On 10th September I went into Manchester after work, dragging my brother along to help me carry all my dresses 😉 , for a photo shoot with a young photographer, Sam Pyatt who I met at the Youth Positive event at the Etihad Stadium.  I promised him then, that when I earned some money over the summer, I’d book a photo shoot with him as I have to send biographies and photos to the organisers of different events that I take part in and I get fed up with the same ones.

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Getting ready for the shoot.

Sam sent the photographs to my parents so that they could copy them to their hard drive photograph store before sending them on to me.  They teased me for a couple of hours that they didn’t have the time to send them to me because they were at work and had only had chance for a quick glance over lunch!  I tried different persuasion techniques but they weren’t even reading their text messages.  Then I had to go into lessons.

After College I had a brainwave, I told them that I wanted to do a blog post tonight and could they send some over to me 🙂   Guess what, it worked they sent me these pictures and I would love to know what you think?  I asked Sam to take some alternatives to the full on smiley ones my parents take.

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Picture Number 1
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Picture Number 2
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Picture Number 3
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Picture Number 4
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Picture Number 5

But in the end as I used to sing in Annie “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” 🙂

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Picture Number 6

Kait suggested in her comment at 06:06 am that she would have liked to have seen a picture similar to Picture Number 3 but where she could see mu eyes.  I asked my Mum and she sent me over this shot as an alternative choice.  I would love to hear what you think.

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Picture Number 7

The best news is that she said that she would send out a USB drive with all the pictures on by the weekend 🙂

186 thoughts on “Lights, Camera — Action !

    1. Hi Joan, I’ve always loved smiling for the camera ;0
      I thought it was a bit too scrunched up around the eyes but I like the pose so I’ve learnt something new there.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  1. Ok, I’ll be the first to say it.

    You really are a very attractive young woman, Charlotte, and better yet, one who doesn’t act as if she thinks that all the time. These photos do you full justice.

    1. Thanks Martin, you’d only need to spend a few hours in the company of my family to see why I’m not precious, I never wore makeup at school so I never practised very often, the first words Mum said about the photos was my eyeliner needs more practise lol.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you it was great fun to do the shoot, I haven’t seen all the photos yet apparently there are nearly 40 individual shots on the USB stick with alternative black and white shots. I can’t wait to get them all sent through when Dad has more time at the weekend.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Hi Little Panda Mommy I love the picture of your little princesses too ;). They are a different look for me, I thought a little more grown up, still getting used to them 😉
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. I wish I’d opened my eyes a little more but it is very natural. My fringe is a bit higher than I would do it too. I had a cut and blow dry at 5pm at Toni & Guy in Knutsford, I think Christian did a nice subtle wave then I had to dash into Manchester for half past seven so it was all a bit of a rush.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. I enjoyed your rainy day photograph, we’ve had a really mild autumn this year but I’ve heard it’s about to change this weekend 😉
      Thanks for popping by.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

      1. Hi Pascal, John, who blogs as EightDecades has suggested some props to make the photographs even more special for promotional posters etc. If you have time to say and you had photo 3 what would you suggest to put in the background for a Christmas promotional poster?
        Best wishes
        Charlotte

      1. Thank you! I have been to Manchester, as well! It seems much bigger than Sheffield, though. Both are beautiful cities with an industrial touch.

      2. York is absolutely gorgeous! Been there couple of times, not been to Chester yet but I think there was a Monkey Forest park which looked like a fun place to visit.

      3. I’ve been to Chester Zoo several times, well worth a visit. Chester is a Roman City and there are still amphitheatres and the old City Walls to explore, the shops are very oldy worldy with timber fronts and upstairs covered walkways. There is usually street entertainment which is fun. The cathedral is lovely too and their is a racecourse that has lots of functions not just horse racing. Hope you get the chance to see it while you’re here.
        Best wishes
        Charlotte

  2. I go for nos. 3 & 6. And kudos to you for hiring a real professional and being prepared to put up good money. Too many wannabes try to get pictures for nothing. I suspect they get their money’s worth.

    1. Thanks Robert, Sam is working hard to get himself established, he did a photoshoot in London Fashion Week shortly after my session. He was very patient and we had a good laugh, my brother was looking at his watch though so I sent him out for Pringles and a Pepsi Max so he was happy 😉
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Awww thanks Dee, its great to see a comment from a friend that’s known me from pre-school playgroup…hope your German’s going well I might need some coaching this year, I’m singing in German :/
      Fresher week cold :/ saw you were suffering too on twitter hope you’re better now 😉 Charlotte xox

    1. Hi Ann, for the first three photographs I wore a pale creamy pink vest top which has fabric roses on it in the same colour. My hair was loose with light curls. The background was a neutral black / dark grey backdrop.

      Photo number 1 was taken early in the photo shoot, I was looking away from the camera with my hand raised close to my body and up towards my collar. My hair is just below the shoulder and frames my face, I look a little windswept, which I was, I’m smiling closed lipped and I’m looking down slightly to my left.

      Photo number 2, has a studio light shinning brightly behind me over my shoulder in the left top corner, you can see a slight wave in my hair and I’m looking a little pensive, you can see the slight gap between my front two teeth but I’m not quite smiling.

      Photo number 3, is a bit softer, the light casts a glow to my face and I am looking straight down with a slight closed lipped smile, I’m touching the ends of my hair and you can see my left shoulder as I am standing sideways on.

      In the next three pictures I wore a short A line black dress with pretty black appliqué flowers all around the bottom, no sleeves and black suede court shoes. The dress material was satin like in look and texture. The background was a neutral black / dark grey backdrop.

      Photo number 4, Sam asked me to wear a black felt hat. It’s a head a shoulder shot and you can see the studio light in the background in the middle left of the shot, the hat is set at a jaunty angle, the expression on my face is quizzical, not smiling but you can see my teeth with a questioning look in my eye. I was probably thinking you want me to do what? I only usually respond to “say cheese, smile” when having photographs taken.

      Photo number 5, is another head shot with a black background which makes my pale skin and blonde hair stand out, I’m wearing my heart shaped necklace made from a ring my Aunty Marjorie left me in her will so it is very special to me. I was asked to frame my face with my hands one holding my hair under the long fringe near my temple and the other cupping my chin, I’m looking wistfully into the distance not straight at the camera. These were very different shots for me and it took me a while to get used to them when I saw them last night.

      Photo number 6, is a full length shot and I’m turned sideways with my left shoulder forward with my arm bent to the waist and have my right knee bent as though I’m about to walk off, shoulders back I’m looking over my shoulder eyes crinkled up smiling at something Sam said, you can’t keep that smile down for long and Sam kept saying “too much eye” 🙂

      I hope these descriptions help.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

      1. Funny you mentioned that, as I too had to re-assess my choice as #1 & #3 were popular in your comment section, but #2 & #5 have a special glow about them 🙂

    1. Hi De, I had to look her up, I can see where you’re coming from, I get told I look like Taylor Swift but she’s much more dainty than me and Diana Vickers who was a semi finalist in the X factor a few years ago lol 😉
      I try and be myself I don’t copy anyone’s style 🙂
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

      1. Somehow, I thought, it’s not the style, I think it’s your facial features that remind me of her, just pure beauty shine with kindness, it’s awesome, ;0)

  3. Nice work overall. The side-lit shots look to be the best here, in my opinion, especially the full-body portrait. I’d love to see something similar to the third portrait, only shot from above eye-level, in order to convey an additional sense of intimacy. Thanks for sharing these with us! 🙂

    1. Thanks for your message, your blog The World in Twilight is great, I especially liked How to Use Props in your Portraits. Where about in the world are you? These ghost towns, cemetery pics are fabulous.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  4. Number 1! For the bios or photos we want to see your eyes so if in photo 3 you looked up I would have chosen that one first. Or Number 6 cropped to a head shot. Most bios just have head shots, shoulders and above.

      1. Hi Charlotte,
        Playing with your hair makes you appear less serious about your craft. Why don’t you look at other artists photos and create the same pose of the ones that impress you the most. Kait

    1. Hi Maria, thanks for taking the time to choose your favourite, like your wire work being used in your paintings, I use wire on cards I make and add a few beads onto the wires.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

      1. Hi Charlotte! Thanks for reading my blog as well! I’ve never tried to ise wire for cards but why not…I think it’s a good idea too!! 🙂

    1. Thanks for your selections, I loved your pink granny square top thanks for commenting it reminds me to take a look at some of my favourite blogs 😉 love your little miss chatterbox I used to like Little Miss Sunshine.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  5. No 4 & No 6
    Ok, so you are slightly more photogenic than little old me… yeah right, lol. Cracking photos, nice and natural. Go girl.
    Have a cool day, UNCLE SPIKE

    1. Hi Uncle Spike, thank you 🙂 I enjoyed reading over your blog, I saved my brothers from being a bit geeky, just wait till Cousin Spike Jnr wants to start collecting things, its starts with cards (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Football cards etc) all of which have to be stored in order and facts learnt, then they progress to learning all the flags of the world, then Nintendo magazines or Horrible Histories (all stored in order in pristine conditions) if you read one and crease the cover (RUN). You’ve been warned 😉

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

      1. Luckily most of that stuff isn’t available here… yet
        Great to see your blog popularaity is booming – a great start to your career.
        Have a fab weekend.
        UNCLE SPIKE

    1. Thank you Andy, as you have an interest in corporate social responsibility you might be interested how Sam and I met. There were riots (looting and violence) in Manchester in 2011 by a minority copycatting a riot in London, 350 people were arrested and one third of them were under 17, more than 80% of all those charged already had records. The youth were generally getting a bad name. YP+ a youth led project set about disproving the myths that youngsters were all going wild and started to show the overwhelming positive impact of young people on society. http://ypplus.org.uk/ Manchester City Football club’s ‘City in the Community’ hosted an event to get a few of us together to demonstrate opportunities for young people across the City. I was singing and Sam was demonstrating his photography.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Peter 🙂 My brother is hoping to be accepted on a place to study geography at University I must tell him about your survey for an oil seed company post I’d guess that’s the sort of thing geographers do? I also loved your story about you and Greetje lovely.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  6. Charlotte, all of the photo’s are beautiful, its really hard to choose!!
    after much debate,we think no 1 is our favourite.
    you have lovely comments on your blog,how nice it is that people take the time
    to comment.xx

    1. It is lovely to get comments Nana & Grandad you will love this blogging now you’re up and running, I love it that you’ve managed to get your blog set up, especially as it’s a fan site to me 😉 lol. xxx

  7. Charlotte!!!! I loooove them all. I really can’t choose but the one with the hat is a good one, and I love number 3 too. So I’m going to choose…….. one for each day of the week so I need another one please – for Sunday. 😉

    1. I’ve found it hard before to do the sophisticated head shots but I guess that has a lot to do with it being Mum and Dad that took the photographs of me and you can’t exactly look sophisticated with your own parents who changed your nappies at one time.

      Now smiley, cheesy snaps – I’ve loads of them and laughing with my mouth wide open lol 🙂

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thanks Melissa, your recent posts are fab, I’m going to come back later for another look, my brother did typography in graphics GCSE and your website analysis post was great too, My Dads redoing my website if you’ve time take a look and when I put the new one up you could give me your critique 🙂

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

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