Manchester Business Portrait Photography

A few months ago I was contacted by Lee Rhodes of Open Rhodes to create some business portrait photographs for his new website.  Lee wanted some professional portraits that were not the typical white background headshots but a bit more creative and relaxed.  I suggested we head down to Salford Quays for some location portraits as I knew there were loads of interesting textures to use as backdrops.  The Manchester weather (and wind) was kind to us and we managed to get some great portraits just wandering around.  My favourite location was a little alcove outside the Imperial War Museum North, the walls worked great as a backdrop and the overhang above (coupled with a cloudy sky) created a really interesting light.  Here are some of my favourite images from the shoot:

I think the business portraits turned out great (as did Lee!) and I really enjoyed creating something a little bit different (was great to be out of the studio environment).  If you’re interested in interesting business portrait photographs to promote your business or services, please give me a shout

Commercial Photography Cheshire – Meet the team photos

Over the last few years I’ve done a considerable number of jobs for Warble Entertainment shooting the various bands on their roster so it was great when they approached me to shoot the photos for their new ‘meet the team’ page on their website.  They wanted something a bit different and fun but the resulting images still had to serve their function of allowing clients to see who was who.

After creating a mood-board and knocking a few ideas back and forth we agreed on two final designs, one team photo and one set of individual photos.  The team photo was a mix of photos and illustration and was designed so that it is relatively easy to add new team members as and when they join.  The individual shots consisted of two shots per person, one ‘normal’ and one ‘silly’ with the idea being that on the final website the ‘normal’ image would be displayed until the user moves their mouse over the image where it changes to the ‘silly’ version.  Here is the final team shot:

warble entertainment team photo

The images were all shot individually in front of a white background then composited together in Photoshop afterwards.  I then added the illustration elements, some of which we created by myself, others by the guys at Warble and the remainder were from the existing Warble branding set.  The individual shots were taken on the same set with a tighter crop. Here are some of the individual shots:

Head over to the Warble website to see the images on the page and see how the roll-over effect works, this was a great shoot and we all had a great time creating something a bit different for their new website.  Here’s a quick behind the scenes shot of the team at the end of the shoot:

Warble team behind the scenes

If you are interested in livening up your website with some creative photography or want to discuss any other commercial photography needs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Commercial Photographer Cheshire – Ripper Street Photoshoot

Being a commercial photographer I have always been drawn to visual details and one thing I have always looked out for when watching TV or films is the photos that appear on set in the background.  I always wondered what the process was to have these created for the production, were they shot exclusively for that show/film or were they photoshopped from existing images provided by the actors etc?

Last year I got the opportunity to experience first hand how such images are created when I was hired by the TV production company ‘Tiger Aspect‘ who are responsible for producing the BBC crime drama, ‘Ripper Street‘, to produce some Victorian family portraits for use in the show.  The travelled down to where the show was filming on location in the midlands and met up with the art direction team on set at an old foundry.  The incredibly talented set designers had created a set for us to use that mimicked a typical Victorian portrait setup.  The main objective of the shoot was to create some family portraits of the character Inspector Edmund Reid (played by actor Matthew MacFadyen) and his family.  The twist was that the original actress that played Emily Reid (Inspector Reid’s wife) was no longer in the show and so we had to use a stand in actress with the intention to digitally add the original actress in post.

As the cast were filming there was some waiting around for the actors to be ready but once they were on set I only had a few minutes to capture the list of required shots that the Assistant Art Director had given me before they were whisked off to their next scene.   The actors were obviously great and we bagged the shots pretty quickly before moving outside to get some external shots, this was cut short by the British weather but we had got what we needed.

Here are some of the images we created from the shoot for the show (click to see full size):

Here is a screen shot of some of the images (cropped) being used in the show in Episode 1 of Season 3

ripper street family portraits

Here are a couple of screen shots from episode 2 with the full versions of the images

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It was a great experience doing the shoot and was great fun to see behind the scenes of the show and to be involved in a small way.

 

Cheshire Commercial Photography – Business Promotion

Here are some new promotional images that I created with my wife Sarah for her new Adult Yoga classes she is setting up in Northwich, Cheshire. We wanted to create a mix of images showing a variety of poses that she can use to promote the classes and have available for using in social media posts over the next few months.

We started off with some ‘text book’ style images of Sarah showing various moves and Yoga poses. These images allow Sarah to demonstrate her abilities, communicate what kinds of things she teaches in her classes and keep the material personal rather than using stock images. It’s a great idea to set up an internal image library that you can dip into when you need it rather than frantically put something together each time you look to create a new post or marketing material:

After that we worked on some more creative images that show a less clinical side to her Yoga and which can be used alongside more theoretical or philosophical blog posts etc:

If you are interested in creating some promotional images for your business please don’t hesitate to give me a shout for a chat.

Commercial Website Photography – OCC Computing

Many companies invest in marketing their business online and one of the prime ways of doing this is through a website. A company website is often referred to as the online equivalent of a shop window where passing potential customers can have a look at your products and services to see if they might be interested in doing business with you. One mistake many companies make is selecting the right type of images to use on their website.

Having low quality images (i.e. photos taken on a phone) is the equivalent of having really dirty shop windows and suggests to potential customers that you may not provide the quality they are looking for. Not having any photos n your website is the equivalent of having boarded up windows (and a locked door!) and can make potential customers suspicious that you have something to hide or nothing to offer.  Many companies try and save money by using stock photography to fill this gap, sometimes this can be effective but if not selected very carefully the images come across sterile and insincere.

Having personalised, professional, high quality images representing your products and services helps customers see and understand your business clearly and helps build trust from the first visit. It shows that you are proud of your business and are confident about all aspects of the products and services you provide.

One company that understand these facts very well is Nantwich based recruitment company, OCC Computing. They recently hired me to capture images of their team hard at work in their day to day operations for use on their new website being created by Surefire Media. Here are some of the images we created for their ‘shop window’:

If you are interested in improving your businesses ‘shop window’ please get in touch for a chat about what we can do for you.