Earlier this year I had the great pleasure of working with SME Ltd. A world class engineering firm that has a fascinating heritage. Based in Steyning, West Sussex.
The Scale Model Equipment Company founded by Mr. Alastair Robertson-Aikman in 1946. Began as a designer and manufacturer of precision models for the exhibition and model engineering trade. The company expanded and diversified into engineering subcontracting, producing precision aircraft parts for prestigious companies such as Rolls Royce, Hawker & Martin Baker. The company went onto design pick up arms and turntables for the high end audio market and today continues to manufacture highly complex precision components.
Taking place over two days the photography for SME captured both the heritage aspects of the company alongside the modern precision engineering. It was clear on my first visit to the factory that the company was unique from its 1950’s era architecture to the ethos of hand crafted engineering alongside cutting edge lathes and milling machines.
Everyone I met had a passion for the company and engineering. I was impressed also to see that the founder Mr Robertson-Aikman’s original office remained untouched retaining the original decor of the 1960’s. Most of the product photography took place here and it was like stepping back in time, with wonderful objects from the era such as a desk fan, intercom and telephone. As well as the original furniture and furnishings.
The photographs taken were primarily for a redesign of the SME website which was recently launched. With a long shot list the photo shoot presented many challenges. I was tasked with photographing both exterior shots of the factory as well products on a white screen and environmental imagery of the factory and the precision components. The challenges consisted mainly of working in a confined space that was not
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ACC Aviation specialises in aircraft leasing, charter and the supply and refurbishment of aircraft seating. The Headquarters are based in Reigate just outside London.
On location this last week for Pfizer and QAV at the wonderfully shaped Porta Fira Hotel.
‘Hotel Porta Fira is a 28-storey, 113 m skyscraper hotel designed by Toyo Ito on the Plaza de Europa in the district of Granvia l’Hospitalet in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, a suburb of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain’ – wikipedia
Since November 2013 I have been working flat out taking portraits of store managers for the Co operative Food across the South East, including London, Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Essex, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire travelling some 8503 miles in 6 months visiting 181 sites. The portraits have been taken on location inside the store during normal opening hours, forming part of the ongoing marketing for the refitting of stores. Working alongside the excellent team at Refinery Marketing the images have been used to produce A1 posters for store windows and leaflets.
Google maps have been very useful in planning schedules for this assignment. The map below shows the extent of coverage across the South East. Each point represents a portrait taken on location at a Co operative Food store.
Healthcare annual report assignment completed earlier this year for the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust Hospital. Completed over a two day period at the Hospitals London sites in Chelsea and Harefield. This years photo shoot took had an added significance as my daughter Eleanor was born the day after the first days shoot. As always it was a pleasure to meet the patients and staff at RBHT.
The work is a mixture of fly on the wall reportage and stage managed shots.