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Professional Pictures

Do you need professional pictures to make you or your company look accomplished, businesslike and experienced? As a professional photographer in London, it’s my day to day job to create professional photos for people and businesses, like these:

Because I’m a professional photographer, I’m quick and efficient at taking photos like these.  Both for individual people who need images for work, and for businesses who have a number of staff to be photographed.

Why Have Professional Pictures?

Professional pictures, as opposed to selfies, holiday snaps, or photos taken by the office photography enthusiast are much more likely to make you look exactly as you want to look and portray your image in the correct way. Creating professional level photography is not only about the technicalities of focus, lighting, composition and file formats etc. It is also about working with the person in the picture and creating a professional image that they are pleased to use on their website, social media channels and company reports.

How To Create Professional Pictures

In order to create professional photos, you need to create an environment where the subject is relaxed, happy and confident. The lighting needs to be perfect and created specifically for each person. You need to know how to correctly position your subject to make them look engaged and interested. It’s good to use either a studio where everything is under the control of the photographer, or the images can be created at your office and the environment can be incorporated into the picture to tell more of a story.

If you’re interested in having some professional photos created for you, get in touch using the form below, or call / text me on 07779082909.

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Corporate Event Photography

I work with many clients who run corporate events and need good photography. These clients are either full time event companies or organisations which run events as one of their services.

Event Photography London
Event Photography London

Here are the the top two reasons you may need good corporate event photography:

– To make the event look engaging so that potential attendees will want to come to future events.
– To make the event look busy so that potential sponsors and exhibitors will want to come to future events.

A common way of working is to provide a few images throughout the day that can be uses on social media, and then the final, edited photos are supplied a day or two after the event. Clients can let me know their deadlines so I can work to that.

Event Photography London
Event Photography London

A brief is a useful thing when hiring a corporate event photographer. This should set out which images are essential for you. Some events really want lots of shots of the speakers, others are more focussed on getting the crowd in the shot, showing them them having a good time. Sometimes you may need to ensure you have all of your sponsors logos shown in the images.

The best events to work at and photograph are those with great light, large rooms, and lots of variety. if it’s a small event, great photography can still be captured, but the variety of images may not be as great.

Here are a few of my corporate event photos:

Live Event Photography
Conference Photography
Convention Photo London
Engaging Photography For Trade Shows
Corporate Event Photography London
Corporate Event Photography London
Event Photography London
Event Photography
Event Photography
Event Photography
Corporate Training Event Photography
Corporate Training Event Photography

If you’re looking for engaging corporate event photography to publicises and record your event, then get in touch. It would be great to hear from you.

Corporate Portrait Photography London

Corporate portrait photography doesn’t have to be boring! OK, so you can have a standard company headshot against a plain white background. I can do that. But if you want to show some of the character of your people and your organisation, that’s the better approach in my humble opinion.

Start by thinking about the location where your company portraits are taken. You could use a studio, which may or may not work depending on staff logistics and numbers. If you have at relatively large room in your office, you could use that and set up a small, temporary studio quite easily.

My favourite option is to try to use some of your environment in the images. This helps in several ways: it helps tell a story about your organisation, and it makes people more relaxed if they can sit or lean on some office furniture! Using your office means minimum downtime for your staff too.

Here is a small selection of my favourite corporate portraits, taken over the last few years:

Half a day is usually enough to create portrait photos of up to 12 staff at your organisation, but I have done 60 in one day. That’s a kind of conveyor belt approach. Giving a bit more time to each person means they can be more relaxed and get a company photo that they’re happy with.

Think about how your corporate portraits will work with your website and social media channels. You may want a happy, relaxed image along with a more serious photo, depending on what you do and where the images will be published. Do your staff blog, speak at events, meet clients? These are important considerations too.

Warning your staff in advance is important. You may be surprised how apprehensive some people are and how much preparation they may or may not want to put into how they look in their image!

If you’d like to discuss your corporate portrait photography in London or elsewhere, call me on 07779082909 or send me an email. I can help with ideas to get you the best photos.

Magician Photography

One of the great perks of my jobs is working with people who work in massive variety of occupations. A typical week may consist of me shooting a banker, several barristers, a few LinkedIn headshot, a musician or two and a magician!

This year I’ve photographed two magicians. They are a really great subject because a) they know exactly what they want (maybe from being slight control freaks, I guess they can’t leave anything to chance, a bit like a photographer), and b) they do amazing magic tricks, not that either of them gave me any insight into how they do it…

The first musician I photographed was John Conway. Actually he’s a conjurer and you can see many of my photos on his website.

Magician Photography
Magician Photography
OK, not a musician, but a magician
OK, not a musician, but a magician
Magician Photography
Magician Photography

John swallowed a LOT of needles during our shoot, I was quite worried, but he seems totally relaxed with a mouthful of pain. No bleeding either, which was impressive.

The next magician I photographed was Marc Spelmann, who is currently appearing on Britain’s Got Talent. This shoot was much more of a collaboration, with images by me and then Marc using his own Photoshop skills to create something amazing like this which is now on his website:

Marc Spelmann
Marc Spelmann

Marc does amazing things with a Rubik’s Cube and can solve it by passing it through the audience completely mixed up, only to return to him completely done! Highly impressive, and I’m still working out how to get two sides done.

Both were great people to work with and strictly adhered to the code of the Magician’s Circle. No matter how hard I tried, neither would reveal the secrets behind any of their tricks. I wouldn’t trust either of them if I was wearing a fancy watch…