Why Should You Invest In A Professional Business Portrait?

Why Should You Invest In A Professional Business Portrait?

Did you hear the one about the builder who’s own home was never finished because he was always too busy working on everybody elses, or the plumber with the ever leaking tap in the bathroom? Well … meet the partner of a professional photography business who to her horror realised she hadn’t updated her business portrait recently … and is putting that right straight away!

It’s a standing joke amongst photographers that they don’t like to have their photograph taken and so they chose a career behind the camera, but in the corporate world a professional business portrait (sometimes known as an executive portrait) is an essential component, contributing to your business’s success and elevating your professional profile in the business environment.

It used to be that we only ever had our portraits taken for passports, visas or Curriculum Vitaes. But in today’s highly visual, multi-media world , professional photographs are used in so many more ways, business cards, social media, websites, press…..the list is endless.

It may be a cliche, but is true nonetheless that you only get one chance to make a first impression. Whether you are starting out as a new company, or have been trading as an established business for many years, it’s a fairly safe bet you’d like to convey a professional, positive impression to everybody of both yourself and your company. So why would you use a grainy, badly lit photograph that somebody took of you on your last holiday, or at the Christmas party? If you were checking out somebody’s website ask yourself what kind of impression that would leave you with. Sounds unlikely? I thought so too but a quick check of profile photographs on linked in, Facebook and Twitter proves it does actually happen.
So why should you commission a professional photographer for your corporate portrait?

1. It puts you in control.

It’s your commission. Your can decide exactly how, where and when your photograph is taken. Do you want a formal portrait with a plain background, or something more casual posed within your work environment, or even taken outdoors? You can discuss exactly how you want your photograph to be taken with the photographer well in advance of the photoshoot so that you can tailor the style of the shoot to reflect the impression you want to give.

2. You can be as two-faced as you like….

….or three … or four ..or more. Just because you are having your photograph taken in one sitting doesn’t mean you have to look exactly the same for the entire shoot. By bringing several outfits, changing your hair style, and even changing the background you can achieve several different looks from the same session. This means you can build up a portfolio of different photographs from just one sitting. Some professional photographers will also offer make-up and hair services, so don’t forget to check with them when you book.

3. We’re all in this together.

If you have a team of people, whether large or small, you can arrange for everybody to have their photograph taken on the same day, with the same background, under the same lighting. This creates a consistent corporate identity for your company and means photographs of different people can be reproduced within the same literature or online in a clean, tidy and professional manner. In effect, everything matches.

4. Anything for an easy life.

We’re all busy right? And you know that just as you are dashing out of the door for that really important meeting an email arrives asking for head shots of you, and your sales team which simply has to go to press within the next 30 minutes. The business portrait shoot that you arranged for everybody several months ago now really comes into it’s own. You know instantly where to find the images, and can be confident that they are all appropriate, professional and sized correctly, you can just hit the send button. Sorted.

5. Get in the right gear.

Any job is made easier provided you can bring experience and the correct tools to the table. A professional photographer will supply everything that is needed to ensure the very best results on the day. Not just a high end digital camera, but also studio lights and stands, backgrounds, a full and up to date version of the industry’s latest software to process the images following the shoot, and of course a wealth of knowledge, experience and advice to guide you through the shoot.

So with all of that in mind I am off to put a comb through my hair and rifle through my wardrobe … now then, dressing for your portrait …. that’s a whole new blog!

Jane Roebuck Carers Awards 2017

Jane Roebuck Carers Awards 2017

On Wednesday 25th January 2017 The Jane Roebuck Carers Awards were held at Barton Hall, Kettering, Northamptonshire, with over 100 people in attendance. This was the fifth year that I was asked to be the official event photographer, and it’s an event I enjoy enormously, and also find incredibly humbling.

Staggeringly there are over 70,000 known carers just in the county of Northants alone, each providing a vital role in supporting vulnerable people to live in the community. It has been estimated that carers throughout the UK save the state an estimated £132 billion a year.

The awards not only recognise the commitment and selfless hard work of carers across Northamptonshire, but also offer an opportunity for the award winners to enjoy a special afternoon, dedicated solely to them, in the beautiful location of Barton Hall.

Event photography always calls for a variety of different styles on the day, and as well as photographing the official presentations and a large group shot for the next morning’s press release, I also spent some time capturing more natural, candid shots of people enjoying themselves. A few days after the event I supplied the organisers mounted prints for each award winner, which they will pass on to them so that they have a lasting memory of their special day.

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Photography for the NHS in Bristol

Photography for the NHS in Bristol

I’ve worked with University Hospitals in Bristol for many years now and seen lots of amazing changes over this time. All the staff are so wonderful and the children in the children’s hospital love them to bits!

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is a dynamic and thriving group of hospitals in the heart of Bristol, a vibrant and culturally diverse city.

With over 9,000 staff who deliver over 100 different clinical services across nine different sites. With services from the neonatal intensive care unit to care of the elderly, they provide care to the people of Bristol and the South West from the very beginning of life to its later stages.

The amazing staff are the lifeblood of the Trust. They provide general diagnostic, medical and surgical services to the populations of central, south Bristol and the north of North Somerset – approximately 350,000 people. These services are delivered from the city centre campus with some services delivered in community settings such as South Bristol Community Hospital. They also provide specialist services such as children’s services, cardiac and cancer services, and other smaller specialist services that are nationally commissioned, to a wider population through the south west and beyond.

Michael Portillo opens refurbished King’s Lynn railway station

Michael Portillo opens refurbished King’s Lynn railway station

Former minister and current TV presenter Michael Portillo officially opened King’s Lynn railway station which has been refurbished in a heritage style by First Capital Connect and Network Rail.

Official Photographer for event: Peter Alvey

Mr Portillo, who presents BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys, was joined by the Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, local councillors and project contributors to celebrate the station’s makeover as well as the town’s railway history.

The work, which cost just over £1million and was shared between First Capital Connect and Network Rail, is in keeping with the station’s heritage status and includes new British Railways signs, Great Eastern Railway inspired benches and vintage-style lanterns as well as a new royal blue and cream colour scheme throughout.

The local community was at the heart of the project, providing advice and opinions on the design of the new-look station. The Fen Line Users’ Association was heavily involved in design aspects including the Victorian era colour scheme of navy, cream and red which reflects the livery of Great Eastern’s steam trains, while the gold indicates King’s Lynn’s role as a royal station.

Norfolk-based foundry East Coast Casting Co Ltd supplied 10 new heritage-style royal blue benches and the station signs have been replaced with signs in the style of 1950s British Railway ‘totems’.

The work also included a full rewiring of the whole station, the booking hall roof being completely replaced and the platforms being resurfaced.

First Capital Connect Managing Director David Statham said:

“It was an absolute honour to have Mr Portillo open King’s Lynn station on our behalf today.

“Community groups have been heavily involved in this project and this event was about paying tribute to all they have achieved in delivering this fantastic project.

“It is a station with a rich history and we feel that that this refurbishment is a great way to celebrate and give the King’s Lynn community a station to take pride in.”

Richard Schofield, Network Rail Route Managing Director, said:

“The work carried out at King’s Lynn station is part of our ongoing investment programme to upgrade the rail network.

“The improvements made, including refurbishing the booking hall and providing better lighting, will give passengers a much better environment to travel to and from.”

Photography for Queens Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Photography for Queens Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

I have the utmost respect for the wonderful people who work in all areas of the healthcare sector. This was a day spent photographing the fantastic team at Queens Hospital, Burton on Trent working hard to ensure patients receive the very best care whilst they are in hospital.

I’m always disappointed I don’t have more time to chat to the patients who despite their difficulties often seem to happy to chat and be photographed. Its a privilege to be able to meet the patients and work with the staff for the day.

Thameslink Class 700 Train Unveiled

Thameslink Class 700 Train Unveiled

I was the official photographer for the unveiling of the new Thameslink Class 700 trains last week.

Speaking at the unveiling of a full-scale mock-up of the train at London’s ExCeL Centre today, rail minister Stephen Hammond said: “We are transforming our railways through the biggest programme of rail investment ever.

“These exciting new trains, combined with the wider Thameslink programme, are a real boost to UK Plc, creating thousands of jobs in construction and across the supply chain, which is driving forward our economy.

“Once operational they will provide a huge benefit to the hundreds of thousands of passengers who travel into London every day. It will vastly improve train travel providing fast, reliable and more frequent services.”

Steve Scrimshaw, managing director of Siemens Rail Systems UK, said: “Over £80 million has been invested by Siemens in the design and development of the Class 700. The innovative design incorporates the feedback of UK train operators, train crew, cleaners and maintainers, as well as dedicated passenger research, helping us turn proven technology and expertise into a state-of-the-art train of the future.”

First Capital Connect operates the current Thameslink franchise and has worked closely with the government to develop the new trains.

Managing director David Statham said: “This new fleet will give passengers more trains, more carriages and more capacity which our passengers desperately need.

“The Thameslink Programme will deliver more than double the number of carriages across the heart of London. At London Bridge alone the programme will deliver 60% more carriages in the morning rush hour. There will also be exciting new journey opportunities along the route – from Cambridge and Peterborough across the Thames to Blackfriars and beyond.”

PR Photography in Leicester

PR Photography in Leicester

Some Public relations photography for a company in Leicester who process eggs, 1.5M a week, now that’s a lot of eggs!

Eggs have long been recognised as a staple breakfast food. Packed with choline, protein, and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, eggs are full of health benefits. Although scientists have already identified individual nutrients in eggs, they have just recently discovered why eggs are the perfect morning food. New evidence shows how eggs keep you awake by jumpstarting your brain at the cellular level.