Personal Branding Shoot – Menovibrant

Personal Branding Shoot – Menovibrant

Personal Branding Photography

I had the great pleasure of photographing Nona’s Personal Branding for her new business venture MenoVibrant. MenoVibrant is a healthy lifestyle website aimed at helping women going through the menopause with tips on exercise and healthy eating. I for one cannot wait for Nona to launch her website as I am that woman!

Personal Branding Photography

As well as MenoVibarnt, Nona runs a non for profit running club near Peterborough, Sawtry Walk to Run. Her love for running came about when Nona started her weight loss journey 3 years ago. She put a shout out on a local Facebook forum looking for other likeminded women who wanted to start running. She was inundated with other women just like herself who wanted to tone up, start running for health reason. Over 30 women turned up! And thats how the running club was born.

Personal Branding Photography

Nona really is such an inspiration and I wanted to make sure her massive personality and love for life came through in her images. Nona needed a mix of images for her different hats she wears. We chose several locations to fit the brief as well as outfits that were on brand and show Nona’s bright and cheery personality.

Personal Branding Photography

To help Nona prepare for her Personal Branding session I sent her my free guide “Planning for your Personal Branding Shoot”. This free guide is sent to all my clients when they book a session with me. 14 pages full of tips on what props to bring, location ideas, what to wear and so much more.

At the time of writing this post, Nona’s website is still under construction but do keep checking back as I know it goes live very soon.

 

Personal Branding Shoot – Edie and Chalk

Personal Branding Shoot – Edie and Chalk

Personal Branding Photographer

Even us Photographers need a Personal Branding Shoot. Katie from Edie and Chalk contacted me through instagram to book me for her shoot. Katie is a designer and photographer based in Chew Magna near Bristol. She is a lover for all things Scandi and this showed in her props she bought to her shoot. I love learning about your business and the heart of why you do what you do. This helps me take portrait images that represent who you are at a deeper level. Katie is a quiet soul, a calming person with a huge heart. 

Working with another photographer, Katie understands the importance for good natural light. The location she chose was an artist friends home that had huge windows and flooded the room with lots of beautiful soft light, a photographers dream lighting!

Props are a really important part of your brand. Choose props that you use daily in your work, that are a part of who you are ie: coffee mug, notebooks, laptop, mobile phone , work tools. Katie bought along lots of beautful props in her brand colours and influences of Scandi. Edie and Chalk were about to celebrate their first birthday and Katie bought a huge hellium balloon for a prop. Such a fun way to show up on your social media celebrating important milestones in your business. Katie came along with soft pastel hues of flowers in her brand colours from Is a Bloom Floral Design as well as framed prints and furinture in her beloved scandi style. Flowers are a wobnderful accessory for a shoot, perfect to add softness to a flat lay, used when styling a table and of c

Capturing you behind the scenes is a big part of a Personal Brand Shoot. You can see here images of Katie at work with her camera and styling props for an image she photographed.

Working with Katie was alot of fun, such a joy to work with another photographer.

 

 

 

 

Bristol Balloon Fiesta – A Photographers View

Bristol Balloon Fiesta – A Photographers View

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

 

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. It is held on the second weekend in August for 4 days and is the highlight of every Bristolians calender. This was my first year attending as press and I was bursting with excitement to attend my first 6 am ascent. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas this year and the scheduled morning ascent on Friday 9th was not going ahead and was rescheduled for Thursday morning.

I set my alarm for 3 am and left the house at 3.45am for the drive to Bristol Ashton Court to collect my press pass. I was not going to miss what was likely to be the only assent for the whole weekend. When I eventually arrived on site ( the one-way system is a nightmare and I missed my turning soo many times!!) the atmosphere was electric. The excitement on the balloon field was so infectious and I felt like a kid on Christmas morning!

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The field looks very unimpressive when I first arrived, a field of deflated balloons and land rovers everywhere. Whispers are heard double guessing if the balloons will be given the all-clear to fly. The announcer comes over the speakers to let us know a decision has been made. Coloured smoke will fill the air with the board’s decision. Red is a no go, Amber for tethering only and Green for an assent. Silence hangs over the field waiting for the smoke. Its a green and we have lift off! The noise of the burners and air inflating the balloons has to be the most thrilling noise you will hear at a balloon fiesta. The smell of the burners, watching the deflated balloons come to life is magical.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

 

The first balloon to take off was the Thatchers Cider hot air balloon. All around me balloons start to fill the air. The shaped balloons are the highlight of the weekend and this year a go fund me page was set up to bring Darth Vader back to Bristol, and he came! I had so much fun and was so thrilled to see my first ascent. Hopefully next year I will have the opportunity to take a flight at the 2020 Bristol Balloon fiesta. There is so much more to see at the fiesta than the hot air balloons. Unfortunately, at the time I was there the funfair was not open so I have no images, and to be honest I was so excited to see the balloons I forget to see what else was happening! There are food stalls, clothing stalls, lots of activities for the kids, a big wheel, craft tent, BBC Bristol and so much more.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

I highly recommend visiting the Bristol Balloon Fiesta. It is a feast for the eyes, lots to do for all ages. Next year’s event takes place on August 6th-9th, 2020. Pop it in your calendar, you will not be disappointed.

NB: Please note all photos and words are my own, I was not paid to attend this event, I received a press pass on behalf of Bristol Bloggers

 

 

 

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The Roman Baths Spa

The Roman Baths Spa

 

I have lived in Somerset for 3 years now, and when we lived in Bath, The Roman Baths I visited a couple of times but had never been to the torchlit nights they have on in the Summer. Last week I was invited by Socialight App to attend a torchlit night at The Roman Baths. We were so lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful summer evening.

The Roman Baths sit in the heart of the City of Bath a World Heritage Site, the natural hot springs are the only ones in Great Britain. Although you cannot bath in them today you can walk on the original pavements and take in the atmosphere of this stunning religious spa. The main entrance and reception is a sight to behold on its own. Beautiful domed ceiling and glittering chandeliers greet you. This is a newer addition to the Roman Spa added around 1700 -1800. Collect your free audio and make your way around the museum which includes a gilt bronze head of the Goddess Sulis Minerva, and other Roman artifacts. As you come out of the museum you will enter the top-level looking down on the baths which are situated below street level.

Statues of Roman Emperors look down at the baths keeping a watchful eye. You can see the iconic Bath Abbey when looking at the above photo. What I love about the baths are the local Roman men and women who wander around in character telling their stories and answering your questions. I met the local stonemasons. This is a lovely way to bring the Spa and museum alive and perfect for children to visit.

You may ask why is the water green?

The familiar green hue of the pool is not the result of mystery, but algae, caused by the water’s exposure to the open air. In Roman times, the pool was roofed over, its waters were much clearer. A periodic clean of the Roman Baths involves draining the natural thermal water and brushing the floor to remove algae. It is believed if you drink the spa water it will cure your ailments. At the end of your visit do try a cup at the fountain on your way out.

 

For me, the magic is when the torches are lit. The stone glows in the torchlight and a wave of tranquility envelopes the baths as people sit quietly taking in the historic site whilst sipping on champagne from the bar. The golden light and enhanced reflections in the green waters are magical.

On leaving the Roman Baths why not stop for dinner and cocktails in the Pump Room, or a High Tea before you pop in. A favourite for me is sitting outside The Roman Baths kitchen in the morning with a coffee on Abbey Church Yard listening to the busker’s and people watching.

Please note this experience was gifted to me by Socialight App. All photos and opinions are my own.

The Roman Baths

The Pump Room

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Pride Month – Is Every Month

Pride Month – Is Every Month

June marks Pride Month, and as much as I don’t believe in dedicated days and months to remember or celebrate something, LGBT issues are very close to my heart.
This month if only a handful of people learn something new about the hardships that the LGBTQ community has suffered over the years. I’m happy.

As a mum to a son who falls under the LGBTQ “banner”, I am always educating myself and those around me on the emotional impact it has on us as a family and my sons daily life.
I really wish that we as a society didn’t feel the need to attach labels to how people present themselves. It really shouldn’t matter what gender we present as, if any, what our sexual preferences are. We are all human beings with feelings who just want to go to school and learn, socialize, work hard at our day job, shop for groceries just like everybody else.
Believe it or not, this is not the case for so many still today!

 

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
On June 28th, 1969 there was a police raid on Stonewall Inn,  a gay bar in the Greenwich Village New York. A violent, multi-day rebellion after patrons of the bar resisted the discriminatory conditions they long endured. It is said that these riots began when a patron “threw the first brick” at a police officer in response to the unjust raid. June was chosen to mark Pride Month to remember those who stood up and fought for their right to love who they wanted to in 1969. Many Pride events are held in June although here in the UK many major cities choose July to hold Pride Month.

 

My family and I have attended several Pride events here in the UK and Copenhagen. Pride celebrates everyone, celebrates love and community. It’s the community that comes across the strongest. No judgment, no sideway looks . Just love and support. I’ve met so many people from all walks of life and ages at a Pride event. I always leave with tears rolling down my face, smiling from ear to ear, my heart full of PRIDE.
A day at Pride is full of all emotions.
I highly suggest everyone attend their local Pride event this year and see for yourself that the LGBTQ community is a wonderful, beautiful community.

Can you actually believe that over 72 countries in 2019 still criminalize gay marriage? We are blessed to live in the UK where my son can love and marry who he wishes, be the gender he chooses to be comfortable with. I am not ignorant to think that there are still many people that don’t feel the same, and these people need to be educated, talk to someone who falls under the LGBTQ+ banner. My son is an amazing person with a huge open heart, who understands that some people still need to be educated. I want to see all schools teach our children the history of the LGBTQ+ community, I want to see teachers and health professions be trained more on LGBTQ+ mental health.

 

1 in 2 transgender people will attempt suicide, this is a horrendous statistic that needs to be addressed. I am sure this was a statistic that was true of the gay community 20+ years ago, now it is the transgender community. I could write pages on this subject but for now, I will leave you with some great resources if you are touched by any of these issues or wish to understand more about the LGBTQ+ community. Please also feel free to contact me if you wish. One day I hope to write more openly about my journey as a mum to a son under this umbrella. When my son is ready for me to talk he will let me know.

Why not google when and where your nearest Pride celebrations are taking place? London Pride is this weekend 6/7 and Bristol Pride is 13/7. We will be flying our rainbow flags and wearing all the glitter we can find next weekend, celebrating our amazing, unique son.

Resources :

Stonewall Charity 

MindOut

Mermaids

Films :

Pose – BBC Iplayer Series

Pride – Movie