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Get a Animated Logo for Your Video Content, Fast, Simply & Really Affordably

Mike Turner Photography: Make your brand stand out
Mike Turner Photography: Make your brand stand out

If you don’t already understand how important Content marketing is for the future success of big and small brands online then, you will inevitably discover soon enough, as your social and search results start to suffer.

According to Cisco, by 2017, video will account for 69% of all consumer internet traffic. So if you aren’t yet creating video content, you should, at the very least be making moves in that direction.

Video is fast becoming the preferred means for people to consume content, both for entertainment and information gathering purposes.

You can fight this trend all you like, but while you do so, your competitors will be serving your “potential” audience with the very content they want, the way they want it.

Video content is an investment, it is your future lead generator. Providing upfront value through the provision of content, helps to build trust and liking in your brand, two things that are essential if you’re to gain traction online.

Branding your videos, whether hosting them publicly on Youtube or Wistia and embedding in your website, or listing privately, it is essentially important to gain strong brand recognition, to that end we are providing an incredibly cost effective service for professional quality video logo animations.

For just £20 each, you can add that extra perception of professionalism to your video content, and  ensure you brand is noticed. Check some examples out below.

We’ll advise you for the best look and format for your logo. All we need is a high quality source file of your logo. We can even redraw it for you, but this would be an additional charge.

Make no mistake, video is the future, jump on board now before you start losing ground to your competitors. Drop me an email to discuss.

But just to outline how it works:

#1 You choose the design you like from the video below

#2 You send me your logo design file

#3 You drop me an email and we arrange payment via Paypal, Debit or Credit card

#4 We create your custom animated logo, using the colours in your logo etc

#5 We email the logo to you in mp4 format, all done

Clothing Tips For Your Photoshoot

Mike Turner Photos Clothing Tips and Ideas
Mike Turner Photos Clothing Tips and Ideas

When it comes to deciding what to wear for your photoshoot, it’s best to keep it simple and plain. Try to avoid busy patterns and bright colours. Aim for neutral complementary colours where possible, unless bright and patterned is more representative of who you are.

It’s also a good idea to think about where you’re going to be displaying your images in your home and what will look good in that setting.

If you’re participating in group photos, think about matching styles and colours so that they go together. I always recommend neutral colours that don’t distract the viewers eye.
For instance if most participants are wearing dark clothing and one is wearing white, this will make the white outfit stand out and distract attention. This will make it difficult to place that person in group shots without making the photo look unbalanced, unless the person is placed in the centre of the photograph. This will greatly limit the amount of posing variations during the photoshoot.

Patterned outfits have the same distraction element, drawing the attention of the viewers eye, with the added complication of making the photo look busy and noisy.

It is very important that you feel comfortable in whatever you wear and it be in keeping with the style of portraiture you are wanting. Formal shots look best wearing formal clothing. casual style images look best, yes you got it, in casual clothing.

If you’re particularly uncomfortable with showing your arms or legs, wear clothing that helps cover these up.

If you’re wearing a strapless top, please consider wearing a strapless bra, at least if you’re female. This helps prevent straps showing up in the final photographs.

The main thing to remember is to feel comfortable in whatever you wear. Make sure your clothing is representative of who you are, after all it’s a portrait of you.

If you’re unsure, please feel free to bring a selection of clothing options and we can help you choose the best options at the studio

Check out some clothing ideas below.

What’s the Perfect Gift for Anyone you Care about?

gift ideas

If you’re anything like me you struggle to find fresh ideas for gifts for the people in your life that matter most. You’ll know how easy it is to opt for the predictable choices such as flowers, chocolates, and perfume/aftershave, and if you’re a dad, socks seems a favourite.

While all these gifts have their merits, they don’t exactly shout originality.

So what combines the best aspects of gifts like flowers, with gifts like going for a meal at a fancy restaurant?

Well let’s first look at the type of gifts available and the benefit they offer.

Flowers are for sure a classic gift choice for mums, daughters, sisters, and partners, less so for the men in our lives. They bring beauty to our homes in the form of visual and smell stimulation, but only for a few days or a week, if we’re lucky, then they’re gone. Plants are a more long term solution if you’re looking to extend the shelf life of your gift. A typical bunch of flowers can set you back £30 – £40, plants are usually in the £10-£30 range.

Chocolates are another option open to you, but if you’re looking to spend a decent amount on close loved ones, then you’d have to buy a lot of chocolates for even a modest amount like £30, and most of us wouldn’t welcome having to eat through £30 worth of chocolate would we? Chocolates are a consumable gift so by their very nature aren’t a long term solution.

If we want to buy a gift that the recipient can keep for years to come, jewellery, or electronic items like phones, game consoles, TV’s and the like come to mind. But these will usually set you back a few hundred pounds at the very least.

Now another increasingly popular option is not to buy physical products like we have mentioned above, but instead opt for experience based gifts. Experience gifts are all about doing the things we might not do or have not done before but we fancy trying out. They are outside our normal daily routine.

Experiences vary from adrenaline fuelled pursuits like hot air ballooning and race days to more sedate pursuits like pamper experiences.

So which is best? Do you go for the product based gifts, and if so, consumable or keepsakes? People have so many possessions these days do they really need more stuff? If not then how about experience based gifts? Would they rather crank up the heart rate and jump out of a plane or pretend to be the next Nigel Mansell or would they prefer to have a more relaxing time at a spar?

Well how about combining the benefits of an experience with those of a product based gift, and not just a generic product but a personalised one? Well I am delighted to be able to offer you such a prize.

Our Photoshoots Gift Experiences are just what you’re looking for. A fun experience: having a professional photoshoot in a purpose build studio and a print keepsake from the session to keep for a lifetime memento of that personal experience.These shoots are great for the family to enjoy, for the kids, even for the pets in your life.

having makeup applied by our professional makeup artistOur Makeover photoshoots are even better with a professional hair and make-up styling session prior to the shoot, which is an experience in itself, and again you get to keep an image as a keepsake, all included in the gift. These experiences start at the special price of £49, which in the context of the other possible gifts options discussed above. is a bargain in our opinion and in the opinion of so many of our clients.

Check the range of photoshoot gifts here. They are available as gift vouchers so you can give the recipient the voucher on their birthday or whatever occasion you’re buying it for, and they can book at their own convenience, and with no expiry dates on vouchers, they don’t have to rush to get it booked in either.