Creating Your Brand

My passion for photography started when my awesome parents gave me a basic point and shoot camera when I was six years old. I took pictures of trees, flowers, the lakes behind the village I grew up in, and the horses at the stables where I spent a good chunk of my teenage weekends. I entered into photography competitions in pony magazines and I started winning. My love of photography was born. However, my first career was not to be photography. Would you believe it, I am actually qualified to run an archaeological dig! That’s right, I have a degree from Trinity College in combined archaeology and history. But this was not to be my career.

What happened next when I graduated, was a combination of being in the right place at the right time and a personal will not to fail. I landed a place on a graduate scheme at one of the leading marketing agencies during the depths of the mid-nineties recession and ended up becoming one of the youngest account directors in the UK. A career spanning over 15 years followed taking me from the Cotswolds to London and then onto New York. I worked for a FTSE 100 top 35 company and across global brands and ad campaigns for companies and organisations including American Express, British Airways, BP, The Salvation Army, Danone, Ford, CAFOD, Lloyds Banking Group, AXA Wealth and many more.

Brands and their development became a field I thrived in; the strategic business planning, the building and merging of businesses, creating and developing new brands, the design and implementation of a brand refresh. It was fast paced, exciting, challenging, exhausting and I drank a lot of coffee! Yet it gave me the opportunities to break rules, to test what worked and what didn’t, and more importantly why things worked and why they didn’t. My move back to the Cotswolds (and a very supportive family) gave me the breathing space to follow my passion for photography. I built my business alongside working full time as a brand consultant for two of the UK’s best known financial houses. Five years ago I made the giant leap into a career as a full time photographer and I’ve never looked back.

So why am I doing this?

I believe in passing on learnings.

I believe in helping others achieve their very best.

I believe that the photography industry should be applauded for rigorously striving for beautiful imagery and educating the world in the importance of this.

I believe in you.

How will we do this?

We’ll do this together. You and Me.

At the moment the courses are all one-to-one courses.

I believe that you should be able to ask questions without hesitation and I will give you honest answers.

We will shape the training time around you and your business. Your goals and your business goals.

This course is a  brand courses developed and designed to be fast paced, in-depth, and packed full of useful insights for you to learn from. Important know how, and energy to pull out what is quintessentially you and what will make you and your business unique.

They are written from the ground up by me; someone who has had to learn all of this the hard way, by seeking answers and creating solutions often under pressure.

So if your mind is ready for learning and you’re ready to stride forward; bring lots of energy  and let’s create your very own success story.

The Course 

1-day one-to-one training course with Nikki

09.30 – 16.30 at the Country Studio (GL10 3FA)

Who should sign up: Businesses who are starting out or are at the stage where they need to think seriously about their brand and the impact it has on their business. A brand is not something you can pick up, and brand is not just a logo, a brand is intangible. Its about how your customers think, feel, and ultimately do when they interact with your business.

We will cover the following in a one-day course:

What exactly is a brand/brand basics.

We work through brand examples and your Customer journey and interactions / touch points with your business. Past, present, and future.

We will create mood boards and look at the use of colour, typography, colour palettes, tone of voice, imagery must haves, and much, much more.

We start to create your very own brand book which is a critical document for briefing designers and as a useful tool for blog writing and website copy.

All the Q&A’s you want!

FREE Work Book included with the course.

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire before the course as its important that I have time to research you from a client’s perspective to help you visualise how your customer sees you.

Lunch provided: either at our fabulous local country pub or a working lunch (please see Housekeeping below).

£699 / You will need to bring lots of energy and a mind ready to soak up lots of information! Don’t forget you can claim the costs of this course back on your tax return if they are to maintain and update your existing skills and relate to your trade.

Please send Nikki a requested date and we will do our best to accommodate you.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK Just fill in the form with your preferred date and we will send all of the information and online payment link to you.

“Thank you so much for today; I’m so excited by everything I’ve learnt and I’m dying to start putting this into my real life business. You’ve really got my brain going! I had no idea that there was so much to learn; I had thought that a brand was simply a logo, how wrong I was. I now understand what a brand is and why it is so important to a business whatever the size. Your massive experience in the brand industry made for a really, really enjoyable and knowledgeable day of teaching and the sharing of information that would take years and years to learn. I loved the creative sections of the day too when we created a mood board just for my business and started the process of looking at ToV (I now know what Tone of Voice is!), colour palettes etc and the importance of colour them and what it all means. You pushed me and my brain and my goodness its exploding with thoughts as a result. The workbook has been so valuable and I am continuing to add to this as the days pass and will be ready to start filling the sections of my very own brand book in a couple of weeks time and ready to brief my design team. I’m looking forward to my mentoring sessions with you. You are an absolute star – thank you!”   

Business Owner Donna


All courses are held at The Country Studio, 28 Westend Courtyard, Westend, Gloucestershire, GL10 3FA.

Please use postcode GL10 3SL for the sat nav. We are just off the M5 at junction 13 with lots of free parking right outside the door.

There is wheelchair access.

If you are attending a one-day course there is the option for lunch at our fabulous local pub The Old Badger, or a working lunch at our Studio. You will need to advise of any food allergies.

You will need to complete a questionnaire before your training session and have this returned at least ten days prior.

Courses require a non-refundable booking fee with the balance paid in full a calendar month before the training course.

Don’t forget you can claim the costs of these course back on your tax return if they are to maintain and update your existing skills and relate to your trade.

The Small Print

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