Month: November 2015

3 reasons you should have professional portraits/headshots taken for your small business

You only have to venture out to the Uplands or Marina markets in Swansea to get a taste of some of the amazing small businesses, sole traders and entrepreneurs that are thriving here.

Local food producers, jewellery makers, artists, craftsman, the list goes on.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of people putting themselves out there and going for their dreams.

If you’re one of these people, working for yourself, or if you’re still toying with the idea of taking the plunge then you’ll already be aware that, really, YOU are your business.

You are what makes the business special and what makes people want to buy your products or your services.  So you want to make sure that you are represented in the best possible way.

This is where professional portraits/headshots come in.

Here are my top 3 reasons why you should have some taken:

1)  People buy people.

Yes, they buy the thing that you’re selling, but really, they’re buying YOU.  So it’s a great idea to have photos that really show the true you, on your social media pages and on an ‘about’ page on your website.  People will naturally tend to feel like they know you better if they see a photo of you, rather than just a logo, especially if the photo captures your personality.

I use the Beloved technique in my solo portrait sessions, which results in brilliantly authentic photos.  Your personality will shine through in your photos, which is just what you want when you are your business.

2)  People are busy.

They might not have the time to read all about you and your business, they might just scan your website for the information they need.  But they will see your headshot photo.  When you think that your profile photo might be all they use to form an impression of you, then you see the importance of making sure it’s a great quality photo that shows you at your best!

3)  People use short-cuts and make assumptions.

We might not always be aware of it, but we do make judgements about people from what we see and read about them.  If people see a photo of you that’s blurry, or obviously cropped from a picture of a night out, they may well make assumptions about you and how seriously you take your business.

Yes, you want the photos of you to show your personality, but you need them to also show that you take care over what you do and what you put out into the world.

So, take a few minutes and have a look at the photos of yourself that you’re using on your social media pages and on your website.  Are they recent?  Do they really reflect who you are?  Are you happy to have them represent you and your business to the online world?!

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then maybe it’s time to get some new, professional portraits taken.

Get in touch with me if you’d like to discuss a session!  I’d love to get to know you and provide you with photos to be proud of for your business.

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Photography tip of the week – freeze the action

Photography tip of the week – freeze the action

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that kids are fast.  From the moment they start crawling they’re off, across the room faster than you can say “oh God we need to baby-proof”.

What you might find is that the photos you take of your speedy little things end up just being, quite literally, a bit of a blur.

Which leads me to my photography tip of the week – freeze the action!

This tip requires you to take a small leap of faith and take your camera off ‘auto’ mode.  But it’s ok, we’re not jumping far; just to the ‘sports’ mode.

On most cameras this mode is represented by a running man figure.

The most important factor in freezing motion in photos is the camera’s shutter speed.  With a fast shutter speed the movement will be frozen and you’ll get nice, sharp images.  If you have a slower shutter speed you get motion blur in the photos.

When you select the sports mode on your camera it automatically sets a faster shutter speed for you, meaning you’ll be more likely to be able to capture your kids when they run around like crazy!

If you want to take a bit more control of your camera you can try the shutter priority mode which lets you adjust the shutter speed for yourself and then the camera adjusts the aperture for you to maintain good exposure in the photos.

Give it a go!  Next time you’re at the park and your children are running about, get your camera into sports mode and see what difference it makes to your photos!

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Introducing ‘You, actually’ – solo portrait sessions in Swansea.

Drumroll please….

….I’m really excited to announce a new addition to Madeline Littlejohns Photography – solo portrait sessions!

I’ve named these solo sessions ‘You, actually’, because that’s what they’re all about – you!  

They’re for individuals who want a portrait session that’s all about them and that results in photos that truly reflect who they are.

I’ll be writing more in-depth blog posts soon about how amazing these sessions are for all sorts of different people and situations.   But for now, here’s a quick list of who they might appeal to:

  • Small business owners
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Arty folk – jewellery makers, artists, crafters (anyone really, who creates things to sell online and in person)
  • Pregnant women who want photos of just them and their gorgeous bumps.
  • Anyone who wants natural, authentic photos of themselves, to share with family, for their social media profiles, or maybe for online dating profiles!

Whatever your reason for booking a solo portrait session with me in Swansea, the end result will be the same – beautiful, natural photos that show off the best of you – no awkward, fake ‘camera’ smiles here!

Here’s what you’ll get when you book a session:

  • A pre-session consultation, where we’ll discuss what it is that you want your photos to say about you and what part of your personality you want to shine through.  We’ll also discuss the perfect location for your session, and what you might like to wear.
  • A one hour, on-location portrait session.
  • The very best of your images edited and shown to you in an online gallery so you can choose which ones you would like.
  • 10 digital files for you to share and print however you like.

These sessions are currently priced at £90.

If you’d like to discuss booking a solo session, please get in touch!

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A fun Beloved family portrait session in Swansea

A fun Beloved family portrait session in Swansea

How’s this for something to brighten up a wet Autumn day!

These photos were taken back in the summer, at Heol Las park in Swansea.  I absolutely love the amount of parks we have here in Swansea, they’re perfect for family portrait sessions with busy, can’t-sit-still, full of energy children!

These two were so much fun and were raring to go when we met at the park.  After a play on the swings and roundabout we headed out to find a spot for some of the Beloved games that I had up my sleeve!

As luck would have it, there was a gorgeous patch of wildflowers that was just perfect.  Did you see all the wildflowers all over Swansea this year?  They were just beautiful, and made me smile every time I spotted a new place full of them!

This portrait session though really was all about the children; Mum and Dad wanted to capture this stage of their lives, how they’re growing up and how they interact with each other, and they were great at just being themselves in front of the camera.

If you’d like some gorgeous, happy photos like these of your family please get in touch to discuss a session.
We’ll work together to chose a location that will work best for you and base the session around your children’s personalities so you can relax and not worry about them ‘being on their best behaviour’!  Look at the photos above – this is all about the fun!
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