Hand Tattoos. Are they still seen as Job killers

Hand tattoos Norwich

 

“Are Hand tattoos going to be a job-killer?”

They’ve been around for over 3,000-years and remain one of the most controversial talking points of ink for tattooists and customers alike. There’s no doubt that as we become more accustomed to the popular trend for visible body art, that there ‘may’ just be a smidgeon of greater acceptance and a reduction on judgemental prejudice towards these types of tattoos. This month, we’re taking this controversial subject and interviewing a couple of Norwich’s renowned tattooists, Simon Syder and Steven Gigli, who run Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich,  and asking the question

Hand tattoos Norwich

As far back as Ancient Egypt, hand tattoos were commonplace. Why? Well we’re not quite sure, but historians have documented a number of hypothesis over the years and the Smithsonian Museum in their ‘The Ancient and Mysterious History’ article, attribute tattoos to have been anything from prostitute symbolism, a desire for Christian burials during the crusade and historical value sunk deeply in Sikh and Hindu religious culture, where Mendhi henna tattoos a sacred part of pre-wedding rituals. The tattooed right hand of a Chiribaya mummy is on display in the El Algarrobal Museum, Peru, that date back to a period of between A.D. 900 to 1350 and is proof that the concept of visible hand tattoos is nothing new.

From a 20th century perspective, traditional hand ink was limited to a very niche group of wearers, that included notorious gang members and hardened sailors, who sported what was at the time ‘ground-breaking’ nautical flash designs heavily influenced by legendary 1920’s tattooist, Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins.

Black Dagger Tattoo Studio in Norwich has exploded onto the scene and now sits as one of the most infamous studios in the Norfolk area, mainly because their six in-house artists are hand-picked to cover every possible genre and the work they output is unquestionably of the highest quality. We caught up with owners Simon and Steve at the end of a manically busy day. Simon didn’t mess with his words as he locked the door and then kicked back into the leather sofa in the reception area of the studio that overlooked their two shining Harley Davidson Motorcycles that are usually found parked outside the shop during the dry months.

“So you want to know about hand tattoos. Has it been an issue for you mate? What do your clients think.?”

I didn’t really expect that as an opener, and it put me on the back foot momentarily. Simon knew I’d recently got a hand tattoo and that I’d already been considering extending the small dachshund I was sporting on my left-hand between thumb and forefinger into a bigger hand piece. As a 52-year-old business owner working as a commercial photographer and video producer with clients spanning from Solicitors, accountants, and nationally recognised professional businesses, none of my clients had mentioned it negatively.

In fact, a middle-aged member of senior management working for a design agency had once said to me that there was an almost expectation for people working creatively to be a little bit “rock n roll” and to have tattoos. Going the next step to a full hand of art had given me an ethical dilemma, purely from an aspect of ‘What If.” What if I ever had to shut my business and get a job somewhere? What if I had the ink and I have tattoo regret, which for the benefit of this article, I’ve had once… after putting my faith into a tattooist to ink me with his preferred style and was a pure disaster that resulted in scars and an ongoing laser tattoo removal. As a mature adult with a full arm sleeve, back pieces, and leg tattoos, tattooing the visible hand is really a passage of rights after 20 years of ink. I’m married, with grown up children, my long-term clients engage my services because of the quality of work I produce and the way I conduct myself. They’ve seen my sleeve because I often wear short sleeve T-Shirts for shoots, and I’ve personally never had any negativity because of my ink apart from one uneducated person who commented that my Hindu Swastika on an Indian themed sleeve was offensive and that I shouldn’t have had it done. Simon nodded as I gave him my own thoughts and apologised while he responded to the second customer message that had appeared on his phone in the 5 minutes I’d been with him. These guys were incredibly busy. He looked up from behind his glasses and continued,

“We’re a professional business and in the ink world, reputation is everything. We’ve spent years picking the right people that reflect our brand and we don’t want that damaged. Our artist work for themselves under our roof, but they all adapt the same ethics that we have in place. Before we even consider tattooing anyone on a visible area, there needs to be some serious discussion. We want to avoid tattoo regret because it can open-up a whole world of shit, not only for the person who gets the tattoo, but for the tattoo artist who did the ink. We don’t want to be responsible for people losing the chance to work or having their lives seriously impacted over making a rash decision to get a piece of artwork that’s going to stop them getting a job or turning up to work one day and the boss telling them that it’s not acceptable and sacking them. Hand tattoos are probably… No, undoubtedly… the second most frowned upon area of the body to get inked other than the face.” He stopped for a minute and shook his head and smiled, but in a perplexed kind of manner.

We call them job-killers in the industry. It’s not a fucking joke, but it’s what they’ve always been known as. I don’t think I need to explain, the answer’s in the title. There are still professional businesses out there who frown on any visible tattoos, and you really can’t hide something that’s on the hand unless you’re going to go around covering up your whole life and you don’t want to be turning up an interview looking like some sort of serial killer in a pair of leather gloves. A lot of tattooists feel that inking the hands is ethically questionable but it’s a massive trend now and a lot of our customers want to be like the people they follow on social media. They see celebs with tattoos and want the same. We offer the service. We will ink hands but under but under a certain set of terms and not unless we’re 110% that the person has made the right decision and is aware of the consequences. I mean, why would we refuse.”

“We tattoo people for a living and while we do this job because it’s the best career in the world, we’re also here to earn a living and put food on the table for our families. If we don’t, customers will just go off and get another artist to ink them and if they can’t find anybody reputable, well they’ll just find some unscrupulous mug with a home set up and dirty equipment, which in the long term affects the rep of professional artists. But that’s a conversation for another day. Tattoos are mainstream now. Believe it or not, even disciplined organisations are starting to accept visible ink on people they’re taking on to work for them.”

I’d almost forgotten that Steve was in the studio, sanitising his workstation after his last client, but at this point he casually walked round to the reception desk armed with his disinfectant filled spray bottle in one hand, roll of disposable paper towel in the other. He plonked himself down on the edge of the desk and effortlessly took up the conversation as if the whole thing had been rehearsed.

            “Yeah, and… I bet you didn’t know that even the Metropolitan Police and British Army have changed their staffing policies to employ people who have visible tattoos on the necks and hands. I mean, there’s criteria for it like nothing offensive, sexist, violence themed, which is totally understandable, but with so many of the population now inked in the UK, you’re often hard pressed to walk down the street and actually find somebody who hasn’t got a tattoo. In all my years of tattooing, I don’t think there’s ever been so many inked people out there and I do think that having tattoos in general isn’t so much of an issue now for many sectors, but hand ink was always classed as being a bit shady unless you’re working in a creative industry like design or working in fashion or one of the edgy industries. I mean, just look at the night-time economy. Hand tattoos are booming. Go into any bar, nightclub or trendy restaurant and you’ll find shit loads of them, especially on younger people. They’re working in these hipster places while they’re at university or just working in temp jobs and when they try pursuing a solid career, they end up getting knocked back, can’t get employment, and end up coming to see our laser tattoo removal expert to get it sorted. That’s why we vet every hand tattoo customer before we decide whether to take the work and we make sure all our artists who work under our roof follow the same guidelines. It’s about ‘Due Diligence’.”

Steve emphasised those two words to reinforce the severity. “We take a lot of pride in working this way we work and our ethics. It’s why we get so many people through the door come back time after time to see us. They love our work and the people who work here. We’re real, down to earth tattooists, but we’ve got morals to back it up. That’s the difference between a professional studio and some of the pop-up places that are set-up and gone in six months. We see these studios come and go. Everybody thinks they can buy a tattoo machine and be the next Bang Bang or George Burchett….” He let out a laugh and said “You don’t know who they are do you mate?”

He was right. I didn’t have a clue. Steve put down his spray bottle and paper and peeled off his black latex gloves to reveal a tattooed hand. Both Simon and Steve have sleeves and visible hand ink, but it was hardly a surprise. Simon had twenty years of experience in the industry running tattoo studios and Steve had been an accomplished piercing before working for himself for over a decade. Tattooists carry ink like an extension of their skin and nobody bats an eyelid. In fact, I’d really seriously question getting inked by somebody who wasn’t tattooed. That concept just doesn’t sit well with me personally. I was about to speak, but Steve cut in as he was on a roll,

“Let me give you an example. A couple of weeks ago I did a tattoo on this young lad. It was his first tattoo. I’d just finished this dagger on the underside of his arm, and he hadn’t been out the chair for more than two minutes and said he wanted to come in and book in to have his hand done next. I was like ‘slow down mate’ and I had to explain that these type of rash decisions will end up being problematic. We speak with lots of people who maybe want questionable artwork that’s just inappropriate and that we wouldn’t be comfortable inking on any part of the body, let alone visible areas. I don’t know at times, why people even consider some of the designs they ask for. Because we’re like ‘There’s no way I’m prepared to put my name to that. It’d be career suicide.’”

Steve sipped some water from what can only be described as a wellington boot sized glass.” It wasn’t that many years ago that most reputable tattooists wouldn’t touch your hands unless you’d been a regular customer and had a lot of work done and or you had a lot of other tattoos already. It’s all about commitment and it used to be that hand ink was like an extension of a sleeve and the last bit of your body you had done. It’s about being comfortable wearing your own ink and I suppose being able to live with that decision happily. Getting a small piece on your hand for some people might be better than some fucking massive sleeve on their arm on your first trip to the tattooist because whatever way you cut it, a big piece is going to get attention. People seen to be going a bit back to front these days and starting with your hands doesn’t sit comfortably. The downside, like Simon said earlier, is that you can’t cover your hands up, but if you’re walking into an interview or a presentation to a board of directors, a long sleeve shirt will do the trick.”

Simon came straight in again “I’ve got more than one customer, male and female, who run successful, large professional businesses, whose bodies are full of tattoos, but you’d never know because they cover them all up when they’re at work. I’m talking financial and legal based businesses, where appearance is still a big thing and it’s some of these industries that have judgemental perceptions, because the customers have told me, and these customers won’t get hand tattoos because it would damage their professional reputations. You do need to think long and hard about it if you want your hands done.”

As a former Police Sergeant with twelve years working in a regimented work environment, I’d seen a steady rise in visible tattoos in public sector, but I was still intrigued to research hand ink at a Grass roots level to satisfy my own curiosity about how accepting the corporate world is in 2021 from people who I’m not directly involved with. Before the interview, I’d generated a Poll on Linkedin over a 3-day period posing the Question,

In 2021, does having a hand tattoo affect employment opportunities for potential candidates.

We spoke with Rebecca Headen, Recruitment Director of leading East Anglian Recruitment Agency rThirteen, to find out a bit more about how hand art is viewed from a recruitment industry perspective ‘

Hand tattoos and tattoos in general are becoming more and more widely acceptable with employers. There are, of course, some exceptions, and that can depend on the organisation and the brand / client base they are looking to represent / attract. In my experience, if in doubt, disclose it. If it’s a problem for that business, likelihood is you wouldn’t be comfortable working there anyway and there will be another employer who will be happy to celebrate you for your whole self anyways. Personally, I really enjoy people having freedom of expression and showcasing that by having artwork on their skin. It doesn’t make you any less capable of doing great work if you’re skilled and qualified in doing so.

Laura (Wickham) Shaw is a heavily tattooed Digital Media & Communications Creative working at Evoke International. We spoke with Laura in depth about her own experiences with having visible tattoos in the workplace.

Profile photo of Laura (Wickham) Shaw

I’m split 50/50 with this question. I’ve been given opportunities based on my talent with my tattoos being completely ignored, however I’ve also been in situations where my tattoos have created obstacles. In the past I’ve been asked to cover them up when certain clients arrive on site. The on the flip side of that I have had “keep your tattoos on show…”, due to a tattooed client being on site to be used as an example of how ‘diverse’ the company is. I can’t say either one is favourable as it uses my personal decisions that are rooted in meaning as a means to an end, for that third party, and my individuality shouldn’t be used like that. From the ages of 17 to 30 my tattoos have always been a consideration when applying for positions. From turning up to an interview covered and offered a position to a week later being let go from the temporary position due to the fact of my tattoos becoming public knowledge, usually after seeing me outside of work on my own time. More recently my tattoos have become accepted and seen as expression but from what I can gather it’s from the industry I now work in being more diverse than my previous industries.

Our poll only received only a handful of votes over the three days, although over 420 people viewed the content. I showed the results to Simon as he got up to take his his crash helmet from the nearby table but took my pad on his way and flicked through the stats. “These are really interesting. I think people are still worried about maybe committing with an opinion because of the potential backlash but at the same time, the fact that only 6% of people have given a definite ‘Yes’ answer to whether they think it affects employment chances, says that things may be looking up a bit. Whatever way you look at it, tattoos are here to stay, and we are busier than we have ever been. If employers don’t start looking past the ink and at the potential skills and personal traits of candidates, they’re going to start losing out on some potentially good candidates.”

You can find out more about different hand tattoo styles any other body art, piercing, ink or laser tattoo removal by visiting the Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich website or Facebook Page.

Norwich Hand Tattoos

Hand tattoos Norwich

Norwich Hand Tattoos

Norwich Hand Tattoos

Norwich Hand Tattoo

Norwich Hand Tattoo

Hand tattoos

Hand tattoos

Hand tattoos

Different tattoo styles 2021 at Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich

Hand tattoos Norwich

Different tattoo styles that rock the world of ink at Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich

At Black Dagger, our artists are an open minded bunch of creatives who have taken the art of diversifying their work to suit the exact needs of their individual clients to the highest levels. The tattoo industry is thriving and as more and more people are choosing to be inked, client expectations have raised the bar to levels never seen. Poor tattoos simply aren’t acceptable anymore. Technological developments in ink pigment, needle production and professional tattoo machines, allow artists to produce stunning work that simply could not be produced only a few years ago. The passion for tattoos has become a way of life as men and women continue to pay homage to traditional tattoos, some for the sake of pure pleasure and many as a simple rite of passage into adulthood. It would be pretty difficult to come up with a definitive list of tattoo styles that are available in 2021 as previously unheard of genres surface, but hidden amongst the Glitches, Blast Overs, surrealism and Pointillism, sit 10 styles that have impacted hugely across the whole of the industry. Determining what style of tattoo you want can help you narrow down your potential options. We’ve put together a brief guide on the different styles of tattoo art. Let’s explore what you should know.

1. Realism

As it suggests, realism refers to photorealism and the creative ability to accurately present real-life imagery on the skin. The history of realism stems back to 1850’s France. Photorealism was actually not that popular simply because the best artists of the day did not want to be perceived as ‘just’ imitators of real life. The realism style focuses portraiture, animals and objects and is a precise style that takes a huge amount of experience to master. Realism requires extreme patience but the results of the best artist, such as Simon Blackdagger or Owen Peat of Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich are truly breathtaking. A realism tattoo produced by inexperienced tattooist has the potential to be catastrophic, so choose wisely! What are the basic types of realism tattoos? There are two main styles  of realism tattoos which are black & grey and colour, with colour images being much more complex to create, often requiring multiple detailed layers to achieve a satisfactory result. Pre much anything that can be seen or captured on film can be turned into the perfect tattoo by an experienced artist. One of the biggest trends of different tattoo styles 2021 are realism portraits.

We’ve selected just a few recent images created at the Black Dagger Tattoo Studio in Norwich.

Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich

 

 

2. Cartoon

It is exactly what it is. Cartoon style tattooing is more popular than ever and has been around for ever. Cartoon tattoos are renowned for incorporating an abundance of vibrant colours and a specific breakaway under the banner of ‘Anime’ Cartoon based around Japanese Graphic Novels have an almost cult like following. Our resident artist at Black Dagger, Chris Martin is the master of Cartoon Tattoos and Cartoon mash-ups with images literally jumping off the skin with so much clarity and depth. Here’s a few designs based around famous celebrities and on-screen characters.

3. Sketchy

As tattoos become more and more acceptable in mainstream culture, the customers who visit Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich are becoming more diverse, requesting increasingly artistic and ingenious pieces. We strive to not only meet but exceed expectations with innovative, custom tattoo designs. Sketchy style tattoos resemble unfinished artwork that could have literally just been ripped from the pages of a sketchbook. There’s a very pleasing Raw quality about Sketchy work and the unpolished look is extremely appealing as Sketchy emerges as a big look for 2021. While it’s totally possible to use a have this style of artwork done using only black and grey, sketchy styled art often emphasis splashes of colour falling outside of the lines or paint splashes. Sketchy has a few sub genres including Graphic Sketchy that mixes abstract designs with geometric shapes and street styled art and Abstract sketchy that basically redefines how something likes to make it somewhat unrealistic. Our resident artist Iggy from Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich is a big fan of Sketchy and has been creating a huge mix of fabulous work lately.

Different Tattoo Designs

3. Old-School or Traditional. The choice of different tattoo styles is completely yours.

Whilst it originated back in the United States over 300 years ago, old school really struck gold back in the 1950’s. Old-school tattoos are part and parcel of American serviceman’s traditions. Tattoo ‘Flash’ derive from old school where every tattoo reflected individuals personal story but also held common meanings. A characteristic shared of old school is vibrant colour, combined with often oversized proportions and an almost cartoon feel. To find out more about the different tattoo styles of the Old school style, there’s a fantastic website that gives an awesome detailed description about every type of old school tattoo and their traditional meaning. You’ll find it here at Sailor Jerry but in the mean time, here’s a few awesome flash based Old school pierces created by Black Dagger co-owner Steven Gigli.

Different Tattoo Styles

Different Tattoo Styles

Different Tattoo Styles

5. Dotwork

Dotwork is a tattooing technique where the artist tattoo numerous dots to form  artwork.These dots will eventually create either the entire tattoo design or can be used as a background to traditional tattoo designs. Dotwork tattoos are extremely popular at our Norwich Black Dagger studio. Generally, dotwork artists create their artr with typically use black and grey inks. But, this doesn’t mean that colours can’t be incorporate into our bespoke designs but brighter colours are less common. Historically, dotwork tattoos have been commonplace for thousands of years influenced primarily across Asia and Europe, with mandalas and spiritual tattoos being commonplace in dotwork althpouh  animal designs and decorative patterns are also now extremely popular. We have a number of artrists who excel in dotwork including Owen Peat, one of

 

 

For further information about all of our awesome tattooists, body piercing and laser tattoo removal services, why not head over to our Contact page and reach out to our front of house team today. Alternatively, you can call the studio directly on Tel: 01603 436883 or email blackdaggertattoonorwich@gmail.com

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Choosing your Norwich Tattoo Shop. Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich

The rise of the Norwich tattoo shop. Making the right choice for your artwork

We’ve recently been spending a lot of time creating content for one of our latest clients, a Norwich based Tattoo Shop based on the outskirts of Norwich city centre. The tattoo industry in 2021 is massive. There have literally never ben so many studios opening and Norwich, as strange as it seems, was voted the 4th most popular place in the world to receive a tattoo, which was quite a statistic considering the geographical location and the size of the city. At Blanc Creative, we’re working hard to deliver high quality commercial photography, 4K creative video and web based content including Blog writing for the team at Black Dagger, and one of first pieces is an informative short read based on the current trend in 2021 for tattoos.

If you’re looking to get inked, then Norwich really is the place to be. Back in 2016, our fine city was voted the fourth best place on the planet to get tattooed. Only outranked by Cape Town, Miami Beach & Goa. Five years on, the county has seen an absolute explosion as a new studio seems to spring up literally on every street corner on a weekly basis. As an obsessive tattoo enthusiast and a Commercial Photographer, the opportunity to work with a prestigious team of creative artists at the well established Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich, was a chance that I simply could not pass by. I’ve always been fascinated  how tattoos reveal a person’s true self through the art they choose to wear on their bodies. It’s a huge undertaking that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Expressing your personality on your skin has to be a considered, well  thought out decision… or at least it should be. But that’s exactly what we do.

Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich

Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich

Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich

So why choose an artist from Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich?

With almost 50 years worth of combined, the Black Dagger Team are confident that you’ll want to choose their brand for your next artwork. The conveniently based Norwich Tattoo Shop, offers a clean, friendly welcome with on-site parking and is nestled on the edge of the city centre. With a choice of five diverse artists to choose from, they have every style from Black & Grey. Neo-traditonal, Cartoon, Black & Grey, glorious colour, outline and New School to name just a few.   Solid advice should always be available from a studio. It’s not all about taking peoples money for a quick tattoo, so we’ve sat down with the team and put together some general advice to help you make your decision.

Research your Norwich Tattoo Shop

So hopefully you’ve done your research! It’s fundamentally the most important thing you can do before getting your new ink is to take the time to find the right studio and artist. Take your time. Hitting the nearest studio and picking a flash off the wall may seem like a great idea at the time, but making a rash decision can leave you with sub standard work and a visit to a Tattoo Removal Professional. There are two big elements to choosing  the right tattoo artist. First you need to decide your style, where you want your new artwork placed and what you’re prepared to pay. I’ve always used the analogy of “Buy Cheap… Buy Twice” but I’ll talk more about that in just a moment. Social media is a great platform for viewing the latest work and styles that artists are producing. Looking at a Facebook Business Page that has no current work or irregular content could be an indication that the artists are either not busy or simply aren’t happy with their work. How many followers doe the page have is great, but organic likes, comments and reviews add value weight to a businesses reputation and that’s a very important element. Instagram is a great platform for viewing visuals. The Black Dagger Tattoo Team regularly post out their work on Instagram.

Norwich Tattoo Shop

 

Norwich Tattoo Shop

Norwich Tattoo Shop

Norwich Tattoo Photographs - Blanc Creative

Norwich Tattoo Photographs - Blanc Creative

Norwich Tattoo Photographs - Blanc Creative

Tattoo Photography Norwich

Visit Several Studios

Shop around. Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich are so confident that you’ll be thrilled with your work that they encourage potential new clients to look at examples of the artists’ work. Visiting artists in their own environment, asking questions and receiving advice is a great method to set apart those studios who you will ultimately feel comfortable with. Cleanliness and hygiene is of ultimate importance and you should soon be able to differentiate between clean and dirty establishments. Customer service plays a pivotal role in Blagger Dagger Norwich Tattoo Shop, which is reflected with customers returning time and time again and leaving fantastic, “Genuine” reviews after their works has been completed.

 

Get a feel for your Tattooist

This is a really important tip. If you don’t instantly strike a rapport with the person, the chances are they’re not the artist to undertake your work. Large tattoos can take many hours in the chair and if you feel uncomfortable around the artist, then it’s going to tarnish your experience. Once you’e found an artist you like, then make contact. You may not be able to speak with a good tattooist instantly. Keep in mind that tattoo artists are very busy and responding to emails can take a little while.  Many artists will state how they prefer to be contacted on their social media pages or website, but it’s not uncommon for the Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich Team, to be fully booked for the whole day. Fortunately, most reputable studios will have a front of house team to offer advice, take bookings or answer any burning questions. Professional tattoo artists are generally quick to respond to customer messages, but try not to jump straight with a “Hello. How much is a tattoo?” because it’s not going to make you look serious about getting inked. Which leads us nicely back onto;

How much does it cost?

This is a very short answer. Don’t be swayed by the cost of a cheap tattoo as your only reason to get one done. Unrealistic deals are out there for a reason and most professional, well respected tattooists will have waiting lists and their pricing will reflect their experience. It’s important to remember you’re not only buying the artists time. You’re buying into many years of apprenticeship and practice.  Avoid cheap, unlicensed home tattoo artists will come with a warning. Buy cheap… Buy Twice!

Norwich Tattoo Photographs - Blanc Creative

Ask around. Word of Mouth is your best friend.

With over 35% of United Kingdom citizens aged 30-39 sporting tattoos, the chances are you’ll know somebody with great ink and if they’ve had a great tattoo with a great artist and, they will undoubtedly shout about it. Why wouldn’t you?  Most high end artists don’t have a great need to advertise. If you’re out and you see someone walking down the street with a great tattoo, don’t be  shy. Ask them where they got it. Most inked people love the attention and it’s a great subject to talk about. We hope this small set of tips will help you on your way to finding the right artist, the right style and the right design for your very individual ink. If you’d like to know more about our Norwich Tattoo Shop or Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich, then why not CLICK HERE and join our FB social Feed, book an appointment or speak with one of our very talented artists. But most importantly, remember;

“Our bodies were printed as blank pages
to be filled with the ink of our hearts”
― Michael Biondi 

To find out more about how Blanc Creative can help your business with commercial photography and professional video production, why not reach out today and speak with our team on T: 07871 364041 or email: studio@blanc-creative.com

 

Business Photography for Colorifix Biotech Company Norwich

Healthcare and Biotech Photographer

 

Business Photography for a Biotech company who are innovating natural solutions for global problems.

Colorifix are a Biotech company developing state of the art processes to develop dyes that are biologically produced, meaning cleaner inputs and cleaner outputs uses up to 10 times less water than conventional dyeing practices. The annual clothing volume for the UK alone requires over 20 billion litres of water to dye. If you were standing on Tower Bridge looking down at the River Thames and waiting for this amount of water to pass under the bridge, you would have to wait 3.9 days. Colorifix dyes are biologically produced, meaning cleaner inputs and cleaner outputs that could reduce this time down to about 9 hours.

Norwich Commercial Photographer - Blanc Creative

We recently had a fantastic opportunity to work on a laboratory based portfolio of creative images for Colorifix, a Norwich based BioTechnology company. Colorifix use synthetic biology to removing the need for harsh chemistry in the creation or deposition of dyes used in garments and textiles. Our visit involved producing a set of  images for the company based around their working environment, laboratory processes and employees, which could be used as stock images on their website, blogs, social media and across printed materials.

Producing Business Photography that reflects the values and ethos of the clients products or services is an important factor in shooting really photography. Colorifix dyes are produced, deposited and fixed onto fabrics without the need for heavy metals, organic solvents or acids. Their additives rely exclusively on compounds that are widely used in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and food industries. Showcasing their laboratory, research facilities and fabric testing, gives viewers  a snippet behind the scenes

Organic images truly are the “King of Content.” Business Photography showing real staff members interacting with company branding in real environments have much more longevity than disposable stock images that you will see on numerous sites. It’s about gaining some individuality with bespoke photographs. Potential clients or visitors to your site or those viewing your printed promotional, will see your brand or product as authentic rather than “just another company using the same images.”

Business Photography Norwich - Colorifix BioTech

Business Photography Norwich - Colorifix BioTech

Norwich Photographer for commercial business

Norwich Photographer for commercial business

Healthcare and Biotech Photographer

Healthcare and Biotech Photographer

Business Photography Norwich - Colorifix BioTech

Healthcare and Biotech Photographer

Business Photography Norwich - Colorifix BioTech

Healthcare and Biotech Photographer

Norwich Commercial Photographer - Blanc Creative

If your brand needs professional, business photography, portrait images or short promotional films, then please reach out and contact Blanc Creative today on Mob: 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

Painful tattoo areas. Our latest Norwich tattooists blog

Norwich tattooists blog

What are the most painful tattoo areas.‘ our Norwich Tattooists tell all!

As a collective of busy artists, this burning question is at the top of list along with ‘How much does a tattoo cost?’ and ‘Do you do walk-ins?’

We all know that getting a tattoo hurts. Ink is basically injected into a person’s skin using a tattoo machine or tattoo gun as you may have heard it called, moving a solid needle that’s or group of needles formed in a cartridge up and down to puncture the skin between 50 and 3,000 times per minute, so experience tells us, there’s going to be an element of discomfort. We’ll talk  a lot more about the process of how a tattoo works in another blog, but for today, you’re here to find out more about the most painful tattoo areas, and you may not be surprised to know there’s actually quite a few. If you’re heading to see one the Norwich tattooist and perhaps it’s your first voyage into the world of ink, then you may want to consider easing your way in, with perhaps a smaller piece or placement on an area that is known to be less painful.

Tattoo pain is a wholly individual thing and levels depend on a combination of tolerance levels and where exactly on the body you’ve chosen to be inked. choose to get tattooed.  Fleshy, soft parts of the body are the better choices for ink if you want less uncomfortableness. Locations over boney body parts and where heavy nerve endings are located can be much more uncomfortable. Tolerance levels can vary dramatically. Our Norwich Tattooists see some people handling even the notorious places like warriors, while it’s not uncommon for customers to occasionally feel faint or extremely uncomfortable even on the best of locations.It’s very subjective and no two people have the same experience.

Even the most painful tattoo areas are are manageable and it’s something you soon get used to. Many people claim they are addicted to being tattooed or having body modification. It’s not strictly true, but the physical feelings linked to being inked can be a big driving force is a big part of what drives them to seek more. Getting a tattoo releases two substances in the body, adrenaline and endorphins. These help temporarily relieve pain and also cause positive emotional responses and for some people, it’s the start of a very progressive journey with clients returning many times to our Norwich Tattooists. ON the other side, So, if you’re looking forward to your first tattoo, don’t worry too much. You won;t come out of the studio with a habit and an unquenchable thirst to have every single part of your skin inked.

The Most Painful Tattoo Areas

Shin Tattoos

 Areas with less fat or skin cause a fair bit of pain and the more you work the area. Writing this blog does make my eyes water just a  little.  Working on shins Shin can be psychologically more painful than the pain itself. The area is close to bone so the mere thought of a needle hitting that bone makes us feel a bit funny, especially because of the rattle. When the needles pierce the skin around a shin, the lack of cushioning and body fat cause a rapid vibration movement of the needles causing the person getting tattooed to feel like the needle is thrashing around on the bone itself. This feelin radiates across the whole shin area making it one of the most painful tattoo areas

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Armpit

With almost 28,000 #armpittattoo hashtags on instagram, it’s an on-trend design as strange as it sounds. Armpit tattoo may sound a but people are getting armpit inked. This is one of the painful tattoo locations as the axillary nerve and glands congregate around this area. There is a potential real risk associated with armpit related to lymph nodes. Tattoo pigments will travel through the lymphatic system. The whole lymph node system is huge in the armpit area are abundant in the armpit area. Ink could pigment those lymph nodes, which in turn can confuse diagnosis for some cancers, including people who have melanomas.

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Neck Tattoo

At Black Dagger Tattoo, our Norwich Tattooists have seen a big increase in neck tattoos in both male and female clients tend to be one of the more painful tattoo areas. Again, there’s lots of nerves band sensitive skin meaning it’s going to smart. Quite how much will rsst on the exact location of your ink. Having a tattoo on the front of the neck and throat is generally going to smart…. a lot. If the tattoo goes down the throat are towards the point of the clavicle, then the pain will in most cases, become even more painful, where as the side of the neck tends to be more tolerable, because the amount of nevers drop off considerably towards the side of the neck. The rise in celebrity tattoos and particularly international footballer neck tattoos, has caused a big surge in popularity, especially on the back of the neck. The skin has a tendency to be pretty thin in this location and there’s no forgetting that the spine and head have a shed load of nerves going into this area, so it’s great for the pain receptors to pass that all important information to the brain and let you know just how much it hurts. If you’re really worried about how much a neck tattoo is going to hurt, then a good suggestion is to get one in a less painful part of the body.

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Norwich tattooists blog

Norwich tattooists blog

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Black Dagger Tattoo Shop

Black Dagger Tattoo Shop

Foot Tattoos

Foot tattoos are super popular at the moment, especially during the warmer weather with lots of female clients wanting ink to show off with their beachwear and sandals. There is very limited  muscle on the foot. In fact, it’s pretty much just skin on bone, especially around the top of your foot. Feet are as you will know, at the extreme end of the body, so blood will flow to this area. When you’re tattooed, feet bleed so be prepared for more blood and possibly pain during tattooing as it is one of the painful tattoo areas. If you don’t keep the area clean throughout the healing process, there’s a high chance infection could occur and with that, an increased risk of  scarring. The sole of the foot is a seriously painful area to be atattooed and the chances of the body rejecting the tattoo on such a hard area of skin which has a lot of daily usage is extremely high. The sole of the foot isn’t recommended as a good place to have a tattoo.

 

Ribs

On the top of the pain scale, we give you the rib tattoo. Our Norwich Tattooists often hear the murmurs of discontent and fidgety movement because it’s not easy to sit still on long rib sessions. The boney rib area skin isn’t thick and the needles working directly on the bone make for hard work and painful ink. Most people opt for large rib pieces,  meaning a high tolerance for pain is needed or run the risk of leaving with an unfinished piece. Our artists concur that for those clients entering the world of ink for the first time, should swerve the rib area as a place for a first tattoo.  If you really want a rib tattoo, go for it, but expect it to hurt.  Always keep in mind that the pain level of rib tattoos is entirely dependent on the person receiving it.

Elbow Ditch Tattoos

The ditch looks kind of easy to tattoo but in reality, it actually poses one of the toughest areas of the body to get right. It’s situated on the inner part of the arm, a kind of reverse elbow and the area of the arm that bends when you flex your biceps. It’s a potential big healing area areas take a longer time to heal because of the constant movement and bending, but when it’s complete, tattoos on the ditch look bangingly good. The ditch is one of those locations where the nerve endings cause the pain o feel like a whole different part of the arm is being tattooed. The body is and brain are very strange beasts.

Elbow

It’s up there near if not at the top and likened to having your flesh eaten from the inside.  Elbow tattoos are bad for two-fold reasons. Firstly, it definitely rates on the most painful tattoo areas and secondly, the elbow is synonymous for fading based on most people rest on their elbows during the course of going about their everyday lives. There’s minimum protection here, so not much fat and muscle. When tattooing this area, the skin needs to be tight, so the bone is very close to the skin, hence, more pain.

We hope that the areas we’ve covered may help you decide on the location for your next tattoo. In =fact, it may just make you want to take the plunge and try something completely daring.

To find out more about our full list of Tattoo Artists, our body piercing services and Laser Tattoo Removal procedures, why not head back to the Black Dagger Tattoo Norwich homepage where we have lots of information.
You can also call the studio on Tel: 01603 436883 or email: blackdaggertattoonorwich@gmail.com
This blog was brought to you by Lee Blanchflower, Content creator for Black Dagger Tattoo Studio

Norwich Commercial Photography & Business Portraits for Construction

Commercial Photography

Business portraits & Construction Photography. The perfect partners for an undervalued industry.

Commercial Photography, whether indoors or outdoors, are both really important elements of any imager portfolio for companies. of all sizes who wish to promote the services and important employees. The construction industry is just one genre of business that has historically been undervalued in the commercial image spectrum, where in reality, deserves so much more.  You only need to search Construction Photographers, Industrial portraits and Construction site photography to find amazing building bathed in glorious light, towering cranes, glorious part-built skylines and some great plant machinery. Look a bit closer and on the whole, the role of the construction worker documented with professional construction photography is sadly lacking from not only the portfolios of many photography businesses, but also the marketing materials of many building firms, ground working companies and construction specialists. Business portraits are very worthy collateral for any business or commercial operation, where experienced workers are a key part of your infrastructure. Website are one of the most fundamental marketing channels, offering sizeable opportunities to promote services and products, and to articulate the values behind a company’s brand. Websites are now much more than a must have landing page to find an email or telephone number. The digital marketing explosion is an opportunity for storytelling at its’ best and a fantastic chance to promote the experience, knowledge and trusting nature of the people who promote your companies ethos and values on a daily basis.  

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Construction Photography

Unique Commercial Photography for company websites

Many businesses think it’s easier and cheaper to use stock photography on their websites, but in fact it isn’t. Stock photography is lazy and unauthentic and will potentially detract users of viewing your site properly. You may be wondering why? Using photographs humanise your brand, but not when they are all stock photographs pulled from a stock site. They often lack variety so it’s difficult use them over a period of time. Trying to showcase Construction Photography for example is even more difficult because more often than not, specialist images on stock sites are from a variety of companies, where plant machinery, safety equipment and procedures vary dramatically. Showcasing North American Building work on a UK site simply won’t cut it. Business Portraits are even more difficult. Try profiling your staff to clients with fake staff and non-branded work clothing is almost an impossibility and can really de-value your professionalism and marketing concepts. Bespoke commercial photographs genuinely has a place in virtually every type of company who has an online digital or printed media platform. If you really want to show your customers what you offer and represent your business properly then it’s best to hire a professional photographer.

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Business Portraits

Business Portraits

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Business Portraits & Construction Photography case study – J Riley Contracting Ltd

We’ve been involved with the construction, industrial sectors for many years providing professional photography for Property Developers, National Construction Companies and Groundworkers. Our range of services includes, Drone Filming, Interior Photographs and Press & PR Photography. We were pretty excited when we were commissioned by J W Riley Contracting Ltd to build a full library of  images including business portraits and commercial photography as well as producing promotional videos for social media. J W Riley Contracting Ltd are a Norwich based business delivering a diverse range of groundwork services to clients in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. They specialise in both domestic and commercial groundworks and offer tailored solutions for every type of  project. They work  both commercial companies and domestic customers, so trust, a professionalism and experience were all factors that Director James Riley wished to re-enforce on the companies website. They operate within the agricultural environment conducting Vegetation Clearance, Tree Shearing, Forestry and Lakeside Clearance, Ditch, farm and hedge maintenance and mulching so our brief was to capture as much professional content that would be used for a new website launch, Linkedin, Facebook and Instagram platforms. We work regularly with the business, delivering affordable new construction photography content that keeps the company website fresh, engaging, creative and modern. Portraits can be updated on site throughout the year to reflect changes in style or looks of staff and also gives a chance to showcase new plant, machinery or processes that the company introduces to its’ services.

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For further information about our Business Portraits, general Commercial Photography or Construction Photography, why not call the Blanc Creative Team today on Tel: 07871 364041 or email: studio@blanc-creative.com

A Commercial Photographer Guide to Corporate Portrait Photography

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A Guide to Corporate Portrait Photography.

While the impact of modern smartphones on the photographic industry will always be a sensitive subject for even the most established of business orientated photographer, there remain a number of genres where experience in the industry can reap rewards. The need for increasingly creative social networking images and web based imagery has exploded. but smart phone technology doesn’t replace a skilled eye for composition, a large camera sensor and professional editing software. We are living in a crazy world where those businesses who don’t engage socially run the risk of being left behind and the online presence will continue to increase in demand as digital advertising platforms replace traditional advertising and printed media. The commercial photographer and the corporate portrait  the corporate portrait really are here to stay. Whatever the industry, everyone needs a good picture for their blog, newsletter, press releases, company website or networking page.

Thinking like a Pro

Standout corporate portrait photography should focus on the subject. Shooting with a really shallow depth of field and blowing out the background with a bokeh or gentle blur, allows the focus to sit where it should be… On the subject in front of the camera and separation from the background. It’s very easy to create images without personality, but whether you’re shooting outdoor portraits, office portraits or relaxed environmental business portraits, the end result should be appealing, engaging and leave the audience with a feeling that they’d really be comfortable engaging with the person in the image. As an experienced commercial photographer who wants to shoot. great corporate portrait photography, interpersonal skills are the biggest in your armoury and can make a break or a photo shoot. If you’re not a people person and find social engagement difficult, then maybe Business Portraits are simply not an area you want to form part of your photographic services.

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Corporate Portrait Photography

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Corporate Portrait Photography

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Corporate Portrait Photography

A Lasting Impression

Identifying your client’s expectations and how their image will fit into their business profile is a key element. As an experienced Commercial Photographer should be able to work towards a brief within reason. It’s impossible for example, to produce images with a modern, glass filled background if your office is dark, restrictive and somewhat stayed. Working with you clients, you can identify where the portraits will be used and generate ideas to work around any barriers, with an emphasis on delivering the best representations of their ideas. Your

Environmental Portraits or Studio Lighting.

It’s a bit of a dilemma that can impact on the cost of a shoot and future costs. To put this into some context, the vast majority of corporate photographs are taken within the subject’s office and this can restrict the type of photography that even the best commercial photographer can achieve. Modern, light offices with lots of glass can be offer some wonderful creative backdrops where natural lighting is your best friend. Shooting environmental corporate portrait photography  means you can literally turn up on multiple shoots, mix up the backgrounds and shoot a whole host of fabulous images without having to artificially light the images. Studio lighting can give more control, but depending on your choice of lighting, set-up and tear down after assignment will extend your assignment time. If you are perhaps shooting a whole team of individuals and then have to return to photograph one member of staff, the costs can increase for clients and it may not be financially viable  to book in a shoot for one person only. Ambient lighting is very creative but is less easy to control. Avoiding direct sunlight can make your assignment so much easier.  Working during the morning means theTry to schedule your appointments during the morning. In the afternoon, your subject may look tired and not quite so freshly groomed, while the end of the working day could put time pressure on you.

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Norwich Headshot photography

Norwich Headshot photography

Lee Blanchflower – Commercial Photographer Norwich

We have an extensive portfolio of Commercial Headshots and modern portraits for literally every type of business sector possible. Why not head over to our Portrait page where we’ve showcased some great case studies. 
If you’re a small business owner looking to expand your companies photography with professional Business Portrait images or commercial Photography , then we’d love to speak with you. We’re really confident that you’ll our style of work and our really favourable pricing. To speak with our team today, either call Mob: 07871 364041 or email: studio@blanc-creative.com

 

Musician Portrait Photography from Norwich Photographer Lee Blanchflower

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Creative Musician Portrait Photography from Norwich Photographer Blanc Creative

I’ve been working across a very diverse range of commercial sectors many years. I’ve had a privileged the pleasure of being a professional  Music Press Photographer and Portrait Photographer for over ten years. I’ve had the privilege to work across the whole of the UK with a host of international music artists, celebrities and bands. My music portfolio showcases huge concerts and festivals including Radio 1 Big Weekend, Isle of Wight Festival, Forest Live and Sundown Festival to name just a few, but living in the heart of Norfolk, I love nothing more than to photograph Norfolk’s home grown talent and believe me, we have so many great musicians and entertainers.

I recently worked on an assignment with Gary Winter, an amazing Singer and front man for the Gary Winter Band. Gary was looking for a Norwich Photographer to capture a range of Portrait Photography images that could be used as profile images, as promotional material, be used on his website and on social media platforms. More often than not., there are aa wealth of locations on hand in public spaces that be creatively turned into modern backgrounds for outdoor portraits. For internal shoots, Gary had sourced opulent venue, complete with staging and grand piano, that would set the scene for the music element of the shoot. I utilised professional portable studio lighting and naturally lit portrait photography to cover more than one type of look.

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Having worked as a Norwich Photographer, many of our clients come to us to create not only Headshot Photography, but because we have an amazing city, countryside and beaches all within a stones throw of our Norwich Base. Outdoor and environmental settings provide the perfect backdrop for personalised portraiture and starting out in open is a great to gently relax into the shoot. As confident as musicians and bands are on stage,  standing in front of the camera can still be an uncomfortable thought. We have a really relaxed approach to our work, love to communicate and make your experience an enjoyable one.

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Musician Portraits Norwich

 

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A little bit about Lee

Lee Blanchflower is a Norwich Photographer who set-up Blanc Creative over ten years ago in 2010 after a career as a Police Sergeant. Lee’s Photography skills were honed as a Police Evidence Gatherer working under pressure in volatile situations, a long way removed from shooting modern headshots. Lee took a career break to pursue his photography and in 2013 won the SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year Awards for an image he’d taken on New York’s 5th Avenue. To find out more about Blanc Creative, why not head over to our ‘About Us’ Page or visit our Portrait Photography Page where you’ll find a huge selection of portfolios, images and case studies.

Construction Photography Services. Business Portraits Norwich

We Shoot Business Portraits and construction photography services across the whole of sector and the whole of the UK

At Blanc Creative Norwich, we specialise in commercial photography, corporate video production and licensed drone filming. We have been working across the UK for over ten years and genuinely believe that specialising only in commercial imagery and commercial film making , sets us apart from many generic photographers. We create high quality, bespoke Business Portraits of employees working on your projects. We live in an age where digital imagery has become part of our everyday life and compelling images are now integral part of any website, case study or advertising campaign. Dynamic portraits allow the people behind your brand to showcase your services to existing and potential new clients. With the help of an experienced photographer, our team will unfold your construction stories and document your builds with sharp, professional and well composed photographs. Your edited images will form the foundation for a host of printed and digital marketing. Bespoke construction photography means you won’t have to spend money on generic stock images that huge amounts of businesses have access to and your branding can play an integral role in your imagery. Great shots and the right messages will leave a popular lasting memory for your audience. Our Norwich based team will work closely with your project managers and staff from the very outset to deliver photography that showcase members of your team interacting, working and as Business Portraits. Using photography we may help you to point out the positive aspects of your company including attention to detail, use of modern construction equipment, efficiency, and beautiful architecture. You may base your marketing message on these images. You can win the trust and loyalty of your customers by showing them these images. It is easy to trust a message that is supported with dynamic commercial images.

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Construction Photography Services

 

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Contact our Team for all of your Construction Photography Services

At Blanc Creative, we’ve been shooting Business Portraits for Groundworkers, Plumbers, Electricians, Independent Building Companies and Commercial Construction aBusinesses. Our historical clients include Morgan Sindall, Norse Group and Orbit Homes to name just a few. To find out more about our complete range of Construction photography Services, we have dedicated a full page purely to business styled portraits. Click Here to view our case studies and portfolios. Why not reach out to our team today on Tel: 07871 364041 or email: studio@blanc-creative.com

 

 

Business Portrait and Creative Outdoor Portraits Norwich

Business Portraits

Business Portrait and Creative Outdoor Portraits. Norse Group Park Rangers

A Portrait doesn’t always have to fall under the Corporate Banner, nor do they have to be shot in an office or business premises. We are ve®y much tuned to seeing lots of stock images of pristine suited, dynamic business people a cross stock photography sites and whilst many people would love to look like a Vogue or GQ model, shooting real portrait imagery for clients is very much about the real personalities Outdoor Portraits are a creative way to capture staff in a variety of working environments and on location, which can make portrait images extremely attractive. Our commercial photography team headed out this week into the heart of Suffolk to photograph a team of park rangers and volunteers working on the creation of a beautiful woodland park area for Norse Group. The portraits were diverse with a range of ages and backgrounds. It’s always important to remember that not every Business Portrait will be a CEO or a Managing Director of an office based business. Shooting professional portrait images is about capturing the personalities of our subjects and delivering profile images that they would happily be see in print, on a website or posted on social media channels.

Outdoor Portraits can also put people at ease. Removing a staff member from their work environment for a one to one shoot means that pressure from other staff and worries about being behind the camera can soon be forgotten. Now that the weather is getting nicer, it was a great chance to make use of the sun, which can be pretty overpowering for location portraits. Using professional, portable studio lighting allows us to manage the lighting regardless of how bright the weather may be. We’re often asked if we outdoor setups across autumn and winter, and the answer is ‘of course’ unless it raining, which oes cause a multitude of problems if shooting outside. Fortunately, we are usually able to build in contingencies for our outdoor portraits because we all know weather can be extremely unpredictable.

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Commercial Photographer Norwich and Norfolk

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Norwich Commercial Photographer

Norwich Commercial Photographer

Outdoor Portraits

Over the past ten years, we’ve built up a huge portfolio to showcase our Business Portrait work so please do take a look. In fact, we’ve dedicated a whole page that’s absolutely bursting with creative Headshot photographs, environmental portraits and social media portrait images in all environments and against a multitude of backgrounds. If you think we can help your business with professional Commercial Photography, please reach out and speak with our team today on el: 07871 364041 or email: studio@blanc-creative.com
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