I was first commissioned by the marketing manager, Jonathan, at HB Projects to photograph the directors. I made an initial visit to the head office in Bradford, West Yorkshire, to have a look around the building so that Jonathan and I could decide on the best area to use and the best approach to take. We decided to use an area with a glass panel and a window to give a fresh, clean and modern look. Because HB Projects has several offices all across the country, the photoshoot was booked on a date that they all got together for a meeting in Bradford. Each person had only about ten minutes in front of the camera for their head shot, so everything was carefully set up and planned in advance. It was also the ideal opportunity to squeeze in a few groups shots whilst they were all together.
I was then commissioned to photograph one of their live projects so they could use the images as a case study, but also as general illustrative images for the website. The construction site was in Chesterfield and it was a conversion of a pub into a Co-operative supermarket. I donned my hard hat and safety shoes and got to work photographing the joiners, builders, foreman and surveyors all working hard on the project. It’s great being on a construction site – it’s loud, messy and you have to have your wits about you!
I was booked for another half day at the head office to capture illustrative images for the website. The images needed to work as a letter box shape to suit the website. It’s quite a tricky shape to compose to, so I use a little cardboard mask that I hold over the LED screen to ensure each set up works to that crop. I photographed plans of layouts, employees out on site, as well as more illustrative portraits of employees representing their sectors.
I was also commissioned to do the head shots of all the employees across the sites, which involved travelling to Bradford, Edinburgh and Gatwick. I photographed everyone in a consistent way – waist up, softly lit with an office background. We wanted a variety of backgrounds, but not too different as they needed to sit well together.