Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Exciting News!

Jo Belfield Photography is delighted to be showing a video alongside local fashion icon Hoopers of Wilmslow within the ultra cool Revolution Bar in Wilmslow, Cheshire. You will now be able to see my images and some information about my stylish photography for businesses, musicans and models - indeed anywhere where your image is important - on their TV screens, including the massive 8ft one in the evenings!

I am very excited about this campaign which I hope will show people what the fashion styling and photography at Jo Belfield Photography can do for their business, portfolio or indeed their personal portraiture.

For more information please contact Jo on or 07908816147.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Commercial Photography - I Focus on the Details.

Red Heart

At Jo Belfield Photography I am committed to producing commercial photography that enhances your business. I take your products and I create images from them that make YOUR clients notice YOU. At it's simplest it's my job to create an image so eyecatching that potential customers are drawn in and want to read on and find out more about you and your product.

As a business owner myself I know how hard it is to grab attention in this age of relentless multimedia. You have to make an impact to stand out among your competitors. Bigger. better. sharper, clearer.

However, consumers today are educated about their needs and the items they want to purchase. The economic downturn and a weariness of mass-manufactureed products has led many consumers to favour products where the manufacturer has cared about the quality, has taken the time to work on the details. They are looking for quality and longevity, workmanship and even heritage over disposable items.

This fits in my philosophy about commercial photography as a whole. I will present a client with photographs of your product as a whole. However, after discussion with you, I will also present you with a series of photographs showing the details that make you and your product or business stand out from the crowd.

I aim to give you the "wow factor" to make people take notice, and then when you have caught their attention you are visually showing them the details - the reasons why they should chose you over your competitors.

I focus on the details because your business does too.

For more information on how focussing on the details with my product photography can help your business please telephone on 07908816147 or email

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Helsby Family Photoshoot

One of my highlights of my recent trip to Helsby was an impromtu family photoshoot featuring R, aged 2, and his new baby brother - 10 week old baby B.

It was actually the first baby shoot i'd done and with reduced kit (natural light only, no studio lights / flash or even a reflector!) but I was pleased with the outcome. R and B's mummy is very happy with the images and so am I!

Monday, 16 August 2010

Helsby Arms Photoshoot

I have to admit the Helsby Arms in Helsby, near Chester, effortlessly sails into my "top pubs" list. The pub is efficiently run by the landlord and landlady, Steve and Carole, and sumptious, beautiful food is cooked and presented by their head chef Lee Fish and his team with infinite care.

I am not writing this lightly - my parents and grandparents were both in the pub trade and my dad trained me wo his standards for waitressing and barwork during University holidays the same as he trained the other staff. So when I go into a pub I can generally spot a Brake Bros chocolate fudge cake from 20 paces and if there is something out of place I notice it.

When I first photographed the Helsby Arms, approximately 12 months ago, my brief was wide:to take publicity shots of the bar area, outside, food and kitchens. I was there from 9.30am until around 6pm as I also attended one of their infamous Cheshire Tweet Ups! in that time I found absolutely nothing I could criticise. I was, in all honesty, gobsmacked.

When I returned to the Helsby Arms yesterday I was visiting purely for pleasure and to attend another Cheshire Tweet Up (#cheshiretweetup on Twitter), however I had my camera with me and I just couldn't resist taking more photos.

You see, to my mind one of the things that makes the Helsby Arms so special is Carole's attention to detail. In every corner and on every windowsill is a perfect little still-life set-up just begging to be appreciated by their customers and off course, begging to be photographed.

This time I had a 50mm f1.8 lens so light was no issue and the wood floors and carpentry kept it's burnished tone. This time I concentrated on the details and creating modern images with a fine-art flavour. They can be used commercially or printed onto canvas or in a frame to produce art-works in their own right. It was an enjoyable exercise and a good indication of how I intend to approach capturing the little details that matter when on location at a wedding.

You can follow Carole on to find out all the latest news and offers at The Helsby Arms and of course, details of the next #Cheshiretweetup!

To discuss the photographic requirements for your business or family please contact Jo E. M. 07908816147

Jo Belfield

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Today's Mini-Shoot at Canalside Radio

Today I had the pleasure of photographing the lovely Liz Stringer at Canalside Radio in Bollington as well as a little chat on air during her Your News feature. We had come up with an idea to make some documentary shots of Liz at work when I was interviewed on her Women's Show a couple of weeks ago. As usual I got a warm welcome at Canalside and also was introduced to two of the other presenters, Nick and Brian. I hope to appear on Brian's breakfast show in the near future.

As I promised on air today, below are the photographs of Liz hot off the print..well, disk!

If you would like me to photograph your business or function don't hesitate to contact my Macclesfield studio on 01625 429 162.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

World Cup Offer!

Spend over £300 on framed products + albums during the World Cup at Jo Belfield Photography + get £5 cashback for each goal England scores!

So the better England does, the better you do too! :D

To book an appointment please telephone the studio on 01625 429 162 or email

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Jo Belfield Photography featured in PC Plus!

Jo Belfield Photography is delighted to have been featured in the latest issue of PC Plus Magazine (issue 296, July 2010) in a feature by Jon Thompson on how photographers and other creatives use the internet to boost their businesses.

If you arte a photographer or other creative and you want to know how to use the internet to boost sales and to make managing your business easier watch this space as I am hoping to put together some workshops focussed on helping you to harness the power of the internet!


Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Listen to me on Canalside Radio on Friday 4th June!

I am really excited to be on the Women's Show on Canalside Community Radio on Friday 4th June from 10am-2pm with Liz Stringer and Michelle Kay! I am looking forward to discussing a wealth of topics to do with women and business. If you are based in North East Cheshire you can tune in to Canalside on 102.8 fm - outside of this area you can listen online at

Monday, 31 May 2010

Capturing Moments

I did a lovely photoshoot last week with lovely, spirited L from Southport and her parents. It was a lovely photoshoot with moments of complete introspection and thoughtfulness appearing occasionally in a very energetic and bouncy shoot. She is a real firecracker with a strong idea of how she wants to pose and I really had to let her work through it to capture those precious moments of calm where she was relaxed and truly herself!

To book your own photosession with photographer Jo Belfield, in the studio or on location at your home or other location special to your family, please call the studio on 01625 429162.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

A guest post by Danielle Raine on why everyone needs photographs in their home....

I am aware that in this time of recession / getting over recession we can dismiss good photographs as a luxury item and something we don't need. True, if it's a difference between a portrait and eating then it's obvious which one is the most important. However, photographs have an intrisic benefit towards our emotional well-being. They make us smile and remember a joyful experience.

At Jo Belfield Photography we aim to give you the best of both worlds - you can come and have a photoshoot for £35 with no obligation at all to buy. Under out "Archive for Life" policy we will store your digital images for life. We believe your photographs are your heritage, and if you want prints or framing next week, next month, in 5 years, 10 years or 50 years your images will be there to purchase. So even if money is tight and you can't afford the photographs now, at least don't put of capturing the precious moments which will otherwise fly by.

I recently won a copy of Housework Blues by Danielle Raine in a competition. Having avidly read the book from cover to cover I was pleased to note a section on photographs around the home. Read ahead to find out why Danielle values being surrounded by photographs as your loved ones as a tool to emotional well-being.

Danielle writes:

"A picture is worth
a thousand words.

I recently embarked upon a full-day of housework.
This is not something I do very often. Not because I don't enjoy a
clean and tidy home - I do, I love it. However, I find that Great Big
Cleaning Efforts mess with my head. There's a very real danger that
all the mindless domestic activity will result in a head-space of
frustration, despair or low-level fury. (Or on a bad day, all three.)
Admittedly there are far worse ordeals to be facing, but I don't think
I'm alone in occasionally feeling the strain of home and family
No, I am not the domestic type. Though I love being at home, (I
include pottering on my list of hobbies) and I cherish being around my
family, I am not a natural-born homemaker. For me, extended bouts of
cleaning and tidying can lead to serious housework blues.
So unsurprisingly, on the day in question, my mood was slipping as I
picked up the umpteenth abandoned sock. (For some reason, in my house
there will be, at all times, a lone sock at large, quite often where
you'd least expect it (on top of the TV, the fridge door handle...)
and virtually never where you would hope (the vicinity of a laundry
basket.) Resigned to my fate, I scooped up the offending footwear with
a weary sigh, mumbling darkly about it's owner. That's when I caught
sight of my laptop. The lid was open and had gone into screen-saving
mode, which displays my family photos at random. I was greeted by the
happy, smiling face of Sock Owner.
My bad mood vanished in an instant. I smiled and actually felt my
shoulders drop as I relaxed. This photographic reality check reminded
of what was truly important in my life: my family, the people I love -
not the work that comes with them. I immediately softened and forgave
the reckless sock-slinging, feeling far less aggrieved with my lot.
That single picture was a perfectly-timed reminder of why I have such
stuff to deal with - because I am blessed with a family. And even
though the endless laundry, cooking, cleaning, tidying etc... does
sometimes get me down, I wouldn't have it any other way. (Though I do
look forward to bare-feet weather...)

So, after experiencing the powerful role images can play in the
domestic trenches, I offer you the following chapter on the subject,
taken from my book; Housework Blues - A Survival Guide.

Catch the highlights
Pictures and photographs are powerful tools in obliterating feelings
of pointlessness.
The photographs we take and treasure tend to be of our life's
highlights. These are usually the good times; holidays, birthdays,
weddings, travels, achievements, etc. Making the effort to frame these
and display them all over your home can work wonders on your
emotional state and overall sense of well-being. On the days when
you feel your life is nothing but housework, catching a glimpse of a
photograph can lift your spirits and change your mood.
Being visual, photographs work instantly. They are
a fast-track connection to those happy moments,
express reminders of what life really is all about. But
in addition to being an effective antidote to feelings
of futility, they also serve to remind you who you are
making all this effort for and why. It's hard to dwell on
'what's the point...?' when faced with a fond memory
of your loved ones.
So fill your home with images of the times you've enjoyed and
the people you love. Place some in prominent positions, for regular
quick fixes, but also have some in more subtle places - coming across
a forgotten photograph during your domestic efforts can provoke a
much-needed smile.
Swap and change
To make the most of these effects, you'll need to move or update
your photos or pictures fairly regularly. The brain quickly gets used to
familiar sights and, in time, learns to ignore them. So the more often
you see an image, the less impact it has. It loses its charm. Simply
changing the positions of your photos will encourage you to notice
them again, so swap them around as you see fit.
Also, keep updating old pictures with new ones. People, particularly
children, change over time and though a little nostalgia is nice, avoid
living too much in the past. Try to keep a balance of old and new.
Living in, and appreciating, the present is undoubtedly the healthiest
of mental attitudes - so as wonderful new experiences occur in your
life, surround yourself with the photographic evidence.
Images of the future
You needn't limit yourself to images from the past or present. Why
not put up pictures of any places you'd like to go or things you'd like
to do? These can be cheering, inspiring and motivating. They can help
to lift your thoughts from the drudgery of everyday chores to fun
ideas of what life could have in store...beyond housework.
A common claim within success psychology is that images train the
subconscious mind, which is so powerful, it can actually guide you
towards whatever images it regularly receives! So, if you fancy a trip
to Paris - stick a picture of the Eiffel Tower on your fridge! Theories
abound about how this works, but even without scientific proof, if
picturing your dreams for the future makes you feel better about your
present situation, just enjoy the magic.
Worth the dusting
Perhaps you're thinking: more photographs equals more items to
dust. Technically you're right. However I believe that the benefits
vastly outweigh this fact. Would you rather dust ten items miserably,
or a dozen items with a smile? Whilst minimalism may be the easiest
decor to keep clean, a house should feel like a home, not just an
efficient shell. It is the personal items that make your home unique. In
fact - they are what make it home.

Danielle Raine
Author of Housework Blues - A Survival Guide

Make Peace with Housework Blog

You can find me on Twitter & Facebook: "

For more details on "Archive for Life" and artistic photography at Jo Belfield Photography, please contact or telephone Jo on 01625 429162.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Buy My Wardrobe

On 8th May 2010 Jo Belfield Photography were delighted to be the official photographers for the designer recycling event "Buy My Wardrobe". The event was attended by hundreds of London's most fashion-conscious residents who had the opportunity to buy gorgeous designer clothes from some of London's most famous fashionistas. All the photos from the event can now be viewed at

Digital images and prints can also be purchased at reasonable rates.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

New Awards for Jo Belfield Photography

Jo Belfield Photography is pleased to announce a further two awards from the Society of Wedding and portrait Photographers. In the April 2010 competition, we were awarded bronze in both the Glamour and Beauty and the Digital Art categories. Both images featured talented Manchester model DamiLola and were taken during a photoshoot at our studio earlier in the month.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Official portrait photographer for Chilli Kids

Jo Belfield Photography is pleased to announce that they are now one of the official portrait photographers for Chilli Kids in the North West. Chilli Kids is an exciting and dynamic Nationwide Children's Modelling & Casting Agency, representing not only Child Models, but also a wide range of Child Actors & Extra's throughout the UK for opportunities in photographic work, film, TV, Theatre and more!

Monday, 26 April 2010

Offical Photographer for the Buy My Wardrobe Event - 8th May 2010

Jo Belfield Photography is very excited to announce that we have been selected to be the official photographer for the next exclusive Buy My Wardrobe event on the 8th May 2010 at the Supper Club in London.

The Buy My Wardrobe events see a number of selected fashionistas gathering for a one day event to sell the contents of their designer wardrobes to the members of the public. They are tick only events are the current 5 are already sold out. Previous wardrobe mistresses have included Gucci Group executive Mimma Viglezio, Ex-Elle publishing director Elain Foran and TV personality Giselle Morley.

And Jo Belfield Photography will be there to record it all from the VIP champagne preview for ticket holders, through the melee of buying their favourite pieces to the clear up at the end.

With the event holders permission we hope to give you a sneaky peak at our images as soon after the event as we can.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Family Portrait promotion this Sunday

This Sunday Jo Belfield Photography will be at the Craft and Gift Fair in the Masonic Guildhall in Stockport, 169 Wellington Road South, SK1 3UA, from 11am to 4pm. You will have the opportunity to receive a flyer just like the one above. This gives you a free Family Portrait session, worth £75, and you just pay for the prints.

Come and find us to get your hands on this special offer!

Monday, 19 April 2010

Revised price list now available

As it is the beginning of the new financial year we have now released our new price list for our studio sessions, prints and products for 2010.

Please note that if you have a particular size or product in mind that is not listed, just ask!

Contact Jo Belfield Photography on 01625 429162 or email to get your copy.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Jo Belfield - now an award winning photographer!

The above image won Jo Belfield Photography the Bronze Award in the Beauty & Glamour category of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers competition for March 2010.

This follows on from our previous success in January 2010 when we won Bronze in the Fashion category with the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers too.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Jo Belfield Makes Mumclubs Top 40!

Jo Belfield is pleased that she has made the Mumsclub Top 40 of Mumpreneurs who Tweet. The list, compiled by Mumsclub, a networking site for mums involved in business, can be viewed at and includes lots of mum-owned businesses from babyslings to maternitywear and fancy dress to PR. There's surely something to interest anyone currently in business or thinking of setting one up - or simply if you are looking for original gifts or a service for your business.

If you want to floow Mumsclub on just tweet @Mumsclub and if you want to follow me on Twitter you can find me @jobelfield