The below headshot photography was taken for a London barristers chambers. The chambers commissions regular photo shoots, their images are taken against a plain background for simplicity and then subsequently ‘cut out’ in Photoshop and placed on approved and blurred office backgrounds. The lighting and shadows on the subjects are part of the design brief and specified by the web design agency.
Piranha was commissioned to take a group photograph of the team at 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.
LinkedIn Recommendation –
I was really impressed by Douglas's professionalism, creativity and approach - as well as the photographic outputs! His work is really outstanding and he's great fun to work with. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him. - Client
Great to have the opportunity to take the team photography of the Brochet 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. It’s 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 photography 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.
We now have a professional set of images we can use in any client-facing materials. - Client
Alumni Portrait Photography for Harvard Business School Alumni in London to accompany an article about his achievements. The photograph was used on Harvard’s website and also in their printed magazine. The photography was taken at the Alumni’s offices in the Barbican –
Piranha are regularly commissioned for staff photography of this private equity company. Directors and staff members have their photographs taken for use on the website and else where for marketing materials –
Head and shoulders portrait photography 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 Recent portrait photography by Piranha might not be powerful enough to grab your audience’s attention or make them think.
Contrast this with outdoor portrait photography by Piranha 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 can be extremely useful for marketing. 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.
Piranha Photography was asked to arrange the board photographer for Sainsbury’s annual report. The board photographs for Sainsbury’s were taken at the company’s head office in Holborn, London 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.
The website of images Piranha Photography provided to Sainsbury’s offered a wide selection of portraits from which the Board members could choose their favourite photographs to appear in the final annual report and on the company website.
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 –