Piranha Photography | Corporate Photographer London

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 Outdoors

Posted in Corporate Portrait Photography, Outdoor Portraits, Tips and News from Piranha

Corporate portrait taken outdoors in London

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.

Photograph of employee taken in London Street

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.

Employee photograph taken in London with graffiti behind

 

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 Client

Posted 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.

Partners photographed by Piranha - LinkedIn update

and another one here –

Digital director photographed at company offices

Portrait of PE executive on LinkedIn

Board Photography for Sainsbury’s

Posted 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.

Banner of website showing company name Photograph taken by Piranha of Chairman Photograph of CEO taken in Holborn, London CFO photographed in London for website and AR Director's photograph on company website Non-Executive Director's photograph on website Director photographed by Piranha in London Director's photograph on website Director photographed outdoors for company website Picture of Director taken in London Holborn offices Board photographs website and annual report

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

Sainsbury's annual report banner

Director's black and white photograph in annual report next to review section Double page spread of Directors in annual report document.

New Portraits for London Barristers Chambers Website

Posted 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.

Barristers portrait on new website

Portrait photography of barristers for new website Web page showing barristers photographs taken in London offices

Photography of Consultants for Website

Posted 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 –

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

New Website for PR Company – All New Photographs

Posted 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 –

PR Company Website Photography Website Staff Photographs Section New Staff Portraits

Group Photograph of Communications Team

Posted 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.

Team photograph of all members of the communications agency Individual portraits appearing on company website

New Team Photographs for Brochet

Posted 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.

Team Photography for company

LinkedIn Recommendation

LinkedIn Recommendation from corporate client after team photography

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2019

Posted in Tips and News from Piranha

Christmas card from Piranha

To contact – Helen and Douglas House

Law Firm Graduate Recruitment Photography

Posted 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 –

Graduate Recruitment Brochure showing Photography by Piranha
Photographs of graduates at Cooley appearing in brochurePortraits of London trainees in law firms graduate brochure
Photograph of group of graduates in brochure
Photograph of various Cooley graduates in printed brochure Team photographed in London street with bus behind

Photography by Piranha in 2019 Brochure –

Graduates in meeting photographed for brochure
Images of graduates in conversation taken at law firms London offices
staff photographs - portraits
Image of graduates in street with London bus behind
Graduates pictured in London offices - appearing in graduate brochure
Photograph of grduates taken outside in london
Photography by Piranha on Website –
Website page with graduate photograph by Piranha for London law firm

NEWS FLASH – Choosing the right size image file means no more funny business

Posted in Tips and News from Piranha

Photograph showing Motorway Billboard

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.

Time magazine and LinkedIn Mockup with portrait

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.

Annual Report Front Cover Mockup with portrait

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 Website

Posted in Individual Board Photographs

CQS regularly commission photographs of their staff and directors for their website –

Banner of website with company name

Directors portraits appearing on company website

Christmas Party and Awards Ceremony at the RAC Club, London

Posted 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 –

Awards and Christmas Party photography at the RAC CLub - Kate Winslet Photograph of RAC Club interior and painting Guests winning award at evening event speeches during evening awards ceremony Guests at tables in Club Guests in conversation at RAC CLub in London Dancers providing evening entertainment Photograph of guests at Christmas Party and awards ceremony

Portrait Photography of Harvard Alumni in London

Posted 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 –

Harvard website where Piranha Photograph appearing Portrait taken in Barbican of Harvard Alumni

Christmas Party and Awards – Event Photography

Posted 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 –

Party and awards photography in London for FPA Drinks reception at Park Lane Hotel in london Guests during evening event in London Group photograph with Christmas tree at Hotel in London Guest at Christmas party dinner Awards speaker during evening Dinner photographed at awards event Guest during dinner event Speaker during awards presentation at london hotel Guests during awards Christmas dinner Photograph of guests talking Listening to awards presentation Guest at dinner in London Awards presentation in London - photograph Group photographed in front of logo board Organiser at the end of evening event Photograph of guests at party

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