Corporate Photographer – Vanilla Hair Designs Bury St. Edmunds
A couple of weeks ago (I tend to start a lot of my blog posts like that), I had the great pleasure of doing some corporate shots for Vanilla Hair Designs in Bury St. Edmunds. It was one of the more challenging shots I have done recently, due to the number of people in a small space. But, it was also one of the most fun shoots I have had as a corporate photographer in some time. Don’t get me wrong, everything I do as a corporate photographer is fun, but when you get a room full of hair dressers you are bound to have a good time. It’s in their nature (much like photographers) to talk and have conversation, and when you put 10 of them together in a room with a photographer there was definitely no lack of conversation!!
Anyways, enough of me rambling on about the perks of being a corporate photographer, let’s get on with the shoot itself. Vanilla Hair Designs is located in the very lovely market town of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk. If anyone doesn’t know where Bury St. Edmunds is, you need to go there and at least visit the Abby Gardens. It is located off the A14 between Cambridge and Ipswich in Suffolk. The building that Vanilla is located in, like many building in Bury, is a beautiful old Grade 2 listed building. I love working in buildings like this, but height is always an issue as the ceilings are usually not only quite low, but not very level either. The ceiling height was a slight issue with this shoot as I couldn’t get my main light as high as I would have liked it, but I think the shots turned out good in spite of the low ceilings.
When I arrived to do the shoot I instantly knew the main shot we were going to do had to be in the reception area. The counter with the beautiful Vanilla Hair Designs logo on it just had to be a prominent fixture of the image. After all, as a corporate photographer and advertising photographer this image was going to be used to promote the salon to customers and potential customers. The drawback to making this decision was space. I already mentioned the low ceiling, but that was going to be an issue throughout the building, but in general it was a rather small room to try and get 10 people looking good in! Besides the setup, I also had to make sure there was going to be room to light them all correctly. In the end, the setup of the counter and the doorway leading into the actual salon allowed me to position 2 lights from behind and 1 light in the front giving me even light across the hair dressers and some kicker lights on their hair (they are after all in the business of making hair look beautiful, so I might as well try too!)
In a perfect world the room would have been bigger and some elements would have been removed, but overall I am happy with the end result and I know they are as well. Being a corporate photographer, it is my job to give an image that conveys what the business is and is about and I think we succeeded here.
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