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Small Business Portraits for Illustrator & Textile Designer: Kate Marsden

Small Business Portraits | Kate Marsden

Today, I’m going to be sharing a recent client session. This lovely lady is Kate! She’s a textile designer and illustrator based in South London. She also blogs, teaches and is a huge supporter of indie businesses.

small business portraits in South London

Kate’s work has a mid-century feel and she’s inspired by architecture and bright colours.

I approached Kate telling her that I’d love to work with her. I felt we shared the same values of supporting small business owners and I was really drawn to her vibrant brand aesthetic. We set up a meeting to chat through all things photography and small business life. Then we got a date set for her session.

Once we’d got a date set, I sent Kate a questionnaire for her to fill out so I could then get started on her mood board. After this stage, I then asked her for a shot list of things she wanted me to capture. Before we knew it, her shoot rolled around and this is what we got up to!

illustrator working on a design in a yellow chair
close up of illustrator finishing a design

Kate’s home was the perfect setting for her, it was bright, light and full of colour.

Kate Marsden personal branding photography
Just a card enamel pin modelled by Kate Marsden

Once we’d got the indoor portraits we wanted, we moved upstairs to Kate’s studio to get some shots of her “in action”. I also photographed some details within Kate’s studio too.

portrait of business owner working on her laptop
Kate Marsden textile designer at work cutting fabric
woman doing embroidery using her own printed fabric
Kate Marsden textile designer and illustrator
cute studio space at home for creatives
small office studio space for creatives
print press in home studio
collage wall of inspirational quotes and cards
colourful pastel fabrics created by Kate Marsden

After, I’d photographed Kate’s studio, we moved onto the lifestyle product shots. This style of imagery focusses on products but being used in day-to-day life scenario.

Kate Marsden holding a clutch bag with her print on
woman holding mug with print on with colourful placemats
Kate Marsden getting pencil out of pencil case with her print on
birds eye view of sketch book open with pink pencil case
personalised placemats with Kate Marsden's print on
clutch bag made out of Kate Marsden's fabric

Kate also sells prints so she wanted to show her audience what she has to offer. When I had finished photographing the prints, we headed into the garden to take some final small business portraits.

Kate Marsden's print against yellow wallpaper
Kate Marsden's print against yellow wallpaper
small business portraits of illustrator Kate Marsden wearing red dress and pink coat in front of green bush
small business portraits of Kate Marsden wearing red dress and pink coat
Kate Marsden textile designer sitting outside on green garden furniture looking at her phone

Here is the link to Kate’s website if you want to have a look through all the different products and services she offers.


This is what Kate had to say about working with me…

I’m not too bad at taking snapshots with my phone, but I have big plans for my business in the coming year, and realised it was finally time to find myself a good photographer. Beth was friendly and extremely professional, from our first exchange of emails to delivery of the edited images, which I’m over the moon with. I look like myself but on a very good day! I’ve never been a fan of having my photo taken, but the time flew by and I actually enjoyed myself. Can’t recommend Beth enough, and I look forward to working with her again in the future.
small business portraits of illustrator Kate Marsden wearing red dress and pink coat in front of green bush
Kate Marsden
Textile Designer

Work with me

If you’re an illustrator, textile designer or small biz owner in need of some portraits for your business, let’s book in a discovery call and have a chat. It’s a free, no strings attached casual conversation about you, your brand and what potential magic we can make by working together.

Before you go, be sure to check out my other blog posts about fabulous women I’ve worked with. I’d also really love it if you headed to Insta and gave me a follow.

See ya in my next post xo

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