The web site aims to be really easy to navigate by grouping articles into one of four colour coded categories (Hotty, Homey, Lively & Mummy).
The first shoot was the 'Hotty' one, very kindly hosted by Bacchanalia in the city centre. The 'Hotty' category will include things like fashion, restaurants, bars, cocktails - basically getting your glad rags on and getting out on the town.
The one picture that I wanted was of four friends caught in the moment, sharing a funny story over a cocktail. I wanted it to be dark and atmospheric, with subtle tones of red (the 'Hotty' colour).
I was feeling 'red hot' when I arrived - unfortunately this was more from fluster than foxy, as photographer Rob and I got stuck in Manchester United traffic and delayed on the metro. I'd forgotten how hard it is to sprint in slingbacks!
So here we go - my ladies, plucked from across Manchester (Chorlton/Firswood, Hale, Irlam and Sale), from right to left as you're looking at us: Emmylou (Madame Lilybud Cupcakes), Me, Claire and Angela. And if you are wondering what we are laughing about - well if I remember rightly I was recalling my cycling expedition from a couple of weeks earlier when, whilst cycling through Altrincham I couldn't work out why cars kept beeping at me. It was only when I got home that I realised that whilst bending over in the saddle, I'd been revealing a large tract of muddy thong.
We will be having another photo blitz at the end of next week where my three ladies and I will be morphing from 'Homey' to 'Lively' to 'Mummy' with effortless ease across Greater Manchester (or at least that's the plan).
Other developments this week are a new Twitter account (@4MCRWomen) and Facebook page (facebook.com/4ManchesterWomen). Don't forget to 'like' and follow us with reckless abandon!
Finally, I've ordered my new business cards - sexy or what - they give me a little shiver :-).
Onwards we go on our exciting adventure, a few small steps forward every day and eventually I'll get there.
A big thank you to:
Photography, Rob WoodWeb site & brand design Emma Burke
If you are interested in reading more about the development of 4Manchester Women:
4Manchester Women takes shape
The story of our brand & update