Most of our work comes from “the high end” – i.e. big clients who need specially creative work or difficult to fulfil missions requiring special studio skills or in difficult locations. We don’t do “meet and greet” social stuff much these days. It can be dull and the creative spark is singularly stifled.
However when one of our oldest and most favourite clients phoned up and asked us to handle a job they regarded as of the utmost importance who was Alan to say no? I’ve been the “official” Suspension Bridge photographer for many years now and helped them win “European Lighting Project” of the year award when the new LED lighting was installed by taking a hush-hush snap at 3am one wintery morning during testing.
The project this time was totally different but, arguably, more important. Photographing HRH The Royal princess Anne opening the brand new Visitor’s Centre.
“Stressful” wasn’t the word. – It was hard, but HRH made it a pleasure – even if I had to wear a suit to work for the first time in years!
Zed Photography is sked to do all sorts of commercial imaging but amongst our all time favourites is Architecture. Alan used to work in the Civil Engineering business and has always followed the careers of the “Starchitects”.
Recently we have had a roving commission from LSC Facades, one of the leading suppliers of Metal Ceramic and Laminate Facades used on large buildings in the South of the UK. It has been a pleasure seeing and snapping some of their work, both finished and under construction. Our wide angle tilt and shift cameras have nearly melted under the strain. Less pleasurable was dealing with the vagaries of the Bristish weather, as the clients wanted predominantly blue skies – but with careful planning we managed to produce some pleasing shots. An added bonus was seeing inside some “signature” buildings like the fantastic Rutherford Appleton Lab building in Oxford where satellites are constructed in huge clean rooms.
Most of our photography is for small or large commercial companies or individuals who are selling something (even themselves if they are actors after head shots). So it came as a challenge to be asked to shoot a prospectus for the outstandingly successful Mossbourne Academy Foundation schools in London. After all they do say “never work with children or animals….”
We’re used to being able to order our professional models or staff about and compose great shots but this was a completely different kettle of fish – 2000 lively kids and the brief was to capture the spontaneity and happiness in the leaning environment.
Three long days work and many, many, hundreds of snaps later and we (and the client, phew) couldn’t have been happier !
Mossbourne, in Tower hamlets used to be one of the 10 worst schools in the UK and has turned itself around to become one of the outstanding successes of recent years giving kids, many form a deprived background, the opportunity to set no limits on their educational targets
A real pleasure meeting and photographing you all. The new website is going live soon.
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