Barbara Leatham Photography: Blog https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog en-us 2022 Barbara Leatham Photography – all rights reserved barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:57:00 GMT Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:57:00 GMT https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u506759475-o361658965-50.jpg Barbara Leatham Photography: Blog https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog 80 120 Larkhill Training Rooms - Commercial Photography https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2022/6/larkhill-training-rooms-commercial-photography A favourite from the archives and one that I often share when advising clients of ways to incorporate brand colours and values into their photoshoots. Larkhill Training Rooms had brand colours of black, white and red, so I used a red gel on the flash to which added energy in addition to being on brand with colours. Additionally the brief called for a very raw, unpretentious finish to the edit, which reinforced the values of the company.

Sadly the company is no longer trading, but this was a great shoot to create. 

If you are a gym or training room that would like branded images to define you from your competitors please get in touch and have a chat

Call me on 07548 219047 or message me through the contact page

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) Barbara Leatham branding photography Commercial photography Salisbury fitness photoshoot PR Photography Wiltshire Photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2022/6/larkhill-training-rooms-commercial-photography Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
How to Choose a Commercial Photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/7/how-to-choose-a-commercial-photographer In a previous blog post I talked about why it's important to have a professional business portrait but how on earth do you choose a photographer when a quick Google search shows you have many to choose from within your own area?

As with any service personal recommendation can be a good place to start but it's important to note that the photographer who was perfect for your friend's headshots may not be the right fit for you, there are a few things to think about before you make a choice.

Every photographer has their own style and this can be a good starting point. Have a good look around their website and social media, does their style appeal to you? Spend some time reading their blog and social posts, do you get the impression that they are knowledgeable and that you would get along well? You need a photographer who will help you feel at ease on your photoshoot so personality matters too.

If you are happy with their style and online presence it's a good idea to really think about your requirements before you make contact. A good photographer should be able to guide you on the most appropriate style of portraits but is there any other photography you need? If you have products to photograph or services to document engaging a photographer for a longer shoot can often be less disruptive to your business and may turn out to more cost effective too. Now you are fully prepared and it's time to make contact. It's always good to talk on the phone if possible but it may be wise to email and arrange a convenient time, many photographers work alone and would need to arrange calls around photoshoots.

 

What to discuss with your photographer:

There's nothing more awkward than knowing you need to have a conversation but not quite being sure what you need to ask so hopefully these pointers will make your conversation easier.

  • Have they worked in your sector before? It's not strictly necessary since skills are very transferable but it's important to get a sense of whether you think they can understand your business and brand.
  • Do they have the necessary facilities? If you need formal headshots you need a photographer with either a studio or a portable studio set up. Similarly if you need white backgrounds or have complex products such as jewellery you'll need to check if they have the appropriate equipment.

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  • Can they style the shoot for you? Not all shoots need styling but lifestyle photography is increasingly popular and often benefits from some added styling. Some photographers will offer this as part of their service, others may recommend a stylist.
     

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  • Can they work as part of a team if needed? Do you need your photographer to be able to work alongside an art director or to consult with your graphic designer or website developer, if so it's worth having the conversation sooner rather than later to ensure they are willing to work alongside a team.
  • Are they within your budget? If you speak to a selection of photographers you may find that the prices can vary quite considerably so it's important to have an idea of your budget in advance. If possible try not to let price be the deciding factor when choosing your photographer, their style and whether you feel you can work together need to be one of your highest priorities. If a price seems too good to be true be extra diligent in your research, make sure that you feel confident that the photographer is consistently producing the style and standard of work that you require.

If you are currently looking for a commercial photographer I hope you have found this post helpful. If you would like to see more of my work you can have a browse through the Portfolio section of the website, if you feel my style might suit your needs feel free to use the Contact Page to get in touch and we can discuss your requirements further.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) salisbury commercial photography wiltshire branding photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/7/how-to-choose-a-commercial-photographer Tue, 13 Jul 2021 23:00:00 GMT
Because We Are Here - Five Years Later https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/7/because-we-are-here-five-years-later In Salisbury on July 1st 2016 the Somme was remembered

How would you feel if you were asked to photograph an event that was going to make the whole of the country stop and think, stop and remember?

Five years ago I was asked to do exactly that and it was an honour and a privilege to be a very small part of an incredible "living memorial". At the time I shared some images in a blog post on my previous site, on the five year anniversary of this event it seems an appropriate to share again.

Below the images I’m sharing the original press release which explains the project, those involved, and the story behind the concept, please take the time to read.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this small selection of some of the images that I captured during the day.

We Are Here Somme 100We Are Here Somme 100100 anniversay of the Battle of the Somme - On 1 July 2016, thousands of volunteers took part in a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. ‘we’re here because we’re here’ was a UK-wide event commissioned by 14-18 NOW, conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. Produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, in collaboration with 27 organisations. We Are Here Somme 100We Are Here Somme 100100 anniversay of the Battle of the Somme - On 1 July 2016, thousands of volunteers took part in a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. ‘we’re here because we’re here’ was a UK-wide event commissioned by 14-18 NOW, conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. Produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, in collaboration with 27 organisations. We Are Here Somme 100We Are Here Somme 100100 anniversay of the Battle of the Somme - On 1 July 2016, thousands of volunteers took part in a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. ‘we’re here because we’re here’ was a UK-wide event commissioned by 14-18 NOW, conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. Produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, in collaboration with 27 organisations. We Are Here Somme 100We Are Here Somme 100100 anniversay of the Battle of the Somme - On 1 July 2016, thousands of volunteers took part in a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. ‘we’re here because we’re here’ was a UK-wide event commissioned by 14-18 NOW, conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. Produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, in collaboration with 27 organisations. We Are Here Somme 100We Are Here Somme 100100 anniversay of the Battle of the Somme - On 1 July 2016, thousands of volunteers took part in a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. ‘we’re here because we’re here’ was a UK-wide event commissioned by 14-18 NOW, conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. Produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, in collaboration with 27 organisations.

 

Press Release - Thousands of volunteers take part in UK-wide work by Jeremy Deller to commemorate the centenary of the Somme

Thousands of volunteers took part in a UK-wide event today, 1 July 2016, as a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, the work was conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.

‘we’re here because we’re here’ saw some 1400 voluntary participants dressed in First World War uniform appear unexpectedly in locations across the UK. 27 organisations collaborated on the event, which was produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, working in close collaboration with partners including: Lyric Theatre Belfast, Manchester Royal Exchange, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre Wales, Northern Stage, Playhouse Derry-Londonderry, Salisbury Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

The project breaks new ground in terms of its scale, breadth, reach and the number of partners and participants involved. This is the first time the three national theatres have worked together on a joint project, and the first time so many theatres have worked together on a UK-wide participation project.

The participants who walked the streets today were a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Each participant represented an individual soldier who was killed on that day. The work is partly inspired by tales of sightings during and after the First World War by people who believed they had seen a dead loved one.

The participants wore historically accurate uniforms, representing 15 of the regiments that suffered losses in the first day of the Battle. The soldiers did not speak, but at points throughout the day would sing the song ‘we’re here because we’re here’ to the tune of Auld Lang Syne, which was sung in the trenches during the First World War. They handed out cards to members of the public with the name and regiment of the soldier they represented, and, where known, the age of the soldier when he died on 1 July 1916.

The daylong work ran from 7am to 7pm and covered the width and breadth of the UK, from Shetland to Plymouth. Sites they visited included shopping centres, train stations, beaches, car parks and high streets – taking the memorial to contemporary Britain and bringing an intervention into people’s daily lives where it was least expected.

The volunteers were men aged between 16-52, reflecting the men who would have fought in the Somme. They were not trained actors but come from a range of professions, including a sheep farmer, flight attendant, doctor, lawyer, social worker, shop assistant, portrait artist and GCSE student. They came together to rehearse in theatres across the UK over a month-long period in the run-up to the performance. ‘we’re here because we’re here’ is one of the largest arts participation projects ever staged in the UK, with hundreds of additional volunteers working behind the scenes.

Jeremy Deller said:

"I wanted to make a contemporary memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one that moved around the UK with an unpredictability in which the participants took the work directly to the public.”

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, said:

“This work by Jeremy Deller is a truly national piece of theatre and is a powerful way to remember the men who went off to fight 100 years ago. I also hope it will serve as a catalyst to strengthen ties with theatres and communities across the UK.”

Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW, said:

"1 July 1916 saw 57,470 casualties on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, of whom nearly 20,000 died: it was the bloodiest day in British military history. Taking part in 'we're here because we're here' has given hundreds of young people across the UK the chance to find out more about the Somme, and in some cases discover the stories of family members who fought in the war. Working alongside brilliant artists, directors and theatres on this astonishing project will be an experience they will never forget."

Stuart Rogers, Executive Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, said:

“It has been a huge privilege and joy for The REP to work with the National Theatre to deliver Jeremy Deller's extraordinary vision for this event. It has had a dramatic impact both on the hundreds of participants and on the millions of people it has reached, reminding us all in a very powerful and unique way of the tragedy of the Battle of the Somme and conflict in general.”

The project was supported by: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Belgrade Theatre, Bolton Octagon, Bristol Old Vic, Storyhouse, Left Coast, Leicester Curve, Nuffield Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Pontio, Shetland Arts, Sutton Coldfield College BMet, The Artrix Bromsgrove, The Garrick Lichfield and Volcano.

Media partner: BBC

‘we’re here because we’re here’ was made possible by an Ambition for Excellence Award from Arts Council England and by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Creative Scotland and Art Fund. 14-18 NOW is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) barbara leatham photography salisbury commercial photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/7/because-we-are-here-five-years-later Wed, 30 Jun 2021 23:00:00 GMT
Why Do I Need a Professional Photo For Business Use? https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/6/why-do-i-need-a-professional-photo-for-business-use As a business owner I meet lots of new people, either as clients or through various networking events and meetings, and I find that people often ask me why they should have a photo taken for their business. In the early days of my business this question used to make me feel a little uncomfortable, I felt as if I was being asked to justify the value of my business, but over the years I've come to realise that most people ask the question because they don't feel comfortable in front of the camera and would prefer to hide behind a logo or an image of their product, service or premises.

So why is it important to have your photo taken for your business? Quite simply, people buy from people, as consumers we are naturally drawn to do business with people that we like and feel connected with. As a business owner your portrait on your website and social media is the first step in building trust and a connection, it sets you apart from other businesses and it can help break down any barriers to potential customers making contact. People feel more comfortable sending that first email or making an initial phone call when they have an idea of who they are making contact with.

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For larger businesses with more staff having team headshots helps personalise the business and avoid it appearing like a faceless corporation. It's more difficult for a potential client to feel that they know and trust a larger company but a 'meet the team' page with headshots that reflect the brand values can act as that first step to building trust.

Once I've explained how photographs can act as ice breakers some people will ask whether it's ok to use a phone snap, perhaps from a family gathering or a night out, and my answer is always a resounding no! Investing in a professional headshot not only shows that you take your business seriously, it will also reflect your brand values so that you attract the right sorts of customers and will help you stand out from your competitors.

If it's time to update your business portraits please head over to the About page to find out more about me and the services I offer. If you are one of the many people who don't feel confident in front of the camera please feel free to get in touch, we can arrange to have a chat and discuss your concerns and how I can make you feel at ease on your photo shoot.

 

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Christmas in July https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/6/why-christmas-in-july Seasonal Themed Commercial Photography - Why Planning Ahead is Essential

 

Without fail around this time every year I will stumble across an early reference to “Christmas In July” and my first response is one of panic! It’s a phrase with different meanings and traditions in different countries but here in the UK it tends to be associated with the large retailers and brands presenting their Christmas offerings to the media.

As a parent it’s a phrase that triggers a moment of panic, after all I’m only just dealing with the summer holidays, surely I can’t be expected to be thinking about Christmas at the same time! But as a business owner it serves as a timely reminder about the importance of planning ahead to avoid adding unnecessary stress to an already busy season. Most of us start January by planning out the upcoming year, I’m now trying to use Christmas in July as a reminder to revisit my plans, make sure everything is on track and that nothing is likely to take me by surprise as the busy season approaches.

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Thinking about Christmas in summertime is especially important for any business that needs to update their imagery to match the season and it's something that I always discuss with my regular clients. Ard ALume is a stained glass studio based in County Mayo, Ireland, where owners Magda and Daniel make gorgeous handcrafted pieces which are shipped all over the world. Photographing their Christmas and winter themed products in summer meant that we could take advantage of brighter days and use natural light to showcase the colourful glass, they now have a beautiful set of images of their seasonal products ready to share on their website and social media without any last minute panic.
 

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Perhaps you are a designer or artisan with a seasonal product line or maybe you have a restaurant or hotel with festive events. Whatever your business, if you require seasonal images I would encourage you to be planning them now and booking your photographer as a matter of urgency. Leave it too late and you may find that your preferred photographer simply can’t squeeze your photoshoot into their diary. If you are concerned about how to make summer look like Christmas I’m always happy to offer suggestions if necessary I can recommend some fabulous editorial stylists who are capable of magically transforming any scene with their fantastic props and styling skills.

If you’d like to ensure you are visually prepared for the festive season please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements and check my availability.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) christmas in july christmas product shoots commercial photoshoot in wiltshire seasonal product photography https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/6/why-christmas-in-july Sun, 20 Jun 2021 23:00:00 GMT
Storytelling in Photography https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/4/storytelling-in-photography-13-04-21 How to Tell the Story of Your Business Through Images

Every one of my commercial photoshoots, regardless of the size or type of business or which package they have booked, has one important element in common and that is ‘Storytelling Images’. In this blog post we are going to look at how images can tell the story of a business and why storytelling is so important.

Why Storytelling Matters in Business

As human beings we have a deep rooted history of storytelling dating right back to caveman days, throughout history storytelling has not only been a means of communication but also a way to educate and form meaningful connections. As business owners we know that people do business with those that they know, like and trust. Telling our business story, through images and words, allows potential clients to feel that they know us and to form an opinion about whether they like us. Some people may decide that they don’t particularly like us, and that’s great. Genuine storytelling will act as a filter, engaging our ideal clients and filtering out those that are a better fit for another business.

Telling Your Story Through Images

To successfully communicate your story through a series of images you must to aim to answer the six fundamental questions - Who? What? Why? Where? When? How?

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The easiest question is 'who' and can be answered with a portrait but it’s important to take the other questions into account when deciding on the style of portrait. An environmental portrait can also help to answer the question of where you do business and documentary images could be used to tell the story of what you do. A portrait may also send subtle messages about how you work. If your approach is very formal and business-like a photo of you playing with your children is not likely to attract the right sort of clients. However if you wish to tell the story of a business with a relaxed and friendly approach with family values at it’s core then this could be the perfect image. Take care not to fall into the trap of thinking that a relaxed portrait is the same as a quick snapshot taken on a phone at a family gathering. Images of a high standard convey a subtle message that you care about your business, low quality snaps tell a different story and won’t build trust in the same way.

First impressions matter, judgements are formed within a matter of seconds and images are the most fundamentally important part of creating the best first impression. Allow your images to tell the wrong story and your ideal clients will pass by without a second glance, tell the right story with strong on brand images and you will stop them in their tracks. Once you’ve engaged their attention with images you’ve made great progress towards building a deeper connection and can reinforce your story with words.

What About Stock Photography?

Stock photography is widely available, generally affordable and usually of a good technical standard but I am passionate about educating business owners to avoid them. Now I can imagine you reading this and your first thoughts will be, ‘But of course you would say that you’re a photographer’. But even if a business is never likely to be my client I would still advise them to seek out another photographer rather than rely on stock images. Stock photography will never tell the story of your business, it will only tell of a generic, bland, middle of the road business and no one wants that to be their story!

Please click here to find out more about my Commercial Photography Packages or use the Contact Page if you would like to discuss your photography requirements.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) branding photography personal branding photoshoot salisbury photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/4/storytelling-in-photography-13-04-21 Mon, 12 Apr 2021 23:00:00 GMT
Taking Better Photos of Your Children https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/2/taking-better-photos-of-your-children Do you ever get frustrated and want to take better photos of your children?

One of the most common photography related questions I’m asked is by parents desperate to know how take better photos of their children. We’ve all been in that situation where we see our children doing something that we know should make a great photo but somehow the image doesn’t quite live up to our expectations, yes it even happens to me sometimes. My kids seem to have an inbuilt radar that warns them I have a camera in hand and it’s a 50/50 chance whether they will cooperate or disappear faster than the speed of light!

Over the years however I've learned a few "tactical" skills on how to photograph my own children and I’ve put together my top tips to help you capture better pictures too.

1. Don't make it too obvious.

When you see your kids doing something and quickly grab your camera....

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.....whatever you do don't call out to them to catch their attention! Let them carry on with what they are doing while you get your first couple of shots, if they still aren't noticing get in closer and take more. It’s likely that they have now seen you so now is the time to ask them to "look this way".
Sometimes the detail photos are as important, so don't feel that you need the big picture when the little pictures can all add up to tell a bigger story. And don’t forget that you don’t always need your children smiling into the camera, those candid documentary photos while your children play unaware are also ones to treasure.

2. Create your own shoot.

Get the kids to make a den in the garden, or go for an adventure in the woods, stage a reason to take some photos. Kids aren't good at standing and posing, they are much better if you give them something to do, the chances are they will want to show off a little, but if they are engaged in something they will mind the camera less.

3. Pay attention to the light.

When images are disappointing it’s often down to the light working against us rather than for us. Learning to quickly recognise where the light comes from and how to work with it is one of the most important photography skills and one that I cover in detail in my 1-2-1 training sessions. Between our eyes and our brains we see light very differently to our cameras, we can see the detail in a much greater range of light and shadow than a camera or phone and this leads us into problems. Pay attention to where the light comes from and make sure it’s lighting faces rather than backs of heads. It is however important to remember not to ask anyone to look directly at the sun or a bright light source.

4. Be prepared.

For anything - and I'm not just talking about having your camera ready just in case a photo opportunity comes along. Sometimes I need to be prepared to act the fool, or to lie on the floor to get a better angle, or to get a little dirty. Clothes can go in the wash, I can hop in the bath, but some photo opportunities will never present themselves again.

Sometimes I need to be prepared to negotiate to get the images I want and that often involves handing over my camera so the kids can take a photo of me, it’s a fair trade and if it’s important for me to have photos of them it’s also important to them that they have some of me too.

5. Have fun.

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The most important thing of all, have fun. It's easy to get frustrated with our children when they don't do what you want them to, and something as simple as them looking and getting them to engage with the camera can lead to even the most qualified of photographers getting stressed and irritated. Remember that kids have a short attention span, if all you are doing is telling them to "look this way" or "smile" then they will likely get bored very quickly and not want to "play that game" for too long. So, my best advice is to have fun, engage and don't worry if you don't get the photo, it's more important to have fun, create a memory and be in the moment with them.

6. Hand over the camera to someone else.

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If you are the one who always takes the photos then the chances are you are never in them, you look back over family photos in years to come and be asked "Where were you...?"
Most of us hide behind the camera to avoid being in the front of it, but don’t forget that taking these photos isn't just for us to remember, it's for our children to remember too. As much as I don't truly enjoy being in front of the camera I hate to think how my children would feel should there be a day when I'm no longer here and they don't have images of us together. Getting in front of the camera educates the next generation how important it is for the future.

The importance of photos only really hits us when we lose someone close to us. When this happened to me I made sure I had every photograph I could find of them, unfortunately there were very few of us together and I can never change that now, but I can change it for my children.

So from one parent to another, even though you may not love the camera, remember that you love your children and they love you.

7. Get them printed.

We all take so many photos of our children, especially now that we constantly have a camera with us in the form of our phones. If you do nothing else today, upload your favourite images to an online photo shop and get them printed out. We live in a digital world but technology can fail and digital images can easily be lost, and nothing beats the experience of pouring over printed images and sharing happy memories.

If you would like to learn how to use your camera to take better pictures of your children my photography training days are highly personalised and include everything from camera settings and understanding light to capturing movement. Training is available on a 1-2-1 basis, or a 1-2-2 basis if you would like to share with a friend, I offer single days or block bookings of 4 days spread out over a few weeks to allow time to practice and reinforce the skills learned in each session. For more information or to check availability please use the Contact Page to get in touch.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) photo lessons in wiltshire photographing children photography tips https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/2/taking-better-photos-of-your-children Mon, 15 Feb 2021 00:00:00 GMT
Visual Style: Consistency Between Photoshoots https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/1/consistency-between-photoshoots This blog post is the third and final in a mini series on the theme of visual style, you can find the other posts here and here.

In the previous post I explained how I help my photography clients to identify their visual style. Typically my clients will have a specific reason that prompts them to book a photoshoot, it might be the launch of a new product range, a full rebrand, a flurry of upcoming PR opportunities, or perhaps it’s simply time to refresh their image library. Whatever the reason it’s also highly likely that between times my clients will also need images for their social media. It’s always good to be able to share some behind the scenes photos and updates on current work but of course it’s not practical to engage a professional photographer on a daily basis.

Caroline PeytonCaroline PeytonCaroline is a Professional Nutritionist, Naturopath based in Wiltshire.

So how can you maintain a visual style between professional photoshoots?

My own photoshoots are very collaborative which helps my clients to understand their visual style, if you didn’t have the same sort of experience here are a few tips to help you keep your photography on brand;

  • Study your existing images, can you spot any similarities? Your images might be busy and conveying energy or they may be simple with lots of empty space. Are there any colours consistently used? Are they shot from a similar angle? Try to include any recurring theme in your own images.
  • Incorporate your brand colours into your photos wherever possible. You can do this in lots of ways including the use of props for styling.
  • If you have promotional items displaying your logo such as mugs, notebooks, pens etc, consider using these in your photos. They don’t need to dominate the image, a casually placed mug of coffee in the background can be effective.
  • Consider investing in some photography training for your staff. Photography training won’t replace the need for high quality images from a professional photographer but it will help to ensure that the images your business shares on your social media channels remain consistently on brand and of an acceptable standard.

Secret Garden LockdownSecret Garden LockdownSecret Garden Lockdown shoot taken by Barbara Leatham Photography on May 26th 2020. Images of Victoria Burbidge creating wax melts. SHowing her working safely in Lockdown. Showing a photo shoot taken safely in lockdown.

I currently provide training sessions for a variety of business types that are available as a full or half day. I teach nominated staff members to get the best out of their existing equipment whether that’s a camera or the phones in their pockets. Training is personalised to the requirements of the business and aims to help people make the most out of their current space. I help to identify the best light within their workspace, understand the basic camera settings and develop a set of guidelines to ensure consistency. Consistency is especially important when several staff members are taking photos. I offer training for teams who are mostly working out on location and using their phones to document their daily work. Through my sessions they will learn to identify the best light, control the exposure and focus, and develop a consistent approach to composition and framing.

For more information regarding photography training for businesses please click here, or if you would like to discuss your training requirements please use the Contact Page to get in touch.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) photography training for business owners wiltshire photography workshops https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2021/1/consistency-between-photoshoots Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:00:00 GMT
Visual Style: How I Can Help Discover Your Style https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/12/how-i-can-help-discover-your-style This post is the second in a mini series on the theme of visual style, you can find the first post in the series here.

In the first post I explored what visual style is and my own issues with having a consistent style, in this post we are going to look at how I help my clients define their own visual style, a task that might initially seem daunting but really is quite painless! But first let’s have a look at why having a consistent visual style that reflects your business values is important.

Commercial photography WiltshireCommercial photography WiltshireLarkhill Training Rooms commercial photos taken on July 18th 2018. Images include Simon Hewitt and Naomi Kyte. Rachel Barnett, Tania Collins, Helen Mockridge and Jacqui Jones. Stock images of weights, METCON kit, boxing gloves, action shots. Power lifiting bar and kettle bells.
Larkhill Training Rooms is based in Larkhill at the Packway, which offers various training sessions including cycling, Boxercise and Metcon.

Your photographic style is just one element of your business branding and all elements of your brand should work together to create a memorable impression that encapsulates your personality and the values of your business. Your visual style helps to differentiate you from your competition and helps you to connect with potential clients and customers who share your values. With a consistent visual style people who share similar values will subconsciously feel a connection when they view your website and social media. It’s important to attract people with shared values since we naturally create our best work when we feel a connection to someone, these are generally the clients where we take a collaborative approach and everyone enjoys the experience of working together.

Occasionally my new clients have a clearly defined visual style and have a style guide that I will be working to, but these are very much in the minority. Most new clients will have a brand but aren’t sure how to translate it into their photography but sometimes they haven’t fully defined their core business values. Whatever their situation I love to work with business owners to help them uncover their visual style.

Headshot photographer SalisburyHeadshot photographer SalisburySmarter Media photo shoot for PR and online use. Images of Karl and Emma taken by Barbara Leatham Photography on November 4th 2020

The work starts well ahead of the photoshoot with a telephone consultation and a help sheet that I send to all my clients. We’ll discuss what to expect from the shoot, I’ll give advice on clothing, location and props and I’ll look at my client’s website to get a feel for their branding and key colours. If a client hasn’t already defined the core values of their business I suggest that they ask a number of friends, family, and business contacts for three words to describe them. Looking at the words that recur is a great starting point in identifying core values and once these are clearly defined we use them to guide the shoot. We will also use Pinterest, I send links to some of my boards for ideas and we will also share secret boards for likes and dislikes and ideas for the shoot. At the end of this process we usually have a clear idea of how the shoot is going to look and if necessary I’ll source props to match the branding and provide recommendations for hair and make up artists.

On the day of the shoot itself we will discuss how the images are going to be used, I like to know that my clients can gain maximum value from their images so we will ensure that some are great for PR uses and we will discuss the use of negative space to allow for text overlays, great for social media and print. I always recommend a variety of images that include formal, semi-formal and relaxed and I’m happy to help with the choice of clothing. I often find myself hunting through a client’s wardrobe and making suggestions that they wouldn’t have considered but look great in their images. If a client has a pet I always suggest we include them for part of the session, not only does it make them seem more approachable but social media always loves a pet photo. After the shoot I’ll provide a gallery of images that have been ‘soft edited’ and when the favourites are selected they will be fully edited.

If you would like to discuss your own photographic requirements please feel free to get in touch via the Contact Page, and keep look out for the third and final post in this series.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) commercial photography wiltshire photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/12/how-i-can-help-discover-your-style Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 GMT
Visual Style: Why Your Style is Also Mine https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/12/why-your-style-is-also-mine This post is the first in a mini series themed around visual style, but what exactly is visual style? Well if you turn to Google for a definition you’ll get a whole variety of answers but I like to think of it as the values and ethos of your business represented visually through a consistent use of colours, typography, logos, graphics and photography. And of course, although I do have a background in graphic design, it’s the photography element of visual style that especially interests me.

Like many small business owners I try to keep up with current marketing advice and realise that a strong presence on at least one social media channel is absolutely essential. As a photographer I naturally feel drawn to Instagram, both as a place to seek inspiration and as a platform to share my own work and to market my business. One piece of advice constantly given by Instagram marketing experts is that consistent style is essential to grow a large following on the platform. Which is something of a problem, how can I have a consistent style when I am creating images to reflect my client’s own visual style? Fortunately as a small business I don’t need hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers so I’m happy for my account to showcase a style that adapts to my clients needs as well as a peek behind the scenes - you can find me as @barbaraleathamphotoartist.

Headshot Photography WiltshireHeadshot Photography WiltshireJon White Old Bank Antiques Commercial Portrait taken on Jan 27th 2020. 143 High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire. Antique dealer, specialising in coins and jewellery.

(My portraits will vary in style to suit my clients)

 

In photography visual style can be reflected in numerous elements such as colour palette (often reflecting brand colours), tone (might be warm, cool, neutral, muted) and composition - images might be simple and uncluttered with lots of space to overlay text or they could be busy with people engaged in an activity. When I work with clients I help them to define their visual style if they haven’t already – more on this in the next post – and that style might vary significantly from one shoot to the next, so when it comes to sharing examples of my latest work on Instagram it doesn’t often have a consistent look.
 

Environmental business portraits WiltshireEnvironmental business portraits WiltshireA&S Business Consultants Ashley Hutchinson commercial shoot taken July 2018
Images for PR, advertising, social media and all on the line general use.
(Environments can vary drastically from one day to the next)

While my style will adapt as I create images to reflect your style there are some elements that remain consistent. My images will always be technically strong, the lighting will be good and suited to the subject, skin tones will be accurate and any background elements will enhance rather than distract from the subject. I also avoid any trends and gimmicks that are likely to be short lived, so no heavy Instagram filters or editing styles that are likely to be a passing phase. Nothing dates an image more than jumping on the bandwagon of a trend that passes in the blink of an eye!

Next in the Visual Style Series I’ll be explaining how I help my clients define their style.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) branding photography headshot photographer in wiltshire https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/12/why-your-style-is-also-mine Wed, 09 Dec 2020 00:00:00 GMT
Photography for Children https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/11/photography-for-children I’m often asked whether I think photography is a suitable hobby for children and the answer is always a resounding Yes! Of course I’m biased since photography is not only my business but also my favourite way to unwind, it’s a perfect distraction from everything that’s going on around us.

Providing an escape from everyday life is one of the many benefits of photography for children, especially at the moment when the news can feel overwhelming. With home learning and zoom lessons our children have spent more time than ever in front of a screen, photography can be a great way to get them outdoors (or at least moving around the house if the weather is bad), engaging with their environment and thinking creatively. It can also help them to make sense of the world around them and give them a way to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Taking some time to look through the photos they have taken can be a great way to open up conversations with them and it’s always inspiring to see the world through the eyes of a child. With younger children photography can also be a fun way to reinforce learning, try asking them to take a photo of something red or something beginning with A. Whatever age your children are learning a new skill can offer a boost in their self esteem and one of the great advantages of learning photography is that it mostly just feels like fun.

Once we’ve established that photography is a great hobby for children the next question is how to get them interested. First of all they’ll need something to shoot with and a phone is a good way to start. If they are too young for their own phone an old one with a working camera is all they need to get started. Alternatively compact cameras can be very inexpensive, they don’t need anything sophisticated to get started and equipment can always be upgraded if they show a real flair and lasting interest. Once they’ve got something to shoot with a great way to get them started is with a list of items to find and photograph, this can be tailored to the age of the children. With small children it can be as simple as ‘your favourite toy’ and ‘your dinner’. As children get older the list can be more abstract with prompts such as ‘something that makes you feel happy’ or ‘something that reminds you of Grandma’. You can even encourage older children to create a series of images to tell a story.

During the first lockdown I shared a series of photo prompts on my Facebook Page as a fun photography challenge. The first was a Treasure Hunt that is suitable for children of all ages although some of the prompts may need adapting to suit the season.

Barbara Leatham Photography - Photo Treasure HuntBarbara Leatham Photography - Photo Treasure Hunt The next two sets of prompts help to improve observational skills and introduce some compositional ideas and photographic rules while still feeling more like fun than learning.
Barbara Leatham Photography - Pattern TextureBarbara Leatham Photography - Pattern Texture Barbara Leatham Photography - Rules Of PhotoBarbara Leatham Photography - Rules Of Photo

These prompt sheets are available as a free download to encourage your children to start shooting and can be printed or saved to your phones. Please click here to access the files. I’d love to hear how you get along with them, you can use the hashtags or better still give me a quick mention on Instagram and I’ll definitely see your photos (you can find me as @barbaraleathamphotoartist).

Good luck!

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) photo activities for kids photography for children photography tips & advice https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/11/photography-for-children Mon, 30 Nov 2020 00:00:00 GMT
The Gift of Knowledge - Personal Photography Training in Wiltshire https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/11/personal-photography-training-in-wiltshire It’s been a busy few months since the first lockdown ended and we were able to start returning to some sort of normality, as always I’ve loved meeting and photographing such a wide range of inspiring business owners as well as some beautiful products. Sandwiched among all the photoshoots I’ve also had the pleasure of some lovely personal one to one training sessions, I find it incredibly rewarding and satisfying to help someone get to grips with their camera and ignite a love of photography that I hope will remain with them for many years.

My photography training sessions can cover a wide range of subjects and are tailored to my clients’ needs. We always schedule a telephone consultation prior to the training so that I can ensure they get the maximum benefit from our time together. The full day sessions run from 10am until 4pm so there’s plenty time to discuss the theory and start putting it into practice. The days are very relaxed and lots of fun, lunch is included and is often spent reviewing and discussing the morning’s images before we head back out to continue learning and shooting.

Photography Training in WiltshirePhotography Training in WiltshireUsing nature to explain aperture & shutter speeds (Using nature to explain aperture & shutter speeds)

 

Over a period of weeks prior to the second lockdown I had the pleasure of spending time with a lovely lady and seeing her photography and her confidence grow. She had been going through a difficult time in her personal life and decided to book one of my special four day packages. She already owned a DSLR and wanted to learn how to use it so that she could benefit from the therapeutic nature of photography without the frustrations that can arise from not knowing the camera or understanding the basics. While she knew that she could find all the relevant information in books or online she also recognised that this was likely to be an extended learning process and full of frustration. Recognizing that she was the sort of person who learns well from personal tuition and guidance she booked a set of four lessons and spent one day a week with me. Each day was an in depth learning experience with time for questions, shooting and feedback. After each training session she spent time putting the learning into practice and the following week we were able to discuss her progress and resolve any difficulties she had encountered. Our days were mostly spent outdoors with nature providing props to help explain and demonstrate various concepts and it was an absolute joy to see my client’s skills and confidence growing each week.

Photography lessons in WiltshirePhotography lessons in Wiltshire (Nature also provides perfect subjects for macro photography)


I’m now taking bookings for 2021 for personal photography training sessions in Wiltshire, these can be either 1-2-1 or shared with a friend and can be for a single day session or a discounted block of four, further details can be found here.

Gift Vouchers are also available, if you are struggling for a Christmas present for that difficult to shop for loved one why not support a local business and give them a gift of knowledge that could bring a lifetime of pleasure. 

If you would like further details on Gift Vouchers, or would like to discuss your own training requirements please use the Contact Page to get in touch.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) bespoke photography training photography lessons wiltshire photo lessons https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/11/personal-photography-training-in-wiltshire Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:45:00 GMT
The Power of Personal Photography Projects https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/8/personal-photography-projects Fine Art Flower Photography

It’s very easy once you’ve established yourself as a professional photographer to find yourself only getting out the camera when you have a paying client. For the very small minority of photographers who only took up photography as a means to earn money it’s not a problem, but for the vast majority who first fell in love with photography as a hobby and means of creative expression, personal work is essential.

When I’m not working for clients you can still find me with a camera of some sort in my hands. Some days that might only be my phone camera as I capture the beautiful Wiltshire countryside while I’m out and about. On other days you will find me with my “proper” camera on hand as I document my family’s daily life or create artistic images, often of flowers.

It may not initially seem that fine art flower photography has much in common with the work I carry out for my clients but I firmly believe that my personal photography makes me a much stronger commercial photographer.

When photographing these flowers from my garden I need to take time to study their shape, colour and texture. I need to decide which of the features are important and how I want to display these features in my photographs. I’ll need to think about lighting and how I can use the light to enhance the beauty of the flowers. The styling and layout needs to be considered, do I want to keep the images simple and powerful or do I want to add some styling and props and create an image with a lifestyle feel. For this particular set of images I don't want anything to distract from the beauty of the flowers so I've opted for a simple white background and a more graphic feel for the images.
 

Exactly the same thought process is involved when creating images for my commercial photography clients, the only difference here is that the choice of subject and how the subject is portrayed is entirely my own.

This freedom of choice allows me to exercise my creativity and explore different approaches and techniques, such as image stacking for the anemones above. Image stacking is a technique that involves combining a series of images in Photoshop to produce a final image with a maximum depth of field. It’s a technique that can be useful for photographing jewellery and other products with details that need to be clearly displayed.

If you are a photographer reading this I would strongly encourage you to pursue some form of personal photography project, choose something that interests or inspires you and explore all the different ways that you can photograph it. Use your personal work to try out different approaches, perhaps a different lens, a different lighting approach or a new editing technique. Taking time out to be creative will help you approach your client work with a new found enthusiasm.

If photography is a hobby and you are interested in exploring new techniques but don't know where to start why not book a bespoke 1-2-1 training session? Sessions can be booked now to take place later in the year and email gift vouchers are available.

Please use the Contact Page to request further details.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) bespoke photography training fine art flower photography wiltshire photo lessons https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/8/personal-photography-projects Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:45:00 GMT
Top Six Questions from Commercial Photography Clients https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/7/top-six-questions-from-commercial-photography-clients The Six Questions I’m Asked Most as a Commercial Photographer.

As a commercial photographer I have a number of similar questions that arise from time to time in conversations with clients, this month I’m using the blog to answer those questions. All the answers are embedded in the core values of my business in that I will only provide images of the highest possible standard and that any of my work in the public domain will not negatively impact on the businesses of my clients or myself.

Commercial Photography in WiltshireCommercial Photography in WiltshireCorporate and PR shoot of Smarter Media, taken on Nov 7th 2019 at Crowood house, Gipsy Lane, SN2 8YY by Barbara Leatham.

1. Can I have the raw files?

The short and simple answer to this question is no! The equivalent to a photographer giving clients raw files would be a chef serving the ingredients for a meal without creating the finished dish.

Although I shoot as close as possible to the final image in terms of exposure, white balance and composition, the raw files are a long way from the fully edited files that you see on my website. In fact they aren’t even similar to the images that I may show a client on the back of my camera during a shoot. Those images are a version of the raw file with some enhancements added by the camera’s inbuilt software. Raw files are dull and lifeless, my finished images all undergo an extensive edit to create a polished and professional end product. As with all photographers I gain clients based on the standard of my work that is seen publicly, a poorly converted raw file could be damaging to my business and reputation.

It's also worth pointing out that to most people the raw files are unusable, the file formats vary between camera manufacturers and not all computers will show previews of raw files. Even if you are able to view the files they can’t be used in any way without converting to a widely accepted file format.

2. Why can’t I have all the images in my viewing gallery?

Prior to your session we will have discussed your requirements and agreed a number of images, I will always ensure that the number of images included in your package is sufficient to meet your needs. The price of your package is inclusive of both the shooting time and the time required to complete a full edit of the agreed number of images. During the session I will shoot a variety of images and then select the best for a “soft edit” and addition to your viewing gallery. Your selected images will then be fully edited to a highly polished professional standard. Should you feel you need more than the agreed number I will happily provide a quote based on the editing time. I am however unable to release the soft edited images since these do not reflect the quality of my work. Should these images be inadvertently shared they may be viewed as substandard images and could be damaging to my reputation.

London Commercial PhotographerLondon Commercial Photographer

3. What is the difference between a soft edit and a full edit?

A soft edit essentially involves a few minor tweaks to the raw file to make it viewable and may include some minor adjustments to exposure, colour and contrast. A full edit really brings the image to life and gives the polished and professional finish you expect when commissioning a commercial photographer. A full edit incudes the following where required:

  • Final adjustments to shadows, highlights and overall brightness.
  • Any colour correction required, paying particular attention to reflected colours that may have affected skin tones.
  • Ensuring skin looks healthy including removing any temporary spots and blemishes.
  • Ensuring eyes look bright and engaging.
  • Softening the skin to reduce any lines that have been exaggerated by the level of detail that quality lenses can capture.
  • Removal of any stray hairs.
  • Lessening of creases, lumps and bumps in clothing.
  • Spot removal of any stray fluff etc on clothing.
  • Removal of any distracting elements in the background.
  • Perspective correction.
  • Cropping to ensure the best possible narrative within the image.

4. Can I add a filter to my images?

Unfortunately not! As described above I put a lot of time and effort into ensuring that my work is of a high standard. I am commissioned based on the standard of my work so any sharing of images that have been further altered can be damaging to my business as well as infringing copyright. Before all of my shoots I have an in depth consultation so if you need a specific look to your images we can discuss and ensure that look is achieved in my edit rather than with a filter.

Corporate Headshot photography LondonCorporate Headshot photography LondonCommercial portrait of Roni Savage

5. Why don’t I own the copyright?

There is a lot of confusion surrounding copyright but under UK law the copyright of an image is automatically owned by the photographer when commissioned by a client. The photographer retains the copyright and provides the client with a licence to use the images. The licence will state how the images can be used and for how long.

By providing a licence rather than full copyright I can ensure that my clients receive the best possible value since they pay for the image usage required. For instance, a sole trader requiring a small library of images to use for social media will not pay the same fees as a multinational company needing images for an international multimedia marketing campaign.

Although I retain copyright of the images I take my clients right to privacy extremely seriously. I never share any images or information publicly until after clients have started to use the images themselves and only share if permission has been given. By retaining copyright I can also ensure that images are only used in an appropriate manner and will not be amended in any way, protecting the businesses of my clients and myself.

6. Why do you charge more for large image files?

My pricing is a reflection of the licence required and has been fine tuned over my many years in business to offer the best possible value. With the rise of social media I found that some clients only needed smaller files for online use while others still need larger high resolution files for print and offline marketing. I offer reduced pricing for those businesses whose current need is for a licence for limited files sizes for web use rather than a surcharge for larger files. Clients purchasing smaller files are able to pay for an upgrade if their needs change and they need larger files and an extended licence.

Do you have any questions regarding commercial photography that I haven’t included above? Feel free to send them to me via the Contact Page and I’ll try to answer them in a future post.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) corporate photography headshot photography PR & Commercial photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/7/top-six-questions-from-commercial-photography-clients Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:45:00 GMT
It's Accounting Day! https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/5/accounting-day Client Spotlight - Purple Lime Accountancy

A Commercial Photoshoot in Wiltshire.

According to the Days of the Year website today, May 11th, is Accounting Day, the perfect day to shine the spotlight on one of my favourite clients, Purple Lime Accountancy.

From the first conversation I had with Angela it became apparent that the traditional white background corporate headshot that you might expect to see used by accountants wasn’t for them. Of course there’s nothing wrong with a formal headshot, and in many cases it may well be the most appropriate style, especially for larger organisations that require a uniform look to their staff portraits, but they wouldn’t reflect the branding and values of Purple Lime. As Angela explained ‘We are a modern accountancy practice using cloud applications and the latest technology to help our clients drive their business forward. We wanted to reflect this in the photos.’

Commercial Photoshoot with Purple Lime Accountancy (1)Commercial Photoshoot with Purple Lime Accountancy (1)

Some of the companies I work with have very definite ideas of what they want from the shoot, others are open minded and will look to me for ideas and inspiration. I enjoy both approaches but Purple Lime, despite being a business that many people would see as traditional, most definitely fall into the second category. On the day of the shoot I arrived with some purple and green props from my collection so that we could reinforce their brand colours in the images. We started with some fun and lively team shots so that everyone would feel more relaxed and natural for their individual portraits.
 

Commercial Photoshoot with Purple Lime Accountancy (3)Commercial Photoshoot with Purple Lime Accountancy (3)

The fact that Angela and the team are open minded and fun means that we can create a final set of images that are memorable, on brand and that will help them stand out from similar businesses.

Happy Accounting Day to the whole team at Purple Lime Accountancy!

You can check out their Facebook page here where you can see how they use their images to full effect.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) barbara leatham branding photography commercial photography salisbury pr photography wiltshire photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/5/accounting-day Mon, 11 May 2020 10:45:00 GMT
Don't Be Invisible https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/4/dont-be-invisible Avoiding Invisibility – How I Can Help

At this moment in time we are all facing difficulties and uncertainties with companies of all sizes, from the smallest micro business right up to the largest international traders, being affected. Many larger organisations have disaster recovery plans in place so they know in advance how they will deal with major issues. But I don’t think any of us could have foreseen the magnitude of the current situation and made plans for how to navigate their business through a global pandemic. Right now we are just finding our way through as best we can.

Many owners of smaller businesses aren’t feeling inclined to be as active on social media as usual, and that’s completely understandable, we all need to find our own way through these challenging times. However, what we can’t afford as small business owners, is to be completely absent. We can’t afford to be invisible throughout this crisis or we simply won’t be remembered whenever life starts to return to normal. If we do choose to be a little less active online then we need to make sure that when we do post we are noticed and the best way to do this is with strong images that are on brand. Of course you could use an image library but searching for the right image can prove extremely time consuming and the images you choose may well already be in use by thousands of other companies.

I’m passionate about supporting other SME’s and I really hope that everyone manages to pull through this time with a business that is ready to flourish again. So with this in mind I have put together a special package which is heavily discounted and valid during the lockdown period only.

Following a telephone or video consultation where we will discuss your requirements in depth I will create a set of ten bespoke, brand-crafted images using your products and brand colours alongside my extensive collection of styling props. They can contain quotes, call to actions or other positive messages or simply copy space for you to add your own text. Your images will be on brand and will reflect the core values of your business. They will help to keep your business fresh, vibrant, relevant to your clients and most importantly they will help you to maintain visibility.

Last week Nicki of Confident Cashflow commissioned a set of images. 

After an initial email I created a Pinterest board of ideas and we had a zoom call to discuss her branding and business values in detail. She then arranged to send some branded items to feature in the images and the shoot went ahead in my home studio as soon as they arrived. I’m happy to see that Nicki is already making good use of the images on LinkedIn and across Confident Cashflow’s other social media channels.

confident cashflowconfident cashflowconfident cashflow brand shoot by barbara leatham photography, taken on APril 20th 2020.

*** These branding shoots will only be available while we are in lockdown, they are heavily discounted and start from only £100. ***

If you would like to discuss your own requirements please CLICK HERE  to get in touch via the Contact Page.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) branding photography Wiltshire Photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/4/dont-be-invisible Tue, 28 Apr 2020 10:45:00 GMT
International Day of Happiness https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/3/international-day-of-happiness The Power Of Photography

Did you know that today, March 20th, is the International Day of Happiness?

I love to have a look through the Days Of The Year website and see what days are coming up. Knowing that March included, among other things, the International Day of Happiness, got me thinking about what makes me happy. Life can be very unpredictable when you are self-employed. One minute everything is ticking along at a manageable level and the next you are feeling completely overwhelmed as those jobs you quoted for several weeks ago all get back to you at the same time and all are suddenly very urgent. Add in all the usual "Mum Duties" and suddenly you find yourself wondering when you will find time to sleep and stress levels soar. For me there’s one activity that is guaranteed to allow me to completely unwind, recharge my batteries, and add a little happiness to my day.......

Wiltshire Photo Walk - Tilshead Village - by Barbara Leatham (3)Wiltshire Photo Walk - Tilshead Village - by Barbara Leatham (3)

And that activity, believe it or not, is photography!

Yes, even though photography is my business there’s nothing more relaxing and therapeutic than a walk with my camera, connecting with my surroundings and shooting purely for pleasure. I’ve lived in my little Wiltshire village for several years now but every single time I wander around it with my camera it’s like seeing it all through a fresh pair of eyes. Photography allows us to reconnect with all those little details that we stop seeing in the hurry of everyday life. It gives us the opportunity to slow down and really see the beauty of our surroundings. That process of slowing down and reconnecting really makes me happy. Regardless of where we live there are endless photo opportunities and beauty all around once we learn to see them.

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Photography also gives me the excuse to go out for long walks, sometimes on my own and sometimes with friends with cameras. The combination of fresh air, creativity and exercise is meditative, calming, inspiring and thought provoking and lifts the spirits. Every time I return from a ramble with my camera I feel refreshed and revived and ready to take on the world!
 

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The photos accompanying this blog post were taken on a walk around the village, after a few wet days we had a misty morning and I knew I needed to escape with my camera. The sun broke through the mist, the light was beautiful and for a little while I could switch off from the world and put all the current news stories out of my mind .......
 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) wiltshire landscape photography https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/3/international-day-of-happiness Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:45:00 GMT
Is It Time To Spring Clean Your Business? https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/2/spring-clean-your-business Spring is here, time to dust off the old to make way for the new.

I'm lucky to live in the beautiful county of Wiltshire, in the heart of the Salisbury Plains, but even surrounded by nature the winter months can seem dull and endless. As business owners we are generally working flat out in the run up to Christmas and then we breathe a sigh of relief when we can finally take a break. If the year starts like this one, with lots of grey days followed by storms and news of flooding all over the country, it can be difficult to find motivation and the year can start in a bit of a slump.

Thankfully Spring seems to be finally showing it's beautiful face. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are warming bit by bit, and the flowers are sharing their beauty with us and reminding us that there is new life on the way.

Without fail, waking up on a glorious sun filled Spring day, I get the urge to blitz the house freshening everything up and embracing the energy that seems to come from the day. My house has been sitting idle and cosy for the Winter months and now I’m ready to bring it back to life...

... and your business is no different.

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So, how do you Spring Clean your business?

In my case it's a time for a physical and digital spring clean. I’ll start with the office and put everything back in it’s proper place, re-homing anything that hasn't moved for over six months, if it's been sat still for so long I don’t really need it. I also clear up the folders on my computer and tidy the desktop. It’s the most boring job ever, BUT.... when I go back to my computer and it's all organised and looking tidy I feel ready to take on new challenges. It's one of life's little victories that makes me feel good inside even though no one else knows it's happened!

Most years I also go through the images on my website, it’s amazing how time can fly by without us paying any attention to how our websites look. This year I’ll be skipping this job since my website is relatively new but I know for certain that this time next year mu business will have evolved and moved forward. As business owners our websites are our electronic shop-windows to the world and it’s essential they reflect where we are right now.

When was the last time you reviewed your website? Does it do the job you want it to? Does it address the needs of your customers and properly represent the service or products you provide? What are your current images saying about your business? Does your business portrait look like you? Are you using out of date images or ones where the styling looks dated because trends have changed?

Brand awareness and how you present your business is the main way to ensure that your business stands out from everyone else. Having the right wording and the right images that are presented in the right way all help towards creating a presence that engages with our clients.

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A few things to do while you're motivated for your Business Spring Clean.

  • Ask for help from one or two trusted people who know your business well, ask them to go through your website looking for issues. If they spot something so will your customers. Make sure you fix any issues they raise.
  • Invest in professional images that are personal to your branding. Stock images are great, but others can buy them too and you don’t want to end up with the same images as a competitor! Stock images often look generic and impersonal and can quickly look dated. If your business is relatively new and you’d initially set up a website that will "do for now so I've got an online presence" make sure your images still reflect the way your business has developed.
    Working with a professional photographer that understands your business and can reflect it in top quality imagery will make a big difference.
  • Make sure that your commercial portrait is a true reflection of you. Using a holiday snap or one that "will do for now" is not good for your business. Ask yourself how you respond to someone’s image. We are all guilty of judging quickly when we see a photo of someone, good or bad it stays with us even before we have spoken to them.
    Your image should reflect your personality as well as the position you hold in your business, and it should showcase your business too. Don’t forget, not all business portraits need to be corporate looking headshots, environmental portraits can be more effective for many businesses.
  • Get inspired! See what is trending in the fashion industry (Pantone always release the colours for the seasons that are coming and they are trend setters for anything related to fashion). Find ways to make this work for your business. Whether it's styling of your products, or the styling of you. Be on trend somewhere so that people can see that you are aware of the world around you and not stuck in a rut. Check out the films that are coming in the year, they often set trends that hit the high street in the following year. Browse Instagram, look for hashtags relevant to your business and study the most popular images.
  • Set some goals for the year. Imagine that it’s December 31st and you are writing about the highlights of your year, what would you love to be including? These dreams can become your goals, now set some time frames and make it happen!
  • If you're feeling flat after the dull weather of the winter season, then it's a great time to get out and about networking and meeting new people. Spending time chatting with like minded people is a great way to lift your spirits. With the current global shut down due CoronaVirus, networking via online group chats will be a great way to keep in touch and keep you motivated.

My final thoughts...

It can be really challenging running a business on your own, I know because I've been doing it for many years. Keeping motivated when things are quiet as well as exploring new ways to reinvent the wheel takes a lot of energy. It's important to book time in the diary to reflect and review. Just imagine that the Spring Clean of your business is an extended version of this. Don't feel guilty about taking the time you need, it will pay dividends in the end.

If you are feeling inspired and think that new imagery for your business is something you’d like to talk about then please get in touch. I have some great packages and offer options for new businesses as well as existing ones.

If you'd like to see some examples of my work and a small selection of the wonderful businesses I've worked with please have a browse through the Portfolios section of the site.

 

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) Barbara Leatham Wiltshire commercial photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/2/spring-clean-your-business Tue, 25 Feb 2020 11:45:00 GMT
Business Portraits with Personality https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/2/business-portraits-with-personality Relaxed and Natural Business Portrait Photography

As a commercial photographer I get to meet and photograph a wonderful variety of interesting people and businesses right across Wiltshire, and often much further afield. I meet so many that I couldn’t possibly share all of them on the blog but now and again there is one that really stands out and needs to be shared.

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This commercial photoshoot with violinist Lucy Pelger is one that always sticks in my mind. It’s a perfect example of how avoiding the traditional corporate portrait style of photography and taking a more lifestyle approach can really allow the passion of the owner and personality of the business to shine through in the images. Of course there are many businesses that need more formal portraits, and I love to shoot these too, but I really enjoy the opportunity to get to understand a business and be creative with their photography.
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Lucy contacted me when she was new to the area and needed some images for the business she was about to launch. I always take the time to really understand my clients businesses and it soon became apparent that it was important to Lucy that her images not only showed her passion for music but were also more personal and showed her as the warm and friendly person she is. As well as a series of relaxed portraits with and without her violin we decided that to including Lucy’s daughter in the photoshoot would really add the personal feel that we decided was important.
 

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As you have probably gathered from the images Lucy is a music teacher. She teaches people of all ages but is especially keen to encourage a love of music in younger people and it certainly looks like her daughter is following in her footsteps!
 

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What story do your businesses images tell? If you'd like to refresh your online presence and inject some personality into your imagery why not get in touch, I'd love to have a chat about how I can help.
 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) business portrait photography commercial photoshoot environmental in photography portrait wiltshire" https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/2/business-portraits-with-personality Mon, 10 Feb 2020 11:45:00 GMT
Personal Branding Photography with Harriet Scott https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/1/personal-branding-photography-with-harriet-scott Client Spotlight – Personal Branding Photography with Harriet Scott

For the first of a new series of client spotlights I would love to introduce you to Harriet Scott and share some images from her two personal branding photoshoots. Harriet is a business coach and consultant based in Swindon, she really understands how professional photographs benefit her business and this makes her a pleasure to work with.

Harriet works with creative online entrepreneurs as a business coach as well as offering consultancy services to companies. When we first met she needed professional photographs for her website and some upcoming PR opportunities. As soon as she explained that she didn’t want to use stock images since they don’t allow potential clients an opportunity to get to know the person behind the business I knew we would be on the same wavelength!

Harriet confessed to some nerves ahead of the first session since, like many people, she doesn’t feel comfortable in front of the camera. Her worries were unfounded and in Harriet’s words…

“Barbara was wonderful, we had a prep call before the shoot where she answered all my questions and gave me tips on what not to wear and we also talked about hair and make up and the need to keep it natural so people recognise me. Barbara made the shoot fun, made me feel comfortable and also was very honest when she felt an outfit wasn’t the best, which I loved. She was very creative and brought some props and you could see how passionate she was about her job. The shoot exceeded my expectations and that’s why I continue to use Barbara for my branding shoots.”

Six months later Harriet had undertaken a re-brand and recognised that it was time to refresh her images. In this second branding photoshoot Harriet also wanted some more personal “day in the life” style images to help people to get to know her. We started this session by sitting down for a lengthy discussion so that I could fully understand and incorporate the changes in the branding. We brainstormed content ideas so that we could create an image library of strong, on-brand photos that could work hard for Harriet’s business. Harriet currently uses her collection of images extensively across her social media, on her website, in magazine articles and as profile photos for various memberships.

When asked about her experiences Harriet responded;

“It all just felt very easy and stress free. I feel for the pricing the service and quality of photography is so reasonable. I also received my images back very quickly after the shoot and there is no pushy sales to purchase extra images. I will definitely be using Barbara again in future when I need new photos.”

You can see more of my photography in use and find and connect with Harriet online via the following links:

Harriet's Website 
LinkedIn 
Instgram

If you are interested in branding photography and would like to find out more please get in touch via the Contact Page.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) Barbara Leatham Photographer branding photography Commercial photoshoot Swindon personal branding https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/1/personal-branding-photography-with-harriet-scott Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:45:00 GMT
Keeping Your Business Relevant https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/1/keeping-business-relevant Keeping Your Business Relevant - Advice From A Wiltshire Photographer

Can you believe that we are almost halfway through January already? It seems like only last week that we were in a panic over Christmas. Have we forgotten anyone’s present? If we shop tomorrow would the sprouts still be fresh on Christmas day? If we leave it any longer will we still get that brand of mince pie we love? You know how it is, endless questions going through our minds as we analyse the smallest of details and then all of a sudden it’s mid-January and all forgotten.

Unfortunately we often treat our businesses in the same way as Christmas. As we prepare to launch a new business, a rebrand or a new product or service we plan and pay attention to every tiny detail making sure that nothing gets overlooked. But then time flies by faster than we realise and before we know it all that careful planning is long behind us and maybe things have evolved and changed within the business.

When did you last take the time to sit down and cast a really critical eye over the public persona of your business?

If you can’t remember, now might be a good time to grab yourself a cup of tea and really analyse the outward appearance of your business. Over time our businesses evolve, product ranges change, our personal style develops or maybe we even set off in a different direction. Outside influences come into play too, styles change and something that was once unique and on trend might now be very commonplace and maybe even a little clichéd.

Try to view your business as a potential customer and evaluate every aspect. Is your tone of voice consistent throughout your website and social media? Is your logo still unique and relevant? Sometimes a style of logo can suddenly become really popular and you might find that your logo which was once distinctive and eye catching no longer stands out.

Cast an extra critical eye over the images you are using. People often form a lasting first impression based on images alone and you don’t want that first impression to be the wrong one. If your business has evolved do your images still give the correct brand message? Are you using any images of discontinued product lines? If you are a creative business have your images kept up with changes in your style?

And finally, take a look around and see what styles of images other businesses are using, trends change and you don’t want to be left behind using photos that make your business look outdated. Business portraits are a perfect example, they no longer need to be a very formal headshot on a white background (unless of course that’s in keeping with your brand). They can be fun and quirky, relaxed and friendly or they could even be documentary in style. Customers increasingly want to feel like they know the person behind the brand so pay careful attention to this area of your photography. (If you are confused about what style of business portraits are appropriate for your business this blog post may help.)

Why am I sharing all this with you? Well even though I’m a photographer I’ve also been guilty of using outdated images on my website. One new year I was shocked when I realised they were a few years old and no longer reflected the direction of my business. So now I have a reminder in my calendar to review my images every January.

If you’d like to have a chat about your photography please head over to the Contact Page and get in touch. I’m currently offering 50% extra images with any of my commercial photography packages booked before the end of February


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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) business headshots Salisbury Commercial Photography Wiltshire branding photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2020/1/keeping-business-relevant Mon, 13 Jan 2020 11:45:00 GMT
Commercial Photography - Is It Time To Make Your Business Eye Catching? https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2019/12/time-to-make-your-business-eye-catching PR and Fashion PhotographyPR and Fashion Photography

Will 2020 Be The Year You Make Your Business Stand Out From The Crowd?

Although we are still in December like lots of business owners my thoughts have already turned to the New Year. I’m always excited by the start of a New Year and the beginning of a new decade feels like a very special time. December is the time that I put my business under the spotlight and plan a really good “spring clean” ready for the year ahead.

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I look at every area of my business with a critical eye, my branding, my website, my business cards etc. and I decide which areas are ready to be refreshed and updated. Next I ask myself whether I have the skillset to do that update myself and whether it’s a good way to use my time. If I find myself saying no to either of these questions it’s time to outsource that work to an expert and spend my time in a way that has more benefit to the business. I would highly recommended that every business has a spring clean, it really helps you start off the year feeling like you are heading in the right direction. Even if you aren’t able spring clean everything you’d like to you can get a plan in place for the rest of year!

It’s an exciting time to be a business owner. The internet and social media help to create more and more opportunities, we really are in an age where anyone can start and run a business of their own. And every year more people decide that having their own business is a path they want to pursue.

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But with that wonderful world of possibility comes a downside. If anyone can start a business, and so many people are doing, how on earth can you stand out from the crowd?

The answer is simple. By using quality images that showcase your business, match your brand and tell your story.

Attention spans are dwindling, we make almost instant decisions whether we find online content appealing enough to carry on reading or whether to move straight onto the next thing that is clamouring for our attention. Whether we are aware of it or not our attention is drawn to pictures ahead of text. If the picture grabs a reader’s attention they are more likely to carry on and read the rest of the post, click on the link or visit other pages on a website. If the picture is a poor quality, uninspiring snap it’s highly likely that you will lose the reader within the first 2 or 3 seconds.

Alongside the shortening of attention spans we’ve had an explosion in mobile technology that has put a great camera in everyone’s pocket. And there’s a great temptation to use it, to take a quick selfie to use on your about page, to snap your latest product for your online shop. After all that’s what everyone else seems to be doing these days, isn’t it? Since many small and medium businesses are relying on quick phone snaps it’s really easy to make your business stand out by choosing to use high quality, bespoke imagery.

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This is where I come in, I can help you with your own business spring cleaning. By taking time to get to know you and understand your business I can create a portfolio of high quality, bespoke images that reflect your brand values and your business personality. Whether you need business portraits, product images, storytelling images or a combination of all these I can work with you to ensure that your images make you stand out from the crowd on your website and social media.
 

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Because I’m so passionate about the idea of business spring cleaning and because I’d love to help you make your business stand out I’m offering 50% extra images with any of my commercial photography packages booked during January or February.

If you are ready to make your business stand out as we start a new decade please call me on 07548 219047 or send a message via the Contact Page. I only have a limited number of commercial photoshoots available on this offer so please reserve yours as soon as possible.

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) barbara leatham branding photography commercial photography salisbury pr photography wiltshire photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2019/12/time-to-make-your-business-eye-catching Sun, 15 Dec 2019 11:45:00 GMT
Why Your Image Matters - Commercial Headshot Photography in Wiltshire https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2019/11/why-your-image-matters Getting Your Business In Front Of The Camera - And Why You Shouldn't Use A "Selfie".

For every business owner there comes a time when they need to put themselves in front of a camera. Whether it’s for the About Page on your website, your LinkedIn account or your Facebook and Twitter profiles, it’s virtually impossible to avoid the need for an image.

But do you really need a professional photographer?

After all when you post a “selfie” on Facebook you get a lot of likes, and so many people comment to say what a great photo it is. So why not just crop out your friends and family from the picture and use it for your business profile?

The harsh reality is that those people who say “great photo” aren’t really commenting on your camera skills, they are just pleased to see you having a great time. Those people who click like, at best they like that you look happy, in reality you probably just popped in their feed and they clicked that button and moved on to the next post hardly even noticing your picture.

So those likes and comments aren’t really an endorsement of your skills as a photographer and yet it saddens me to see so many business owners using exactly this sort of picture to represent their business. It saddens me not because I’m potentially missing out on business but because these business owners are not giving themselves the best chance of success.

If you happen to be in need of an accountant or solicitor who are you most likely trust, the one with a Linkedin profile picture from a night out with friends or the one with a well-lit headshot where they look professional and approachable? Most people will instinctively trust the one with the professional photo.

The same applies to any sort of business, whilst a corporate looking headshot may not be right for your business, a professional commercial or environmental portrait shows prospective customers that you take your business seriously. Not only does it build trust but it also helps you stand apart from all the other similar businesses that have settled for a quick phone snap.

So how do you know what sort of portrait will be suitable for your business?

Below you can find a quick guide with some examples to help you decide which style of image is most appropriate to attract your ideal customers to your brand. Better still why not give me a call, I’d be happy to have a chat about your business and give you some guidance on portrait styles.

Business Headshots

These are usually just head and shoulders but the same style also works for a three-quarter body shot. They will generally use a plain background, often white, and some form of photographic lighting. These are well suited to professional businesses and businesses that require a number of staff to be photographed in a consistent style. They are great for corporate brochures, websites and “meet the team” boards often found in reception areas.

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Commercial Portraits

Although these can also be head and shoulder shots they often include more of the body, they could be a three-quarter shot or maybe someone sitting at a desk or in a chair. Generally a photographic background won’t be used but a location will be chosen where the background isn’t a distraction, these portraits may use photographic lighting or natural light. These are a less formal than a headshot but can still portray a professional image, they are often used on an About Page of a website to give a friendly and approachable feel to a business.

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Phil Hale – Sports Massage Therapist
Katie Campbell – Sports Therapist
Sophie Gover – Sports Massage Therapist
Kieran Boland-Pedley – Sports Therapist
Carol Plumridge – Osteopath
Dawn Rowland – Osteopath
Anna Gardiner – Receptionist and Sports Massage Therapist
Antonia Sarnago-Orchard – Marketing and PR
Debs Bianchi – Receptionist

Peter Blake – GB Triathlete
Sabina Falcone-Healy

Ultrasound, Rocktape, Taping, Cranial Osteopathy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Personal Training, Rehabilitation, Injury Management, Small Business, Chippenham, Wiltshire
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Environmental Portraits

These are the least formal portrait type but are every bit as worthwhile as the others. These portraits will include more of the surroundings, they are often unposed and can be documentary in style. They may well use available light although sometimes additional light will be needed. They are often taken in the working environment and are used to tell the story of a business. Environmental portraits are particularly suited to creative businesses but work equally well for any business that wants to tell an added story with their portraits.

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Are your current business portraits creating the best possible first impression?

If not why not get in touch via the Contact Page, I’d love to have a chat about your business and how we can work together to create images to help you stand out.

 

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) business headshots commercial portrait photograph environmental portraits Linkedin Profile Photography Wiltshire Photographer https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2019/11/why-your-image-matters Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:45:00 GMT
Corporate Branding Photography with Gel Studios https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2019/8/corporate-branding-photography-gel-studios Gel Studios - A Creative Agency in Swindon, Wiltshire


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"We're an honest, creative and super friendly web design and graphics agency in Swindon Wiltshire" pretty much sums up the amazing people at Gel Studios. And they also make a mean cup of tea!

The Brief

To capture the team including headshots, both fun as well as more classic, team images as well as ones where they are working. 
I always include some arty images that can be used for social media and try and create images that have multi-faceted applications.

There's a strong group of personalities in the team, which has a potent vitality and energy about it. It was important to show the energy as well as the individualism of each team member.

What Gel Studios said

"Barbara's ability to capture "us" was amazing. Something we've never experienced with any photographers before. The shoot was fun and she proposed lots of varying situations to best capture everything we needed for online and offline brand purposes"

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The best thing about working with creatives is the "yes" response to any of my ideas. it means the images they have are as unique and individual as they are. Understanding their brand and who they engage with all goes towards the end results.
 

corporate branding photography in Wiltshire (3)corporate branding photography in Wiltshire (3)Corporate branding photoshoot for Gel Studios, a creative agency based in Swindon, Wiltshire

You can find out more about Gel Studios on their website and their social media platforms. Please check them out

Website - https://www.gelstudios.co.uk

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) brand photography corporate branding photoshoot salisbury wiltshire commercial photography https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2019/8/corporate-branding-photography-gel-studios Fri, 09 Aug 2019 10:45:00 GMT
Spring Floral Fine Art Photography https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2019/3/personal-photo-projects The Power of Personal Projects

It’s very easy once you’ve established yourself as a professional photographer to find yourself only getting out the camera when you have a paying client. For the very small minority of photographers who only took up photography as a means to earn money it’s not a problem, but for the vast majority who first fell in love with photography as a hobby and means of creative expression personal work is essential.

When I’m not working for clients you can still find me with a camera of some sort in my hands. Some days that might only be my phone camera as I capture the beautiful Wiltshire countryside while I’m out and about. On other days you will find me with my “proper” camera on hand as I document my family’s daily life or create artistic images, often of flowers.

It may not initially seem that fine art flower photography has much in common with the work I carry out for my clients but I firmly believe that my personal photography makes me a much stronger commercial photographer.

Fine art flower photography by Barbara Leatham (2)Fine art flower photography by Barbara Leatham (2)

When photographing these flowers from my garden I need to take time to study their shape, colour and texture. I need to decide which of the features are important and how I want to display these features in my photographs. I’ll need to think about lighting and how I can use the light to enhance the beauty of the flowers. The styling and layout needs to be considered, do I want to keep the images simple and powerful or do I want to add some styling and props and create an image with a lifestyle feel. For this particular set of images I don't want anything to distract from the beauty of the flowers so I've opted for a simple white background and a more graphic feel for the images.
 

Fine art flower photography by Barbara Leatham (3)Fine art flower photography by Barbara Leatham (3)

Exactly the same thought process is involved when creating images for my commercial photography clients, the only difference is the choice of subject and how the subject is portrayed is entirely my own.

That freedom of choice allows me to exercise my creativity and explore different approaches and techniques, such as image stacking for the anemones above. Image stacking is a technique that involves combining a series of images in Photoshop to produce a final image with a maximum depth of field. It’s a technique that can be useful for photographing jewellery and other products with details that need to be clearly displayed.

If you are a photographer reading this I would strongly encourage you to pursue some form of personal photography project, choose something that interests or inspires you and explore all the different ways that you can photograph it. Use your personal work to try out different approaches, perhaps a different lens, a different lighting approach or a new editing technique. Taking time out to be creative will help you approach your client work with a new found enthusiasm.

If photography is a hobby and you are interested in exploring some new techniques but don't know where to start why not book a bespoke 1-2-1 training session? Click here for more information.

Looking for some floral art work for your home? Did you know I have an extensive catalogue of images for sale as prints? Contact me for more information 

 

 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) bespoke photography training fine art flower photography Wiltshire photo lessons https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2019/3/personal-photo-projects Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:45:00 GMT
The Power of Photography - Walking With a Camera https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2019/2/power-of-photography-walking-with-a-camera Life can be very unpredictable when you are self-employed. One minute everything is ticking along at a manageable level and the next you are feeling completely overwhelmed as those jobs you quoted for several weeks ago all get back to you at the same time and all are suddenly very urgent. Add in all the usual "Mum Duties" and all of a sudden you find yourself wondering when you will find time to sleep and stress levels soar. For me there’s one activity that is guaranteed to completely take my mind away from the stresses of daily life and allow me to completely unwind and recharge my batteries.......

Wiltshire Photo Walk - Tilshead Village - by Barbara Leatham (3)Wiltshire Photo Walk - Tilshead Village - by Barbara Leatham (3)

And that activity, believe it or not, is photography!

Yes, even though photography is my business there’s nothing more relaxing and therapeutic than a walk with my camera, connecting with my surroundings and shooting purely for pleasure. I’ve lived in my little Wiltshire village for several years now but every single time I wander around it with my camera it’s like seeing it all through a fresh pair of eyes. Photography allows us all to reconnect with all those little details that we stop seeing in the hurry of everyday life. It gives us the opportunity to slow down and really see the beauty of our surroundings. Regardless of where we live there are endless photo opportunities and beauty all around once we learn to see to them.

Wiltshire Photo Walk - Tilshead Village - by Barbara Leatham (4)Wiltshire Photo Walk - Tilshead Village - by Barbara Leatham (4)

Photography gives me the excuse to go out for long walks, sometimes on my own and sometimes with friends with cameras. The combination of fresh air, creativity and exercise is meditative, calming, inspiring and thought provoking. Every time I return from a ramble with my camera I feel refreshed and revived and ready to take on the world!
 

Wiltshire Photo Walk - Tilshead Village - by Barbara Leatham (1)Wiltshire Photo Walk - Tilshead Village - by Barbara Leatham (1)

I know I’m not alone in my pursuit of a quiet mind through photography, increasingly more people are coming to recognise it as a therapeutic pastime and many people now engage with photography as part of a wider mindfulness practice. But I also realise that I’m in a minority when I say that I’m happy to wander off alone with my camera so in spring and summer I will be organising a series of photo walks for people of all ages and abilities. These walks will be an opportunity to walk, chat and shoot at a relaxed pace, they won’t be a training course but I will be on hand to offer tips and guidance. Best of all they will end with coffee and cake, or tea and scones, and a chance to compare photos and marvel over how we all see the same things so very differently.

Dates and details will be announced on my Facebook Page but if you would like to receive an email as well head to the Contact Page and send me a quick message.

Wiltshire Photo Walk - Tilshead Village - by Barbara Leatham (2)Wiltshire Photo Walk - Tilshead Village - by Barbara Leatham (2)

The photos accompanying this blog post were taken on my most recent walk around the village, after a few wet days we had a misty morning and I knew I needed to escape with my camera. The sun broke through the mist and the light was just beautiful.......
 

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barbara@barbaraleatham.co.uk (Barbara Leatham Photography) photo walk photography salisbury wiltshire https://www.barbaraleatham.co.uk/blog/2019/2/power-of-photography-walking-with-a-camera Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:45:00 GMT