AltoVita’s Smart, Safe, Sustainable Summit at Kew, room2 Chiswick Hometel and The Goldsmiths’ Centre

Corporate event space with lots of natural light, the Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens in London.

The Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens

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. 


Photography of delegates at a corporate panel discussion having a break in Nash Conservatory

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Photographer Josh Caius at a corporate summit set in Kew Gardens

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

The best event space for natural light in London during the day, Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens.

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Delegates photographed at Kew Gardens during a panel discussion, meeting and fireside chat type talk.

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Corporate photography of guests talking during tea break at a panel discussion in Richmond, London.

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Panel discussion photographed at Kew Gardens by Josh Caius event photographer

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Group shot of a panel discussion by Josh Caius corporate event photographer in London

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Close up shot of conversation on stage by event photographer Josh Caius

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Smart, Safe, Sustainable Summit 2022 with Alto Vita, photographed by business event photographer Josh Caius

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

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).

Close up candid photography of delegates at a corporate travel panel discussion at Kew Gardens London

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

People enjoying the atmosphere at Nash Conservatory during a day long set of talks, photographed by Josh Caius.

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Corporate event photography Josh Caius, as Nash Conservatory Kew Gardens in London

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Corporate event photography Josh Caius, as Nash Conservatory Kew Gardens in London

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Corporate event photography Josh Caius, as Nash Conservatory Kew Gardens in London

Corporate event photography at The Nash Conservatory in Kew Gardens

THE BRIEF

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.

OLIVER GOODRICH

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.

Videographer Oliver Goodrich working on the video for Alto Vita alongside Josh Caius, for a corporate event in London

Oliver Goodrich, dependable corporate videographer and more!

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 GOLDSMITHSCENTRE??

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.




Interiors and window display photography for Prada White City

It was a pleasure to photograph the newest interiors and window display for Prada’s store in Westfield, White City

Luxury brand interiors store photography by Josh Caius in White City, London

Luxury brand interiors store photography

Luxury brand interiors store photography by Josh Caius in White City, London

Luxury brand interiors store photography

Luxury brand interiors store photography by Josh Caius in White City, London

Luxury brand interiors store photography

Luxury brand interiors store photography by Josh Caius in White City, London

Luxury brand interiors store photography

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. 

Luxury brand interiors store photography by Josh Caius in White City, London

Prada interiors photography at Westfield White City

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!

Luxury brand interiors store photography by Josh Caius in White City, London

Luxury brand interiors store photography

Luxury brand interiors store photography by Josh Caius in White City, London

Luxury brand interiors store photography

Luxury brand interiors store photography by Josh Caius in White City, London Luxury brand interiors and window display store photography by Josh Caius in White City, London Luxury brand interiors and window display store photography by Josh Caius in White City, London Luxury brand interiors and window display store photography by Josh Caius in White City, London Luxury brand interiors and window display store photography by Josh Caius in White City, London

Abbi & Me Celebratory Event

It was a joy to photograph for creative events agency Abbi & Me at the fabulous 30 Pavilion Road venue hire for one of their corporate celebratory events. Much fun was had by all!

Corporate party photographer Josh Caius in London. Candid, fun photography for an award ceremony and gala celebration.

Fun and formal indoor corporate gala alternative.

Corporate party photographer Josh Caius in London. Candid, fun photography for an award ceremony and gala celebration.

Best dressed prize! Prom King and Queen award.

Corporate party photographer Josh Caius in London. Candid, fun photography for an award ceremony and gala celebration.

Informal prize giving at a corporate event.

THE BRIEF

The brief was a familiar one for any event photographer: photograph the setup before guests arrive, take candid photographs of guests enjoying themselves, and make sure you get all the speeches!


For most of the images at this event, I took off my usual two large DSLR cameras and used a small Fuji instead (which looks like a 35mm film camera). This gave me some freedom to move among the crowds and capture candid images without pointing my big cameras in guests’ faces. The small downside is increased grain in very dark venues, and it’s a bit more work for me in post processing. However, clients and guests appreciate the friendlier look of a smaller camera in particularly intimate venues, so I always use it where appropriate. I always keep my larger setup within very close range, just in case I suddenly need it.

Corporate party photographer Josh Caius in London. Candid, fun photography for an award ceremony and gala celebration.

Speeches at corporate dinner.

Corporate party photographer Josh Caius in London. Candid, fun photography for an award ceremony and gala celebration.

Nice dresses throughout.

Corporate party photographer Josh Caius in London. Candid, fun photography for an award ceremony and gala celebration.

Fun and formal indoor corporate gala alternative.

Corporate party photographer Josh Caius in London. Candid, fun photography for an award ceremony and gala celebration.

Casino games at a fun corporate event.

Corporate party photographer Josh Caius in London. Candid, fun photography for an award ceremony and gala celebration.

Corporate events drinks.

Overall I must say this was a very well organised event. The guests were extremely happy (the free bar helped), and the venue was beautiful. Thanks again Abbi & Me for having me photograph the celebrations.


Digital Leaders Impact Awards 2022

Award ceremony and corporate party photography by Josh Caius at Ministry, Southwark.

Example of using event photography on a website banner.

A big thank you to Digital Leaders for asking me back to photograph their highly successful Impact Awards, now in its 6th year. The event took place at Ministry Of Sound (branded as Ministry Venues for event hire, but the one in Elephant and Castle is the very same place).

Candid award ceremony and corporate party photography by Josh Caius at Ministry, Southwark.

Corporate event at Ministry of Sound.

Candid award ceremony and corporate party photography by Josh Caius at Ministry, Southwark.

Corporate event at Ministry of Sound.

Posed award ceremony and corporate party photography by Josh Caius at Ministry, Southwark.

Corporate event at Ministry of Sound.

The whole team at Digital Leaders were incredibly helpful for both me the photographer, and the venue itself. The professionalism and experience is immediately obvious when working with these guys. 

Posed award ceremony and corporate party photography by Josh Caius at Ministry, Southwark.

Corporate event at Ministry of Sound.

Candid award ceremony and corporate party photography by Josh Caius at Ministry, Southwark.

Corporate event at Ministry of Sound.

Candid award ceremony and corporate party photography by Josh Caius at Ministry, Southwark.

Corporate event at Ministry of Sound.

Candid award ceremony and corporate party photography by Josh Caius at Ministry, Southwark.

Corporate event at Ministry of Sound.

Here are a few screenshots from their website, so you can see an example of how they were used.

Award ceremony photos on stage by photographer Josh Caius

Example of using event photography on a website banner.

Award ceremony photos on stage by photographer Josh Caius

Example of using event photography on a website banner.

Award ceremony photos on stage by photographer Josh Caius

Example of using event photography on a website banner.

PHOTOGRAPHIC CHALLENGES

Of all the interesting challenges of working in such an atmospheric venue, one that I was not expecting was during the award ceremony itself. The stage had great lighting, and I had been given the opportunity to test my flash and settings before the event took place (this is a rare treat). However, the test-run and the actual show was quite different as the atmospheric haze (a theatre/club trick used to make light beams more visually appealing) was much stronger on the night. It took me a few clicks of the first winner to realise that my flash was actually bouncing off of the haze and causing the images to look misty! So, counterintuitively, I had to quickly switch off the flash and increase my camera exposure to get a clearer image. I must admit that my photographer’s brain had to run at 100% capacity to work out that turning off the flash would produce a cleaner image. Thankfully I was quick enough that nobody realised my tiny crisis, and everybody got nice clear shots of them receiving their awards.


Candid award ceremony and corporate party photography by Josh Caius at Ministry, Southwark.

Corporate event at Ministry of Sound.

Award ceremony photos on stage by photographer Josh Caius

Corporate event at Ministry of Sound.

Candid award ceremony and corporate party photography by Josh Caius at Ministry, Southwark.

Corporate event at Ministry of Sound.

Thanks again to the team at Digital Leaders, particularly Ellie who was the first to struggle with the branded banner with me before others got involved! We got there in the end! Hope to see you all again soon!


How to Hire a Corporate Event Photographer

HOW TO HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR CORPORATE EVENTS??!?!?!

Here’s some advice on hiring an experienced event photographer for work.

Every so often I’m contacted by a new starter in a company who is clearly feeling overwhelmed by their task of gathering quotes or picking out the best photographer for an upcoming event at work. Do not be afraid. I’ve seen and heard it all. 

You are welcome to call or email me for help, with no obligation to take on my services. I just want you to feel like you’ve got someone who knows what they are doing on your side, which you do!

If you are an experienced events manager, look away now to avoid feeling patronised. If you have been asked to find a suitable photographer for an event but you don’t know where to start, read on.

Photographers quote based on the information they have - to avoid confusing re-quotes, it’s best to have at least the basics at hand. However you cannot be expected to know everything, and we do our best to accommodate in these situations.

Try to have this information available (if you don’t that’s fine, we’ll just need to get this in good time before the event):

Who you are. 

Date(s).

Location(s).

Timings. Preferably the photographer’s arrival/leaving times as well as the event’s timings. You may or may not have full information when we first chat, which is fine for now.

Style of the event. Just a basic overview - is it a drinks reception followed by award ceremony followed by a party? Is it 18 panel discussions set across 4 lecture halls and tech demonstrations during lunch?

Purpose of the photos. I shoot in a style that is suitable for the intended audience, so it’s good to know.

Things that need photographing. Again, it’s best to know these things but often it’s impossible to say until further down the line. Sometimes the brief is as simple as a list of speech times, plus ”guests enjoying the evening”. Other times it’s a veritable spreadsheet. It is important to communicate with the photographer what you need - often for more complex events with lots of sponsorship or voluntary workers, there are details that need photographing which might not be at all evident to the photographer without being told. I tend to print out my own special running order of events so that I know exactly where I should be and at what time. This allows me to confidently go free-range for other images that have been requested which are not time-critical.

HOW DO I GET THE BEST PRICE OUT OF A PHOTOGRAPHER?

If you have received a quote from your favourite photographer but it’s not within budget, be open about it and say something. We are freelancers trying to live a normal life in the big city, which means we need to price accordingly, but we are open to negotiation if required.

If you already know your budget, you can state this and see how the photographer responds.

WHAT IS CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY ANYWAY?

Corporate photography simply means photography for businesses (in contrast to family portraits, weddings and kids’ parties, which are private rather than corporate). I specialise in corporate events and headshots. 

I hope this slightly rambling guide helps you to feel a bit more at ease in reaching out to a photographer. Again, please do simply get in touch with any questions you might have and we can go from there. 

Best of luck!

Josh