Articles tagged with: event photography

Now We Are 5

on Monday, 01 June 2015.

Celebrating 5 years in business

I'm feeling a bit like the Queen this month as I have 2 birthdays to celebrate - next week is my official birthday, but although I'm at an age where birthdays are no longer really a cause to celebrate, I am very excited about my business birthday!  This week Creative Commercial Photography turns 5, and I'm in a party mood!

It's hard to believe that it's been 5 years since I left a stable but unfulfilling corporate life to go it alone in the world of photography.  I can't say it's been easy, but I always loved a good challenge and I feel just as passionate about my work as I did on day one.  It's been quite a journey and I've met some brilliant people and worked on some really interesting projects - every day is different and exciting, and I still enjoy learning new skills and dealing with challenges.

It's been hard to pick some favourite moments from the last five years but some highlights include working with some talented chefs and delicious food and events such as the Wallingford Food Festival. I also spent a few months working with the National Trust at Nuffield Place documenting every item in the property - it was a real treat to work there and a fascinating project. I really value the collaborative partnerships I have with other photographers, especially Adby Creative and SuePix, it's been wonderful working with these talented ladies.

I've also been lucky enough to work with some very happy couples and enjoyed being part of some fabulous weddings.  It's a privilege to photograph every wedding, and I'm looking forward to many more in the future.  I've made a little movie slideshow of some of my favourite shots below - it's been fun looking back in time, it seems that I like a lot of smiles and funny faces*. 

Every project is special, and I enjoy working with all of my clients. I am very grateful for the support of everyone I have worked with, and am looking forward to developing new relationships and working on more projects in the next five years!

To celebrate our birthday, we're offering a photoshoot booking (one full day or half day) at 2010 prices!  Any project booked this month will be priced at our 2010 rates - quite a discount, so if you're thinking of updating your marketing and website, or if you have a special event coming up that you'd like to remember in style it's a great opportunity for a bargain!

(*with apologies for the very cheesy music!)

 

Why you should value your image(s)

on Thursday, 08 January 2015.

The importance of using professional photography in your marketing and PR

The explosion of information available online over the last few years seems to be directly related to our shortening attention spans.  We crave a constant feed of news and information and of course videos of kittens - it seems to be an addiction that is fed by social media and streaming news.  People don't have the patience to wade through long texts online, so illustrating your business has never been more important!

It has been shown that on average people visiting websites will take just 4 seconds to decide whether to stay on that site and potentially become a customer, or go elsewhere to find what they were looking for.  The best way to instantly attract their attention and show them what you do is with an eye-catching, professional image and a snappy, bold headline.  It's also important to remember to refresh your imagery on a regular basis in order to maintain interest in your site and to give your customers a reason to keep coming back to see you.

The internet is swamped with photography of all levels, so having a good quality, professional image will give your website the edge over businesses that are reluctant to invest in their online presence.

A great way to improve your rankings on the search engines is by showing them that your site is fresh and active with a regular update of your content and images, which will also include metadata that can be found by your customers and by the search engines.  I don't claim to be an SEO expert by any means, but I do notice the impact on traffic to my site when I update my own galleries and blog with a selection of images.

Metadata is information embedded within an image, which is not visible, but can be read by search engines.  I always include metadata within my clients' images that will help people to find them when searching - keeping the keywords within each image relevant to the subject really narrows down a search, hopefully making your image the first on the search engine lists.

If you are thinking of refreshing your business image for 2015, please get in touch - we'd love to help!

 

 

2014, a year in pictures

on Wednesday, 17 December 2014.

A summary of the year in Creative Commercial Photography

Wow, it's hard to believe it's already the end of 2014, this year has just flown past!  I've really enjoyed this year - it's had its ups and downs, at times it's been unbelievably hard, but overall it's been great.  I've met some really fantastic people and worked on some lovely jobs, and had a lot of fun as well.

It's been hard to pick out my favourite shots from this year, but I've uploaded some below - thank you to everyone I've worked with this year, it's been fantastic and I hope to work with you all again in 2015 and beyond!  

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and happy 2015.

Cat x

Food Gallery

 

Events Gallery

Corporate Gallery

Wedding Gallery

 

Tour de France

on Thursday, 31 July 2014.

Event Photography at the London Fan Park for the Tour de France

One of my favourite shoots recently has been at the IBIS Hotels marquee at the Green Park Fan Park for the arrival of the Tour de France riders in London on July 7th.  

Despite not knowing the first thing about the Tour de France (I have avoided bikes altogether after a nasty accident a few years ago!) I really really enjoyed this event.  The atmosphere was fantastic - the crowds were huge and jolly and everyone had a brilliant time watching the race on the big screen and enjoying the food stands and generous freebies given out by the sponsors.

My brief was to photograph the marquee set up by IBIS and Accor Hotels, and to capture the atmosphere and crowds enjoying the activities around the area.  The event organisers provided an unbelievable number of free madeleine cakes and drinks, in fact there was so much free food that they were giving away whole boxes of cakes by the end of the day!  Activities in the tent included face painting for the kids (there was always a queue for the very talented make up artist!), a clever reaction time game, massages, competitions, free coffee and drinks and of course madeleines. The tent was packed all day and everyone seemed to have a great time.

I hope the gallery below gives a flavour of the day, and as always you can see a few more on my Flickr Events Gallery

A big thank you to my good pal Adby Creative for recommending me for this event!

Chow Chow Tea Party!

on Thursday, 25 September 2014.

the teddy bears' picnic

Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic - it's the Chow Chow tea party!

The annual tea party is such fun - it's run by the Chow Chow Club of Great Britain in Holyport near Maidenhead.  Chows are so uncommon these days (almost officially on the endangered list in the UK last year) that poor Thomas (our Chow) never gets to see his family so he gets really excited at the tea party in a room of about 20 Chows, and of course the owners really enjoy it too!  I wouldn't dream of entering Thomas into a serious dog show - he just hasn't got a clue and wouldn't enjoy it at all, but he does love to show off at the tea party!

This year we were very proud of him as he won Reserve in the Handsomest Dog category (quite an achievement since despite being recently bathed and brushed he managed to cover himself in cobwebs and dribble on the short walk to the show!); Happiest Rescue Chow (again he was the only rescue but he deserves to win anyway!) and best of all, 'Chow the judge would most like to take home'!  He was very pleased with himself and made lots of new friends.

One of the oldest breeds of dog, Chow Chows are gorgeous creatures - so loving and gentle, although they are pretty high maintenance and need a lot of grooming and care.  They are worth it though, even their extreme stubbornness is very endearing!

You can see more of @Lazy_Chow's adventures on my Instagram feed.

 

 

This is my film

on Thursday, 16 October 2014.

Business Testimonials with a difference

I've been really enjoying working with This Is My Film and their lovely clients this year.

This Is My Film create unique films for businesses to promote themselves and their own clients through video testimonials.  Using a combination of video and still photography with audio recordings, the films make a great addition to any marketing strategy, and also help to cement good client relationships by involving them in making the films, and helping them to feel valued.

"We love using still photography as our clients tell us it's a far more compelling way of telling their story. There aren't too many people who like to talk to a video camera, so our method of recording audio and then adding great photos has proved to get results and looks pretty good too!"
Trevor Marshall, This Is My Film.

One of the best things about this job is my clients- I love meeting so many interesting people, and working with TIMF has given me the opportunity to meet some very lovely people and I really enjoyed photographing them all.