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.
Not all corporate headshots have to be taken in an office and involve someone in a suit. Many are the different business photography needs of my clients. I try to provide customers with business headshots that reflect their personality but that ultimately work for their individual business needs. These business portraits are of corporate trainer Zena, she wanted headshots for her business that reflected her relaxed approach and personality. We took a variety of portrait photographs around Manchester’s Castlefield basin. This is a favourite location of mine as it is filled with interesting architectural features to use as backdrops.
These corporate portraits were obtained as part of one of my standard business headshot packages. Follow the link for pricing and package options or alternatively get in touch to discuss your individual requirements.
Here is brief insight into a recent commercial photography job that I undertook. I had a request from the Black Rat Gallery in London to photograph some paintings for them. The paintings by an American artist called Elbow-Toe are currently on show in the Warrington art gallery and museum. Black Rat are showing them next and want to prepare a book to accompany the exhibition. My problem was that some of the pictures were behind glass. How do you take a picture of painting square on without showing your reflection or the light?
These are the photos and a brief explanation of how I manged to get the photos with no reflections. I used two profoto d1 heads one with a zoom reflector and one with a beauty dish and positioned these about six feet away from the paintings and angled at 45 degrees to the painting. Thus if the light was contained by the reflectors no light should fall on the camera directly facing the painting. The second problem was a reflection of the camera and tripod. This was removed by darkening the whole room so that very little light went into the room and covering the tripod with a non reflective black cloth. Interestingly I have referred to Elbow-Toes work as paintings but they are in fact collages. They are made up of thousands of tiny pieces of paper all added individually. It must take him ages!
Here are some more recent headshots of musical theatre performer Nicki. At the moment you can see her on the television every Saturday evening on Take Me Out. She approached me because she needed some good black and white headshots for her new west end agent. So unusually for me these days the portrait photographs were taken in a studio environment.
Lighting here is a very simple one light set-up albeit with the fantastic profoto beauty dish and grid. Once you have used one of these it is difficult to see how you would ever go back! Both of these shots were just one light above and to the left of the sitter with no other reflectors. I was very pleased with the results. Nicki has used them for her agent and on singers pro and casting call pro.
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.
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!
I am currently in the process of updating my website and will include a section detailing my architectural photography. In the meantime here is a selection of images using the zen-slideshow gallery option in wordpress. Click play on the slidehow and it gives you some information on each of the images.
In response to several recent queries from customers, yes I do do product and close up shots. Consequently I will be putting a new page up on my website for product photography. In the meantime here are a few photos that showcase what I can do and give you some ideas. Pricing details will all be on the new page.
Friday lunchtime I had a shoot booked that had taken quite a bit of planning. I had a theme of bike to work and wanted to experiment with motion blurs and test the focus tracking of the Nikon D700. To do this I had arranged to borrow a tandem, to be piloted by a willing and steady assistant, whilst I sat on the back and tried to track another cyclist following us. This was a lot more difficult than might seem at first.
The model had to be directed as to where he was needed for the shot, I had to turn backwards, with no hands on the back of the tandem, which throws it off line. I had to handhold the camera, but to get the desired amount of blur whilst moving quite rapidly on the tandem required shutter speeads of between 1/8 and 1/30 of a second, which calls for a steady hand and smooth shutter release. The attrition rate of shots was consequently very high I took about 200, got many with very artistic but ultimately useless blur and several that I am very pleased with. The original plan had been to use a Surly Big Dummy, which would have allowed me to sit backwards and take the shots, however the guy that I knew with one has just sold it. I suppose I can always add one to the list of urgently required essential photgraphic equipment. Anyway here are the best shots and a couple of the useless blur, which I happen to like quite a lot! Any comments as usual are always welcome.
For the technically minded, equipment Nikon D700, 35mm f2 AF-D lens, aperture priority, continuous high speed shooting and focus tracking modes. Landescape tandem, Pashley Guvnor, Brompton 3-speed.