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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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.

Things To Know About Your Portrait

Some of our clients do speak to us about their issues regarding the portrait sittings. Here are a few of the said issues and some words of advice we give to them

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...

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...
#WhiteShirt Kia

Invest in yourself

    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)...

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...
Hair restorer

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...

Festive Shoots

ASSIGNMENT: Chew the fat festive sessions are just that. You and your family/friends will spend 20 minutes within the studio set and be your natural selves. The photographer will capture up to 40 images that he considers to be the key moments. You will be given a...

Corporate Portraiture – Simon Bowkett and his professional headshots

Professional Headshots Photographer - Northwest Skippy On Monday John and Julia were in Tarpoley, Cheshire. A shoot with Simon Bowkett of Symco Training. What a nice chap, easy going, approachable and a good laugh. They were there until around lunch time. Sometimes...

Am I right for the job?

Professional photographer. Choosing the right one to work with you Ideally you should be making your choice of photographer based on the style of images you want to hang in your home. Fine art, Life style, Fashion, high key, Low key, Black...
christmas offers

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...

Cake Smash

Three Part Portrait Cake Smash Mother and Son came to the studio with friend who had made the cake, especially for the little boy, Elliott. Shannon was really excited when she saw the set up. Elliott looked adorable, had dungarees on with ‘I am One’ printed all over....
A visit from Kintsugi Wabi Sabi

A visit from Kintsugi Wabi Sabi

Meet the artist Chris Fittock

Today in the Fourtwographs studio Ted and Chimp had a visit from Kintsugi Wabi Sabi. Unsure how to pronounce his name they referred to him as ‘Chris’. Chris was here to have his website picture updated. After a brief discussion, over coffee, the shooting commenced. The backdrop was our black wall, in front of which was placed a ladder and a stack of suitcases, all of which were covered with a painted canvas. Some of Chris’s beautiful pottery was placed on top. A stool set off to the right for Chris to sit on, whilst holding another piece of his work. John shot with his usual one light and the reflector, expertly managed by Ted this was used towards the end to add a little extra light. John took 20 pictures, 2 were selected for use.The whole session lasted for about an hour. Ted and Chimp are having a well earned rest after holding the reflector for John during the shoot.

 

Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese art. They believed that rather than throw out a broken piece of pottery it could be restored and made more beautiful than before. This is done using precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum to repair the damage, be it a crack or a missing section.

 

For those of you who would like to know more about Kintsugi, what it is and what Chris does follow the link below.

 

Kintsugi Wabi Sabi

Am I right for the job?

Professional photographer. Choosing the right one to work with you Ideally you should be making your choice of photographer based on the style of images you want to hang in your home. Fine art, Life style, Fashion, high key, Low key, Black...
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...

Mal Firth Customer Satisfaction

Last month you may recall I had a photoshoot with a wise gentleman and his three dogs. Read the post here. Mal, Sam, Brett and Molly. Well yesterday Mal came into the studios to collect the purchased fine art prints from that shoot. He was absolutely over the moon...

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...

Lifestyle Portraits at Ribble Valley Art Studios

Being a professional photographer - one who earns their entire income from the involvement in making portraits - is not the easiest of professions but it is wonderful. I would not change it for the world. That said I would possibly change...
Gentleman with three collies

Thowd Ramblers Passing …

You may recall last year - almost 12 month to be honest - a wonderful gentleman and his dogs approached me to create a great family portrait of him and his dogs. SEE HERE Well today I write of his passing. Malcolm Samuel Firth 1938 - 2014 One of best men I ever walk a...
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...

Become connected with your camera

Do you own a lovely DSLR camera that you mostly use in Auto Mode? Are you confused by all the settings and a little disappointed with your pictures? Why not join us ( John bentley & Janet Broughton ) on one of our Photography Workshops for DSLR beginners at here...
Young lady with bald head and royal python around her neck

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...

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...

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 people to come and view the second part of the Project 22 exhibition. The images were changed over by John and Becki on the 4th of August and then available to...

The Gothmother

The Gothmother

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 signed papers and discussed the shoot for the day.

John had booked in extra time for me because, well babies can be difficult sometimes. Before any photos had been taken John and my son, Daegan, 4 months old, began bonding and he took a shine to John straight away. The room was lovely and there was a lot of soft material options to lay Daegan on and make him feel comfortable. John even went the extra mile and turned the heating up before we even arrived so that Daegan would comfortable in more natural poses while un-dressed.

Daegan was very happy the entire time during the shoot apart from when he got a bit hungry, John was perfectly fine with this and let us take a time out to feed him. We then took the opportunity of him napping after his bottle for some sweet, precious mother and baby cuddling shots which were lovely.

These were on a lounging couch which i lay across with him on my chest asleep as I would do at home. This is the exact thing John captures in his photos. Just natural, raw humans and their connection. After a few natural pictures were taken we began to pose him with some of his favourite teddies as John suggested to bring.

Even though i was holding him up with his teddies John made the pictures look great. Then came the beautiful floor photos. Daegan lay on blankets and i curled around him and John got some beautiful bird’s eye view pictures of this, as well as entertaining Daegan at the same time.

The last scene was Daegan in a suitcase which may i say was ADORABLE. The vintage suitcase was laying open flat with lots of blankets inside to make it cosy. He fit in there perfectly. Some shots were in his vest and then the last ones were of him naked and they were all so lovely and pure.

After the shoot finished Daegan began to get a bit frustrated and got upset, John actually offered to cheer him up while i packed Daegan’s stuff away and John was walking around the room chatting away to him. Once i had finished John was showing Daegan previews on his screen which i was very excited about because all of them were stunning. At the end I began putting Daegan in his pram ready to leave and i was actually offered to be walked out with Daegan by one of John’s associates as it had gotten a bit dark. I was waited with until my taxi arrived and helped to get him in the car.

An all-round amazing, care-free and happy experienced.

Sam and the teddies

Everything here at fourTwographs starts with either a email or phone call. We always try to answer any questions about the cost and process of the portrait creations, but all concrete leads start after the phone call to a relaxed meet in either the clients home or venue of choice. I generally suggest a local coffee shop – Local to the client that is. The case study here for example was for the mother, Karen to contact myself via email and then also …

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...

Cake Smash

Three Part Portrait Cake Smash Mother and Son came to the studio with friend who had made the cake, especially for the little boy, Elliott. Shannon was really excited when she saw the set up. Elliott looked adorable, had dungarees on with ‘I am One’ printed all over....

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

 

Headshots – Social Media

You are not alone in having worries and concerns about having your photo taken We really have heard every excuse under the sun, and know exactly how you feel. Lots of clients feel this way  and often come into the studio feeling nervous and apprehensive about having...

Clothing at shoots

What to wear for a portrait. My advice and many other photographers - but not all - would be to wear what you completely feel comfortable in. If you feel comfortable then the chances are we will get a great shot. The logic is, if you're happy...

Lifestyle Portraits at Ribble Valley Art Studios

Being a professional photographer - one who earns their entire income from the involvement in making portraits - is not the easiest of professions but it is wonderful. I would not change it for the world. That said I would possibly change...

The Headshot – because first impressions count!

Your social media photo needs to be a true indication of your age and build. There is no point in pretending to be someone you are not. The more accurate the photo the better. It needs to represent who you are, it is your first selling point in getting you noticed....

Mal Firth Customer Satisfaction

Last month you may recall I had a photoshoot with a wise gentleman and his three dogs. Read the post here. Mal, Sam, Brett and Molly. Well yesterday Mal came into the studios to collect the purchased fine art prints from that shoot. He was absolutely over the moon...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Portrait Painter

Good evening everybody peeps! Just a little post today about an impromptu shoot that happened yesterday. Here at fourTwographs we have several folk dropping in for a chat and a brew ( sometimes to eat all our biscuits ) if they happen to be in the area or even if they...
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

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...

Lifestyle Portraits at Ribble Valley Art Studios

Being a professional photographer - one who earns their entire income from the...

Malcolm Samuel Firth RIP

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

Mal Firth Customer Satisfaction

Last month you may recall I had a photoshoot with a wise gentleman and his three dogs. Read the post here....
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...

Time Spent With Malcolm Firth

Below are a small collection of images taken by myself John Bentley, of the late GREAT Malcolm Samuel Firth...
Snake not doing what is needed

Preparing for the photoshoot

Preparing children for a portrait sitting Please, on no account should you ‘warn’ your children to behave...

Coffee and a declutter

How many times do we awake with our minds working overtime? If you're anything like me then that will be...

Festive Shoots

ASSIGNMENT: Chew the fat festive sessions are just that. You and your family/friends will spend 20 minutes...
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...

Cake Smash

Three Part Portrait Cake Smash Mother and Son came to the studio with friend who had made the cake,...