Case Study: Brand Photo-shoot in Bristol | Nicola Harker
Intuitive | Supportive | Dynamic
Nicola is a coach with 21 years' experience as a GP, a clinical lead in cancer, a Macmillan GP, and now also trained to deliver Mindful Self Compassion training. She helps her clients move past limiting beliefs, so that they believe in their own strengths and know how to use them to thrive in their lives. She values the opportunity to help people find their own path to happiness and success on their own terms.
Nicola was looking for photos that actually represented her personality and values, so after looking at a few other photographers she decided to work with Visuable as Lidia's pictures really resonated with her. The photos look relaxed and beautiful and Nicola was also convinced by the concept of having branding support too.
Q&A with Nicola
What inspired you to start your business?
I was inspired to train as a transformational coach when I had my own moment of realising "this is my life, this is it!" I was working very hard as a GP, frustrated by short appointment times and feeling I could give so much more if only I had time to ask the right questions! Two of my friends were diagnosed with cancer in the same week, and I suddenly found myself viewing life differently. It feels so short and so uncertain. During this time I read Kristen Neff's book "Mindful Self Compassion", and although I felt very challenged by the idea of being compassionate to myself, I was intrigued by the science and started to learn more. With more training, reading and exploration, there I was: Coaching other women to be their own best friends, to reach for their dreams, and to become fully comfortable with who they are.
How are you helping your clients achieve their goals?
I combine my training as a Transformational Coach, with my understanding of our internal workings, and a supportive layer of mindful self compassion. My clients tell me I'm calm, inspiring, and intuitive. I create space for them to explore and feel understood, and they come away feeling clear, motivated, and happy in their own selves.
What was your vision for the brand?
I am inspired by the Sea, which energises me and gives me a sense of perspective. And I love colours from nature which resonate with my love of the natural world, and of being cosy and nurtured.
Why did you choose to get creative with us?
I looked at quite a few photographers, but Lidia's pictures really resonate, they look relaxed and beautiful and I was drawn to having branding support too.
How would you describe the process/experience?
Lidia was very good at getting me to think about what I wanted to portray. The process is step-by-step, so that I felt guided throughout. Lidia was skilled at ensuring that we developed rapport before we started the photo shoot, so that I had great fun on the day!
What responses/results have you received after your re-launch?
I am about to re-launch (the photos only just arrived), but all the feedback on my photos has been positive, and I'm expecting great results!
Where can we find you online?
My Website is: www.nicolaharkercoaching.com
The social media handle is @nicolaharkercoaching
and on LinkedIn I’m just “Nicola Harker”.
Now your new brand is ready, what are your plans for the future?
Developing my coaching offers for business leaders, so that whole teams can benefit from my approach. Continue to serve coaching clients throughout the UK. Running my first 8 week Mindful Self Compassion training in January 2019, increasing my speaking gigs and within a year I will be writing my first book.
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