Casting Headshots for Child Actors

Recently some children from Drama classes, ‘Scripts to Stage’ in Berwick have been selected and signed up to an agent so I have started taking portfolio head and full body shots which bring out their individual looks, these images will appear in Spotlight magazine (which lands on casting directors desks all over the world), it is a very exciting opportunity for them and I hope the photographs will make them shine out from the rest, fingers crossed for some great acting and extras parts!

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.


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?


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. 


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

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

Luxe Spa Studio Product Shoot

A bit different to our usual studio work, today I photographed some spa and pool chemicals for the Luxe Spa website.  Luxe Spa required 'cut out' white background images to match in with what was already on their website.  The photographs needed to be clean and simple to accurately display their products on the online e-commerce website.

Tumbling Birds Styled Product Sessions In The Studio And On Location With Models

These adorable products and cute wee model sessions were shot over a few mornings a while back in preparation for Jodie's new company commerce website Tumbling Birds.  The site was designed and developed by Northern Lab in Berwick.

Jodie uses a lovely bright colours in her designs so we produced some simple styled product shots on a grey background to show off the vibrant clothing for eye catching product descriptions.  We spent a fun picnic afternoon at the farm with all the babies to illustrate how these lovely items could be used, these photographs have been used in the banners and galleries on the site.

Expressions Mini Sessions - February 27th and March 21st 2017

An old contact sheet was found in my grandmothers possessions..

Photographer unknown, Glasgow (50... something years ago, sorry mum!)

Photographer unknown, Glasgow (50... something years ago, sorry mum!)

A contact sheet was found in my grandmothers possessions.  I was mesmerised by it.  The print shows my mum as a 7 month old, blond, curly, inquisitive, cute and bossy little baby girl who had just learnt to sit up.  My grandmother’s hand accidentally reaching in on a few of the shots to wipe away the dribbles or change the favourite toy is what makes it such a special little collection. 

Everything had been left in, the outtakes and wobbles add to the charm and story of the photography session. In fact, some of the expressions and funny little looks show a glimpse of my mothers personality now!

I loved looking at this contact sheet so much that I have used the idea to create a new product for Pictorial Photography called ‘Expressions’.  Some of you may have seen this framed copy in the studio behind my desk.


I trialled Expressions last year and it proved a popular offer, this year I am offering a limited 8 exclusive Expressions mini shoots on February 27th and March 21st 2017 at a special price of only £45 (a whopping 65% off!) which will include:

  • 30 minute studio shoot at our studio on Berwick Quayside (with free all day parking outside)
  • In-person ordering session where you can choose your favourite expressions for your wall
  • An 18"x12" (45x30cm) expressions print of your child as shown above (usually 30 pictures on the print)

The photographs are all taken in a vintage high chair so the resulting framed photograph looks best on display in your kitchen or dining room.  Every time you look at these photographs your heart will fill with love and you will have beautiful memories to treasure forever.

To book one of our Expressions mini shoots click HERE, only 8 spots available.

Your baby needs to be able to sit unsupported in a high chair (usually around 6 months - 2 years old). Expression mini sessions are NOT suitable for babies who can not sit unaided.

You will need to bring babies favourite toys, any heirloom toys you would like to include, a bib and a change of top.

a few of the boards from last years expression mini shoots

a few of the boards from last years expression mini shoots

The Small Print

TIME SLOTS:  Will be allocated on a first come first serve basis (via ticket distributer and WILL run on time. Bookings are limited to one per family.

CHILDREN:  All under 18’s to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

PRODUCTS: Products included in the shoot can not be changed or swapped. Further prints, frames, products, packages and/or digital files can be purchased after your session. Facebook images will be watermarked.

FAMILY GROUPS: Mini shoot sessions are not suitable for large family groups.

PAYMENT: Payment is taken upon booking to secure your slot.

COPYRIGHT:  All images are copyright protected to Pictorial Photography unless otherwise stated.

SESSION IMAGES: Clients should expect to see between 30 and 50 images from an expressions Mini Shoot.

ORDER TIMELINE: Pictorial Photography will fulfil product orders within 28 days of the order being received.  All image files that are not purchased will be deleted after the ordering session.

To book one of our Expressions mini shoots click HERE, there are only 8 spots available.

2017 Christmas Mini Shoot Sessions in Berwick

The following scenario happens to me every year...

Giant baubles and candy canes twinkle at you from the high, white ceilings as you wander aimlessly around the bustling and queued out shopping centre.  Once again, Fairytale of New York starts 'ringing out' and then it dawns, you only have two 'non child' days in which to think of, purchase and wrap some heartwarming and meaningful presents for pretty much the entire family. 

A cold sweat breaks and the panic sets in - You don't want to be the one who disappoints..

I can help you avoid that! 

During October and November I am offering children's Christmas Mini Shoots in Berwick that will give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside and leave you feeling super prepared and organised.

We even have great value mini shoot packages which include something for everyone - A perfect way of sorting out this year's Christmas presents for all the Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles!

The mini shoot session will only take 20 minutes, yes it could be 20 minutes of madness and tantrums or shyness and hiding behind mummy's legs but I know every trick in the book to get a giggle and a few shots that will make your heart sing!

 So, what is included?

  • 20 minute mini shoot session in our studio with a professional childrens photographer using our lovely Christmas backdrops and props.

  • Personal view and choose ordering session of your edited photographs.

  • A deluxe, photographic christmas card with your favourite photograph mounted inside.

  • A digital web size file of your favourite photograph (to use as a Facebook profile pic or to e-mail to loved ones who live far away).

  • Gift for each child (that will keep them entertained for hours after the shoot!).

  • Great value print packages from £65 on offer at your ordering session (with absolutley no obligation and no pressure to buy).

You will need to bring cute Christmas pyjamas or party clothes for our 'Christmas eve grotto' set and bright chunky knits or coats and boots for our ever popular winter woodland, sledging set.  (Full details on what to bring will be sent out to you before the mini shoot session.)  We are currently creating a new set for Christmas 2016, surprises await! 

As you can imagine, our Christmas mini shoot sessions are VERY popular and spaces are limited so click HERE to book now!

***Book before 1st October to receive another digital web size file, absolutely free!***

So, why not avoid the queues and enjoy this December without any manic shopping trips?

The Small Print

TIME SLOTS:  Will be allocated on a first come first serve basis (via ticket distributer and will run on time. Bookings are limited to one per family.

PRODUCTS: Items included in the shoot can not be changed or swapped. Further prints, products, packages and/or digital files can be purchased at your ordering session. Digital web size files will be watermarked with our studio logo.

FAMILY GROUPS: Mini shoot sessions are not suitable for large family groups.

PUBLICITY: By booking a mini shoot you are granting Pictorial Photography the usage of the resulting images for the promotion of its business and services.

Due to the time limit and props involved, unfortunately the Christmas mini shoots are not suitable for babies who can't sit up unaided.

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS: Please ensure that you back up digital downloads to prevent loss, Pictorial Photography does not keep backup copies of digital photographs. 

COPYRIGHT:  All photographs are copyright protected to Pictorial Photography unless otherwise stated.

SESSION IMAGES: Clients should expect to see between 5 and 10 photographs from a mini shoot session.

ORDER TIMELINE: Pictorial Photography will fulfil product orders within 28 days of the order being received.  All photographs that are not purchased will be deleted after the ordering session.

Spaces are limited for 2017 so BOOK NOW.

Check out some of the photographs from last years Christmas Mini Shoot Sessions..

Copyright © Pictorial Photography, All rights reserved. 

Product photography session in the studio for prop hire business Get Knotted

Studio product photography on the plain grey background to show the quality and detail of Get Knotted's prop hire products for their website and blog.

It is always great to work with Sarah. We have collaborated on many projects and she is always great fun, massively talented and patient. I recommend her not only for wedding photography but also commercial work.
— Lindsey Hunter, Get Knotted, Kelso

Passport, ID and Visa Photographs, taken by a Professional Photographer, ready in minutes…

At Pictorial Photography on Berwick Quayside, I can now take passport/visa photos for any country. 

Shortly after Smith's Photo Centre on Bridge Street closed, Pictorial Photography started to see an increase of requests for passport photography and other specialist services such as visa photographs, driving license ID, shotgun licenses and disabled badge pictures.

In the past I had always sent people to Bridge Street for them but all of a sudden the nearest passport and ID specialist was in Alnwick or Duns and nobody really likes the supermarket booths.

I decided then to undertake the specialist training and purchase the equipment that Pictorial Photography required to produce high quality passport, ID and visa photos on the spot for locals.

Since adding this new arm to the business, I have taken many different formats and styles of passport photograph, each embassy has slightly different regulations but I makes sure no matter which nationality of passport or visa photo my customers require that they all conform to the specific regulations.


There are many do-it-yourself places that provide a passport photo service, such as a booth or online, but wouldn't you prefer your passport photograph be taken by a professional who can advise you on what the regulations are for each country?  You also have the added benefit of being able to review your photo to make sure you are happy with it before it's printed as it's going to be in your passport for a good few years!  If you're not happy, I will take another one for you.

Baby passport photos can be fun, being a family photographer I know how hard it can be at times to get a baby or young child to stay still long enough, let alone with a neutral facial expression whilst they get their passport photo taken.  I am very patient and can be on hand to offer advice and support so the situation is stress-free.  My aim is to make having the passport picture taken an easy task, not a chore. (for a small call out fee I offer an at home service for customers who can't manage to call in to the studio themselves, contact me for details about this service on 07762 428 096)

To make sure that your Passport / Visa / ID passes all the regulations, just pop in to Pictorial Photography and within minutes you will walk away with the right photo for your requirements.  With Quayside parking on the doorstep it couldn't be easier.

Pictorial Photography is open from 10am-12.00pm Saturdays and 3pm-5pm Wednesday for passport photography drop in sessions.  No appointment needed, just pop in when you are passing or ring Sarah on 07762 428 096 if you have any questions.

Our New Office, Shore Gate

Fantastic News!!!  I've just picked up the keys to our new office on Berwick Quayside.  It's a beautiful landmark building with ample parking on the doorstep in a brilliant location for photo shoots... Watch this space for photographs of the new locations...

I've also sourced a few, interesting old photographs from when the area was a ship yard, my grandpa, Cyril used to work there in the 70's see if you can spot him on the group photo 3rd from the left hiding at the back.