Posted 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
Posted in Technology Company, Outdoor Portraits, Head Shots
Piranha spent a few days photographing the staff of this internet technology company.
The brief was to capture a sense of the office location in Hoxton, London. The photographer used a shallow depth of field and a large reflector so as to retain the vibrant colours in the street. This method allows for a more eye-catching set of website images, especially when used with a text overlay/logo, rather than the typical grey or white indoor portrait. Each person was out of the office for about 10 minutes during the photo shoot, this allowed time to get some different portrait options.
Thank you for the photos. We loved it and we loved Douglas too!
Posted in Corporate Portrait Photography, Outdoor Portraits, Private Equity Company Photography, Websites
This private equity company required all new portrait photography for their team pages on their new website. The images were taken both outdoors and indoors in a variety of locations. Photography took place in London, Paris and Munich. The choice of backgrounds to give a sense of variety and location but at the same time continuity to the set –
After selecting an individual’s photograph and clicking on it the profile picture expands and the full biography can be read –
Thank you very much indeed for the photographs, a very successful shoot.
It would be great to schedule something for Paris and Munich…would you be able to give that some thought? - Client
Posted in Corporate Portrait Photography, Outdoor Portraits, Location / Annual Report Photography, Private Equity Company Photography, Websites
A challenging balancing act for Equistone Partners Europe’s
Our brief from Equistone Partners Europe, a leading mid-market private equity firm, for its new website http://www.equistonepe.com/home demanded eye-catching but informal shots of its Partners and employees that captured ‘a sense of place’ in France, Switzerland and the UK, reflecting the importance Equistone sets on being local capital partners working in local markets.
The other important consideration was how well the photographs would display on the new site. When framing the pictures, we had to make sure we had allowed room for the site’s navigational banners.
And we needed just the right depth of field to keep subjects sharply in focus, while blurring the background to avoid distraction but leaving sufficient visual ‘clues’ about each country where Equistone operates. In the end, we were happy we had achieved this challenging balancing act.
For the technically minded, nearly all the photographs were taken on a new Leica M240 coupled with a 35mm Summicron ASPH lens.
The Leica M240, with its famous rangefinder design, is invaluable on location assignments, being light and durable with an almost silent shutter. This allows me as the photographer to blend into the background, which relaxes the subjects and is much less intimidating. It’s worth saying again that the Leica rangefinder is the camera behind most of the memorable and iconic images of the previous century.
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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.
- Barbara Hand, Design Manager Equistone Partners Europe Limited
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 –
Posted in Corporate Portrait Photography, Outdoor Portraits
Photography for company in hired meeting rooms and also outdoors. The imagery was for use on their new website –