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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/

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 :-)

What To Wear For Your Business Photo Shoot, Guest Post by Nichola English, Personal Style Coach

As a Personal Style Coach I’m often asked to collaborate on photo shoots from vintage to business. One of the key question I’m often get asked before the shoot “what should I wear?” Firstly, it differs from shoot to shoot, it also depends on the location, if It’s in a studio or on location, whatever the location this will have an influence on your photo shoot wardrobe.

 

Here are a few simple tips to help with the “what should I wear?” question on photo shoots.

CORPORATE ATTIRE

If you work in a corporate environment, or serve corporate clients, conservative classic outfits are usually the way to go. But remember corporate looks don’t have to be boring or simply black or grey in colour palettes. It’s ok to add a pop of colour, which can help to brighten up your face and make your picture stand out of all the right reasons.

WARDROBE

I like to pull a few key pieces from the client’s wardrobe’s then build core outfits based on the client’s style requirements for their photo shoot. It’s important leading up to the shoot to have run through of all the outfits chosen, so you feel confident on the day with your chosen outfits, as it will show on the images. If you’re thinking about necklines and what to opt for go for a V-neck which is very flattering on all you ladies, because it helps to lengthen your neck and displays your beautiful feminine décolleté. If you choose to wear a jacket, team it with a collarless top, keeps it looking modern and the neckline simple and chic.

MAKE COLOUR YOUR FRIEND

Choose light soft, bright, sparkling and jewel tones for your photos. Colours are a great way to express your emotions visually in a picture. But unless you’re feeling super confident, pass on bright red or orange. Please stay clear of neon or fluorescent colour’s they really don’t get on well with the camera. If the very thought of colour sends you in a panic, just add a pop of colour with your accessories.

PATTERNS AND PRINTS

I love mixing up plain sold colours with patterns/prints on client’s shoot’s, they really do look good on camera. However, do try to use one pattern/print that will match the colour palette of the rest of your outfit. Don’t be afraid to go with fabulous florals which are soft, feminine and never go out of fashion.

ACCESSORIES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND

Say yes to accessories! The term accessories cover’s a multitude of items form necklaces, earrings, watches, brooches, hats (I love hat’s my favorite one is a fedora style hat) and scarfs. Accessories are so your best friend, as they can take your outfit from drape to fab, they also add an individuality and style in such a way that nothing else can. They can easily make you look like you’re wearing a whole different outfit by simply adding accessories.

MAKE UP

Makeup can make a big difference in terms of getting a fabulous professional look. A photograph isn’t just about great arrangement, colours, or even the outfit, but having amazing makeup can bring the most out of your own natural looks. If natural and basic is your own style then stick to that look or if you wear a lot of make-up, or sparkles then go for it If you find makeup isn’t your thing, then get a professional make-up artist on board. I work with a few make-up artists and it really pulls everything together from the outfit to the hair to create the perfect photo shoot.

HAIR

Think of your hair as another element of your wardrobe as it represents femininity and your style, which should be updated, and styled depending on your mood and outfit. Experiment with scarfs, clips, head pieces and even clip-ins (always make sure you have a colour match with clip-in hair extensions as you want them to look as natural as possible with your own hair). If you’ve decided to be brave before the shoot and opting for a new style or cut always remember it should play up to your best features.

Finally, the most important thing is for you to feel comfortable, happy, sexy and confident. How you feel during the shoot reflects in the photos, so make sure to wear something that reflects you……..

Candy Rafferty, Radio Borders Charity Manager, Headshot Interviews

Hi Candy,

Thank you for giving up some of your precious time to do this, I know how busy you are!  Let's get straight to it...

Can you tell us about yourself and what inspires you?

I work for Radio Borders, running their charity Cash for Kids, which supports disadvantaged children in our broadcast area.   We grant funds to individuals as well as other children's organisations, so long as they are local, and living in poverty or with an illness or disability.  I don't have to look far for inspiration.  A 9 year old I met last week for example, had recently been diagnosed with a terminal condition.  He's not expected to live through his teens and he is aware of that. I spent time with him and his incredibly brave family, learning about his illness so I could understand how Cash for Kids might help.   As I left, he ran after me, gave me a big hug and said"Thank you for helping other children too." 

What does a typical workday look like for you?

K2 in a white-out.   My desk is always snowed under.  In fact, by midday, there's a high risk of avalanche on to the news-desk next to mine.  I am only part time and solo.  Even with the help of my long-suffering colleagues, the summit always seems to be just out of reach. There's an endless range of tasks; I might be filling in a risk assessment, forecasting income or expenditure, writing a press release, processing an emergency application, dressing up as our mascot Courage the Cat, ordering disability equipment, clothing or bedding, writing thank you letters, paying bills, attending a school assembly, making a presentation, briefing volunteers, letting the listeners know what's happening with the charity. There are epic peaks and crevasses even in a day.  One minute I'll have my head in my hands, looking at a massive shortfall, and the next, I'll get a call from someone who's just run a marathon for us.  I am never, ever bored.

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

My background is in advertising, I'm a copywriter to trade, and worked in London until I had children myself.   Two days a week I still work as a freelancer.  I love finding creative ways of getting a message out.  (Thanks for this one by the way!)  I'm so lucky to have that opportunity in both my jobs.

 

What tips would you give someone starting out in your industry.

Balance your head and your heart.  

What's the best feedback you have ever had.

From a social worker who phoned to let a Mum know Cash for Kids funding was on its way.  That phone call interrupted Mum in the act of taking her own life.  

She'd become so desperate, she felt her kids would be better off without her.  Just a few hundred pounds made the difference between three children having a Mum, and not. 

Who do you most admire in the world and why?

People often ask me how I stop myself crying when I hear the stories of abuse and neglect, or the challenges of disabilities, bereavement or homelessness. But I am driven to tears by the generosity of people who don't have a spare penny but still stick £1 in my collection can.  Or those who give up their precious time to help because through personal experience they know the true value of it.  Those people I admire.  And I am surrounded by them here.

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

 "…always try and be a little kinder than is necessary."   Appropriately it's from children's author, JM Barrie.

What are your future plans for Radio Borders Cash for Kids?

I have a lyric on the back of my business card:  "...with a little help from my friends…" As the charity grows, I need to find more help.  A voluntary committee in every locality who can run fundraisers, attend events, or support our big campaigns like Mission Christmas. I need SM and digital expertise.  I need local businesses to get behind the charity, set up staff fundraising groups, I need friends to dedicate their time, energy, commitment and imagination to making sure every child in our community fulfils the potential they were born with.

Candy, that feedback, what can I say?  it is amazing what you do and it all sounds pretty hektic.  If any businesses or individuals would like some info on how to get involved and help please visit http://www.radioborders.com/charity/.

To apply for a grant from Cash for Kids please visit http://www.radioborders.com/charity/grant-application/

Katie Chappell Illustrator and Designer Headshots

Tell us in one sentence what you do?

I get paid to draw pictures and colour in / i'm an illustrator and designer.

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

I feel most passionate about being able to communicate through illustration. One of the most satisfying feelings is taking a solid chunk of text, and being able to inject life and meaning into it by providing pictures that people can 'read' at a glance. It's the best kind of problem solving. Recently I collaborated with the Science Central team at Newcastle University to illustrate a brochure about Newcastle upon Tyne being a future smart city, and it was wonderful to be able to see those ideas translated into images.

What is the most important lesson you have learned in business so far?

The most important lesson that I have learned in business (and life!?) so far is that you are never stuck unless you decide to be. This applies to everything - finding inspiration, feeling stuck geographically, financially or emotionally.  Also, I find that as creatives we can be predisposed to feeling that our work is not worth that much or that we shouldn't earn as much as other professionals, and overcoming that feeling is so important in feeling confident in your abilities and career and creating a sustainable business practice. 

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

Get your work out there! Working for free is a highly controversial subject, especially in the creative industries, however those first few live briefs that I entered into magazines such as Amelia's Magazine and various blogs really helped me get my name out there. Sharing work online and having a professional online social media presence have also been key factors in attracting work. Starting to produce work for live briefs while you are still studying is a great way to get a head start and really push yourself creatively. If you can balance university coursework and real live briefs then that will stand you in good stead for the real world when you have several projects on the go at once. 

What is the best feedback you have ever had from a client?

Agh! I have a terrible memory. However, I recently got an email that said "you've done a great job of these, Katie" and that's good enough for me. Feeling like I've done a good job and knowing that the client agrees is one of the best results to hope for.

 

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Who do you admire most in the world and why?

I admire a lot of people and it's really difficult to choose just one. I do love the work of spoken word artist Kate Tempest, however, and I think she gives out really good energy as an artist. The world needs more people like that, people who can wake everyone up and make them rethink what they are doing and how we are as a community/nation/planet.

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

"Whatever you are, be a good one" -Abraham Lincoln. 
 

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What drives you forward more than anything else?

I love the freedom that being self-employed gives me, and being able to travel and still produce work is something that I value greatly. At the moment I am splitting my time between Berlin in Germany, and my hometown of Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland. The knowledge that working freelance allows me to travel drives me forward and keeps me motivated. Even when I eventually settle down I hope to keep traveling regularly.  

What is the biggest challenge you face in business?

My biggest challenge in business so far has been balancing the quiet times with the busy times. There are sometimes relatively long stretches where I have no projects coming up and I am only working on the bare minimum. I've learnt that it's wise to have some security savings stashed away, and to make the first connection with potential clients. Sometimes the work won't just come to you and you have to go out there and ask for it and let people know who you are and what you do. I've taken on part-time jobs in the past to help with paying the rent and bringing in the 'bread and butter money' and that brings a new challenge in itself. Finding the space and time to be creative when you are working in a non-creative job can be exhausting! I feel very very lucky to be working solely on illustration and design at the moment. 

What does a typical workday look like for you?

A typical workday for me starts at around 8am. I'll get up, make coffee and sit down to work straight away (usually still in my pyjamas). For the past 2 years I have been working with Megan Claire, a personalised card company, and I will do any orders from them before I have breakfast. After breakfast I get ready and cycle to the studio where I will work on whatever projects I have happening at that moment. When I am traveling or living in Berlin my routine doesn't change much. I definitely don't work as many hours while I am traveling and when i'm in Berlin I spend a lot more time cycling around the huge city. Going to Yo Illo meet ups with fellow english-speaking illustrators in Berlin really helped me to network and meet like-minded people. Berlin is massive and I've been amazed at how much more effort it takes to meet new people there and maintain connections. It's a far cry from the tiny town I grew up in. 

If you would like to learn more about Katie's work you can visit her website HERE.