Willans LLP and LINC Carol Concert

I was recently asked by Willans LLP and Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund (LINC) to provide some PR photos to help promote their Christmas carol concert by candlelight in the beautiful chapel at Cheltenham College. The target publication was Cotswold Life and the local press. I already had a great location so all I needed to do to stand a good chance of getting the pictures published was a bit of creative lighting.

  The main lighting was a couple of umbrella flashes either side of the people and a small remote controlled flash hidden in the hymn book to light up the lady in the middle.

The main lighting was a couple of umbrella flashes either side of the people and a small remote controlled flash hidden in the hymn book to light up the lady in the middle.

Update - here's the published picture in Cotswold Life magazine, the client is very happy. 

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Worlds class equine centre.

It's always nice to work with horses, so I was super chuffed to be asked to photograph the prospectus for Hartpury Equine College

Hartpury Equine is one of the largest equestrian colleges in the world, providing top class education from A-levels and equivalents right through to honours and Masters degrees, supporting more than 600 equine students.

If you represent a college, school or university and require some great photography please get in touch, I'd be delighted to chat to you.


 

The Car Boot Museum

Yesterday I photographed a first for me; a car boot containing a miniature museum. The Car Boot Museum’s specially created wooden cabinet houses a collection of everyday objects, text and images put together by artist and writer Alice Maddicott. She is joined on the tour by poet Ana Seferovic to create a collaborative poetic travelogue. 

The project has been commissioned by Somerset Art Works for this year's Arts Weeks Festival

Alice is touring her home county to discover the secret stories behind objects and the local landscape. 

Visitors are invited to bring along their own objects which can be donated to the Museum or be recorded and taken away again. People can write their own ideas and memories of the area and add them to the Car Boot Museum. In recent years I've enjoyed working for a growing number of clients in art world who have had great deal of exposure through my PR Photography. 

Please do get in touch if you need any photography, I'd be delighted to chat.

BBC Countryfile Presenter Adam Henson opens Bishops Cleeve Anaerobic Digester

As a PR Photographer in Gloucestershire I get to meet lots of people and quite a few TV personalities. But it's always a special pleasure to work with BBC Countryfile's Adam Henson, I've worked with him on jobs for one of my regular clients Countrywide .

Yesterday he was opening a new anaerobic digester near Cheltenham for local company  Andigestion Ltd, I also got to meet Norman Grundon who is the chap who owns all the Grundon lorries that we see up and down the country.

 BBC Countryfile presenter and local farmer Adam Henson sharing a joke with Norman Grundon.

BBC Countryfile presenter and local farmer Adam Henson sharing a joke with Norman Grundon.



The Tower of London with Princess Anne and Jane Garvey.

Recently I was summoned to The Tower of London to shoot Princess Anne. HRH The Princess Royal was the guest of honour at a reception hosted by UK hearing loss charity Hearing Link. I've photographed the Princess many times as she is the patron of loads of charities that have commissioned me to photograph events and of course it's always a great pleasure. But as a Radio 4 junkie I was most excited to meet BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour presenter Jane Garvey, I could have listened to her voice all day and I'm sure I came across a bit starstruck. Meeting radio personalities is always a bit exciting, I think it's because their voices are always in your house, car, garage etc so they feel more familiar than TV and film actors.

Meerkats make themselves at home on my foot.

Meerkats gave a Nailsworth photographer the runaround on an unusual shoot this morning.

The endearing creatures at Hartpury College's animal collection popped up all over the place - and sometimes in front of the camera for Clint Randall of Pixel PR Photography.

He had plenty of chances to compare meerkats, as they switched places and even perched on him as he went about his work.



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Photographing the UK’s largest rooftop solar panel array

 The clients looking happy despite their soaking moments earlier.

The clients looking happy despite their soaking moments earlier.

Last week I went to Castle Donnington near East Midland's Airport to photograph the UK's biggest roof-mounted solar panel array on the roof of Marks and Spencer distribution centre.

 Here I am looking a bit wet and wind swept.

Here I am looking a bit wet and wind swept.

More than 24,000 panels spread across the building's roof - which is the same size as 11 football pitches. Anyway it sounded like a straight forward job. So I set off with reflectors and light weight studio lights, my plan was to get the sun on the clients back and fill in with studio flash to get either a dramatic stormy sky or travel brochure blue one. A nice man from M&S led the way up an internal ladder toward the roof, when he opened the hatch water cascaded onto us, I felt like I was getting out of a submarine. It was absolutely chucking it down, windy and cold.

You can't be a professional photographer in the UK for 25 years without learning how to deal with our climate. So we went for a cuppa, and as soon as it eased we did a 5 minute shoot and dashed back in for cover. The point of my tale is that when things don't go to plan it's good to have an experienced safe pair of hands to save the day. With a little bit of photoshop I got the sky looking respectable and every one was happy.

 Sods Law, it was gorgeous as soon as I had said my goodbyes.

Sods Law, it was gorgeous as soon as I had said my goodbyes.

Corporate event? Don't forget the pictures.

I cover a lot of corporate events for my clients and I'm always told how well received the photos are. They are used on social media and shared with the guests who in turn use them in a similar way, so every one is a winner. One of my oldest clients, BPE Solicitors in Cheltenham booked me for a great Drivers Day at Prescott Hill Climb. As always I delivered the pictures on a password protected page on my website from where BPE and their guests could download the pictures, I'm told that all the guests were thrilled with the pictures.

Airline Pilot practice used to help doctors and nurses

Junior staff within the airline industry are encouraged to speak up to more senior staff, including the captain, if they believe they have made a mistake.

I photographed Critical Care staff at Gloucesters Royal Hospital who are using similar practices with their simulator training to help train their medical staff.

It is hoped the training will mean doctors and nurses do not fear speaking up against those in authority.

Making business portraits fun

One of the nice things about being very experienced in your job is that you're relaxed and not stressed. I've been a photographer for over 25 years now so when I am photographing somebody I am completely at ease and this makes my subject feel at ease too. This is an important part of my skill set that has just crept up on me over the years and now I'm often told that it's a real selling point, especially in the world of corporate photography where my client hasn't got an hour to get to know me.