How to Prepare for your Personal Branding Photo Shoot

How to Prepare for your Personal Branding Photo Shoot

Personal Branding Photographer Frome

 

You have found your photographer, contracts signed and shoot day is upon you. Preparation is key for a successful shoot for both photographer and client. When you book a Personal Branding Photography session with me I will send out a detailed guide to prepare you for your shoot. In the meantime here is my check list to help you prepare for a Personal Brand Photography session.

  • First things first you need to find a photographer whose work you like and book them ( check out this blog post here )
  • Send your photographer a Pinterest board of the style of images and locations that you would like. Include posing ideas as well.
  • Select what you are going to wear. Keep it simple, wear what feels most comfortable and add some accessories that are your brand colours. This is the time to book makeup and hair appointments too. ( check out my blog post here ).
  • Choose locations where you are most comfortable and that represent your brand . Think about coffee shops, your office space, local neighbourhood for example. Good lighting is key, your photographer can advise on locations too. Send addresses of locations to your photographer in advance so they can check out best spots for your shoot.
  • Think about props you want to bring with you. Mobile phone, laptop, notebooks and pens are great everyday props. Bring the tools of your trade along too ( if possible!)
  • Ask your photographer when you can expect your photos to be ready and how they will be delivered.

Shoot day is here , pack your bag with your props and clothing. Water to keep you hydrated and maybe some snacks. Most of all don’t forget to enjoy yourself!

I hope this series on Personal Brand Photography has been useful for you when considering booking a photographer.

Visit Bath Tour

Visit Bath Tour

Abbey Hotel Bath

I had the great pleasure of being invited onto the Bath Makers trip hosted by Visit Bath a couple of weeks ago. We moved to Bath a couple of years ago and like anywhere you live after a time it becomes a habit and you don’t notice all the new places popping up around you. Bath is full of amazing independent shops and businesses, it was great to see Bath through new eyes now we have moved to Frome.

Day 1

Our first stop was to meet at the newly furnished Abbey Hotel for coffee where we would be staying for the night too. Abbey Hotel is a boutique luxury hotel in the heart of Bath, the perfect location to visit all the stunning attractions and shopping Bath has to offer. Only a stones throw away from Bath Abbey and The Roman Baths.

Lunchtime was upon us and Acorn Restaurant were our hosts for lunch. Acorn is an award-winning, innovative vegan food restaurant in the heart of Bath. I was very excited to eat here as it had been on my list for a while now to visit. Richard Buckley owner and head chef treated us to a sumptuous taster menu with a flight of wines. All the crockery used are sourced from local artists which I loved. Our first course came out on a local Frome artist plates Jenny Barton ! I absolutely loved our first course, a coffee infused cauliflower core served on a bed of hazelnut polenta. There was just a subtle hint of coffee which you would never imagine working, but Richard makes cauliflower taste pretty special! This was served with a white Riesling. Other delights were donkey carrots roasted in saffron with parsley powder, almonds with truffle oil. How Richard can get so much taste in a powder is a miracle! The interior is modern and light , with secret nooks for a more intimate dinner.

Acorn Restaurant Bath

With our tastebuds tickled and our bellies full it was time to move on too Bath Aqua Glass Centre to try our hand at glass blowing. A traditional glassblowing & stained glass studio located in Bath. Bath Aqua Glass is famous for its Cremation Ashes glass collection. They do workshops, hen parties, and birthday parties. I am going to take my teens to make baubles at Christmas for the tree.

Next stop was a browse around interiors store Graham and Green on Walcot Street, the artisan quarters in Bath. It has been lovingly transformed from a former 20th century bake house, restoring many of its original features to add character to this unique store. I was in interiors heaven browsing sheepskin seat pads, cushions galore, linen bedlinen and Ubiety candles.

Stroll down to Kingsmead Square and the best gelato in Somerset awaits us at Swoon. I have to admit I am a regular here. My favourite being the pistachio. The pistachios are sourced from Bronte in Sicily. All their gelato’s are churned on site! Pop in and sit at the back and you may be lucky enough to see the gelato being made in person.

Swoon Gelato Bath

After filling our boots on gelato we made our way across the road to Grace and Ted. A curated collection of pre-owned designer clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women. I have actually purchased a beautiful Coach bag from here when we first arrived in Bath. A great treasure trove of clothing. I had my eye on a Chanel evening dress …in my dreams!

Grace and Ted Bath

We then wandered onto Le Vignoble an independent wine lounge with over 250 different wines, champagnes and liqueurs from all over the world. I love the idea of wine tasting on tap, with samples from 80p what a great night out and Sommeliers to advise. We were greeted with a tapas platter containing French cheeses, saucisson, cured hams, olives, bread and dip. I had an all cheese platter with a lovely glass of Sancerre.

Le Vignoble Bath

After a rest back at The Abbey Hotel we then make our way to dinner at the newly opened Koffmanns and Mr White’s. Serving a mix of French and English classics. After a day of eating and drinking I was glad to start our meal with a light salad. I am a vegetarian, so my main dish was a mushroom polenta packed full of flavour. After dinner we were guests in the Art Bar. I absolutely love the concept here of a curated gallery of local artist constantly changing , and all available to purchase. The tables have art books and pencils for you to doodle in as well. Such a fun idea! The Art Bar serves bespoke cocktails of which we were treated with a specially made cocktail for our party.

Day 2

Breakfast was served in Koffmanns and Mr Whites. I enjoyed a delicious serving of poached eggs on gluten free bread and free flowing coffee.

Today we were off to VV Rouleaux for a ribbon flower head dress workshop. I am like a kid in a sweet shop when it comes to trimmings and buttons and such!  I was totally in my element here. At the back of the shop is an atelier where they hold workshops and make bespoke pieces. We were taught how to make flowers using wired ribbon and then attach to a headband. Very simple but so effective. By the end of the hour we were all channeling our inner Frida Khalo!

VV Rouleaux Bath

Lunch was at Beckford Bottle shop near the Assembly Rooms in Bath. Wow this restaurant is full of surprises. A huge wine shop greets you at one end of the shop, the restaurant at the other. Downstairs is the wine cellar and private dining room as well as a casual lounge are with open fire. As we sat down to our table, the food and wine just kept flowing. As a vegetarian I was not to be disappointed at the choice of plates on our table. Most memorable was the beetroot , balsamic vinegar with goats cheese and the marrow frittes and alioli. The tempur batter was so light and melted in the mouth.

Beckford Bottle Bath

My favourite bookstore in Bath is Toppings and Company. It was a pleasure to meet the staff and be given a tour of the shop all whilst sipping Earl Grey tea, which everyone will be welcomed with . Free tea and coffee and comfy chairs are part of the laid- back atmosphere here at Toppings. They hold regular book talks from local and International  artists, of which I have been to a couple and thoroughly enjoyed. The store itself is a sight to behold, beautiful wooden book shelves jammed packed with books, glass vases filled with fresh flowers await you.

Toppings and Company Bath

Next we visited The Good Day Cafe , and its name did not disappoint. The decor is pink, neon lights,  glass topped tables filled with succulents, modern pink velvet sofas all accessorised with cacti! An absolute Instagrammers dream lol. And the food and drinks was pretty photogenic too. I had a super beetroot latte and a slice of gluten free cake. I’ll definitely will be back here for my pink fix!

Good Day Cafe Bath

Our final independent shop was Chanii B, a designer shoe shop in Milsom Place. Chantal greeted us with her warm smile and champagne. Seriously what can be more fun than shopping for designer shoes and sipping on champagne! Chanii B Shoes and Accessories is a luxury shoe brand based in Bath, designed and created by internationally renowned designer Chantal Pilon.

Bath is such a beautiful city and we only touched the surface of the wonderful independent shops, cafes and restaurants that can be found here. If you are looking for a city break, book your self in for a couple of nights at The Abbey Hotel and start to explore the amazing diverse selection of places that Bath has to offer.

Thank you to Visit Bath for having me .

NB : This trip was gifted

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5 Questions you should be asking your Personal Branding Photographer

5 Questions you should be asking your Personal Branding Photographer

personal brand photography

So you have started marketing yourself and your brand in your own unique way. You want your brand to come across engaging , exciting and different from the rest of the competition. You want to put the task of capturing the essence of you and your brand into the capable hands of a professional personal branding photographer. But how do you know if the photographer you are looking at hiring is any good?  Here are my 5 must have questions you should be asking your Personal Brand Photographer.

Portfolio and Specialisation 

  • Firstly , have they shot personal branding before ? Ask to have a look at some samples of their work and see if their style suits your brand. Not every Personal Branding Photographer is going to be a perfect fit for you. Personal Branding Photography is quite different to shooting a wedding or a family. You want to hire someone who understand your brand and vision and who you will be comfortable up close and personal with.

Location or Studio

  • Do they shoot in natural light or a studio ? Both options will give you a completely different feel to your final images. Natural light is suited much more to a lifestyle feel , relaxed images. You can choose different locations like a coffee shop, favourite park that will give your images some personality. Studio can have a much more corporate feel to your images. Make sure you understand the style of images you want to create.

What’s Included 

  • How much do you charge and what is included ? This is so important to understand what your money covers. Does it include props, editing your images, travel to locations. How many photos will I get ? Make sure you fully understand what you are paying for.

 

Creative Collective Bath

Process

  • What does the process look like ? I believe in meeting my clients and asking them to fill in a branding questionnaire to help me understand what their needs are and the values of their brand. It is so important that your photographer understands you and your business.

Visualisation

  • Will they send a mood board showing you how your shoot will look and feel ? This is a valuable part of my packages. I love to send clients a Pinterest board that will give my client an idea of how their shoot will look and an idea of the style of images they can expect from our shoot.

Most of all enjoy your photo shoot and have fun!

NB: This is part 2 in a series about personal branding photography. Here is part 1, What is Personal Branding Photography and Part 3 , What to Wear at your Personal Branding Photoshoot

 

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Comparison Is the Thief of Joy” Theodore Roosevelt, argues that comparing your work, your life, or whatever else will only serve to make you unhappy.

 

Powerful quote don’t you think? And from my post on Instagram it seems most of us deal with comparing ourselves to others as some point in our life’s, others more often. Unfortunately I am one of those that spends a lot of time browsing the internet and social media feeds , comparing myself, my work , my lifestyle with others. What good does this do for me? None whats so ever!

Since childhood I have been told that I am not good enough, my grades could be better, not pretty enough, not slim enough , the list goes on , by family members and boyfriends since I can remember. It’s led me to never take compliments well, and on the flip side too seek recognition for anything I do, from cooking, to wearing a new top, to business ventures. I need to be told I am doing OK.

Motherhood comes around and we spend the next 5 years comparing our children to other children by how fast our baby walks and talks, reads on their own, does up their shoelaces. Deep down we know our children develop at different rates and they will get to their own milestones when they are good and ready. In a world of social media where every like counts its a pretty damaging place we can get ourselves into. Comparison is generally the fast track to unhappiness. It’s a recipe for misery. All it does is keeping you focused on what you don’t like about yourself and your life.

So how can we change this shift in our heads and remind ourselves we are all unique individuals with our own stories to tell, our own lives to live in our very own and special way.

Here are my 5 top tips to stop comparing yourself to others 

 

  • Do a social media detox. This sounds scary I know, but social media is the biggest problem in todays world when it comes to comparing ourselves with the unreal “instagram” world. We all do it, we all wish we were that person , living that life in those tiny squares. There are lost of apps out here that can help minimise your time spent on social media ; Freedom and In Moment are two worth having a look at.

 

  • Turn comparison into inspiration. Those images we see on social media, there is a back story to them and probably not so glamorous as the final image. We tend to focus on their success and not on the thousand of hours spent getting there. Be inspired by their hard work and let this motivate you to try harder at reaching your goal. My plan is to move to the South of France , part of achieving that goal is I must be able to speak French. I have weekly French lessons, taking me one step closer to achieving my goal. Looking at someone sitting in France living my life is not going to happen if I don’t do anything about it !

 

  • Look at your past . I bet you have achieved so much already. Be proud, write down a list of achievements you are proud of, big and small. You will most likely surprise yourself with your list. Pin it up somewhere prominent to remind you.

 

  • Meditation and exercise. Such a great way to spend quiet time with yourself , away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. Empty your mind of all that negativity. Headspace is a great app that I highly recommend. My son uses it as well and has found meditation helps with his anxiety. Taking yourself outside for a walk in the fresh air, helps boost those endorphins and will, I assure you make you feel so much better.

 

  • Be grateful for what you have. Oprah said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Never a truer quote. Stop wasting valuable time putting yourself down and start improving your life and well being with positive people around you and positive thoughts.

 

I need this reminder as well and will definitely be listening to the headspace app again, and doing a social detox . The weather is perfect for a walk outside, wrap up warm and breathe in some fresh air and enjoy nature.

Would love to hear how you deal with negative comparison in the comments.

Anna x

 

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It’s been a long time in the making but here it is!

New look, new feel to Anna Bowkis Photography. A place to come and sit down with a cuppa and read about my travels, share recipes and talk about our favourite places to grab a coffee and cake. Sharing real life struggles and successes in this world of social media and running a business, interviews from small business owners and top tips to help you navigate this digital world we live in.

For those looking for my photography, wether you are looking for my brand photography or my family sessions , easy to navigate galleries for you to scroll through are here.

The struggle has been real as I have put off launching for a long time, and realise there really is never going to be a right time, so today I decided to push the live button!

I am looking forward to building my home on the web and hope you will share this journey with me. 

Conversation is key, and I love a good natter so do get in touch !

Anna xx