Lisa Fotios Photography

Sue Hearn Business Shoot

Last week I was asked by the lovely Sue Hearn from North Shore Productions to take some pictures for their upcoming website.

Sue didn’t want the typical formal, boring shots, she wanted something a bit more relaxed and colourful.

After having a look at my informal headshots on my site, she knew they were the type she was looking for.

I also took some business shots of her husband a few months ago and she really liked them as well.

We decided to go to The Station in Colwyn Bay, as the decor and colours in there are nice and light and the green also makes for a good backdrop.

The shots were going to be used on the North Shore website and to be used as profile pictures on social media.

Sue wanted to be able to show clients that they don’t have to always have meetings in an office but can have them in a nice coffee shop in a relaxed atmosphere.

We both agreed that capturing the moment was best as people can relate more to that than faked poses. It also shows personality in the pictures and that is what she was looking for.

To view more headshots click here

 

 

Just A Couple Of Pictures

Hey everyone! I hope your week has been going good so far? Mine has been much better this week.

This blog isn’t about anything in particular to be honest, I just wanted to share some pictures with you all that I’ve taken over the last 2 weeks.

I try and take my camera with me as much as possible because even if I’m sat in a coffee shop with my husband I like to snap pictures of coffee and other tasty drinks or food.

Don’t worry though, I am not one of those people who constantly takes pictures of food & drink.

I still like to be in the moment, I think for me I enjoy getting creative shots of my surroundings and I just want to share my love of everyday life with the rest of the world. ( cheesy, I know! )

Anyway, I feel like I am rambling again! Here are some of the pictures that I have taken.

I may as well start with the latest, this one was taken today in The Glass Lounge, Colwyn Bay. I always get coffees from there, but today I decided to be brave and try a nice healthy smoothie. Plus caffeine has been giving heart palpitations lately ( oops )

My lovely husband doesn’t do fruit so instead he opted for a banoffee milkshake! I must admit I was quite jealous.

Last weekend the triumphant 1940’s festival returned to Colwyn Bay and people from all over the country came to visit! I also love it when people really get into the spirit of things by dressing up.

The Glamophones performing a classic 1940’s song, I love their outfits I would love it if this style came back in fashion, it just looks so glamorous… ( no pun intended ) :p

Us women certainly are good at improvising! To be honest if I’d forgotten my mirror I would definitely do the same! A lady always likes to wear a nice bit of lippy!

I call this picture ” Lemony Sunset ” I could have added more orange and blues but I decided to leave it yellow instead as I think it looks nice, plus it’s always good to be a bit different.

Morfa beach with The Great Orme in the distance. The purple, pink & blue tones really caught my attention that evening!

One last sunset, I don’t usually zoom in so much because the sun is so bright and sometimes it just looks a strange blurry smudge. But I had my ND filters with me on this occasion and I was quite pleased with the results!

That’s it for today but I might make this a regular thing in the future.

If you’ve made it to the end then thank you! And have a lovely day!! x

Please do not steal, copy or distribute my pictures online or in print. If you would like to purchase or use any of these images then please send me an email

A Trip To Rhuddlan Castle

When you think of castles in North Wales, the first one that comes to mind is Conwy, situated in the medieval town it’s easy to see why it’s so poplar! I’ve been to Conwy Castle many times in my life, as that’s where I grew up and I never really gave much thought into visiting any of the others in North Wales.

Then I discovered Rhuddlan Castle… it may not be in the same great condition as Conwy but it makes up for it with stunning views and wonderful architecture. I’ve wanted to photograph it for a while now and last week I finally got the chance to.

Me & my husband went there one late afternoon because I knew that’s when it would be quiet and I could have the castle to myself! Because as us photographers know, there’s nothing more annoying than people photobombing and getting in the way of a perfect shot! πŸ˜›

Here’s a bit of history about the castleΒ  from Wikipedia:

The story of Rhuddlan goes back much further than the fortress built by Edward I. Prior to the Norman occupation of lower Gwynedd, Rhuddlan was at the heart of a Welsh cantref. From here the Lords of Rhuddlan commanded the Perfeddwlad (lands of north east Wales) on behalf of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn (1007 – 5 August 1063), the last ruler of all Wales. The town itself, however, began as a Saxon “burgh” founded by Edward the Elder.

In the late 11th century, the Normans invaded Gwynedd. Rhuddlan’s strategic position ensured that it was fought over by the Princes of Gwynedd and the Earls of Chester, with Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, who had been driven out by Harold Godwinson, re-taking the town. The remains of a Norman castle at Twthill, built in 1086, is just to the south of the current castle; it was built by Robert of Rhuddlan, a supporter of King William I of England.

In July 1277, at the outbreak of the Welsh Wars, Edward I left Chester and established an advance base at Flint, where building work immediately began on Flint Castle. With naval assistance from 25 ships of the Cinque Ports fleet, the army pushed along the coast. By August Edward had moved his forces on to Rhuddlan, which, as was his custom, he was able to supply by river. Three months later the town was ceded to the English Crown following the Treaty of Aberconwy between Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Edward I.

 

Today Rhuddlan Castle is managed by Cadw, a Welsh government body with the mission to protect, conserve and promote the building heritage of Wales.

I’m glad there are organisations like Cadw that are willing to look after and protect places like Rhuddlan Castle as they a part of our heritage and it would be a shame to see them go. They are a reminder of our past and I think it’s important to remember that there have been many great civilisations before ourselves.

Some more history for you….

The story of Rhuddlan goes back much further than the fortress built by Edward I. Prior to the Norman occupation of lower Gwynedd, Rhuddlan was at the heart of a Welsh cantref. From here the Lords of Rhuddlan commanded the Perfeddwlad (lands of north east Wales) on behalf of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn (1007 – 5 August 1063), the last ruler of all Wales. The town itself, however, began as a Saxon “burgh” founded by Edward the Elder.

In the late 11th century, the Normans invaded Gwynedd. Rhuddlan’s strategic position ensured that it was fought over by the Princes of Gwynedd and the Earls of Chester, with Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, who had been driven out by Harold Godwinson, re-taking the town. The remains of a Norman castle at Twthill, built in 1086, is just to the south of the current castle; it was built by Robert of Rhuddlan, a supporter of King William I of England.

Elizabeth, the eighth daughter of Edward I, was born at Rhuddlan in 1282, the same year work at the castle was completed. Two years later the Statute of Rhuddlan was signed at the castle following the defeat of Llewellyn the Last, who had attacked the castle unsuccessfully. It ceded all the lands of the former Welsh Princes to the English Crown and introduced English common law.

In 1294 the castle was attacked during the Welsh rising of Madog ap Llywelyn but was not taken. It remained in English hands and was one of the places where King Richard II of England stopped in 1399 on his way to Flint, where he would be taken prisoner by his rival, Henry IV. It was attacked again in the following year by forces of Owain GlyndΕ΅r in 1400. This time the town was badly damaged but the castle held out. In the latter 15th and early 16th centuries the castle’s condition deteriorated as its strategic and administrative importance waned.

Rhuddlan Castle was again garrisoned by Royalist troops during the English Civil War, and remained a stronghold of King Charles I of England until well after the Battle of Naseby, being taken by Parliamentary forces under Thomas Mytton after a siege in 1646.[1] Two years later, Parliamentarians partially demolished the castle to prevent any further military use. By the time Pennant passed through in 1781, it was largely ruined.

So, as you can see this magnificent castle has had quite the history! I hope enjoyed the pictures and also learnt a little more about the castle and Rhuddlan πŸ™‚

Please do not steal, copy or distribute my pictures online or in print. If you would like to purchase or use any of these images then please send me an email

All information for this blog is from Wiki

Business Showcase Shoot In The Great Outdoors

A few weeks ago, I was approached by a local web designer to provide website photography for a new clothing company based in Conwy. The client sells garments with different frog characters stitched on to them, so she wanted the shoot to represent the brand.

After both of us having a look for locations we finally decided to go to Conwy RSPB nature reserve because the green from the trees and mountains combined with the water was just ideal. I’ve also wanted to do a clothing shoot for a while now and couldn’t wait to get started!!

The models were the client’s granddaughter and granddaughter’s boyfriend and as they were young they were easy going and they were open to doing some posing for the camera.

Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t great that day and there was a giant cloud looming over Conwy, but it worked out for the best in the end and added a moody atmosphere to the photos.

These are just some of the shots from that day & I can’t wait to see them on the website once it’s live! If you would like to view more please click here

If you would like to book a similar shoot then please head on over to my contact page and we can arrange a meeting

 

First Photography Magazine Feature

As a photographer one of my main goals in life was to have one of my images published in a photography magazine. Why you ask? Well, I think honestly I just wanted to be able to see how far I’ve come as a photographer and to also keep reminding myself to carry on doing what I love.

After uploading my images to Digital Photographers website I was contacted in March by the editor of the magazine and she asked to feature me in issue 187.

Of course I happily said yes, and 2 months later my image is in thousands of magazines sold all over the UK.

So today I’m feeling particularly proud and full of achievement and I just wanted to share this with you all πŸ™‚

 

If you want to have a closer look at my interview and the magazine then you can grab yourself a copy from WHSmith.

Honey Studio Stationery Product Photography

A few weeks ago I was asked by web designer Karen Thomas to photograph wedding stationery for a client of hers, the pictures were for the clients new website that will be launched at the end of this month. Honey Studio Stationery wanted the photographs to be in the style of Flatlay as this is the current trend for stationery products.

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I really enjoy doing this style of photography as it gives my the chance to try differnt styles and be creative.

If you would like to buy any of the stationery then give themΒ a follow on Facebook & look out for their new website!

If you’d like to learn more about the history of flatlay, read my other blog on Indever here.

 

Dog Sitting & Lots Of Walks Around Conwy

Afternoon all! Well, it’s certainly been an eventful 2 weeks for me and the hubby. We’ve been looking after a well loved family pet ( Tilly ) hence the reason for the lack of content on here. I’ve managed to find some spare time today though to write a blog.

I’m currently sat in my living room/kitchen/dining room drinking black filtered coffee like it was water and listening to some good old cheesy 80’s music!! πŸ˜€ what better time to catch the writing bug?

So let me ask you something, are me and my husband the only ones who let the dog take up the whole bed every night? Even though we are supposed to be the ” masters ” its seems like we’re really the slaves πŸ˜‰ I’ve been at the edge of the bed with little covers for 2 weeks straight now!

Did I also mention that we have been walking 3 or 4 times a day all this time too? We don’t have a garden so we have had to do it! The early mornings suck but on the positive my legs have toned up! Haha. But we will do anything for our furry little friends! For they bring lots of joy and happiness to our lives.

We’ve found there aren’t really any interesting places to walk dogs in the Bay area so we have been taking a few trips over to Conwy. It’s where me & Tilly are from, we shared the same house there for 6 years and that is where I also grew up as a child! So it holds a special place in my heart.

So here are some snaps that I have taken in that time! I hope you like them.

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Cheeky much? Tilly decided that she wanted to sit at my desk! She certainly might not be a useful addition to the office but she is cute.

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The hubby & Tilly walking down the steps in Bodlondeb woods.

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Looking over to Deganwy from Conwy Beach, I loved the reflections in the water.

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A small boat docked near the marine walk.

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What’s not to like about Conwy Marina! I spent so much time here when I was younger.

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View of Conwy & the castle from the RSPB Nature Reserve.

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Another View of Conwy & the castle.

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Pastel tones at the Nature Reserve.

Water

The ripples on the water really caught my attention, and of course I had to get a shot of them! Looking at this image makes me feel calm.

There were many more pictures taken, but I haven’t had the time to edit them all yet! So I might write another blog dedicated to them!

If you actually read my ramblings, then thank you for your patience! πŸ˜€ It’s a bit of a random one today!

Lisa

North Wales In Pictures Part 2

It’s that time of month again where I post some pictures of our lovely home, North Wales! Recently I have found myself out & about more than usual mainly because of my other business Stock Photo’s North Wales.Β  It’s a stock website with a collection of images of across North Wales and the aim is to provide high quality, affordable images for Web Design, media and marketing companies across the region. As well as posting the images for sale there, I have decided to also post a blog every month with some of the images I have gathered, mainly just to share to you all the beauty of our home. πŸ™‚

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Overlooking Angel Bay, The Little Orme

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Another Shot Overlooking Angel Bay, The Little Orme

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Residential Area, The Little Orme

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Snowy Mountain Tops, Snowdonia

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Slope, Snowdonia

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Rough Seas, Rhos-On-Sea

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Into The Woods, Betws-Y-Coed

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Near Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia

Stay tuned for next month when I will be posting yet more images of North Wales πŸ™‚ if you liked this blog then please share on social media.

Please do not take any of my images without permission and if you would like to purchase any of these images as a print or web format then email lisa@indever.co.uk

 

Pictures Of Colwyn Bay

Here are some pictures of Colwyn Bay that I have taken over the past couple of months! I hope you like what you see.

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Pwll Y Crochan Avenue, I always admire the architecture of this church.

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Long exposure shot of the prom

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Colwyn Bay Pier ( Collapsed )Β Β Β  πŸ™

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Colwyn Bay Beach

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Another shot of the prom at sunset

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Station Road

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The famous clock!

Sorry this isn’t really a blog, it’s more visual πŸ˜€

Pictures Of Snowdonia

The drive to Snowdonia is always magnificent no matter what time of year, but seeing the mountain tops covered in snow makes me feel even more in awe! I took the opportunity to take some pictures of Snowdonia.

To think that most people travel for hours just to get there and for us North Walians it is right on our door step! It only took me and my husband an hour from Colwyn Bay.

I don’t know why we don’t do this more often.

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Sometimes it’s nice to get away from the coast and venture in to nature! It always reminds me of The Lord of the Rings whenever we pass through here! I half expect a dragon to just pop up over the mountain tops!

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We couldn’t resist stopping for a short break just to take in the views, it’s not every day you get to see stuff like this and it truly does make you appreciate nature and the countryside!

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I can understand why so many people travel from Cities to come here to get away from it all! I can’t imagine myself living in a city! I’m definitely a country girl πŸ˜€

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We were actually planning on going to Llyn Padarn near Beddgelert but we decided to take a detour and it was worth it.

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However, we did manage to get there in the end! And just look how beautiful it is!! The water wasn’t as calm as I’d hoped but that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to take any pictures πŸ™‚

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It was also a great setting for some artistic shots, John is more than used to me asking him to pose for the camera! Although, this time around this was a completely natural shot of him walking across the bridge.

That’s all I’m going to post for now as I have about 50 more images to process from that day, so I might post another blog in a few days with some more images.

If you would like to purchase any of these images for web or print then please email: lisa@indever.co.uk

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