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.
New Contemporary Website for AlixPartnersPosted 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 website design. Everyone was photographed whilst actively engaged in conversation with a colleague and the banner images featured a group of people in collective discussion, with specific placement 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 too serious nor laughing – 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.
Internet Story Photography for Corporate ClientPosted in University / Academic Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites
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 EuropePosted in Private Equity Company Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, Location / Annual Report Photography, Websites
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.
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.
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 BusinessPosted 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 –
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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 MeetingPosted 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 –
Breakfast Meeting in London with Housing Minister –
Corporate Event Space at Two Temple PlacePosted 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 –
During the evening Nicola Benedetti the famous violinist played for the guests. Nicola was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music this week –
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 WebsitePosted 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 –
HAC Hockey Club DinnerPosted in Company Party Photography
A few photographs that highlight the social and sporting side of the
Honourable Artillery Company – It’s the oldest regiment in the British Army and
dates back to 1537 which some players in the Hockey Club remember well.
Lunchtime Awards Ceremony at Mandarin Oriental Hotel for Churchill RetirementPosted in Award Ceremony, Event Photography
Here are a small sample of the photographs taken for Churchill Retirement during a lunchtime awards ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London –
Hi Sam, Excellent, thanks very much for getting these turned around so quickly for us. Kind regards, Ian