Headshots for John Casken, Composer

I spent a lovely morning with John in the stunning Harthope Valley (Northumberland National Park) shooting some head shots and details to include on his new website. 

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Before I went to meet John I spent some time listening to his work, 'Apollinaire's Bird', this was during the school run I must add, it definitely made the children go at a different pace with getting ready! 

Finding out about someones work and getting to know a bit more about their personality before a session always helps with how I choose to represent them in their photographs.  Talking with someone about their work can also inspire ideas on things to include/backgrounds to use/poses/props so a pre shoot consultation is always helpful if there is time.

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I found you very easy to get on with, totally understanding of what I was looking for, and had a very good eye for composition and texture. I found the whole experience stress-free, and was very pleased with the results.
— John Casken

Business Headshots for Madelaine of Pinny Princess

Madelaine contacted us with a very specific 'look' that she needed head shots on her new updated website PinnyPrincess (PP is an online brand which sells super cute personalised items to little princes and princesses and their mummies).  It's nice to do something different - I don't usually shoot in black and white for starters!  We used a Pintrest board to share ideas which was great.

If you are on Instagram you may have already heard of Pinny Princess, Maddie has an impressive 20k+ following, alongside working from her home workshop near Morpeth, she is also super mum to her two young boys and manages to effortlessly bring glamour and style to the farm.

Below I have asked a few questions about Madelaine's business and how she brings it all together.

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Hi Madelaine, can you tell us about yourself and what inspired you to work in Northumberland?

I'm Madelaine from Pinny Princess, I was born & bread in Northumberland, I am greatly passionate about the area & love working here. I try my hardest to build a creative & flexibly environment in our rural home for my kids, as did my parents.  

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Okay, so which part of your job do you feel most passionate about?

I feel the most passionate about my loyal customer base, I still pinch myself everyday when someone from around the globe purchase a little piece of PP from little old North'land.

What tips would you give to someone starting out in your industry?

I would say focus on your ideal customer!

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What is the best feedback you have ever had? 

Great customer service - cringe!  but I pride my self as a small business to be as friendly as possible.

Who do you admire most in the world and why?

My mother, she has brought me up with the mind set that I can achieve anything I want, even with huge obstacles.

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Do you have a favourite quote that you turn to for inspiration?

"But that's not fair"

"Life's not fair"

lol this was what my dad said to me - it has stuck with me & always grounds me!

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What is the biggest challenge you face in 'business'?

Being dyslexic is always a challenge, I am great with numbers - BUT reading & spelling are difficult on a daily basis. 

How will you use your head shots or how do you feel they have benefited your business?

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I will be using them on my new website & social media platforms, I have never had them done before, so I am hoping they will create a professional look.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

Chaos - printing / embroidery - emails & kids thrown in the mix :-)

Chloe and Martyn's Engagement / Pre Wedding Shoot

After taking a break from weddings over the last couple of years, here I was shooting a pre-wedding session for Chloe and Martyn on Saturday who are getting wed this year!

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I have been photographing Chloe, Martyn, and their 2 children for the last 5 years (starting with a lovely black and white maternity session if I recall correctly) so when they asked me to photograph their wedding I almost squealed with excitement - Chloe has the most amazing taste and the venue they have chosen together looks utterly gorgeous. https://www.cherrytrees-kelso.co.uk/

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I thought this would be a good session to blog about as it is quite 'typical' now for a pre wedding session to include the couples children and pets, including children allows them to get used to my being there and photographing them with a big camera ahead of the wedding day which means they wont find my unobtrusive approach at all unusual or unfamiliar at the wedding, making the big day much more relaxed for everyone involved.

 Today was also a special birthday for someone!  The balloons were a great idea until...

Today was also a special birthday for someone!  The balloons were a great idea until...

Ooops!  Well we did still manage to turn things around and get some lovely family shots on the beach..

We then left the kids with granny and grandpa and headed off, out of sight for a few couple photos in preparation of the big day!  I always think it is a good idea to book a session like this before a wedding, alongside creating a beautiful set of portraits to mark your engagement I can show you both how to look your very best together, Ill pose you in a way that looks as natural as possible.  

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Here we are on the way home minus a bunch of balloons but plus 2 penny floater balls, compliments of Granny and Grandpa who kindly came along to help with the Daphne the dog and also to give us some time without the children to practice the couple photography!

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We Are Rushworth Designer Knitwear Fashion and Product Photoshoot

This week we had a great shoot with 2 local models Shaun and Dawn for designer brand We Are Rushworth.  The styling and direction was led by designer Victoria Rushworth who was assisted by Georgia Thorburn (Georgia's creative mood boards were fantastically useful)

Make up by MUA Eren Saygilier, Bridge Street, Berwick.

After the studio work was done we retreated to an old warehouse next door for some location work, we had an outdoor place in mind but it was raining so we might use that one next time to mix it up.

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Their story goes; We are sharp.  We like to find our own way. We have imagination.  We appreciate effort.  We are not perfect.  We are aiming high.  We are Rushworth... Are you?

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I was glad of all the help in direction as WAR (We Are Rushworth) have a very strong manifesto/story/brand that they follow so consistency with this in terms of the look and feel of the images is very important. 

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We Are Rushworth have projectWAR, a small and bijoux shop in West Street, Berwick upon Tweed which is very much worth a visit but if you can't make it they also have a nice wee web presence here https://www.wearerushworth.com/

I can't wait to see what they do with their photographs now!

Christmas Mini Shoots 2017

A few shots from our recent Christmas Mini Sessions, can you spot Santa Claus?

How to Take Better Group Photos On Christmas Day (That Look Good, Without Tears)

How to Take Better Group Photos On Christmas Day (That Look Good, Without Tears)

It’s not long now until Christmas so I thought I'd post 7 quick tips on taking better group photos on Christmas Day that might be useful to you, even a couple small adjustments to the way you take these photos can have massive visible results.

Princess for a day - reportage photography for Cash for Kids, Radio Borders

It’s every little girl’s dream to be a princess and for Sarah and Emily Macleod (aged 5 and 3) it became a reality last week when they were treated like royalty at Wedderburn Castle. A day of pampering and being treated like a princess was their prize in the Radio Borders Cash for Kids charity auction. The winning bidder was dad Ross, who bought it for his five year old daughter Sarah. However, when everyone involved in the auction heard that Ross had two daughters, who had tragically lost their mum, one princess became two and Emily joined her sister at Wedderburn Castle.

Radio Borders Cash for Kids manager, Candy Rafferty, said: “One of the radio presenters happened to know him (Ross), and told me that he had two daughters and tragically his wife had died, so they didn’t have a mum. I phoned the owners of Wedderburn who immediately said they would be very happy to have an extra princess. I phoned the dressmaker who immediately said she would design two dresses. I phoned the hairdresser... Same story.

“It’s just such a lovely example of the generosity of Borders people, and as the charity manager at Radio borders Cash for Kids, I am blown away by it every single day.

On arriving at the castle for a day, Sarah and Emily were greeted in regal style and escorted to the Wedderburn’s grandest chamber, where they had their hair styled and were fitted out with tiaras and princess outfits from ‘A Perfect Fit’ in Coldstream.

Attending the princesses were Brian Rafferty, Royal Warrant holder and hairdresser to HRH the Queen when she is in Scotland, and a dressmaker, lady-in-waiting and courtiers from Radio Borders and Wedderburn Castle.

Amongst the princesses’ royal duties was the official opening of Wedderburn Barns, a new rustic party and wedding venue in the former Georgian stables at Wedderburn Castle. The princesses cut the ribbon on the barns, toured the premises and had official photographs taken at the castle and barns by Pictorial Photography.

Other official engagements included sealing documents and letters at the grand dining room table at Wedderburn and inspecting the castle and grounds to ensure that all is in order. Lunch for the princesses included a selection of special cupcakes designed especially for the day by Borders Cakes and Cupcakes.

A horse-drawn carriage ride around the ground of the castle finished off their day, courtesy of the Cornhill Carriage Company. Then after spending the day being treated like royalty in the castle, it was back to reality for the two girls.

Cash for Kids is the official charity of Radio Borders and provides a helping hand to children around the Scottish Borders and north Northumberland. They are currently running their Christmas Mission to help the thousands of children in poverty who would otherwise wake up to a Christmas without presents this year. They’re asking you to buy just one extra present this year - new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people or make a cash donation online, in person or over the phone.

Read more at: http://www.berwickshirenews.co.uk/news/the-cash-for-kids-charity-1-3197082