Martin Parr booked me for a dating photo shoot

Martin Parr booked me for a dating photo shoot

I was recently having a cheeky weekend off in Zurich seeing friends, when early that Sunday morning an email popped into my in-tray from Martin Parr (yes THE Martin Parr) requesting a dating photo shoot as part of his Autoportrait series. So I got him booked in the diary for the following week and we agreed to do the shoot near his studios around the Barbican, where he had recently curated Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers. I ain’t gonna lie, the thought of shooting one of the UK’s best living photographers was daunting to say the least. As the founder of a small business, I’m getting used to pushing myself way out my comfort zone but, even so, the thought of shooting Martin Parr struck me as being one of the most challenging things I’ve done since launching Hey Saturday over three years ago.

One of our London photographers, the super cool Polly, was able to assist on the day and in fact documented the whole experience. She comes from a street photography background and took some amazing photos of me working with him, which I’m so happy about.

Martin was really welcoming and introduced us to his team before showing us round his studio. He was so cool and, after a quick chat about outfits, wasn’t afraid to rock his Henry Holland sweatshirt with matching hat. During the shoot he chatted to me about Hey Saturday and seemed impressed that I’ve come up with a new genre of photography. He said that he’s going to give me a mention in his upcoming lecture series, which is really exciting. It feels really amazing to now be recognised not just by the dating industry, which of course is very important to me, but also by the photography world. I feel like I’ve finally arrived, lol.

Directly below is the photo that Martin finally chose as his dating profile photo along with a couple of others that I loved.

Martin Parr

Martin Parr

Martin Parr

Martin Parr
Martin Parr
Martin Parr

And this is Martin’s Facebook page (at the time of writing). Recognise his profile photo? Heck yes! It’s one of mine.

Martin Parr

And here are the photos that Polly took documenting our shoot together. I LOVE them so much.

Martin Parr

Martin Parr

Martin Parr

Martin Parr

Martin Parr

After the shoot, Martin invited both of us back to his studio for tea and cake and a long chat. It was such a privilege to spend time with him and I loved that he took such an interest in us too. We both fired lots of questions at him about his work, past and present, and were able to get a real insight into how he works. So good!! It’s hard not to love Martin. He came across as really cool and quirky on his shoot and up for anything. I hope I managed to convey some of that with my final shots. He also signed copies of his latest book for all the Hey Saturday photographers, which was brilliant. There really aren’t enough superlatives to describe our adventure with Martin…

To keep up with Martin, follow the Martin Parr studio here on Twitter. A huge thanks to Martin and his London team for making Polly and I so welcome. Polly wants you to know she had the best time too. Special times.

 

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Show them who you are, what you love, where you like to hang out, what you love to do.

Showing up authentically in your photos will help secure more and better quality dates 🙌🏽.

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As an experiment this week, swap out your leading photo if it doesn’t clearly show all of your face. Swap out pictures of your face that are in profile, half hidden in shadow or by sunglasses, anything like that.

Choose, instead, a good quality, well-lit, smiling close-up of your face and shoulders.

Make sure your smile or laugh is a natural one - you’ll know by checking to make sure your eyes are engaged in the smile too.

They’ll be the tell-tell crinkling of your upper cheeks. This is important to check as people are subconsciously drawn to genuine smiles and put off by fake ones.

And make sure your eyes are looking at the camera. It’s more engaging. Your eyes are the most important part of the photo - it where people look first and subconsciously decide whether you’re trustworthy or not.

OK, let me know how you get on. Oh yes and don’t forget to include bright red somewhere in the shot, if you can, to really maximise the attention you’re attracting to your profile.

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Wow, ok. Super revealing. (And also I’m really glad no one has been able to see what I’ve been wearing the last month or so 🙈).

But, that said, there’s evidence to suggest you don’t have to dress how you feel... but how you want to feel. Brilliant!

This means, when you’re heading out for your dating photoshoot and on dates, you can choose clothes with intention. Ones that make you feel sexy, confident, in control, feminine, cool, flirty, formal, informal, comfortable or whatever you want to say about you. Keep it authentic though. The clothes need to feel right, don’t force it.

I love knowing that simply by tweaking your outfit, you can improve your whole mood and uplift your confidence levels 🔥🔥

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It’s party time at Hey Saturday HQ 🌿

We have just started a partnership with @onetreeplanted. For every Hey Saturday photoshoot we sell, a tree is planted in Ethiopia.

I’ve finally woken up and realised you can’t build a just and equitable society on a planet that’s been destabilised by human activity.

The fights against climate change and racial injustice are deeply intertwined as marginalised communities are disproportionately impacted by it.

Recently, I’ve fallen in love with trees through my forest bathing practice and they are pretty dang magical at helping to save our planet.

The tree planting project in Ethiopia links environmental restoration with income generation, providing the local community with the knowledge and tools to conserve their land, protect their water supply and create a sustainable, diverse economy for future generations 🙌🏽

*Huge thank you to David Attenborough whose powerful documentary, Our Planet, needs to be seen by everyone. It’s a huge fuck-off wake up call. We’re killing off the planet and marginalised communities are already suffering for it.

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💋9 indulgent ways to be your own dang Valentine💋

If you’re single today and feeling it, maybe it’s time to get indulgent and celebrate yourself and your most important relationship ever. If you can be someone who makes YOU happy, that’s literally the most important thing.

Plus, being single is cool af and always worth celebrating when you can. Here are 9 indulgent ways you might celebrate yourself today... give me a shout if you have others 🙌🏽

❤️ Dress up
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❤️ Go back to bed and indulge in some sweet, sweet self-loving
❤️ Treat yourself to something a bit special (buy yourself a nice present online, something you’ve had your eye on maybe)
❤️ Pick up some flowers for yourself - you’re gonna be home a lot to enjoy them this week
❤️ Take a social media break & focus on doing exactly what you fancy doing
❤️ Take the focus off yourself for a while. Phone your gran, write a letter to an old friend, make a donation to a charity, buy from a black and /or LGBTQ+ owned business or something like that. (Also do that last one whenever you can). Doing something nice for someone else is always a guarantee to make you feel good
❤️ Cook, bake or make exactly what you fancy eating right now, however indulgent
❤️ And my personal favourite- dig out your bike, skateboard, rollerblades or whatever you have lying around that you loved doing as a kid outdoors - head out to the park and celebrate that kid inside, they need letting out to play now and again and today seems like a great day for that...

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I noticed we have a lot of new followers so I wanted to say hey & thank you for following & also ask where you’re all from in the world. I’m Saskia, I run Hey Saturday & I’m a Brit currently living in Spain. And you?

I’m so glad you’re here. Hey Saturday loves to help people show up authentically in their dating profile pictures to help them attract more people who resonate with them.

📌 If you want me to check out your current dating app pics and share my thoughts on them, hit me up in my DMs. I’m really up for doing Tinder Photo Surgeries on Live 😆😀

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I say this a lot but... Your photoshoot ain’t just a photoshoot... it’s your opportunity to tell people who you are. What you stand for. What makes you special. Why they should date you over everyone else.

Your profile pics should give them an insight into what it’s like to date you. To be in a relationship with you. (The best bits, of course, not the couch-potato, sweat-pant version).

Show them glimpses of what you’re about. What you like to wear. What you’re into. Where you like to hang. How you like to spend your time. Your temperament. If done well, your profile pics can help you attract your tribe, people who resonate with your vibe.

Take a fresh look at your photos next time you log on and check what they are saying about you?

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Today’s shout out goes out to all our clients who said they felt a bit silly googling ‘dating profile pics’ til they found us.
We’re so here for you 🤩

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To the lovely person who slid into my DMs with this message, just want you to know this shout out is for you. You’ve made my week & it’s only Monday 🙌🏽🙏🏽 I needed this right now, so thank you.

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• Leverage Your Points of Difference •

We’ve all seen the cookie-cutter, identical dating app profiles & profile pics. Lots of people write variations of the same thing in their bio and have the group shot, the holiday snap & that pro one taken at their best mate’s wedding two years ago.

In 2021, we’re ready for something different. Different is the key word here. We’re dying to find out what makes you different to all the others. What makes you stand out? What’s your USP? Your secret sauce?

If you’re bold enough to start digging deep and reveal real snippets about who you are, it will pay off. You’ll start attracting people who resonate more deeply with who you are.

Before you capture some new profile pics, take the time to sit down & answer this question honestly:
What is it about you that makes you stand out from others?
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Dating profile pictures that actually reveal elements of your authentic story, are so much more powerful and compelling than regular photos.

This small effort could be the one thing that helps you find your lobster 🦞

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I’m finally figuring out that I can meditate & it’s not just a beautiful thing but a powerful thing. I’m still really new to it all so today, I’m very excited to be chatting here on Live to Hannah from @breathelikeabadass, a meditation teacher. She also empowers women to become more successful in life and business through her coaching and yes... meditation plays a key role in this.

I have lots of questions for her including asking about techniques for feeling calm and confident ahead of dating photoshoots and Zoom dates. Want to join?

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Oye, yo adoro esta cita 💚 What a cool way with words George has. I can feel some horizontal desires coming on right now, I mean it’s still the weekend...

Also... a little-known dating photo hack is have a dance to a favourite tune either before or during your dating photoshoot to get in a confident headspace, feel good and look relaxed in your profile pics. Works like a charm.... 🎧

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