Good with cameras, good with people
Strong photography is one of the hallmarks of our publications. Our images have twice won the ‘Best Photograph’ award from the UK Institute of Internal Communication and in 2012 took the same accolade from the whole of Europe’s employee publications. We have a UK-wide network of photographers, all with news-stand publication experience, which means we can get somebody to your site without them having to travel long distances: good for your budget and good for the environment.
And as well as taking great images, experience of the corporate world means that they never forget they are representing the client’s communications team, and all the responsibilities that entails. They also understand that often the secret of getting a good image is as much about establishing a relationship with the subject as it is about what’s seen through the viewfinder.
Here’s what a few of them say:
Anthea Bevan: Lets face it most people don’t want their picture taken, so for me it’s about being relaxed and making the person feel confident. I get satisfaction when people tell me that they have surprised themselves and have actually enjoyed the experience when they were really dreading it! I enjoyed photographing the new CEO for Jewson’s parent company SGBD. It made the front cover and double page spread. Brilliant!
Steve Williams: My favourite Pressgang shoot was a Centrica employee in training for an outdoor charity swim. It was in October, it was freezing the she hadn’t expected to be asked to get in the water. I knew I only had a couple of chances to get it right so I made sure everything was lined up. I was thrilled with the resulting shot, to win an IOIC award and a best in Europe award. It still stands out for me.
Clare Bruce: Pressgang gave me my first opportunity to cover a boxing match: a charity event featuring employees of G4S. My first shots were using only natural window light coming into the changing rooms. I was able to shoot some preparation shots with one of the female boxers. I then photographed another boxer backstage warming up using off-camera flash and a slow shutter speed to capture some action blur. Finally I shot the action in the ring from beneath the ropes with my elbows propped on the spring-loaded surface.
Ian Billinghurst: Armed with a clear brief, I had a good feeling about taking shots for Iceland People in Salisbury: a real hero who saved a life in his workplace. It turned out that the day’s rain added a real bonus to the shoot. The store is cramped and very busy so the decision to shoot outside was thrust upon us. Thankfully, the rain had eased and left a deep shine on the tarmac road, which gave an extra dimension to the location and added depth to the final shot. Knowing the bold, tabloid design of Iceland People, the shot had to be composed in a way that left enough room for a big headline on the front page.
James Tye: I covered a G4S assignment about a meter reader who has learned basic phrases in several languages so that he could greet his customers. I decided to use a chip shop as the location because it was one of the meter reader’s visits and very British. But it was small and my composition options were limited so I shot through the window at the guy and some of his customers inside. The editor had asked them to create signs in different languages and I was lucky they were happy to be in the photo so they didn’t need a lot of direction. I let them talk and make each other laugh and then just asked them to look at the camera when I needed them to.