“Just a little note to say thank you to the lovely Andrew Collier who took our photos…a fun day for even the less confident subjects in the group! A great photographer for business portraits, weddings and, for that matter, any other event. Without a doubt he is the best portrait photographer I have ever seen! The pictures below are proof!” Judith Matthews, Managing Director – Menai Holiday Cottages Ltd

In February I was asked to go over to Llangaffo on Anglesey to do a business portrait session for Judith Matthews and her team at Menai Holiday Cottages. Menai Holidays is a holiday cottage letting agency offering self catering accommodation in Anglesey, Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula, in North Wales. We did the shoot at The Outbuildings, an absolute gem of a B&B and boutique wedding venue set in peaceful grounds with beautiful views of Snowdonia.

As well as new team shots for the website and marketing literature, we wanted to create a variety of looks for each person and everything had to be done within a day so that the disruption to the business was kept to an absolute minimum.

Most people don’t like being photographed so it’s important to make sure people are as relaxed as possible and don’t get too much time to worry about how they will look in their business portraits. The Outbuildings was a perfect location for photographing people from a holiday business and gave us loads of different, natural backdrops and very good natural light to work with.

I like to keep the pace going and move from backdrop to backdrop quite quickly so that people don’t get bored and so we can create a variety of looks in a short time, making the best use of natural light as it’s much more flattering than the dreaded studio flashing lighting typical of more formal portraits.

Used properly, soft natural light is just perfect for flattering portraits. The light is much kinder and we can just concentrate on letting the subject’s personality shine through.

Here’s a small selection of group and individual portraits from the session.