Members of a Dorset based football team have made a calendar to raise money for mental health charity, Mind.
Inspired by the popular film Calendar Girls, St John’s Rangers members practised their best poses and stripped to their last item of clothing in a bid to raise as much money as possible for a charity which is very important to them.
Team member and Service Manager at a care company, Dan Wilson said: “A lot of the team have struggled with mental health problems at some point in their life. The current pandemic has also shown that everyone has struggled, so we thought ‘why not do it?’ and I set the wheels in motion.
“There are all shapes and sizes showcased in the calendar; it’s not primarily about what you look like, rather ‘this is me.'”
The calendar doesn’t only feature pictures of the football team, but also relevant statistics, such as “just over three out of four suicides (76 per cent) are by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35.”
For this reason, raising awareness of mental health is equally as important as raising money for charity.
Dan said: “For me, it’s about raising awareness which is at the forefront of the calendar and our main goal. We aim to sell all 50 calendars which should raise over £500 for Mind.
I was recently commissioned by the Venus Awards to create their new magazine cover & focus feature. For this edition, Rowena Bird, co-founder of Lush graced the cover.
Within the magazine, the art director & I had planned a special photo shoot to reveal of the finalists of the awards ceremonies within the pages.
But, back to the cover…
Rowena kindly invited us into her home for the photo shoot. The house décor was so incredibly colourful, and Rowena’s personality so welcoming and cheerful, you’d never have guessed that it was a pouring down with rain outside and that it was 7.30am on a Monday…
While Anita took care of Rowena’s hair & make-up, founder of the Venus awards Tara Howard & I, raided Rowena’s closet and picked out her outfits, accessories & decided on our shooting locations.
The shoot itself was over within an hour before Rowena & I scooted off to her Poole shop to capture some images of her within her business.
My plotting with Art Director, Seb, was finally revealed! Within the glossy magazine housed the Dorset and Hampshire Finalists group photos that I’d taken at the respective finalist announcement events 8 weeks prior (with a few people photo shopped in! But you’d never have been able to tell)
The magazine was revealed on the Dorset Finals Night much to the delight of the finalists, having patiently waited 8 weeks to see their photos! It was lovely to see people engrossed in the articles on the awards night – sharing their finalists photos in anticipation.
So, pick up the magazine & have a read!
To finish off this blog post, here are my favourite unpublished shots from my photo shoot with Rowena….
Magazine: Venus Dorset & Hampshire Edition Hair & Make-Up: Anita Kaur-Simon Styling: Tara Howard & Zelda de Hollander Photography: Zelda de Hollander
Was absolutely delighted to be asked to photograph not only the cover image for the new Venus Magazine, but also 2 features. The cover girl is Emma-Jane Taylor an Entrepreneur, TV Presenter on The Well-Being Show aka The Inspirational Mentor and author. Emma graced the cover of the magazine photographed in the picturesque Chandelier Bar in Christchurch, followed by a studio photo shoot, along with a few outfit changes, back at Studio Shotz. Here are my favourite images from the shoot…
For the Thames Valley London edition on the Venus Magazine, I also went on a road trip to Reading to photograph Sir John Madejski at the Madejski stadium. Sir John welcomed us into his penthouse apartment for a feature interview and my photo shoot, EK! Lucky for me, his apartment has a gorgeous wrap around deck that showcased the entire city of Reading. He also had numerous paintings, photographs and memorabilia which made for great backgrounds and props (I love the gnome!).
In the middle of Sir John’s penthouse was a beautiful black grand piano, I asked if he wouldn’t mind posing for me while playing “Oh, I only play this thing when I’m drunk” I think I’m quite persuasive and he looked so happy tinkling the ivories…
This year I was in the finals for Networker of the Year, sponsored by PlayGolf Bournemouth, a category that I’ve become quite passionate about. It’s a key way of developing your professional & social contacts, not just for yourself but for your already established connections too. The past year I’ve really stepped out of my comfort zone, literally, walking into rooms of people where I have known no one…
The Venus journey concluded at a glamorous Black Tie Ceremony and Gala Dinner at Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday 20th October 2016 . Dubbed the “Working Women’s Oscars” by Channel 4 and now in its seventh year in Dorset, the Venus Awards goes from strength-to-strength in discovering and recognising the talents of enterprising women. Competition was fierce this year with 785 nominations and applications across the 15 Award categories in Dorset.
However, it’s not the first time I’ve been in the Venus Awards Finals, it’s the third! Previously for Online Marketing and Networking! (Not to mention I’ve been in the semi-finals/short listed for everything from PR, online business, customer service and professional of the year!)
I enjoyed the Venus Night with my table; consisting of good friends, my family and some awesome business people that wanted to support me. Thank you for joining me Nick from Foxes Estate Agents, Andy from Gervis Accountants & Christchurch Chamber and Dion from Pure Networking! You all made the night truly memorable, hilarious and fun.
Public speaking scares me. I’m just no good at it, my mind goes blank & I lose my words… Thankfully I remembered to thank my mum “MUM, I LOVE YOU!” and the Venus Awards, but the nerves did get the better of me & I forgot to thank some key players, MAJOR WHOOPS.
Firstly, I need to thank Pure Networking! That room I first walked into not knowing anybody, I can say that a year later they’re now clients, business contacts and friends. It is the most welcoming, friendliest & most FUN networking events I have ever attended. Why else would I sign up as their official photographer and attend every single event!?
I also need to thank CCTC (Christchurch Chamber of Trade & Commerce), I was delighted that Andy from Gervis, also CCTC’s Treasurer joined me at the Venus Gala, they’re one of the first local networking groups I really got associated with and have met some big influecnes in my business world there.
For obvious reasons I have to thank PlayGolf Bournemouth, especially Peter Gilbert (Thank you for the celebratory bubbles!) for choosing me as their winner. When waiting for our turn to be photographed and filmed as winner & category sponsor, I blurted out “But, why me!?”, “Your progression in the past year. You don’t have to introduce yourself any more, people already know Zelda the Photographer”. How awesome is that!
Lastly, however cheesy this may be, here it goes…. I need to thank my late Dad. He was the person that persuaded me at 21 years old, only 2 weeks after finishing my university degree, to set up my photography business with a high street shop! Talk about diving in at the deep end. There is no way I could have done what I’ve done without you.
The Use of Photography In Business, and why its so paramount that you have professional imagery
Photography is vital to the advancement of business more so than it has ever been. The force of visual representation has soared with the ascent of online networking. It’s demonstrating that photos and images are more prone to captivate your potential clients then content alone, making it important to incorporate symbolism in your business; website and printed promoting materials to help convey the desired branding, making it obvious your great quality.
Where, how & what is photography utilized for?
Photography is successfully utilized as a part of promoting and marking your business brand, through your site, online networking and a great deal more.
44 of every 100 respondents were more prone to engage with brands & businesses online that posted pictures – more than another method for association, for example, connections or pure text. Facebook will demonstrate a bigger measure of your adherents posts that incorporate photos then simply message alone posts.
It can also be beneficial to have a photo of yourself, so your potential clients can see the face behind the business, making it more individual. Individuals are more prone to work, and buy from, with somebody they know and trust which is the reason its vital you show yourself.
It is vital to show your items, services and staff professionally too. Well taken photographs will improve your business’ PR whether its online or not.
In the event that you choose to update your photographs, you should consider how they are going to show you to the general public; using images that don’t look great, whether it be the lighting, composition, or the quality then it will depict your organization as amateurish.
So consider what sort of pictures your business needs, whether you want to have an emphasis on quality and efficiency, whether your company is young and fun or corporate, your image needs will be completely different in style & capture. A photographic artist is the paramount in providing for you and your business what you will need to ensure your images are exactly what you need.