Before, during and after…

Before and after photography Market Harborough

“Before & After”, not only does this title suggest that there is something wrong with the women “before”, but it also suggest that we do something secret and magical to transform her, and neither are true!

Because of this dreadful connotation I haven’t really indulged in the whole “before&after”, but then Trine, one of my Danish friend came over to visit and we were just playing around and we did indeed end up with a bit of a “before&after” shoot. The important message from this is that we are all just normal women! There is nothing wrong with us “before”, but it is great to see ourselves at our very best.

Before...

We did the “before” picture – it is done in the same place as the “after” pictures in the same light, there I no “hidden agenda” here, it is just a quick picture before we got going with hair and make-up. I am not a hair or make-up artist, and I always use a professional make-up artist at my shoots, but on this occasion I did the hair and make-up. Beautiful portraits usually aren’t about dramatic make-up, they are about the women in the picture, so more often than not I go for quite a natural cover. Now “natural cover” is not to be confused with no make-up! Great hair and make-up together with clothing will make or break any shoot. Definition and a beautiful foundation will instantly give a fresh clean glow to your images.

During...

Posing, posing and posing is the main ingredients for the actual shoot. People tell me again and again that they were surprised by just how much I pose them. There is no “freestyling” or “strike a pose” on my shift – it isn’t your job to know how to “pose”, it is my job to photograph you in a flattering position! So we tried a variety of poses for Trine, and they certainly aren’t all comfortable, and they definitely don’t feel natural, but the important thing is they look great in camera.

After...

I have known Trine all my life, and we were just playing so she sat with me and did the post-production – the secret magical part where we transform people, right? Trine chose her favourites, and we then did exactly the steps I would do on a normal paid shoot. It was really interesting for me, because I would say “shall we soften the skin a little bit” and Trine would say “no, I think it looks fine”… i.e. it isn’t a matter of the images needing polishing beyond recognition! I would be using my (soft and subtle) Photoshop brushes and Trine would say “I can’t actually see that they are making a difference” – that is how subtle the polishing is. We tweak the colours and add final touches and hey presto, we have our final shots ready for printing. Trine posted one as a profile image on Facebook and instantly got well over 200 Likes and endless comments – it is a tiny thing, but it definitely does boost your confidence :o)

What’s the point?

The point is that we are all fine just as we are, but we do all have the potential to look fantastic. The next point is – it makes you realise that all the celebrities in the magazines have been through quite a treatment before they reach the front cover – a huge team of hair and make-up artists, high flying photographers and professional re-touchers who (unlike me) are very heavy handed in Photoshop. On an average everyday basis those celebrities look just like normal people, they have stretch marks, scars, spots and battle various things in life! So rest assured that you are good enough, just as you are, but it is great to see yourself at your very best...
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Glamourous maternity photography

I firmly believe that having children is the biggest life changing event for women, and hence photographing bumps is a delightful part of my work, and it just got a lot more glamourous!

glamourousstudio maternity photography

I continuously invest in professional photography training, and earlier this year I did a maternity course. I have since been experimenting and playing with new styles and I am really loving the new look and feel!

glamourousstudio maternity photography

Pregnancy is often associated with feeling heavy, achy and swollen so being able to present women with glowing images like these, are amazing! Here is a glimpse of what I have been working on. If you like them, and are blessed with a bump I am offering bump photography sessions in my Market Harborough studio at significantly reduced rates while I am further practising this new style.

glamourousstudio maternity photography

glamourousstudio maternity photography

Sun set maternity photography

I love these sunset bump pictures, but admittedly they didn’t just effortlessly happen. We had talked about this shoot for weeks and weeks, but when the day came the weather was somewhat against us with a stretch of cloudy evenings and no sign of the glowing rays we had in mind. I was also, once again, reminded that you cannot plan things 100% with newborns, and thing were further complicated by the baby suddenly being scheduled for c section a few weeks early. But right when I thought it was all lost we had a tiny window of opportunity and got some really special pictures! The light changes rapidly this time a day and created dramatically different looks within our shot little session and we got a great little mix of bump and sibling shots.

glamourousstudio maternity photography

glamourousstudio maternity photography

I offer maternity photography in my Market Harborough studio and on locations in Leicestershire. You can find out more about my work as maternity photographer here I occasionally do special offers for maternity photography.

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Women in business – Market Harborough

Natural handmade soaps in Leicestershire

There is so much talent in our rural villages, with women running exciting small businesses, often from home or from small studio spaces. Marketing is hard when you are a small business, on a small budget, but giving your business a tangible look makes a big difference to the appearance of your business and marketing materials.

I really enjoy meeting women in business and hearing their stories. Often women have an ability to turn hard times into talent, and I find it very inspiring. My old marketing side does surface though when I meet other businesses, and I think there are some quick easy advantages to gain by having some good photos!

Personalised handmade cards and invitations by Pink Ink Creative

I believe good lifestyle images, will represent you and your business in a much more professional manner, and you are more likely to be taken serious by others businesses and networking connections if you look like a business, compared to the vague “oh, I just work from my kitchen...”. There is absolutely nothing wrong with working from your kitchen, but you can still create a brand and give your business a look to communicate that brand message 🙂

Pam's lovely spinning school in Stoke Albany

Last but not least, make sure you have a profile image that matches your brand and business. Being visible in your business and marketing adds no end of credibility, and makes the difference between you (a professional) and some unknown dodgy eBay dealer.

Corporate profile images for online and printed marketing

More about my profile photography

Businesses featured on this page are:

Amara soaps - Natural handmade soaps in Leicestershire

Pink Ink Creative - beautiful personalised handmade cards and invitations

Learn to spin at Pam's lovely spinning school in Stoke Albany

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Mums are for life

mum and daughter photography Market Harborough

I entered into a bit of a “mums get into the picture” mission last year, and loved photographing mums with their babies and young children. But I quickly realised that mums with grownup kids are nowhere to be seen in photographs, why is that?

There is so much focus on young mums with young babies, but really mums are for life, not just for those younger years and for Christmas. And as we grow older and have children of our own, we only come to appreciate our mums even more, as we realise what they went through and gave up in order to have us and look after us. So my mission this year, is to get mums into the picture with their grown-up children!

Get your mum in the picture

Warming up to this new little mission I spent a while looking for a mum and daughter to do a shoot with, yet in the end they found me. This stunning girl walked into my studio one day with an equally stunning baby girl, and I was quite mesmerised! So not only did I get to photograph her gorgeous newborn, I since had the pleasure of her coming back into the studio with her own mum, and I had a ball shooting gorgeous images of the three generations – I genuinely LOVE these images, what strong and beautiful women!

mum and daughter photography Market Harborough

Get your mum in the picture

mum and daughter photography Market Harborough

A final note to the women looking at these images huffing and puffing thinking “it’s ok when you are beautiful and young like that”; even this girl came to me declaring that she hates having her picture taken and that she never likes pictures of herself.

Three precious generations, full of love and support!

Wouldn’t you cherish a series of gorgeous images with your mum/daughter? Wouldn’t your husband/dad love images like this of you and your mum/daughter? Wouldn’t generations to come in your family appreciate having these to look back on?

Big thank you to Kavita, your fantastic mum and baby Riya for letting me photograph you all!

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