A Festival celebrating the benefits international culture has brought to Dorset has been hailed a big success. Organisers of the inaugural One World by the Sea Festival are planning a “bigger and better” version next year.
The community festival, organised by members of the International Education Forum of Bournemouth and Poole, attracted thousands of visitors to events taking place over four days and I was there to Photograph it!
I was recently commissioned by the Venus Awards to create their new magazine cover & focus feature. For this edition, Rowena Bird, co-founder of Lush graced the cover.
Within the magazine, the art director & I had planned a special photo shoot to reveal of the finalists of the awards ceremonies within the pages.
But, back to the cover…
Rowena kindly invited us into her home for the photo shoot. The house décor was so incredibly colourful, and Rowena’s personality so welcoming and cheerful, you’d never have guessed that it was a pouring down with rain outside and that it was 7.30am on a Monday…
While Anita took care of Rowena’s hair & make-up, founder of the Venus awards Tara Howard & I, raided Rowena’s closet and picked out her outfits, accessories & decided on our shooting locations.
The shoot itself was over within an hour before Rowena & I scooted off to her Poole shop to capture some images of her within her business.
My plotting with Art Director, Seb, was finally revealed! Within the glossy magazine housed the Dorset and Hampshire Finalists group photos that I’d taken at the respective finalist announcement events 8 weeks prior (with a few people photo shopped in! But you’d never have been able to tell)
The magazine was revealed on the Dorset Finals Night much to the delight of the finalists, having patiently waited 8 weeks to see their photos! It was lovely to see people engrossed in the articles on the awards night – sharing their finalists photos in anticipation.
So, pick up the magazine & have a read!
To finish off this blog post, here are my favourite unpublished shots from my photo shoot with Rowena….
Magazine: Venus Dorset & Hampshire Edition Hair & Make-Up: Anita Kaur-Simon Styling: Tara Howard & Zelda de Hollander Photography: Zelda de Hollander
It’s time to start thinking about the big C word…… yup, Christmas.
You might think it’s a little early to be thinking about it BUT we are already taking bookings for November, December and January and we highly recommend getting booked in as soon as possible.
Our CHRISTMAS PHOTO SHOOT PACKAGE is just £50!
This includes an hour long studio photo shoot, a password protected online album to view all your sessions images as well as 2 9×6 Prints AND 2 6×4 Prints (That’s the grandparents’ presents sorted!) It makes the ideal Christmas present to give this year, especially with a 3 month expiry beginning from 1st January 2017.
Available to purchase as Gift Voucher to give as a present for use in the new year, or get yourself booked in before the holidays.
… I want a family photo shoot before Christmas. Am I too late to book in?
If you are after images for Christmas, we highly recommend booking in your family photo shoots in NOVEMBER. We’re open Monday – Saturday 9am – 7pm, Saturdays are our busiest day so we advise booking as early as you can, call us on 01202 432234 to secure your photo shoot session.
Our standard opening hours apply until Friday 22nd December, closing at 1pm We’re open Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th December, shoots available 11am – 4pm We’ll then be closed until 8th January 10am
Last Shoot Day, with all products guaranteed by Christmas Saturday 9th December
Last Shoot Day, with digital images only guaranteed by Christmas Saturday 16th December
We’re happy to book photo shoots throughout the Christmas period, where products can be ordered with processing & delivery in January.
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Today I attended the Venus Women’s Awards National Finals & one of the ‘bits’ was getting each winner to give their ‘nugget’ of advice / inspiring story.
N.B. Best acceptance speech was Helen Jenkins who spoke about chicken nuggets #winning
As I sat there waiting for my category to be called, I thought, what on earth would I say to a room of inspiring and successful businesswomen….. General business advice and motivational quotes on running a business just didn’t seem appropriate. I suddenly occurred to me, I knew exactly what I’d say, the 1 reason why I run my business & the core value of why I do what I do.
Unfortunately, I didn’t win my award category so never got to share my ‘nugget’ of wisdom. But, I’m a stubborn girl, and as I sit on the train on my way home I still feel that I need to say this, as it doesn’t just apply to businesswomen, but well…everyone.
Be in photographs.
Please. For your children, their children and beyond that. Leave something that they will cherish. Sometimes a memory just isn’t enough; you need to leave a souvenir. What better way to relieve those piercing blue eyes or that sparkling smile than in a photograph.
What would you grab if your house was burning down? I can’t speak for you, but I’d grab my family photo albums and I’m pretty certain you would too.
Was absolutely delighted to be asked to photograph not only the cover image for the new Venus Magazine, but also 2 features. The cover girl is Emma-Jane Taylor an Entrepreneur, TV Presenter on The Well-Being Show aka The Inspirational Mentor and author. Emma graced the cover of the magazine photographed in the picturesque Chandelier Bar in Christchurch, followed by a studio photo shoot, along with a few outfit changes, back at Studio Shotz. Here are my favourite images from the shoot…
For the Thames Valley London edition on the Venus Magazine, I also went on a road trip to Reading to photograph Sir John Madejski at the Madejski stadium. Sir John welcomed us into his penthouse apartment for a feature interview and my photo shoot, EK! Lucky for me, his apartment has a gorgeous wrap around deck that showcased the entire city of Reading. He also had numerous paintings, photographs and memorabilia which made for great backgrounds and props (I love the gnome!).
In the middle of Sir John’s penthouse was a beautiful black grand piano, I asked if he wouldn’t mind posing for me while playing “Oh, I only play this thing when I’m drunk” I think I’m quite persuasive and he looked so happy tinkling the ivories…