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Portrait No 8 – Jane, trader of vintage collectables

Jane was the second lovely lady I got to photograph on my coffee and cake filled trip to Cheshire this week. She showed me her room filled with vintage items, some that were passing through and others that she treasured to much to sell, amongst them a Pilkington pottery vase that sparked her love of buying vintage. As you can see at this point Herb the dog was very keen to be a part of the project !

Jane’s passion for buying vintage items meant that she really had no choice but to start a business, the only way she could carry on buying and not run out of space was to also start selling some of treasures she had found !

I love the way Jane describes the appeal of buying and selling vintage items, she finds it an escape from part time employment and a busy home life and its appeal is in the fact that it actually serves no practical purpose but is purely about the beauty of the items and the pleasure that ownership brings.

Jane sells her vintage treasures at various events in Cheshire, you can keep up with where she will be and what lovely items she will have by following her Pearlie Queen Collectables page on Facebook.

(All images ©J Broughton Photography


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Portrait No 7 – Heidi, tiara and vintage brooch bouquet maker

I had a very lovely day yesterday when I headed down to Cheshire to photograph a couple of friends who had kindly volunteered for the project.

First up is Heidi who makes the most amazing wedding bouquets from vintage brooches along with a range of gorgeous tiaras from a wonderful workspace in her attic which is flooded with sunlight and has fantastic views. If it was my office I don’t think I’d get any work done, I’m sure I’d be too busy just gazing out of the window !



Heidi developed a love of wire working after studying for a Fine Art degree and decided to turn her hobby into a business so that she could leave the stresses of a job. She loves the fact that she is making something that plays a major part in what is the happiest and most important day of their life and that instead of having to deal with stress she now deals with happy people !


You can see Heidi’s glorious products on her website and keep up with which wedding fairs you can find her at via her Facebook Page.

(All images ©J Broughton Photography

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Portrait No 6 – Leonora, dog walker & carer

Leonora is the first person to be included in the project that I actually knew before they volunteered and she positively radiates passion and enthusiasm for her hobby turned business. In fact in Leonora’s case she has combined two passions, her love of dogs and love of outdoors/walking, to form two business, a dog walking/ dog sitting service and a business supplying premium pet food.


 I met Leonora on a foggy day on one of her dog walks and even the weather didn’t dampen her enthusiasm for her business, she describes herself as hating her previous employment and counting down the days until weekend came around again so that she could be out walking with her own dogs. Now every day feels like a weekend.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to get out and shoot portraits in the fog ! Its not something that usually happens and the fog made a wonderfully atmospheric backdrop that just had to be in black and white.


Leonora’s dog walking business is Go Walkies Bolton, the website is and she is also on Facebook. Her pet food business is Turton Vale Premium Pet Food and that can also be found on Facebook.

(All images ©J Broughton Photography


Portrait No 5 – Nancy, Crafter & Quilter

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy who is a passionate crafter working from her home. Her creativity is reflected in her home and when I saw the Audrey Hepburn canvas I just knew that I had to photograph Nancy in front of it !

Nancy is the third person on the project with a textiles degree and makes a whole range of beautifully crafted items from jewellery to rag rugs, doorstops to quilts and lots of things inbetween ! The variety keeps Nancy’s passion for her hobby turned business alive and stops it becoming a chore.
Like everyone I’ve met so far Nancy’s hobby turned into a business so that she could leave an unfulfilling job. She now sells her products at craft fairs and online.


Nancy’s business is called N5nsy’s Craft Boutique and her website is, she can also be found on Facebook with links to her Etsy and Ebay shops.

(All images ©J Broughton Photography