Interior Photography at St Andrews School Newport

At the end of Summer 2017, St Andrews Primary School in Newport had their reception area redesigned by Newport Norse

We were contacted with regards to photographing the finished area which is very impressive.
Using red accent colours, programmable LED’s and a St Andrews sign, that can only be described as a sculpture.
This certainly sets a new standard for school reception areas.

St Andrews Reception

Door detail

Harveys furniture photography goes live.

We have covered furniture photography on a number of occasions, but this was something a little bit different.
Our brief for Harveys was to capture the manufacturing process of a sofa emphasising that the product is handmade.

The location for the shoot was in a factory, so to ensure that backgrounds were kept as unobtrusive as possible I took along our battery powered studio lighting.
This allowed me to drop the light level of the background while retaining all the detail of the sofa and the person working on it.

The assignment covered various different workstations in different areas of the factory, each giving new challenges and requirements.
We covered everything from attaching the buttons to the material, stuffing cushions, pinning upholstery, fitting feet to the finished article.

Below is a screenshot of a selection of the images taken, they can be found Lisa Dawson’s website.

screenshot of sofa product photography

Commercial product photography self driving car

We were approached by a company called Omga with a very interesting project. Photographing self-driving vehicles.

They have created the world’s first fully online learning self-driving mini-car!
Using a stock RC car model, we equipped it with a Raspberry Pi 3 along with an Arduino to control the servos/speed controller. They used the latest iteration of other online learning software, EOgmaNeo, to provide the brains of the car.

A fascinating concept indeed.

Here is a video of the car in action!

There was a real challenge in lighting the biggest car, with its translucent body shell on a white background and still retain detail. 

It was a great product to work with creating consistent interesting shots for our client.

remote controlled buggy

circuit board

Product photography for Sleeps Easy

A little while ago we were given an assignment for photographing some products for Sleeps Easy.

Sleeps Easy primarily supply products to be used by people with autism.
The products that we photographed at our Bridgend studio were weighted blankets and privacy bed tents.

Thier website has just gone live if you would like to check them out get along to http://sleepseasy.co.uk/

Repeat business from Rainbowbox South Wales for product photography

Back in January, we were contacted by a local company, in South Wales, that makes handmade wooden storage boxes.
They have now decided to extend their range by making shelves in the same style.

We edited all the shots to ensure there was a pure white background to match the website.
We also supplied them with a PNG image that could be easily placed on top of an existing image.

We have been working on the use of virtual room sets to display clients products in, the PNG file is ideal for adding to the room sets with a bit of added shadow.
The picture above is an example of the shelf being used in one such room sets.

If you would like to find out more about their products, details are on their website at Rainbowbox.uk

Bang On Brewery in Bridgend product shots

I discovered a local guy that sells real ales and decided to make a purchase. Wales Ales can be found on Facebook and the have a great selection of Welsh craft ales.

One, in particular, caught my eye as it is brewed in my hometown of Bridgend, between Swansea and Cardiff. It is made in a microbrewery by Bang On Brewery on Bridgend industrial estate.
they also have a bar in the Bang On Brewery which opened December 2016 and has up to 4 or 5 beers available. The bar itself came from the vestry in Llanharry Chapel dating back to 1850 and the seating comes from different Welsh chapels. You can look into the brewery from the window of the entrance hall and visiting the Brewery may be possible if staff are not too busy.

I decided to take a couple of bottles into the studio and have a play about with them.
I worked with a two light setup, the first to ensure that the label and lid were clearly visible and the second to make the beer “glow” and to add texture to the wall.

Novatel hotel Cardiff. Bar interior photography

Novotel Cardiff

Our latest assignment was to photograph the bar and function room in the Novatel hotel in Cardiff.

Both the rooms were a pleasure to photograph with an interesting mix of soft and hard furnishings along with fascinating accessories ornaments and light features.

There was a stark contrast between the rooms, the bar having an abundance of natural light flooding in and the function room adorned with loads of funky tungsten bulbs.

the goods shed sign

hotel seating area

bar top display

Beer bottle photography

Beer bottle

A friend of mine from Basingstoke, Spencer of Spencer Phillips Photography kindly brought me some beer down when he came to visit. As a thank you I showed him how I would photograph the bottle.
I used a couple of different lighting techniques to light the bottle to show the stunning colour inside the bottle and bring the label to life.

The beer was made by Andwell Brewing Company, an award-winning brewery based in a former trout smoke house in the idyllic riverside hamlet of Andwell in Hampshire.

They are committed to using the finest ingredients and combine best floor-malted English Maris Otter barley with chalk aquifer-percolated water, rich in natural ions and goodness to create our Mash. Once in the kettle, we add carefully selected hop varieties chosen for their distinctive aroma and bittering qualities.

I think I got as much enjoyment out of shooting it as I did drinking it, a very tasty brew indeed.

Laura Ashley Kitchens

laura ashley kitchen

Yesterday I was working for a local business based on Brackla Industrial Estate in Bridgend.

Hiddlestone & Son Ltd. have recently had a range of Laura Ashley kitchens installed in their showrooms and wanted images to update their website.

The product itself was a pleasure to photograph, craftsmanship is lovely. All the staff there were really friendly and welcoming too.

Location shoot for lab equipment

lab equipment

I have been photographing physiological cell culture workstations (not that I know what they are for).

I was contacted by The Individual Agency to do a location product shoot for Baker Ruskinn in Bridgend.

The job was to shoot large items on location to be transferred to a pure white background. I set up our portable lighting kit on location to illuminate the products.

Each finished image was a combination of two shots to ensure the LCD display and the interior could be seen properly.