Hi, I’m a corporate events photographer shooting mostly in London.
I’ve been a photographer my whole working life, starting as an assistant to various photographers.
When I went out on my own I shot advertising and corporate work, in particular annual reports. I opened a studio for a few years, built it up to sixteen staff, but then sold the business when I realised I wasn’t taking any photos myself any more.
Going back to being just me as a photographer was fantastic!
I shot weddings for about ten years along with some events, but events have now really taken over as the bulk of what I shoot.
I shoot events in a documentary style, very much influenced by the way I shoot as a wedding photographer.
Up until recently I’d always shot on Canon as well as medium format cameras such as the Mamiya RZ67 for my early corporate work.
I absolutely love mirrorless, and in particular the Fujis. Whilst I know that it’s not the camera that takes a great image but the photographer, I also believe it’s important to shoot on cameras you really enjoy shooting with, and that is certainly true for me of the Fujis.
I mostly shoot with available light, very occasionally using a bit of flash. I prefer using prime lenses, though I do have a Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8 in my bag as a backup.
I carry all my kit in a Tenba Messenger DNA 15, unless I will be walking a long distance, in which case I use the top loading, rolling Think Tank Airport Navigator. Both work well for what I need, in particular with side pockets for drinks bottles!
What’s in my camera bag:
My main camera at every shoot.
Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4
This is a beautiful lens, it’s very sharp and has a widest aperture of F/1.4 for when I need to shoot in very low light.
Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8
This is my backup lens, I rarely need it, but it’s useful when I do.
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When I do need flash I use the Godox.
I also carry….
- Water, and lots of it! I used to get back from shoots feeling really tired. Drinking lots of water during shoots completely changed that for the better.
- Elastoplasts (not always for me, I often need to give them to guests who have hurt themselves!)
- A black bin bag, which is incredibly useful for a whole variety of reasons
- My MacBook Pro for the occasional shot that needs to be output on site for social media
- Lots of spare batteries, each in a Think Tank Battery Holder
- 2 x spare SD cards in a Think Tank SD Pixel Pocket Rocket
- A Think Tank Trim Changer which is on my belt with spare batteries and SD cards
- A flannel for wiping down my cameras and lenses after they’ve been rained on, or for wiping myself down when it’s very hot!
- Various name tags I’ve been given that I take to wear at shoots for repeat clients.
As events can take place pretty much anywhere from top London venues to building sites, I also have steel toe capped boots, and safety gloves you can buy with three of the fingertips missing – perfect for photography and health and safety compliant!