Sunday, 15 April 2018

New Website

Development of the New Site

So the new website is finally here, we have been working away on this for the past few months, designing, testing and altering it to make sure it works across all platforms and also to make sure it was SEO optimised allow easy use by all our clients and also for customers finding us from google and on the internet.

We have also spent a lot of time running the new website pages through checkers to make sure all the code is validated and correct and optimised to running/load quickly and correctly weather you are on Wi-fi or 4G or 3G connections, this was a key focus as internet shopping has changed over the past 5 years or so with mobile being the number one way to search for items and services.


Here are the resources I used whilst building and testing the new website: - Validation of the html code - Validation of the CSS code - Google Page Speed Insights for checking the Optimisation of the page - Google Mobile testing - Checking SEO factors of the website

Lighthouse (This is a development tool built into Google Chrome)

Friday, 2 March 2018


So the snow is upon us and although it looks lovely and fluffy, its still cold.
So we decided we would take a walk out and I would take the phone and grab some pics of the local area and along with some selfies too.

Here is the local park in SpringBank this morning.

SpringBank in the snow - JellyBean Photography
Springbank Cheltenham covered in snow
And as described I could resist getting some selfies in the snow with the family as we did a walk around the local area.

Ellie in the Snow, or is it a Unicorn?
Ellie in the Snow, or is it a Unicorn?

Ellie posing in the snow
Ellie posing in the snow
Portrait in the snow
Portrait in the snow

Family selfie in the snow
Family selfie in the snow

This picture makes me smile every time.
This picture makes me smile every time. 

Saturday, 24 February 2018

HTML 5 and CSS 3

Ok so as you may guess from the title I have been doing a lot of thinking about the website and how we want to change it to be able to achieve better SEO and to be able to have a better mobile focused website.
This threw up a few issues, firstly did we want to move ahead with this by getting in a web developer, we did some looking around and didn't take long to look past this option as it is costly and I wanted to be able to have better understanding of the website so we can make changes quickly and easily.
So... this took us on to our next option, to develop the website myself, this offered a few obstacles I needed to overcome before advancing.

I needed to get a great knowledge of a convenient programming language to build the website and after some research I came up with the idea that there are many routes in web development that all have a purpose but choosing the right one isn't always straight forward.

I have finally decided to go with HTML5 and CSS3, the reason for this is that I have done website development before and have studied it at college, a few years ago I will admit but I thought that this would offer me an opportunity to obtain a skill to help me and the business.

I found various sources of media online that can help with the code and what it does but finally found a very useful youtube channel, I watched a few of the videos and tutorials and started to refresh what I had learnt a few years previous and then really started to learn that HTML and CSS has come a long way over the past few years.

I have also taken the choice to change my approach on the website as I have been analysing the website performance on google analytics and noticed a large percentage of my clients come to the site via a mobile device this made me realise that web development over the past few years has focused on 'Mobile First Design' or 'Responsive Design'.

So I have been spending a lot of late nights learning and coding for the business's new website which is still in its early stages but I am making great progress with it and I am happy to say that the experience has made me appreciate how my clients and customers use the site to get what they are looking for and Im making new provisions to make JellyBean Photography have a better position on the internet in search engines (Google, Bing etc), this doesn't come easily but the time spent doing it will be worth it and the business will be better off for it.

So what this space and I will try and update the blog as new things come up, I know this post isn't about Photography but I wanted to include it as its about the business and its about the progress the business is making and hopefully will help people if this is something they are questioning about either with business or blogging .

HTML5 and CSS3 Programming Language
HTML5 and CSS3 - Programming Language

Tuesday, 30 January 2018


Update to the website

I will apologies now for the quietness over the past few weeks we have been remodelling the website and its raised a few things we wanted to take further investigation into, we thought that it was time the website got a overhaul and we wanted to get some feedback form customers, clients and friends and also use our google webmaster tools and also our google analytics to find out what seemed to be working and what wasn't.

It has been a fun and eventful task so far and we are still getting a plan together for the new design to make it the best experience for customers whilst still providing 100% reliability in the meantime.

After a lot of thought and reading I have come to the conclusion that SEO is important but you have to understand that SEO is there to help not to take over, for example if the website is written/styled 100% for SEO it looks a little plain and uninteresting so this is my SEO is a big part because you have to understand what SEO is about and how to implement it into your webpages to get you the best audience on the search engines.

What happens next?

We will keep you all up-to-date with the goings on inside JellyBean Photography and there shouldn't be any issue with our current website or contact points for getting in touch.

All of our social media site are as they was and haven't been overhauled yet with SEO but this will come in time.

So please keep in touch on social media as we love hearing from you.


Monday, 15 January 2018

My Little Model

We have a model in the studio

My beautiful daughter decided it was time for a dresses photoshoot, so she searches through all her wardrobe and finds out all the dresses she wants to model in and she say's 'Daddy, set up the lights ready for my photoshoot', not one to disappoint I get all the studio lights out and start setting them up ready for the little model.

After about 20 minutes in comes the model, 'Im ready!' she announces. We had a great time doing some modelling poses and fun poses, for a model of the age of 5 she really gets into it and lots being in front and behind the camera.

after about a 1 hour and half we finally call it a day and its then time for me to get all the images edited so she can see them and wants to get them printed for her photo album.

Images from the shoot

Here are some of the images from the shoot and I cant thank my little model enough she made me proud as a dad and really helped with my photography ideas and poses.

A HUGE Thank You

My two gorgeous girls, they both mean the world to me and they are so amazing at helping me out with shoots and Ellie loves telling mommy 'You need to pose like this mommy'. A very proud dad and husband and without them I wouldn't be where I am today. 

Friday, 29 December 2017

Family Get Together

A huge family get together along with a great meal. Its the time the year when families get together and have a laugh and go crazy.

I have to say I have an amazing family and love them all to bits.

Here is a photo from the day and you have to love every single one of them in this picture.

Love you all so much x 

Portrait Shoot

Its always fun to do a portrait shoot session but when you get two cheeky models like this it always brings smiles and laughs.

The shoot was for my Sister-in-law and my wife’s christmas present for their mom and dad and we decided after the cold weather we would do an indoor shoot rather than going out in the cold with large jackets on.

Here are a few of the images from the shoot.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Snowy Winter Walk

We finally got the chance to wake up to a white Cheltenham, so we decided to get dressed and be one of the first out in the snow. We had a lot of fun together in the snow whilst being able to get a few white photographs.

Here are some of the photographs from the walk.

Ellie naming the snow.

Names in the snow.

First footprints in our street this morning.

A snowy Leaf

Ellie's Footprint in the snow.


Snow covered bushes.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

New Equipment

Hi everyone,
So its been a while since I posted, so whats new at JellyBean Photography.

Over my birthday weekend on the 19th November I got a set of new 120cm Octaboxes light modifiers for the studio lights and currently lining up a series of portrait shoots which will be posted up soon.

Also, as a family we have now taken ownership of our new allotment so alot of work is going on there too, we will get some images posted up soon and a link to our social media page so you can see how we are getting on with the new project. We are planning to get some images and possible shoot up there too.

Also with the festive season upon us we are planning some festive scenic shoots and we will post these up on social media as soon as the shoots happen.

If you would like to be apart of one of our shoots please get intouch either by email or via the website

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Coding Week

So this week have been a little different, I have decided that some changes needed to be started for the website, we have been spending time looking at SEO for the website and we are aware of somethings that need to be improved to make it better for me but mostly better for all of you.

The changes we have started on are:

  • The Menu - Separation of the services page.
  • Icons - We wanted to update the icons for all our social media links and to make them displayed in multiple places on the site.
  • CSS tidying - after all the changes we make we have to tidy up the .css file as this needs to be maintained so that it becomes efficient. 
Why not jump over to the site and check out all the changes and let us know what you think.

You can leave your feedback on any of our social media sites or email or by using

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Tewkesbury Fireworks Display

Its that time of the year, we decided to have family out to the Tewkesbury Fireworks display, a great display for all the family and you are metres away from the display and it truly amazing and so well planned and set-up.

There is a Bonfire, a fireworks display and all the fair ground rides you could think of to keep everyone in the family happy for a very enjoyable night.

The event is organised by Tewkesbury Rotary Club and was free entry for the event. I would recommend this to everyone I know as its a great night out and the fireworks was amazing and the kids love it.

Thursday, 2 November 2017


So Halloween is upon us and in the Taylor household we decided that Ellie, our daughter wanted to design and make the halloween pumpkin, so we started off with the pumpkin and a sharpie marker and started drawing her scary pumpkin face.

I have to say for a 5 year old she loved the whole process from drawing it to cutting it out with her new little pumpkin carving set and gutting the inside of the pumpkin to make her 'ideal pumpkin'.

Her are a few pictures of the final design and after putting a few candles in she absolutely loved it and wanted to put it in the living room so she could see it.

Ellie's Pumpkin

Ellie wanted to give the pumpkin proper eyes, so we decided to get creative and put the eye out and then cut a small piece out for create the pupil and we used two cocktail sticks to allow us to centre the pupils in the eye of the pumpkin.
Ellie was really impressed and counting it was her first time doing a pumpkin I can say I was very proud and better than anything I could have done, a very proud daddy.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Gloucester Docks

A visit to Gloucester Docks, about a 15 minute drive from the office and I couldn't resist taking some photographs whilst around the Docks. I love that its a working area, the boats come and go throughout the day and you have the office's situated in the Docks too.

Today I decided that the camera of choice was going to be the iPhone, this allowed me to be very mobile and was able to capture what I could see whilst spending the day with my daughter and not have to worry about large bags of camera equipment.

Buildings inside the Docks

Church in the Docks

Some of the boats moored up at Gloucester Docks.

Scenic view to the Docks

A restaurant on the water inside Gloucester Docks

So after our walk around Gloucester Docks we decided to find a nearby Costa and go for a well earned break before returning back to the office.
My drink of choice was the Caramel Latte Frostino, which was really nice and very cold.

Drink at Costa after Photographing

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