I know I’m not the least photogenic person in the world, but I still have my insecurities in front of the camera. Group photos aren’t a problem, it’s just when I’m the only one in the spotlight… that’s when I can get a little uncomfortable! It’s like the lens points in my direction and all of a sudden I’m acutely aware of my body; what I’m doing with my arms, my hands, how I’m standing and why my feet seem five sizes too big out of nowhere. So when I was contacted by local photographer Rhys about the prospect of a blogger shoot, I was both intrigued but apprehensive.
Rhys originally contacted me via email, asking if I’d be interested in an affordable shoot. He sent me a few links, such as his website and his Instagram, so I could see what kind of style he has, and straight away I was impressed! His portfolio was full of bright, airy kind of shots. exactly the kind of style I’d enjoy myself. We arranged a shoot and settled on a price (I don’t want to quote anything, but it was very reasonable) and then there was nothing left but to keep our fingers crossed that the weather was kind to us!
We met at 200 Degrees Coffee in Nottingham (which is super Insta-worthy in its on right, by the way) and sat and had a drink while discussing what kind of thing we were both after. Then we headed out to some choice locations, such as Hockley, Nottingham Castle, and the Arboretum. We tried to stick to an earthy, floral theme as much as we could with the sparse foliage in the city centre, but we were both quite open to ideas, so we just went with it. Here are a couple of my favourites!
The whole day was a lot of fun. I felt a bit awkward posing in front of the camera to start with, which inevitably resulted in lots of laughter (from both of us) and feeling silly. Rhys quickly assured me that was a good thing in terms of authenticity, and seeing this photos back, I have to say I agree: that’s me in the pictures, if that makes any sense. Not some super-madeup, trendy, pouty, smizing girl, but me — funny legs, goofy smile, double chin and all. I’m so happy with how they’ve turned out and I’m already looking forward to the opportunity when we can do another shoot, hopefully when it starts getting colder. I’m already envisioning lots of orange autumn leaves.
If you are at all interested in getting some professional portraits and you’re in the East Midlands area of the U.K., I’d definitely urge you to get in tough with Rhys. He made me feel so at ease on the shoot, listened to the kind of vibe I wanted to go for, and produced several shots which I’m so happy with. Check out his links down below and don’t hesitate to get in touch!