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Welcome to my Blog page. Here you will find out what I have been up to each month, with images and stories from my commissions.







Bridal Boudoir

Thursday 24th May 2018

Looking for that something special for your husband-to-be?

I remember watching fashion guru Gok Wan's programme 'How to Look Good Naked' for the first time and thinking how brave the ladies taking part were. Especially when they were reclining in a shop window wearing nothing but a fabulous smile; "No way Jose!" thought I, though I later met him in Jarrold's book department a few years ago and he was charming.

It was a tremendously successful process for the ladies involved, even though it made us consider the fact that every other woman is beautiful, but not ourselves. Self confidence and body image have a wide scale of measurement, from those who adore their body beautiful to those who hide all of it under a baggy sweater, with even their partners/husbands never having seen them naked. ??We felt their 'feel good' factor when they saw themselves, and their images. So why aren't we all doing it? Fear of exposing our less than perfect body to a photographer, hating having our picture taken anyway and worrying that we will be disappointed we don't look as good as they promise we will.  Hating the way we think our bottom, thighs, flat chest or double chin look does nothing for our personal confidence. On the upside we all have our best bits too - lovely hair, good skin or beautiful eyes. Good boudoir photography balances focus on our best elements whilst sensitively portraying the bits we are not so keen on, so that it produces an overall glimpse into the beautiful sexy woman inside. A tease.  As a client you are always in control of what you wear and take on or off.

I wanted to give my ladies the absolute best experience that I could. The whole nine yards. I have just received a feedback form from my latest Boudoir client. In answer to my question of what she liked about the shoot her answer was-

"The chance to be the main event! The make up, hair, bubbles and the professional shoot" 


Your Boudoir photography album can be whatever you want it to be, and is an absolutely fabulous gift for your fiancé to open on the morning the wedding.

Each client is an individual and so my shoots are tailored to suit them specifically. I have had a Boudoir shoot myself and can vouch for the way it makes you feel fabulous about yourself, both during the shoot, and when you receive your images.

Whilst I cannot show many of the images from my clients' Boudoir experiences below are a few of those that I can show. Thank you to my ladies for allowing me to show these. Age, body size and shape, and disabilities and disfigurements are no barrier to a fabulous Boudoir experience. We have the bodies we were given and they are all beautiful; they are what makes us us, and we should celebrate our femininity.    Do it - you won't regret the experience.

The lady that completed the feedback form added these words about her experience with me in the studio - "The whole process of the Boudoir shoot was, quite simply, amazing. Although it was done as a gift for my husband I also gained from it. My body confidence has sky rocketed, and Lisa got some brilliant pictures. The experience is one I would recommend to everyone; something I will never regret, or forget. Thank you so much" Mrs L.

To find out more click here



Parents portraits for posterity and my Dad

Thursday 10th May 2018

My Dad, Brian.

This is my Dad. He is 85 this year, and Norfolk born and bred. 

How did he get that old? 

It seems only yesterday that he used to take me, aged about 12, to work with him on the Hedenham Estate near Bungay. He was a Gamekeeper for years and I loved going out into the countryside, and learning about the woodland and its inhabitants. 

Although Dad appears in many family photos I do not have a real representative image of him in his golden years. He rarely gets in front of the camera these days, so I had to strike whilst the iron was hot and he was visiting the studio earlier this year. 

This image was taken very quickly despite the lighting having been set up with care the day before. I just sat him on the stool and we carried on with the conversation we had been having and I just took a few shots. This one stood out for me. Having processed the image I just loved the lived-in look of his face. He worked outside for all his life until retirement. 

It is a very emotive image for me and epitomises my Dad’s wonderful character. Even though he is not smiling broadly he is relaxed and happy, and I am proud that he is my Dad. 

To cap it all his image has won my first ever Gold Award from the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers. Thanks Dad  x.

About Parents Portraits for Posterity

Time passes and before we know it our parents are retiring, collecting their pension and becoming grandparents or great-grandparents.  In the rush to make sure we capture images of our kids growing up we can forget the importance of documenting our parents lives too.

Parents Portraits for Posterity is my way of giving you the chance to capture the special character and spirit of our dear mums and dads. It is a special session of up around an hour with me here, or on location, and designed to produce an emotive memorable image like the one above. It’s your job to persuade them to let me photograph them... that could be the tough bit!

They will spend an hour with me chatting and relaxing as I take their picture. You are welcome to be there too if you feel it is important. Should they be infirm or suffering from a physical or mental condition I will work sensitively to ensure they are at ease with everything I do.

Of course many of our mums and dads are sprightly and full of the joys of life, so if you would like them to be captured in full flow that’s fine too!

Sessions including a framed 10” x 8” image are £99.

Location sessions within a 10-mile radius of Harleston are included in the above price. Travel is charged at 40p per mile thereafter.

Click here to contact me or call 01379855129


Does your business portrait sell you to your potential clients?

Friday 23rd March 2018


Long before the rise of the internet and social media as a way to connect with other people to grow your business we all had to rely on the Yellow Pages, local knowledge, an ad in the paper or just a plain business card. I don’t remember many business networking groups around when I was first working in the world of business in the late 1970s.

Now everything we do is very much more visual, with most businesses having a website and a social media presence. You can also network face to face every day of the week if you want to. Social media platforms such as Google+, Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter encourage us to upload a picture of ourselves to facilitate more interaction between each other.

The adage ‘people buy people’ is very true, but how can your photo help you get the right people wanting to buy from you? Your headshot is one of the most powerful business tools that you have at your disposal. A great headshot will communicate professionalism and show that you are "open for business".  It will also enable people to engage with you, and may actually help you to raise your profile.

I am amazed at some of the choices of an image used on for promoting a business. What will a grinning selfie taken at a party do to raise your business profile in such a way that potential clients will want to do business with you? Or, however nice, a photo of you and your spouse on your wedding day??

How can you present the image your customers will want to engage with? It depends on what you want to say. Should it be formal or informal? By informal I still mean professional. Where will you want to use it? Networking, websites, brochures and social media are the usual places. However, I am a strong believer that your image should also be on your business cards. How many business cards do you get handed to you at an event? Can you remember the person you spoke to weeks later when you are trying to recall a potentially important conversation with them? Pop your picture on the reverse (or front if the design allows).

Ok, so now you are ready to get that head shot done. Here’s how:

·       Book a session with a professional head shot photographer. Look at their headshot portfolio.

·       Decide if it needs to be a studio shot or an environmental portrait i.e. you in your work surroundings.

·       Discuss with them the image/feeling you want to portray. Discuss clothing, backgrounds etc.

·       Think about personal grooming. Men – get your hair cut, shave. Ladies - think hair & makeup.

·       Look at headshot ideas on Pinterest. There are some great ideas on there to discuss with your photographer

An important point to note if you have a team of people to get photographed, both as individuals and as a group, is to decide if they should all be dressed with a colour theme, or in matching uniforms, ties etc. That way you will ensure everyone knows what is expected of them, and you will achieve the desired look and feel that works with your branding.

If you are considering updating the headshots of you, or you and your team, please give me a call on (01379) 855129 or complete the contact form on my website. All consultations are free.

Why my training is so important

Monday 12th February 2018

Every January the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, of which I am a qualified member, run their annual convention in London. Photographers from all over the world converge for almost a week of mentoring, training competition and fun. I think this is my fourth year, and I look forward to the next one as soon as I get back! Although many of us are friends locally, we also see many friends who are scattered across the UK and the world, and we really enjoy our only face to face meet up of the year.

This year was more memorable for me than other years as I was to be a Speaker on the programme of educational seminars that ran over four days. My 2-hour Masterclass was to be on the subject of Business Networking and how to do it effectively. This is an area in which I have a wide range of experience and know its value. It was very exciting and scary, to see my name on the board!

Delegates found out about all the different places one can go to network for their business and the pros and cons of each. It was a very interactive session and I think we all enjoyed it.

  

I was also thrilled to receive a Merit award for my image of Jessie in the 20" x 16" Mounted Print Competition 










Keeping my training up today is essential moving my photography forward, and for the benefit of my clients too

It ensures I am constantly updating my practical photography skills, especially as I am developing my own specific style for portraits as the examples opposite show.I try to make every portrait as original as I can and to suit the individual. Giving advice on styling helps enormously.

The other photographers that I train with on my mentoring scheme all have differing styles, but we all benefit from the tuition and guidance we receive from Damian McGillicuddy.

Why I love what Gok Wan did for women

Friday 22nd December 2017


I remember watching fashion guru Gok Wan's programme 'How to Look Good Naked' for the first time and thinking how brave the ladies taking part were. Especially when they were reclining in a shop window wearing nothing but a fabulous smile; "No way Jose!" thought I, though I later met him in Jarrold's book department a few years ago and he was charming.
 
It was a tremendously successful process for the ladies involved, even though it made us consider the fact that every other woman is beautiful, but not ourselves. Self confidence and body image have a wide scale of measurement, from those who adore their body beautiful to those who hide all of it under a baggy sweater, with even their partners/husbands never having seen them naked.

We felt their 'feel good' factor when they saw themselves, and their images. So why aren't we all doing it? Fear of exposing our less than perfect body to a photographer, hating having our picture taken anyway and worrying that we will be disappointed we don't look as good as they promise we will.  Hating the way we think our bottom, thighs, flat chest or double chin look does nothing for our personal confidence. On the upside we all have our best bits too - lovely hair, good skin or beautiful eyes. Good boudoir photography balances focus on our best elements whilst sensitively portraying the bits we are not so keen on, so that it produces an overall glimpse into the beautiful sexy woman inside. A tease.                                                                                                                                                                                                          I wanted to give my ladies the absolute best experience that I could. The whole nine yards. I have just received a feedback form from my latest Boudoir client. In answer to my question of what she liked about the shoot her answer was

"The chance to be the main event! The make up, hair, bubbles and the professional shoot"

Boudoir photography can be whatever you want it to be and just for you or for your partner. As a client you are always in control of what you wear and take on or off.

Each client is an individual and so my shoots are tailored to suit them specifically. I have had a Boudoir shoot myself and can vouch for the way it makes you feel fabulous about yourself, both during the shoot, and when you receive your images.

Whilst I cannot show many of the images from my clients' Boudoir experiences below are a few of those that I can show. Thank you to my ladies for allowing me to show these. Age, body size and shape, and disabilities and disfigurements are no barrier to a fabulous Boudoir experience. We have the bodies we were given and they are all beautiful; they are what makes us us, and we should celebrate our femininity.    Do it - you won't regret the experience.

The lady that completed the feedback form added these words about her experience with me in the studio - "The whole process of the Boudoir shoot was, quite simply, amazing. Although it was done as a gift for my husband I also gained from it. My body confidence has sky rocketed, and Lisa got some brilliant pictures. The experience is one I would recommend to everyone; something I will never regret, or forget. Thank you so much" Mrs L.R.

Until next time I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Celebrate your inner beauty!

Lisa x

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