Panel discussion photography for Vitra at Luca Restaurant

It was a joy to photograph a panel discussion for Vitra at Luca restaurant in Clerkenwell, London.

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Left to right: Becky Sunshine; Johnny Smith; Imogen Kwok; Edward Barber.

The informal panel discussion lasted around 40 minutes, with some mingling before and after. The panellists were Becky Sunshine (Freelance Journalist), Johnny Smith (Restauranteur/Owner of Luca), Imogen Kwok (Chef/Food Stylist) and Edward Barber (industrial designer). Edward designed the chairs for Luca, which can be seen in the portrait of Imogen below.

Portrait of Imogen Kwok taken during an event by London photographer Josh Caius

A quick portrait of chef/food stylist Imogen Kwok taken during the event.

The brief was very simple indeed - capture the panel discussion, some of the audience and a few shots of people mingling afterwards.

Networking photography at Luca Restaurant London

Panel discussion photography in a restaurant

Audience reaction photographer London

Katarina Lalic and Johanna  at Vitra were extremely nice to work with, and trusted my intuition in how to shoot the event. 

LUCA RESTAURANT, WHAT’S THAT?

Luca are a high end restaurant with a relaxed feel, and fabulous chairs. I was offered a bowl of food which at first glance was rice and feta with some tomatoes on top, but it was SO MUCH MORE! Genuinely, the most excitingly prepared tomatoes I’ve ever eaten. They’d somehow infused acidity and spicy heat right through the entire tomato without appearing to have disturbed their natural texture, which was a revelation (to me, anyway).

Panel discussion photographer Josh Caius

Panel discussion photographer Josh Caius

Panel discussion photographer Josh Caius

Audience reaction photographer Josh Caius

Networking reception photographer Josh Caius

DID THEY LIKE THE PHOTOS?

The images were delivered within a few hours of the event, so they could put them on socials.

“Thanks so much for helping us, the photos are amazing! Wow! Really lovely having you :)”. I think that’s a yes? And it was great working with Vitra.



Headshot photography for TV production company Headline Pictures

It was a joy to work with Headline Pictures a few months ago, to produce some headshots for their website.

Headshot of co-managing director of a production company, photographed by Josh Caius

Christian Boute headshot

Headshot of development editor of a production company, photographed by Josh Caius

Shahenaz Jivani headshot

Headshot of co-managing director of a production company, photographed by Josh Caius

Tom Sherry headshot

THE BRIEF

The brief was fairly straightforward in principle - photograph the most senior staff/directors for the website. The images should appear fairly natural (rather than formal), and include a real background rather than a plain one. One problem: they were between offices, so they didn’t have anywhere to shoot. Thankfully, a couple of the team were staying overnight in a nice house, so we used this to do the shoot before they went off to work in the morning.

Headshot photographer Josh Caius creates natural environmental portraits for companies in London.

Headshot photography for production company in London

PHOTOGRAPHIC CHALLENGES

Every photo shoot presents unique, and not so unique challenges. Due to the nature of the space we were to use, it was going to be a case of scoping the house on arrival and coming up with ideas on the spot. This is why I brought along my trusty assistant Paul Graville, who is able to move around lighting, keep an eye on the details and make suggestions where necessary.

For this shoot, I wanted to keep a lot of the natural daylight in the photography, and elevate it with some flash without it feeling overly “lit”. I also wanted everybody to have slightly different backgrounds. This was achieved with one light and a bit of experimentation with the naturally lit house (which was beautiful but typically dark as a Victorian terrace painted in darker Victorian style colours). We shot straight into a laptop, so everybody could see their headshots during the session. This helps with posing ideas and making sure everybody is happy with their images.

Thanks again Headline Pictures!


Koibird X Phaidon Christmas talks and private view.

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.

Christmas store photography in Mayfair London

Photo: Josh Caius

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.

Phaidon book launch event photography in London by Josh Caius

Phaidon’s The Christmas Book

Photo of two women browsing a Christmas shop, photographed by event photographer Josh Caius

KOIBIRD’s Christmas shop

Photo of food during an event by Josh Caius, Westminster

Photo: Josh Caius

The shop was beautifully curated and presented as a kind of Christmas market, where guests were free to browse and enjoy food and drinks.

Event photography in Mayfair, London

Retail event on Marylebone Lane photographed by Josh Caius

Event photographer in Mayfair, London

Retail event on Marylebone Lane photographed by Josh Caius

Event photographer in Mayfair, London

Retail event on Marylebone Lane photographed by Josh Caius

Event photographer in Mayfair, London

Retail event on Marylebone Lane photographed by Josh Caius

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.

Event photographer in Mayfair, London

Retail event on Marylebone Lane photographed by Josh Caius

Natural event photographer in Mayfair, London

Retail event on Marylebone Lane photographed by Josh Caius

Event photographer in Mayfair, London

Retail event on Marylebone Lane photographed by Josh Caius

Event photographer in Mayfair, London

Roaming photography during retail event by Josh Caius

Event photographer in Mayfair, London

Shop opening photography near Mayfair by Josh Caius

Event photographer in Mayfair, London

Christmas event photography  by Josh Caius

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!


Mayfair Art Gallery photography for Opera Gallery’s opening/private view.

Thanks so much to Opera Gallery in Mayfair London for getting in touch to have me photograph their grand opening.

Josh Caius the best art gallery event photographer in London photographing for Opera Gallery in Mayfair

Guest observing a painting by Andy Denzler. Photo: Josh Caius

I always love photographing art gallery events and this was a particular highlight for me. As a Dubuffet and Karel Appel fan it was a pleasure to photograph this event, which had a number of beautiful pieces now available from private collections.

Josh Caius photographing for prestigious high net worth art gallery in Mayfair, London

Guest at Opera Gallery in New Bond Street. Photo: Josh Caius

Josh Caius specialises in art gallery photography in London

Artist Ron Arad playing on “Good Ping Pong Table”. Photo: Josh Caius

Artist Ron Arad was also there, taking over much of the top floor with his fantastic resin pieces and a very popular ping pong table that Ron himself played with guests for a portion of the night.

Josh Caius, best event photographer in London

Art gallery event photography by Josh Caius in Mayfair

Best photographer for art events in London

Art gallery event photography by Josh Caius in Mayfair

Photography for high end galleries in London

Art gallery event photography by Josh Caius in Mayfair

Artworks downstairs by Andy Denzler were rightfully popular and beautifully curated for a more contemplative experience.

Thanks so much to Katherine McMahon for taking me on for this job, and being such a pleasure to work with.