NEWS FLASH – You can’t be what you can’t see

Posted in Board Photography, Tips and News from Piranha

One of the pleasures of my work is being able to visit companies on their premises during photo-shoots. You learn a lot when inside the citadel.

One thing I  notice is that there’s often a big difference between the ethnic diversity of their workforces and that of the board of directors when it comes to the largest companies.

In short, at large companies their workforces are generally multicultural, reflecting the ethnic diversity of modern Britain.

But the boardrooms are not. I see very few directors from black or minority ethnic backgrounds sitting on big company boards.

As a photographer, I know how important images are to corporate story telling. If you see pictures of someone from a BAME background filling the most senior company roles, it sends a strongly encouraging message to others who aspire to reach the top of these organisations. It also demonstrates there are no barriers to anyone rising through the ranks regardless of their background.

But my experience is one thing, but is this true of the other large UK companies I’ve never stepped a foot inside of?

To test my theories about the lack of board room diversity, Piranha analysed the latest annual reports of each of the FTSE 100 companies counting the numbers of photographs showing BAME board directors.

Our simple but effective way of measuring a board’s composition found that over half of the main boards (56 boards) have no directors that appear to be from Black or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Moreover, out of the rest of the FTSE 100 companies with BAME directors on their main boards, 33 companies had just a single director from an apparently  BAME background.

Only one FTSE 100 company, Dubai-based healthcare group NMC Health PLC), had BAME directors in the majority (6 out of 11 directors) are non-white.

We also looked at women board directors. The good news is that none of the FTSE 100 boards comprised male only directors. The bad news is just one board – Royal Dutch Shell’s –  reached parity of the sexes with equal representation of male and female directors.

In wrapping up, while we wait for boards to boost their numbers of women and BAME directors, we can at least ensure corporate images of staff are ethnically diverse where possible, because it’s not difficult to achieve, as long as the people commissioning the photographs are wise to the issue.

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. - Design Manager, Equistone Partners Europe Limited

PR Photograph of CEO to Accompany News Story

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Individual Board Photographs, Corporate Portrait Photography, PR Photography

Piranha Photography took portrait photographs of FNZ’s Chief Executive to accompany the news of today’s deal. The images had to be taken quickly and supplied ready to appear in the press –

Newspaper bannerPhotograph of Cheif Executive by Piranha with news story in The Scotsman

Board Photography for Annual Report of Elegant Hotels

Posted in Board Photography, Individual Board Photographs

The board members of Elegant Hotels needed updated portrait photographs, for their company annual report –

Directors photography on annual report board page for Elegant hotels

2018 Board Photography for Kingfisher plc Annual Report

Posted in Board Photography, Group Photograph of Board Members, Location / Annual Report Photography

Piranha photographed the Kingfisher board members in the company’s London offices to generate a full-length image of the team together.  The photograph appeared in this year’s annual report and accounts.

Group photograph of board members together for annual report Second page of board photograph showing members as a team  Executive board photographed together - full lengthScreen grab from Annual Report showing Chairman's photograph

Board Photography for Galliford Try’s Annual Report & Website

Posted in Board Photography, Individual Board Photographs, Location / Annual Report Photography, Websites

The below photography of Galliford Try’s board members appeared in their annual report and also on the website. The images were taken prior to a board meeting at the companies offices –screen grab showing board photographs on company website Company board members photographed at their offices

 

 

Photography at Hobbycraft of New Chairman – Manchester

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Board Photography, PR Photography

Photography commissioned by Private Equity client of Hobbycraft’s new Chairman in Manchester…

Photograph of new Chairman in front of Hobbycraft in Manchester for press Photograph of new Chairman infront of Hobbycraft in Manchester

NEWS FLASH – A Leica in the Boardroom

Posted in Board Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, Tips and News from Piranha

Photograph of new Leica M10 Camera with Noctilux lens

Persona Grata with Leica

Of late, a strange thing has been happening when shooting CEOs and other board directors at corporate photo-shoots. I have suddenly become a person of interest.

I’ve been working for well over 20 years as a professional photographer. Normally on a CEO shoot, the best I can expect is a quick handshake, the briefest of enquiries about my train journey, and then a reluctant five minutes in front of my camera while I get on with the job. Most CEOs would much rather be running their businesses than standing in front of my camera. Or so it seemed.

Photograph of Board Director during Meeting

What’s changed? This Christmas I bought a Leica M10 to add to my Leica SL and Leica M240 cameras. This new camera is of such iconic status it’s changed the whole tone of virtually every big shoot I’ve done since.

Such is the Leica M10’s mystique, it’s like opening your wallet and flourishing a black Amex card. The camera is so well put together, so perfectly engineered, so – forgive me – beautiful in its form and function, that CEOs can’t resist asking me what’s it like to use. I have become persona grata with the senior executive.

Photograph of Private Equity company Director taken with Leica camera

Believe this, I am now routinely spending an extra half hour at every directors’ shoot to talk with them afterwards about the Leica M10. And like every professional who loves the tools of their craft and sharing their passion, this is time well spent.

What I love about the M10 is that it’s been stripped back to the essentials. It’s a classic case of less is more. While the camera itself has been stripped of fripperies, it generously gives back far more in terms of the depth of its images and colour accuracy.

Photograph for corporate client of Director during meeting in London

Personally, I love the manual lens focus. By not using auto, the camera forces me to slow down, think more, notice more, plan better and not waste shots. Rapid multiple shots have given way to single clicks of the shutter, and the results are all the better for it. It’s as if I’ve gone back to using real film where every frame counts.

I’ve used Canons and Nikons for years and they’re all fine cameras. But the Leica is in a league of its own, the professional photographer’s choice, bar none, and – who’d have known? – it appears also to be the camera that would be the CEO’s first choice.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Douglas

What I love about the M10 is that it’s been stripped back to the essentials. It’s a classic case of less is more. - Douglas, Photographer

Photography of Executive Team for Annual Report

Posted in Board Photography, Individual Board Photographs, Corporate Portrait Photography, Location / Annual Report Photography

The brief was to capture the relaxed nature of the executive team for this annual report  The photographs were taken during a meeting in London and the idea was for the team members not to come across as too formal, so as to portray an accurate sense of the company ethos –

Photographs of Executive Team members in meeting environment

Photography of Executive Team for Annual report Team photographs for annual report

Board Photography for Annual Report 2016/17

Posted in Board Photography, Individual Board Photographs, Group Photograph of Board Members, Location / Annual Report Photography

The head office in London of this company required that the board members to be photographed together as a group  for their annual report 2016/17 as well as individually.  The final photographs were used as portrait shots to accompany the individual reviews and sections of the report and group shots for the relevant pages.  The final published report pages featuring the photographs can be seen below –

Photograph of Chairman in annual report taken by Piranha Photography

Photography of Chief Executive in Annual report - full page in black and white

Chief Financial Officer pictured in annual report

Board members photographed for Annual Report Black and White photograph of board member in annual report Group shot of board of directors in 2016/17 Annual report Photograph of leadership team in annual report

 

Recommendation on LinkedIn –

LinkedIn Recommendation for work on Annual Report

Hi Sam, hope you’re well? We keep getting great internal feedback about the report in general, and also about this year’s photos, so thanks again to Douglas! Many thanks, - Client
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