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Maltings Theatre Board Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before! (Archived Post)

 

Board meetings don’t have to be boring as these pictures of Northumberland theatre trustees go to show.

Walking over the cobbles along the tranquil Tweed to the Quayside is my treasured morning ritual. It allows me to clear those thoughts of missing PE kits, noisy playground chatter, children scowling at my scrambled eggs, and plan the day ahead. I had the board of the Maltings Theatre coming in for a photoshoot that evening and I felt in need of a flash of inspiration to help decide what exactly I was going to do when they arrived.

I couldn’t help it but the word ‘board’ was not filling me with enthusiasm or creativity. I also had the feeling that the people coming in may not be too keen on getting their pictures taken.

The Maltings is a creative and theatrical place, so I wanted to take some photos that captured the essence of how it both inspires and entertains.

Ros Lamont, (Maltings Head of External Affairs) booked the headshot sessions and loved the idea of an alternative shoot but had concerns about not all of the board members being up for such radical photographs. I assured her that I would do my best to enthuse them and start the session with a traditional portrait of each member to put the subjects’ minds at rest.

I decided to put the theatre board’s acting skills to the test. They had all come prepared for a traditional corporate studio headshot with lovely ironed shirts and combed hair, but that is not what I had in mind.

It took a bit of time to explain what my ideas were but surprisingly nobody was too phased.. maybe slightly bemused! We had a complete riot and there were blood curdling screams and roars coming from my little studio - I wonder what the neighbours thought? Some of the subjects needed a little help or coaxing with getting the expressions out so I was asking questions and telling them stories and scenarios. This technique can be very helpful in photography. You have to show some emotions to evoke them from your subject at times.

So that was my Thursday evening of turning a potentially dull photo shoot into a really fun and impactful art project. I’d love to know your thoughts, feel free to comment below!

Sarah Jamieson is a specialist headshot and family portrait photographer at Pictorial Photography based on Berwick’s Quayside, Sarah works with/from creative and introvert to ambitious and dynamic individuals who are looking for a profile picture to get them and their work noticed online, fast. 

Fish Shack - Regional and Seasonal feature photography for Landscape magazine

Photographs from a recent day out to Amble shooting the Fish Shack for Landscape magazine’s regional and seasonal pages.

Chef Martin was a great host, really helpful. As this was for the April issue we had to made sure there was no snow in the images, there wasn’t any snow - just a lot of frost! He was tasked with clearing the windows of frost, the only problem was that the pipes had frozen (hazard of the location) so no coffee or customers! We made do to get the pictures we needed and I pulled a few people in from the Harbour for ‘customer shots’ they were quite glad to be able to cosy up by the stove.

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“On the Northumberland coast, a cafe made from upturned boats serves food fresh from the sea”

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Professional head shots for Adam Douglas Legal LLP Alnwick and Berwick

Recently I shot head shots for Adam Douglas Legal in their Alnwick and Berwick offices, a really friendly and approachable bunch of peeps. I was impressed with high percentage of women in the team too.

Check out their lovely new website with ‘our team’ page here https://www.adam-douglas.co.uk/our-team.html website by Sue Rudge Design http://www.suerudgedesign.com/

Anne Gray from The Heather Trust - Head Shot Business Profile

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Hi Anne, can you tell us about yourself and what inspired you to live and work in the Scottish Borders?

I am the Director of The Heather Trust which is a small charity operating across Great Britain that promotes good practice in moorland management.  I’m lucky to be able to work from home.  Apart from a spell of about 9 years in Edinburgh in my late teens and 20s, I’ve always lived in the Borders and can’t imagine being anywhere else.

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Which part of your job do you feel most passionate about?

Promoting land management practices that allow people to make a living and that are also good for nature, carbon storage and water management is really important to me.  The challenge to do better for the environment is vitally important and something everyone needs to embrace.  I hope I’m doing something to help.

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

You need a solid grounding in environmental science and policy, but you also need to spend time with farmers, gamekeepers and everyone else that makes a living from the land.  Their experience and perspective is worth listening to..

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Who do you admire most in the world and why?

I admire people who keep going for their goals no matter what gets thrown in their way.  Some people just seem to be made of very strong stuff.  Most recently the young motor racing driver Billy Monger who lost his legs in a horrific crash and is making a comeback to pursue his dream of becoming a F1 champion seems to personify that.  His whole attitude to recovery has blown me away.

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

Theodore Roosevelt said “A nation that destroys its soils, destroys itself” and there is nothing surer I’m afraid. Soil, water, climate are our life support system and we really will hit the buffers if we don’t get a better handle on keeping them in good health.

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What is the biggest challenge you face in running a charity?

Maintaining funding to let us do what we do is a constant challenge. 

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I’m not sure any day is typical.  Some days I’m in my office at home all day catching up on paperwork, reading the latest science or policy document or producing a Heather Trust response to a latest government position.  Some days I am out at meetings and others I spend the whole day outside with a moor owner or manager.  The variety is great.

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How will you used your headshots and how do you feel they have/will benefit/ed your business?

They will be used on our website, in our annual report and to illustrate articles I write for other magazines and publications. People seem to remember images better than words, so if you want people to take notice of what you write, a good accompanying images seems to be the thing that will make your words memorable.  I hope so anyway.

What are your future plans?

For now, to keep doing what I am doing and ensure The Heather Trust goes from strength to strength.

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Kathy Tiernan - Headshots, Author Interview

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Hi Kathy, Can you tell us about yourself and what inspired you to live and work in Northumberland?
I’ve always been fascinated by history. I grew up in Northumberland with the past on my doorstep – a fourteenth century pele tower next to our house!  My favourite book as a kid was ‘Sword of Northumbria’ by Philip Woodruff. It’s long out of print, but his stories of medieval Northumbria fired my imagination.  Now, so many years later, I’ve moved back to Northumberland and am writing my own stories about its history. Although I’ve spent a lot of my working life in the south I feel I’ve come back home.

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Which part of your job do you enjoy most?
When I’m in the zone and completely absorbed in what I’m writing about.

What tips would you give to someone starting out as a writer?
It’s important to learn your trade, but even more to write about things that really engage you.

What is the best feedback you have ever had?
When I was twelve my English teacher gave me top marks for a story called ‘The Storm’.
Underneath it she wrote, ‘I wonder if you will become a writer one day?’

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Who do you admire most in the world and why?
I love Thomas Hardy. For me, he is the great writer about the English countryside and about the rural communities of his time.

Do you have a favourite quote that you turn to for inspiration?
‘Show don’t tell.’ It gets drummed into your head on creative writing courses till you’re sick of it, but it is the single piece of advice I return to most often.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an author?
There are two challenges for an author. One is to have the stamina to complete a novel, with all the revisions and re-writings involved. The second is to convince a publisher that you have produced a masterpiece that the world is waiting for.

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How will you use your headshots and how do you feel they will benefit your business?
One of the headshots will be used on the dust-cover of my forthcoming novel, ‘Cuthbert; The
Making of a Saint’, to be published by Sacristy Press. I’m also planning to use the photos to create my author website.

What does a typical workday look like for you?
I write in the mornings, with a break for coffee. Depending on what else I have on, I sometimes work for another hour or two in the early evening. I try not to think about writing later in the day or the mind is still plotting at 2a/m!

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Thank you Kathy, I'm really looking forward to your book coming out.   I must say we had an eventful shoot, from the thick 'pea soup' fog on the wild and windy causeway of Lindisfarne to the sun beating down on us inland while we walked uphill to St Cuthbert's Cave, then on the way down you saved me from stepping on an adder snake!  Such a fun and memorable! day, good luck with the book launch, Sarah :)

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Head Shots and Interview with Vicki Owen, Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Hi Vicki, Can you tell us about yourself and what inspired you to work in Northumberland?

I'm a psychotherapist and counsellor working in private practice in Wooler. I've recently moved to Northumberland from Nottingham, having visited here on holiday for many years. I love being outdoors walking and cycling and Northumberland is perfect because you can easily reach both wild hills and beautiful coastline.

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Which part of your job do you feel most passionate about?

I am hugely privileged to do my job. It takes courage to decide to come for therapy and it takes effort and persistence to stay and do the work. I have such admiration for the work my clients do with me and it's wonderful to see them start to feel more whole, connected and alive as a result.

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

Do the best training you can afford, have personal therapy, and do as much CPD as you can. If you carry on learning and developing, you will be able to offer to help a wider range of the difficulties that clients bring to therapy.

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Who do you admire most in the world and why?

In the therapy world, Alice Miller was a tireless advocate for abused and neglected children, and the adults they grew in to. She died a few years ago but she has left inspiring books. More currently, Bessel van der Kolk is driving forward advancements in effective therapy for people who have been traumatised by painful experiences. One of his quotes I like is “Being able to feel safe with other people is probably he single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” 

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

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My headshots go on my website and on the professional registers I'm a member of (UKCP and BACP). They give people a chance to get a sense of me by seeing what I look like before deciding whether to meet me in person.

What are your future plans?

To continue offering therapy in beautiful Wooler! I'm planning to run some groups and workshops too. Individual therapy is expensive so I'd like to offer more affordable options for people. I have ideas about topics for workshops such as relaxation and mindfulness, listening and communication skills, and I'd like to run groups for women affected by sexual violence.

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. www.johncasken.com

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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 :-)