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From Victoria - A Stunning Plant & Lifestyle Shop in Lewes

A Brand Client Story About Hating The Camera

I first met Victoria when I approached her about joining my Hello Yellow headshot project for Young Minds back in 2019 when From Victoria was still located in the Needlemakers building in Lewes. Victoria was one of the first to take part in my original charity fundraiser and that photo is still a favourite of mine but it nearly didn't happen!

It took courage for me to approach Victoria in the first place. I find it super cringey to go up to people I don't know (and even those I do know!) to ask to take their photo, but it's something I'm pushing myself to do more and more as it almost always ends up being worth it!

Victoria's first words are words I hear OFTEN! "I hate having my photo taken!" and/or "Do I have to be in the photos?" Luckily I was able to persuade her (the charity angle always helps) and we captured the shot above, quickly and with minimal fuss which made it easier for her and when I showed her the back of the camera, she was shocked - in a good way! She told me it was "the first time that she liked a photo of herself" which was such a joy to hear! Here's what she posted when she shared it on Instagram...

"I have always tried to avoid having my photo taken, whenever I get asked to have a portrait shot of myself I squirm a little and always end up pulling some goofy faces or seem to close my eyes when the camera clicks!
However, the lovely Bex made me feel so relaxed and within seconds came this lovely photo which I can’t believe I am saying this...but I love it."

Obviously I was delighted! I love that I can help people who are nervous in front of the lens to feel more comfortable and relaxed so they can enjoy the experience AND get great photos for their business.

Ever since then, I've always enjoyed popping in for a browse and a catch up, it's been lovely seeing her shop flourish in its new home on the High Street and of course, I asked if she'd like to participate again in my new headshot fundraiser for Rainbow Trust this year and she said yes :D

We had a lovely morning chatting about Victoria's newest venture into clothing and all of the latest updates and of course, some lovely snuggles with the gorgeous Frankie, From Victoria's resident pet pooch who loves to greet shoppers!

I often try to leave space for text when shooting brands, e.g. the floor here would be perfect to place an offer or update about the shop.

I also love finding pockets of light to make my subject shine!

Whilst shooting, we discussed Victoria's challenge of needed new content for her website and social media across the seasons. Although she's excellent at maintaining visibility, posting regularly and has a loyal client base, she acknowledged the challenge of getting featured and standing out when using her (very good) phone shots. I'm thrilled that she has commissioned me to provide seasonal content shoots for From Victoria starting this Winter and even more thrilled that she will include herself in these shoots!

She commented...

"Only because it's you, you're the only one I will allow to take photos of me because you just get it and know how to make them flattering but authentic."

The ultimate compliment!

I can't wait to take more beautiful photos of Victoria and her gorgeous shop!!! I've created a bespoke package just for her, I'm always try to be flexible when asked for something different and my packages are always tailored to your business. Get in touch now to find out how I can help your brand to stand out...

Here are a few more photos from Victoria's mini shoot...

Do you feel the same as Victoria? Nervous to step out of your comfort zone but know you need to up your game online? It's such a common scenario but I can help make this SO much easier for you!

Get in touch now for a simple chat (or send a message if you're not quite ready for a call yet), I love hearing your brand stories and will let you know how we can transform take your visual branding from meh to marvellous!

Want a few tips before you get in touch? You can download my free guide telling you how to prepare for your personality packed photoshoot, it's easier than you think, especially with me by your side!

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