Rolls Royce at the Midland

January 26th, 2012

To commemorate the historic meeting of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce at the Midland hotel in Manchester, which led to the formation of Rolls Royce, the Midland Hotel hosted a lunch today. Guests included members of the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club and representatives from Rolls-Royce who presented the Midland’s resident manager Paul Bayliss with a painting to recognise the event. I was commissioned by the Midland Hotel to cover the proceeding and here are a few selected images from the days proceedings.

Rosso Manchester, Ascot Ladies Day Party

June 19th, 2011

I was recently approached to provide event photography by Suzanne Page for a charity party she was hosting at Rosso in Manchester. The party took place on Ascot Ladies Day and all proceeds went to the Manchester Children’s Hospital. Outfits were spectacular and a good time seemed too be had by all. Guests had a three course lunch, some wine! and watched the racing projected onto a large screen at the front of the restaurant. Below are a selection of some of my favourite photos from the event. If you are hosting a similar party and wish us to attend please get in touch.

headshots for business

February 4th, 2011

Here are a couple of photos from a recent business portrait or corporate headshot session in Manchester city centre. Darren wanted a portrait photograph taken for his author page in a book and journal articles.

The point of this post is really to show that not all business headshots involve a man in a suit and tie, and in fact many are the people and their respective business needs that can benefit from a stylish portrait. As usual the key to a good portrait is getting the client to relax and feel at ease. For the technically minded again this was taken with an 85mm f1.4, light typical manchester cloudy day, giving me very large natural softbox and nice soft light.

great john street hotel manchester

December 15th, 2010

In what is a bit of a departure for blog posts I thought I would showcase some of the commercial work we do at Richard Price photography. We have recently completed the interior and exterior shots for Great John Street Hotel in Manchester city centre. This is one of a group of hotels going under the Eclectic Hotels banner and includes Didsbury House Hotel and 11 Didsbury Park. Great John Street Hotel is probably Manchester’s most famous boutique hotel and the rooms and public areas are amazing. My assistant said that going home to her flat was a real disappointment after spending time in such sumptuous surroundings. Our brief was to photograph the rooms, public areas and the exterior of the hotel at dusk. These are a selection of the images and I hope they show what we can do for commercial clients.

A lot of the shots were taken using Nikon’s fabulous new 14-24mm AFS f/2.8 G ED. This lens is incredible. I have never before come across a lens so wide which also gives such straight lines all the way to the edges. Now I can see why so many people have been raving about it!

manchester city centre photography

November 11th, 2010

I took this yesterday, as part of an ongoing work for a client. It is the New Civil Courts of Justice and the Extension to the People’s History Museum. I like the abstract shapes produced with the fisheye and the lights in the buildings. I recently went in the People’s History Museum for the first time when spending some time with my nephew. Despite him studying double history A-level he did not seem too excited by it and wanted to go to GAME. I on the other hand found it fascinating and dug my heels in staying to watch a demo of trade union banner weaving!

manchester portrait photographs

September 17th, 2010

A few selected photos from a recent portrait and headshot session for Nick in Ancoats and Castlefield in Manchester. Thanks for your patience Nick and sorry about having to push the car! Interestingly it has now fixed itself and no fault can be found! All of the portrait photographs were taken on a Nikon D700 with a Nikon 85mm f1.4 AF-D. Thanks to Manchester’s fabulous soft diffused light (ie wet and overcast!) no external lights were used just the available light and open shade. Comments are always welcome.

manchester city centre portraits

May 8th, 2010

Here are some shots from my recent city centre Manchester portrait photography shoot with Jaki. All photos were taken in an around Manchester city centre, using natural light and available backdrops. The difficulty I find when you get a lot a good shots is how to choose the ones you like! This is just a small sample of the photos from the set, hopefully chosen to be representative. I am particularly pleased with the backdrops which were available. I like the way shooting wide open on my 85mm f1.4 turns the background into abstract shapes, isolating the subject. I am also pleased with how the background and her clothes compliment each other so well in some of the shots.

If you want to look at some more of my portrait work feel free to browse the gallery on my website, and to find out more information about what is involved click here.

portrait photography – manchester castlefield

January 27th, 2010

These are the results from a recent portrait photography session at Castlefield, and Manchester city centre.  The main image is my favourite, taken near the townhall extension, just off Albert Square in Manchester. I am always looking for new interesting backdrops for my portrait photographs. Here I particularly like the repeating series of arches and the way that the shallow depth of field with the 85mm f1.4 throws them progressively out of focus Manchester. Could we have the latest catalogue model sensation on our hands?

Nikon D700, 85mm f1.4 AF-D, all shot wide open for minimum depth of field. The muted colours in this shot were achieved through attempting a bleach bypass effect in Aperture, moving the black point and adjusting the colour curves to get the desired effect.