Conceptual art/portrait photography

Portrait photography is one of my favourite commissions and pastimes, where a headshot is just about showing who you are and what you look like, portrait photography is about exploring so much more of your personality.
Spending the time to get to know each other over a coffee gives us the chance to build up a story to tell. The location, style and final edit all reflect who you are and what you are all about.
It's a perfect way to build your brand through images.
It's also great for those who are looking for a portfolio of images to use across their websites, social media and for long term projects.
I also find that having more time together means we get chance to relax and practice, so if you are nervous about having a session, it's a great option. and being an option for telling your story means we will be on location where you feel most comfortable, at home, the office, the city, it's your session so you're in charge and that sense of freedom from time limits comes through in the final images
Portrait Photographer Manchester

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Headshot Photography differs from Portrait Photography both in the style but also in the purpose. Headshots work great for that Linkedin profile or CV. They let people know what you look like but also what you deem important to know about you. The simple setup emphasises you in the image.
The great thing about basic headshots is that they are more affordable, quicker and easier to produce. Whether you feel more comfortable at home or in the office or if you want to visit my studio, headshot photography has a simple background to ensure you always look professional.
Ideal for actors, perfect for presenting the person behind every role in your business and an easy way to ensure uniform presentation across all images, whether made today or added to years down the line.
Headshot Photographer Manchester

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It's your event and you should be the the one in focus!
As an event photographer in Manchester, my goal is to help ensure that all the exciting, interesting and inspiring moments from that event are documented in a way that not only reflects your personality and values but presents them in a unique and captivating way.
When you need me I'll be right there in amongst the action organising everyone ready for the photo, when you don't, I'll be getting to know your guests and location to ensure I get the best shots. 
Whether you are celebrating with a birthday party, a wedding or a networking event, I'm there to be your eyes, your partner and your support if you need it. 
By your side or on the edges you can relax knowing this aspect or your planning is taken care of.
Manchester wedding and event photographer

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As a passionate & professional photographer I want you, and your loved ones, to have the best possible experience, and never looking Woof!
Family and Pet portraits are always fun to do, they can be freeform and relaxed or formal. Whichever suits your identity.
The sessions are typical 60-90 minutes long to make sure no one gets bored or sleep.
Studio sessions are available but family portraits also look great when out on location at your favourite spot or local public space, weather dependant of course!
Family Pet Photographer Manchester

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For some, art photography is very much associated with the practice of landscape and still life photographers. Traditional genres with a long history founded in Renaissance painting. 
For me, Art is the act of constructing and capturing more than the aesthetic of a subject. It is about communicating the complexities of life, raising questions around how we see and interpret the world and representing people, places and ideas which we can't fully understand through other singular mediums.
As an Art Photographer I work in many different styles and approaches but my primary subject is that of representations of identity and culture and how we can challenge stereotypes and misunderstandings.
This ties into my commercial work through the deep understanding of photographic and art history, long term planning, instant decision making and the complexities of diverse subjects. 
All of which help with executing effective, engaging and forward thinking concepts.
Conceptual Photography artist Manchester

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Harley Bainbridge Manchester Photographer

This is me !

I knew at one specific moment I had to be a photographer. That moment came in 2006 at a birthday party. As the evening progressed the friends and family of the celebrator gathered to pose for the event photographer, I remember turning to my friend to say, "That's not the photo", shaking my head as the group smiled generically. A few seconds later after the ruckus died down the guest of honour and her husband turned away, placed down their glasses as they walked to a quiet corner, turned to each other, took a step closer and intertwined their hands. As they looked lovingly into each others eyes I gestured to my friend, 
"That's the photo" 
It's that perception, diligence and commitment to finding unique and special images that my clients appreciate.
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