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When Photographers go on holiday....

September 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
My husband and I have just returned from a 2 week holiday. We must have taken over 2000 pictures, as we are both photographers. 

Here are just a few of the images I managed to capture whilst away! 

We both love the opportunity to really play and try out new techniques. I shot with my Fuji X-Pro 1 and Andy (Andrew Gregory) shoots with a Fuji X100S.  We both tend to have very different views of any given scene/situation so it will be hard choosing which pictures will make it in to our holiday album. We always design ourselves a coffee table style photo book of each trip we do. 

Check out my husband Andrew Gregory's work (and his view of the trip) here on Flickr.
 
 
 
 

 


The Faceless of Facebook

November 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Have you ever looked a long lost friend up on Facebook only to find a long list of people with the same name, so you have to search the profile pictures for the person you are trying to connect with? I have found this problematic on several occasions when the person I was looking for didn’t have a photo of themselves as their Facebook profile picture.


It has long been an annoyance of mine when i can’t find people because they have a picture of their child or dog as their user picture and I usually haven’t met said dog or child so I am struggling to find people. Of course I understand that people are proud of their beautiful children or pets but it recently occurred to me that many many people don’t put up a picture of themselves because they DON’T LIKE PHOTOS OF THEMSELVES!

Of course this is just a percentage of NO FACE Facebookers but that changed my annoyance in to a call to action. As people know I’m really backing the EXIST IN PHOTOGRAPHS campaign #EXISTINPHOTOS. In a world full of cameras there are still people who hide from the camera at every occasion, and I can understand why because I don’t trust many people to take a good photo of me, but in doing this they avoid existing in photographs which will form important memories in the future. How many of us have lost someone we love and then wish we had more photos of them, not just the ones where they are hiding in the back of the group shot or disappearing out of frame.


Do you know someone without their own face on their Facebook profile?? Do you miss seeing their face when you connect with them? Do you think they could do with a confidence boost and deserve to have a really great picture taking of them so they can show their face to the world! If you do, why not book them a photo shoot with a photographer who will collaborate with them to create a photo where they can finally feel as beautiful as they are? EXIST IN PHOTOS! IF NOT FOR YOU, FOR THE ONES YOU LOVE AND WHO LOVE YOU!


A day in Manchester with Composer Michael Betteridge

October 26, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

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Booking your Modelling Portfolio Shoot

October 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

How to Prepare for a Modelling Portfolio Shoot

Find a professional photographer

There are many people out there with decent cameras who call themselves photographers but don’t entrust yourself to just anyone. Do some research online and fine photographers with websites showing lots of work they have done for previous clients. Do their photos look like pictures you’d want to see yourself in?

Credits: Photography by Helen Anne Gregory, Brett Harkness Photography Training, James Davies - Assistant, Make-up | Hair & styling by Zan Atkinson, Jen Brook - model, Angela from Heaven Vintage in CoCredits: Photography by Helen Anne Gregory, Brett Harkness Photography Training, James Davies - Assistant, Make-up | Hair & styling by Zan Atkinson, Jen Brook - model, Angela from Heaven Vintage in Co

Book a professional make up artist!


If you don’t know one, ask your photographer if they can recommend people they have used in the past. You really need your hair and make up to be as flawless as possible on the day. Here at Photographed by Helen we have our own trusted stylists and make up artists who we work with regularly.

Have an idea what sort of looks you like?

In the weeks before your shoot date, keep clippings of magazine pictures you love. Start a pinterest board and pin on there as many inspiring fashion images you can so that when you meet your photographer you can show them what images really work for you! This way your shoot will be more of a collaboration than the photographer taking all of the control. Though, we are always happy to give you ideas if you are struggling for inspiration. Here at Photographed by Helen we love to collaborate with you and help you create the right image for you. You are your own product!

 



Plan your outfits in advance!

Know what you are planning to take with you to wear on your shoot as far in advance as possible and make sure it’s dry cleaned and ready to go well on time. The more calm and prepared you are on the day, the more you can relax and enjoy your shoot. If in doubt as your photographer what outfits might be appropriate? We are always glad to help. We’d say a maximum of 5 outfits. We usually get through 5 in a 3 hour session. It’s often good to have layered items that can be added or subtracted easily to give different looks. But, anything goes as long as you love it.

Look after yourself in the days/weeks before your shoot!

Look after your hair and nails. Get a trim and treat yourself to a manicure. Invest in your product. The little details make a difference in a really polished image. Try to stay clear of alcohol for at least a few days before your shoot so you are looking fresh and gorgeous! If you feel beautiful you will radiate that beauty in your pictures. If you happen to have a break out of spots on the day, no problem, we are after all photoshop experts, these things can easily be disguised.

 

Credits: Photography by Helen Anne Gregory, Credits: Photography by Helen Anne Gregory, Brett Harkness Photography Training, James Davies - Assistant, Make-up | Hair & styling by Zan Atkinson, Model -Credits: Photography by Helen Anne Gregory, Credits: Photography by Helen Anne Gregory, Brett Harkness Photography Training, James Davies - Assistant, Make-up | Hair & styling by Zan Atkinson, Model -

2 days to go...

We will give you a call or email you to check you are all ready for your shoot. We’ll confirm your times, your Make up artist session and what outfits you are planning to bring so we are all ready for your day!

On the Day of the Shoot...

Prepare all you need the night before. Make sure you have your photographer and make up artists numbers in your phone. Set off early enough to arrive 10 mins before your start time to give you chance to get there and park up without rushing yourself. We want you feeling and relaxed and happy as possible.

 

Credits: Photography by Helen Anne Gregory, Brett Harkness Photography Training, James Davies - Assistant, Make-up | Hair & styling by Zan Atkinson, Jen Brook - model, Angela from Heaven Vintage in CoCredits: Photography by Helen Anne Gregory, Brett Harkness Photography Training, James Davies - Assistant, Make-up | Hair & styling by Zan Atkinson, Jen Brook - model, Angela from Heaven Vintage in Co

Enjoy your shoot!

When you get to your shoot. Relax, listen to your photographer, who is doing their best to make you look as wonderful as possible. Feel free to give suggestions based on the looks you were looking for, again, we love to collaborate. Your session should be enjoyable for all involved.

After the shoot!

After the shoot you will receive your images from your day, now you need to chose! 5 images is usually enough but you may have a lot to chose from Enlist the help of friends and family. At Photographed by Helen we will do a private image viewing session and after that your images will be uploaded to a private online gallery which you can send to your friends and families and they can give you feedback on which images they love best to help you decide. Ultimately the decision is up to you. Pick images that show different aspects of your beauty. When you have decided, most models buy a hardback portfolio folder to display their chosen pictures in. Over the next few years it’s important to keep your portfolio topped up with new pictures so that your image changes as you do.

 

Credits: Photography by Helen Anne Gregory, Brett Harkness Photography Training, James Davies - Assistant, Make-up | Hair & styling by Zan Atkinson, Jen Brook - model, Angela from Heaven Vintage in CoCredits: Photography by Helen Anne Gregory, Brett Harkness Photography Training, James Davies - Assistant, Make-up | Hair & styling by Zan Atkinson, Jen Brook - model, Angela from Heaven Vintage in Co
 


Beautiful Autumn Photo Shoots

October 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Yesterday I had the chance to do an Autumn mother & daughter photo shoot with Natalie and Layla. It is such a beautiful time of year and makes for some beautiful pictures. We had a great time in the autumn leaves. Layla was a great little model.

Here are some of the pictures we managed to capture and some tips on how to get the best from your Autumn shoots.

 

1. Dress up warm in case it is cold. Wellies are always a good option because even it it is dry there might be some puddles to splash about in, and we need to get in and amongst the leaves and there might be mud!

Natalie & Layla Mum & Daughter shootAutumn Family Shoot with Natalie & Layla at Haigh Hall in Wigan.

2. Find ways to incorporate as much nature in to your shots. Here we chose a gorgeous bench made crudely from an entire tree trunk which made the ideal spot for Nat and Layla to sit and have a cuddle.

3. When photographing children, get them involved in the process of making the pictures. Here I asked Layla to go pick herself a beautiful leaf and then I asked her to tell me what she liked about it and here I captured her thought process.

4. What could be more fun than showering yourself in crisp autumn leaves!

5. Layla loves to sing and here I captured her singing one of her favourite songs from Frozen. Finding out about your subjects and talking about the things they love always brings out their personalities, and you may even get serenaded like I did!

6. I love to capture the scale of nature. Here Layla was actually turning round to wonder why we were being so slow, but I wanted to let her have a little explore. We were heading back for an ice cream and a play on the playground, which was the treat we promised her for being such a great model!

 

I hope you like these shots and get some ideas from this for your own Autumn shoots!

 

 

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