Yes, it’s that time of year when you look back over everything you’ve achieved and start reviewing your successes, isn’t it? I’ve had some amazing successes and adventures this year, I have to say, including working with Martin Parr, winning at the European Dating Awards, being a judge at the US Dating Awards, launching in Edinburgh, appearing in the Financial Times and the Telegraph, being a finalist in the Black British Business Awards and featuring in the book Screw Work Let’s Play among other things.
But do you know what the absolute highlight of my year was?
It was hearing back from a client, who I worked with last summer and hearing how her love life has completely turned around since our shoot; she’s gone from single to a newly married woman! I’m so excited for her, I can’t tell you. This is exactly why I created Hey Saturday so it makes me very happy to get feedback like this. And as soon as I heard this, I got back to Samantha and asked if she’d be happy to appear on my blog and share her story and she was delighted to…. And phew, what a story! All the photos were taken by me, apart from the ‘before’ shots and the wedding shots.
These are the photos that Samantha was using on her profile when she got in touch with Hey Saturday. While she looks gorgeous, warm and approachable in them, the poor lighting means they appear dark and of low quality. In addition to that, the tones and colours in the photos all are very earthy, which while nice, aren’t great for dating profile photos as they don’t help the photos stand out from the crowd of online dating photos. In Samantha’s final shots, I kept some of the earthy tones, as that seemed to fit Samantha’s vibe, but we added a bit more colour to help them jump out.
We met one day last summer at York House Gardens in Twickenham, a beautiful location, for a Revamp photo shoot. I asked Samantha to tell us about her experiences with Hey Saturday.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
What made you decide to book a shoot with Hey Saturday?
How did you find the shoot?
What did you think when you got your photos through?
Did you notice a difference when you started using your Hey Saturday photos on dating sites?
And your photos helped attract someone special, didn’t they? Tell us about that.
They are expecting their first baby in July 2017. Whoop. I can’t wait to see the baby photos.