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Autumn family portraits in Warrington, Cheshire

Autumn is, for me, the most significant season of change in the year. The trees and land change in colour producing rich reds, golds, yellows and browns. Autumn is perfect as it makes the most pleasing colour palette as a backdrop for family portrait photography. It also gives us the opportunity for people to wear lots of different type of clothes. Hats and scarves suddenly make sense as props which gives us plenty of variety when styling the photographs. I did this session in late October last year at Lymm Dam.

Lymm Dam is a very popular local beauty spot

The dam is a bit of tourist attraction in Lymm. Lymm is a traditional Cheshire village in the south east of the Borough of Warrington. But it isn’t an ideal location for family portraits all year round. From late May to Mid September the leaf cover is very dense making it dark on cloudy days. On sunny days it’s even worse as the strong sunlight filters through the big, green leaves and castes a green tint to people’s faces. In my opinion it makes people look a bit ill and is difficult to correct. The autumn colours work perfectly from Mid September to the end of November meaning that we have near perfect backdrops. As the leaves fall and form a carpet of golds, yellows and browns they soften the harsh greens of summer grass.

On sunny days the bright autumn light can be used to backlight subjects adding an amazing glow to the portraits. Just to balance things out I like to bring a lightweight and very portable off camera flash like a Profoto A1 or B2 to balance the daylight and soften the shadows.

Personal branding and telling your story

Photos and Presentations – all part of the same picture?

Catherine Sandland, the presenting queen by Andrew Collier Photography

In our first guest blog for a long while Catherine Sandland (known many of us as The Presenting Queen) shares her thoughts about photos and presentations and being photographed by me. This is what she had to say…

I recently had some photos taken for the website and also to update my profile pictures. And the conversation I had with my photographer, Andrew Collier was an interesting one and one that threw up several parallels with what he does and what I do professionally.Read More

Urban portraits and fabulous artworks

Sisters in bus stop- Urban portrait photography in Merseyside

I took this urban portrait of two sisters in Wallasey one November afternoon. I wanted something different to the usual close up portraits we had been shooting during the session and the bright yellow bus stop caught my eye. In colour it looked really garish but I knew that it would look stunning in black and white especially as the winter daylight was starting to fade.Read More

Business portraits with Naomi Marriott – VA Hero

Headshot of Cheshire based Virtual Assistant
Many people have heard my mantra about business portraits or corporate head shots as they are sometimes known. If you haven’t, it’s this; “The face you present to the world says everything about you and your business”

Most of us, whether we realise it or not, make an instant judgement about what we see when we see a photo or when we meet people. Whether we should or shouldn’t is another matter but we do. reading the right first impression on business social media is critical to being noticed and to standing out. Read More