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I was pleased to be asked by Rob Whitwood, of Inspired Youth, to take the PR photos for their MyFi project (My Future in Finance) at the Lovewell Blake offices in Norwich.

The aim is to promote the ‘My Future in Finance’ that takes place at the UEA Sportspark in November 2015,  It’s a great opportunity for schools, colleges and students from the UEA to meet a range of employers from the Finance Industry.

This year’s event is sponsored by Lovewell Blake Chartered Accountants.

Inspired Youth is a social enterprise that aims to bring together local employers with local young people. We do this through exciting projects that encourage real conversations about skills and careers. We want you to feel inspired to get involved, so please check out some of our projects, and get in touch. We would love you to get on board.” 

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When you are planning your engagement or lifestyle photo shoot it’s always a good idea to think about what (or not) to wear.   This however is not compulsory.  If you don’t have the clothes, the time, or money to following these ideas, or have any other reason not to use them, don’t worry.  It’s not the end of the world, we shall have fun anyway!

The Basics!

Aim to be coordinated with one another, not matchy-matchy!

When we take photos we want to have a photo that doesn’t have any distractions, so keeping the clothes everyone wears coordinated is a good starting point.  Having one person in Yellow and everyone else is in autumn colours might be fun for the person in Yellow, but unless the shoot is all about them you should aim to compliment one another.  In the same way avoid matching clothes, i.e. the same colour shorts, or trousers, well unless you are looking for that corporate look?

Choose a theme

It’s a good place to start and allows everyone to build on an idea.  Maybe it’s flowers, so one person has a shirt with a gentle floral print, another has black buttons on a yellow coat, another had a brooch with a bunch of sunflowers, and the baby has a little outfit with a daisy on it.  If you like you could all dress in the style of Star Wars, but maybe that’s a little too far for now!

Attention to detail can be good, so think about the style of clothes, if it’s a group of ladies, choosing similar length skirts for example, or maybe everyone has casual trousers on, but one has formal trousers, little things like this can cause the attention to wander to the difference in the photo, not the group as a whole.

Be individual

Choose clothes that please you, make you feel good and above all comfortable to be relaxed when we get together.

Think about how the clothes make you look – very tight clothes can create weird and wonderful bumps and lumps where there are none.  On the other hand baggy clothes can made you look boxy and  give you no shape at all.  So pick something that gives you some shape, whatever shape or size you are, it’s about capturing you as you!

New Clothes

Lifestyle photography shoots are about capturing you feeling comfortable.  Buying new clothes for the shoot is never a good idea, well unless it’s a model shoot, as most people don’t feel comfortable in them, and ultimately that’s what we are looking for.  Aim to have clothes cleaned, washed, etc. and worn a few times so that you feel comfortable in them.  This also applies to shoes – if you don’t wear high heels most of the time and find them difficult to wear, then don’t try to on the day of the shoot.   Basically be comfortable, not fashionable.


Once you have your clothes chosen them consider adding a little something such as a scarf or brooch, hat or hair band etc.  Maybe everyone has a little badge/theme that symbolises something close to their hearts. Introducing flashes of colour can be lovely, without being too over the top.

Personal hygiene

I hate to say it but the camera captures a lot of detail, especially when getting close to the subject.  So on the day of the shoot make sure everyone has taken time to clean their hair, brushed down their clothes from dandruff, and teeth are clean.

Hair and makeup

It doesn’t hurt to take a little extra time to make sure one’s hair is styled nicely.  It doesn’t mean going to the salon beforehand, just make sure it’s looking its best in the way you do it every day.

When putting your makeup on try to make sure it’s applied sensibly,  less is usually more.

Most of just have fun!



If you have any other suggestions please let me know?

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Abandoned Hospital in Norfolk

I don’t seem to get a lot of time nowadays with work to take the photos that are different to my day to day weddings & commercial photography.  I was lucky to go out to lunch with my wife Annette today and on the way home I stumbled upon an old hospital, somewhat in disrepair, but the door was open and I got to have a little nose inside. What surprised me was the place really didn’t look like it had been touch, looted etc. so without disturbing anything I took a few shots and to be honest it was really refreshing to do something different.  Somewhat indulgent but back to the grind now, headshots to be sorted for the morning for my BNI Kett group.

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Neil Foley – Commercial Photography for Norwich’s Business Growth Club

I love taking commercial photography norwich, especially when it’s for an organisation as dynamic as this one.  Neil’s delivery was magnetic, I almost forgot I was there to photograph the event!

My remit was to capture his event at the Brook Hotel in Bowthorpe, Norwich, for his Business Growth Group meeting. I was to capture the essence of the event, showing how the audience was captivated by what Neil had to say and how he captivated their imaginations.  I think that the photos above show just how captivated his audience were.

Neil went on to explain concepts of his system, explanations behind the logic and demonstrated real life examples to put the concepts into context,  Very useful evening and one well worth a visit for any Norfolk Business owner.

A great evening meeting good, local Norfolk business people and it was a pleasure to work with Neil Foley again.

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I’ve been a member of BNI [Business Networks International] Norwich Kett chapter (the most successful chapter on the UK at this moment in time!), for sometime now, and being the sole photographer in the chapter I was lucky enough to work with many of the awesome members, and the members contacts.

To help the chapter with its marketing, Ola put together a video that scrolls through every member in the chapters, showing their logo, what they do, and a photograph of them.  My part was to take headshots of all the members, edit them, add a BNI ‘coloured’ fade in the background, and then send them over to Ola to include on the video.

As you will see we ended up with quite a selection of images, and a few fun ones.

Givers Gain can work and it was just one little addition to the success of the Kett Chapter.

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I don’t normally go out and about in Norwich to take photos for myself, but for a change I headed into town early to see what inspired me.   I do love Norwich, its such a beautiful city, there are few places around the UK that really have the same peaceful and beautiful setting, in a fairly busy conurbation.  As you can see I ended up at the most iconic building in Norwich, it’s been done to death, but I don’t actually have many photos of the historic building so here’s a little selection.

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