Warley Woods, perfect studio…


When I decided to launch my photography business I had no idea what my niche would or could be. I knew I loved to photograph people after spending so much time learning about photography and taking part in photoshoots at Fotofilia Studios in Birmingham.

I knew I had to do something different to ‘studio based model photoshoots’ not having a studio of my own or the very expensive lighting equipment at the time. I began to use my local woods, Warley Woods to photograph product or for my various ‘fun shoots’ with local collaborators Make-up and Hair by Gemma and Hannah belle Hair Accessories.

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Collette Waudby Jewellery Shoot. MUA Make-up and Hair by Gemma. Model Hannah Davis.

Warley Woods is a stunning open space, meadow, woodland, wilderness, originally designed by Humphry Repton, opened to the public in 1906 Warley Woods is the very heart of Bearwood (Smethwick) life. Maintained by a board of Trustees and supported through charitable donations, the area would be at a loss without it.

One of my favourite images from my Family portrait sessions.

Purely by accident I stumbled upon my niche… after posting some images I had taken in the Woods from various fun shoots, I was asked to photograph a family, using the Woods as the studio. It was fantastic! Once the family kindly shared the images, Facebook did its thang… and boom ‘Rose and Rainbow Warley Woods Family Photoshoots’ were the mainstay of my new little business.

All sorts of interesting trees means that no two shoots are the same…

From Spring until Autumn I could often be seen stalking the woods with my camera with parents and children..coaxing with bribes such as ‘one more photo then we will be at the play equipment’ (always works that one)

Natural light is timeless.

I decided to donate £10 from every Family shoot taken in Warley Woods, as mentioned they rely on Charitable donations to keep the Woods looking as good as they do. My families all love the Woods, which is why they choose to have their portraits taken there. I think part of the reason I get booked is because I recognise that its only right that if the Woods is helping me make a living, it should get a donation.

So its with a great big thank you to Warley Woods for being so beautiful and just up the road from me and for giving me my ‘niche’. With a diary full of bookings for Spring 2017, I can’t wait to get started!

If you are interested in booking a shoot with me please email me at roseandrainbow@yahoo.co.uk or DM me at my Facebook Page Rose and Rainbow Photography

Published by roseandrainbow

Freelance national wedding and portrait photographer. Working from Bearwood Smethwick, West Midlands.

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