Kick Start your Monday

Kick Start your Monday

Kick Start

Today I decided to write a post titled Kick Start your Monday. This is to help get the creative minds started for ready for the start of the week. My shoot went really well on Sunday and now its time for me to dive into the PC and get the images edited up for the client.

Whilst I was at this shoot I was starting to put share with you the method I use of how I go about my shoots. I start with the location and the weather. This covers the time of the year (spring, summer, winter, autumn) which affects the overall atmosphere of the image. Then we have what is the shoot about?. Is it a portrait session or is it a family celebration etc.

All of these things are tick boxes which helps me build up the scene to put my clients into to photographs I take.

I hope that this short process method helps you to arrange your photo sessions whether its in your studio or on location, I have found that this method always helps me.

On Going Work

Moving on from my Kick Start Monday I want to explain to you that here at JellyBean Photography I have on-going work with a start up business. I was approached about my photography services for use with the new site. After chatting with the client we both decided that maybe we could help create the new website for the business.

This isn’t a new area for me, but this is new to my business. I choose to offer my skills to this new start up business as I felt I could help them out.

I was approached after the client had been looking at my business website and they recommended me to the owner and it all started from there.

More information will be given about this business and the site once things have been finalized. I want to take the time to share this with you as this is something I am very proud about here at ‘The JellyBean Blog’.

This is an area I have looked at many times before as I have a passion for website development as this is a subject and course I studied at college.

Final Note from me

One final thing before I close my post for the blog. I wanted to take this time to share my portfolio to be able to show you some of my work I have photographed. I use all the images you see on my portfolio to show my clients when they book JellyBean Photography as their photographer for their special event.

Friday Post

Friday Blog Post

So its Friday…

As I am writing this post on Friday with a Coffee and a quick breakfast bar to get me into the working state I wanted to write a quick blog post. We have a photo shoot this weekend for a client for a christening, so we will be going through equipment checking, getting all the camera and lenses out and checked, batteries charged and SD and CF cards erased and ready for the shoot.

Also whilst writing this post I want to give a quick shout out to a couple of people, I love listening to podcasts and recently I have been listening to a couple of podcasts I would love to share with you. Please take a second to check these out as its free and there is something to be learnt from every podcast no matter what industry you are in.


Firstly I have been listening to ‘Marketing School’ – I listen to this everyday, a 6 minute podcast with rich content on how to manage and grow your business in a digital world. I have learnt so much from this podcast and continue to listen to it every day.

Secondly I have been listening to ‘The Business of Photography’ –

I am new to this podcast but it has drawn me in as they discuss running a business as a photographer but in the past few podcasts they have been discussing 35mm film photography and how the technique of shooting on 35mm film can be used on a digital camera making you think about every shot you take rather than machine gunning a shot of say a brides shoe, something that is static, doesn’t move and you can take your time get the ‘Perfect shot’ first time and save time later on looking through images and editing when all of this could have been eliminated at the time of the shoot.

So that has wrapped up my Friday morning and I thought I would share it all with my viewers and I will post again after the weekend once we have this shoot done.

Website Link

My Photography Story | Scott Taylor

'My Photography Story' Scott Taylor Photographer at JellyBean Photography

I have decided to blog an answer to a question I have been asked a few times and feel the best way to share it would be on the blog.

Where did I start ?

I have always been into taking photo’s even from a little child I had a camera in my hand. I have to say there are 2 people I have to thank for this and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today in Photography. Thank you to my dad Alf Taylor and my wife Ami Taylor for the encouragement and support of the past few years.

My dad has always taken photos, whether we was on holiday up in the Lake District in the caravan or watching the Red Arrows at an air show, my dad got me into using his 35mm SLR and I have to say I miss that camera. We still have that camera and one day I want to take it along to a wedding to use alongside my DSLR, as it brings back the skill of shooting ‘the perfect shot’ rather than ‘machine gunning’ and editing it later in Photoshop.

Now I have to thank my amazing wife Ami Taylor who brought my first DSLR shortly after the birth of my first daughter Ellie. Ami said she wanted to treat me to something so I could start to turn a hobby into a career, and that purchase did exactly that.

The first DSLR I had, and still have and use to this day, is my Canon EOS 550d I use it on shoots and it is always in my bag no matter there I am.

How did I get into photography

So I started my photography career as a second shooter with the amazing Jon Stanley at Jonathan Stanley Photography, I was recommended to him by a good friend and what started out as a few ‘come along and shoot’ turned into a year of photographing not only as a second shooter but I then started taking the rains as the main shooter and then to photographing solo for JS Photography.

After a year with Jonathan we decided that the business was changing and the photography side was going to take the back foot and Jonathan created and still runs 3 Creative and we both agreed that I wanted to venture into the world of photography as a business and from that day JellyBean Photography was born.

Creating my own business

So the time came that I wanted to take my photography skill from a hobby to a career, and can I say I haven’t looked back at that decision its the best thing I did and it really helped me to focus on my photography and my photography style.

JellyBean Photography was created in 2014 and it seems so long ago but I have learnt a lot along the way, which has made me a better photographer and business owner.

So that is my photography story and How I became know for my photography work. If you would like to see more of my work please take a few minutes to look at my photography portfolio page ( Link Below)

Scott Taylor | Photographer at JellyBean Photography

A Recent Photo Shoot

Studio light

I wanted to take a few minutes to blog about a recently photo shoot we did and how we approached it and what we used to achieve the images.


  • The Studio Lighting we used and why
  • Camera settings used
  • We will provide a diagram of the set-up
  • Types of photo and poses the client was looking for
  • The equipment we used


I would like to take some time to thank the SpringBank Resources Centre for allowing us to use one of there rooms on hire for this photo shoot at short notice. Everyone there was so nice and couldn’t help enough and you really make myself and my client feel so welcome.

Studio Lighting

For this shoot we didn’t need a large amount of light as the room was small and all the walls was white (which helped), we choose a 2 light set-up, I had a interfit EXD200 light with a 120cm Octabox attached to give me a lovely wrap around light for the subject, then we had a flash gun with a black bounce to light up the background. We also used a white reflector as a fill.

Camera Settings

I was shooting with the Canon EOS 5D MKI with a Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 lens attached, we used the lens towards the short telephoto end (70mm) to give us that nature look for portraits.

The camera settings we used was ISO 100, we choose this so that we could have the best quality image with very little grain in the image. We used aperture f11 to give myself the best depth of field for the shoot as we wasn’t worried about blurring out any background distractions. Finally we shot at Shutter Speed 1/125th of a second.

Diagram of the Set-up

Here is a quick and easy to use diagram for this 2 lights setup.

Lighting set-up at recent portrait shoot | JellyBean Photography
Lighting set-up at recent portrait shoot | JellyBean Photography

Types of Photo and Poses

So when I was contacted about this shoot the client was asking for head shots for a business website, we discussed that the main use for the image was and how and where it would be used so that I could get exact what the client wanted in the best way.

So we both agreed the image needed to be business head shot, on a plain simple white background, the image needed to be cropped to head and shoulder only, client would be in a suit and the image needed to show was wearing a suit and tie. The final requirement was the image needed to be a square crop so this could be used and match all the other staff images ready for use on the website.

The Equipment we used

For this portrait session we used the following equipment:

  • The Camera – Canon EOS 5D MK1
  • Then Lens – Sigma 24 – 70mm f2.8
  • Wireless triggers to fire the Strobe and flash gun
  • Interfit EXD200 Studio Light
  • Pixapro 120cm Octabox with added Internal light baffle
  • YongNuo Flash gun for the background
  • Collapsible white reflector to fill in shadows

Do you have your Valentines Day gift sorted?

Valentines Day 2019

So its that time of the year again and its time to treat and show our loved ones how much you care for each other. So what is the best present you can buy for your loved one in 2019 ?

Chocolates are always a great start but why stop there? At JellyBean Photography we can offer you a unique Valentines Day gift for that special loved on in your life. We offer a portrait shoot session where you could treat your loved one to have photos of that special someone, or to make it even more special why not choose a couples photo shoot, a special gift that you can both keep in a frame for many happy years to come ?

Here are more details to our portrait photography package

Valentines Day 2019 image from JellyBean Photography
Valentines Day 2019 | JellyBean Photography

Types of shoots

Here at JellyBean Photography we can offer different types of shoots for your portrait session, we can:

  • Mummy and Daddy Photographs
  • Family Photographs
  • Mother to be Photographs
  • Photographs of children
  • Pets
  • Baby Photographs

All of these images can then be created into a single framed photo or a collage or they can be put onto a mug or a key ring so that those special moments can be with you all the time for every day of the year.

We can also do couples shoots where we tell the story of how you meet in picture form, the ultimate romantic keep sake in a photo album or as a framed picture to be able to tell family and relatives.

We can offer indoor and outdoor shoots to suit you and why not get the whole family involved in the shoot and have a family photograph too.

“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”

Photography quote by Destin Sparks

Interested in finding out more ?

Get in touch with us today its easy and doesn’t cost a penny to inquiry and it may be the best present you have purchased on a valentines day and you will be able to re-visit that moment everyday in picture form.



“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

Photography quote by Ansel Adams

Are you getting married in 2019 ?

So its the start of a new year and do you have plans for a 2019 wedding? if so we are here to help with the photography, we offer wedding photography packages for all budgets from a complete all in package to a tailored create your own package to make sure your special day is capture for years of happy memories that can be relived and shared.

For more information on our wedding packages jump over to the weddings page on our site (link below)

Here is a short video of wedding images we have shot for couples over the past few years.

Get in-touch today to book JellyBean Photography for your 2019 wedding –

BTCC Silverstone with Team Hard Racing

The Life inside a racing garage.

JellyBean Photography had the privilege of photographing with the British Touring Car Championship Team Hard at Silverstone, I wanted to capture the life inside a racing garage and this opportunity came at the right time as I wanted to surprise my dad as his birthday was the 2nd September and we always take the trip to Silverstone to watch the BTCC but this year we would be the other side of the track and we would be in the garage along side all the mechanics. drivers and pit crew which makes up the Team Hard Racing Team.

Upon arriving at Silverstone we got taken over to the Team Hard Hospitality suite and we was introduced to a number of the crew that would take us over to the garages, I have to take this moment to say a huge thank you to David Boor who arranged the whole thing for us but unfortunately couldn’t be there on the day so he left us in the cable hands of Simon Coombes.

We then got escorted over to the pits area where we got taken into and introduced to the Team Hard Garages, upon arrival we were told the in’s and out’s of being in the garages and what we could and couldn’t do to keep ourselves and other safe due to track regulations. After this we was aloud to take photos around the garage and the cars and mechanics whilst working on the cars read for FP1 (Free Practice 1). I can honestly say from that second it made me realize how closely all the team work together from the drivers to the mechanics to the pit crew that makes sure everything is ready for use and is clean. The camaraderie of all the staff is truly amazing from when the driver is radioing to come in for adjustments or to fuel to allow the teams to get the best set-up of the car ready for the first qualifying session.

We was told that all the team cars was running new livery for this round of the BTCC, their normal team car colour’s are white but for this weekend they has re-wrapped all the cars so they had a black base which also aloud all their sponsors and graphics to stand out better on the cars.

One thing that really stood out to me was when Mike Bushell No 21 car came into the pits for some changes the car was pulled straight into the garage and a team of guys surrounded the car all doing their specialist jobs from jacking up the car to removing wheel nuts and wheels. I was watching a team of mechanics do a front ens suspension swap in a matter of minutes and the camaraderie was amazing, as the car rolled back out onto the track all the guys was congratulating each other and thanking each other. I later found out that this is something they do after every pit stop as it increases moral and workmanship for all the mechanics and a way of showing that a pit stop had gone well and if needed anything that could be changed to better the procedure to make it faster and more efficient for the mechanic and the driver.

I was able to get up close to the mechanics and the drivers to the cars event to the tools and parts that the garage had ready for changes and modifications to allow for optimal set-up for both the cars and the drivers.

Whilst in the pits for FP1 Mike Bushell got the fastest lap ready for Q1 and that feeling that all the mechanics and crew’s work had paid off allowing Mike Bushell to get the best out of his car on the track ready for Q1.

Here are a few of the images I took in the garages on Saturday 15th September.

Here is the link to the rest of the images I took in the garages at the BTCC Silverstone event.

BTCC Silverstone Team Hard Event –The Life inside a racing garage with Team Hard Racing

Once again I would like to say a HUGE thank you from myself and my dad for Team Hard allowing us to come into the pits on the day and for making us feel so welcome and chat to us about what parts/roles they play in the team and also allowing us to get up and close to teams and cars on a time where they have to be 100% focused to get the best out of the cars for the drivers to gain valuable points to help them in the championship.

Gym Photo shoot

A gym photo shoot for Craig Taylor and Dean Hale Fitness.

I had the pleasure of doing a gym shoot for Craig Taylor and Dean Hale Fitness at Cheltenham’s Extreme CSC Gym based on 14 Malmesbury Road.
The main gold of the shoot was to be able to record the progress Craig has had on his new training program and also to help record the process of training program’s that Dean can create for members.
The shoot started with a Warm up and some inspirational ‘getting pumped up’ workout, whilst this was taking place I was setting up the camera’s, lenses, and studio lights I would be using throughout the shoot, which lasted about 2 and half hours from start to finish.

The kit I used on the day was:

  • Canon EOS 550d
  • Canon EOS 30d
  • Sigma 24 – 70mm f2.8 lens
  • Sigma 70 – 200mm f2.8 lens
  • Canon 50mm f1.8
  • Canon 16 – 35mm f.28
  • Interfit EXD200 Flash Head
  • Octabox 120cm softbox
  • Wireless trigger to fire Flash unit
  • Small White reflector

Had a great time working with the clients and we are now editing the images ready to had back to the client and we will get the images posted up ASAP, once they have been signed off by the Client and the gym.
Watch this space and our social media pages for more information and images soon.

The importance of choosing the right wedding photographer.

Wedding Photography.

As a bride and groom you arrange all the services and bits for your special day and one of those services is wedding Photography and its important to choose the correct photographer and here are some of the things I would say to look over.

Style of Photography.

There are 3 main styles of wedding photography Reportage/Journalistic wedding photography, Traditional wedding photography and finally contemporary wedding photography.

1. Reportage/Journalistic Wedding Photography

Reportage/Journalistic style of wedding photography isn’t a new style of photography its been used for years and over the past few years its become popular with brides and grooms as it allows them to have a photographer at their wedding photography and the objective for the photographer is to capture the day in a story from the getting ready and capturing the hype of the run up to the wedding ceremony. The photographer photographs around the wedding without interacting to get photos, they would capture moments as the day progresses.
This can help feel easier if they are not photogenic, rather than having a photographer ask to pose a certain way or to have to look directly at the camera causing uncomfortable situation for everyone.

2. Traditional Wedding Photography

Traditional wedding photography also known as Posed or Classic wedding photography this is what most people think of when they think about wedding photography, in a short description Traditional Photography is posed photographs outside the church door after or before the ceremony, groups shots of the whole family and friends and guests as a single image.
The main difference of this style is photographers would very rarely take candid shots of guests or couple they focus on the key moments of the wedding ceremony. This involves the photographer interacting with the couple a lot throughout the wedding making sure poses and images are captured at specific moments of the day or ceremony.

3. Contemporary Wedding Photography

Contemporary photography is a style brought forward by the fashion industry where the photographer would aim on creating high impact photographs, striking images of the bride or groom at various scenes of the wedding venue.
This style of photography can sometimes lose the original feeling and environment of the wedding day, the images may not capture your friends and family laughing with you but more of posed images outside keys buildings with dramatic lighting to create a fashion enthused image.

Connecting with a photographer

Its best to make a personal connection with the photographer you have choose which is dictated by the style of photography you are looking for, we always meeting our clients even at the point of enquiry as this helps the couple know who they are booking or asking to capture their special day.
We would also check that from the day you book your photographer you have direct contact details so you can get in-touch with them so you can ask questions, run ideas past them and update them with the running schedule of the day allowing everyone to know what the day entails.

Know your budget

One key focus when looking for a photographer is if you have a budget to stick too keep that in mind, there is always more than one photographer in your local area ans everyone can offer different packages to suit your needs. Don’t feel that the photographer is dictating the photography package you should pay for, take what they are suggesting and speak it over with your partner, family etc this will make sure that you are getting exactly what you need and what for your special day.

Check your photographer out

Before making the final choice of photographer for your special day look at their website and take a look over their portfolio or ask to see images of weddings they photographed in your area. This is help you see the photographers style and strengths when photographing a wedding. One key fact I say to all my clients is that an images cannot lie, if you dont like what you see when looking at a portfolio its best to look around to see if there is a photographer out there waiting for you so you can relax and get a photographer that will always keep you up-to-date on things leading up to the special day or even during and after the special day.
Hope this has helped you and for information can help you find your perfect photographer for your wedding day.

Scott Taylor
JellyBean Photography

A trip around the inside of Tewkesbury Abbey

So on Saturday 2nd June we decided to have a family day out in Tewkesbury and my daughter decided to so me around Tewkesbury Abbey so here are a few images I took whilst walking around Tewkesbury Abbey.

My Thoughts

So after going round the abbey for the first time I have to say the building inside is amazing, a photographers heaven in there for taking pictures and there is current an area being restored.
The abbey is well worth a visit and we are definitely going to take a trip there again and I will guarantee my camera will be coming with me again.


Here are the links to the Tewkesbury Abbey website if you are planning to take a trip there or would like to find out a little more about the abbey.