Introducing Emma!

Wowee! 2018 has been absolutely phenomenal! I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I have amazingly lovely repeat clients who are such a delight to work with such as Centre for Life, John Lewis, RTC North, Guide Dogs for the Blind and AHSN NEC and not to mention fab new relationships with Millie’s Cookies, Fentimans, The Helix and last (but certainly not least) Greggs (oh yes, oh yum)! There is not a day that goes by where I don’t thank my lucky stars for the success of this biz. Pardon my French but I bloody love it!

So with all this busy biz as you can imagine I have seriously needed a helping hand. When Emma Cheng, a Photography graduate from Leeds Arts University, returned to her native city of Newcastle this summer she got in touch asking for a intern position at the studio. I was delighted! Emma’s photography work is fantastic, beautifully executed with creativity, sharp graphic compositions and superb retouching and edit skills. Her work really stood out amongst the many emails of requests for work experience I receive from students and graduates.

Emma specialises in product photography and her eye is a fab match for mine. This studio in fact now has not two but FOUR very arty eyes!! So after a few months of training and learning the ropes over these Summer and Autumn months Emma has recently become my assistant on a regular freelance basis. Emma’s role currently supports me behind the scenes, helping edit my shoots turning around hundreds of raw images a day, as general studio assistant and will be supporting my clients when I take two weeks off in January 2019.  As Emma’s role develops we plan to progress and promote the studio’s product photography together so please watch this space for updates and new work. You see now she is held captive in my basement studio at Clavering House in Newcastle city centre and I am certainly not letting her go!

Emma and I are having a great time getting to know one another, sharing a silly sense of humour, educating each other on ‘good old’ and exciting new editing techniques (I am a dinosaur) and old and new music and radio while we work- yes I like radio 4 Woman’s hour and she likes Kisstory and Radio 1! Emma is of tremendous support to me and and this year it feels celebratory, I’ve worked so incredibly hard on building my photography business, celebrating 8 years this spring, that she is the winning prize! I can’t tell you what a relief it is to be out shooting on location knowing my clients work is being edited with skill and care back at the studio by Emma. I am excited to see her how her skills excel, her role develops and how my business grows, so here she is….. introducing the delightful Emma, please give her a big wave and a giant smile!

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Staff photos taken in a Photo studio in Newcastle

Staff photos taken in a Photo studio in Newcastle

Internet Headshots Offer

This December I am promoting my head-shot portraiture deal to small businesses and sole traders in Newcastle who would like to update their profile photo for social networking and company websites. It’s often a job we put to the bottom of the pile, particularly as VERY few of us enjoy having our picture taken!

If you bite the bullet and book in to my studio for a January 2016 appointment the first ten enquiries will be rewarded with a 50% discount on the Studio Profile package. Just please quote the code CLAVJAN and you will receive the package for just £50.

The Studio Profile package gives you a relaxed and enjoyable half hour studio session with the option of various backdrops at the studio. Or you can choose to be captured in your office or outdoors at a location relevant to your business if you prefer. Around one week later you then choose 10 images from around 30 finished and retouched portraits. These are then supplied as digital files ready to upload to social networking sites LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc or website team/about pages and high quality versions for printing too.

It might be helpful to see what my past clients wore, the variety of backdrops we used and various lighting styles for corporate and social media portraits so please visit this page on my website

Please call 07960 338357 or email me at and I can give you more information on the studio’s offer and discuss availability for January.

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The studio’s new discovery

This week we had a big family group visit the studio with several grandchildren. They were all gorgeous (and more images to follow) and Ellie particularly stood out with her porcelain skin and lovely natural look in front of the lens. She has kindly agreed to be our in-house model and she will be coming back for a shoot in March.

This is how great she looked on a portrait session flat lit so we cant wait for the model shoot with creative lighting and fashion styling by my daughter Daisy Deane. Daisy has worked with Sainsbury’s, Superdry, River Island and and has just stepped off the train today from a Clairol ‘Nice & Easy’ shoot.

Ellie will be back in March so watch this space…

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