Thanks so much to KOIBIRD for having me photograph their Christmas talk with members of Phaidon. There was also a chance to do some private shopping in their Christmas market styled shop and have Phaidon’s new Christmas Book signed. It was a real pleasure to be part of it. KOIBIRD are on Marylebone Lane in Westminster (near Mayfair), and a relatively tranquil and upmarket hop from Oxford Street.
KOIBIRD had invited Phaidon to talk about their own Christmas traditions and give pointers on how to make an extra special Christmas at home this year. This coincided with Phaidon’s The Christmas Book, recently released.
The shop was beautifully curated and presented as a kind of Christmas market, where guests were free to browse and enjoy food and drinks.
The brief was fairly straightforward - document the talks and people enjoying the evening. I was also asked to provide the event images in vertical (portrait) orientation for Instagram. When I get this request, I shoot horizontal (landscape) images with the intention of cropping vertically in post. This gives the client more options as it’s much easier to crop a vertical shot from a horizontal shot than the other way around. Most of the action in events occur on the horizontal plane so it just makes sense to shoot this way and crop later. Thanks to the high resolution of my cameras, this has no affect on image quality.
Images were to be edited and sent on the night, for KOIBIRD to use the following morning. Thankfully I have plenty of experience in fast turnaround environments in photography and I was able to provide the full 150 images on the same night (which included the same 150-ish images converted one by one to portrait mode for socials, totalling aprox. 300 images).
Thanks again to KOIBIRD, and I wish you all a fantastic Christmas!