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

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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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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!

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Bentley Portraits

Cake Smash

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.

First Mother & Son sat on the chaise lounge, birthday boy banner on it.

John was talking to Elliott throughout making him laugh. We had bubbles blowing around for him to play with.

For the second part of the shoot, there were a couple of suitcases set up on the floor, Elliotts name and age in blue 3d letters and number placed on top. Elliott sat on the floor with his cake – banana covered in cream and sliced banana.

He dived straight in with both hands and soon ended up with cream all over his face. Diving into the cake and eating most of the cream, the little boy was bored and started to crawl off! We pulled him back for one last shot and then we finished off with a good clean up shoot.

A bath was placed on the floor, part filled with warm water and lots of bubbles. Whilst we sneakily cleaned off the cake he’d eaten, the little poser was happy to play & splash around, until clean.

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...

Cake Smash

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....

Sam and the teddies

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 …

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Makeovers

Makeovers

Beautiful Portraits By John Bentley | fourTwographs Fine Art Studios

Beautiful Portraits By John Bentley | fourTwographs Fine Art Studios

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.

  1. Clean faces please – Often women will either forget that their MUA will be applying foundation, don’t feel comfortable leaving the house without it, or simply don’t realize that they should come to their appointment without any makeup. This means no foundation, no primer, no mascara — nothing!
  2. Clean hair – Try to have your hair washed and FREE from all products before the day of your photoshoot. No hairsprays or gels please
  3. Silence Is Golden – the MUA is going to be doing their best to create clean, crisp lines for you and the camera, and nothing is more difficult than applying makeup to a moving face. Chat first, then take a verbal break while your MUA applies lipstick, and other delicate details like eyeliner and mascara.
  4. Know what you want – start a conversation about your goals before the MUA starts to create your look based on her opinions. That being said, all of the makeup in the world can’t undo years or months of skin damage in one sitting. Plan on having an open and honest discussion with your MUA before she begins, and be realistic and accepting of what she tells you her limits might be. If she says something won’t work out, trust her. They are not trying to hold back — they wants you to love the end results.
  5. Please be honest and speak up – The MUA genuinely wants you to be happy. If there is any part of the look they are creating you are unhappy with, let them know immediately.

Have some patience in the process — things might not look the way you expect in the middle of your makeover, but talk to your MUA about your expectations. If things are clearly going in an unplanned direction, speak up. The last thing either of you want is to walk away with regrets, and the only way to prevent that is clear communication. After all it is your money that pays for the correct look and final images.

FINALLY

If you are attending the shoot with intentions of having images captured with your shoulders/cleavage then PLEASE TRY NOT to wear a bra that day or at the very least wear a strapless one. This will help to eliminate the visible appearance of strap lines. Bring a bra with you but please only put it on just before the shoot.

If you are intending showing your legs or belly/hips, again, please consider loose fitting undergarments and leggings. All these will help eliminate any lines that will need to be removed later. Not every image taken can be photoshopped to look fantastic.
Please tell the photographer before your booking if there is any particular image you are looking to create at the photo session and then he can speak to you and advise you on any problems that can be avoided.

Thank you for reading and understanding these simple pointers.

Kindest Regards John Bentley

Lifestyle Portraits at Ribble Valley Art Studios

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 some of its roles. Take marketing for instance, I love it. But it gets in the way of being creative. 80% of my job is possibly marketing, admin, meeting clients rather than actually doing the creating. Only around 20% or less is spent making portraits. Today

Today was a great day making portraits. I had the request to shoot a lifestyle portrait over in the Ribble Valley Art Studios in Clitheroe. Artist/teacher and studio manager Keith Parkinson was wanting some portraits done for his side of the marketing business. He needed some headshots and also some studio setting portraits.

Yes I do travel to other places to create portraiture. I don’t just shoot in our studios, I do like to oblige clients with the chance of photographic in their environment. I find it helps them relax more and gives me the perfect opportunity to practice my craft. Each situation needs to be shot differently, sometimes in natural light and other times with studio strobes. Today was a few shots with just studio lighting and a few shots mixing studio and window light.

Keith was a great guy and had the kettle on the minute I arrived. In fact he actually met me outside and assisted me in carrying the gear up the stairs to the art studios. The set up was simple really. I was set up shooting and on my way back to another client within  90 mins.

Gillian Mellor – social media guru

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 communications and solutions market. Here is a photo Gillian sent that she was using in her  online presence. Not the best, but often the ones that folk are showing.

The funny thingGillian Mellor is almost all of us do the selfie today or have the profile image that was taken at the local public house on a night out with friends.

We forget that these images are viewable all over the internet and are there to represent who we are in business.

Thankfully this chance meeting with Gillian was at a party where we discussed the need for business’s to be professional. She got to asking me what it was I do and how I do it. I explained I was a portrait photographer based in Horwich Bolton and  I suppose once she discovered the process I use to capture images Gillian must have mulled it over and two days later I received a phone call from Gillian asking if she could book into the studios for some professional headshots.

She duly arrived on time but in a bit of a flap. You see she was not comfortable to be sat in front of a camera for more than a quick selfie with her family and friends.

I explained the process and led her into the studio where the lighting was being set up – I generally don’t set the lighting up perfectly in position until the client arrives and then I can see how it is we need to possibly light them. Gillian sat and chatted over a coffee for 10 mins before she started to relax. All the time I am listening but also looking to see what would be the best lighting set up.

After the banter and the brew we started to shoot and Gillian became more relaxed again after the first 4 shots. I chat and listen to the client throughout the shoot to help get the face relaxed and the confidence up. Below are the results of three outfit changes and 40 Shots.

 

Sam and the teddies

Sam and the teddies

John Bentley – creating portraits others only dream of doing

A couple weeks back we had a little boy in for a photoshoot. 13 months young and apparently was at his best first thing. So we scheduled the shoot for 9am Monday morning. We sure was not dissaponited! what a little star.
Little chap

Portrait of little boy sat in suitcase

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 our facebook page. I followed up with the message and then a phone call to arrange a meet at  coffee shop local to us both. I met Karen, her mother and little Sam 3 days later at Chill @thecowshed and discussed her requirements for the portrait creation – this is the consultation all clients receive. We discussed times and styles and then arranged for the 9am shoot because this was the best time to find the little boy at his most cooperative 🙂 The end result was, we got to be entertained by this cute little boy, and in the process Mother got to choose some beautiful captures for print. Below are a selection of prints created on the day.

Memories that captivate

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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...

Cake Smash

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....