Product photos with a crisp white background are essential for amazon seller listings. After struggling with getting quality photos in this style, otherwise known as packshot photography, Ben from IBEX Retail contacted me to discuss their requirements.
IBEX Retail, located in Derbyshire, also required images that show off their products such as cupcake boxes and paracord survival bracelets, among other items. We discussed working with still life styles that compliment each product and shows a lot of detail so that amazon's zoom in feature works as intended. Which can be used in the future on IBEX's future websites.
So far, I've had three separate product shoots with this local business. And more to come in the near future. For now, here's a glimpse at some of the photos we've worked on within the past few weeks.
Being a food photographer has many rolls. One is to provide images for advertising such as company websites, brochures and social media. All of which Price & Fretwell in Tibshelf Derbyshire hired me for. They provide aged meats that are sourced locally to high end restaurants and catering companies.
After discussing their goals we agreed on a dark moody set of images that really highlights their products. Ranging from beef, pork, and chicken among other foods. Another goal of theirs was to capture the ageing fridge where beef for example, is hung. Including some shots that show the natural colours of the meats and the colour of the actual lighting that is produced by Price & Fretwell's state of the art ageing process. As seen in the last image.
I often see these images shared on their facebook and instagram page. So it was great to receive some feedback from Nathan Price such as, "The photos look fantastic, we have had some very positive feedback and also we have had some orders from the marketing that has included them. Darren in particular has been very pleased with them."
In the heart of St. Peter's Square in Derby sits Al Arabi Shawarma & Grill. Not to mention the Shisha and Dessert Bar attached to it. I was fortunate enough to be hired to photograph their menu items along with interior shots of the restaurant and shisha bar. We even managed to fit in some photographs of the staff along with one of the owners of the Derby business.
Food photography is by far one of my favourite types of my career. So I was delighted not only capture their dishes and team at work, but also to taste some of it. Absolutely delicious! Oh and check out all the amazing decor at the Shisha Bar. It's a gem in the heart of the city.
Al Arabi has used their food photos and images of the restaurant on their social media pages such as facebook and instagram and they've been a bit hit. Here's a selection of my favourites.
Cafe2U holds a contest every year for it's customers and the lucky winner gets £1000 worth of holiday vouchers. Whoa! Who doesn't want a free vacation right?! Okay back to business. I was contact by Cafe2U to photograph this year's winner receiving her vouchers. Which she won from one of their on-location coffee vendors in the Chesterfield Derbyshire area. Pictured in the images below along with some of the management from the Franchise here in the UK. Plus I got a tasty coffee at the photoshoot and if you know me, you know I love coffee. So it was a win, win for me!
How do you promote closing a large business deal? You take pictures to prove it! Picture or it didn't happen right?! Okay well, maybe that's not true. But it certainly does help. ALD Automotive contacted me to capture some images of a business deal involving them, Perry's Ford, and Cape.
One of the first questions I was asked by ALD Automotive was, how can we show that this fleet closing involves 117 vehicles and the people who worked together to make it happen? The end result, a cherry picker of course! I absolutely loved it. Since these images would be used in automotive magazines and online editorials, it was important to capture as many different shots as possible for the media to choose from. If you'd like to learn more about business deal itself, you can read about it here on FleetNews.
There were a few spots where the vehicles were parked on wood planks. Professional Retoucher, Francesca Hughes did a great job removing those planks for me.
Last but not least, at the end of the photoshoot I also captured some headshots for the Linkedin profiles of the ALD Automotive team involved. Thanks to everyone from the team at ALD Automotive, Cape LLC and to Perry's Ford in Chesterfield. It was a pleasure working with all of you.
I love Nottingham and I couldn't pass up the chance to photograph an event for UberEats when given the opportunity. As I'm sure you're aware, Uber is growing across the UK. To celebrate their expansion with the UberEats team, they hired me to take photos of their cocktail party at the Pitcher and Piano right in the heart of Nottingham's Lace Market.
The client requested shots of company staff as they arrived at the event along with reportage and candid images. Usually, I work for this particular client as a food photographer in Nottingham, Sheffield and Derby. So this was quite a different experience working for this team. It was great to meet the smiling faces that work with the restaurants I visit to photograph yummy dishes for. And wow, check out how nice the stained glass windows of the Pitcher and Piano make as a backdrop.
As a professional photographer I often get calls to photography community events. The local offices of Global company Doosan Babcock contacted me to photograph their Day of Community Service. Engineers and administrative employees from the South Normanton area came together to paint at Green Gable Care home in Alfreton.
Images like these are often used for websites, newsletters, business social media accounts for a variety of reasons. It's important to show what sets companies apart and how your employees make a difference in the communities they work in. Or at least the communities your based in. A few of these guys travel all over the world for Doosan Babcock. It was great getting to know them as they prepped and painted.
Thank you to everyone at Doosan Babcock for hiring me as your local event photographer and making a difference in the Alfreton area.
With Level Up Games stock it's impossible to show all of it. However the goal when photographing this retail shop in Canterbury was to highlight some of the more popular items along with get a sense of the store itself. That wouldn't be complete without capturing the owners of this geeky game shop, Gemma and Alex.
Pokemon can be found all over this gaming paradise nestled in one of the UK's most notable areas. These particular photos were taken for a YouTube video as a shop tour to be pushed out on Twitter and Facebook. Check out some of these on-the-shelf product photography below.
In case you're wondering why I chose to include both the black and white photo and colour copy of the owners it's because I feel the B&W version helps bring your eye to their special relationship as not just shop owners, but as husband and wife. After all, some of the best small businesses are built on strong family run and operated foundations.
Advertising a company and putting a face or faces to a brand is essential in today's business world. So I was honoured when Rebecca of BHCC reached out to me about photographing herself and the other company directors to update the company website. We spoke about what kind of impression their website should give and what the photographs should convey. Which led us to meet in Chesterfield where BHCC was holding a team meeting.
The outcome was a mix of environmental portraits or head shots. Along with photographs of Ann, Mark, Rebecca and one of their consultants at work. We even fit in a few team photos. Quite a few can be seen on their website and social media. You can also see a small selection below. To have your team photographed please reach out to me at 07710 271457. Or by email found on the contact page.