Yes, the results are in from this year’s European Dating Awards 2016 and Hey Saturday is celebrating. The European Dating Awards were set up to recognise and reward excellence and expertise in all areas of the Dating Industry across Europe. The Industry Awards offer a unique opportunity for companies and individuals to be recognised for their achievements in Dating Technology, Marketing, Media, Customer Service, Expertise and Entrepreneurship.
The champagne is flowing in Hey Saturday Towers this week. We’re over the moon to have made finalist in three categories at the European Dating Awards 2016, brainchild of the awesome Charly Lester – one of the UK’s leading dating industry experts. To have made finalist in three very cool categories for Europe is absolutely brilliant and makes all the hard work more than worthwhile.
I’m very excited to be speaking at the Global Dating Insights conference on 12 May in Amsterdam for the Matchmaking Stream alongside the founder of the Dating Awards, Charly Lester and leading matchmakers Caroline Brealey, Sarah Ryan and Rachel MacLynn.
Here’s their recent press release:
I booked a dating photo shoot & I liked it!
For the last three years, I’ve been developing a new genre of photography that I call dating photography. And yet, and yet, and yet, I hate having my photo taken. Anyone who knows me even slightly well, knows this about me. Ironic much? Yes, there’s a reason I’m way more comfortable behind the camera. That said, as the head honcho of Hey Saturday, I need to have some cool shots of me, for marketing and PR purposes of course. So I finally decided to bite the bullet and book myself in for a shoot with our London, week day photographer, Rowan.
As a visual person, it makes complete sense that I love Pinterest. In the old days, I use to go through pages and pages of magazines, rip out interesting images and put them together in a scrapbook. So old school, I know! But nowadays we have this beautiful social network, Pinterest, that allows us to visually share, and discover new interests. Genius!
I can, and frequently do, spend hours on there, scrolling through gorgeous photos for inspiration. I use it to help me come up with all kinds of ideas; everything from planning client shoots, developing my personal style, what kind of dogs I want, the next tattoo I’m going to get through to figuring out how to decorate my home office. But it’s so easy to use, you don’t necessarily need to be a photographer or designer to get some value from it. What I love about Pinterest is that it’s a really easy, visual way for clients to tell the story of who they are. Just the action of taking the time to create a moodboard for your shoot, means that you stop and take a bit of time to think and prepare for your photo shoot.
I was delighted to be contacted recently by a researcher for Davina McCall’s new show, This Time Next Year about being filmed doing what I do best, a dating photo shoot. The series, they told me, features ordinary people on a mission to transform their lives in extraordinary ways over the course of 12 months. One of those people was the lovely Linda. She’s on a mission to lose weight and go on a date so it made sense for her to work with Caroline Brealey of top UK matchmaking agency, Mutual Attraction. Caroline sent her my way so that Linda could have her photos taken, ensuring Caroline could then create her a stand out profile.