Fifty Portraits

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Portrait No 26 – Chris, Chocolatier

Last week I got to visit Chris who has started her business as a chocolatier in her lovely cosy cottage kitchen in Horwich. I’d previously met Chris at a creative networking lunch when I got to sample chilli chocolate for the first time and I have to say it was delicious !

Although Chris has a background in nursing she has always had a creative flair and has enjoyed jewellery making in the past. A chance visit to a chocolatier whilst on holiday in Ireland inspired her so much, after being bought chocolate making courses as gifts she finally took the plunge and launched her business late last year.


Chris’s business is called Rivington Chocolates, you can find her website here and if you like her Facebook Page you can keep up with which fairs she will be attending & selling her delicious handmade chocolates.

(All images ©J Broughton Photography www.jbroughton.co.uk.)

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Portrait No 25 – John (Gilly), Radio presenter

Well, 25 ! Feels like quite a milestone to be half way through, and in just a little over twelve months too. Certainly hasn’t been the struggle to find volunteers that I thought it may be before I started.

Not only was 25 a milestone it was also photographed in unusual circumstances, just before I was interviewed on the afternoon show on BBC Radio Lancashire with John Gillmore (aka Gilly) but more about that to follow in a separate post. Gilly had discovered Fifty Portraits on Twitter and after inviting me onto his show to chat about my business as well as the project he also revealed that he fitted the bill and volunteered to be involved.

Most of the people in the project so far have discovered their passion after a career in something else, Gilly is a little different however since he decided at age 11 that he wanted to be a radio presenter ! He still needed that career in something else though before he was able to convert his passion into a career. In Gilly’s case it took several years working in a bank whilst volunteering as a hospital radio presenter before he was able to abandon a “real” job and break into radio.



Gilly is a massive social media fan and you can follow him on Twitter as @Gillylancs.

(All images ©J Broughton Photography www.jbroughton.co.uk.)


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Portrait No 24 – Janine, Vintage furniture restorer

I loved Janine’s response when I asked how she came to start her business, “I don’t know really, it just sort of evolved” and isn’t that just a great way to do things ! Janine had been restoring old furniture for herself in a lovely shabby vintage style and friends loved them so much they started to ask her to restore items for them, she was made redundant and everything just fell into place. And although he describes herself as a vintage furniture restorer she actually does so much more, she has an eye for unusual items and a flair for crafting and also offers bespoke venue styling for weddings and does it very beautifully !

Janine has studio at home that I just loved, slight chaotic as creative people often are but full of interesting bits & bobs !

Janine’s business is Love Cottage Vintage Creations and she is often found at vintage fairs, you can keep up with her via her Facebook page by clicking here.

(All images ©J Broughton Photography www.jbroughton.co.uk.)