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best small business photography resources

If you are a subscriber to our Thrive emails, you will have heard me say this many times – excellent photography for your small business should be non-negotiable. It should be the one thing you invest in, whether that is working with a professional, or training yourself to take top-notch images.

In the digital age, strong imagery is more important than ever, and it is often the first thing a potential customer or client sees when they come across your brand. You will use your images on your website, on your social media, in your email marketing, in advertising, any print material you create and if you are keen to get featured in the press (both print and online), having professional images to hand will raise your chances of this happening significantly.

Below you’ll find the various resources we’ve put together to help you in your quest for outstanding brand photography, from lists of recommended photographers, to online workshops to learn from. I promise you, your brand’s visual identity is beyond important, and your imagery is paramount in achieving this successfully.

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a list of 25 UK photographers who work with small independent businesses
Photo: Jeska Hearne

25 small business photographers


If you wish to outsource your small business photography to a professional, it can sometimes feel daunting. Where do you find them? Are they actually any good? We've rounded up 25 UK photographers we recommend to help you with your search.

a list of 25 UK brand photographers who work with small independent businesses
Photo: Anna Considine

25 small business photographers


As if one list of great brand photographers wasn't enough, we've put together another! Here you'll find an additional 25 UK-based photographers who can help with your small business photography needs, either on location or in a studio.

Small Business photography online workshop with 91 Magazine & photographer Jemma Watts
Photo: Jemma Watts

Photography for small business


If you are relatively handy with a camera, perhaps you'd just like to raise your photography game with a little bit of training and guidance. Our online workshop with pro photographer Jemma Watts is an excellent place to start & super affordable.

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Photo: Jemma Watts

Understanding photography copyright law


If you do decide to work with a professional photographer, it's important to understand a little bit about copyright law. You & your photographer should agree how the images can be used. Find out lots more about this in this article.

How to plan and prepare for a photoshoot with a brand photographer
Photo: Nuraan Ackers

How to prepare for a product photoshoot


If you've booked a photoshoot with a photographer, you might think that's your job done, but actually it's really important to plan and prepare to ensure you get the best from the shoot, and your investment.

Photo styling for social media & e-commerce online workshop from 91 Magazine and Julia Smith of Humphrey and Grace
Photo: Julia Smith

Photo styling for social media & e-commerce


A great visual identity is not just about being able to work a camera, it's also about styling your images well and in a way that portrays your brand's ethos and aesthetic. This online workshop led by Julia Smith of Humphrey & Grace guides you through how to create beautifully styled shots.

Tips for shooting great interiors photography
Photo: Jemma Watts

Shooting great interiors photography


If you are an interior designer or content creator you may be keen to photograph your own home or design projects yourself. Experienced interiors photographer Jemma Watts shares her 5 top tips for shooting interiors. There is also a full online workshop available.

Whatever your approach to your small business photography, I do hope these resources will help you to either improve your own photos, or guide you to a great match with a professional.

For more great tips, advice and guidance on running your independent business, visit our blog where you’ll find an archive of features written by industry experts, or check out our Creative Sessions, a collection of online workshops which aim to give you all the tools for elevating your small business.

Our editor Caroline also shares advice and insight in our monthly email newsletter Thrive, which is specifically for small business owners. Sign up here.

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