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Are your Business Photos the dog’s B******’s or just B******’s?? Corporate Weel Photography has the BEST solution!
I have always offered a boudoir photography service but it’s never something I’ve been able to advertise as my portfolio is all work for private clients – I didn’t relish the idea of asking if I could post their photos on the internet! So at the beginning of the year I got a really great friend of mine to ask about and see if anyone was interested in having a boudoir shoot done in exchange for my being able to publicize some of the photographs – I had no idea how much fun it would be.
I was put in touch with 3 lovely ladies and a date was booked for a proper “girly day in” taking photos. I had no idea what to expect but the day took on a life of its own! The girls were entirely different not only in physicality but in personality which really came through in the individual photo sessions.
There was everything from extreme poses to saucy secretaries and the costumes were amazing!
I produced images that were raw in their physicality and sexuality with my first subject, a recent mum who is well into her fitness. Stunning physique but a bit shy at first, so we worked with poses she felt comfortable with that really showed her fitness level.
She looked absolutely enticing, especially in these extreme poses – I’m thinking maybe her hubby agrees and what an inspiration for moms everywhere!
My second subject was a really creative lady whose home we were shooting in. Her study held books and artefacts of all kinds and all subjects, she plays the cello – because it seemed something fun to do and she loves trying out new things. She does this yoga which involves suspension and had the muscles to prove it!
Like I said she is a creative person and had lots of costumes to show off. She had modeled in the past and loves eccentric and outlandish costumes of which she had plenty. An absolute natural in front of the camera and a real actress! I really enjoyed looking through all of her photo shoots which really showed off her funky and outlandish personality. I personally liked the fact that she is also well into her sci-fi….but that’s going off on a tangent. Sooooo sexy!
My third subject was very shy – and I emphasize WAS! She had such a unique retro look and was so incredibly photogenic it was hard to edit the collection. She looked like a really cheeky 50′s pin-up girl and I used the illustrations by Elvgren to inspire the shoot.
Again – I emphasise the word WAS in terms of her shyness. Nervous at first we discussed what she felt comfortable with and started shooting. After she saw the initial results a smile lit up her face and she really threw herself into the role and offered poses and expressions that looked so happy and so desirable! I literally HAD to curb her enthusiasm at one point! Giggles all round!
Basically, boudoir is fun, creative and sexy photography which is meant to be shared in an intimate situation. My subjects HAVE to have fun and simply MUST feel great about their photos. I am so grateful to these amazing ladies for helping me out and I’m sure you will all agree they look simply beautiful! All women are and should do things to make them feel great.
If you’d like to find out more about boudoir photography, please get in touch. I’d be happy to discuss your ideas and produce something wonderful for yourself – and your partner!
In 2010 Leanne Grubb, a fundraiser from Step by Step, visited my referral group - BNI Guildford - to tell us about the Buy a Brick campaign they were running to fund a new building to house their clients.
Who are their clients? Homeless teens in Surrey (yes, Surrey...). Step by Step offers a place to re-start their lives with not only emergency accommodation, but offers counselling to address their situations and strategic planning to get them into work or further education.
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In 2010 Leanne Grubb, a fundraiser from Step by Step, visited my referral group – BNI Guildford – to tell us about the Buy a Brick campaign they were running to fund a new building to house their clients.
Who are their clients? Homeless teens in Surrey (yes, Surrey…). Step by Step offers a place to re-start their lives with not only emergency accommodation, but offers counselling to address their situations and strategic planning to get them into work or further education. Learning to run a household, cook & clean, live with other people and compile a CV are just a few of the essential life skills that Step by Step share with these teens. I was impressed.
I had wanted to get involved in some sort of charity work, and these teens made me curious. I emailed Leanne and asked if a photography workshop was something Step by Step might be interested in. She excitedly explained that the clients had just designed a “Thank You” card and were in the process of seeing that design through to a finished product. I offered to run a photography workshop to illustrate the card and my relationship with the charity took off from there.
The clients brainstormed the images, organised the shoots and we all pieced together the final product which now gets sent to everyone who makes a contribution and it is literally from the clients themselves.
A few weeks after Leanne’s first visit to BNI, she came back.. This time she was asking if anyone would be willing to jump out of a perfectly good plane in exchange for people handing over their money to make it happen. I’m not sure where the daredevil in me came from, but 3 months later found me somewhere in Oxford throwing on a jumpsuit and a funny hat, getting into a plane with about 8 other jumpers and their tandem masters, and being the last one out the door at 13,000 feet.
IT WAS AWESOME – and I raised in excess of £800. Now when any kind of challenge stares me in the face these days I still think “…I jumped out of a XXXXing plane…”
Since then I’ve helped with photographs of the staff, Summer Sleepout fundraisers, and was pleased to see the new building in Crimea Road Aldershot come to life!
Step by Step is 20 years old now and this January they held a masked ball and auction to kick off the celebrations. I covered that event for them – it was a hoot! I am now embarking on another photographic project with the clients to create a library of images to keep their website and publicity refreshed. Then of course there is the small matter of a Royal visit…
On February 28th, 2013 the Countess of Wessex visited the new building for a tour, to chat to the clients and the staff and finally to unveil a memorial plaque. The excitement was tangible and I had the responsibility of capturing the event without tripping, sneezing on anyone, saying the wrong thing or getting forcibly removed by security through ignorance. Of course nothing like that happened! Everything went smoothly and more importantly the clients and staff were thrilled. The photos have been used extensively in the local press and the event – and Step by Step – got some great PR exposure. All good news for the clients and their futures. More to come as the next photographic project gets underway in April!
It’s a great charity – and effective. If you would like to make a donation, I guarantee the money will positively improve a young person’s life.
Are your Business Photos the dog’s B******’s or just B******’s?? Corporate Weel Photography has the BEST solution!
A picture is worth a thousand words….
YES YES YES – WE GET IT! HEARD IT ALL BEFORE – DON’T BORE ME WITH THAT OVERUSED SAYING!!!
Only problem is… you cannot ignore the truth in it. All businesses today rely on branding and imagery to sell in fractions of a second. On the most basic level sole traders and small businesses WILL benefit from having a professional head shot. It shows you care about how you appear to the public and ultimately your clientele.
It’s simply not good enough to have a photo of you snapped in a car park or at a party – I don’t care HOW good you think you look in it. Don’t even BOTHER to post it on your web site next to your profile – you would do much better enticing your potential clients with an “Awaiting Image” notice in a silhouetted head icon – at least there would be some mystery involved.
I know I know I know – you’re a sole trader – you work from your laptop on your dining table and simply cannot afford to have a set of professional head shots done at the current rates, and it’s probably true – after petrol, phone bills, business cards & the most basic web site there’s precious little left for marketing.
I’m there! I’m with you on that! I know!! So I came up with a solution where I can still make my living AND provide my services at a reduced price for the individual:…drum roll please: THE HEAD SHOT EVENT!
Throughout the year I set my portable studio up for a day at a location, and charge for 15 and 30 minute slots of photography. Can you spare £40 to improve your public appearance? I think so! Then you can use all the social media outlets like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and WordPress to FREELY (and shamelessly) promote and market your business online – WITHOUT A DISAPPOINTING PHOTO!!! Big YAY’s all round! Thanks for listening – rant over!
The next event is 28TH JUNE, 2013 at THE STORAGE POD.
If you would like to book a session, please fill in your details below and in the message field indicate your preferred session time.
Kate & Wills did it and the entire world – well 1/3 of it – LOVED IT! Glued to telly-sets around the planet everyone smiled and commented and simply spent some time enjoying a celebration.
Why? Weddings are about luuurrrvve – all the sweet and fairy tale gorgeousness that make the most cynical of human being go “aaahhhh….” or at least a tad “emo” as the boyfriend puts it.
I certainly enjoyed watching Will & Kate’s day, and I absolutely ADORE photographing weddings of all sorts!
The most cynical of you say why all the effort and expense?
Simple – you feel good. All those people in London gathered to catch a glimpse of the loved up Royals in 2011 and only 5 people were charged with naughtyness…any chance on that being less than on an average day?
In any case, when was the last time you saw that many smiling people in one place? Errrmm … The London 2012 Olympics. Of course-but that was an exceptional summer and won’t be repeated anytime soon – there will be loads of weddings though!
So, an average wedding is full of about 50-100 happy people all waiting to go “aaahhh…” at the dress; girls who trip about in ridiculous shoes and outrageous hats; boys who puff out their chests and pretend to hate the suits (but secretly love them); eating canapes, drinking champers, listening to hilarious speeches spoken by nervous (mostly) men.
All because 2 people fell in love and wanted to tell the world about it.
Kate and Wills literally did tell the world – but the regular folks can just get dolled up and celebrate like mad for a day!
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How it Started: In 2009 at a meeting of my BNI Guildford networking group, Barry Starling of Love Your Logo announced an event to raise money for our nominated charity The Surrey Air Ambulance. He proposed that a group of people … Continue reading