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.

 

 

 

 

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

You may also like my blog post  Visit Bath

 

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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.

What to Wear on your Personal Branding Photo Shoot

What to Wear on your Personal Branding Photo Shoot

 

 

What do I wear to my Personal Branding Photography shoot ? is a question I get asked a lot. Hopefully this blog post will help take the stress out of what to wear on your shoot. What  you wear on shoot day is a reflection of your brand and personality, so choose wisely. Wear clothes that convey what you want your clients to feel. Bring wardrobe options ; a casual relaxed look and then maybe a dressier outfit that you would wear to meet clients. What you wear is a reflection on your brand and professionalism. Below are my tips on what to wear and what NOT to wear on the day.

Tips for choosing your outfit :

  • Choose 2 -3 outfits. A great place to start is choose what represents your work. Choose pieces that match your brand aesthetic. Is your brand modern, feminine, free-spirited, casual, sporty. For example if  you are a yoga teacher dressing in your yoga gear and casual clothes would suit your brand. Use layers to help achieve some different looks ; jacket ,cardigan, jumpers.
  • Choose on brand colours that represent your personality. One of my brand colours is a grey, I would select some grey clothing and the dusty pink in my brand colours.
  • Accessorise !! Select jewellery, scarves, hat, sunglasses that can add some interest to your outfit. Scarves and jewellery are a great way to change an outfit up.
  • Avoid large distracting patterns and logos. Vertical strips are a no no as they do not photograph well. Wearing solid colours works well , add accessories to add a splash of colour and interest to an outfit.
  • Try on your clothes. You want to feel comfortable, so make sure your outfits are not ill fitting /too tight/too big. Walk and move around in them.
  • If you wear glasses choose non reflective lenses to avoid glare.

Do check out my other blogposts below answering your Personal Branding questions

NB: This is part 3 in a series about Personal Branding photography. Here is part 1, What is Personal Branding Photography, Part 2,  5 Questions you should ask your Personal Branding Photographer

 

 

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