My Allergy Kitchen … meet the powerhouse behind the blog …

People have a story to tell. But not everyone self-publishes a book. A book about which they are extremely passionate and knowledgeable and is close to their heart and then becomes an Amazon best seller!

Meet Zoe, the powerhouse behind My Allergy Kitchen and author of The Busy Parent’s Guide to Food Allergies

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We spent time making images that Zoe will be able to use on her instagram and social media pages and it was interesting for me to hear her story and how she is helping other parents to understand how and why allergies occur and what actions can be taken to alleviate symptoms.

You can find Zoe on social media here

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P.S. You might like to take a look at some of her recipes:

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These were particularly delicious … coconut energy balls

No Nonsense Nutrition from Julie Clark

I was delighted when Julie from Julie Clark Nutrition stepped up to take the opportunity to have a session in front of my lens. I’ve known Julie for a few years now and her husband, Iain, possibly longer (he’s a DJ www.iainbakerweddingdj.co.ukand we met around 10 years ago on a wedding photoshoot). It’s strange where fate takes you sometimes!

Julie has an extremely open approach in telling her journey to this point. She struggled with health issues and sought the help of a nutritionist in her early 20’s. It was a pivotal moment and, as Julie says:

“The advice the Nutritionist gave me was life changing for me, so much so nutrition became my vocation.”

We started in the kitchen, the focal point of their home, and took some headshots of Julie looking relaxed and friendly.

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We chatted about the images that Julie felt were missing from her set of “stock” photography and so worked out a plan to fill those gaps. Having an allotment in their back garden and keeping chickens was a great place for us to start.

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As you can see from the small hands in the images above, help was on hand from Julie and Iain’s two children who were so excited at being part of the photoshoot. They chatted away, picking fruit, shooing away the hens and then indulged in a health snack of home made raspberry ice lollies.

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I was delighted to see that Julie has used this image to illustrate her most recent blog post, Snack Your Kids Happy.

Julie’s site is full of helpful hints and tips and she writes from the heart and draws from her own experiences. One of the images that she wanted to get was of her meditating … we got there in the end but with two children jumping around the garden, it rather put Julie off!

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Julie also mentioned that she has never managed to get an image of her and her husband cooking together. So this seemed like the perfect time.

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You might like to take a look at her blog post about giving up sugar which you can find here and there’s also a link on that post to a fabulous feedback video from her children. You should watch it!

If you are looking for ways to educate both yourself and your children about healthy alternatives and cooking from scratch, please do pop over to Julie’s website and take a look. There are lots of recipes and despite not being a great cook myself, I really fancy the roasted pepper and tomato soup although if you know me, I’d have to leave out the beans.

If you have a business which is crying out for high quality images to tell your story, please do feel free to get in touch. We can discuss the best way to “fill the gaps” and provide you with a great personalised stock library for use on Instagram, Facebook and your website.

Thanks to Julie and her family for making me feel so very welcome and the loganberries were delicious!

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Madcreative – a personal branding session in Faversham

I have known Lucy for a good few years now and both being based in Faversham, and both owning dogs, means that we bump into each other quite frequently.

Lucy is the brains behind Mad Creative who provide the following services. They can:

  • Provide your business with a new bespoke designed website that reflects your aims and ambitions.
  • Write a marketing strategy for your business that can support social media providing focus to help you better promote your services and products. We can help you implement the new ideas and also manage your social media for your business, if you don’t have the time or inclination.
  • Improve your visibility and reach with Search Engine Optimisation solutions. We can even teach you and guide you.
  • Write blogs to support your business and keep customers up-to-date with your news. Sharing your business news and expertise will help others know how amazing you are.
  • Create beautifully designed presentations, brochures, logos and graphics to further support your business.

Lucy (logically) is a regular user and poster on social media. After all, it’s part of her business knowing the up-to-date algorithms and vagaries of Facebook and Instagram. You might like to follow her here: Mad Creative’s instagram link. The company’s Facebook page can be found here.

We arranged to meet up at the creek in Faversham which is steeped in history and has a great variety of backgrounds against which we could work.

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I’m delighted to see that Lucy has used a great selection of the images that we made that day on her social media pages. It’s great to be visible, especially when you are working in a market where people need to see who you are and what you offer. You are the face of your business.

If you are looking to be more visible on social media, please do get in touch via the contact form on my site. Or, if you are feeling brave, pick up the phone (my number is on the site).

Thanks Lucy for choosing such a great location and I look forward to working with you again in the future.