It’s been such a pleasure working Positive Pathways & help from Ugly Bettys on a branding and portrait photography session.
Combining behind the scenes and before & after photographs to create visual content for their own brands. As well as making one lucky lady very happy indeed!
Thank you Graham for your Kind Words……. So here’s the thing, most people don’t like pictures of them self, well that’s me anyway. So I did collaboration with Graham Baker of Graham Baker Photography
Graham and I did a behind the scenes photo shoot before Christmas; it was a bridal case study (mother of the bride). While we both worked to produce amazing images and a fantastic experience for Val (mother of the bride) Graham took photos of me, it was a snippet of the day, so I didn’t think much more about it. I don’t know about you, but when someone takes my photo I don’t really want to look at it, I’m so self-critical. So when I saw my new head shot, I was completely over the moon, such a fantastic image I love it. I have used my new headshot everywhere, all my social media now looks identical, and this works so well for professional continuity with business branding. So Many other images to use on my website and social media here are a few;
Working with Graham was such a great experience; he is dedicated, compassionate and manages to create outstanding images that portray a relaxed person.
What inspired you to start a photography business?
I’ve always been into photography! Cliché I know, but I was always the one who had a camera with me, even when going down the pub – Well before Mobile phones and selfies, I was taking those ‘fun’ shots!
Then December 2009 my wife and I lost our baby during childbirth and I found that photography became a sort of therapy in bereavement. We met another couple through a baby loss charity and one of them was a wedding photographer and they asked if I would assist them at a wedding… I loved it and the business grew out of that. It gives some comfort that I’ve created something positive from what was obviously a very negative experience.
Who’s been some of the mentors/key people who have influenced your journey?
I take inspiration from many places. Although I’m technically self-taught in photography, I would say Gary Hill has been instrumental in driving and honing my photography skills to the next level. One of the top ‘people’ photographers in the country and great mentor.
I’ll be a little cliché and say that my family are an important influence and the main reason I left the Police Service to spend more time at home and focus on what’s really important! Over the past year, my involvement with the StrongMen Charity has also driven a lot of my mindset and as such now plays a very important part of my life.
I’d also like to mention Stephen Thompson. I’ve learnt a lot about Social media, business, branding and not being afraid to just be me.
What sort of photography do you do?
I used to photograph everything! Portraits, lifestyle, fashion, family, commercial, weddings and so on. However, over the years I’ve niched this down and into two areas. Weddings being one and Branding photography being the other. I’ll still shoot portraits but only for specific fine art style. My main focus is on helping professionals to create quality visuals. In particular, I like to work with people in health, beauty and wellbeing industry.
I want to help you utilise your creativity by illustrating the “why” and “who” of your brand, get behind the scenes and tell “your” story so that that you connect with your audience.
What have you been up to in the last 6 months?
I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes, developing processes and learning more about what my clients need. I’ve also learnt a lot about digital marketing and I’m also the social media manager for StrongMen a Men’s mental health and bereavement charity.
What’s next for you – The Future?
I still love wedding photography, so I will continue with that, but my other focus is on brand photography specifically for the Health & Beauty sectors. I notice a lot of those businesses are not differentiating themselves from their own competition. For example, you will often see photographs of the backs of heads on a hairstylist’s social media feed. While there’s nothing wrong with showing the results, but so does everyone else. You see a lot of ‘feeds’ all looking the same.
I want to help those businesses utilise their creativity by illustrating the “why” and “who” of their brand, get behind the scenes and tell “their” story so that that they connect with their audience.
What’s your top advice to someone who would benefit from what you do?
The rate which businesses and individuals are using the internet is staggering. It’s a very noisy place when it comes to being seen and heard. I see a lot of very talented people missing out on opportunities because the competition has better visibility. I could be the best photographer in the world but if I’m not connecting with potential clients as a human I’m going to miss out. Ultimately the consumer/user is the one that misses out when they go for a service that’s less quality purely because they were not aware that someone out there could do it better.
People need to invest in their personal brand. It’s not just about great imagery it’s how to use it effectively and keep it in line with your values and purpose.
That’s why my clients keep coming back to me. I don’t just shoot, burn and run. It’s about looking at the whole package and helping to spread the word on who is behind the business.
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Since the age of about 15-16yrs I first began to notice that I had slightly more hair growth on the face/chin area than my friends and two sisters. It was nothing major just a few here and there which were not noticeable to the naked eye but, I knew they were there.
Embarrassed by it I never seeked any medical advice and thought it must be down to my age & growing up and was sure it would go eventually. Around the time when starting my A-levels I became much more conscious of my unwanted hair and began dealing with it by using hair removal creams, plucking at it with tweezers (a task which could take 20-30mins a day). When I was short of time I would use a razor, I now realise I made my problem a whole lot worse.
This cycle continued for about a further 3 years and it was only when consulting my doctor about contraceptives that I mentioned this to her (something I had never spoken about to anyone other than my family). I then began a series of hospital visits to specialists, blood and hormonal tests, scans for Polycystic Ovaries (for which additional hair growth can be a symptom) I began medication.
For about 3 years I continued to use the contraceptive pill along with other medication which did improve my condition – but I still had to deal with my problem on a daily basis, it was really getting me down. A 25year old young girl, I should have been enjoying life.
Talking to my GP I decided to seek other options available that would be a more permanent solution and began EPILIGHT laser treatment at a local beauty salon. I had Laser treatment for just over 2 years every 8-10 weeks, and although not using creams or plucking with tweezers, I was allowed to shave in between treatments, now looking back this could be why the stubborn darker hairs were still not going.
It was only when moving house that I looked into finding a new salon where I could continue Laser treatment, that on the internet I found details on Electrolysis (the only permanent method) – Positive Pathways.
Deborah of Positive Pathways, my therapist was very sympathetic and understanding of my problem and explained to me all about Electrolysis and how it would work for me and we started my first treatment later that week. We worked out an action plan. The first few weeks I was having 1hr treatment every 3 days (twice a week). In between appointments I had to commit to not treating the area at all – something which I thought would have been my worst nightmare – but surprisingly I dealt with it, it was nothing that a good concealer wouldn’t cover up. By the 3rd week (6th treatment) most hairs had been treated I was beginning to see real improvements
Four years since starting my treatment I have a 20 minute treatment once every 3 months, this treatment is really to remove fine hairs, they were the strongest hairs at the beginning.
I find it very hard to believe I ever had a hair problem!
My confidence is back , I no longer talk to people with my hand covering my face, a habit I ‘ve had for years. I just wish I had started Electrolysis years ago, now aged 34.
Thank you Deborah
Claire from Welling Aug 2015
Big smile! Thanks to Deborah Jones! No more plucking, freaking out about facial hair! The difference is tangible after 3 treatments for me and when the process is finished they won’t be coming back! Someone asked me why travel all that way to see Deb? Simple she’s an expert who is now a great friend who exactly understands how embarrassing facial hair is for us gals!Carol Seaborne Aug 2015
When I started my course of treatments at Positive Pathways I was plagued by dark hairs that constantly appeared on my chin.
Although I could pluck these out, I knew in my heart of hearts this was not a lasting solution.
Plucking them, would cause me to have spots on my chin, which were agitated by me teasing the hair out to be able to get rid of them.
One morning at a business network meeting, Deborah from Positive Pathways was running the meeting, I knew that she did electrolysis and had spoken about the permanent solution, so I decided to be brave and ask Deborah if she could help!
Deborah was all smiles right from the start, now, some 9 months later, the spots have completely gone! In addition I only visit Deborah every 4 weeks, to keep the last stragglers at bay! No more hairs and an improvement in my skin as well.
Thank you Deborah~ so much!
Kaz Long Aug 2015
Ever since I could remember my facial hair was my biggest insecurity.
Whenever I was talking to anyone I would be thinking “can they see it”?
Every time I looked in the mirror my focus would be solely on the dark shadow on my top lip; in fact I would avoid mirrors, trying to forget that I had hair on my face.
I tried plucking it, threading and used hair removal cream- such a very bad idea. Instead of actually getting rid of the hair on my face, it caused the hairs to become thicker, darker and rough- not forgetting the burn marks it left on my lip!
I finally had enough! I honestly felt I couldn’t keep living like this……..
I asked my mum if I could get laser. We knew nothing about laser, but luckily a friend recommended Positive Pathways.
I went along and met Deborah at Positive Pathways. I’ve been having the treatments a few months now.
Electrolysis is a long process and seemed expensive, but paying the fee is freeing me from the insecurity!
Everyone at Positive Pathways is unbelievably nice, kind and caring, they actually put the client’s needs first.
Now whenever I need to talk about my facial hair I’m not self-conscious. How crazy that seems because I use to be so embarrassed.
Positive Pathways always makes me feel so comfortable, providing me with a life-changing treatment plus has helped me to form a relationship which allows me to trust and seek the help I need, without feeling so ashamed.
I have such praise for Positive Pathways; I just want to sing their praises and I would recommend them to anyone who is interested in a permanent solution to unwanted facial hair
Trust Positive Pathways ~ you won’t regret it!Nicky Painting 18 years - Aug 2015
Positive difference from Positive Pathways
I am not used to wearing make-up and I don’t like the way foundation makes my skin feels. To add insult to injury I have sensitive skin which is prone to allergies. So I approached the idea of a makeover from Positive Pathways with a feeling of nervousness.
A natural look that smooths out some of the things the camera doesn’t like – or as my boyfriend said – just like photoshop but it works in real life.
Thanks to all at Positive Pathways for a great job – will be back soon.Annabel Kaye - May 2013
What a great job done by Deborah. I can now see properly out of my right eye now that she has removed the bits of hanging skin. Thanks, Deb.Steve Chisholm - July 2012
Positive Pathways Beauty have changed my life!
Since starting my elelctrolysis treatments about four months ago, I’m noticing a significant decrease in the hair growth around my chin area.
I used to wax my chin twice a week, now I don’t wax at all!
I now have my treatments every two weeks, even my treatment time has reduced……….
The hair growth is finer and less noticable, my skin is looking clearer too!
Deborah and Naomi are so helpful and very discrete, making every effort to work around my schedule to ensure my treatments are provided to suit my needs.
Thank youShubline - Welling