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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Beach shoot in Saundersfoot

If you follow my work, you'll know that I love the beach.  I shoot regularly on my local beaches in the Vale of Glamorgan but there's nothing like discovering a new beach!

I recently spent the weekend in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, staying at the St Bride's Spa Hotel with one of my oldest friends. The hotel is fantastic and set in the most beautiful surroundings with the most amazing views of the town and the beach.

We enjoyed spending time in the spa and then treated ourselves to an Aperol Spritz on the balcony of our room before heading down for dinner.

The next day was a typical January day - low grey clouds in the sky and a bit damp, but it also felt pretty serene and calm too. I had my camera with me, so we headed down to the beach for a walk and a mini photo shoot.

I've known Sheila for over 20 years, we've travelled around the world together, lived in different cities together and spent countless hours talking non-stop. I've got photos of her from when we were hanging out at university in Leeds, exploring the East Coast of Australia, travelling around South America and spending weekends in the Cotswolds. I've done a couple's shoot, maternity shoot and family shoot with her and now it's time for some shots for her. Just because.

Presenting my beautiful friend Sheila.

Gem x

beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot
beach portrait in Saundersfoot

Book your own photo shoot with just you, or your family. Get in touch to find out more or visit my pricing page.


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 in and around Cardiff 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 & commercial pricing page and headshots & commercial 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.

Actors headshots

 

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

Beach Shoot in South Wales

A mini beach shoot in South Wales to blow away the cobwebs.

My girl and I got struck down with a horrible virus on Boxing Day and spent 2 weeks on the sofa sniffing and coughing. Each day we'd say to each other 'we'll be better tomorrow' and each day we woke up feeling rough. On the Sunday before school started in January, we decided that it was time we left the house and got some fresh air. I grabbed my camera and we headed down to our favourite place - the beach.

The beach looks great all year round. I love the pale tones of the sea and sky in contrast with the dark rocks and sand. The whole scene looked like Winter but was soothing and calming to look at. The rock pools at the beach provided a gorgeous reflective surface.

I discovered that my welly boot had a hole in it after standing in the water but I suffered with one wet sock so I could capture these images. What a brave solider I am!

If you're interested in booking a mini beach shoot in South Wales, please get in touch to find out more. 

There's also loads of beach shoots to view on my blog. Or, you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook!

In the meantime, enjoy having a look at these images of my girl. Gem x

 

Beach shoot South Wales
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little wave on the beach
Girl on the beach south wales
Girl on the beach south wales
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Girl on the beach south wales
winter surfer walking into the water
Girl on the beach south wales
wave on the beach
Girl on the beach south wales
Girl on the beach south wales