A venue may have many setups and be used for a variety of clients,from corporate to wedding . I try to capture the professional qualities that the venue has. Often using techniques such as blurred personel .This implies speed and efficency and of course service ,a key aspect of the hospitality industry .Again using specialist lighting and lens , this technique is subtle but it is understood by those key decision makers who will see many alternative venues and visit many websites. This is why as a venue you must use professional photographers that produce the quality that a discerning audience will appreciate .
Food and destination pubs was a great commission for the Guardian photographing Gastro Pubs in the Midlands including Oxfordshire ,Warwickshire and here at Worcestershire .
From the editorial photography I shot for the guide on Gasto Pubs ,published by the Guardian, a commission I loved ,but sadly was unable to sample the wonderful beers ! I never drink when I'm a photographer but when I'm finished and not driving ,my drink of choice when here is a Pint (or two) of OldHooky !
Small private dining space at Stratford on Avon resturant for website .
A limited focus image that provides a 'feel' of the location and provides a visual commuication that indicates the location is not a Hotel or Venue - the green background was employed in many of the images shot for this commission. Using a macro Shift / tilt lens,that is usually used for Macro photography . I use this specialist equipment on many projects and is a useful but expensive piece of quality glass . Technical Details : Nikon D810 - Nikkor 85mm f3.5 S/T lens .
Photography of couple enjoying a cream tea at the waterside in Stratford upon Avon .This was a commission for the British Waterways
Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Grand Ballroom - photographed for the website and brochures to promote the venue . This is aimed at the Wedding market ,a great venue for a reception at a location with a twist.
This is a tea room in Shropshire ,but could be a dining room or bar in a hotel .The same technical ability ir required
Food photography shot in the cafe area ,having the old tabletop ensures that the food looks like it was produced in house rather than a stock image that many venues may use.
Food photography on location. A s one of my first professional experiences was with food photography & as a former chef I feel I have a little qualification to photograph food.
Food photographer at Ragley Cafe .
At the Walnut Tree ,Abergavenny .This gentleman was at the forefront of the British Food revival ,here photographed at his restuarant in Wales ,with the landscape that makes this part of the UK such a great place to visit and enjoy world class food .
Cream scones, tea,clotted cream,
Photographed at the No 9 restaurant in ,Stratford upon Avon.My background with food photography goes back to my days as a student. I was lucky to have negotiated 1 day a week at the studio of Cadbury's in Bourneville , Birmingham ,there I was able to learn my still life and food photography craft from masters . It was a possible career path, as I love food and photographing its preparation and the capture of the creations of great chefs and food stylists is a pleasure. Along the way I have shot editorial food photography as well as advertising with food as part of the brief ,
Chef : Wayne Thomsom
My current favourite Restaurant in Stratford upon Avon, Wayne Thomson Chef & Patron is one of the midlands if not the UK's finest - IMHO. In the Kitchen at No 9 the great masterpieces are created in this creative hub.The technique of using mono and colour photography mix is a useful tool to highlight the food and retain the enviroment of a kitchen that are often cluttered and distracting .
South Carolina -editorial
catering for corporate event photography at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens- Presentation with Mushrooms on slate in a seedling box .Lighting from LED spot and Daylight .
Claude Bosi at his Hibiscus Restaurant a signiture dish photographed at his Ludlow location before he moved to London .Commission for the Heart of England tourist Board .
On location shoot with daylight and reflectors -Another of Claude Bosi's great dishes .
Often a website needs - fillers -iages that give a sense of the place and the experience of a visit ,not just a straight image that shows a bar .
Cardiff -Woods - For Sherman Travel -New York travel magazine .
set up for events -Casual Dining
for Casual Dining -update of website