Sarah Barnes

Michelle Marshall Salon

I was recently asked by the Michelle Marshall Salon in Rhiwbina, Cardiff to capture headshots of the hard working staff and some interior images for their soon to be launched website.  The team were so much fun and I wish them lots of luck with their new website launch.

If you’re looking for a new hairstyle, colour or treatment look no further, I can personally highly recommend the team. Go to the Michelle Marshall Salon website for further details and to book online.  You can also contact them on 029 2061 1566.

RCN – Leadership Summit and opening of refurbished Ty Maeth

I was commissioned to spend the day with RCN Wales and the annual Leadership Summit and this year included the re-dedication ceremony of HQ Ty Maeth, following months of refurbishment.  Chaired initially by ITV news presenter Andrea Byrne, Carwyn Jones AM officially unveiled the memorial plague during a whistle stop visit.  The day included many inspirational talks from politics to paralympic gold medal winner Mark Colbourne MBE, who brought his medal along for everyone to see! The best thing about these event photography jobs, is that I get to photograph and be inspired by many people from all walks of life and persuasion.

White Ribbon Campaign with the Women’s Institute in Wales

Not in my Name Campaign Launch

November 25th was White Ribbon Day marking the first of 16 days of activism to end violence against women. I was commissioned by the Women’s Institute in Wales to photograph at the Senedd and later a candlelight procession in Cardiff Bay. There were lots of inspirational speeches. Two victims of domestic violence, most notably, had the courage to stand up and tell their stories. For more information on the campaign or to sign the pledge visit



Royal College of Nursing – Time to Care 2016 launch at the Senedd, Cardiff

Campaign for Safe Staffing Levels in Wales

Recently I was at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay photographing the RCN Time To Care launch campaign 2016. RCN members in Wales believe that protecting safe nursing staffing levels must be the first priority for the next Welsh Government.  Find out more – Time to Care Information

The event was sponsored by David Rees AM and including representatives from the RCN membership and staff and WG Assembly Members.

WI Gala & Conference – St David’s Hall, Cardiff

100 Years of the Women’s Institute

I was invited to photograph the Gala performance at St David’s Hall in Cardiff followed by a Conference the following day.

Over 600 WI members gathered in Cardiff at the weekend for the NFWI-Wales Gala Concert and the 91st Annual Wales Conference.

The Gala concert was expertly compered by Beverley Humphreys with humour in abundance. Members were entertained by tenor soloist Rhys Meirion, harpist Catrin Finch, soprano soloist Elin Manahan Thomas and the Bone Appétit Trombone Quartet from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

During the morning of the Conference, members were addressed by NFWI-Wales Chair Ann Jones, NFWI Chair Janice Langley and Marylyn Haines Evans, NFWI Vice-Chair and Chair of the Public Affairs Committee. The afternoon guest speakers included author and historian Tessa Dunlop and the actress, singer and presenter Connie Fisher. Tessa shared with delegates stories of the incredible veterans she had interviewed for her book The Bletchley Girls and Connie spoke of her journey since winning the BBC competition ‘How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?’

There was also a display of 13 craft panels from WI groups across Wales each focusing on a decade in the history of the organisation.  The fine needlework work and design ideas that had gone into each of them was wonderful to see at first hand.

To find out more about the WI in Wales and further afield check out their website –


Quick Fashion Photography Post

On the Cover of a Magazine

I have been visually devouring the pages of fashion magazines, especially Vogue, since I was about 11. Whenever there is an opportunity, I always try to get the ‘cover shot’ even when one isn’t required commercially. I feel the image sets the scene for the entire shoot even though clothing is not always the focus as it really is always about the face. Here is a recent self indulgent example.

Actor Headshots

New Headshots

I was recently commissioned to update actor Owen Lindsay’s headshots. We decided on numerous changes of clothing, lighting set-ups and location shoots to try to capture as much variety as possible for his portfolio. Owen has had numerous successes, check out his acting credits and contact info. Owen’s biggest acting ambition is to play the part of Hamlet, a dream I am sure he will one day achieve.

Conceptual Modern Photography

Using Photoshop to Create Photographic Art

I have recently been researching various art genres that use photography as one of the raw materials.  The research and subsequent trials will form the basis of an exhibition next May and the work will be my main focus over the coming months.  It is often difficult to find an angle which has not been ‘done before’, arguably as everything seems to already be a reflection of something else maybe nothing is really ‘new’.

My main interest is that of the pioneers of photography, but for a change I have been looking at contemporary photographers like Brooke Shaden, Rob Woodcox, David Talley, Kirsty Mitchell and the amazing work of Alexia Sinclair. Whilst I can get lost completely in their artworks I do sometimes wonder has their talent got more to do with Photoshop than photography, and does it matter anyway, if the results are breathtaking pieces of work?  Not being an advanced Photoshop user, I decided to try to put together a storytelling image with the subject being my own image of a portrait shoot, Rose, and adding bits and pieces around.  With lots in the news regarding potential changes in the fox hunting ban I sketched a quick drawing before setting to work in Photoshop.  The result is a play on words called ‘Fox Hunting Ban’ not to trivialize the issue but just a glimpse from another perspective as the fox as the hunter.

Conceptual Photography


30 Portraits in a Day Project – Results

Street Photography Cardiff

After a nervous wait, the films came back from processing this week and here is the collection of ’30 Portraits in a Day’ from Cardiff.  Thank you to everyone who gave me a moment of their time, it was a great experience for me.  If you are the subject of one of my portraits, and want a copy, just pop me an email – and I’ll get one printed for you.  Thanks again x

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