Why I give away some of my photography...

You may or may not know, but every few months I give away some imagery. Yes, totally free, complimentary photographs that you can use within your social media, websites or really wherever it may suit. There is no ties or obligations, I just need your email address os I can send you the packs.  Fear not, this does not mean you’ve just signed your life away to receive daily pictures of my cats or endless sales pitches. 

Anyway, someone asked why I sent the imagery and I thought it was a great question!

Firstly, I did it for me. Totally selfish reasons. I wanted to shoot more stuff that allowed me to play a little more and the only intentions it had was those I had set for it. 

Now this was and is harder than imagined because although I want the images to be an expression of myself or an opportunity to work without boundaries, in some sense you need these boundaries. I also wanted them to be useful and something that clients and the like would actually want to receive and utilise. 

So while the latter tends to guide any objectives for the projects, I see the ‘free stock shots’  as an opportunity which offers myself and Rebecca a day every couple of months, where we can have a look at what we think clients might find useful, whats accessible to us and then perhaps what sort of thing we would like to do! 

It’s actually harder than it looks when you are trying to satisfy an internal creative itch as well, but either way its something that I feel committed to and that alone excites me. It pulls me away from the editing desk, away from client written briefs and even if its just on our own turf (ie the most recent pack was shot at the farm where out studio is based) it gives us the chance to do something a little different. 

I say this all, never forgetting that it also hopefully creates some content for others that can be used without restriction; no rules, no questions just free imagery that is there for the taking. 

I always say that I welcome your ideas or any thoughts you have on what’s useful for you or perhaps you’d just like to see played out.  Maybe you’ve got a concept you’d like to explore, maybe your’e an artist looking for a collaborations .Perhaps you are an agency keen to explore or with clients that have the need for imagery but aren’t quite ready to invest in it yet or a business that wants to look at new ways of working with photography. Well let’s chat. Let’s grab coffee and brainstorm some ideas! 

If you haven’t seen any of the image packs yet or you’d just like a nosey, see the link below to access the most recent one and if you’d like any archived projects pop us an email and Rebecca or I will share them with you.

It can still tell a story...

Portraiture is one of those things that can be approached in so many different ways, and with so many uses really is something that can be creative, thought provoking and make a great impact on website in terms of introducing your team or your business. 

The main thing I always think is important though, regardless of style, is to ensure you make the session really fun for those partaking and capture a sense of their personality in the final results. 

I recently shot some simple, plain background portraits that would work flexibly across a website, linked in, social media and other various applications for the wonderful team at TDR, The Bridal Rooms based in Birmingham. Truly, what a fabulous team. Warmly welcomed, surrounded by stunning wedding dresses and kept suitably topped up with coffee we had a great day.  TDR were not only pleased with their photographs but they enjoyed the session and what went from something relatively intimidating for some of them became something next time, they won't have to fear. 

Feature Project: Click IQ...

Client: Click IQ

Project brief: Click IQ are a great team and warmly welcomed myself and Rebecca to the office over a couple of half days in order to achieve some photography for their new website, which was launching due to their growth as a firm & some rather exciting technology that they were sharing with their own clients. 

A beautiful countryside location in Godalming introduces us to Beverly & Richard who co founded the company, plus of course their office dog!

Helping with their creative brief, visuals & post production I was super pleased to be recommended in by their video company From The Hip, another fab team should you not have worked with them before. 

Anyway, I loved these guys and could talk about them for ages, instead I'll share some pictures and encourage you to meet the team yourselves and visit their swanky new website!

Feature Project: The Vodafone Foundation

Client: The Vodafone Foundation

Project brief: This post gives you a few pictures from a couple of events I've had the pleasure of being part of for the Vodafone Foundation, who do some amazing work supporting various good causes worldwide as well as here at home in the UK. 

From providing education to those in war torn or poverty stricken countries and helping to deliver public benefit through the use of mobile technology across health, education and disaster relief.  Their events can be short on time and often include people or items that cannot be photographed, but always up for a challenge and still keen to illustrate what fabulous occasions these were I wanted to share two events that took place in London earlier this year. 

"These are lovely.....beautiful"