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.
NEWS FLASH – Appreciations from Berlin/GermanyPosted in Tips and News from Piranha
I just received this interesting and heartening message, from a fellow photographer in Berlin…
just wanted to send you my apprecication for your work / business. I have followed your website / social media postings in the last couple of years and was always impressed by your great photography and professional business conduct. Your business portraits really look like the “real deal” / just the way they have to be done.
Here in Berlin, I have been in the business since 2002, mainly doing corporporate / political events and business portraits. Just two months ago I have opened – for the first time ever – my studio in the heart of the political district of Berlin – trying to offer a local/personal touch while every other photographer seems to be busy with working on their “social media accounts”. The verdict on my rather costly move, I have to admit, ist still out. But I am still positive, seeing the first bits of good client feedback.
Whenever you should come to Berlin, I would be pleased to show you around and buy you a German Beer 🙂
http://www.studio10117.de (not a lot there, yet)
http://www.work21.de (kind of an “artsy side project”)
NEWS FLASH – Light work can be heavy goingPosted in Tips and News from Piranha
If using natural light was the answer for a professional photographer, you wouldn’t find me lugging around 30 kilogrammes of lighting equipment on the London Underground travelling to photo-shoots.
As a trick of the trade, the truth is that lighting makes the biggest difference between an amateur’s photographs versus a professional’s. The difference is far greater than the make of camera body or lens. If I was asked to put a number on it, I’d say great pictures are about 80% the result of a professional lighting rig, and the rest is down to the camera, lens and the photographer’s experience and talent.
Don’t get me wrong. Good cameras and lenses are important. If you’ve read previous Bytes, you’ll know my love of Leica equipment borders on the obsessional. But without my portable (ahem!) Elinchrom lighting rig, the images would inevitably disappoint clients. The light it produces wraps completely around the subject’s face, creating softer, kinder images. In some ways the effects are counter-intuitive. You’d think that extra light would reveal more of a subject’s flaws in skin tone. But it has the opposite effect. The light actually conceals and flatters, and that’s why it’s worth the half hour it takes me set up my lights ahead of a shoot.
More than this, lights create a sense of occasion, a bit of a wow factor if you will. At a corporate photo-shoot, the CEO or director, on seeing the lighting set up, suddenly gives the session their full focus and attention. Just as importantly, it also leads to an efficient use of their time, because I know I can have the shots I need in a few minutes rather than clicking away at the shutter for much longer in the hope of the right shot.
Professional lighting also produces repeatable images that not only look super soft, but also have consistent colour tones in every shot. Natural light, in contrast, will vary as the sun goes in and out and the contrast will change from very low on cloudy days to far too high on a sunny day. My lighting rig ensures a soft envelope of light every single time, no matter what time of day or what sort of room is used for shooting. And the reason this matters is that we end up with pleasingly uniform images that are ideal for company websites, marketing literature or social media avatars.
And there are benefits for me too, because lugging so much lighting kit back and forth means I am spared having to join a gym to stay fit.
...the CEO or director, on seeing the lighting set up, suddenly gives the session their full focus and attention - Douglas, Photographer
Press Coverage – PE Company New Appointment in London OfficesPosted in Private Equity Company Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, PR Photography
A strong corporate portrait can be provided to the press along with a press release when making a company announcement. A professional photograph is much more likely to be printed with the accompanying story.
The images taken during the photo shoot can also be used for pitch documents, marketing materials, LinkedIn and the company website.
Photography of Networking Event in LondonPosted in University / Academic Photography, Event Photography
Photography this March of networking event hosted at the Lansdowne Club in London. Below you can see a few of the images taken in use on the school’s website –
Portrait Photography for Production Company in LondonPosted in Head Shots, Websites
Portraits taken for production company at their London offices of staff members –
Extra Portrait Photography for Current WebsitePosted in Law Firm Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites
Additional portraits taken on new joiners to this barrister’s chambers, so that their photographs could be added to the website. Here you can see a small selection of the photographs –
New Portraits for Current Website of Media ClientPosted in Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites
One of our regular client’s required a few new portraits to add to their existing set. The ones below feature on their website’s Senior Management page –
Photography for London BankPosted in Bank Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography
Here you can see a couple of the portraits taken in their London offices, for a banking client –
Event Photography at The Natural History Museum in LondonPosted in University / Academic Photography, Company Party Photography, Event Photography
Piranha was commissioned by Harvard Business School to cover an Alumni evening this week. The event took place at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington.
Thanks for sharing the photos. Just to put it in writing – I can’t stress enough how great Doulgas was. Francesca