It was a pleasure to photograph Terrapinn’s business to business event about identity at the ExCel Centre. I had only just photographed Google Cloud’s stand via Audience at ExCel a few days before so it was nice to photograph Excel again so soon. And thanks to the Elizabeth line/Custom House I can get there in 30 minutes instead of an hour. Thanks Queen!
Terrapinn were great to work with. Marketing manager Abby Cairns made sure I was fully briefed before sending me off to find the winning moments across the sprawling set of booths and talks (both on stage and more informally in the main arena). They needed a fast image turnaround on the same day of selected images. Both Abby and marketing director James were very complimentary indeed about the initial set of images!
FAST IMAGE TURNAROUND YOU SAY?
Yes indeed. I have speedy, portable and colour accurate equipment for on-site delivery of selected photographs, which I can tweak and edit before sending to you via email, WeTransfer or hard drive/memory stick. Terrapinn needed just a few images on the day of people reacting and looking happy, as well as some on-stage shots. They received around 12 images on the day and their simple reaction was “These are amazing! Thanks so much”. So that helped me get through the rest of the day with a spring in my shutter button.
Also a big thank you to photographer Jennifer Moyes who I was covering for this particular event due to unforeseen circumstances (she’s fine). Jennifer is a seasoned professional photographer working in a reportage style.
Thank you to Digi Leaders for asking me back to photograph The Digital Leaders 100 Awards Ceremony 2022, at Aqua Shard (near London Bridge).
Aqua Shard is a fantastic space to hire for a corporate event. Guests can enjoy the views, and staff at the venue are very well set up to work with these kinds of events. I’ve worked at The Shard a lot as an event photographer, and have experienced only positive things from the staff there. The canapés and bowl food have always looked (and when I get a chance, tasted) great. I have also photographed Hutong for a private banking firm, which was really quite special.
The Shard is beautiful of course, but from a photographer’s point of view there are plenty of complexities when shooting there. In the daytime, the glass walls are super bright compared to the light on the people indoors. To work around this, it’s good to use considerate angles and have a fairly deep knowledge of the camera’s dynamic range and post processing capabilities to get the most out of the venue. Also, there is nowhere to bounce flash in the main area where people tend to network, which means that if I’m using flash (which is rare but it does happen at The Shard), it needs to point directly at whatever I’m photographing. I use some extra techniques to make sure this kind of flash does not appear too harsh in the photos, or shock the guests by being too powerful.
DID THEY LIKE THE PHOTOS?
Yes they did! They received a few images on the same night as requested (before I even left the venue), and the rest the next day.
Thanks again Digi Leaders!
As a corporate event photographer, I really enjoy photographing some of the discussions that involve disruptive technologies. It was therefore a particular joy to photograph Fat Gladiator’s EdTech event at CMC Markets at 133 Houndsditch, showcasing VR headset technology and software.
EdTech can be used to accommodate active learning, with more immersive experiences than the traditional setup of teacher reciting information in front of the class.
Education+Technology=EdTech. A good example of those embracing the clear benefits of EdTech are EtonX.
Rob Double from London Broadcast got in touch with a fairly simple brief: document what is happening, and deliver the images fairly soon after the event. I was shooting alongside two videographers that Rob had also organised for the event.
Thanks again to London Broadcast and Fat Gladiator for having me photograph this interesting event. Once the event was coming to an end, I was invited to try out the VR headsets. I must say it was an incredible experience - the sensation of moving within a digital terrain is something I wasn’t quite prepared for! I just wish I was at school in the near future, I think it will be much more interesting than in the 90’s! Here’s a video from CapturedWorld giving a bit more insight.
It was a pleasure to photograph AltoVita’s Smart, Safe, Sustainable Summit which took place over 3 venues, starting with The Nash Conservatory, which is situated on the outer edge of Kew Gardens. This conservatory was originally built at Buckingham Palace, and was later moved to Kew in the early 1800’s.
The Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens is a fantastic space for corporate events, and really adds experiential value for the delegates. The short walk through the park to get to the Conservatory is a brilliant way to start the day - the guests were visibly energised as they arrived. I have honestly never seen so many happy and relaxed faces at an 830am coffee morning (and I’ve been to a lot of coffee mornings).
The brief was set up internationally over a combination of email and Google Meets. Ella and Ashley were great at giving a detailed overview of proceedings. I could then translate this into my own shorthand and print onto A5 which is kept with me as the day unfolds.
As well as providing the usual photography for such an event (people enjoying themselves, pictures of each speaker on stage, some group shots, as well as a step and repeat setup with branded backdrop), AltoVita were interested in getting video of the event. This is where my trusted colleague Oli stepped in.
Oli can provide high quality video with a reasonable turnaround from inception to completion. We have known each other for a number of years, usually on larger commercial photography and advertising sets, where we are also found if we are not shooting corporate events. For this brief, I brought along Oli as I knew he could do a great job for AltoVita.
DID THEY LIKE THE PHOTOS?
Yes! The day after receiving the images they booked me in for their next event!
WHAT ABOUT ROOM2 CHISWICK, AND THE GOLDSMITHS’ CENTRE??
Good question! Room2 Chiswick is a stunning hotel/home (also known as a Hometel) with exceptional sustainability credentials. The Goldsmiths’ Centre is a very nice venue and the food was great.
You can find more information by searching #AltoSummit or going here to look at more photos from the event.
It was a pleasure to photograph the newest interiors and window display for Prada’s store in Westfield, White City.
As usual, the attention to detail (and super fast turnaround) is world class. The creative direction from HQ and the manner in which it becomes reality on the shop floor is something to behold.
Thanks so much to Ambré who was my main point of contact, as well as all the staff I met who were totally dedicated to the Prada brand. The pace is fairly astonishing - we had 30 minutes to shoot about 20 images (of which 12-14 final shots will be used), during which the finishing touches for the shop were still being tweaked. There was a 2 hour window afterwards to process the images (including removing reflections of other brands’ stores in the windows), create a PDF out of them (thanks Julie Schroer for doing this so efficiently while I was editing), make extra tweaks based on feedback from Prada, then create a final updated PDF.
As with all interiors imagery, there are many technical factors to keep on top of, as well as producing compositionally pleasing images. Colours and contrast levels must feel engaging as well as accurate. There are plenty of tweaks involved in post processing to allow the camera’s own version of reality to align with how the human eye sees the space. For example, my Sony A1 has a very wide dynamic range, but there is no camera in the world that can capture what the brain perceives. So we use all sorts of techniques to present the space on a level that feels accurate as well as keeping technical accuracy in mind. Doing this in such a short space of time is of course both exhilarating and demanding, but somehow we manage to do it. Thanks again to the team at Prada!