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.
Keeping clients, journalists and publishers happy with fresh and contemporary photographic contentPosted in Head Shots, PR Photography, Tips and News from Piranha
Commercial photographic content is constantly evolving and it’s important for me as a professional photographer to hear the latest views from leading companies, agencies, publishers and editors.
Last week, I booked myself on a commercial photography weekend with Magnum Photo, where The FT Weekend Magazine, Diana Markosian (World Press Photo Award Winner), ‘Barbara’ the lifestyle/advertising and design agency and ’Shoot Europe,’ a production company whose clients include Nike, shared their opinions on how brands can best use pictures and video to stay fresh and contemporary. We also discussed emerging trends in digital content.
While each had their own opinion, all the contributors agreed the need for strong-yet-considered photography that is consistently presented across all forms of communication, from websites to corporate reports, marketing materials, blogs and social media feeds.
They also stressed just how important it is to be able to understand and work within a brief – usually working alongside journalists and publishers – to produce results that photographer and client are happy with.
I’d love to discuss over a coffee how to produce stand out photographic imagery in the real world of tight deadlines, restricted budgets and clients with very strong opinions and working habits.
Please get in touch and we can meet at your convenience.
Best wishes, Douglas
020 7193 9446
Commercial photographic content is constantly evolving and it’s important for me as a professional photographer to hear the latest views from leading companies - Douglas, photographer
Conference Photography for Private Equity ClientPosted in LinkedIn, Conference Photography, Private Equity Company Photography
Good to see one of Piranha’s photographs taken last week at a company event being used to bring to life a LinkedIn post by the client.
The networking event was an opportunity for the private equity company to bring together a broad range of digital leaders and to discuss the current happenings in the industry.
Head Shot Photograph of Barrister for WebsitePosted in Head Shots, Law Firm Photography, Websites
Piranha was commissioned to take a professional head shot of a barrister for use on their website.
After the photo shoot Piranha supplied a website of photographs to select from, and then ‘cut out’ in PhotoShop the chosen image so that this could be placed on the company’s website background and match to the rest of the images style.
Kingfisher’s Annual Report 2018/2019 – Board PhotographyPosted in Board Photography, Individual Board Photographs
A simple and elegant layout for the black and white portraits taken of the board appearing in Kingfisher’s current Annual Report –
A Recent Visit to Blavatnik School of Government in OxfordPosted in Location / Annual Report Photography, University / Academic Photography
A fascinating and inspiring visit to see the Blavatnik School of Government in central Oxford. The challenge was choosing the images to show you here. To see more of the pictures please click here –https://www.clients.piranhaphotography.com/MCS/Blavatnik/
A truly inspirational building that fits very well within the dreaming spires of Oxford, non-concentric circles below a huge light well that do not echo or reverberate the sounds from any floor. I went slightly crazy with my favourite lens, the Leica 21mm Super Elmar, superb colours and sharp corner to corner, the only lens I needed for such a building. – Douglas, Photographer
A Few Recent LinkedIn Posts by Private Equity Company Featuring Piranha’s PhotographsPosted in Corporate Portrait Photography, PR Photography, Private Equity Company Photography
Equistone (one of Piranha’s private equity clients) commission regular photo shoots to capture staff portraits and these are used on their website and across other PR and marketing materials. Here you can see various LinkedIn update posts.
NEWS FLASH – Appreciations from Berlin/GermanyPosted in Tips and News from Piranha
I just received this interesting and heartening message, from a fellow photographer in Berlin…
just wanted to send you my apprecication for your work / business. I have followed your website / social media postings in the last couple of years and was always impressed by your great photography and professional business conduct. Your business portraits really look like the “real deal” / just the way they have to be done.
Here in Berlin, I have been in the business since 2002, mainly doing corporporate / political events and business portraits. Just two months ago I have opened – for the first time ever – my studio in the heart of the political district of Berlin – trying to offer a local/personal touch while every other photographer seems to be busy with working on their “social media accounts”. The verdict on my rather costly move, I have to admit, ist still out. But I am still positive, seeing the first bits of good client feedback.
Whenever you should come to Berlin, I would be pleased to show you around and buy you a German Beer 🙂
http://www.studio10117.de (not a lot there, yet)
http://www.work21.de (kind of an “artsy side project”)
NEWS FLASH – Light work can be heavy goingPosted in Tips and News from Piranha
If using natural light was the answer for a professional photographer, you wouldn’t find me lugging around 30 kilogrammes of lighting equipment on the London Underground travelling to photo-shoots.
As a trick of the trade, the truth is that lighting makes the biggest difference between an amateur’s photographs versus a professional’s. The difference is far greater than the make of camera body or lens. If I was asked to put a number on it, I’d say great pictures are about 80% the result of a professional lighting rig, and the rest is down to the camera, lens and the photographer’s experience and talent.
Don’t get me wrong. Good cameras and lenses are important. If you’ve read previous Bytes, you’ll know my love of Leica equipment borders on the obsessional. But without my portable (ahem!) Elinchrom lighting rig, the images would inevitably disappoint clients. The light it produces wraps completely around the subject’s face, creating softer, kinder images. In some ways the effects are counter-intuitive. You’d think that extra light would reveal more of a subject’s flaws in skin tone. But it has the opposite effect. The light actually conceals and flatters, and that’s why it’s worth the half hour it takes me set up my lights ahead of a shoot.
More than this, lights create a sense of occasion, a bit of a wow factor if you will. At a corporate photo-shoot, the CEO or director, on seeing the lighting set up, suddenly gives the session their full focus and attention. Just as importantly, it also leads to an efficient use of their time, because I know I can have the shots I need in a few minutes rather than clicking away at the shutter for much longer in the hope of the right shot.
Professional lighting also produces repeatable images that not only look super soft, but also have consistent colour tones in every shot. Natural light, in contrast, will vary as the sun goes in and out and the contrast will change from very low on cloudy days to far too high on a sunny day. My lighting rig ensures a soft envelope of light every single time, no matter what time of day or what sort of room is used for shooting. And the reason this matters is that we end up with pleasingly uniform images that are ideal for company websites, marketing literature or social media avatars.
And there are benefits for me too, because lugging so much lighting kit back and forth means I am spared having to join a gym to stay fit.
...the CEO or director, on seeing the lighting set up, suddenly gives the session their full focus and attention - Douglas, Photographer
Press Coverage – PE Company New Appointment in London OfficesPosted in Corporate Portrait Photography, PR Photography, Private Equity Company Photography
A strong corporate portrait can be provided to the press along with a press release when making a company announcement. A professional photograph is much more likely to be printed with the accompanying story.
The images taken during the photo shoot can also be used for pitch documents, marketing materials, LinkedIn and the company website.