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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.

Office Photography and Video for Kingfisher Digital in London

Posted in Location / Annual Report Photography, Corporate Video for Companies, Websites

Piranha was commissioned by Kingfisher Digital as part of Kingfisher Plc to populate their website with new office photography and video interviews.

The company is on the forefront of coding and innovation, for their flagship stores.  They provide consumer facing software to aid and simplify the online shopping experience.

The photographic brief was to provide very contemporary and fresh images.  The pictures highlight the working environment within the offices which have a lively atmosphere.  There are inspirational leaders and the company is a fun place to work.

The photographs captured people, from the start of the day during the ‘stand ups’ review and planning meetings, through lunch, which is often themed, to staff in technical briefings and coding. The images help to recruit the growing need for quality staff, so as to achieve great things for the Kingfisher Group.

Office photography of staff members at work for Kingfisher Digital website home page

Working meeting photographed for new careers website Photograph used for new website taken in London offices of staff member Meeting photograph for new website to encourage new joiners

Office Photography for New Website meeting photography in London offices for new website Environmental meeting photography of meeting in London offices

New Portraits for London Barristers Chambers Website

Posted in Law Firm Photography, Corporate Portrait 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 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

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

LinkedIn Recommendation

A recommendation given on LinkedIn

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,

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

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

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