Ravinder Crone | Award winning and published wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer | Creating beautiful, creative and contemporary imagery with a timeless feel. Based in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, working internationally and across the UK, locally covering Buckinghamshire, London, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Herefordshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Kent.
Posted on May 12, 2017
A few months, I had the pleasure of taking professional headshots for Anna Parker-Naples who is the owner and founder of Inspiring Mummy Club. Anna was referred to me by Mark Tomkins, Director of award winning design agency Aubergine 262 Ltd.
I was delighted to work with Anna to create the look and feel of her images for her brand, during which Anna was kind enough to make time from her busy schedule to answer a few questions and be a guest blogger to share her story.
Enjoy reading Anna’s answers below.
Tell me in 50 words or less about your job?
My job with Inspiring Mummy Club involves creating inspiring and motivating materials for people who want to make some changes in their lives, including the self-development and life-coaching content, writing and recording the powerful hypnosis tracks, plus coaching people on a one-to-one basis to help them break through frustrations and difficulties they have with their confidence levels.
Which part of your job inspires you the most?
I’m inspired by people who begin to take steps to make a difference to how they feel, and the things they believe they are capable of. It is incredible to watch someone I have coached start to take off and fly, start to really believe that they can do the things they have always feared they couldn’t, but always dreamed of. Inspiring Mummy Club is about making tools, resources and support available to women who feel stuck, and know they need to make some changes. It’s about showing them they have a choice, and can put themselves first.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in business?
Business is all about people, and about your own mindset. It’s about who you know, who you are influenced by, because everybody we have in our lives has the ability to affect us. Those people who have infectious ‘can do’ attitudes make me buzz, those who can come back from knock backs quickly and with resilience. For me, business, like life, is about how you overcome obstacles and challenges, how you perceive failure and how you allow yourself to open up to possibilities when you break through your own fears.
Who do you admire the most and why?
I admire mums who are out there making things they care about happen, and still make it back to be an awesome mum to their children. We’re only limited by our own beliefs and fears, and often by what society expects of us. I admire women who are managing to have the best of both.
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?
’There is no failure, only feedback.’ It’s a key NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) belief, that if we can learn quickly from things that have not gone well, rather than wallow in self-pity and regret, then we are much stronger as we go forward. It allows me to see life as a learning experience rather than a struggle.
What drives you?
What drives me is making a change in this world. There is far too much negativity, moaning and groaning, and it doesn’t have to be that way. I am walking proof that mindset matters. Seven years ago I was in a wheelchair, feeling stuck in a rut, and very sorry for myself. I accepted that only I could change my life, and so I took responsibility for what I had in my life, and what I wanted. I built an incredible career as a Voice Actor, taking me to Hollywood and back as leading performer and along the journey, I recovered fully. I want other people to realise they don’t have to be stuck anymore, to realise that there are tools and resources to help them.
What are your biggest business challenges?
Since we have only just launched Inspiring Mummy Club, my biggest current challenge is getting word out there that we are available, and can help. Everyone knows a mum who is desperate need of making some time for herself and boosting her confidence, so it would be great to reach as many people as possible. So please spread the word.
Do you have any current offers that you can extend to my readers?
We are able to offer a one week free trial of our Gold membership package, including life-coaching and self-development tools, mediation tracks, guided visualisation audio, hypnosis tracks and a ready made support group of other likeminded mums. Email email@example.com, mentioning Ravinder Crone’s blog and we’ll get your FREE TRIAL sorted for you.
Visit our website at www.InspiringMummyClub.com to find out more. When will you choose to be an Inspiring Mummy?
Posted on February 18, 2017
I was delighted to see Samantha and Mel’s wedding being published in Wedding Ideas Magazine, printed over 5 pages of A4 size.
Samantha was wearing her Maggie Sottero grown and featured a Swarovski crystal jacket overlaid on a strapless lace grown with a classic silhouette. Samantha looked absolutely stunning and said she felt like a movie star ready to go to the Oscars! Ivory peep toe shoes from Pink Paradox and pearl drop earrings complemented the bride’s dazzling jacket.
Mel was the picture of a handsome groom, wearing a tailor made navy three piece suit from Moss Bros, also sourcing his brown shoes from the store. “He looked so dashing and happy, I felt so
lucky,” Samantha smiles.
The bride’s four bridesmaids came from both sides of the family because it was important to Samantha that both families felt like an integral part of the day. “Their dresses came from ASOS and I chose a lace design to complement the lace on my own gown. We chose navy to match the groom and finished their looks with gold sandals sourced in New Look.”
Donna Harris took care of the bride’s hair and makeup, creating an old Hollywood-inspired hairstyle to complement Samantha’s vintage-inspired dress.
Credits to the rest of the amazing suppliers that worked so hard to make this wedding day perfect:
CEREMONY St Martin’s Church, Chelsfield
RECEPTION VENUE Westerham Golf Club, Kent
DRESS Maggie Sottero at From This Moment, Surrey
BRIDESMAID DRESSES ASOS
GROOM Moss Bros
ACCESSORIES Pink Paradox
HAIR AND MAKEUP Donna Harris
CAKE Marks and Spencer
FLOWERS Jeanette’s Flowers
FIREWORKS PMA Pyrotechnics
ENTERTAINMENT Dom Pipkin and 1 Entertainment
PHOTOBOOTH Magical Times
Posted on December 23, 2016
Back in September, I met husband and wife team Jenny and Lee Jaggar, business owners and directors of Cod & Waffle Restaurant based locally in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
I think is always interesting how one meets people, Cod & Waffle were referred to me by my husband as they were one of his clients as he runs his own electrical company called CroneTek. As time goes by you realise how it is such a small world we live in, Jenny and Lee are in the same street as us in Linslade. 😉 Leighton Buzzard is lovely little market town, near to the Chiltern Hills and near to Milton Keynes and only 30 minutes by train to London. It’s great having the countryside on our doorstep and being so near to the city too.
Always nice working on new projects of getting small business owners setup with their photography for their new business website and social media. Cod & Waffle had a private two days of menu tasting inviting people who had been instrumental in helping setup their business before their opening day on Wednesday, 7th September. On Friday, 2nd September we agreed I would shoot on location and use this opportunity to photograph some shots behind the scenes in the kitchen with Head Chef Lee and his assistant chef. Then as the food was being prepared in a live environment before being served to the clients I shot everything natural light and had about 1 minute to 2 minutes per serving to capture on my camera. We photographers just love working under pressure!
I asked Jenny to tell me their story of how they came to running their own business and in her own words she said:
“Lee and I have both worked in the catering sector since leaving catering college. We were self-employed as caterers at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club until August this year with almost 10 years’ service at the club. We have between us over 45+ years industry experience.
We have been really excited to open Cod & Waffle in September. We are both passionate about the good service of freshly prepared food. We wanted to create a casual, family-friendly dining experience with a unique menu concept.
We prepare almost everything on the menu from scratch, using free-range eggs, local butcher’s meats and fresh produce. We use our own unique waffle and fish batters. Gluten free waffles and fish and chips are available every day, and our potatoes arrive fresh and are peeled, chipped and twice-cooked for a “proper chip”.
Our menu is clearly marked with several gluten free and vegetarian options. Our licensed restaurant is spacious with highchairs, baby-change, disabled access and free wi-fi all available.
We offer a light two course meal for over 55’s on Mondays and Tuesdays for £7.50 and currently have a set festive menu. All are current specials are displayed in the restaurant and our social media pages.”
After my shoot both my husband and I had lunch (I love my job). I had a waffle served with smoked salmon and poached eggs, some garnish, drizzled with balsamic vinegar – it was simply delicious. I managed to taste my husband’s lunch too as one does – he ordered fish and chips, the batter was so light and mouth-watering. And as for the desserts, I won’t tell you which ones I tried – it was certainly more than one and all tasted amazingly yummy!
The staff are very friendly, polite and well presented – you feel you have been going there for years. The setting has quite a lot of natural light, modern and contemporary with easy parking.
Thank you to the owners Jenny & Lee (Head Chef) for making us feel so welcome and cooking such wonderful food. Highly recommend Cod & Waffle as one of the top places to eat in Leighton Buzzard now. Wishing you both much success with your new business venture.
So if you fancy going out for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner you can get in touch with Jenny and Lee Jagger at Cod & Waffle via the following:
Posted on December 21, 2016
Back in September I had the most amazing opportunity to travel to Canada as I was asked by Simrit Ollek, Owner of TreatSmarts Fine Foods to photograph her gorgeous cakes for her new business. TreatSmarts is a local Vancouver based company specialising in gluten free goods.
Over a cup of tea I asked Simrit to tell me her story of how her company started:
“Gluten free allergies have been a family affair with me as my siblings and their children were diagnosed with gluten allergies. This stimulated my passion for baking items that my family members could enjoy. So I started baking gluten free items a few years ago and over time, my chocolate quinoa cake and cupcakes became a favourite and highly requested desert for gluten and non-gluten friends and family.
TreatSmarts strikes a perfect balance between gluten-free eating without compromising taste!”
During every food shoot, it’s very important to taste the food (as you can imagine). Gosh, they were mouth-watering, moist and absolutely delicious. Highly recommend you try them.
If you are planning your wedding, baby shower, birthday party, family celebration or corporate event and looking for something a little bit different check out their contact details:
Enjoy looking at a selection of beautiful photography I have created. 😉
Posted on September 4, 2016
Last year when I took some beauty and fashion portraits for Kirsty, she bought along her own wedding dress to be photographed in.
Kirsty got married on 11th May 2013 at Heythrop Park, in the Cotswolds. I asked Kirsty to tell me about her dress during the shoot.
She said “her dress was designed by Lusan Mandongus, who is known for a more high fashion approach to her designs. Also working as a model, I have worn many dresses over the years and never had the wow feeling when I tried any of them on. However, when I saw this dress, it was unlike anything I had ever seen or worn before. It was so different, yet felt vintage and classic. I loved the dropped waist with reams and reams of fluted silk chiffon billowing below, and how it wafted when I walked.
On the day I wore a Jenny Packham head dress, earnings from a vintage store on Etsy and a swarovski bracelet from Camden market. I made my bridal belt myself.
It wasn’t that long ago that I got married, but it was still nice to be able to see and feel my wedding dress again for the shoot with Rav, and to know I could still get it on!”.
Thank you Kirsty for sharing your story and here’s some of my favorite images.