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Pictorial Window Illustrating by Katie Chappell to celebrate Stage 3 OVO Energy Tour of Britain coming to Berwick!

Berwick is hosting the start of stage three of the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain on Monday 9th September. The cycle race will start from the centre of Berwick on Tweed and will cross the Old Bridge as the race heads away along the Tweed Valley and onto Ford and Wooler. The route will race along the Northumberland Coast, past Bamburgh and Warkworth castles, showcasing our beautiful area through the worldwide television coverage.

The people of Berwick are planning on hosting the warmest of welcomes to spectators and cyclists by decorating all the shop windows and displaying fabulous brightly painted bicycles at local visitor hotspots and roundabouts in the Northumberland colours of yellow and red.

https://berwicktrust.org.uk/tour-of-britain-comes-to-berwick-upon-tweed/

After wracking my brains on how Pictorial Photography could take part and coming up will all sorts of crazy ideas, my sister (a super talented illustrator, Katie Chappell) suggested that she could simply paint the window, ahhhhh amazing!

Katie created a digital design for me over the top of a photograph of the window, the design showed exactly what the window would look like before she even started (you can see a print out of the mock up in the picture below). Once I was happy with the proposal, she came in to paint it, the whole process took around 5/6 hours and it was fascinating to watch, people were stopping in the street to watch and coming over to see it all happening, we set up some time-lapse videos and I took some photographs so you can see the progress happening.

We had the best day together, the matching dresses were totally unintentional, I hope you like our little windy photoshoot in front of the storefront display at the end ha ha!

Check out Katie’s website for more information on storefront illustration and window illustrating https://www.katiechappell.com/liveillustration

https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/

Please let me know your thoughts on yellow dresses, bike races and window painting in the comments below, I’m here for the chat like.

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!

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/

Landscape Magazine photography commission - travel / historical feature, Northumberland’s dramatic coastline.

I was commissioned by Landscape Magazine again, for the third time, I’m so excited to have work published in Landscape again - I love this magazine!

Working with journalist Angie Aspinall I created images to illustrate her article ‘Where Sea Meets Shore’. The article was published in the June 2019 edition and spanned 13 pages of the magazine, a lot of images were used.

I met some great folk with my camera and enjoyed a day looping the dramatic Northumberland coast. Firstly I met Mary who set up Barter Books in Alnwick https://www.barterbooks.co.uk/, then Trevor the head gardiner at Alnwick Gardens https://www.alnwickgarden.com/.

Across in Craster I found Neil Robson of the famous Craster Kippers https://www.kipper.co.uk/ who is based right along the street from Mick Oxley in his stunning art gallery http://www.mickoxley.com/. Julia Linstead http://julialinsteadglass.com/ exhibits her glass work in Mick’s gallery (I photographed her separately in her own studio).

I then travelled to Seahouses and met up with William Shiel for a quick shoot in the harbor https://www.farne-islands.com/, after that I visited the Grace Darling museum to meet Marleen the heritage development manager. Last but certainly not least I went to Bamburgh Castle to photograph Karen the events and marketing manager http://www.bamburghcastle.com/.

What a day!

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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