Douglas Fry | London Wedding Photographer

The team at Piranha Photography are always busy on a variety of commissions in London and across the UK as well as abroad. This blog is an ideal way to keep our clients both old and new up to date with our business photography and corporate video work.

Company Summer Party at Waddeson Manor in Buckinghamshire

Posted in Company Party Photography, Event Photography

One of Piranha’s corporate clients held a summer party at Waddeson Manor, Buckinghamshire, not far from Oxford.  Here are a few of the photographs taken on the night –

Photography of entrance to Waddeson Manor Waddeson Manor Corporate event photograph Band member playing guitar at Waddeson Manor Photograph of exterior or Waddeson Manor with guests outside Guests having drinks at summer party outside   Guest during dinner at summer party in Buckinghamshire for corporate client Guests seated at dinner photographed during summer party Dinner at summer party for company Guests seated pictured during dinner

New Headshot Photography for Brackendale Consulting

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Head Shots, Communications Company, Websites

Brackendale Consulting required new headshots of their employees for their website.  The consultancy helps private equity clients with their marketing and branding as well as communication strategies. The team were extremely pleased with their final images, and even enjoyed the experience of being photographed on the day, which suprised them!

Headshot photographs on client's website page

Employee headshots on company website

Dear Doug, I cannot thank you enough for this morning - we found it a real pleasure meeting you - you managed to put us all at ease and it will be a delight to recommend you to our clients. The photos we saw are amazing - you've managed to capture us in the perfect way, I'm thrilled. Again, we were delighted to meet you and would love to work together on joint projects. Thanks to you and Sam. Warm regards Fay Ps it was also a great restaurant recommendation - we can't sing your praises highly enough ;-)

New Contemporary Website for AlixPartners

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

New Corporate Head Shots for Website

Piranha have been commissioned to photograph London staff members of AlixPartners for their new website project. This global company specialises in helping their corporate clients with turnaround and restructuring.

The brief was to achieve a new look and feel for all the head shots whether individual or photographed as a group and this is reflected in their new clean website design. Everyone was photographed whilst actively engaged in conversation with a colleague who provided the blurred foreground head and shoulders to give a greater sense of communication. The banner images featured a group of people in collective discussion, with specific placement of the subjects within the frame to allow for text and graphics.

This can be achieved with artificial or natural light but to keep the interruption and distraction to a minimum we went for daylight and used fast Leica lenses to allow for an attractive shallow depth of field, it was then a question of subject placement and careful processing of the RAW files each time to ensure consistent lighting, contrast and colour palette.

The Photography Brief

The feel of the final images is dynamic and contemporary, with a brief that required ‘active portraits’ that is photographs that convey a sense of AlixPartners staff in discussion with clients, caught in mid flow as it were. Not serious nor laughing too much – engaged in conversation.

This ongoing project has required a number of days of photography both during induction events and also for current staff members extra full days.  The next steps will be to photograph the various UK wide offices.

Below are a small selection of the images taken which are now being used to populate the new website.

 

Corporate photograph of 2 people in conversation on client website New portrait for London staff member One of the portrait photographs on new website Animated portrait of London employee New corporate headshot on website Portrait of individual in conversation to give contemporary look and feel to new website New modern head shot for website biographies page

Internet Story Photography for Corporate Client

Posted in University / Academic Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

Photograph of research professioinal at university in London

Elsevier required photography of Robert Homewood a researcher at Goldsmiths University in London. The photograph was to be used to illustrate an online story on the client’s website about Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence. The article discussed how technology and artificial intelligence is changing and informing the way that games are developed.

A number of shots were taken around the university with a view to them fitting into the ‘letterbox’/’banner’ format of a website page.

 

 

Hi Samantha, thanks for your quick turnaround time! Beautiful pictures, nice to meet you Rob (always nice to see a face alongside a name;)! - Brand Manager

NEWS FLASH – New Website Photography across Europe

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, Location / Annual Report Photography, Websites

Photograph of Senior Management in Paris

A challenging balancing act for Equistone Partners Europe’s new website

Our brief from Equistone Partners Europe, a leading mid-market private equity firm, for its new website http://www.equistonepe.com/home demanded eye-catching but informal shots of its Partners and employees that captured ‘a sense of place’ in France, Switzerland and the UK, reflecting the importance Equistone sets on being local capital partners working in local markets.

Location photograph for Private Equity Company in London

The other important consideration was how well the photographs would display on the new site. When framing the pictures, we had to make sure we had allowed room for the site’s navigational banners.

And we needed just the right depth of field to keep subjects sharply in focus, while blurring the background to avoid distraction but leaving sufficient visual ‘clues’ about each country where Equistone operates. In the end, we were happy we had achieved this challenging balancing act.

Mangement outside in London

For the technically minded, nearly all the photographs were taken on a new Leica M240 coupled with a 35mm Summicron ASPH lens.

The Leica M240, with its famous rangefinder design, is invaluable on location assignments, being light and durable with an almost silent shutter. This allows me as the photographer to blend into the background, which relaxes the subjects and is much less intimidating. It’s worth saying again that the Leica rangefinder is the camera behind most of the memorable and iconic images of the previous century.

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I think your photographs are fantastic and there are some group shots in particular that capture a moment so perfectly and look so natural, I think they are brilliant. - Barbara Hand, Design Manager Equistone Partners Europe Limited

Headshot Photography for Stockbroking and Investment Banking Business

Posted in Head Shots, Bank Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography

Piranha has photographed on a number of occasions for the Institutional Equity Broking and Investment Banking business Whitman Howard.  The idea was to generate a large selection of headshots for the company to use on their website and in other materials. The style of photographs needed by the company were both headshots against a plain background and also environmental photographs where the office background can be seen, thereby allowing the images to provide a sense of the space.

The below screen grab shows some of the pictures in situ on the client’s website –

Screen grab showing headshots used in black and white by Piranha in situ on the page

LinkedIn Recommendation –

Testimonial from client about their photography

Hi Sam, Gosh – some days I’m very glad I didn’t pursue my childhood dream of becoming a photographer because I never would have been able to produce anything like Douglas does! They’re fantastic. Many thanks, - Client

Photography for Property Company of Sites and Meeting

Posted in Bank Photography, Architects Photography, Location / Annual Report Photography

Piranha was commissioned by SHA Housing to photograph their various ongoing projects around England. This included exterior shots of the works and also interior shots of the rooms and residents.

The buildings were varied and interesting from major developments to individual houses.

A few weeks later Piranha was commissioned by the company to photograph a breakfast meeting and talks – members of the board and the housing minister were present. Below you can see some of the photography featured on the website and taken during the morning meeting –

Website showing Exterior of building photographed by Piranha

Building projects photographed around England by Piranha

SHA Housing - photography of residents in new home

Breakfast Meeting in London with Housing Minister –

Photograph Gavin Barwell - minister for housing, planning

Gavin Barwell – minister for housing, planning

Photography of Company Breakfast Meeting

Corporate Event Space at Two Temple Place

Posted in Event Photography

A hidden gem – this is a fantastic event space for a corporate evening. Two Temple Place is a neo-Gothic mansion built by William Waldorf Astor on the Embankment in London.  The interior is spectacular as you can see below –

Event Space - London - Two Temple Place - Fantastic interior Photography of exterior of Two Temple Place in London

During the evening Nicola Benedetti the famous violinist played for the guests. Nicola was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music this week –

Nicola Benedetti playing the violin at Two Temple Place in London

Nicola Benedetti

Hi Sam, Thanks so much for allowing us to use your incredible photographs! They really are lovely and we would love to share them with the parents who were unfortunately not able to see the performance! They will love them. Would it help if I requested specific photos or is it easier for you to send a whole batch through? Please do just let us know whatever the simplest way of getting to us is. Thank you so much again for sharing them with us. All the very best, - London Music Masters

Photography of Consultants for Website

Posted in Communications Company, Corporate Portrait Photography

Below are screen grabs to show Piranha’s photographs on Eden McCallum’s website. The company are a global firm and provide consultants and expertise to client’s on a project basis.  Each person’s portrait was taken in two styles, one as head and shoulders portraits against a grey background and another as an ‘environmental portrait’ within the office or alternatively outside in the surrounding London streets.  You can see some of the final selected images in situ below –

Website banner with company name Environmental Portrait of staff member Office photography of consultant Portrait taken in London street Photograph in office of consultant Photograph taken outside for company in London

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