Category Archives: Interiors

Promotional Kitchen Shoot

Earlier in the month I was asked by a local kitchen company to photograph one of their installed kitchens for use in an article in The Jewish Chronicle.

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The brief was to visit their client’s home and provide shots of the kitchen, including their client preparing food.

The kitchen was clean, light and airy and the ambient lighting was ideal, meaning that there was no need for strobes or flashguns. The whole shoot took less that half an hour and the edited images provided to the clients PR company within four days.

Rigsby’s

Earlier in the month I was asked to shoot some material for a Rigsby’s, a café and restaurant in Hertford’s St.Andrew Street.

The brief was to provide some interior and exterior shots of the restaurant, together with some shots of dishes available on their menu. The imagery would then be used on their website and other promotional materials.

I paid a couple of visits to take the shots, firstly for the interiors and photographing the food, and a few days later – when the sun was shining – to take some further exterior shots.

This shot originally featured a number of overhead cables, which had to be edited out of the final image

This was an interesting assignment because food photography is something I’ve not had a lot of experience with but have been keen to add to my portfolio. We found a suitable location and props whilst the chef was tasked with producing a series of dishes for me to photograph.

Main course

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RiverCity Studios

I took these shots of RiverCity Studios after I was called by an existing client who needed some publicity shots at short notice. They needed some wide views of the premises for their website and printed brochure. I was called at lunchtime and took the shots later in the afternoon, delivering unedited shots in the early evening for review.

Control Room
Reception Area
Reception Area
Rehearsal Room 2
Rehearsal Room 2
Somewhere to relax
Somewhere to relax
Bar
Bar
Mixing desk
Mixing desk

 

Parkhurst Music Studio

Last month I was asked to take some promotional interior shots for Parkhurst Music Studio to be use on their website. The two floor studio is used for teaching a variety of instruments, including guitar and drums. The former stable block has recently been renovated and is light and airy.

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The studio is south facing and on my first visit there was strong sunlight streaming in to both rooms. This is far from an ideal lighting situation due to the strong shadows and high contrast between the direct sunlight and ambient light, so I returned an hour later when the position of the sun had changed.

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The ground floor studio has plenty of light, with large windows along two walls. I used off-camera bounce flash to light the darker corner of the studio to balance the lighting with the rest of the room.

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As well as wide shots of both studios I also took photographs of instruments on display in both the studios and entrance hallway.

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To get a greater feel for the environment I included some close up shots of instruments, music books and sheet music.

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If you’re interested in promotional material or interior shots please feel free to get in touch using the contact form on my website. My catchment area covers much of Hertfordshire and the Essex borders.

www.parkhurstmusicstudio.co.uk

Giambrone’s

I was delighted to be invited to provide some promotional material for a new delicatessen and café in Hertford town centre recently. The business were looking for images to submit to a local magazine and annual restaurant guide showing the interior and exterior of their premises, together with images of their products, including hampers, panettones, cakes and pasties, meats, pasta and other Italian produce.

Exterior photo of Giambrone's cafe and delicatessen in Hertford

As with all such jobs I spent a while on the premises in the days before the shoot to get an idea of the environment – the space, the lighting, the angles and the backdrops. The retail premises is on a corner plot and glazed from floor to ceiling on two sides, giving plenty of light, albeit of a different colour temperature to the internal lighting. Immediately opposite is a vacant shop with whitewashed windows – not the best view out of the premises and something to avoid when taking shots that are meant to look appealing.

The shoot took place during working hours so it was important not to get in the way of customers and staff.  Some shots had to wait until there were less people around whilst others had to be composed to minimise their presence. In a couple of shots it was necessary to airbrush out the odd head or other body part!

Photograph of shop interior

The product shots were probably the simplest as the displays were already well lit, with the fresh pasties and cakes looking especially pleasing. The staff also provided me a some excellent displays of cured meats and freshly made coffee.

Finally, we shot some of the packed goods on shelves and in the refrigerated displays.

A full set of my images from the Giambrone’s shoot can be found on Flickr.

If you’re interested in promoting your business through photography why not contact me to find out how I can help show off your business. Just fill in the contact form on my main website..  

Fitted Kitchens

Photographing interiors is something I’ve always enjoyed so I was delighted to be asked to photograph a fitted kitchen for local company Clover Kitchens. The business is a family-run concern that installs quality kitchens and my brief was to photograph a recent installation, with the images being used on the web and in promotional materials to illustrate the quality of fittings and workmanship that the business provides.

It goes without saying that interiors need to be presented at their best, so the location has to be clean, tidy and free from domestic debris before the session begins. I often use a checklist and walk around the location to make sure that surfaces are clean, doors and windows are closed where necessary and the scene is generally uncluttered. I pay particular attention to reflective surfaces – smears  and marks on reflective surfaces can will show up in photographs and whilst these can often be fixed in post-productions it’s better to get the shot right in the camera to start with.

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Crosier Place

Earlier in  the week I photographed a show home at a new development of 13 spacious town houses.

This was my first time photographing interiors, something I’ve been interested in getting in to for some time. I had the run of the show home so there was no pressure and I could take my time choosing the best angle and compositions.

The property was ideal material, being large, finished to a high spec, beautifully presented and with lots of light.

I used a tripod for the vast majority of shots and set the ISO to 100 and aperture to f11. In many of the shots I boosted the EV, in some cases by up to 2 stops.

A handful of shots required a bit of a tweak in Photoshop but the vast majority were fine straight out of the camera.

Overall I was very pleased with the results.