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.

Chalke Valley History Festival

The Chalke Valley History Festival includes over 110  literary events for all ages from children through to adults, a vast look through history through-the ages encampment, a stunning air show is one of the biggest events of the week, the Penguin Chalke Valley History Prize, and a Schools Festival all over the course of a 3 day period. This was CVHF's fifth year of holding the history festival and a huge success it was too! It is the largest festival dedicated entirely to british history, and is designed to inspire, excite and inform all ages. Taking place in the heart of the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, 12 miles outside of Salisbury, it offers a unique mix of talks, discussions and debates, alongside the very best Living History activities around. Whether young or old, the CVHF provides entertainment for all the family.

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When visiting the CVHF you are immediately thrown back into history with force, enlightened with new facts and reenactments everywhere you turn. 2015 saw a  new living history arena for longbow demonstrations, French firepower displays, WW2 firing demonstrations, cavalry displays and much more for the mind! The visual aspects of being involved enhanced the whole experience and lifted history from the pages of books; putting the sights and sounds before your very own eyes.

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As a photography business we thrive upon capturing that one moment that can't ever be seen again, in this case, our favourite photo of CVHF is of the battle between the red coats and the colonials shown in the arena; where we managed to capture a photo in a split second of a Colonial soldier firing his weapon at the Red Coat opposition. This photo grabbed our immediate attention as it was a true and tough challenge to shoot. We wanted to capture the image just as the gunpowder ignited, giving the flame kickback, there was a split second to capture this one shot and we managed it!

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

The Business of Giving - Wiltshire Community Foundation

 

The Business of Giving

Rosemary Macdonald, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Community FoundationWiltshire Community Foundation launches new networking group for professional people who care about Wiltshire

On Thursday 6th March, at Trethowans London Road offices, Wiltshire Community Foundation launched The Business of Giving,  an educational networking group for Wiltshire’s young professionals.

30 representatives from the City’s top firms including Trethowans, Wilsons, Smith & Williamson and various other businesses attended to hear Rosemary Macdonald, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Community Foundation, introduce the course of talks and speak about The Voluntary Sector in Wiltshire and its relevance for professional advisors.

Attendees were asked to name the first charity which came into their heads. The overwhelming majority named a national charity. Rosemary Macdonald said “There are 7,800 registered charities in Wiltshire, only 109 of which receive any council funding. Only 5% of professional advisors speak to their clients about leaving gifts to charities in their will. We want people to think local when it comes to supporting causes they care about. ”

Francer Gillett, Rosemary Macdonald, Elizabeth Webbe Through this new course of evening talks (which count as CPD accredited sessions) and visits to local community projects, members will gain an understanding of the voluntary sector and how it is relevant to their clients. They will find out about local charities and meet the Wiltshire philanthropists who are supporting them.

Members will meet a wide range of contacts, learn about corporate social responsibility and take part in a Dragons Den style event where charities pitch for funding and the members decide there and then who receives the grants.  (This event is subsidised by the Community Foundation.)

The next event takes place on 14th April.  For more information or to register call Kate Robinson on 01380 729284 or email kate.robinson@wiltshirecf.org.uk

About the Foundation

Wiltshire Community Foundation supports voluntary groups and charitable organisations across Wiltshire and Swindon, raising funds locally from individuals, companies and trusts. Wiltshire Community Foundation gave out £800,000 in grants in 2013/2014 to 550 voluntary groups and individuals. All applications are assessed and monitored to ensure the grants are effective and benefit their community. Wiltshire Community Foundation has an endowment fund of £17m and also manages funds on behalf of the Big Lottery.

Community Foundations are experts in revitalising local communities through effective charitable giving. Over the last 16 years well over 12,000 private sector donors have used the services of a community foundation to make sure that their giving has been invested to make the lasting difference that they want to see. Community Foundations now manage over £200m of committed endowed giving and it is estimated that most people in the UK will live or work within 20 miles of a charitable project that a community foundation has supported.

 

Kelly Hatt - Surface Designer and Illustrator

 

Kelly Hatt is a UK based Surface Designer and Illustrator.

Aluminium etching by Kelly HattWorking initially with collage and pens, her paper based drawings inspire a collection of mixed media illustrations which combine dyed fabrics, hand embroidery, perspex and metal. The juxtaposition of these delicate and industrial materials create depth and tone while providing a narrative element.

These hand cut illustrations are available to commission and purchase as a print. While her bespoke aluminium pieces are available in a wide range of sizes to suit many interior applications.

Aluminium etched table by Kelly Hatt"As a designer maker, beautiful images are extremely important in communicating my surfaces to the audience, particularly online where they can not touch and experience the product in the same way. Since working with the mix of aluminium etching and hand embroidered fabrics, I have found them challenging to photograph so decided to enlist the help of Salisbury commercial and product photographer, John Rose Photography".

"Studio manager, Mandy was extremely helpful with quick communication via email throughout. I found this invaluable as I had a limited time to have my design photographed and apply for an exhibition before the deadline. While photographing my work, John supplied intial test shots for me to choose exactly what kind of lighting I prefered and to ensure the final images were exactly what I required. I found this very interesting and crucial to receiving images that I really loved as a result."

Aluminium etching by Kelly Hatt"I felt reasurred that my work was being looked after in the studio which meant a lot to me as I have spent many hours etching, painting, embroidering and generally staring at them in my studio! I would definitley recommend John Rose Photography to anyone who is looking for a great service and beautiful results."

"As a designer, I can now create postcards, business cards, update my website and apply for exhibitions knowing that my work is shown in the best possible way with these high quality images."

To connect with Kelly, please like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter

 

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.

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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.

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.

 

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.

Opening of the Pembroke Arms at Wilton

The Pembroke Arms at Wilton opened its doors on 23 April 2013, following a comprehensive six month refurbishment. Situated in the small town of Wilton on the beautiful Pembroke Estate, it has been very carefully and beautifully furnished with, colonially-themed furniture from Rajasthan, supplemented with items from local suppliers and antique dealers.

This hotel is a part of the Hillbrooke Hotels collection, which offers luxurious bedrooms, a restaurant & bar that offer exceptional choice, plus elegant function rooms which are perfect for weddings or conferences.

"we have an unconventional style which won't fail to impress as you step through the door; a passionate and obliging style of service that exceeds customer expectations."

John Rose Photography were invited to attend and photograph the launch on behalf of Neylon Associates, and Salisbury Life Magazine. Capturing images of special guests Lord Pembroke and John Glenn MP along with many local business owners from in and around Wilton and Salisbury.

Guests were permitted to wander freely around the hotel, whilst being treated to a three course sampler of fantastic food, with ingredients sourced locally.

The hotel really is a welcome addition to the local area with great comments already being left including:

"We are delighted that Hillbrooke Hotels have taken over The Pembroke Arms and we wish them every success."

The Earl and Countess of Pembroke

 

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