November 1, 2017
01 Nov 2017

Corporate Portrait in the City of London

As well as doing events I photograph a lot of professional portraits for my corporate clients. I am currently offering a number of different headshot services e.g headshots against a grey or pure background but clients also ask for environmental portraits in their work spaces. These are great fun to do and create a number different challenges that certainly keep me on my toes! Here is a portrait taken in a busy hallway using just one Yonguno strobe.

You can view more of my business portraits here

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November 1, 2017
01 Nov 2017

Kennedys Law Event Photography

Last week I photographed a great evening event at Kennedys which is a international law firm in Bank. The Friday presentations took place on the ninth floor which had a impressive view overlooking the city of London. The evening started off with networking between the guests and then followed by interesting discussions by the five speakers and then ended with a panel discussions.

If you have a event at Kennedys and you need a event photographer then you can contact me via my contact form for further information. 

You can view a few images from the evening here – 

The view from Kennedys which overlooked Bank

guests smile on a balcony at Kennedys

canapes at Kennedys

two men smiling and networking woman with short hair listening to another lady man smiling and listening

a young lady discusses her presentation at Kennedys law firm guests raise their hands during a panel discussion at Kennedys

a shot taken during a speech at Kennedys

October 9, 2017
09 Oct 2017

Canning Town Event photographer

Last week I was invited to photograph at Arebyte Gallery at the London City Island which featured Richard Wentworth’s work and a performance piece by Rosana Antoli. Here is a few images from the evening – 

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September 6, 2017
06 Sep 2017

Olympia London Event photography

I was commissioned to photograph at Olympia London to create free imagery for a client’s workshop that was being held at the International Jewellery London. The light and the space throughout the Olympia space is amazing so it a great space to take pictures. Anyway you can view a few of the events photographs that I took during the event and a few pictures taken throughout the rest of the showroom down below. Also you can view my other event photography work here or if you need to book me to photograph your stand/event at Olympia then you can email me here.  

the ground floor at Olympia London the pink floor at Olympia London

conference photography - man talking to his audience

lady talking during her speech at Olympia london

wide shot of a lady talking during her speech at Olympia londona member of the audience taking a picture on their iphone during a conference at olympia london

a member of the audience at olympia london making notes during a event speech underway at olympia london

crowds of three people talking at olympia London Discovery Zone at olympia London

June 19, 2017
19 Jun 2017

Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel event photographer

Last week I photographed corporate networking event at a new venue Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel, I must’ve walked past this hotel dozens of times before but it was great to finally photograph there! My brief for the evening was to cover a drinks reception followed by a lively panel discussion.

Here are a few pictures from the evening and if you need a event photographer for your event then you can email me for further information.

All the pictures were taken with a Nikon D4 and a 24-70mm 2.8 lens.

June 12, 2017
12 Jun 2017

Event photography at Claridges

I was browsing through my site over the weekend and I realised I haven’t blogged for…..six months! I have never been a great blogger but I am very lucky that I shoot in a lot interesting venues across London so its seems a shame that I don’t show a few pictures of what I’ve been up to through the first half of 2017. From now on, I will try to turn over a new leaf and blog once a week so that you can keep in touch with some of the incredible places I’ve been working in….

At the beginning of March I was commissioned to photograph an event at Claridges which is an exclusive hotel, well known for its afternoon tea. It is also a great setting for an evening event though and the atmosphere in the function rooms is perfect for smart business events!

Here are a few images from the evening….

All the images shot on Nikon D4 plus 24-70mm/105mm lens

January 5, 2017
05 Jan 2017

PR shoot in Canning Town

Last year was one of my busiest years yet with over 88 shoots commissioned throughout the year which haven’t left much time with keeping my website and blog up to date! Anyway during the end of October I was commissioned by a London PR company to take a portraits of Jane Roscoe (Director, London Film School) in Canning Town. As always I arrived 30 minutes before the shoot was about to start and scouted possible locations, I eventually decided on the lovely bright red bridge that crosses Bow Creek which is a stone throw away from Canning Town tube station. With every portrait shoot I try to get a number of different type of shots that includes both wide and tight shots so they can be widely used for media and online purpose.

Here is one of my favourite shots taken from the 15 minute shoot.

portrait of jane roscoe in canning town.

Image taken with a battered Nikon D4, 70-200mm 2.8

 

November 28, 2016
28 Nov 2016

Winter Event photography

I have lost track on the amount of events that I have photographed recently so I thought I should do a round up over the last few months and then do more individual blogs over the quieter months of winter…. The majority of my events have been in London with a few of the venues including the following… The Hop Exchange, The Royal Exchange and smaller opening nights for PR companies. All of my clients have requested for natural and (mostly) unposed event photography. I have photographed everything from small PR events to conferences and more recently winter socials.

Here are a handful of shots from the last 12ish weeks…if you have a event that you need covering then you can email here

older man speaking at a conference

three women talking

a man talking throughout a open debate with his reflection from a mirror

a man with a beard is laughing.

three guys laughing at a winter social at The Hop Exchange

The Royal exchange event venue

four people posing in front of the camera

blonde lady laughing

five men talk at a winter social party

people laugh

a lady talk during a PR event

laughing men

canapes at a event in London

single man laughing with three other women

six cocktails on a black tray

three people share a joke

women drink champagne at a event in London

canapes displayed

champagne being poured

 

November 18, 2016
18 Nov 2016

Nikon 105mm 1.4 Review – From a working London photographer

I have already seen a few posts about the new addition to the Nikon prime lineup, the Nikon 105mm 1.4 but don’t worry, this isn’t just another review with lots of graphs and pictures of brick walls! Just a few thoughts on my first impressions on the new Nikon 105mm 1.4 from a working event photographer in London…I always make time to test new lenses or other gear that I’m going to use on paid jobs. So when my postman knocked on my front door with my new Nikon 105mm 1.4 I was quick to make time to go out and get started testing my new piece of kit! I headed into central London with just my Nikon D750 and the new lens and a vague idea for a short and quick project: portraits of the city musicians that busk in central London.

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Street portraits with the 105mm 1.4

The majority of my street photography is with wide angle lens, either a 35mm or 28mm, so it was a nice challenge (and change) to shoot with something a bit longer… The 105mm has a long focal length so if you are used to using a 85mm on a weekly basis you might find yourself taking a few steps back every time you frame up! The nice thing about this long prime is that its makes you work a bit harder to get an interesting composition. My street musicians project was a great test and by the end of the morning I got a few portraits that I was happy with. The lens was great to use with the main highlights being that it focuses super fast and doesn’t even miss a beat even under the non-existent light conditions in tube tunnels. This new lens is sharp – as sharp as one of my kitchen knives!

The compression from the lens’ focal length works brilliantly for doing portraits as well. One of the main questions that all my photography friends have on the tip of their tongues…is it bokehlicious? And the simple answer is…Yes! With London being a busy place (as you would expect) it is extremely hard to keep the background uncluttered so being able to use the aperture 1.4 and the compression of the long focal length is a godsend! Once you have used the back button to get your chosen point of focus everything in the background goes very creamy and soft and the subject just pops out from the background!

Here are a few examples of street portraits that I liked…

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Event Photography – A useful addition, Nikon 105mm 1.4

The type of event photography I specialize in, and get commissioned to photograph, is non-intrusive so my clients hire me to record/document the event and not to interrupt the flow with lots of direct flash. I mostly rely on pushing my two cameras and my different lenses so I don’t have to resort to using bursts of flash when my clients are making their speech or when they are networking with their guests. With every week being so different I have to shoot a mixture of primes/zooms lenses to cater for each new job and to make sure that I am ready for any situation and not get caught short. One type of lens that I always reach for at certain points of the shoot is a long range prime which works hand in hand with my style of event work. Over the last couple of years my most used lens is the Nikon 85mm 1.8 which I have used on numerous occasions on both events and portrait work. However, it was starting to show its age from regular use and occasionally its focal reach wasn’t quite long enough so I had to resort to my trusty (but heavy) 70-200mm. So when the new Nikon 105mm 1.4 lens appeared on my horizon I knew pretty much straight away that it would be a perfect lens to have in my kit bag for every shoot. This lens works well under all sort of lighting situations, from poorly lit conference platforms, to candlelight dinners parties and as it’s not too short in focal length, it works in the majority of situations that I normally photograph in. So I can see myself (depending on the brief) leaving my 70-200mm at the office and just using the 105mm – which will hopefully make my camera bag a bit lighter!

Here are some examples of the lens in action on a few recent shoots…

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What’s it like to shoot with the new 105mm?

In terms of performance the lens is excellent and I have put it through it paces on a number of different jobs. The AF is super fast on both my D750 and my trusty workhorse, the D4. One thing to point out is that if you are using a smaller body camera like the D750, the weight of the lens can feel a bit out of balance when shooting for long periods of time. When paired with the Nikon D4 there are no problems with the balance and feels very easy to use. The one mistake that I did make when first using the new lens was putting the camera over my neck though. It was extremely sore after a few hours of shooting due to the weight, so I would highly recommend using a shoulder strap or getting yourself a battery grip to make the weight distribution more even…

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Time and time again I was impressed with the colour of the final photographs, especially during the edit in Lightroom when I didn’t have to worry too much about adjusting the colour balance which is a big time saver. When I have nailed the focus the image looks super sharp and jumps off the screen. I do use my Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 a lot, but I know that it makes me lazy when I am shooting because I tend to stay in one position and then just zoom and shoot. Whereas shooting with a long range prime makes it more fun and the final results, in my eyes, are a lot punchier. I have a feeling I am going to be leaving my 70-200mm collecting dust in my camera bag over the winter months. The Nikon 85mm 1.8 feels a bit like a toy compared to the 105mm 1.4 in size and in weight. It feels very odd putting the 85mm on after using the 105mm for a period of time. You might find yourself checking that you have a lens on your camera body! Also the AF button from AF to Manual is firm and won’t be easy to knock out of place when you are shooting.

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Would I recommend buying this lens? I would say definitely yes if your bank balance isn’t in the red and you need a solid lens for both your portrait work and low light event photography. Its is a great tool that will make your images pop.

 

September 21, 2016
21 Sep 2016

Business portrait in Liverpool Street

I photograph hundreds (maybe even thousands) of people each year everything from photographing people attending events, corporate headshots against a white or grey background and business portraits. One of my favourite type of shoots tends to be photographing clients in their own work environment. You have to think on your feet and create something that shows the client’s personality or their company brand or even both! I met Maria in her office near Liverpool Street during one of the hottest day of September and it was a great shoot, there was plenty of space for me to use a longer lens (Nikon 85mm 1.8 which great for compressing the background and light weight on the Nikon D4) and there were lots of good places within the office floor to do a number different setups. We had only 40 minutes scheduled in for the shoot so time was pretty limited for the session so I decided to shoot the majority of the portraits using available light (there was a huge office window) which makes a nice change from lugging gear everywhere!

Here is the Maria’s testimonial:

“Thanks so much James. Really appreciated. I think you did a fantastic job, thank you once again!”

Here is a favourite picture from the business portrait shoot and you if want to enquire about doing a similar shoot then you can get in touch over here!

Business portrait in Liverpool Street All the portraits images were shot with a battered Nikon D4 with my 85mm 1.8 and a few wider shots with the 24-70mm 2.8