Are you 'Well Natural'?

Well Natural Artisan

Do you know your zinc from your iron, or your magnesium from your potassium if the answer is no then we suggest you make your way to Well Natural located at 15 Silver Street, just on the edge of Salisbury’s Cathedral City Guildhall Square.

We were recently commissioned to go and capture some images on behalf of our friends at Salisbury Life Magazine, and in doing so its certainly opened our eyes and minds about alternative and healthy options available.

Well Natural Cafe SeatingThe mission at Well Natural is “To provide value in products and services, to remain committed to the supply of natural products helping to keep the whole family healthy”.

This store is clean tidy and everything is easy to find – but if you are having problems then don’t be afraid to ask their very helpful team of staff.

With a café inside and extra seating both upstairs and outside in the summer months , this shop caters for everyone and all things healthy – even a healthier  vegan  option which during our visit was Chocolate & Coconut Flapjack or Malted Fruit & Seed Bar.Well Natural Cafe

It’s not just about health and nutrients in here, they also care your skincare routine and have a great range of skin and body products from the Dr Hauschka. This really is an interesting place to visit – did you know that you can buy original flower remedies?

Well Natural Vegan Fruit and Seeded BarWere you aware that adding a drop or two or Rock Rose into a glass of water or directly on to your tongue, will help against terror or that White Chestnut is to help with unwanted thoughts and mental arguments. There are certainly a few flower remedies we can think of trying.

So from minerals, vitamins and flower remedies you can also buy food, ingredients and eco-friendly washing liquids and fabric conditions. Everything in this shop shouts Well Natural from the inside out, the outside in and from top to toe.”

Have you been to Repertoire lately?

For those of you that are regular browsers of Salisbury Life Magazine, will know that they are keen to bring you the best of Salisbury’s shopping boutiques and “Repertoire” certainly falls in to that category.

This is a shop with style teamed with the quirkiness of the old beams in the current 13th Century listed building, located in Fish Row, in Salisbury’s City centre.

“Since opening its first stores over 18 years ago, Repertoire has established itself as a leading independent retailer of major designer labels, based in the South of England. Today, with five stores, stocking a variety of collections from over 50 key designer brands, we cover all styles, from casual jeans by a whole host of designers to formal dressing, suiting for men and occasion wear for women”

Repertoire, Salisbury

Brands stocked in this beautiful boutique are high end which are already established as having great reputations within the world of fashion and include Barbour, Ted Baker, Holland Esquire, Ralphe Lauren, Armani and Jeffery West to name but a few.

Staff are not only warm friendly and helpful, focusing on their great customer service, but also have a wide knowledge of their brands too.

If you are looking for a new jacket, coat, jumper or even a new pair of gorgeous designer jeans, as well as other items of fashion wear for the autumn/winter season, then please go and take a look inside the doors of Repertoire Salisbury.

Starcast impress at Trinity Guildhall Exams

  Have you ever had to stand and talk or perform in front of an audience? If you are nodding your head can you remember how it made you feel? personally the thought fills me with dread!Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

Recently we were booked to capture images of over 200 students from Starcast Performing Arts, Salisbury. The students we were asked to photograph were aged between 5 - 17 years old and had all been entered in to the "Trinity Guildhall Musical Theatre Exams" which took place over the weekend of the 11th and 12 th July 2015, at the  Blackledge Theatre, Godolphin School in Salisbury.Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

Trinity College London offers an unrivalled choice of qualifications for students and teachers of drama and speech subjects, at all levels of experience and ability.

The syllabuses provides a structured framework designed to encourage the progressive development of integrated performance and communication skills over time. Their solo and pair graded exams and diplomas are fully accredited in the UK and recognised internationally in many other countries.Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

The Starcast Performing Arts Schools students danced, sung and acted as part of their exam performing extracts from “Cats", “Whistle Down the Wind”, “Matilda”, “Bugsy Malone”, “Annie”, “Rent”, “The Jungle Book” and “Half a SixpenceStarcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

"Starcast Performing Arts Schools first opened in 2009 and now has over 280 children and teeangers training in our Acting Classes, Singing Lessons and Dance Classes at our weekly Performing Arts Classes. At Starcast we teach children and teenagers aged 4-18 yrs old. Students are spilt into three classes of similar ages and study each discipline of Dance, Drama and Singing. To read more about the content and the training involved in the three classes please scroll down this page.

ALL abilities are welcome. Starcast offers children and teenagers a chance to simply enjoy learning to act, sing and dance. With opportunites of performing professionally if they wish too.

At our schools we endeavour to build confidence and self esteem, we also teach children skills they can use in everyday life such as communication, focus, creative and presentation skills.

At Starcast Schools we encourage our students to express themselves, to voice their concerns and their ideas in loud, clear and confident voices.

At Starcast we give every child the chance to perform as often as we can, we believe this is a great confidence builder."Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity Exams

The examiner was impressed with the wonderful costumes, staging and talent of all the performances, awarding every single students  a mark of 80% or over.

90% of students were awarded a “Distinction” which is the highest possible mark from "Trinity Guildhall"

Understandably many of the students were feeling nervous and apprehensive, but once they started to perform, the shy quietness and rattling of nerves very quickly vanished - leaving confident focused performers.Starcast Perfoming Arts Trinity ExamsWe felt that this was an exciting and professional event where wonderful memories were made for all involved. These students truly are stars of the future.

Race for Life 2015

Hell hath no fury like a woman in pink and this year’s annual, Cancer Research UK's Race for Life, at Hudsons Field Salisbury brought together an army of over 1,400 women of all ages, from our great City and surrounding areas. Parkwood Warm-up Crew

Putting the women through their warm up prior to the start of the race was, Chris Martin and members of the Parkwood Health Zumba team. There were lots of smiles laughter and giggles as everyone stretched out in preparation but also a great team spirit amongst everyone too.

Spire FM’s very own breakfast presenter Martin Starke, introduced a very special guest, 3 year old Harry Tinham; who in his short life has already suffered Downs Syndrome, open heart surgery and battled with Leukaemia.Race for Life

Harry’s dad Nick said “We hope that the worst is over now”

At 11am, together the Pink Army undertook the 5k course. Some raced, whilst others ran, walked or even danced around some in fancy dress but all with the same aim of raising £95K for research in to all 200 types of cancer.Race for Life

Cancer does not give a second thought to those of us whose lives it affects but by taking part in this ladies event, money is raised to help find a cure for the disease that can ruin the lives of those affected by it. National statistics show that one in three of us will be affected.Race for Life

Together these women raced for friends, family and loved ones and at no time did the rain dampen the amazing spirits and atmosphere.

 

Sir John Major delivers inaugural lecture in Salisbury.

On 17th June 2015 Sir John Major, former prime minister delivered an inaugural Sir Edward Heath Lecture at Salisbury’s very own Guildhall. With Salisbury holding the 800th year celebrations of the Magna Carta this year at the Cathedral, the topic of lecture was to be ‘The meaning and lessons of the Magna Carta Today’ and would be delivered directly to an invited audience of over 200 local people including Dame Shirley Williams and David Steele both ex MP’s.

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Foundation trustees established the lecture as an upcoming opportunity for respected speakers to explore the subject of importance to Sir Edward and to his personal interests in the legacy of the Magna Carta itself.

Sir John Major spoke about why he delivered the first ever Edward Heath Lecture, commenting “I was delighted to be invited to deliver the first Edward Heath Lecture in Salisbury, the City that he loved and made his home, and in the fiftieth anniversary year of his winning the Conservative Party leadership. As our first leader to come from a non-privileged background, his election marked an important step change for our Party.

 As Prime Minister, at what was a very difficult time for Britain, Sir Edward’s central legacy was entry into the European Common Market.  But his administration was also marked out by his courageous, albeit ultimately unsuccessful, attempts to reform Britain's destructive industrial relations and to bring power sharing to Northern Ireland.  I, myself, was especially impressed by his honorable and civilized decision to face down opposition, and to fulfil Britain's obligation to admit the Ugandan Asians.”

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Sir John’s visit to Salisbury commenced in the afternoon, with a tour of Edward Heath’s former home, Arundell’s. Sir John was welcomed into the outstandingly beautiful house by a recital by the senior boys of Bishop Wordsworth Grammar School, played using Sir Edwards very own piano.

We were employed by Arundell’s to carry out the photography of the Edward Heath lecture and Sir John Major’s visit to Salisbury and were very honored and more than happy to take on the privilege of working with Arrundell’s ensuring Sir John’s visit to be as pleasant and welcoming as could be. We spent 5 hours in the company of Sir John and the trustees of Arundell are working closely with them to capture the magical significance of the delivery of the first every Edward Heath lecture.

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 Although hired by Arundell’s to photograph the event, we were also honored to be present and hear Sir John speak on the history. We found ourselves drawn to his voice as he spoke regarding the Magna Carta and Edwards Heath’s passion and drive for the subject, although under pressure for such a high VIP event we found that the atmosphere surrounding ourselves as commercial photographers to be pleasant and easy to work with, all aspects covering our photography were easily handled and in return received good quality and true to life pictures of the glowing atmosphere that surrounded me whilst Sir John Major delivered his lecture.

 

Ride the plain with Stonehenge ATV

Stonehenge ATV

When was the last time you experienced an exciting fun packed adrenalin fueled day out in the open?

2015-05-09 18.48.34Well, it’s been a few weeks now since we were invited to go and take part in a taster day at a new local business “Stonehenge ATV” but wow what fun. So much so that it’s still very fresh in my mind which to me, means it’s made a great impression!

So Stonehenge ATV - What’s it all about? Where is it? And what’s so great about it……. If you love excitement and power, and being in control of an engine this really is a must for you.

Located in the quiet village of Wyle not too far from the huge expanse of Salisbury Plain, is where our day began. Greeted enthusiastically by co-business partners and founders of Stonehenge ATV Tony Quinn and Robin Gow, we were treated to piping hot coffee and of course biscuits too.

With safety firmly in the forefront of these guys’ minds, we were asked to complete the obligatory paperwork associated with motor sports. Next was a safety briefing and finally we were all fitted with the appropriate safety helmets and protective clothing.  It was great to see that this business is serious about their clients and of course all safety elements.

150508-StonehengeATV-32Next came the important bit – FOOD! Well sort of, our breakfast order was taken but then it was time for us to be given instruction on the vehicle controls, etc., with a short drive to familiarise us with the handling of the vehicles.

The vehicles themselves, Quadzilla Z8's, reminded us of something from a Star Wars movie and we couldn’t wait to get started. If you are more interested in the techi bits of the vehicles, you’ll find more details about them on the 'Our Vehicles' page of their website.

Leaving the ‘depot’ about an hour after our arrival, we made our way along the main roads to where breakfast was awaiting us. A very tasty bacon butty, cup of coffee, and a few photos later, we were ready to set off again. Fortunately the weather had been kind over the previous few days. It was wet enough to keep the dust down but not too wet as to make it too muddy.

So on with our adventure, we crossed the A303 to pass Stonehenge, stopping for a quick photocall, before making our way onto Salisbury plain.

We would love to tell you exactly where we went, but to be honest, we have no idea. We travelled along roads and tracks, with low flying helicopter and army vehicles around us, before stopping off for another break. Coffee, this time being served from the back of one of the vehicles.

150508-StonehengeATV-27Our drive continued along tracks made by all manner of vehicles from landrovers and tractors, to tanks, before joining the main road again and making our way back to the 'depot' at around 2.30pm. Once back we got out of our safety wear and chatted about the day’s events and our overall experience.

As already mentioned, we were very lucky with the weather but should you visit during less favorable conditions don’t panic. Thankfully there is a shower available to ensure you don't have to drive home cold and wet.

The experience we were treated to costs £140 per person for a full day's fun (c. 7 hours). This price includes shared use of the buggy, VAT, all insurances, equipment, training, breakfast or lunch. Group bookings start at £110.

This is not only a unique opportunity to travel Salisbury Plain and see areas that are not usually available to the public, but it is also great fun! A birthday treat, hen or stag party, or just a special treat for yourself, this is definitely something that we strongly suggest you check out.

We would like to finish by offering a huge thank you to Tony and Robin, firstly for the invitation to experience their new and exciting venture, but also for their great hospitality on the day. A very good day was had by all.

If you would like more information check out the Stonehenge ATV website and like their Facebook page 150508-StonehengeATV-30-2 150508-StonehengeATV-38-2

GUEST BLOG OF THE MONTH!

  150329-TalkEatLaugh-0166Pop up restaurants are quickly becoming an alternative to traditional dining out. As the name suggests, pop up restaurants are literally eateries that pop up from nowhere, often at an unusual venue, or perhaps in the setting of a private home.

Talk, Eat Laugh is the brainchild of Rachel Muse, a chef from Salisbury who has cooked for a host of showbiz stars.

Rachel became a patisserie chef before taking up positions at busy hotels in Reading and Knightsbridge and a private household in London.

Over the years she has travelled around the world, preparing dishes for Formula 1 drivers, musicians, sportsmen and actors on private islands in the Caribbean and yachts in the Mediterranean.

Now 20 years after first training to become a chef, she has returned home to Salisbury and is involved with creating a fine dining experience either in an individual’s home or at St Thomas’s House in the city centre.

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0149Rachel's new venture is to give the people of Salisbury the chance to be able find out what a Pop Up Restaurant is all about by visiting the Salisbury Festival Playhouse Pop Up Restaurant. Rachel said, 'We are celebrating the Festival by Popping Up in fine style from Monday 25th May right through to Saturday 6th June. Everyday from lunch straight through until after dinner, we will be delighting you with tasty food."

"The theme of the International Arts Festival this year is the Middle East, so we are matching this with a Middle Eastern menu. The menu is designed to tempt tastebuds and satisfy all types of hungers, from a bowl of olives or a delicious plate of baklava, to a full three course meal. We have thought of the little ones too and we have a nice range of things for little mouths. Plus if you are coming along with a friend who prefers plain food, there are a selection of dishes where we can dial down the middle eastern spices to zero. That way the taste of the chicken or the prawns shines through."

"I was a vegetarian for about ten years, which means I have total respect for people who choose not to eat meat. For me vegetarians (and vegans) aren't an afterthought. When I cook non meat eaters are served dishes that are really delicious well thought through. I think is rare for non meat eaters to be treated in this way, except in vegetarian and vegan restaurants."

Menu highlights include

Starters and Light Bites

Mezze platter to share (serves two as a starter) (v) falafel, humus, olives garlic/cucumber and yoghurt dip, pitta and crudités.

Soup of the day with pitta.

Stuffed Vine leaves (v) with crunchy salad.150329-TalkEatLaugh-0163

Prawn skewers with spicy Harissa, cherry tomatoes and salad.

Main courses

Lamb Shish kebabs with jewelled rice, yoghurt and pitta.

Tagine of the day served with cous cous.

Falafel (v) served with toasted pine nut green salad and pitta.

Vegetarian dish of the day.

Puddings

Baklava, two different types.

Ripe peaches with Yoghurt and pistachio brittle.

Parties of six and over will need to book in advance to ensure a table. The booking line for that is 07442 250888 (ate, ate, ate, see what we did there?).

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0159"At one of the standard Talk Eat Laugh Pop Up Restaurant which I host every three weeks in either Southampton or Salisbury the winning format is this.....You are greeted by a welcome drink and a selection of canapés. After five or so minutes and a few sips of your drink, the crowd falls into groups of people chatting and making new friends. The standard Pop Up is a nicely manageable number of guests, usually around 20. Once all the canapés have been polished off, the main event kicks off. We all sit together at one long table. The guests and staff are all mixed in together to add to the shared 'dinner party' feeling. As the chef I sit with the guests, but I do run around, between courses,  like a mad woman. I run around so all the food is hot, tasty and pretty when in arrives in front of you."

The Salisbury Festival Playhouse Pop Up will follow this successful shared table format. You will be encouraged to join other guests and chat about the performances you have seen, or are about to see.

150329-TalkEatLaugh-0162At a standard Pop Up no two evenings are the same, it is the people who make the night. It's the magic mix of personalities and the random conversations that make people come back again and again. The Festival Playhouse Pop Up will be the place not to 'see and be seen' but rather to 'meet and be met'. The Restaurant is a crossroads for people to sit and wait for friends, to chat or to relax. It is a very informal feel, you order at the bar and then find somewhere to sit. Whoever you sit next to at the Festival Playhouse Pop Up is bound to have something interesting to say.

"I hope to cook for you between Monday 25th May and Saturday 6th June. Do please come and say hello, any friend of John's is a friend of mine."

Talk Eat Laugh: 07442 250 888

Business email: TalkEatLaugh@hotmail.com

Twitter: @ChefSalisbury

Facebook: Talk, Eat, Laugh

Salisbury Journal

Commercially Savvy Salisbury

Commercial Portraits

Were you one of the commercially savvy businesses that got your year off to a fresh start by updating the images on your promotional material and website. Well there's still time!

The first couple of months of our new year here at John Rose Photography, Salisbury has been very  busy helping our commercial clients update their images. We find that many companies start the year looking at their marketing material and website. They find it to be the perfect time to refresh everything. The old cliche 'a picture paints a 1000 words' is never more true when it comes to commercial promotion in South Wiltshire and West Hampshire

Commercial art photographyWe all know people buy from people, and the more business savvy people know that making your business stand out from the crowd is even more important. Did you read Mandy's post 'What do the images on your website or promotional material say about you', the guest blog from Personnel Placements  'Profile pictures - what do they tell a potential employer about you?' or the guest blog from Robert Snook, MD of MG Cannon 'What a dose of your own medicine tastes like'. If not then pop over and have a look, they are well worth reading.

commercial singer/actor headshotsWe have recently relaunched our commercial studio portraits giving you 3 options to choose from, starting as before with the 20 minute shoot for £35. Full details can be found in our blog post 'Professional commercial studio portraits/headshots'. If you are a member of Salisbury or Wilton Chamber of commerce you can take advantage of a 10% discount on the displayed prices.

We are currently working on our 'New Year, New Image' promotion for SME's. This is similar to our commercial studio portrait shoots, but will allow you as a businesses to update your literature and website with professional, high quality images of your business premises and products too. We have options to suit everyone, and at very reasonable prices. COMING SOON!

Commercial product shotsWe are very lucky to have a hugely diverse client list, and in any one month we can be shooting art, commercial headshots, actors, singers, jewellery, electrical items, the list goes on. If you are thinking that perhaps it is time you freshened up your website and promotion material with new, bespoke images, give us a call on 01722 320500 or email commercial@johnrosephotography.com

 

6 Reasons Why Images are Important

If you have an online store, issue press releases or even just have a Facebook business “page”, then here are 6 reasons to publish images and photos as part of your business marketing tactics.

  1. Articles with images get 94% more total views
  2. Including a Photo and a video in a press release increases views by over 45%
  3. 60% of consumers are more likely to consider or contact a business when an image shows up in local search results
  4. In an ecommerce site, 67% of consumers say the quality of a product image is “very important” in selecting and purchasing a product
  5. In an online store, customers think that the quality of a products image is more important than product-specific information (63%), a long description (54%) and ratings and reviews (53%)
  6. Engagement rate on Facebook for photos averages 0.37% where text only is 0.27% (this translates to a 37% higher level of engagement for photos over text)

Read more at http://www.jeffbullas.com

Corporate Partner to Salisbury Playhouse

  In the week John Rose Photography was named a Corporate Partner to Salisbury Playhouse, we were pleased to be able to attend the VIP performance of Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan. This play has an extra special meaning for John Rose Photography, as the image on the poster and programme front cover, was shot locally by John.

If you have not seen this play, then take our word for it, it is well worth a seeing.

A wonderful revival Southern Daily Echo

Performed flawlessly. . .  a masterclass in ensemble acting Western Daily Press

Salisbury Playhouse poster for Seperate Tables posterSuperb Public Reviews

I was hooked Salisbury Journal

Beautifully detailed The Stage

In the genteel surroundings of a respectable Bournemouth hotel tongues are wagging.

The lady residents have a nose for gossip and there is plenty to cause a raised eyebrow or a sideways glance today – not least the gentleman making notes at the table by the window and the elegant young woman, newly arrived from London.

Separate Tables is a wonderfully funny and moving portrait of the lives, loves and quirks of the guests of a seaside hotel in the Fifties, from the writer of The Winslow BoyLess Than Kind and The Deep Blue Sea.

Salisbury Songstress Lizz Badcock - aka Miss Lilli B

Funk Soul Sista - Girl BandAs you may have seen on our Facebook or Twitter pages yesterday and this morning, this very lucky Salisbury photographer had the lovely Miss Lilli B in the studio yesterday.

Lilli is a Salisbury singer/singing teacher. She is currently upgrading her website and needed to get some new photos done. Her current website is here.

You may recognise Lilli from a shoot we did some time ago with the amazing trio Funk Soul Sista. Lilli is on the left in the picture along with Emm (centre) and Becks (right).

As with all of our clients we offer a consultation to enable us to see the finished images through their eyes, and are using Pinterest more and more to enable our clients to receive the personal, bespoke service we are renowned for. Lilli found being able to show us her vision very helpful, not only to allow us to see what she was trying to visualise but to also focus her own thoughts.

So to the shoot.

We had a 2 hour session booked to allow for style changes, etc. We had our style agreed, and we had had a look at the layout for Lilli's new website. All that was left was to set the lighting for the first set and for Lilli to change into her first outfit.

Here are a selection from the shoot. If you would like to see, and hear, the amazing Miss Lilli B, and a few other amazing local talents, including Funk Soul Sista, Kev B, Duncan Heather, and BGT 2013 finalists Kieran and Sarah, she is performing at Stars in the Canyon on Friday 14th November at the Chapel Nightclub. Tickets are available at Eventbrite and are on sale now at a discounted rate for a limited time, so book now to get the best seats at the best prices!

 

Profile Pictures– what do they tell a Potential Employer about you?

Guest Blog Spot, Personnel Placements.

Profile Picture on White BackgroundProfile Pictures– what do they tell a Potential Employer about you?

Nowadays most of us have some sort of online presence in the form of one of the many Social Media sites. They are used, as the name suggests, to “socialise”, but also as a platform to sell products, services and if you are a job seeker, yourself! When was the last time you had a good look at your profile picture. Does it portray the image you want it to? Are you the same person at work as you are on Facebook? The current thinking within many HR departments seems to be that whatever people display on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter reflects the behaviour they display in the workplace. However new research shows that what’s in our profiles has little bearing on how well we do our jobs, even though a large number of recruiters operate under the assumption that it does. According to a survey by recruiting software company Jobvite, 93% of recruiters surveyed are likely to look at a candidate’s social media profile during the recruitment process and make assumptions on their capabilities. Over 40% of recruiters have reconsidered a candidate based on their social media profile.

Do the same rules apply across all Social Media sites?

Funk Soul Sista - Girl BandFacebook is a platform where most people say and do things that they wouldn't do at work and post photographs of situations that could make a potential employer think poorly of them. So if you are searching for work, make sure you at least set your privacy settings to ensure those photos of you after one to many cocktails aren't visible to everyone! Twitter has changed the way we communicate, opening up our daily thoughts and #selfies to, potentially, the world! Problems occur when people start tweeting photos that are unprofessional, threaten company privacy, or reflect badly on their own work ethics. Sites such as LinkedIn are different, and your profile is in effect a modern day CV, so your profile photograph needs to look professional; a good head and shoulders shot is ideal. Make sure it portrays you as professional and business like, as well as a positive, happy person; you can smile – it’s not a passport mugshot! Ideally get a professional photographer to take it. People look at photographs and think, “can I see myself working with this person?”, so make sure it is recent, there’s no point trying to hide anything as if you do get to meet a potential employer who has seen your LinkedIn profile, it’s going to be hard to build trust with someone who doesn’t recognise you in person!

Lynsey Docherty Professional Opera SingerShould I use a photo on my CV?

We do receive some applications from candidates who use photographs on their CVs but in the UK it’s more common not to. However if you do choose to add one to your CV or are asked to send a photo with your application, again it needs to be a recent, business like, professional looking head and shoulders shot.

Bio: Lynne Rose is the Business Manager at Personnel Placements and has been recruiting in Salisbury and the surrounding area for 13 years. PP as it is affectionately known within the local business community is a generalist Agency that has been supporting local companies for almost 30 years. They are also an active member of TEAM – The Employment Agents Movement – which enables them to source candidates from all over the UK. As part of their service they also provide HR Support and Advice.
Our website address is www.personnel-placements.co.uk

If you would like to update your profile picture why not give us a ring on 01722 320500 or email, commercial@johnrosephotography.com. Professional Headshots are available in our studio for £35 each. A 15 minute appointment, 3 poses shot, choose your favourite straight from the screen and we will email it directly to you. First image is included, additional images may be purchased for £17.50.

Soprano Lynsey Docherty launches "Celebrate Voice"

On Friday 4th July, Celebrate Voice launched with a Riverside Garden Party at Artistic Director Lynsey Docherty's home just outside Salisbury.

Lynsey Docherty and Mayor of Salisbury Cllr Jo Broom

Attended by Jo Broom, the Mayor of Salisbury, the party was held as a thank you to sponsors and supporters of this exciting new festival which takes place in October half-term this year. John Rose Photography is pleased to announce that they have become a partner in this exciting new venture.

Lynsey conducted her choir the Riverside Singers who sang a medley of water-based songs, in keeping with the weather that evening, which, rather than dulling proceedings, only seemed to whet people's appetites for more fun and celebrating!

A children's choir gave sparkling renditions of songs and all joined in the chorus of Toreador from Carmen, sung by the electrying baritone Philip Smith who had come from London especially for the occasion. He was joined by mezzo Emma Watkinson (fresh from an English Touring Opera tour) who teased the audience with her sultry and passionate Habanera and coloratura soprano Jane Hughes dazzled with Olympia's ariaLynsey took everyone by surprise, joining in duets with her colleagues to the delight of the audience.

Lynsey Docherty conducts her childrens chori

Sponsors and supporters from Chas H Baker, LKL Group, Mark Allen Group and Spire FM as well as private benefactors enjoyed wine and canapés to accompany the evenings entertainment. And of course, the event launched Celebrate Voice - a singing festival - so everyone had the chance to join in!

Finally Lynsey announced the programme of events to include Mercury and MOBO award winning folk, jazz and opera singers, Outreach Programmes and plans for a flash-mob on the market square, as well as a host of family and participants' events. And finally, over £400 was raised on the night through a new 'Friends of the Festival' scheme which proved incredibly popular and showed the level of support for this new singing venture for Salisbury and the community.

 

Baritone Philip Smith

Celebrate Voice

In October 2014, a brand new festival celebrating the wonder of the human voice and involving an entire community, Celebrate Voice, launches in Salisbury. The six-day singing celebration will feature the UK’s top professional folk, jazz and opera singers in a host of inspiring concerts, participatory singing events, outreach performances, family concerts and a massed flashmob-style opening - Sing City in Salisbury’s market square for the entire community.

The Festival, which aims to make Salisbury the biggest singing city in the UK, brings together top professionals and the local community with a diverse six-day programme through October half term. Events feature top vocalists in folk, jazz and operatic genres, interactive concerts for the whole family, inspiring workshops for adults and children, a mass-singing open-air launch and a grand finale, featuring  all who have been part of the festival. The workshops will be led by inspiring UK musicians, enabling people of all ages and abilities to take part and to share, connect, laugh and sing! And finally, the professional artists will be giving outreach concerts, taking the magic of their sublime music making and the powerful connectivity of song to people who might not easily have access to concerts, with performances in care homes and schools.

Mezzo Emma Watkinson (fresh from an English Touring Opera tour) and soprano Jane Hughes

The first festival of its kind in the UK, Celebrate Voice is the brain-child of Salisbury-born singer and vocal animateur, Lynsey Docherty. Alongside her career in opera she has led projects in schools, prisons, care homes, orphanages, and autistic centres both in the UK and abroad. And she has seen the power of singing and music enabling people to connect to one another, to reach out – through self-expression, communication, happiness and growing confidence. She now brings to her home town a host of brilliant colleagues with whom she has been privileged to work over the past fifteen years to create and share with her community a celebration of all things Voice.

The festival was announced at two sell-out concerts produced by Lynsey in Salisbury in December 2013, and within one week Celebrate Voice had gathered 15 volunteers, and £10k worth of support. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Celebrate Voice Team, Lynsey Docherty & Jo Collinson

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS *: Tue Oct 28th Wed Oct 29th Thurs Oct 30th Fri Oct 31st Sat Nov 1st Sun Nov 2nd
Afternoon(1pm) (SEPT/OCTOutreach projects in schools) Sing City! Market Square (free event) Outreach performances:Care homesSpecial needs centres Celebrate Local Celebrate Voice Workshop Weekend Family Concert Coffee Concert (11am)
Evening(7.30pm) Opera Night Folk Night: Sam Lee Celebrity Recital Jazz Night: Natalie Williams Opera Night Grand Finale Concert

*Order of events subject to change

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Gaudeamus Chorale at Salisbury Cathedral

A choral concert performed by the Gaudeamus Chorale at Salisbury Cathedral.

Lady Benson, president of Salisbury Cancer Research UK committee, joined chairman Yvonne Mills, Maria Gomez – Local Fundraising Manager, sponsors and organisers to launch the fundraiser at Salisbury Cathedral

Lady Benson, president of Salisbury Cancer Research UK committee, joined chairman Yvonne Mills, Maria Gomez - Local Fundraising Manager, sponsors and organisers to launch the fundraiser at Salisbury Cathedral

The Gaudeaumus Chorale, part of the English Philharmonia Chorus from Hertfordshire, regularly tour Europe and have sung in many of our great cathedrals. This year they have chosen to tour the south of England, with more than 100 voices in support of Cancer Research UK.

The choir will be singing in Salisbury Cathedral on 15th August 2014 and and will perform Faure’s Requiem, works by Cecilia McDowall, Bruckner, Parry and Rachmaninov. All proceeds from the tour will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

 

 

 

Salisbury Big Business Event at Salisbury Guildhall

Chris Hemingway MBE at Salisbury Big Business Event

Well the Salisbury Big Business Event is over for another year, but what an event it was.

Our attendance began on Wednesday evening when we photographed speaker Wayne Hemingway MBE for Salisbury Life. We were unable to stay for the talk due to a prior engagement, but those who did said it was very good.

We attended three very informative talks during the day on Thursday, and Mandy stayed and photographed the Levi Roots talk Thursday evening.I attended 3 more talks on Friday, 'Have you got your branding right' by An.X Agency and 'Would you like to use social media more effectively' by Andy Poulton, and 'How to stay ahead of the trend' by Chris Simpson, Wiltshire business Support Service.

From the BBE website http://www.salisburybigbusiness.co.uk/

Levi Roots at Salisbury Big Business Event

Last week over 700 business representatives took part in the third annual Salisbury Big Business Event at The Guildhall, Salisbury.

The event ran from 7 – 9 May and was sponsored by Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire Council, Trethowans Solicitors, Federation of Small Businesses, Salisbury Business Improvement District, Blue Frontier and Salisbury Chamber of Commerce.

Offering FREE advice to businesses of all sizes including start-ups, the event provides workshops, seminars and networking on a variety of subjects.

Managing Partner of Trethowans Simon Rhodes said, “We are delighted to support this event and offer advice and guidance to businesses, we have received some fantastic feedback from the business community on the knowledge and skills they have gained by attending.”

An.x talk at Salisbury Big Business Event

Over the three days speakers from across a number of sectors have shared their knowledge and the event also welcomed fashion entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway and food entrepreneur Levi Roots.

The Mayor of the City of Salisbury, Cllr Mrs Penny Brown said, “As the Mayor I was honoured to meet so many businesses from across Wiltshire and even further afield. Salisbury City Council enjoys working in partnership with our fellow sponsors and I have been amazed at the scope of the speakers and their wisdom. One of my highlights was to meet Levi Roots and welcome him to the Guildhall, the speakers including Wayne Hemingway and Andy Reid were inspirational.”

Fleur de Rhe Philipe, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for economic development said: “It is important we continue to support events which create opportunities to boost the local economy.

Andy Poulton at Salisbury Big Business Event

During these three days businesses with diverse backgrounds shared their knowledge and ideas which I know will have positive impact on future business growth and partnerships in our county.”

If you had a chance to visit the event I hope you had a great time and took away some useful FREE information: I know we did!

If you didn't get to visit the event this time I would respectfully suggest you get ready to put the dates of the 2015 event in your diary as soon as they become available. We will certainly be adding the dates to our diary, I mean where can you get FREE advice with no strings, apart from John Rose Photography of course.

If you would like to see more images captured by us during our visit you can do so in the Salisbury Life gallery on our website.

What a dose of your own medicine tastes like… MG Cannon MD, Robert Snook tell us

 “It’s not our customer’s job to remember to buy from us. It’s our job to remind them.”

MedicineThis is one of my favourite quotes, and an everyday mantra in our respective businesses, MG Cannon, Turkish Villa Holidays and Computers DotCom.

You see it reminds me every single day that as much as we love our customers, and they normally love us in return, they see so many brands every day that we need to remind them we are the answer to their problem…. Whatever that is today and however different it was to their last problem.

I experienced this in reverse recently when I commissioned John Rose Photography to undertake some commercial work for us. Why? Because over recent months, during which time I wasn’t actually in the buying zone,  they had constantly reminded me through their commercial product offer that they were the ‘go-to’ commercial solution for when I was ready to buy because they looked good, they looked like the experts.

Because of our mantra, I really got this and respected that they had stayed in touch and kept me aware of their innovations, without any hard selling to me.

140204-MGCannon-038“Silence is a message and usually not a good one”

Think about your partner at home for a second. When is goes quiet is that usually a good sign or a bad one? Exactly!

In our businesses we understand that if our customers are not hearing our messages, they are hearing nothing, or worse, only hearing our competitor’s version.

Looking back, I guess what John Rose Photography did was to ensure there was no long term silences and ensured that they were remaining logged in my mind all the time. This was done in an easy going way. I guess I never even noticed sometimes.

“Would you rather they were satisfied or loyal?”

You think they’re the same thing right? Wrong. So wrong.

Think about your partner at home again. If you had to choose, would you rather they were satisfied or loyal? Not the same now is it ? No, definitely not the same!

What this dose of my own medicine showed me was that leading up to, during and immediately after the commercial shoot, I was satisfied. John Rose had taken some great professional shots that would ensure our brand continued to stand out from our competitors in future.

But then something else happened. Their follow up and attention to detail in ensuring they had completely followed through with, and fully met, the brief changed me from being a satisfied customer to a loyal customer, and that is an important step to take.

“Relevance Drives Results”

140204-MGCannon-170Stop and think for me one more time. Think about Jessops, Borders, HMV, Blockbuster, Woolworths and all those high street brands not here anymore.

As diverse as they are, they all had one thing in common and it’s the same one thing all failed businesses, in all industries, in all of history have had in common…

They stopped being relevant to their customers. And because their customers decided they weren’t relevant anymore they found someone or something that was.

Borders customers found Kindle, Blockbuster customers found Netflix…. and so on.

What I liked about John Rose Photography’s offer was that they showed me they weren’t in it to sell me one commercial shoot, they were in it to be our long term media partners and had videography and other innovations in their skillset ready to ensure they would make that happen. This was much more refreshing and enjoyable than being sold to for a quick sale.

“So, how did your own medicine taste?”

Pretty good. It certainly helped me and I’ll keep it to hand ready for next time.

WineI’d probably describe it something like “had seen it on the shelf, noticed it looked good, so tasted it one day, found it easy to use, refreshing and enjoyable. Easy to swallow with a sweet, instead of bitter, after taste.

Sounds more like a good wine doesn’t it? Well I guess if it had of been wine instead of medicine, I would definitely go for a case next time….much more fun than medicine.

 

A Valentine's Day Wedding at The Guildhall, Salisbury

"Life is only as good as the memories we make" Author: The Ataris

Well Chris and Amy certainly made some beautiful memories of their very own on February 14th 2014 – Valentine’s Day. We were with Amy from 9 am capturing the story of her Wedding Day at the Guildhall, Salisbury, to Spire Fm’s Run-Away Bride Groom winner Chris Denning.

With only a few short weeks to arrange their wedding day, we were delighted to support them in their journey. Other service providers on the day included:

Bridal Prep at JAS Hair Group - Wilton

The rain did nothing to dampen the spirits and celebrations of Chris and Amy’s Wedding Day. Although very nervous - as all brides are, Amy was also very excited about marrying her fiancé in the stunning Guildhall.

Arrival at the Guildhall, Salisbury

Wow! The very first words uttered as we saw the stunning wedding gown that Amy was going to be wearing. It really was beautiful; as were the bridesmaids and flower girls dresses, flowers and accessories.

Ceremony at the Guildhall, Salisbury

As guests waited patiently in the Crown Room at the Guildhall, Salisbury, a nervous Chris was taken to see the registrar before Amy arrived. Everyone was so excited about the joining together of these two very special people. Everyone watched the time in anticipation of Amy’s arrival.

Groups on the stairs at the Guildhall, Salisbury

As Chris returned to his guests, we could hear the excited whispers letting everyone know that “she’s here!” That was it, the tears from a very excited and nervous mum-of-the-bride started to form in her eyes.

Speeches in the banqueting hall, the Guildhall, Salisbury

The moment arrived and on the arm of her dad, Amy walked down the aisle to be greeted by a stunned looking Chris. The look on his face when he saw his stunning bride was priceless. It wasn't long before everyone was clapping and cheering as the registrar introduced the new Mr and Mrs Denning.

Dancing the night away at the Guildhall, salisbury

The partying went well on into the night.

CONGRATULATIONS MR AND MRS DENNING!!!!

 

Wiltshire Wedding Show

  Throughout 2014, we will be inviting some really great businesses to join us as  “Guest Bloggers” They will be giving help advice and information that we hope you our followers will enjoy reading.

Our guest last month was Lulu Mungur, Director of Damsels in Success Salisbury, who spoke about Unleashing your Inner Superstar.

This month we are really lucky to be joined by Catherine Dunning of Ladies Who Love…Events and organiser of the Wiltshire Wedding Show.

 

Wiltshire Wedding Show

 Planning your wedding?  Then plan  with fun and ease at a local Wedding  Show!

 Wow! How can it be March already? Yet another year is racing on  by and before we know it, wedding season will soon be in full  swing.  We know not all Brides and Grooms will tie the knot  during our warmer Spring, Summer and Autumn months and  when winter weddings, especially Christmas ones can be such magical and cosy occasions, complete with log fire, fairy lights, mulled wine and mince pie trimmings, why would they!  However, it would appear the majority of UK couples still prefer to celebrate their big day between now and late September… so wedding suppliers everywhere are gearing up for a busy old time ahead.

There are hundreds of newly-engaged and excited couples all over the country just starting to plan their big day, and of course there are those who are well on their wedding planning journeys but still keen to gather new ideas and inspiration – can you ever have enough?

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But … when it comes down to the nitty gritty and suppliers need to be secured, where do you start?  Organising a wedding is no mean feat; there is SO much to arrange (that’s unless you’re eloping for a secret celebration, just the two of you)! There’s the venue, dresses, groomswear, rings, cakes, flowers, stationery,     transport and of course the photography all to arrange … and how about the hair, make-up, entertainment, catering, venue decoration and everything else that comes with staging such an important special event.  It can be equally as overwhelming as it is exciting … and where do you find the suppliers who will help you make the right decisions and work within your budget?  With glossy wedding magazines in abundance and the internet overflowing with wedding blogs and dedicated wedding directories, you might think it’s easy, but sometimes having too much choice can make deciding on your suppliers somewhat of a headache.  How do you know which ones to approach and how do you know you’re going to like their stuff and more importantly … like them!

Since John Rose Photography is exhibiting at the forthcoming Wiltshire Wedding Show we organise (taking place on Sunday 16th March from 11am to 4pm at City Hall, Salisbury), we thought it would be a timely opportunity to share with you our favourite reasons why local Brides and Grooms-to-be, should pay us a visit, so here we go :

1)  It’s the county’s premier Wedding event! You’re engaged! You’re excited! Whatever style of wedding you’re planning, whether it be classic, country, vintage, modern, quirky or traditional, naturally you’ll want to gather as much inspiration and as many ideas, and info on local wedding suppliers as possible.  A visit to the Wiltshire Wedding Show, will give Brides & Grooms the opportunity to meet 60 quality wedding suppliers from Salisbury and right across the region, offering products and services to appeal to everyone.

 2) We promise a feast for your senses! You’ll be able to see, touch, smell, listen to and even taste a variety of fantastic products and services on offer (you can’t do that by merely flicking through a wedding mag or browsing the net)! 

 3) We have the most amazing exhibitors … and you’ll be able to plan your WHOLE wedding under one roof!  You’ll be able to meet and discuss your ideas and requirements with some of the most creative and passionate wedding suppliers in the industry in the good old-fashioned way … face to face!  We have pretty much every area covered, so technically you could plan your whole wedding at the Wiltshire Wedding Show – how brilliant is that! Job done!

4) Everyone loves a bargain! Many of the exhibitors choose to run exclusive offers at the event, so with the average cost of a wedding nowadays costing £20K+, budget-conscious Brides and Grooms can snap up special show savings which may not otherwise be available.

WiltsWed-7557 5) There’s music and modelling (no mayhem)! Brides and Grooms can enjoy live entertainment throughout the day and admire the most stunning Bridal Gowns, Groomswear and Millinery in our professional catwalk shows.

 6) Get a helping hand with your wedding shopping! Come for your chance to win a share of £200 worth of John Lewis Gift Vouchers to spend in store.

 7) It’s a fun way to plan your day! Weddings are meant to be fun – it is a celebration after all! We feel that planning your wedding should be fun too and a visit to the Wiltshire Wedding Show is fun from the moment you arrive.  We’ll greet you with a refreshing glass of complimentary chilled bubbly (our toast to your engagement), then you can freely browse the many exhibits and meet our exhibitors (they're a really friendly fun bunch)!  Stop for a hair/make-up consultation, enjoy the sounds of Live Sax, nibble on some cake, dip the chocolate fountain or help yourself to some of the complimentary foodie treats we'll be sharing around, let our magician show you some tricks, try things on, sit back and enjoy the catwalk shows, admire the cars and treat yourself to something tasty from our yummy show Hogroast.

There’s plenty to keep you busy, so no need to rush off.  Come along and enjoy a great day out – we and John Rose Photography will see you there.

Catherine Dunning - Ladies Who Love........Events

Information : To find out more about the Wiltshire Wedding Show and to see who’s exhibiting, visit www.wiltshireweddingshow.co.uk.  Admission is £5pp or half price with a show voucher.  Accompanied under 16s – FREE.

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Unleash Your Inner SuperStar

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Since you're reading a photography blog, it seems fitting to talk about visibility. In particular, your visibility.

Call it what you will - your personal brand, your profile, your celebrity status – putting yourself ‘out there’ is often one of the scariest things you'll do as businessman or woman.

There’s no doubt you intellectually ‘get’ the benefits of standing out from the crowd. Those who succeed appear to magnetically attract business and career opportunities to them with ease.

But what if that’s not you?

What if you're uncomfortable with the different visibility vehicles – be that the stage, the page or the screen?

What if you're terrified of putting more of yourself out there, you're worried about what others might think of you, and you're scared of what you'll look like on film?

Here are 5 tips to safely raising your head above the parapet:

  1. Get a professional headshot. Use this on all your social media profiles, and on your CV. If you haven't got one, John Rose Photography has a fantastic £35 headshot service, so there’s no excuse!
  2. Practice makes perfect on video – expect being on camera to be more than a little scary at first. Take comfort in the fact that you will get better with practice. Whether you're promoting your business or looking for your next job offer, there is no better way than video for people to get a feel for the real you without meeting you in person.
  3. Learn basic copywriting techniques. Words are powerful. They get you noticed. Whether you're promoting your business or yourself, good copy sells. Web pages, press releases, CVs, job letters, adverts – words matter, so make yours count!
  4. Get over yourself. Identify what’s really holding you back from going for that promotion. From opening your dream business. From speaking up for something that matters to you. And surround yourself with like-minded, positive people who are on your side, who cheer you on, and inspire you to go for it despite your fears.
  5. Be you! Express yourself freely and fully to turn on your star power. Don't be a replica of someone else, or get bogged down comparing or contrasting yourself with others. You've got your own unique gift to give to the world and you're perfect just the way you are. Read the last sentence again – and believe it!

And if you're a woman who runs her own business, or wants to, grab a Guest Pass to Damsels in Success Salisbury on Monday 31st March (click here to register). Our theme for the month is ‘Magnetic Marketing: Let’s Get Visible’. We'll be exploring ways to try on our celebrity personas in a safe and relaxed environment.

Cheering you on! Love Lulu xx

Lulu Mungur | Chief Cheerleader & Director Damsels in Success Salisbury | 07711 640251

Lulu Mungur

Good luck embracing your inner superstar and promoting yourself with ease. I'd love to hear how you get on. Connect with me on social media and let me know how I can help.

lulu@damselsinsuccess.co.uk | damselsinsuccess.co.uk/salisbury

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About Lulu.  Lulu helps professional and entrepreneurial women to find their fortune and discover their own formula for success with ease – what she likes to call finding your F-Factor. Lulu believes we all have it within us to be successful and that every girl deserves a real live fairy godmother to give her a helping hand. Passionate about supporting women in designing their ideal working lives that fit around the needs of those that they love, Lulu’s clients benefit from her boundless energy and solid business know-how, with more than 20 years’ experience of sales and marketing, business strategy and systems, and leading and managing teams. Lulu helps her clients expand their businesses or enhance their careers, without struggle or sacrifice in the other key areas of their lives.

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival seeks male singers for new performance in 2014

Salisbury International Arts Festival - Salisbury, Wiltshire

 Festival seeks male singers for new performance in 2014

 SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE: The Festival is looking for 100 male singers – beginners and experienced – to work with composer Lucy Pankhurst and conductor Howard Moody to create a new performance this summer.

100 years ago two armies found themselves on either side of the front line in a war that was meant to be over by Christmas. Through tobacco, football and song, many put down their weapons on Christmas Eve, sharing a common humanity in what we now call the ‘Christmas truce’.

In May 2014 the Festival will mark the centenary of the truce with a new commission for massed male voices, for which your city needs you…

Come along to an introductory workshop on Friday 17 January at 7pm, Greentrees Primary School, Sycamore Drive, Bishopdown, Salisbury SP1 3GZ to find out more.

If possible, please register in advance by contacting Truce Project coordinator Sue Kent on sue@salisburyfestival.co.uk or 01722 332241.

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival

The 42nd Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival runs from Friday 23 May – Saturday 7 June 2014

  • The annual 16-day Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival blazed into life in 1973 with a performance by Paco Peña and it is a leading commissioning and producing Festival which attracts over 70,000 attendances each year and contributes £3m to the regional economy.
  • Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival was highly commended for Tourism Experience of the Year Award in the 2013 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence and won a silver ‘Tourism Event of the Year Award’ in 2010 in Enjoy England’s Tourism Excellence Awards.
  • §  Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival is supported by Principal Sponsor Ageas, Wiltshire Council and Arts Council England – South West. Its national Media Partner is The Telegraph Media Group.

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