This was a very straightforward brief for the Live Magazine group. Just some basic images to go with a road test of the latest incarnation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. I don’t do basic. If I’m asked to photograph an item, be it a simple box or a brand new car, I will give each the attention they deserve.
The bride had one particular request when I met the couple six months before the wedding. There was no room for bartering or negotiation, it had to be adhered to. They both wanted a portrait with Pendle Hill in the background.
I have to say, I do like vehicle photography. Possibly a tug from my younger days perhaps, but all the same, it’s always enjoyable. There can be a number of challenges, such as reflection on the paintwork, chrome or glass. In fact, there tends to be little on a vehicle that won’t reflect!
Not all corporate headshots need to be stuffy and boring, particularly if they are to reflect the companies ethics or approachability. One of the quickest ways to erect a barrier between a company and its clients is to have a “stuffy” portrait that doesn’t really give the company a human face, more a guard dog or security look.
It’s nice when you can combine an assignment for a number of clients. Saves them money and time. The above image is the final version and the look I had in mind when I shot it. It was a rather overcast day and threatened rain for most of it, to the point we would occasionally get a smattering of rain drops and consider packing up, and it would then stop. Not ideal conditions really, especially when Nicola was wearing a rather lightweight dress that afforded her no warmth whatsoever.