Brand Photography

(for colourful, magical weirdos <3)

Brand photography in Colchester - Carla Watkins, Visual Magic Maker

Brand photography is so much more than just headshots.

Vibrant shots of you and your brilliant business, edited to suit your brand & style, a deep dive into your brand messaging and how your photos can best represent you, and a custom stock photo library which will keep your marketing going for months… it’s the perfect time saver and faff reducer!

The best way to tell your story is to show it

– and gorgeous photos of you in action do just that.

Coupled with portraits which show who you really are, and why you do what you do, you suddenly have a whole new library of images you’re excited to share, and which are a siren call to your ideal clients, customers & collaborators.

Which helps you increase your visibility and confidence, attract your ideal clients, and do more of the work you love in your business.

Because this isn’t any old business, is it? It’s the work you can’t NOT do.

Brand photography puts you at the heart of your business – showing your processes, products and people in their very best light.

yellow watercolour splash

Already know you want to book? Woo yay! Hit the button below to drop me an email & let’s get you booked in!

Still on the fence? Read on…

What is personal branding photography?

Personal branding photography, or brand photography (they’re used interchangeably) is the way I approach taking the photos that show you off at your very best, doing your creative thing.

The right photos can transform your marketing and your flow of ideal clients – making yourself visually a very obvious choice to the right people is gamechanging.

We’ll plan your shoot in detail, then spend time together talking business and life, in the surroundings where you’re happiest. You do your usual thing, I’ll follow you with my camera (much less scary than it sounds, I promise) and magic happens.


The result? Spellbinding, stop-in-your-tracks photos of you and your beloved business you’ll actually want to share, where your real self shines through.


Where can I have a brand shoot?

Brand shoots are usually location based, at your studio / workplace / home / favourite woodland / wherever you’re happiest.

I’m based in Wivenhoe, Essex, and I cover the whole of the UK – so let me know where you are and we can go from there.

When can shoots take place?

Usually weekdays, but completely bespoke to you & your business – so weekends and evenings are also usually doable.

How long is a brand shoot?

My brand shoot packages are a half or a full day, based on extensive experience with my lovely clients. This means you’re never rushed, you have plenty of time for outfit changes or different locations, and we can stop in the middle for a cuppa and a flick through what we’ve captured. 

It’s not the way all brand photographers work, but it’s the way that works best for me and my fellow weirdos fabulous clients 🙂

What if I'm not quite sure what I want?

Drawing on 15 years of photography, marketing & design experience, I help you every step of the way and we co-create your brand shoot so it’s exactly what you want and need. 

Your booking includes my Brand Clarity Workbook and a detailed planning session – a great opportunity to look at your business from all angles for more than just photos. 

Can my pets be involved?

Absolutely yes! Unless it’s a spider, in which case sadly I am not the photographer for you 😂 But all other fluffy, feathered and scaled friends are welcome to join your shoot. 

I have more than one business - is that ok?

More than ok, it’s encouraged – I am also a proud multipod and I’ll help you either document each thing separately, or intertwine them beautifully throughout your session – depending on what they are, how they fit together, and what you need your photos for. 

Session Options

All sessions include my exclusive Brand Clarity Workbook and a deep dive prep call before your session – it’s not just a photoshoot, it’s an opportunity to really fine tune your brand, voice & what message you’re putting out into the world.

Brand photography packages start at £995. For full information and to talk about your session, book yourself in for a free virtual cuppa – I’d love to meet you!


Half day session, ideal for nailing & building your brand, getting you noticed and showing your dream clients exactly how you can help them.


Full day session, perfect for a rebrand, or an annual refresh, with plenty of time to show all the different facets of you and your business. Or more than one!


A shorter but just as detailed session once you’ve completed Brand Clarity. Bookable any time within a year of your main shoot, so you can top up your brand library. 

Excited? Me too!

Drop me a note, tell me about you, your business & your dream photoshoot and let’s talk about how photography can transform your business.

What are you waiting for?

With all shoots, you’ll get high resolution digital files with a full commercial use licence – so you can use them however, and wherever, you like.

Sounds good? Let’s chat…

(seriously, chatting is my Olympic sport)

Carla is one of THE nicest humans. And an awesome photographer to boot. She just gets your vision and makes you feel so comfortable.I’ve been using my photos everywhere and have booked my next shoot already!

Verity, Verity Clarke Hair

I absolutely love my photos! Carla is super lovely and the process felt so relaxed and natural. I’m SO pleased with the results, the style is just gorgeous and really reflect my business. I would highly recommend!

Louise, Louise Rose Couture

Fabulous, I’m so pleased, thank you!

I normally hate all photos of myself, but I don’t think there’s one here I wouldn’t be happy to use. Wow, you’re good!! Talented lady 🙂

Darren, Darren David Coaching

Looking for just headshots?

Want to add a photographer to your team, without the HR faff?  I also offer brand photography as an annual subscription – Magic through the Seasons!

TL:DR Hi! I’m Carla, and I specialise in personal brand photography. It’s more than just a photoshoot – it’s a deep dive into who you are and what you stand for, and how you show up in the world. 

I’d love to capture your true self so you can show up in your business & life, and attract your most ideal clients to work with you.

I work with all kinds of business owners, from coaches to yoga teachers, makers to speakers, authors to dancers. And I’d love to work with you!

I’m based in Colchester and work mostly in Essex & Suffolk, but can cover the whole of the UK for brand photography.