"I WANTED TO BE A GRAPHIC DESIGNER FOR AS LONG AS I REMEMBER".
"Upon graduating with a first-class honours degree in Visual Communication from Wolverhampton Uni, I landed a job as a junior designer at a communications agency that produced regular newsletters, magazines and internal comms for companies that didn’t have in-house writers and designers. Editorial design became my passion and I loved my job so much that I stayed there for 15 years.
But after having three babies, I decided to go self-employed in 2014."
"YOU CAN`T TURN CREATIVITY ON 9 TO 5!"
"Most of my work comes from word-of-mouth or from old colleagues who have also branched out on their own and need a designer. I’ve always had enough to keep me busy, and love that I can (pretty much) pick and choose when I work.
I’m doing less magazine work now - it’s smaller jobs like logos, branding, leaflets and pull-up banners - but I’m still dreaming about landing a big brochure or annual report someday soon!"
"Work was quieter in 2020-21 due to the pandemic so, when it picked up again this year, I decided to take stock of the company and think about how I wanted to take it forward.
Now all my girls are in school full-time, I have a little more time on my hands!"
"I MET VANDA ON A WEBINAR"
"The host mentioned how Vanda was the person to go to for branding photography, and that sparked something in me.
I decided it might be nice to try a photoshoot for my business. And when I heard that Vanda likes working with female leaders who hate having their photos taken - I realised she’d be the perfect photographer for me."
"I PUSHED MYSELF OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE AND BOOKED MYSELF IN FOR A MINI BRANDING PHOTOSHOOT."
"I was really nervous - it’s not something I’d done before. And I did question myself as to whether I really needed it. But then I thought, what the heck! If it all turned out to be awful, would it really matter? I’d just not show anyone the photos!
But I needn’t have worried. The whole experience was brilliant. Vanda was so kind and attentive and full of compliments - she really put me at ease. She had such a calming effect, it was like we’d known each other for ages."
"A WEEK BEFORE THE SHOOT, WE HAD A CONSULTATION VIA ZOOM - so Vanda could learn about me and my company and what I was hoping for from the photography.
I was also asked to fill in a workbook - which really made me focus my mind on exactly why I wanted these photos and where I was going to use them."
"So far, I’ve used the photos on my social media posts. And one thing I’m quite proud of is that I finally have my own website. I have loads more pictures up my sleeve to use as and when the time comes.
I love all the photos Vanda took of me. And I love having them show to everyone the face of Harrison Design and Consulting and making the company feel more personable and approachable. After all, the company is just me.
If you’re after a photographer who can capture you in a relaxed yet professional way, I recommend you contact Vanda."