Rachel Watson

Michelle’s Brand Shoot

Michelle has absolutely grafted in the corporate world her entire working life. Following the rules and operating within the parameters of Human Resources but more and more feeling like there was a lot of human missing from H.R.

So she did what so many epic women have done, she pivoted, reinvented her career and made things better.

Now she supports business in a more WHOLEistic way that not only makes her feel better but truly helps the people who use her service.

Michelle’s main goal was to mix the two sides of herself: the professional and the heart-led. In a world where we are told that you can’t be both things Michelle was eager to show you definitely can be. Smart and soft, professional and caring, organised and empathetic.

The world would say that one is masculine and the other feminine. So should she choose power suits or florals? Well, we decided on both.

There was almost an element of permission given to do so. Michelle kind of sounded me out, suggesting that we might do something like that and I saw the relief and joy on her face when I said “Hell yes!” and dived into a mini rant on how we need to bring together those parts of ourself we’ve thought are in opposition but really can work together to our highest good.


So we went gallivanting down to the allotments where Michelle spends her spare time, walked along a gorgeous path through the wood and beside a pretty pond before heading into her office and finally down to the beach.

I have to mention we did stop for a delicious lunch to keep us fuelled half way through the day! Neither models nor photographers work well on empty tummies!

Along with beautiful headshots and amazing personal brand images perfect for website, social media etc. every person who books a full Personal Brand Shoot also gets a free library of exclusive stock imagery which is shot on the day. I had to try really hard not to just take and include photos of chives for Michelle, they’re so pretty and match her brand colours perfectly!

What would you wear for your personal brand shoot and where would our adventures take place?

Milk Baths

Have you heard of milk bath photos before? Of all the outrageous, creative, beautiful things I get to do Milk Baths are up there! And just like the rest of the outrageous, creative, beautiful things I do the reality behind this can be rather un-glamorous (and a tiny bit stinky!)

There are two options for creating that opaque-white milky water: milk powder or actual milk. I’ve tried both and a combination of both at the same time and my favourite method is just full fat milk.

The amount that you’ll need varies on bath tub size and the size of your model. When I was researching there was some guidance around having 9 inches of milky water using x number of milk cartons but that didn’t work for me because it takes different depths of water for different body types.

This was my first attempt with the gorgeous and heavily pregnant Sammie.

We used a couple of bunches of fresh flowers that I beheaded, poor little things, and scattered in the water after Sammie got in. For this bath we used a combination of milk powder and fresh milk but I felt like the milk powder was extra stinky. I wrapped Sammie in cheesecloth for modesty but I really loved the way the opaque water helped with that. The drawback was that the cheesecloth flowed really beautifully in the water but you couldn’t really see it.

Next up was the delicious Christine for her maternity milk bath.

I absolutely adore the lace gown she’s wearing as an alternative to nudity and the sunflowers are just perfection. For this one we only did milk, full fat and about 6 pints. What I’m not showing you is that after we scooped out the flowers I poured in a box of cheerios for LOLs – dude, I cannot even tell you how much a warm cheerio bath smells! Hilarious though! 🙂

Even if you don’t add cheerios you will definitely want to shower afterwards so you don’t smell of warm milk but the great thing is, you’re already in the bath and naked! I’ll just step out and do some tidying up while you rinse off.

Both milk bath clients so far have been pregnant but this absolute legend booked her own milk bath to celebrate her 21st birthday. I love the perspective and appreciation she had for her body, she absolutely understood that, whatever hang ups she may have, she will never be 21 again (and her skin will not stay that tight and smooth! haha)

I particularly love the photos with just the green leaves. Maybe it’s because green is my favourite colour or maybe it’s the contrast of her pink lips and the pale milk but I just adore it.

Next I really, really want to try bath photos with clear water though. I want to see the movement of hair, the ripples of light on the surface. Swoon!

Would you ever get in a bath of warm milk for the beauty of end result?

When your Business Evolves

Headshot of a smiling woman wearing glasses and a flowery dress on a pink background

Dr. Morgana McCabe Allan drops truth bombs like I drop my phone: regularly and with maximum impact.

One of my favourite things about her is how willing she is to evolve herself and her business. (This is where I remind you of my firm belief that those two things are not actually separate and self improvement IS business improvement.) That means that over the past few years we’ve had the opportunity to work together a number of times as I play my favourite position as support team member for Morgana.

So what happens with your old photos when your business shifts, changes and grows into something new?

You’re all excited to have gorgeous new media that shows off the amazing things you are doing and the message you want the world to know. Are the old ones now destined for the bin? I mean, people have already seen them and they don’t seem so relevant any more, right?

Nope!

And do you want to know why?

Change is beautiful

Use your old images to show that growth! They’re still beautiful photos. People don’t want you to pretend that your history didn’t happen, that you’ve always been exactly the way you are now. Show them how you’ve changed, tell them why you changed, start a conversation, ask your customers and audience how they’ve changed.

Female life coach dressed in grey sits on a stool in front of a blue backdrop and smiles.

And remember, you wouldn’t only wear an item of clothing one time and then throw it away so people don’t see it again. So don’t do that with your photos. Post them again and again, keep using them and if you needs advice about how to do that check out this post.

Woman in a pink gown holds a wooden staff and stands in the forest. Her mouth is open and smiling

So Remember

  • change is good
  • share your growth
  • keep using your old photos
  • enjoy the evolution

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