Last week I took a lovely relaxed walk along the riverside with newly engaged Annalise and Michael, we visited Berwick Castle and ‘The Boat’ - a beautiful boat sculpture made out of driftwood by a local resident. You don’t have to go far in Berwick for some stunning backdrops and locations.
The wedding portraits were taken just a few meters away on Berwick’s Elizabethan Walls on this lovely bright June day, I was only here for an hour and we got all the formal and family shots that Ella and Andy needed before they went off for a lovely meal in Northumberland.
Sadly the registry office is no longer at this location in Berwick but it is being made into some gorgeous new flats!
Anna and Pat’s wedding at The Catholic Church of Our Lady and Saint Cuthbert in Berwick, 7th Wedding Anniversary today, happy anniversary x
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.
A stunning wedding day in Spittal for Gemma and Neil Bothwic, a church wedding followed by a reception at the Black and Gold.
Elaine and Wayne wanted some photographs as memories of living and bringing up their little boys in the Greenses near Berwick Beach as they are moving house and wanted to mark the occasion. We walked around to the Stanks for a woodland type background before going down to the beach to build sandcastles. I can't say the session started that well as the wee one head planted the ground and gained an egg on his head but he managed to pull himself around after a good hug from mum, these boys are made of tough stuff!
It was a stunning August day outside Berwick Registry Office for wedding photography when Jo and John wed, we didn't go far, just up to the walls with the family for some photographs before heading off to Magdalene fields golf club for a dance :)
Today I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful and quirky old quay walls building that is currently used as sanderson, mccreath and edney solicitors firm. The photography was done to illustrate their website to show the long standing, traditional firm that have been in Berwick for 165 years.