I’ve always enjoyed the variety of work my career in photography has provided. In fact it’s been one of the major attractions to working as a freelance press, pr and corporate photographer. Looking back over a busy past few weeks only serves to reinforce this.
Commissions have come from many different clients from around the UK and the work has included sporting events, conferences, trade union disputes, industrial production facilities, social networking events, architectural interiors and Royalty.
I started with a portrait of a plant manager who took part in Karate in his spare time. This was shot for an in house communication magazine.
This was followed by a sports event at St David’s Hotel in Cardiff. This P1 Powerboat looked very impressive in the evening sunshine outside St David’s Hotel.
A store opening in Pontypridd followed.
This was closely followed by a trade union rally on the steps of The National Museum in Cardiff. The image is made up of five images stitched together to give a wide view of the gathering from behind the speaker. Most of my pictures were taken from exactly the opposite viewpoint with a backdrop of the museum but I wanted to find a different angle and the only way to show the full scene from the very narrow space behind the speaker was to shoot several images and join them up later in Photoshop.
The next image is of a selfie in the making at a networking event for travel business staff.
I regularly find myself documenting the production line at Ford’s Bridgend Engine Plant. The nature of the line dictates that most shots are taken from a close viewpoint but I’m still searching for the elusive image that shows the huge scale of the production facility.
This is a case study family portrait shot for a story about a young family raising funds for life changing surgery for their daughter. This was shot for an in house magazine.
The next image is part of a series of interiors of The David Lloyd Leisure facility in Cardiff. The brief called for a very specific head on approach with no converging verticals and no oblique angles. It also required that there was no one in any of the images. Hence an early start of 5am was called for.
An open day for staff, friends and family at Ford’s Bridgend Engine Plant provided the subject matter of this shoot for inclusion in the companies in house magazine. This picture of all the volunteers involved in running the event was taken from a cherry picker before the 3000 friends and family piled in for a tour of the plant and a day of fun. The image below is of one of many Ford vehicles on show.
This image is from an editorial set commissioned by The Alzheimers Society to illustrate a story about their ” Side By Side” volunteer scheme which provides support to dementia sufferers, allowing them to enjoy life to the full.
Another networking event, this time in the grand surroundings of the council chamber in City Hall, Cardiff.
Another magazine shoot about school children competing in a national racing car challenge with the aid of apprentices from Ford, Bridgend.
This is from a commission to record a small business conference discussing employee ownership. As well as recording the event for future web and marketing use the shoot also called for the on day delivery of a press shot for local media use.
Some Welsh football fans photographed for national tabloid newspaper.
I usually get involved with photographing The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall during their annual week long visit to Wales and this year was no exception being on Rota for two visits.
The couple were together for their visit to The Ponty Lido where the pick of my images was the sequence below where The Duchess playfully pushes the Prince in the back, as if to push him into the water, as he chats with swimmers.
The Duchess was on her own for a visit to the Emmaus community in Bridgend which supports former homeless people, giving them a home within a community as well as work at one of it’s social enterprises. The Duchess had a morning cuppa and chat with staff and companions.
The full edit can be viewed at: http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/pontylido and http://www.mediaphotos.co.uk/emmaus
And finally came the Homecoming Party for the Welsh Football Team. I was covering a corporate hospitality event event which included photographing Miss Wales, Ffion Moyle and Love Islands Tom Powell as well as the events on the pitch.