Portraits for Private Equity Company – ‘People’ Web Page

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Head Shots, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

Palamon Capital Partners commission Piranha for regular portraits and office photo shoots to generate corporate portraits of their employees.

The images are taken in their London offices and other locations across the capital, sometimes at events they are attending.  After each photo shoot Piranha provides a website of the photographs taken on the day, as well as hi res jpegs of the images.  The selected shots are then used across different marketing materials and press coverage including here on their website’s ‘People’ page.

Overview page on website –

Web Page showing portraits on Private Equity Company Web Page

A couple of the individual biog. pages can be seen here –

Featured portrait on website biog. page Photograph of staff member on private equity company web page Screen grab of web page showing Director's photograph on Private Equity Company Web page

Office Headshots – Changing the Backgrounds

Posted in Head Shots, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

Below are examples of one of our regular photo shoots for an international construction company.

On the day of each photo shoot the photographer sets up lighting and a white backdrop in a meeting room at the client’s London offices.  Then the employees are photographed in turn against the white backdrop to generate a selection of headshots of each person.

After the photo shoot Piranha supplies the client with a website of photographs showing the various images of each person.  From this website the company chooses a photograph of each person.  Piranha then processes the selected images and cuts them out in PhotoShop, using specialist software.

Once each portrait has been isolated from the white backdrop it can be placed on one of the background images that have already been captured and approved for use on a separate occasion.  This delivers the company with portraits ‘in situ’ but does not depend on moving the subjects into different areas of the building and changing the lighting set for each person.  It does though give a consistent and professional look and feel to the final staff headshots.

Staff member of construction company - corporate portrait - photograph taken in London offices

Office Portrait with New Background in London offices Employee photographed in London offices for construction company client

We have used this method of cutting out and replacing backgrounds for a number of clients.  It is particularly useful if photo shoots are going to take place over a number of months, and the required rooms for the background may not always be available.


Private Equity Client – Business Portrait Photography

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Head Shots, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

Below you can see a few of the photographs we have been taking for Piranha’s new private equity client.  The photography takes place outside, utlising a wide variety of London backdrops.

Screen Grab Team page of PE company
Staff portrait on private equity company web page
Business portrait on website
Website photograph of team member outside in London
Photograph of staff taken outside in LondonPortrait for company taken in Nottingham
Private Equity company photograph


Hi Sam, Thanks for sending this through – they all look great! We had some really great feedback about Douglas too, from everyone who had their photo taken. Kind regards,

Company Photographs for Team Page on Website

Posted in Head Shots, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

Piranha’s client – Thomas Cook Money required portrait photographs for the ‘team page’ of their website. The images were taken at the company’s London offices with a variety of interesting backgrounds.

The brief for the portraits was for them to be relaxed and business like with a ‘blurred’ background, in a variety of locations, providing atmosphere and a sense of place without the background distracting from the subject of each photograph.

The photographs were shot at the client’s office in central London, using both of their floors and the public areas of the building such as the business lounge and reception area to vary the backgrounds in each shot, whilst maintaining the style.

The photography took place over two days.

Photographs of team taken in London offices for company website
Headshots of team members in London offices with reportage background
Webpage to show Piranha's photographs of team members
Page showing portraits on webpage
Webpage showing portrait photographs on webpage

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,


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

Barrister’s Photograph on Television News

Posted in Law Firm Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, Tips and News from Piranha

One of Piranha’s recent portrait photographs of a barrister appeared on the evening news this week, on the BBC’s ‘South East Today’.

Here is a photograph of the TV screen – Piranha’s photograph is of the speaker on the right.

TV News picture featuring Barrister's photograph

Headshots for Law Firm in London

Posted in Head Shots, Law Firm Photography

During 2017 Piranha were very busy photographing the lawyers at Travers Smith in London. Each person had a variety of headshots taken, and then these were presented as contact sheets so the everyone could choose the image they wanted to take forward. Once a choice had been made Piranha ‘cut out’ and replaced the background so that all employees would appear on a preapproved grey background.  The final images were then cropped to a variety of specified sizes, these images were then sent to the client so that they could be used in the many different capacities they were needed e.g. for the website, as well as pitch documents and for internal company marketing materials.
Here is a very small sample of the many head shot photographs taken –


A selection of headshots taken for London Law firm

Real Deals News Article about Equistone Partners

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, PR Photography, Tips and News from Piranha

November 2017

Good to see one of Piranha’s recent photographs taken for Equistone Partners in Manchester featured in Real Deals – Private Equity Publication. The site features articles about European Private Equity companies.

Real Deals article about Equistone Manchester

January 2018 –

Another story ran in Real Deals in January 2018 again illustrated by one of Piranha’s photographs this time take in London –

Photograph of Equistone new employee photographed in London

Thanks Sam, Loving the background architecture - really nice. Thanks for sorting all this out. - Designer, Private Equity Client

New Headshot Photography for Brackendale Consulting

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Head Shots, Communications Company, Websites

Brackendale Consulting required new headshots of their employees for their website.  The consultancy helps private equity clients with their marketing and branding as well as communication strategies. The team were extremely pleased with their final images, and even enjoyed the experience of being photographed on the day, which suprised them!

Headshot photographs on client's website page

Employee headshots on company website

Dear Doug, I cannot thank you enough for this morning - we found it a real pleasure meeting you - you managed to put us all at ease and it will be a delight to recommend you to our clients. The photos we saw are amazing - you've managed to capture us in the perfect way, I'm thrilled. Again, we were delighted to meet you and would love to work together on joint projects. Thanks to you and Sam. Warm regards Fay Ps it was also a great restaurant recommendation - we can't sing your praises highly enough ;-)
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