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 Headshots – Changing the BackgroundsPosted 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.
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 PhotographyPosted 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.
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 WebsitePosted 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.
NEWS FLASH – A Leica in the BoardroomPosted in Board Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography, Tips and News from Piranha
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.
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.
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.
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 NewsPosted 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.
Press Photography of Partner Company for Private Equity CompanyPosted in Private Equity Company Photography, PR Photography, Tips and News from Piranha
A recent photo shoot at Crepeaffaire in London was commissioned to generate varied and interesting photographs for the press. Below are a couple of the articles featuring the images in The Times newspaper and BQ online –
Sam – these are wonderful. Some really nice shots and the colours are great. Many thanks, - Client
Day of Photography in Oxford for Investment Management CompanyPosted in Private Equity Company Photography, Location / Annual Report Photography, Websites
Here are a few of the selected photographs taken during a day’s photography in Oxford. The business is a specialist investment management company. The images were taken for use on the company website and other literature to give a real sense of the working environment.
Headshots for Law Firm in LondonPosted 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 –
Real Deals News Article about Equistone PartnersPosted 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.
January 2018 –
Another story ran in Real Deals in January 2018 again illustrated by one of Piranha’s photographs this time take in London –
Thanks Sam, Loving the background architecture - really nice. Thanks for sorting all this out. - Designer, Private Equity Client
Thank you Douglas, These new starter press releases seem to be popular in PE and get well reported, especially when we can send them a fabulous picture too. Well done you. - Designer