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.
Shooting In The Great OutdoorsPosted in Corporate Portrait Photography, Outdoor Portraits, Tips and News from Piranha
Shooting in the great outdoors
Head and shoulders portraits of a senior executive shot against a plain grey or white background are always going to be essential for corporate press and marketing materials.
But don’t forget that for other occasions when your business needs to stand out, these standard portraits might not be powerful enough to grab your audience’s attention or make them think.
Contrast this with outdoor location shots, which when taken professionally, are naturally thought provoking while also providing greater context about the business.
As fashions change, we’ve found clients want their corporate imagery to be fresh and exciting and not me-too and tired. All of which is helping me persuade more and more clients to spare me around 10 minutes of their time to be photographed in the great outdoors.
Take it as read I’ll have scouted suitable locations near to their workplace before the shoot. Then armed with little more than a large reflector and Leica’s fast lenses, I can guarantee a set of portraits in under 10 minutes that are the opposite of business as usual.
If you look at the examples below from recent shoots, you’ll see they look more interesting than a standard corporate headshot.
Outdoor location shots, when taken professionally, are naturally thought provoking while also providing greater context about the business. - Douglas, Photographer
LinkedIn Portraits for Private Equity ClientPosted in Private Equity Company Photography, LinkedIn
Good to see one of our photographs being used to accompany a LinkedIn post this week.
Congratulations to Inflexion on their 20th anniversary – A private equity company I have been working with for many years now, the corporate photography has changed and developed over the years, leaving behind the more formal look, and progressing to the contemporary approachable identity seen today on the new website. The brief from the design agency was to capture the personality of the subject, shown within the context of their new Marylebone offices. This required soft lighting from a large Elinchrom flash to light the subject but allow the ambient light either from the windows or even the rooms beyond to be on a parity. The depth of field was to be shallow too, so that the background was distracting in the image, I used my Leica Noctilux which has exceptional properties not least its fast aperture for that signature look. As always time with each person is limited but everything is set up prior to the subject arriving with test shoots and client approval, this means the time with the busy director etc is as efficient as possible.
and another one here –
Board Photography for Sainsbury’sPosted in Board Photography, Individual Board Photographs, Corporate Portrait Photography, Location / Annual Report Photography
The board photographs for Sainsbury’s were taken at the company’s head office in Holborn and featured in the annual report and on the website.
A big soft box was required to balance the ambient light and the flash, to give a more natural look. A shallow depth of field was chosen to give a sense of location without distracting from the subject.
Annual Report 2019
Below you can see a few of the Board of Director’s photographs taken by Piranha and featured in this year’s printed and online annual report –
New Portraits for London Barristers Chambers WebsitePosted in Corporate Portrait Photography, Law Firm Photography, Websites
The barristers chambers 2 Harcourt Buildings needed all new photographs of their barristers for their website.
The idea was to show the people within the context of their newly refurbished chambers, to look approachable and a safe pair of hands for their criminal law client base.
The website has a contemporary feel to it and the photographs were toned and cropped to differentiate the chambers from other practices in this busy area of legal work.
Photography of Consultants for WebsitePosted in Corporate Portrait Photography, Outdoor Portraits, Communications Company
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 –
New Website for PR Company – All New PhotographsPosted in Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites
Piranha was asked to photograph all the London staff members for the company’s new website, as well as environmental images to illustrate the different areas of the business. The theme for the portraits, decided on by the design agency, was to use glass to generate interesting and varied reflections.
The photography took place over a number of days and provided a wide choice of pictures. Piranha also coordinated the photography across the world, briefing the different photographers, to ensure that the staff photography from all the other countries operated in by the business followed the brief and that the final images had the same look and feel –
Group Photograph of Communications TeamPosted in Communications Company, Group Photograph of Board Members, Head Shots, Websites
Piranha was commissioned to take a team photograph for Farrer and Kane communications agency’s website. This was to include all staff members. We arranged a central London studio where the photography could take place, then set up a backdrop and lighting. The brief was to create a fun shot of everyone together, and for it to be lively and reflect the atmosphere of the office. Afterwards the selected digital image was provided in black and white to be used on the about us page of the company website.
On the day we also took individual corporate portrait photographs that could be used to accompany staff biographies, and be used in other marketing materials.
New Team Photographs for BrochetPosted in Corporate Portrait Photography
Great to have the opportunity to photograph the Brochet team in their new corporate offices near Andover. The brief was to capture the team at work in a documentary style, so that disruption was kept to a minimum, but with a little guidance from the photographer, the best shots could be achieved in the time frame. Its important to photograph staff actively engaged in their day to day work to produce more active and attractive images, which then look more believable for a website. For this I used a very fast 50mm lens to allow the ambient light to be retained and keep the subject sharp and in focus with the background rendered softly out. Using the mood board and brief from the design agency, I ensured the reportage look throughout the day was consistent and that the photography would fit the style of the new website.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2019Posted in Tips and News from Piranha
To contact – Helen and Douglas House
Law Firm Graduate Recruitment PhotographyPosted in Law Firm Photography, Websites
Piranha has been commissioned to take the graduate recruitment brochure images for the law firm Cooley’s UK office in 2018 and 2019.
Photography by Piranha in 2018 Brochure –
Photography by Piranha in 2019 Brochure –
Photography by Piranha on Website –
NEWS FLASH – Choosing the right size image file means no more funny businessPosted in Tips and News from Piranha
Choosing the right size image file means no more funny business
Many people, I’ve found, struggle to use digital picture files properly. Too many assume that a bigger file must be best, whether it’s for images in an email, billboards, a LinkedIn post, general website content, other marketing materials, or indeed those used throughout an Annual Report.
This is, completely untrue. There are ideal files sizes depending on the job they are there to do, and these can be very small indeed. For example, for LinkedIn content a smaller file produces sharper, more detailed images than anything larger, which is why this matters if you are trying to reproduce your best photographs or graphics.
Here’s the brief technical explanation of how it works. A pixel is the smallest unit of any digital image. Today’s modern digital cameras produce images comprised of millions of them.
Each image has a height and width which can be measured in centimetres, inches or pixels. Pixels are actually the most useful measure because they provide all the data needed to cover any use. The pixel dimensions of a common, large monitor these days is 1920 x 1200 pixels. If you wish to send a full screen image to a colleague this is all the info you need. This file will only require about 250KB of disk space, which is much smaller than people imagine they need to send by email, especially when you think how rarely your image is needed to literally fill an entire screen.
This means a real world email-sized image that fills no more than half the screen would be much smaller. It’s not just that image will be sharper, the file you sent will leave your outbox faster and won’t clog up the recipient’s email inbox, which never goes down well with clients or colleagues.
If your image is destined for LinkedIn these are 400 x 400 pixels, which need only tiny 19KB files.
Just ask your photographer to resize images for you to the correct dimensions and then upload to LinkedIn etc and see the much better results.
If you need to send a folder full of images I recommend using Photoshop. If this is a bit daunting, there are some nifty software apps like Fastone Resizer for PC or Image Resizer for Mac, which are easy to use and allow useful presets to be setup and stored such as ‘email’ or ‘LinkedIn’ etc.
These can be saved into a new folder when you are ready to send it out.
Another alternative is file sharing software like Dropbox. This is better when you have larger files, say for materials to be professionally printed, or if the total size of your folder exceeds 2MB because of the number of images in it.
There are ideal files sizes depending on the job they are there to do - Douglas, Photographer
Board of Directors Photography for Company WebsitePosted in Individual Board Photographs
CQS regularly commission photographs of their staff and directors for their website –
Christmas Party and Awards Ceremony at the RAC Club, LondonPosted in Award Ceremony, Company Party Photography
An evening photographed at the RAC Club in London. The Christmas party included speakers and an awards ceremony. Kate Winslet was one of the guests on the night. Here is a very small sample of the photographs taken on the night –
Portrait Photography of Harvard Alumni in LondonPosted in Corporate Portrait Photography, University / Academic Photography
Portraits were required of a Harvard Business School Alumni in London to accompany an article about his achievements –
Christmas Party and Awards – Event PhotographyPosted in Event Photography, Award Ceremony, Company Party Photography
The Press Association Christmas party and awards from 2018. Here are a few of the photographs taken on the night –