What’s been happening and what’s to come!

As the months roll on I find myself once again apologising for neglecting my blog.  I seem to have become a victim of my own success and am very aware, as a small business,  the benefits of regular blogging the and associated business it brings.  However,  my time is not infinite and I do not possess a Tardis or the ability to cast a spell which allows me to time travel (Harry Potter fans will relate to the latter) so prioritising client work will always come first, even if I do love writing blogs! 1.  Giving back to the industry Many of us reach a point in our careers when we like to donate...
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Is it really June?

The busiest months for my business have historically been January to March.  However, June has arrived and I'm in need of a break (I've not only neglected this blog but myself, which I need to rectify).  I'm in charge of my diary, so I've blocked a number of weeks when I intend to focus entirely on 'me' time - something we should all do in this fast-paced world within which we reside.  It can make us more productive in our businesses and daily lives.  I admit to finding it difficult to concentrate on a lengthy novel, to sit with my feet up in the garden with a magazine (watching our hens scrat...
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GDPR and You!

From May 25, 2018, a new data protection law is being introduced in the UK, it's called the General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR for short. The reason this law is being introduced is to protect your data more effectively in today's online world. You will probably have received emails already, asking if you will opt-in, to continue receiving emails from companies you've previously signed up to.  This doesn't just apply to email, but how your data is processed by any company who collects, stores and uses your data in the future. Privacy notices and policies are being updated countrywide to...
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Natural Light Fashion Workshop – WexPhotoVideo Under 18s Camera Club

Yesterday was Under 18s Camera Club day for WexPhotoVideo!  Me and Gudbjorg Ylfa led a workshop for students interested in fashion photography on location.  Wex provided us with a base at The Garage, located in the heart of the city and just a short walk from numerous locations, enabling our attendees aged 14-17,  to photograph our model for the session, Hayley Bird, in a variety of poses against city backdrops. Hayley took the city of Norwich as her fashion inspiration... 'Cool, chic and hippy', and despite the cold, wind and sleet worked tirelessly for the three-hour session.  We did move i...
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What a week that was!

The Societies Convention 2018 - one of the UK's largest all welcome photography conventions January is always a month I look forward to.  Why?  It's the month when photographers from across the globe converge on London to attend and participate in The Societies Convention.  For many of us it's at time to catch up with old friends, make new ones and take part in one of the UKs largest all-welcome photography conventions.    It's the latter which I love about this convention! A week of work-hard, play-hard This year I had the honour of spending two days judging the 20 x 16 print competition...
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Only 52 days to go!

I've been checking bookings and would like to say thank you to those already booked my Superclass at The Societies Convention in January 2018, I look forward to meeting you all then. If you’re interested in taking your business photography to the next level but aren’t sure this Superclass is for you, please get in touch for a no obligation chat – as pre-booking is essential.  I look forward to seeing some familiar faces again in January (and some new), please come and say hello if you see me around the hotel during the week; it’s great to put faces to names. Lastly, thank you to One...
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The Societies – My Superclass January 2018

Many thanks to those who've already booked my Superclass at The Societies Convention in January 2018, I look forward to meeting you all then. If you're interested in taking your business photography to the next level but aren't sure this Superclass is for you, please get in touch for a no obligation chat - as pre-booking is essential.  I look forward to seeing some familiar faces again in January (and some new), please come and say hello if you see me around the hotel during the week; it's great to put faces to names.  The Business of Business Portraiture Presented by Angela Adams Subjec...
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Mary Aslett – Corporate Growth Consultancy

Corporate Growth Consultancy
I visited Mary Aslett to make new head shots for her business.  We'd already discussed clothing, colours, accessories and location prior to the meet - a crucial process I follow with all my clients to ensure their remit is fulfilled and we achieve visually what they feel is necessary for their business.  Preparation is key, this not only saves time on the day but makes for satisfied clients, ones who feel they've been listened to and enjoyed the experience, so commission me each time they have a new photographic requirement. All about Mary Mary is our local 'Everything DiSC®' certified train...
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Brown & Co, Norwich

Working with Juliette Tompkins, Marketing Executive of Brown & Co was a real pleasure. As a leading provider in agency, professional and consultancy property services - covering rural, commercial and residential property, plus agriculture and the environment - Brown & Co work from a growing network of offices throughout our county and the whole of East Anglia, the Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber combining a high level of specialist technical expertise with local knowledge. Juliette arranged my running order for the day, as well as a spacious location in the centre of Norwich.  The remi...
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Snelling Business Systems Ltd, Wymondham

I blogged about Snelling earlier this year, but I couldn't resist another post.  Not only due to the company commissioning another photography session but the fact this Norfolk-based business have expanded their audiovisual design, integration and maintenance into International markets.  Established in 1954 by Roy Snelling, who started running the business out of a redundant Victorian laundry in rural Norfolk - mainly selling television and radio sets in the earliest days of broadcasting. 'Today Snelling are one of the fastest growing Audio Visual integration specialists in the UK, with a v...
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The Benjamin Britten Music Academy, Lowestoft

The Benjamin Britten Music Academy is a coeducational day school located in the northern outskirts of Lowestoft. It caters for scholars aged 11 to 18 and is also home to the Suffolk Centre of Excellence in Mathematics.  Having spent 9 years working at this establishment, it was an honour to receive a letter from the Head Boy and Head Girl, commissioning me to photograph the Upper School Awards Evening. It was wonderful, not only to photograph a group of incredibly talented young people receive recognition but to be given the chance to catch-up with past colleagues too.  The evening was opened...
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JMS Group Ltd, Hethersett

Working with this group of creatives was both exhilarating and daunting!  Exhilarating, as I enjoyed the meetings which led to the concept we eventually shot in studio and daunting, as some of the people I photographed were professional photographers too.  My day with JMS started with headshots of each professional (after they'd emerged from the Green Room which was the make-up and hair studio for the day), Editors, Directors, Motion Graphics Designers, Account Handlers, the MD and CEO, Producers and Creatives all took their place in front of the lens.   This was followed by informal action sh...
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Snelling Business Systems Ltd – Wymondham

It's been two years since I last photographed Snelling staff.   However, it seems so much less, as when setting up to create an up-to-date portfolio of headshots for this successful company, individuals stopped for a business catch-up chat - it felt as if we'd only shot the previous pictures a few months ago!   Our businesses have both grown and diversified over the past couple of years, and Snelling have just been awarded another landmark contract, this time from Anglia Ruskin University, for the provision of building-wide audio-visual systems and services. 'The ambitious new project is par...
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The Societies Convention 2017

It's good to do something different!  This January, at The Societies annual convention, I chose to speak about the written word and its marketing power for photographers and their websites.  As some of you already know, I write a column for The Societies magazine Imagemaker, so it was with interest that Editor, Mike McNamee came along to support my Masterclass (The Write Stuff) and to gauge interest for further inclusion in the magazine. To be honest, neither of us were sure how the session would be received, or indeed if anyone would attend.  Especially as I was going head-to-head with regar...
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Develop – IT Training, Norwich

Having been employed in education for a number of years, I was interested to discover what Develop Norwich had to offer and I wasn't disappointed.  Develop Centre Manager, Catherine Hegarty, requested I shoot pictures for website and brochure use in a super-speedy time frame, and without the use of on or off-camera flash.  I tend to use off-camera flash as my go-to lighting choice.  Why?  Because I like to control the light - to achieve what I want, rather than what the ambient light allows. More about Develop Have you ever wanted to create a phone application, design a computer game, le...
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The Plantation Garden – A Visit from The Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich

A space infused with an old-world eclectic charm - where woodland-walkways greet rustic bridges and a triple-tiered Gothic fountain cascades over time-worn stone, gazing majestically towards an Italianate terrace as it zig-zags skyward. A peaceful place, a tranquil place - The Plantation Garden - concealed just a few steps from the hurly-burly of the vibrant heart of Norwich. This rather elaborate introduction doesn't do justice to such an eccentric haven, but I couldn't resist waxing lyrical about such a special location. You can imagine my delight when requested to photograph an important...
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