It should go without saying guys, but please take five minutes to trim your nose hairs before your headshot session!

Whether it’s corporate headshots, personal branding portraits or even social media shots for Linkedin or Facebook, you’re going to want to present yourself in the best possible light. If you’re trying to make a great impression and ultimately get hired for a new job, then having hairs exploding from your nostrils is not going to make a great impression is it now?

It suggests a lack of attention to detail and poor personal grooming standards. Both of these things are going to go against you in your quest for professional advancement.

Trim your nose hair guys and thank me later.

Whilst you’re there, go ahead and trim your ear hair too.

Did I mention eyebrows yet? The best way to deal with unruly brows is to ask the barber to trim them neatly for you, the next time you visit.

You know all this stuff though right?

Here’s a blog post on trimming nose hair.





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5 ways of dealing with Internet trolls.

We’ve all been there right?

That one little negative comment on your picture, out of a hundred, that tries to illicit a reaction and get a rise from you. My wife will tell you that I’ve addressed a few of these recently. In fact the more of my work I post in say Facebook groups for example, the more I’ve noticed the odd snarky little comments crop up. Now you can get glowing feedback on your picture, tons of great comments and a general consensus that it is a nice picture, and then that one guy (or gal) comes in with some nitpicking comment that makes me want to put my knee through the screen! It can really ruin your day if you let it. We’re not gonna let it ruin our day though right?

Now I’m not looking for everyone to champion my work. Before anyone says ‘are you just looking for people to blow smoke up your arse?’ No. Please know that if do I post an image, then I post it for me. I post it because I’m happy with it. I’m happy with the lighting and the post production and of course I’m happy if it does well. I still want to get better with every time I shoot though, but that’s another conversation.

When someone turns up on your image and says ‘I would have done this differently’ or ‘I would have posed that hand another way’ I just want to SCREAM and say ‘well get out there and make some goddamn work of your own.’ I don’t scream however……….well maybe inside my head, and maybe just a little.

So what happens next? Well, I guarantee that I’m going to go have a look at their contributions to the group and their profile/body of work. Guess what I find? I think you know the answer……….yep……..little or nothing.

So the person that is ruining your day with their unsolicited critique is anything but an expert on photography or retouching. They’re just a troll. Go figure.

Now I’m not averse to critique. Far from it, but if you are critiquing my work then a) first of all I had better have asked for it because b) I believe you to have greater ability than myself and I value your input and would love to learn something from you. It’s an easy formula to follow. I was always taught never to offer a critique unless specifically requested. I think that’s a pretty good rule of thumb.

Here’s a lovely quote which I think is extremely relevant here…………

“Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates:
Is it true?
Is it necessary?
Is it kind?”

Try applying this mantra to everyday life as well. It’s beautiful in it’s simplicity.

I’m feeling more relaxed already!

Time to calm down now and work out how to deal with these online gremlins.

So what can we do?


Simple and effective. Most platforms offer the facility to do just this. Don’t rise to them, block them and they will not see your posts and vice versa. This is a nice happy place and I’m taking this option for the most part.


Yep, be the bigger person. Just ignore them and move on, happy in the knowledge they are probably raging at you for doing so. Victory is sweet!


Be polite, respectful, and professional whenever possible because your response will be a reflection of you, your business, and your brand. They will run out of steam very quickly with this approach.


A simple ‘No CC required’ in the image description should suffice. If not, refer to points1,2,3 and 5.


A well placed and intelligent witty comment may be the single most effective way to squash a troll’s verbal rampage, but beware as this approach can always backfire on you. Use this method cautiously and resist the urge to get drawn into a slanging match. You won’t come out of it looking good.

I hope you enjoyed this article and found it useful.

Please feel free to refer to it when next confronted by an online troll.

Stay safe.


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The top five inexpensive pieces of gear that made the biggest impact on my photography………..

…………………and I’m not talking about the latest camera bodies or the fastest most expensive glass. We’re not even in the same ballpark actually………nowhere near.

Let’s break it down. Cameras and glass aside I’m sure we’ve all had those Eureka moments on our respective photographic journeys where we’ve come to realise ‘how did I ever manage before without this piece of kit?’ Call it an epiphany if you will, but each of these individual items I’m going to list below have had a huge impact on my creative process and really enabled me to grow as an artist.

None of this stuff is going to break the bank……….

First up and probably the single most simple but ultimately effective item on the list……..The tethering cable.

Tethering to the computer during a shoot has literally transformed the way I work. I WILL NEVER LOOK BACK. Forgive the caps but I can’t emphasise enough the value of shooting this way. Working in real time and being able to see the images on the big screen will allow you (and your creative team) to make live adjustments to hair, makeup, posing, lighting and anything else that may go unnoticed on the small LCD display on the back of the camera. My subjects have always appreciated being able to see the images as they are being shot and have the opportunity to see what is working for them and what isn’t, and adjust accordingly.

Type A to Mini-B USB 2.0 Cable is the specification for my Canon Cameras. I have a couple of cheap cables I purchased from Amazon for as little as £6 which do the job perfectly, but if you wanted to buy the industry standard then Tether Tools is the place for you.

So yeah……just in case you missed it……..the tethering cable is my number one most useful piece of kit. ‘Try it…….you’ll like it’ (as my mum used to say!)

Next up…………

The C Stand and Boom Arm.

Now light (as I’m sure you already know) works best either from above (it works for the sun) or from the side in a painterly Rembrandt style. I love to light from overhead, either with the beauty dish or an octabox and this beautiful, ugly bit of metal allows me to do just that……probably the best 90 quid I’ve ever spent on grip. I can boom my 22 inch metal beauty dish front and centre of my subject without fear of it dropping down and denting the floor (or my model!) It’s truly a great bit of kit and the boom arm itself also allows for better placement and manoeuvrability of other larger modifiers in the Rembrandt position too. All in all much better choice than a regular light stand, and a LOT more sturdy.

Third on my list…….Sheets of coloured cellophane.


These cost me £3.50 for a multicoloured selection. Use them to gel your flashes. Cheap as chips as they say here in England, and very effective.

If you have some coloured gels for your flashes then why not go a step further and add some smoke?

The humble fog machine ranks next as one of my most useful pieces of kit.

Instantly add atmosphere to your studio shots with one of these. Remember to backlight the smoke and have fun!

One tip when using the smoke machine though would be to use it near the end of the shoot……the room can get a little clogged up after a few blasts and you’ll find it increasingly hard to focus until the smoke dissipates, so use sparingly.

Finally, last but not least is my wonderful painterly style cloth backdrop from KateBackdrop.

It features in many of my images for good reason, as I absolutely love it.

I do love to shoot against a storm grey backdrop and blend textures in Photoshop as this gives me a lot of creative scope in post production, but this fantastic and cheap bit of cloth really allows me to get a finished look to my pictures that I really love. I’m sure I will purchase others from the range going forward but for now I’m very happy indeed with this one.

Here’s the link to it on Amazon.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my insights in this article and I’d absolutely love to hear about your own ‘go to’ pieces of kit that you simply can’t do without.

Thanks for reading and please do drop by and connect with me on social media.

Stay safe.


I’m a fine art portrait photographer based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Specialising in creative and styled portraiture, fitness photography, headshots, family portraits and personal branding for you, for actors, for athletes and for business professionals alike.