2016 Round Up

London, Surrey, Crawly, Redhill Commercial Corporate Portrait Photographer

The Advanced Screening Centre at The Harley Street Clinic

Recent marketing photography completed for one of London’s premier hospitals The Advanced Screening Centre at The Harley Street Clinic. The Harley Street Clinic is part of the worlds largest private hospital groups HCA Healthcare and is located in the heart of London’s prestigious medical district.

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The Princess Grace Hospital – HCA Healthcare Photoshoot

Its been a busy year for Healthcare photoshoots, most noteworthy is a 3 day shoot undertaken for the Princess Grace Hospital. A world class hospital located in London’s healthcare district. The newly refurbished hospital is part of the prestigious HCA Group, the leading medical healthcare provider in the UK and United States. Below is a sample of images from a 3 day shoot that took place at the main Hospital and at the Institute of Sport Exercise & Health.

Agency: Atticus

Art Direction: Carl Wills

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Princess Grace Hospital Healthcare Photography

Princess Grace Hospital Healthcare Photography

Princess Grace Hospital Healthcare Photography

Princess Grace Hospital Healthcare Photography

Shooting Engaging Lively Corporate Portraits

ACC Aviation recently launched an excellent new website. I was fortunate to be asked to take the corporate portraits of their staff which feature on the new website. Taken over 3 days at ACC Aviation’s new HQ the results are lively and fun and reflect well the very friendly staff.

Brief

The brief was to capture a spontaneous and natural shot of each member of staff member including the senior management. Simple lighting and dark background.

Approach

After an initial scout of the offices. It was decided we would shoot in the always dependable meeting room. I went about the photography by using a single strobe light with a fast recycle time and short duration. This meant that I could keep taking shots while the conversation flowed, capturing the lively and naturally engaged moments. The light itself was modified using a 6 ft Octa soft box with grid. I chose to use the grid because the space was tight. Using the grid avoided light spill onto the background and other surfaces close by, this often results in unintentional fill of the shadows and a flat looking subject. These particular shots were helped with great banter from Marketing Manager Emily Nesbitt.

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ACC Aviation specialises in aircraft leasing, charter and the supply and refurbishment of aircraft seating. The Headquarters are based in Reigate just outside London.

2014 Roundup

2014 has been a wirlwind year. My duaghter Eleanor was born in May and she is a beautiful joy to spend time with. Between power naps and nappy changes the last year has proven especially busy with lots of travel both abroad and in the UK. Photoshoot trips to regions of the UK I would not otherwise have visited and journeys further afield to Barcelona. I have been privileged to meet some amazing healthcare staff and see them at work. It’s been a pleasure to continue to collaborate with my long standing clients, producing creative work for annual reports, websites, marketing and advertising. I am looking forward to producing and developing more creative output in 2015.

I have also upgraded and added new equipment to my kit. The Nikon D810 and D800 currently the only DSLR 35mm cameras capable of producing 36 megapixel files, the largest digital image files available from a camera in this class. In conjunction with this I have upgraded my computer and storage in order to maintain an efficient workflow that can handle the larger files sizes produced by the D800 cameras.

Below is a small sample of photography completed during 2014.

Corporate Portrait Photography for LinkedIn and Social Media.

LinkedI Social Media portraitWith the abundance of portrait images on the net, from selfies to super corporate LinkedIn profiles, images for social media need to stand out from the crowd and project the professionalism and confidence you have. Often a linkedIn profile is the first impression you make or it will reinforce your personality after that first contact. It is surprising how many professionals on linkedIn still use holiday or family photos as their profile image.  While this is fine for Facebook. The images tend to all look the same. By this I mean that the lighting, the colour and ambiance are all very similar and are usually  quite flat, lacking contrast, or with unnatural colour tones. These type of images can present you as down to earth and approachable, but do not suggest that you follow through with the same attention to detail that perhaps you have given to your CV or profile.

This is where a professional photographer’s portrait can really make a difference. By creating a flattering, approachable and confident headshot, that presents you uniquely the way you want and with attention to your target audience, it will stand above the abundance of selfies or friends snaps.

Whether you choose a pro photographer or not, when it comes to taking your profile portrait there are few guidelines you can follow to improve how well the final results works. From your clothing choices, grooming and the food and drink you choose to eat beforehand.

When I undertake this type of assignment, whether for an individual or a group session, I will use lighting which is complimentary to each subject, and select a background appropriate to the intended use. I will also ask the subjects to follow a few simple guidelines:

  • MEN/WOMEN – Clothing should be neutral and coordinated. Its better to opt for darker tones black/grey (Reds, blues, yellows area Acceptable). Avoid stripes and busy / loud patterns. Including clothing with patterns on the inside lining or inside collars etc.
  • MEN/WOMEN – Try to get hair done as close to the shoot as possible or at least within 2 weeks of the shoot.
  • WOMEN – Bring hair clips / bands, ties brush etc in case needed.
  • MEN – Shave on the day of the shoot if you don’t wear facial hair.
  • MEN/WOMEN Bring a choice of jacket, shirt/blouse and tie. Clothing should be ironed and if possible bring a fresh shirt to avoid creases. If you usually walk or cycle to work and the weather is windy and wet try to arrive in time to sort out any hair or clothing issues which might result because of the weather.
  • Without sounding like an overzealous health guru. Try to get an early night, stay hydrated but avoid caffeine and hot drinks on the day, before your photographed as this can make you sweat and look flustered. Eat a light meal before the shoot. If your travelling to my studio space in Surrey then I’ll happily reward you with fresh tea/coffee after the shoot.

During the shoot its advisable to apply the same body language and postures you would adopt when meeting colleagues or clients.

  • Maintain eye contact with the camera.
  • Keep expressions close to neutral without exaggerating emotions/expressions. Its ok to smile.
  • Keep your posture upright but loose, lean towards the camera without slouching. Try to keep shoulders straight.
  • Its often the case that crossed arms is a defensive unwelcoming posture. However in some sectors this can be interpreted as the posture of someone who is confident and control. Research your target sector and inform the photographer who will be viewing you portrait.

If you are going to upload images yourself to LinkedIn below are thee current guidelines for images.

  • You can upload JPG, GIF or PNG files.
  • File size – 4MB maximum.
  • Your photo should be square.
  • The ideal pixel size for your photo is between 200 x 200 to 500 x 500. If either width or height exceeds 4000 pixels, your photo will not upload.
  • Select who you want the photo to be visible to.Click Save Settings.

 

Example LinkedIn Portraits

Photographing Rasberry Pi for the FT – Portrait of Eben Upton

Recent portrait work commissioned by the Financial Times to photograph the Eben Upton the Founder of Cambridge based Rasberry Pi for the FT Business Page. Rasberry Pi manufacture pocket sized affordable computers for school children. Priced at £24. The company has won acclaim for inventing the versatile computer which can be put to a multitude of uses.

Portrait Eben Upton, Foundar of Rasberry Pi.Cambridge based company.

London Bridge Hospital & The Shard

Recent commission for HCA Healthcare. Photograph taken of London Bridge Hospital riverside facade with River Thames at high tide, dusk lighting, clear skies and a deadline within 7 days. This  was probably a once a month occurrence and it was pure luck and constant weather watching which enabled all the elements to come together as well they did. After checking with the Port of London Authority for tide times at the correct location, I could see which dates would have high tide during the twilight golden hour. I just needed good weather. This was taken on the only day of good of weather during the only window of opportunity I had to complete the work on time and within the deadline date.

London Bridge Hospital and Shard Building