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Profile photographs for founder on a mission to reduce fabric waste

Profile photographs for founder on a mission to reduce fabric waste

“I needed clean, well shot, professional images to capture me looking as natural as possible but I also wanted an element of seriousness for press images, for my business and my Linkedin profile”.

Interview with Pinky Laing, on the ocassion of taking profile photographs for her as founder on a mission to reduce fabric waste

I had the pleasure of taking profile photographs for Pinky Laing who has been making bespoke velvet military Napoleonic jackets for more than 10 years. 

Inspired by her father who served in the British Army, Pinky was always fascinated in the design, fabrics and trimmings associated with uniforms. She started by customising outfits for friends attending events and festivals and later evolved into a business of making beautifully crafted pieces which have been worn by pop stars, celebrities and party people all over the world over the last ten years.

The jackets are expertly tailored by a team of craftsmen and women in London‘s East End.

You can see the jackets Pinky makes on her Instagram account Pinky Laing Jackets and on her website http://www.pinkylaing.com/

What is the most exciting project you are working on at the moment?

I have recently set up a social enterprise – a Community Investment Company, called Remnant Revolution

Having worked in fashion for a long time, I repeatedly saw the extensive waste in the textile industry, and I realised I wanted to play my part in creating change and having a much more sustainable business model, hence The Remnant Revolution was born.

We are saving and repurposing unwanted fabric from landfill to produce homeware. There are over 1.5m tonnes of fabric sent to landfill in the UK every year alone and are building women-led communities to produce the homeware with profits going to support children’s and women’s charities. 

Why did you decide to do a photoshoot for new profile photographs?

I needed clean, well shot, professional images to capture me looking as natural as possible but I also wanted an element of seriousness for press images for my business, press and my Linkedin profile. 

What are the top tips you can share with others?

My top tip is to feel as comfortable in what you are wearing and how you look as possible. 

Laura put me at ease throughout the photoshoot as we were chatting the whole way through! 

I chose to do my own hair and make up as I wanted to look natural and felt that would resonate more in the images for the type of business I am setting up as well as the stage I am in my life. 

Laura offers a full hair and make up team and next time I need more fun styled shots taken, I would definitely go for more glam to reflect that! 

Thank you so much for your time and answering the questions, Pinky. To find out more and stay in the know about Pinky’s latest project, follow her on instagram Pinky Laing Jackets.

I met Pinky at an event, the amazing Clothes Swap party event organised by Noon in April this year. You can view more about it here on Noon’s Instagram account. 

https://www.instagram.com/reel/Crk7AA4o-Sq/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA== 

And if you haven’t come across Noon, it is a platform, a group, a movement for midlife women that was founded by Eleanor Mills. To receive Elena’s newsletter on substack you can subscribe below. 

https://www.noon.org.uk/eleanors-letter/ 

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I really enjoyed working with Pinky Laing and supporting her vision of creating something new that will inspire change change and enabling a new model for her business to take shape.

As a plus she had her 2 dogs at the studio Bingo and Dasher and Bingo even joined in during the photoshoot for some amazing photographs of the two of them together. 

It is not very often that I have furry friends come in the studio.

And if you are looking for a photoshoot with or without a furry friend, my headshots and personal branding services are designed to be flexible and suitable to different formats and objectives.

Understanding the reason why you want to have new profile photographs enables me to better tailor my services and support you in the most optimal way.

With Pinky we worked in the studio with all the lighting, backgrounds and other equipment that I have available there. The photoshoot lasted about 3 hours and at the end we were both full of energy but also a little worked out.

A week later I delivered the gallery to Pinky, she made her choices and decided to select a good number of images that she can use for different purposes, PR, social media, articles, the website etc.

If you’d like to find out more and see how we can work together for your creative project, do get in touch.

Email is photography@shimilimears.com or 07934788100.