It has been quite a mission of mine recently… What you may ask? To make sure that people are well represented by their profile image/avatar on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google +. Have you seen some of the images out there? Yes your profile picture is your first impression, I am talking about online social media. As they say a picture is the expression of an impression. Our avatars are just like our costumes, rather the first impression that you have of the character before they read up your tweets or go ahead to open up your business website or blog.
If I had a pound for everyone who said to me “I hate having my photo taken” then I would be very rich indeed! But I do care how people are feeling. To be in front of the camera you have to have so much trust in the person who has their finger on the shutter button in order to believe that they will do their very best. Many of the people that I see are women and I have had to show them that yes they are lovely! It is all about light and position to get the very best out of them.
I have met some wonderful women while I have been networking over the last few years and are three of my recent shoots.
Laura Hart Voice Coach
I actually can’t remember when I first met Laura, it was certainly at one of the networking events that we go to but she has been incredibly supportive to me and such an encouragement. It isn’t just my business she has been supportive of though. Many people have been touched by her kind words and encouragment so much so that she received a Ladies at 11 award which was:-
“Networking Champion Award”
Networking is not something you do to instantly get something out of it but by giving and building relationships it is amazing what can be achieved. Laura is certainly a great ambassador for Ladies at 11 in Wimbledon!
As a Voice and Speaking Skills Coach, Laura helps her business clients with their professional messages, then coach them to deliver their words so that they sound confident, knowledgeable and clear, enabling them to sell to, negotiate with, motivate or inform their target audience.
Linkedin:- Laura Hart
“I deal with words and sound, however I’m acutely aware that a visual impact happens much quicker than sound and can be very powerful. Annie Armitage’s skill as a photographer is to capture a moment, a moment that lasts and is a good reflection of a personality. People ask me to help them convey more of themselves through their voice, Annie does this brilliantly through her images. Annie reassured, coaxed and encouraged me through the photographic session which took place in a local Park; I was surprised and delighted by the results that she elicited from the process. She does something magical with the light and the result has been that I’ve had really lovely feedback about the photos, all praise goes to Annie’s skill and creative talent.”
Tam Jackson – Social Media Expert
I met Tam at our Kingston Athena meeting and it has been wonderful to see her business grow!
Tam Jackson HQ is the UK’s first social networker, making the beauty, fashion and wellness worth following. Having 10 years experience in her beauty and wellness family business. She manages social networking for business owners, online. She connects through social media on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google +. She is a social trainer, runs workshops as well as providing a full social media managed service leaving clients to get on with their business.
Linkedin:- Tam Jackson
Facebook:- Tam JacksonHQ
“I waited months to find the right photographer and I found it in Annie. My Business headshot is the best one that I have ever had. The compliments are still coming in a month later. I am happy with Annie’s professionalism and her eye for your “best side” Thank you Annie!”
Corinne Stuart – Founder of The Four Fifty Club
I met Corinne originally at an Athena Networking meeting in Kensington around 2 years ago and then our paths crossed a couple times but it was more recently as a “Sister Snog” networking cocktails evening that we had a fabulous catch-up and it was so exciting to hear all about the The 450 Club!
The 450 Club is a relaxed Club for business professionals who seek an elegant solution to their business needs; a place to work between meetings, impress clients and secure new business in the heart of London. The home of the 450 Club is The Academy in Bloomsbury, only three minutes walk from Goodge Street tube. Comprised of five Georgian townhouses, it combines traditional elegance with contemporary style. With two tranquil and secluded private gardens, an intimate Library room, Conservatory and Boardroom, the 450 Club at The Academy offers flexible meeting spaces and relaxed dining; ideal for impressing clients, meeting business partners or simply socialising with friends.
The 450 Club encourages friendship and collaboration between Members. We can suggest new contacts, business networking opportunities and make introductions on Members behalf. Come and experience the 450 Club and be part of the new way of doing business in London.
Linkedin:- Corinne Stuart
“Needing to update my headshots for my new business launch, I asked Annie for relaxed but formal shots for my website and social media. I arrived after a stressful journey and Annie immediately put me at my ease and got me smiling. Annie has a natural warmth and calm about her and I’m sure that is why she gets the best from her clients and creates the most wonderful pictures. Annie gave me a great selection of shots to choose from and it was hard to make the final decision I liked them all. I am absolutely delighted with my pictures and can thoroughly recommend Annie. It’s a definite five stars from me.”
Annie Armitage – Photographic Artist
Annie Armitage is a photographer who specialises in producing timeless images. She is a contemporary, lifestyle family photographer and produces images of pregnancy, newborn, babies of all sizes, families, teenagers (seniors) and also has a commercial side to her business which is predominantly headshots as well as formal but approachable portraits for annual reports or PR purposes and lifestyle images for SME’s portfolios and websites.
Nursery photography is also amongst Annie’s portfolio and if you are interested please contact her on 07711 391919
Annie is based in Kingston upon Thames but is available for commission throughout the UK and Ireland and Internationally.
Annie’s main working areas within London and Surrey are:- Kingston, Surbiton, ThamesDitton, NewMalden, Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Clapham, Battersea, Putney, Richmond, Barnes, Fulham, Sheen, Chelsea, Kensington, Hampton, Twickenham, Teddington, StMargarets and throughout Surrey including Guildford, Godalming, Woking, Cobham, Weybridge, Esher, Claygate, Oxshott and Ottershaw
Annie has a “Annie Armitage Photography” page on Facebook
and on Twitter come and follow her – anniegolightly
Pinterest – Annie Armitage
To contact Annie about your requirements – please go to the contact form on her website or alternatively email her at email@example.com or call her on 07711 391919
All images and text are copyright Annie Armitage. All rights reserved. Please do not copy.
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