Snelling Business Systems Ltd, Wymondham

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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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Chrissie Rix – The Style Show

Chrissie Rix – The Style Show
Chrissi Rix's Style Show is Norwich's best kept secret! Chrissi initially trod the catwalk as a model, then later re-trained at the London College of Fashion with renowned stylist and lecturer Polly Holman.  For over 15 years Chrissi has been styling and dressing women, making them look and feel fantastic. Successfully juggling a career, whilst raising four children and developing a reputation as a sought after stylist, Chrissi not only understands the pressures of modern day life, but also how making the most of yourself in super-quick time, can provide a real confidence boost.  Chrissi can...

Turning the tables

Turning the tables
I'm more used to being behind the lens, and the person interviewing and copy writing, than being photographed and written about!  So you could say I got a taste of my own medicine - in the  nicest possible way - when I was interviewed by the Editor of Imagemaker, Mike McNamee, about the workflow behind the production of my Fellowship panel of images.   I have to say, if it's a sin to be proud, I'm a sinner... As it was actually quite thrilling to see the culmination of a successful year's work in print, and in one of my favourite industry magazines too. I couldn't resist posting the magazine ...

Imagemaker Magazine – Angie’s Angle

Imagemaker Magazine – Angie’s Angle
What I continually find interesting, are the assumptions many make about how we develop our skills and in turn, our business.  Comments like: 'you're really lucky', 'I come across your name everywhere I look locally, with regards photography', 'I'd love to do what you do, but don't have your connections', 'your business seems to be going from strength to strength, you must know a lot of people who help you'.  The underlying message these comments present, is one which simply misses the reality of the situation;  I don't leave anything to luck, everything I achieve comes through, planning, impl...

Best of British Magazine, April 2016 – Featuring Fiona Harrison

Best of British Magazine, April 2016 – Featuring Fiona Harrison
Back in November, I blogged about a session photographing Soprano and Costume Artist Fiona Harrison at  The Control Tower - a vintage, vegetarian bed and breakfast situated in North Norfolk. We couldn't share some of the photographs then, as they were due to be used in a feature Fiona was writing about vintage stockings for Best of British Magazine - the UK's premier nostalgia monthly magazine.  Well, as you can see, the feature is now in print and I was kindly sent the page layout to share.  Here are some pictures which were not included in the magazine (however, some will always remain priv...

Nigel Woollsey – Cardinal Copywriting

Nigel Woollsey – Cardinal Copywriting
I talk (a lot) about the power of pictures – I would, I’m a photographer! However, marry photographs with well-written copy and you’re stacking the odds in your favour with regards a winning formula for your business. Don't believe me?  Then click on a webpage, open a magazine or brochure and answer me this - are you drawn by the pictures first, or do you read the text? In our fast-paced busy lives, we read much less and our attention spans are shorter. We filter information in the first few lines of reading and decide whether to continue. A great picture accompanied by a great tagline or tit...
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Bertha Calles – Library and Information Assistant

Bertha Calles – Library and Information Assistant
Based in Norwich, Librarian Bertha, is never happier than when surrounded by books!  During our photography session - to create bespoke, professional business headshots - we chatted about her career as a Librarian and were allowed access to photograph in the Glass Gallery at The Millennium Library in Norwich: 'It's my favourite part of the library,'  Bertha tells me. 'I love the rows of colours and feel of the old books.' In Bertha's own words: 'I am capable of creating rapport and maintaining strategic relations within an organisation and externally, and I am able to work cooperatively i...
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For she’s a jolly good Fellow – Angela Adams FSWPP

For she’s a jolly good Fellow – Angela Adams FSWPP
For she's a jolly good Fellow, and so said... The five judges who scored my panel at the recent SWPP Annual Convention.  Having just returned from a luxurious stay at the Hilton London Metropole, now home to the SWPP Convention, I'm proud to announce my achievement in becoming a Fellow.  The culmination of around 14 months work, to create a panel of 20 pictures which were then entered into the portrait category for this prestigious distinction (achieved by less than 1% of UK photographers), the highest qualification by submission in the UK. My aim has always been to take ownership of this bod...
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Equal Lives – Youth Forum

Equal Lives – Youth Forum
Late last year, I experienced the great pleasure of spending the day with an inspirational group of young people - The Equal Lives Youth Forum.  Together, we created photographs to hang on a thought provoking tree in Norwich's Millennium Library to celebrate Disability History Month.  The reverse of each picture featured a poem written by the young person depicted, the theme was 'see me as I see myself'.  Later I'll share  some photographs captured on the day, but for now, let members of the Youth Forum tell you about themselves through their poetry. https://youtu.be/hj2kPHhJcHg A little abo...
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The Power of the Press Release

The Power of the Press Release
I'm asked a number of times, 'how do you get your work featured in so many magazines?'  Most who ask this are looking for a quick and easy route to publication.  However, building relationships with editors and clients over time pays dividends - investing in networking can also be invaluable.  Obviously some clients commission me to shoot advertisements for publication, and magazines too - but this didn't happen overnight.  I invested time in training and continual professional development within my business, I've also worked freelance in the past,  writing copy and shooting photographs.  Even...
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Creating photographic advertisements to suit the season

Creating photographic advertisements to suit the season
A very wise business associate once said to me, 'when I first started out,  my business offers followed whatever event or occasion Clinton Cards were marketing'.  Of course, this sweeping generalization won't apply to all business, however, the nugget of information I took from this statement was to create my marketing and advertising to suit.   Be that season, occasion or event, putting the extra effort into creating something bespoke and fitting, really can make you stand out from your competitors. Clients,  Albrow & Sons Family Jewellers embraced this idea wholeheartedly and we've work...
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Fiona Harrison – Soprano and Costume Artist

Fiona Harrison – Soprano and Costume Artist
A popular face on the vintage scene, Fiona has become a regular writer for Best of British magazine, the UK’s top nostalgia monthly.  So I was excited when Fiona telephoned to discuss a forthcoming feature for early 2016.  Always happy to travel, Fiona ventured east to Norfolk where I sourced the perfect location to showcase the fashion she required photographing - The Control Tower Bed & Breakfast in Walsingham.    Owners Ni and Claire (and the Control Tower cats Window and Mandrel) greeted us with warmth and hospitality, even though the building was buzzing, as a film crew from London we...
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Claire Button – Her Invitation Facilitator

Claire Button – Her Invitation Facilitator
Based in Cambridge, scientist Claire is also a facilitator for Her Invitation - an inspirational organisation whose mission is to empower women with their 'Increase your Power and Influence Workshops'.  Let's be quite clear here, this isn't an anti-men organisation, but pro-women as their mission statement quotes: ... Her Invitation is pro women not anti-men. Although we believe there is a place for female centred training right now, we do not believe that segregating women from men or creating a gap between the two sexes is the answer.  Instead, we believe that women and men should work al...
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Susie Fowler-Watt – BBC Look East Presenter

Susie Fowler-Watt – BBC Look East Presenter
I thought I'd use this photograph I made recently of Susie Fowler-Watt to illustrate something a client asked me only yesterday - thank you Susie and husband Alex for kindly allowing me to use this picture.  The client's question was: What's the point of a black and white image, isn't it dated, we view the world in colour?  Photographers could debate the subject for an eternity,  talking about photographers preference, creative choice etc.  For me, the employment of black and white, sometimes referred to as monochrome, is to focus the viewer's attention and remove distraction.  For exampl...
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