A word I often like to use to describe my photography is “observational“. This can mean photographing people, their environment, and the things they surround themselves with, either personally or professionally. Yesterday was a good example of this kind of work, when I was invited to photograph Nick Blishen at his workshop in Hertford.
Nick is an accomplished guitar maker and lectures on the subject at London Metropolitan University. I was asked to provide some promotional shots for forthcoming classes in guitar making being offered by a local music retailer.
The setting I was given was ideal – informal and relaxed, with a handful of visitors taking an interest in the various stages of the craft. I was able to photograph Nick chatting and talking about his work, as well as focusing (quite literally) on some of the tools and work in progress. The workshop was also light and airy so there was no need any artificial lighting.
The shots were delivered to the client the next day after post-production editing.
A few weeks ago I took some promotional shots for a local theatre company who were promoting their latest production Agatha Christie’s The Hollow.
The brief included a series of posed shots from the play featuring the performers in costume with props. The photos were then used in promotional materials including posters and the programme for the production.
The shots were taken in a rehearsal room at the company’s headquarters using my mobile studio.
Interestingly, the crab shown in the last image was actually a flat printed cardboard cutout, but through the magic of photography appears very real and three dimensional.
In addition to the posed shots I was also asked to provide some informal black and white images of the play in rehearsal. Other theatre companies have also asked for these in the past and I’m more than happy to provide these. The rehearsal shots were taken handheld using ambient lighting.
Along with the posed shots these images also appeared in the programme.
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I recently did a shoot for a fledgling PR and marketing outfit at their base in Islington, London. Formed in 2010, Alexandra Marr & Associates specialise in the lifestyle and tourism sectors, with offices in both London and Wales.
This was a straightforward brief to provide headshots and capture the working environment – something I call People & Premises.
The staff shots were taken in a meeting room using my mobile studio. We took both individual and group shots before moving to the office for the at work pictures.
Being a new business, the office is quite small and so space to shoot was very restricted. We managed to find an angle that showed the three staff and avoid some of the office clutter such as coat racks and shelving.
There was plenty of daylight in the office thanks to large rooflights so the only additional lighting that was necessary was a touch of fill-in flash.
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