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.

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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

Bentley Portraits

Portrait of the week – Endeavour We Must

Portrait of the week – Endeavour We Must

After The Holiday

Ted and Chimp are back to their usual happy selves after pining for John ( the portrait artist ) whilst he and Julia had a well earned holiday on the beautiful Isle of Skye.

They did a pretty good job of clearing up after the party’s too, don’t think anyone noticed guys 😉

We had a photoshoot in the studio with a lovely lady by the name of Carole on Tuesday. Read more about her charity here pawsforkids

Lots of catching up of the usual necessaries. Paperwork, cleaning, emailing etc. Luckily to break the monotony of said chores John and Julia are off on location to Cheshire on Monday 15/10/2018 to do a photoshoot.

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...

Gillian Mellor – social media guru

Today was a great day to work with a person that admitted they used their own photograph in social media instead of a professional headshot that will get her noticed. Gillian is a social media advisor in the process of building her followers and skills in the...

Makeover Portrait

Last weekend at the studios we had a ladies day - Fizz, chocolates and a mini make-over. The day started with a glass of fizz on arrival at the photography studio. Followed by a brief chat about what was going to be happening. We always, on these...

Malcolm Samuel Firth RIP

Below are a small collection of images taken by myself John Bentley, of the late GREAT Malcolm Samuel Firth who on the 24th April 2014 decided he needed to take a long rest in preparation for the afterlife. If anyone out there is wanting to have a pictorial memory of...
Bolton Photographer

Visual artist

Stooped over the computer editing, marketing or just taking time out, is the place you will often find me. Don't get me wrong, I like a good day out in the countryside or at the local networking events, but running a business is not to forgiving at...

What I aim to do

Just because you have a fancy camera and super duper lenses does not make you a photographer. it's the same with knowing how to take nice photographs. It does not mean you’ll be successful as a professional. My job as the photographer is to tell you a story, to take...
Musician in blue waistcoat

Headshots – Personal Branding for small business and artists

What we do, is create the dynamic head-shot that will enhance you and your image. The whole point of the head-shot, is not to come out of your shoot with bunch of makeover type shots or a modelling portfolio, but for us together, to capture what it is that makes you...
Three young boys

Three boys and a box of raisins

Quick early shoot Saturday  morning with these handsome young boys These three were brilliant sitters. Nominated for a photoshoot by their Grandmother from a facebook request I had put out there on my page - clicking the image will take you there - looking...
Actor headshot

corporate portraits – Headshots and why we need them

Corporate Portraits and why we need them   Every business owner or creative/artist needs to be putting themselves in front of a camera. Whether it’s for your Website, Business card, Promotional materials, LinkedIn account, Facebook or Twitter profiles, and even that...

Please Print Your Pictures

Be honest. They are not really much use on a disk are they? If you really care about your pictures of friends, family, places that you visit or that beautiful piece of art you just created, or even became passionate about, then please, please, please consider having...
Lady wearing spectacles

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...
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

 

Malcolm Samuel Firth RIP

Below are a small collection of images taken by myself John Bentley, of the late GREAT Malcolm Samuel Firth who on the 24th April 2014 decided he needed to take a long rest in preparation for the afterlife. If anyone out there is wanting to have a pictorial memory of...

Time Spent With Malcolm Firth

Below are a small collection of images taken by myself John Bentley, of the late GREAT Malcolm Samuel Firth who on the 24th April 2014 decided he needed to take a long rest in preparation for the afterlife. If anyone out there is wanting to have a pictorial memory of...

Autumn Madness

Print what you want to preserveThat's the advice here at #fourTwographs.Today people tend to take snaps of their children and other family mebers but never seem to have them printed. Always seem to have them stored on the phone, computer or the cloud. Why is this? is...

Pet Portraits pawTwographs

What a great and unusual request   We are often asked about or Pet Portraits here at fourTwographs. The other week we was asked if we would be interested in photographing a couple of snakes and...

Gillian Mellor – social media guru

Today was a great day to work with a person that admitted they used their own photograph in social media instead of a professional headshot that will get her noticed. Gillian is a social media advisor in the process of building her followers and skills in the...

Th’owd rambler and his dogs

Last week  at the studios we had the pleasure of Mal and his three border collies. What an experience this was about to be. We started the shoot with a chat about the process I was about to undertake, which was that the dogs were  allowed to settle into the studio...

Makeover Portrait

Last weekend at the studios we had a ladies day - Fizz, chocolates and a mini make-over. The day started with a glass of fizz on arrival at the photography studio. Followed by a brief chat about what was going to be happening. We always, on these...

Art In The Pen

Carlisle 2014 As many of you will know, this weekend was spent exhibiting our Landscapes over at the Carlisle Art in the pen  We ( myself & Julia ) did the Art In The Pen 2013 over in Skipton and was so impressed with the organisation and footfall of the venue 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...

Family Portraits

People often want portraits done in their own homes, not the highkey studios offer today. Here at fourTwographs we offer you the portrait of choice, by showing the client what it is that can be achieved by using your own home. Often the place where you and the...

How We Photograph Children

We want to get the best portraits possible of your children, so we have to make it worth their while! Making photo shoots fun and enjoyable means that your kids will want to do it time and time again. We like to let them get involved and take some pictures of us occasionally

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?

Coming Soon… #WhiteShirt!

Coming Soon… #WhiteShirt!

For anyone who has spoken to John and asked him what next, as I know a few people have, I’m sure you’ll have heard whisperings of #WhiteShirt.

Well, let’s put the rumours to rest. As of June the 22nd (did you expect any other date?!) project #WhiteShirt will officially begin!

So, what’s it all about? Well as the name suggests, it will require participants to have their picture taken in a white shirt – 222 people to be exact. Bet you didn’t see that number coming! What the subject does with the shirt will be up to them. Wear it normally, wear it backwards, wear it on your head, let your imagination run wild! The idea is for all 222 to use the same white shirt, but John has promised to wash it – occasionally!

Now, unlike Project22, this one will be undertaken as a spare time project and requires participants to pay a fee to take part, currently set at £111. A large chunk of this fee will be put into a pot to raise money for local based domestic abuse charity, Fortalice, with the aim being to raise around a staggering £12,000! Definitely worth the fee if you ask me! According to the Fortalice website, every year they have a shortfall in funding of around £85,000. A donation of £12,000 could help to redecorate 40 one bedroom flats at £300 a time, or provide 244 sessions of 1-1 support for a child affected by domestic abuse.

Also included with the fee will be the cost of a 24x16″ fine art print which will be signed and embossed by John, just in case (in his own words) it’ll be worth something after his death – cheerful! Shoots will last roughly one hour and there are plans for both indoor and outdoor locations.

So, for anyone who is desperately interested and intent to put their name down to be one of the 222, please get in contact for further information!

#WhiteShirt

Project 22 Part 2 – The Preview that wasn’t a Preview

On Friday the 11th August, John opened The Gallery at St. George’s House from 5-7pm to allow...
Young lady with bald head and royal python around her neck

Pet Portraits pawTwographs

What a great and unusual request   We...

Art In The Pen

Carlisle 2014 As many of you will know, this weekend was spent exhibiting our Landscapes over at the Carlisle...

Malcolm Samuel Firth RIP

Below are a small collection of images taken by myself John Bentley, of the late GREAT Malcolm Samuel Firth...

Clothing at shoots

What to wear for a portrait. My advice and many other photographers - but not all -...

Fine Art Portraiture

Fine art portraiture Here at fourTwographs we...

cat portrait – Siamese patrol

Cat Portrait Today was not the...
#WhiteShirt Kia

Invest in yourself

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

corporate portraits – Headshots and why we need them

Corporate Portraits and why we need them   Every business owner or creative/artist needs to be putting...

Portfolio Building – Model Days – Part One

This weekend was a great weekend for portfolio building.   Every so often we have ( casting calls )model days...

Monochrome Portraits by John Bentley Bolton

Monochrome Portraits Classic styling with classic lighting. These are monochrome portraits. The style is...
Project22 Bolton Preview

Project22 Bolton Preview

Project 22 – the end?

As of the 22nd of June 2017, the photographic aspect of Project 22 came to a close.

For those who have met John, or have read or heard anything about Project 22, you will know that the number 22 has cropped up at various points in his life and holds a special significance to him. The project itself has been centred around the number, and it has been very much a numbers game – from the ambitious initial target of 2222 faces to photograph, to the £22 cost for a print of your face, with 22% being donated to the children’s charity, Lagan’s Foundation. 

But here are a few more numbers you may not have known about:

  • 82 – the number of days John spent in the Bolton town centre based studio, photographing and entertaining the people that came to take part, from the 1st of March to the 22nd of June.

  • 679 – the number of willing volunteers who heard of the project and came to take part. Each one signed a model release and leant their face to the cause.

  • 41,000 – the number of images that John shot over this time period! This is the number I find most astonishing: 41,000 images that have had to be looked through, culled and then edited and cleaned up to John’s standard before they can be shown to the people to whom they belong.

  • 44 – the number of days that the exhibition at the very heart of this project will run for, split into two lots of (yep, you guessed it) 22 days! The split allows John the chance to showcase as many images as possible, and leads us to our final number…

  • 450 – roughly the number of prints that will be displayed during the exhibition, split across the 44 days.

I myself took part in the project, having seen it mentioned on a Facebook group for mums in Bolton. Using the booking system, I made an appointment on that same day and went along with my 15 month old daughter, Cate. I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive, especially as I was going alone (baby doesn’t count!) and I absolutely hate having my photo taken! In fact, I almost chickened out, especially as I wasn’t sure if I could bring the baby, but I’m glad that I didn’t. From the minute that I barged through the door with my pram, John was nothing but welcoming to both of us. I was rather nervous, and also a little on the shaky side as it was the day after the Manchester Arena bombing, but a quick chat and a bear hug later, and I was in front of the camera!

Being the good guy that he is, John also took a few moments to take a few shots of my daughter and I, and they are amazing. I fully intend to have more portraits done, especially as Cate gets older! He managed to perfectly capture her cheeky but loving nature, and I would wholeheartedly recommend all parents get professional pictures taken. In this age of technology, many of us will have a phone or digital camera full of images, but there’s nothing like a good old fashioned portrait hanging on the walls of your home.

The exhibition will launch as part of Manifest Arts Festival weekend and will be open 6th July 6-8pm for the preview evening, and then 7th July 9am-5pm and 8th July 10am-2pm at The Gallery at St. George’s House. Following that, it will be available to view Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. The changeover of images will take place on the 3rd of August, with the second run of images being displayed from the 4th of August to the 4th of September.

I’ll see you there! Jenni (one of 679 faces)

Season greetings

Season greetings

And THANK YOU for a great year to everyone on this earth. You have all contributed to making us a success. Whether you purchased from us spoke to us helped us with ideas or just clicked on these pages of our site, YOU HAVE ALL contributed to our lives.

Some of our achievements

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