For the third year in a row I have won an award for my interior photography work in the Best of Houzz 2018 Design awards. Houzz is the leading website for home renovation and design, which is a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, and other residential trade professionals.
I am really very pleased to win it again for a third year. I therefore feel I can add value and benefit to any business working in the property industry wanting to show off their work to its very best in order to gain a higher class of clientele.
Winning in the Design category my portfolio includes some of the most popular images and consistent reviews on Houzz. It is quite an accolade to win this award again in 2018 and in particular shows the quality of my work and dedication to my craft.
How about something different for your ‘Meet the Team’ or ‘About Us’ page on your website?
If you ask many small business owners:
What is your USP?
What makes you different?
Why should I buy from you?
Most will say quality and a personal service. Yet their website and promotional material will use stock generic photographs that does not give that impression. Stock photographs do not differentiate a company from their competitors. There are times when stock photographs will put people off contacting you as it shows a faceless business.
Photography is more than pretty pictures, it should generate a feeling and get across a message. People feel more comfortable contacting you if they can picture who they will be talking to. They are more likely to take that next step to pick up the phone and speak with as a good photograph will give them a welcoming feeling.
Some ‘About Us’ pages do not actually give any specific information about the people who work there and who you will be dealing with, hence not giving an impression of a personal service that your business strives to offer.
Rather than a straight forward head and shoulders photograph, why not have something more contemporary that relates to the work each person does.
Why not try ‘Black and White’ photographs to create a timeless style. This can help if the colour in the photographs does not complement the other photographs, or if you specifically want to convey your corporate colours and brand.
Professional photography is not as expensive as you may believe, and can elevate your business. Take your business to the next level and attract a higher class of clientele by understanding what your potential clients want and are looking for. Contact Damian to discuss how to get the best out of your photography and promotional material.
DAMIAN BRAMLEY, DJB PHOTOGRAPHY of YORK Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016
Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Renovating and Design Professionals in the UK and Around the World
January 12, 2016 – DJB Photography of York has won “Best Of Design Photography and Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The exclusive interior and architectural photography company was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, renovating and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognised with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ Houzz profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“It is quite an accolade to win two awards in particular, and shows the quality of my work, dedication to my craft and how my focus is very much on customer service.” (Damian Bramley).
“Anyone building, renovating or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Andrew Small, Managing Director of Houzz UK. “We’re so pleased to recognise Damian Bramley of DJB Photography, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively renovating and decorating their homes.”
“Home professionals recognise the value of professional photography in showcasing the quality of their work and in building their brands with the Houzz community,” said Andrew Small, Managing Director Houzz UK. “We’re so pleased to recognise Damian Bramley of DJB Photography, voted one of our “Best Of” professionals for photography by our community of homeowners, home building, renovating and design professionals, and design enthusiasts.”
Exclusive Interior and Architectural Photography, Regional, National and International coverage, based north of York, Yorkshire, UK.
Working for interior designers, architects, kitchen manufacturers and installers, bathroom manufacturers and installers, bespoke cabinet makers and building restorers.
Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.co.uk.
What an absolutely fantastic weekend I had photographing the birthday of Claire at Wentworth Woodhouse. Working alongside Craig Squelch and Dine Services who organised a stunning party for Claire, and AV Matrix who did absolute wonders to light up both the exterior and interior of Wentworth Woodhouse, it was an fabulous party. The highlights other than the stunning venue were the evening entertainment in the form of the iconic Deacon Blue followed by the DJ skills of Vernon Kay. The atmosphere was amazing and to be up close to photograph the whole event was a truly wonderful experience. Deacon Blue played a full range of songs from their 25 year long career including ‘Dignity’, ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love Again’, and ‘Real Gone Kid’. They had everyone on the dance floor and with over an hour of constant playing they certainly put on an amazing show.
Vernon Kay followed with his DJ skills who again had everyone on the dance floor. He really is a talented DJ keeping everyone entertained. The tunes flowed one into the other with amazing precision, with tunes that kept people dancing. The atmosphere was fantastic. So much so that he was on for over half an hour longer than he was meant to be.
It was one of the most impressive events I have photographed and it was great to be a part of it. Needless to say I did not get home to 3am, but I captured some amazing photographs. Some highlights from the evening can be seen in the gallery below.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography, Exclusive Fine Art Photography
Vernon Kay, Wentworth Woodhouse, Exclusive Photography
It has been a short while since I last posted on my blog, but it has been such a busy time that it has been difficult to find time to blog. This weekend however I was contracted to photograph a round of the British Cycling, National Cycling Championships at Ampleforth. Unfortunately due to other work commitments I was only available to capture the end of the women’s race and the start of the men’s race. Having said that I would have loved to be there all day, and I captured some great photographs, including a great shot of Sharon Laws (AA Drink Leontien.nl Team) who won the women’s event as she crossed the finish line. She rode a tactical race being part of the leading break away group for the majority of the race before leaving the break away group on an uphill section a lap and a half from the finish. She stayed in front until the end with over a minute gap between her and her second place team mate Lizzie Armitstead, and a further 3 minutes before her third place team mate Emma Pooley crossed the line. The remaining riders crossed the line 5 minutes later.
Despite not having the luxury of a ‘Press Pass’ which gets a photographer into the areas that are restricted to the general public, I was able to use my ability and equipment to capture some great photographs. Knowing I was unable to see the end of the men’s race I was keen to photograph the leading riders who I believed had a good chance of winning the event, and I captured a great photograph of Ian Stannard (Sky Pro Cycling Team) who went on to win.
Two of the top names in cycling, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, were unfortunately not at the event as they are in preparations for the Tour de France, which starts next weekend, but it was great to see some of the top cycle teams at the event with some great riders and future stars. Check out the photographs below for some highlights of the event:
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography (Event Photography Yorkshire)
Hunter Gee Holroyd Charity Bike Ride | Cycle Photography | St Leonards Hospice
Yesterday saw the infamous Hunter Gee Holroyd Charity Bike Ride from their York to Easingwold Office and back in the aid of St Leonard’s Hospice. The team of 8 were trained and raring to go for one of their most grueling charity challenges yet. Headed by Armstrong & Boardman (AKA Mr Mark Grewer & Mr Nigel Atkinson) the team set out North along the river on what can only be described as a dry (way hey), but cold and dull day (boo), with the aim of getting to Easingwold back in one piece, enjoying the ride, and raising £1000 for charity. Did they achieve it??? Of course, smashing their target by raising a whopping £2500. The sun even shone in the afternoon and with a light tailwind, the return journey, despite being slightly longer was achieved in a much quicker time than the morning session. Mr Nigel Everard headed the support crew with an assortment of inner-tubes, plasters, and muscle rub, should any unforseen incident occur. Thankfully the ride was incident free.
It was a great day and a great achievement, and appropriately organised prior to the long bank holiday weekend to recover some aching legs. I appreciate being asked to not only photograph the event but to take part. It was absolutely great.
There is still time to donate to their charity of choice via their ‘Just Giving‘ page.
Below is a selection of highlights from the day:
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography (Photographer York)