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 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.)