Professional Headshot Photography

Professional Headshot Photography

Your unique personality

My goal is to pull amazing expressions from you, so that you appear confident, approachable and likable.

Invest in yourself, and others will too!

Call The Office

07929 968139

Office Location

Suite 1 First Floor,
St Georges House,
2 St Georges Road, Bolton
BL1 2DD

Email Us

headshots@fourtwographs.co.uk

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John Bentley

Portrait Artist

I’ve shot for artists, corporate clients, family, charity, inspirational women and now I’m looking to shoot for YOU the actor.

Are you looking for that connection with your next casting session? If so why not try me John Bentley and my studio fourTwographs here in Bolton Town Centre.

Just under 1/2 mile from the Bolton Interchange or just 400 yards from the end on the A666 St Peters Way here in Bolton. Right next door to the Holiday Inn

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY SESSION?

You should expect a relaxed environment with good tea or coffee ( water/juice if you prefer ) along with crazy friendly banter.

You don’t have to be mad in our sessions, but it helps. Maybe chat about your answers to the questionnaire you fill in below – don’t worry, they are pretty poor questions you have to answer. Take a look via the button below. You can always turn back if you want to.

Once you’ve gotten used to my silliness we start to shoot. I’ll be encouraging throughout the shoot with asking you for a particular look/expression/thought. I may even nip to the little boys room and leave you to chat with my assistant about my boyish behaviour. Or maybe just let you look through the shots we have taken thus far.

I really need you to speak up and tell me what you’re loving and hating – so don’t pull any punches. I can take it. After all, this is all about you.

After we have done the shoot, we will sit down and have another brew ( maybe chocolates too or a beer ) and take a gander at what we have created together. This is where you get to bin the terrible ones before I snapshot them for social media ( I like to show the world your crazy look )

The ones you think are keepers will be tweaked for colour balance and contrast, before we upload them to your own personal online gallery. Here you get to choose the ones that you definitely want to have edited. You favourite them and then ring/text or email what extra mile you want us to go to with removing that spinach from your teeth or that stray hair on the chin.

We edit and then send to you for digital download. SIMPLES INNIT!

Very relaxed and friendly environment with very professional results. Loved both times I have been photographed by John and would definitely recommend!

Made to feel so much at ease and relaxed actually enjoyed the photo shoot and that is a very strong compliment as I don’t like my photo being taken
Would definitely recommend John

Yes he is a bit crazy, but the best people in this world are. He captures something in his photos that is completely unique – the person!

Some serious encouragement we go through on your session.

COME ON NOW!

Try paying more attention to yourself.

HOW ABOUT

you vary the angle of your nostrils?

GIVE ME YOUR BEST ARNOLD

i’ll be back!

TURN YOUR HIPS

toward Manchester Piccadilly

BRING YOUR CHIN FOWARD

Not that much! you look like Bruce … Good Game

FLUCTUATE YOUR BREATHING

Now look confused. Don’t move! maybe just a little

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Corporate Image

Simon Bowkett

Trainer Coach Author Speaker

 

Suzy Orr

Founder/CEO & Networking Consultant at Unique Ladies

 

3Sixty Restaurants

Group Finance Director

 

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Corporate Portraiture – headshot guidance

Corporate Portraiture – headshot guidance

Are you looking to have new images created for your brand, next project, or just feel you need a good new selection of rotating social media imagery. If so, give me a call anytime and

let’s do this!

You have seconds to leave your mark in all this social media noise. Let Me, John Bentley get you noticed quicker and easier than before. I fit in around your schedule and workforce commitments. I capture on site and even at the desk if your brand and logistics require this approach and look.

Contact Me

Hours To Call

Mon – Fri: 11am – 4pm

Email: hello@fourtwographs.co.uk

Couldn’t meet a more genuine guy. Understanding of what you need/want without compromising his own style.

Rebecca

Great photographer who puts you at ease straight away. Love his work.

Amanda

He captures the essence of who you are, dissipating the facade and capturing an honest image. A true artist!

Sheila

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Investing in photography – why should I choose a professional photographer?

Investing in photography – why should I choose a professional photographer?

When you look around the walls of your home, what would you like to see?

Many people choose to decorate their homes with portraiture of their family and loved ones and it is this that can help to turn a house into a home, giving you a place that you want to spend time. A quality portrait should be attractive to the eye and impress the mind and as a professional photographer, it is John’s opinion that wall hung legacy portraiture is one of the most important pieces of home furniture you could invest in, and that is something that he has chosen to specialise in. His style is to create photographic art, whether that be for the home or for the office, and fourTwographs is one of the North West’s most diversified portraiture studios.

When investing in photography for your home, there are many things which you need to consider. Where in the home will it hang, and what kind of size is best suited there? What colouring needs to be used to complement the existing decor? What kind of location or background would you like to be used in the picture? But ultimately, what will make it feel personal to yourself? If you’re having pictures taken of your children or your family, dress in a way that will express how you are as a family, i.e. smart casual, or if you’re all mad on a certain sport or hobby, can you represent that and still look polished. These are all things that you can discuss here at fourTwographs, and John can help you to create the look you want, and even provide you with ideas you may not have thought of. Working together will allow you to beautifully depict your loved ones in the best way.

Furthermore, taking the time and money to invest in an independent professional photography company like fourTwographs means that the end result will be polished and perfected to a high standard, and should you then buy through the studio, you’re guaranteed that the prints or canvas will provide the ideal photographic legacy for your home for many years to come.

A quick Tip

A Professional Photographer will have Insurance Ask to see their Public Liability Certificate

 

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Makeovers

If you are having a MUA with your photoshoot then please consider these few pointers to make the job and your look the best it can be. Clean faces please - Often women will either forget that their MUA will be applying foundation, don't feel comfortable leaving the...

Three boys and a box of raisins

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The Gothmother

  It was the day of my booked Mother and Son photo shoot with John and everything was great from the start. Before I even got into the room it was very easy to get there with my son’s big pram. When I got there my son was asleep so John offered me a beverage while we...

Monochrome Portraits by John Bentley Bolton

Monochrome Portraits Classic styling with classic lighting. These are monochrome portraits. The style is generally one light up close and personal, but seriously, this is not a bad thing. The light is placed close to the subject and controlled in a way that the light...
John Bentley Says " Did you know ... "

John Bentley Says " Did you know ... "

Founder Photographer

If you purchased one of our Legacy Portraits of 30×20 and above, in size. You can have it hanging in your home for 7 days, and if it does not feel right, you can return it for a full no quibble money back guarantee.

YES that is correct!

Book a Legacy Portrait session, choose to have one Image created at 30″ x 20″ and above and we will let you see if it is fitting in to your home. Now who else do you know that will do that for you?

Headshot V’s Portrait

Headshot V’s Portrait

Often I am asked by people ‘ what is the difference between a Headshot and a Portrait.

The straight answer would be ‘ Headshots are for business and your promotional material. Portraits are for hanging on the wall in your home or office’

The difference between headshots and portraits is not a matter of technique – but is in fact, one of intent.

Portraits generally try to tell a story about the sitter. A personal sentimental connection for the family I guess. They will generally be shot in a different lighting scenario and so will be more moody and add character to the sitter. They are allowed more shadow to the face than a Headshot.

Headshots are self-descriptive . They are shots of the head ( Headshot ). As a rule, headshots do not go below the shoulders and almost NEVER include the hands. Portraiture can include the full body and hands.

Headshots are almost always evenly lit or at best very light shadows, but must NOT be blown out ( highlights that remove skin texture from the sitter ) Having said this portraiture in all manners should not have blown out areas.

Headshots are generally used by business persons, actor, musicians and all staff members to represent who they are. Headshots MUST be shot at eye level and the sitter must be looking at the camera. This gives the viewer full engagement. Portraiture, on the other hand, can have the sitter looking off in other directions.

Above is a strip of three portrait scenarios. The middle one could count has a Headshot. But to me, it is a portrait. Also, the sitter is wearing jewellery with a name tag so that would not count for a Headshot

Now below, is a strip of three promotional shots. the outer two are headshots and the middle is a promotional shot. Again full length, so it would possibly indicate portraiture, but it was shot for a promotional manager who was the client. The client requested a full length shot for their company magazine. All three photographs use lighting that will evenly light the face with minimal shadows.

And  then further down here we have a musician who needed a shot with his saxophone. A journalist who wanted her headshots outdoors, and a framer, Les Cliffe who wanted shots for his website showing him at work and his guild commended title with him. Again it comes under the category of Headshot/promotional material.  You will notice the lighting style in all three is different. It is more natural and evenly lit.

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Professional Headshot Photography

Your unique personality My goal is to pull amazing expressions from you, so that you appear confident, approachable and likable. Invest in yourself, and others will too!     07929 968139 Suite 1 First Floor, St Georges House, 2 St Georges Road, Bolton BL1 2DD...

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Invest in yourself

Invest in yourself

Valentines Day 14th February 2018

Will you be Investing in your partner?

 

 

Having professional photographs taken can be a huge confidence boost. And I should know!

Since meeting John on Project 22, we’ve become good friends and I’ve become his social media monkey! But he has also used me as a (completely and utterly amateur) photography model for a few different things he wanted to try out. At first, I would say that I felt rather reluctant at being in front of the camera. I’m generally not happy about having my photograph taken and I am very self-critical, as I am sure many people are. But the pictures that he produces are amazing and polished to an incredibly high standard. The more that he has put me in front of the camera, the more I feel comfortable, not only when having my picture taken, but also in my own skin. We’ve even done a few on the slightly racier side (not something I could ever picture myself doing having had a rather large baby!).

So. Why should you invest in pictures of yourself? It’s a fantastic way to celebrate achieving weight loss and helping yourself to become comfortable in your new and improved body. Or it’s a fantastic way to celebrate loving yourself as you already are. Perhaps you’ve been through some major changes in your life, and you need the little boost. Maybe you would like to have a few pictures taken that are on the slightly racier side as a gift for your significant other. Whatever reason you want to choose, the key word in this post is ‘invest’. It is indeed an investment. Perhaps when you’re older, it will be something to look back on and remember your youth, or something to show to your grandchildren and explain that yes, that really is you! Hang it in your own home and give yourself a little confidence boost any time that you see it. But celebrate yourself and the skin that you’re in.

If this is something you are looking to invest in, why not ask family and friends to purchase studio credit for you as a gift for birthdays and Christmas?

Valentines Day 14th February 2018

Will you be Investing in your partner?

 

 

 

 

Monochrome Portraits by John Bentley Bolton

Monochrome Portraits by John Bentley Bolton

Monochrome Portraits

Classic styling with classic lighting. These are monochrome portraits. The style is generally one light up close and personal, but seriously, this is not a bad thing.

The light is placed close to the subject and controlled in a way that the light wraps around the features and falls off relatively soon, therefore giving a nice soft light that will isolate the subject on a black background. These vintage black & white style portraits are all about the person.

For the dark moodier shots we have the sitter wear black on black. We like you the sitter to be wearing a black shirt or blouse, but in most cases the sitter can wear either a black T-shirt or a dark jumper/sweater. Some photographers will refer to these as being Low-key or the phrase of ‘ photo Noir’ Whatever folk call them, they are without question, when done correctly, simply breath-taking

Monochrome portraits here at fourTwographs Northwest England
Monochrome portraits using the High-key styled lighting

The opposite of these Classic Monochrome portraits, is the ‘White on White’ High-Key version. With this style of portrait the sitter will wear a white garment and be photographed on a white background. Same perfect look, but using other lights.

Again a simple clean shot printed in ‘Black & White’ to keep the viewer’s attention on the eyes.

 

 

Whatever you decide for your chosen session, you will have the same great experience enjoyed by others before you.

The primary concern with capturing these images, is the EYES – here at fourTwographs John is always looking at the eyes. John will look and momentarily capture that moment when he feels the character of his sitter(s) is shining through. He does this will all hise portraiture. The style here at the studios, to to grab the attention of the viewer, and that is done to perfection in all his work, but even more so with a totally black background, void of clutter and bright attention seeking colours.

My personal favourite is the dark clothing combined with the black background. The soft lighting creates beautiful and unique timeless portraits. The eyes will draw you in to the image and keep you there connecting with the sitter

John Bentley

Photographer, fourTwographs

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