capturing families - the dynamic within each one is so unique and so special. You can see the love shining out of these pictures.

If you fancy a family photo shoot but are a bit scared - worried about being in front of the camera, or worried about the cost. Have a look at FAQ's page and see if there's some answers there for you. Or, check out my family portfolio and see if you like my style. There's no fancy clothes or stiff grins needed, just the love that you have for each other.

If you'd like to see more family shoots, then have a look at my blog to see more of my latest work.

I'm taking bookings for Autumn sessions now, so if you'd like to book one, let me know before all the dates are gone!

Gem x

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Summer Family Photo Session

Sometimes the stars align and along comes a perfect shoot. Two beautiful girls - tick, gorgeous dresses - tick, bluebells - tick, blossom - tick, you get the idea! A perfect Summer family photo session.

Everything was as it should have been, even down to the slight breeze in the air. The girls were naturals in front of the camera and had a ball.

There were so many images from this Summer family photo session, I couldn't fit them into a blog post, so here's some of my favourites. The shoot was so fab I've ordered myself a large collage image as my new sample!

Keep up to date with all my latest shoots by following me on Instagram and Facebook.

Gem x