Having built up a relationship with leading edge Bioscience company Plant Impact over the last few years shooting their operations and Board of Directors for use in their Annual Reports and on the company website, this year's Annual Report project provided an opportunity to move their visual brand forward with a series of clean, high key images commissioned by Emperor Design.
Shooting tethered to clear layouts with text overlays on screen enabled us to work around various elements of copy and infographics to bring the Annual Report spreads to life and maximise the impact of the image space within the design.
Shooting the Board of Directors and senior management team for Debenhams 2016 Report and accounts gave me the chance to shoot some really nice group shots in an interesting environment, with some room to breathe for a change.
It also gave me the chance of an altogether more illuminating experience, shooting in-store scenarios in my natural reportage style, to cover all kinds of activities from the clothing rails to the make-up counters, featuring a wealth of individuals who drive the business of this retail giant.
Early 2016 saw me back on the road for Global Paper & Cardboard products manufacturer Smurfit Kappa to shoot some new images for their Sustainability Report incorporating locations in the UK, The Netherlands, Austria & Switzerland.
It’s funny how every Annual Report season seems to end up homing in on a particular sector. This year for me it seems to be all things related to Aviation.
This time of year it is not unusual for me to spend a lot of time in airports and on various aircraft but not necessarily in the Jump Seat!
This years Report & Accounts for ASL Aviation threw everything at me. From standing on the roof at Charles de Gaul airport in Paris, on a freezing cold February night, photographing cargo planes being loaded. Sniffer dogs prowling up and down lines of freight to be cleared for loading. To maintenance crews on the apron at Shannon Airport carrying out various pre flight checks. Oh, and did I mention lots of shots of planes. Further images from the project can be viewed in context here.
Another project took me up to Edinburgh for Carnegie Orr, to shoot portraits of a selection of John Menzies personnel who work in and around the Airport.
Baggage handlers, check in staff and various other characters around the business were photographed for use throughout this years Annual Report. You can see some of the resulting spreads below.
Click here to view the Annual Report in all its interactive glory.
New Year, New website and the return of familiar subject matter.
It's always nice when clients come back for more and I started the year off very quickly, only 2 days after the festivities, with a trip to Germany to reacquaint myself with the Paper and Cardboard manufacturing process courtesy of Smurfit Kappa.
Further trips to Denmark and Italy were undertaken, followed by some UK shoots in Bristol, Cumbria and Chelmsford before adding some symmetry to the job by finishing back in the Industrial Heartland of Germany.
I seem to be going there quite a bit these days.
Oh yes, an economy that seems to be working. Wouldn’t that be nice, if somewhat unfamiliar.
Fascinating places as usual, Hot and humid mostly with cardboard and paper flying past at a rate of knots, sometimes covered in ink or rippling to create a corrugated layer.
A procession of hard hat hair moments and health and safety briefings were negotiated, but plenty of fun was had on the way to creating a lovely set of pictures for a great client to use in this years annual report and a lot more besides. You can find a selection of previous images shot for this client here.