Roach Bridge Tissues

This was a really lovely commercial photoshoot that was commissioned through designer Caroline Ogden based in Ramsbottom. Caroline asked me to do a day and a half’s photography at Roach Bridge Tissues in Lancashire. Roach Bridge Tissues are specialist printers and converters of wrapping tissue paper.

There were three aspects to this photoshoot. The first was a day in the factory with owner Camilla, photographing the processes from start to finish.
It’s always a challenge to get up to speed about an industry I’ve previously known very little about. However it really helps to get a good grasp of the different stages before I start taking pictures. Camilla gave me a tour of the design studio and the different areas of the manufacturing side. I then set about photographing each stage with a combination of posed and reportage style shots. We covered everything from initial design through to packaging up the product.

The second aspect was the create images for the home page with a compositional ratio of 1:3 – so very wide and short like a letter box. Quite a tricky shape to work to, so I use a mask, cut to the same shape, to frame up the shots. These shots were still lives, designed to show off the designs of the paper and the wide range of uses it can be put to. Caroline and Camilla brought in lots of props to work with and the images were carefully crafted and lit.

The third and last aspect of the job was to photograph all the different colour options of the tissue paper. These were to be used as small thumbnail shots on the website so clients could easily choose their preferred colour. Once we had shot one colour and got the lighting and composition right, it was then easy to shoot all of the other colour’s in exactly the same way for consistency.


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