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.
Update - here's the published picture in Cotswold Life magazine, the client is very happy.
Some people hate having their pictures taken, but I've always found that if I photograph people in action they love the results. I can sit in on a real meeting and with very little interruption to business I can catch the whole board looking relaxed and engaged.
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.
Rugby World cup 2015
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.
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.
One of my clients, 'DAS', are over the moon to be featured on the the front page of the 'Shaun in the City' website after they submitted one of my PR photos. This is a great example of investing in good photography and be rewarded with superb publicity.
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.
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 gave a Nailsworth photographer the runaround on an unusual shoot this morning.
He had plenty of chances to compare meerkats, as they switched places and even perched on him as he went about his work.
I've just seen the Hartpury College prospectus that I worked on last year. These are just a few pages that I photographed on my iPhone this morning, I'm so pleased that they have used them so well. I've heard that the prospectus has been very well received and has resulted in an increase in student enrollment for courses featured.
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.
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.
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.
I'm very spoilt this morning with this wonderful city office block floor all to myself for corporate portraits.
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.
When I work at a school I am very careful to not disrupt the lessons, I've found that it works best to take candid pictures and catch the atmosphere of your school.