As you know, I am always a champion for local Suffolk businesses. Maison Bengal in Rendlesham near Woodbridge is a local business with an international, ethical ethos.
Maison Bengal sells fair trade bags, baskets and crafts, made from locally grown natural materials.
It was first established in 2004 in order to help fight poverty in Bangladesh. Director Sheenagh Day was blown away by the talent of the local weaving and basket making artists she came across while working in the poorest areas of Bangladesh.
She developed a social enterprise that provides a decent and reliable wage to over two thousand women, enabling them to work in their homes and care for, as well as financial support their families.
What struck me the most when I first met Sheenagh was her enthusiasm and passion for her products. When clients come to me and are passionate about their products it’s easy for me to establish a rapport and get a great feel for their requirements.
My role was to create images for Maison Bengal’s brand-new trade catalogue and as I started to create the photos I found myself viewing the products in a different way and imagining how they would look in my own home. Because to own an item that has been created by marginalised communities who have been empowered and paid a fair price for their hard work, is to own something you can be truly proud of.
It’s easy to see how Bengal Maison’s products have developed something of a cult following with an established clientele worldwide, they are more than a bag or a basket, they are a conversation starter. If you would like to find out more about Maison Bengal be sure to look her up on her Instagram page.
You can see some of the commercial photography I create for my clients here, but of course, if you’re interested in my other work you can take a look at my wedding photography portfolio. As always, I am open to new projects and work, if you would like to speak to me about your requirements please do get in touch.