Professional Photography Tips for Great Website Images

Hi, I am Jess a mother too two gorgeous children and lucky enough to own and run my own business as a newborn and family photographer.

I wanted to share some tips for improving your photographs, perfect if you are new to the self-employment world or if you need a few new images for your website to keep it fresh.

Here are my top tips to achieving good photos for your website…
Light is the most important factor

The word photography comes from the Greek language and means drawing with light. If you are shooting indoors its best to pick the time of day where it is not too dark. But also perhaps avoid midday where the light maybe too bright & blinding. Watch the time of day in the place you wish to shoot in, make a note of what time of day works best


Look around the subject you wish to photograph, ensure there is nothing that distract the eye away from it


If you sell products it is worth investing in a backdrop that you can use over and over again, this makes it identifiable to you and your brand. it can be a paper roll from creativity or school supplies . A plain block colour like grey or white are great options – it should fit with your brand and styling though. Also look around you. Can you use a wall, or flooring? – think outside the box


Ensure what you are photographing is in frame clearly, crop in if needs be. If its a product take images from different angles this gives you an opportunity to show more detail

Size matters

When uploading images to your website check the settings for the optimal size they should be. You do not want people to be squinting nor do you want the page to take ages to load because of a giant sized image. (my website and images look best around 1800 × 1440)


When it comes to headshots I would highly recommend hiring a professional for this part, look for commercial photographers with good reputations. If this is not an option for a while, dress in clothes that represent you but are not distracting avoid patterns/spots choose simple colours (avoid white). Make sure you are not shooting up your nose, and easier said than done – keep relaxed. Try breathing out a deep breath just before smiling

If you have a baby related business in need of some photographs please get in touch. I offer discounts to businesses who cater for babies (Just quote SFPS)

Jess Wilkins Photography

About the author:

Jess is a newborn and family photographer based in Norwich. She captures beautiful images of babies & children, focusing on emotions and the little details. If you would like natural and timeless portraits of your bump, baby, toddler or family, visit her website, Facebook page, or email her on to book in. 

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Making the Jump: From Fear to Fantastic


My life has been filled with terrible misfortunes, most of which have never happened  ~ Mark Twain

Do you ever jump to a negative conclusion?

Are you scaring yourself into not doing something that might be great for you? Whether a business opportunity or something personal? What if we go beyond feeling scared and turn that fear into excitement instead?

Many people I meet in my work are brilliant at conjuring up free fall ‘fast track to disaster’ films in their heads. For example, fear of driving, of being ill, or fear of failure. Anxiety and fears are very common things clients see me about.

“What if xyz happened?” is a common negative-focus question.  The intention is unconsciously on keeping safe. However, the emotional button marked ‘fear’ is pushed if you are imagining things going wrong.

My Bucket list fear

Recently a few of us at Her Business Brew were talking about a charity SkyDive in April this year, in aid of Nelson’s Journey, a charity supporting young people following the loss of a loved one.

A tandem skydive is on my ‘bucket list’. Up to now, I hadn’t found someone willing to take part with me (a make or break for me doing it). So I was delighted to hear Serena considering doing the SkyDive, along with Missy and a few others.  I felt a little uncertain, though pleased to have companions.  I’m jumping out of a plane with an experienced skydiver, so, my initial uncertainty and anxious thoughts calmed down somewhat.

However, a week or so later a ‘what if’ appeared “what if Serena and the others decide not to do it?” I thought, “What if I’m on my own?”  Rather than stew over this, I rang Serena to ask, relieved when she said she was definitely doing it.

Now I asked myself, “what if I have the best experience ever?!”

We need to mentally prepare, avoiding anxiety-creating “what if’s” – getting into an actively positive state is really useful for being at your best!

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Steps I recommend to prepare for an event or something important:

Visualise the important event as much time before as you can

Get into visualising the thrill/positivity of an experience. As much detail as needed. For me, the plane, the wind rushing, what I’m saying/ whooping! Seeing other people, thoughts on the jump’s meaning to me.

Write down a brief statement using positive phrases and verbs to accompany the visualisation – use all senses

For example, for me, “I’m seeing myself and my companions smiling.  I’m as free as a bird, the pull of air rushing through my arms and legs feels wonderful..  Now I’m floating gently, looking across the airfield, with the ground slowly rising up. Friends are waving, cheering and clapping. Feet on the ground now, I’m feeling amazing, I’ve done it! My thumbs are up, I’m saying “that was fantastic!”

Read the statement (& visualise) every night just before turning the light off and going to sleep

Repetition is necessary. Doing this just before sleep (or just as you wake) is when you are at your best, to absorb unconscious suggestion. Apply this approach to something you want to enjoy or have success at. This is one way of preparing and knocking any spiralling doubts out the window.

Will you give it a go? Maybe join me in skydiving for charity!



About the Author:

Angie Giles is an experienced hypnotherapist, counsellor and coach based at the Norfolk Clinic Complementary Healthcare Clinic, 38-40 Magdalen Road, Norwich, NR3 4AG.

Call Angie directly on 07773 610816 or email

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