Fifty Portraits

at 50mm, of 50 people like me


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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.)

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Portrait No 23 – Bekah, cake maker

Not quite sure how this happened but I managed to mis-time this and visit Bekah when there was no cake making going on ! Shame, there’s nothing smells better than a cake baking !

Bekah had worked part time at a cake decorators some time ago and after a break from anything cake related she started to bake for friends & family and made birthday cakes for her own daughter. The pictures she posted on Facebook got such a great response that eventually she decided to launch Bekah’s Little Cakery.

Bekah is so passionate about making amazing cakes that she actually mixes everything by hand because it tastes better ! If you’d like to see what Bekah has been baking you can follow her on Facebook or her website.

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


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Portrait No 22 – Ayshea, online retailer

Ayshea is one of many people in the project that have left behind a good career because they didn’t find it rewarding and wanted a better work/life balance. Ayshea has a young son and they loved playing dress up and having fancy dress parties but she was constantly frustrated by the lack of good quality dressing up clothing that was readily available. So last year Ayshea took the plunge, left employment and used her marketing skills to set up her own online retail company supplying high quality children’s dressing up outfits. She now works from home and is brimming with passion & enthusiasm for her product and having seen them I can understand why – her Triceratops costume is just amazing !!

Ayshea’s business can be found online at www.timetodressup.co.uk and there’s a Facebook page here.

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


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Portrait No 21 – Nigel, wildlife artist

Nigel is the second of the batch of volunteers who are very close home, he’s so close I only had to walk around the corner ! Nigel was volunteered by his wife and having seen his work on show locally some time ago I was really looking forwards to meeting him.

I’ve met a few artists during this project and Nigel really stands out, not just because of his very distinctive photo realistic style but also because his work place is amazingly tidy and well organised for a creative person ! 
I was really impressed with how much Nigel is able to do from his purpose built studio in his garden, obviously he paints there and he also scans and produces his own prints but what is really impressive is that he is also able to do a lot of the photography for his paintings from his studio window !

You can see Nigel’s work on his website www.nigelartingstall.com and it’s well worth a visit !

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


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Portrait No 20 – Victoria, interior designer and furniture boutique owner

This week I had the pleasure of meeting Victoria who is the first of a few people that are very local to me. Much as I enjoy travelling around and love that this project has taken me to lots of different places its great to have a few people that are virtually on my doorstep – especially when we keep getting snow forecast, I can walk to quite a few of my upcoming volunteers !

I got to meet Victoria in just her second week of full time self employment, having successfully started Little France Boutique whilst she was employed full time Victoria had taken the plunge and left her job at Christmas to concentrate fully on her business which had grown from a passion for all things interior design related.

As well as interior design Victoria loving upcycles furniture and makes cushions from the most beautiful fabrics.


You can visit the Little France Boutique website and see all Victoria’s latest creations by clicking here and the Facebook page is here.

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


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Portrait No 19 – Denis, artist & printmaker

I feel very lucky to met with so many fascinating people so far on this project, some I already knew and some I didn’t and I’m so grateful to ones that I didn’t know that happily give up their time, not just to have a photograph taken but also to spend so much time chatting and telling me all about their passion.

Denis was no exception and I was amazed to see the variety of his work, from his more current work exploring text and language, through his experimental led work and some more traditional painting – his studio at Neoartists was packed with such varied work and that wonderful clutter that creatives love !

Denis is also heavily involved in printmaking at Neoartists where they have a fantastic printroom – I have to admit that printmaking is something I knew absolutely nothing about before meeting Denis and I could have spent the whole day listening to him to talk so passionately and hearing all about the different methods and seeing the variety of styles of prints produced.

You can find out more about Denis & his work on the Neoartists website (and he explains it so much better than I can !) by clicking here and you can see a small selection of his work here.

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


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Portrait No 18 – John, photographer

Well sooner or later there had to be a photographer ! I’d decided that I would only use a photographer I didn’t know (mainly so I didn’t cause offence, I have so many photographer friends that I couldn’t possibly include one of them without upsetting someone) and also that I wouldn’t directly approach a photographer and ask them to take part, I wanted the selection to be as random as possible. John’s a local photographer that I’ve been connected with on social media for a little while and his volunteering last week gave me the opportunity to meet him in real life too.

Photographing a photographer brings a unique challenge for me, I’m really not a fan of photographer’s profile pictures with cameras in them, probably because I see too many of them so the challenge was how to create a portrait without including the camera. Chatting to John beforehand I found out that his business revolves around both studio portraits (children & models) and landscapes so I decided I needed to incorporate the landscape and John went a step further and demonstrated his model moves which tied his whole business into the one image !


John has been a keen photographer for many years and I was really impressed that he can trace his love of landscapes and a distinctive style of portraiture back to his childhood. He decided to turn his hobby into a business a few years ago after a long spell of unemployment and he now shoots portraits mainly from his studio in Horwich and loves to head up to the Lakes to photograph landscapes. You can see his work on his website www.fourtwographs.co.uk.

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

PS – for anyone who cares about equipment I was pleasantly surprised to find that John is a fellow Sony user – there aren’t that many of us around for some reason !!