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.

The Co operative Food Portraits

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.

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.

2012 Highlights

Looking back over some of the wonderful highlights from 2012, the many varied people and locations all of which made the year a fun and creative experience.

Artists & Illustrators Magazine: Alvaro Castagnet

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the watercolour artist Alvaro Castagnet for a feature in Artists and Illustrators Magazine. It was great fun photographing a very flamboyant and charismatic personality who took the whole process in his stride. The shoot took place at Dedham Hall, Essex. In the heart of ‘Constable Country’ I used available light and 2 SB800 Speedlights off camera, one with a white brolly and the other bare.

Alvaro Castagnet Artists & Illustrators Magazine Cover

Alvaro Castagnet Artists & Illustrators Magazine July

Alvaro Castagnet Artists & Illustrators Magazine July