Speckled-Wood

Speckled-wood designs

Today I photographed product for Speckled-Wood designs. Anna and Matt, founders of Speckled-wood, create beautiful brooches, tree decorations and wall art, out of wood. Anna and Matt etch their designs onto the wood to produce intricate pieces of art. Each item needed to be photographed for their new website. Their studio is out in Claverton, surrounded by stunning countryside and nature where the duo often get their inspiration. Their product often feature things like dragonflies, moths, birds, butterflies and trees

tree decorations by Speckled-wood

Speckled-Wood won best chalet at this years Bath market and it's no surprise. Their delicate designs are truly stunning. 

Moth brooch by Speckled-Wood

Anna and Matt @ Speckled-wood

Autumn Calendar

A fun day spent shooting an Autumn calendar for the Kari Young family. We shot in the wilderness of their garden where the woods start, and the autumn leaves and winter woolies really added to the atmosphere. Props included a pumpkin, teepee, wooden chest, hats, scarves and conkers and even a zip line in some shots! The girls were a delight to work with. Kari Young intends to print and frame some of the images and to create a calendar to give as christmas presents for friends and family. 

Thank you to Zena Whalley for being photography assistant on the day

What a little munchkin! 

Product shoot for Lucy Simon Designs

Lucy Simon Designs: handmade candles

It was a treat to shoot for Lucy Simon today. Lucy owns a homewares store on Bartlett St in Bath, called "Article" where she sells locally produced artisan work and produce. In addition, Lucy also designs and makes her own scented and beeswax candles. The store changes seasonally so keep checking back to see new items on offer, many of which are hand-made.

Lucy Simon @ Article, Bartlett St, Bath (and her friend's dog, she was looking after for the day!)

Lucy will also be running candle-making workshops shortly. I might join up! It's so great to see the rise of designer-makers in Bath. It seems there's an endless realm of creativity here. 

"Article", Bath, UK

I'm so glad to have photographed the beautiful items in Lucy's shop. I've suggested we shoot four times a year to keep her website updated with seasonal changes.  Thanks Lucy for the lovely homemade pate sandwiches for lunch too!

33 Shake sports nutrition

33 Shake, Sports Nutrition

Early in the New Year, I shot a presentation on behalf of 33 Shake, an endurance sports nutrition brand. The shake consists of 33 superfood and is super healthy for anyone wishing to have an immune boost (or wishing to partake in any endurance feat!). Erica and Warren Pole, founders of 33 Shake went to Bristol to give the editors of 220 Triathlon magazine an early morning short, sharp workout! 

Helen & Matt @ 220 Triathlon magazine, Bristol

Surprisingly, they seemed to enjoy it! The shake went down well too and the next day, the procedure was repeated again, this time with Road CC in Bath.  It was great to hang out with Erica & Warren, thanks for having me to shoot!

Welcome!

Welcome to my new website and my personal photography blog. Here you will find information about all the latest shoots, with tips, events and teasers about new work coming up. Every 6 months I also send out an email newsletter. If you'd like to get onto this mailing list to hear about updates, then please email me: heidilaughton@gmail.com

If you like what you've seen here on the website, you might wonder where I learned my craft?  I spent most of my earlier career working in the music industry, commissioning all visual imagery such as photo shoots and music video shoots. Hence I've been in creative services for many years, dealing with top photographers, agents, directors and production companies. After I left Sony Music, I moved to Los Angeles, where I worked as a professional photographer myself for 6 years.

Mostly I went on workshops in order to learn different aspects of photography, including photojournalism courses with the likes of Steve McCurry and David Bathgate, as well as some specific lighting courses in LA. Mostly I learned by experimenting, practising and googling! There is a lot you can learn from youtube! For example, I shot the Native American project all on medium and large-format film cameras, and had to google how to use the 4x5  (you know, the type with the bellows)! It was certainly a challenge when dealing with the dust and winds in the deserts of New Mexico! 

I hope you enjoy my work. Please email if you like to contact me for editorial commissions or if you'd like a shoot to enhance the imagery of your business product/website/advertising materials.