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.

NKB Training Review for JellyBean Photography

I wanted to share a review I got from NKB Training that I had the opportunity to do a studio shoot for, the idea was Niki was looking for some new images for the website and to expand a new area of the business which would benefit from the new images.

A review by NKB Training for JellyBean Photography |


Many thanks to Nicola Kate Banks for booking for your portrait shoot for your website revamp and we are so happy you love the images and we had great fun on the shoot.

British Heart Foundation 2018 Results

Here is how I did at the British Heart Foundation Cotswold Ride 2018.

To start with I wanted to give a huge thank you to everyone that read my previous post and for all those that ‘liked’, ‘shared’ and commented on my social media links for the ride.
The ride went well, no injuries sustained which riding and the weather was amazing, couldn’t have asked for anything better.
We set off from Cheltenham Racecourse at 09:30am with a large crowd of riders, we were set off in groups to help with traffic and major junctions. I had posted on all the social media sites a ‘Live Link’ to Garmin which allowed people to watch exactly where we was on the route.

The Route

Here is the plan of the route that we took on Sunday, once again we decided to do the 30 mile route.

As you can see from the link above the ride took me 2 hours and 21 minutes and 7 seconds, I stopped at 2 of the stops on the route and the support from the marshals was amazing and the roads was being supervised too to help riders get around safely.


Here are some of the images I got from the event.

British Heart Foundation 2018

Join me to raise money for The British Heart Foundation Charity.

I would like to share with everyone that on Sunday 13th May I will be taking part in the British Heart Foundation Cotswold Bike Ride, this year I will be doing the 30 mile route. The event is open to everyone and no matter what you ability on a bike everyone can take part.
British Heart Foundation Cotswold Bike Ride 2018.

Follow me…

On the day I will be sharing my location via my Garmin tracker, I will post a link on my social media page.
I will also be sharing images as we cycle the route so please check out our instagram page for those.
JellyBean Photography Facebook Page
Twitter Page
Google Plus Page

How Long ?

I am hoping to get the course done in 2 hours so fingers crossed and I will let you all know the time it took via all the social media links listed in the post above.
We start and finish at the Cheltenham Racecourse where The British Heart Foundation put on entertainment and refreshments and food for all.

Hope to see some of you there.

So that’s all the information about the event and I have got as much practice in as I could for this year and I will look forward to seeing some of you there on the day and if you see me or any of the riders on Sunday please give them some encouragement so we can raise some money for a very worth cause.

JellyBean Photography cycling jersey for BHF Cotswold Ride 2018

50mm Natural Light Project

Coming Soon – 50mm Lens natural light Project.


We are starting a new projected in the next few weeks called ’50mm Natural Light’ we will be doing photo shoots using only a 50mm lens and natural light both in a studio and out on location.

Would you like to get involved?

If you have an interest in modelling or know of someone that does then why not let pass this on and ask them if they would like to get involved.

50mm Natural Light Project | JellyBean Photography


Welcome to the NEW site.

Welcome to the all new, all improved website for JellyBean Photography.

So the new website is finally here, we have been working away on this for the past few months, designing, testing and altering it to make sure it works across all platforms and also to make sure it was SEO optimized allow easy use by all our clients and also for customers finding us from google and on the internet.

We have also spent a lot of time running the new website pages through checkers to make sure all the code is validated and correct and optimized to running/load quickly and correctly weather you are on Wi-fi or 4G or 3G connections, this was a key focus as internet shopping has changed over the past 5 years or so with mobile being the number one way to search for items and services.

Snow in Cheltenham again!

The snow comes to Cheltenham again, and that only means one thing.

Once again, the snow is upon us in Cheltenham and although it looks lovely and fluffy, it’s still cold. So, we decided we would take a walk out and I would take the phone and grab some pics of the local area and along with some selfies too.
Here is the local park in SpringBank this morning.

HTML 5 and CSS 3

Using HTML 5 and CSS 3 to create the perfect website.

Ok so as you may guess from the title I have been doing a lot of thinking about the website and how we want to change it to be able to achieve better SEO and to be able to have a better mobile focused website.
This threw up a few issues, firstly did we want to move ahead with this by getting in a web developer, we did some looking around and didn’t take long to look past this option as it is costly and I wanted to be able to have better understanding of the website so we can make changes quickly and easily.
So… this took us on to our next option, to develop the website myself, this offered a few obstacles I needed to overcome before advancing.

I needed to get a great knowledge of a convenient programming language to build the website and after some research I came up with the idea that there are many routes in web development that all have a purpose but choosing the right one isn’t always straight forward.

I have finally decided to go with HTML5 and CSS3, the reason for this is that I have done website development before and have studied it at college, a few years ago I will admit but I thought that this would offer me an opportunity to obtain a skill to help me and the business.

I found various sources of media online that can help with the code and what it does but finally found a very useful youtube channel, I watched a few of the videos and tutorials and started to refresh what I had learnt a few years previous and then really started to learn that HTML and CSS has come a long way over the past few years.

I have also taken the choice to change my approach on the website as I have been analysing the website performance on google analytics and noticed a large percentage of my clients come to the site via a mobile device this made me realise that web development over the past few years has focused on ‘Mobile First Design’ or ‘Responsive Design’.

So I have been spending a lot of late nights learning and coding for the business’s new website which is still in its early stages but I am making great progress with it and I am happy to say that the experience has made me appreciate how my clients and customers use the site to get what they are looking for and Im making new provisions to make JellyBean Photography have a better position on the internet in search engines (Google, Bing etc), this doesn’t come easily but the time spent doing it will be worth it and the business will be better off for it.

So what this space and I will try and update the blog as new things come up, I know this post isn’t about Photography but I wanted to include it as its about the business and its about the progress the business is making and hopefully will help people if this is something they are questioning about either with business or blogging.