26th September 2022
Last year we asked TN partner Claire at Little Olives Photography to take our photos for our branding and signage. We were thrilled with the results and her images have helped propelled the TN card to a new level. Here Claire talks about our photoshoot and how she can help members with their personal photos and business branding.
"So last autumn I did a personal branding shoot for the lovely Jess Gibson who runs the TN card. We had such a fun morning, it was brilliant working with Jess and I wanted to put together a blog post with some of my favourite images from the session. So here I am finally getting around to it!
The TN card is a reward scheme that supports local independent businesses in and around Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks. You can join as a business (TN partner) or as a member to enjoy exclusive deals when you shop local and this in turn helps the local community. I have used my card over and over in cafes, shops and restaurants and even to save money on theatre tickets. It’s well worth joining!
We discussed the images Jess wanted, outfit choices and potential locations over a consultation call before the shoot. Jess opted to do the shoot in Tunbridge Wells, mainly around Chapel Place where there are a number of independent shops and cafes that are TN partners. We met on a chilly morning in October and Jess chose a black dress and stunning camel coat which just looked fabulous and worked so well for the autumnal feel of the shoot.
We started in the Pantiles area and then worked our way down to Frampton’s cafe bar and kitchen on the corner, which was a great backdrop for some cafe shots (I love shooting through cafe windows!). We then headed up to Chapel Place which is one of my favourites parts of Tunbridge Wells, with it’s cobbled pavement and eclectic mix of independent cafes, bars and shops.
Jess collected some shopping bags from some of the independent shops that support the TN card so that we could feature them in the shoot. Many thanks to Gray and Co, The Silver Sheep and Gabriella Jewellery for the loan of the bags. We took lots of shots of Jess ‘shopping’ around Chapel Place and then finished up with a coffee and a few photos outside Hudsons cafe.
It was great working with you Jess, what a lovely morning it was. Jess now has a range of images to use on her website, marketing and social media. I’ve enjoyed seeing her images popping up everywhere and they have been particularly integral to the launch of the new TN card app. You may also have seen them on banners advertising the TN card (and the new app) around Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells.
If you are a local independent business, do consider joining the TN card as a partner and everyone should join as a member! As well as supporting local businesses, the TN card actively supports West Kent Mind, with a percentage of membership fees going to the charity. As a TN partner myself, I currently offer £25 off a family, headshot or branding session.
So if you are in need of some new headshots or branding photos to showcase your business, make the most of the TN card reward and get in touch. Autumn is the perfect time of year for some outdoor shots (or combine indoor and outdoor in a branding shoot). Find out more about business and branding sessions here and do contact me for an informal chat, I would love to hear from you.
Huge thanks again to the independent cafes and shops that featured in the shoot."