Photography Law. Know your Rights in 2021

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Photography Law. Your rights as a photographer.

How to stay on the right side of the Police, Security & Public.

This article is specifically geared to UK Photography Law at the time of writing. Legislation frequently changes . Other countries may have very strict laws regarding photography. This article has been produced as a rough guide and I can’t be held responsible actions you may take as a result of reading this while you’re out photographing in public. Always adopt a common sense approach and if in doubt, don’t do it! I don’t accept responsibility for any loss, damage or inconvenience suffered as a result of following information If you have any concerns about legal aspects of your work, the best advice is to consult a solicitor who specialises in this area.


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Photography Law is an evolving beast.

I’ve written about photographing in public places historically but it’s always a valuable subject to return to, especially with more and more hostility directed towards photographers as they photograph in public places. A photographer on the streets can only be attributed to having a magnetic  target on your back. People jumping in front of the camera, becoming abusive and generally quoting factually incorrect Photography Law along with the “You’re breaching my human rights” card simply by photographing a public space as they go about their business. I imagine many of these same people wouldn’t even take notice if a TV crew were working on the same spot filming the streets or if they saw themselves on TV at a concert or a large sporting event. For some strange reason, it simply wouldn’t evoke the same reaction as a solitary photographer working on a public street in a city centre.  

Photography is subject to many laws that restrict where and when can operate and as a commercial photography business so a knowledge of Photography Law is really important, if nothing more than being able to provide a definitive answer when challenged or to prevent photographing illegally or running the risk of having legal action taken against you if you are flouting the law. I’ve worked as a professional commercial photographer for ten years but ironically, my previous career was in law enforcement as a Police Sergeant where amongst other disciplines, I worked as a qualified Evidence Gatherer on the Police Support Unit (or what many people will know as a riot team.)

I’m pretty confident about where and what I’m allowed to photograph in public, but I’m able to provide a number of examples where I’ve had hostility from members of the public or even been challenged by Police where the circumstances did not warrant it. Generally speaking, in the UK if you are in a public area, you may legally take as many photographs, either recreationally or for Business Photography purposes without fear of the law. However, over the past few years there have been several well-publicised incidents in which both amateur and professional photographers have been stopped and questioned by the police, and in some cases even arrested, while innocently taking photographs in public places. Let’s look at just one small example from my own experiences.

Photography Law Case Study. Why did the Police feel the need to challenge Commercial Photography in a public place?

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I freelance for a business photographing Digital and Advertising Photography for a national client. During an assignment I was on a footpath on a main public road in a city centre location, around 50 metres from a College. I was approached by a plain clothes Police Officer who requested to know what I was doing. I didn’t feel the need to have to justify my actions. I’d not been acting suspiciously and legally didn’t need to offer any personal information. Photography Law essentially placed me in the same legal position as any other member of public on the same road who didn’t have a camera. Would the officer have challenged an innocent member of public standing on a public footpath. I think not! Stating the obvious, I had the decency to tell the Officer that “I was taking photographs” before I was told that my behaviour was suspicious because I was outside an Educational Establishment despite the fact that it was half term and the College was closed. Any unscrupulous individual taking photographs for a clandestine reason or for immoral purposes would be highly unlikely to be standing in plain view with large tripod and a professional camera on top. Eventually, having provided him with a very frank reason for why I was there, he left, having achieved nothing at all.


24-year-old media graduate Alan Noble was shooting a time lapse video for a personal project promoting the North East, when Security Staff  from Port of Tyne demanded that he cease filming even though he was doing sop from a public footpath  and highway. Security treated Alan in a hostile manner, became abusive  “lunatic” when he declined to comply before Police were called. Security threatened Alan with arrest and at one point, a uniformed security operative also grabbed his tripod and demanded to see  the images he had captured. Fortunately Alan supported his story while filming the event unfold. Thankfully when the police were called they supported the filmmaker – agreeing after the end of the clip that he was well within his rights. Further information about this incident can be viewed at

Police Services in the UK address gaps in Photography Law with clear guidance

Some Police forces have subsequently made efforts to publish clear guidance to officers. Contact with photographers, reporters and television crews is a regular occurrence for many officers and staff. The media influences our reputation so it’s crucial to maintain good working relations with its members, even in difficult circumstances. The Metropolitan Police have released an  advice document that states; 

“We encourage officers and the public to be vigilant against terrorism but recognise the importance not only of protecting the public from terrorism but also promoting the freedom of the public and the media to take and publish photographs. Guidance around the issue has been made clear to officers and PCSOs through briefings and internal communications. The following advice is available to all officers and provides a summary of the guidance around photography in public places.”

Best Practice for keeping on the right side of Photography Law

Photography Tips. Stay on the right side of the Photography Police

You have the right to photograph any subject providing you are in a public place and your actions are not carried out for the purposes of terrorism. If you are stopped on the street, remember;


Do not hand over your images or delete images from your memory cards or hard drives. You have the right to keep any photographs you take unless confiscated via a warrant.

You “DO NOT” need permission from your subject to take their photograph.

The copyright to any photographs you take belong to you, not the subject you have photographed (Imagine taking a photograph at a concert of a crowd and having 10,000 people demanding that they own the photograph you’ve taken. It’s ridiculous but a huge misconception that people actually believe)

You cannot be removed or restricted from taking photographs from a public place.

Police Officers may not forcibly viewed by a police officer unless they have good reason to do so.

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Photography Law – Your restrictions as a photographer in public places

Understandably, there are circumstances as a photographer that will render your images or footage illegal and where Police rightfully have the have the authority to stop and search, seize your images, confiscate your equipment and arrest photographers with a view to prosecuting. A few of these examples are listed below;

Your photographs may not be indecent.

You may not take photographs in a private establishment or location without permission.

You may not take photographs for the purposes of terrorism.

London specific– You may not take photos for commercial purposes in Trafalgar Square or Parliament Square without permission of the Mayor!

You may not be persistent or aggressive if a subject will not be photographed as you could be committing the offence of harassment. Photographing another person in public only becomes harassment, as defined by the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, if “the person whose course of conduct is in question ought to know that it amounts to harassment of another if a reasonable person in possession of the same information would think the course of conduct amounted to harassment of the other.” In other words, taking one or two photos of someone isn’t harassment, but repeatedly deliberately stalking them and photographing them despite their protests would be a criminal offence.

Photographing Police in the UK

Terrorism Act 2000

If an individual is behaving suspiciously, then it is important that the suspicions should naturally be reported the incident to police or through polite questioning of the individual. The police have a number of powers related to photography for terrorist purposes, but it’s inappropriate for Police to stop legitimate photographers from photographing. It is not an offence for the public or press photographers to take photographs of a public building and police officers photography law prevents do not have police, even with powers under counter-terrorism legislation to delete pictures or destroy memory cards or digital images. Equipment and media can only be seized when Police reasonably suspects they are intended to be used in connection with terrorism.

Photography and Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000

The power to stop and search someone under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 no longer exists. Police officers continue to have the power to stop and search anyone who they reasonably suspect to be a terrorist under Section 43 of the Terrorism Act.

Photography and Section 43 of the Terrorism Act 2000

Officers have the power to stop and search a person who they reasonably suspect to be a terrorist. The purpose of the stop and search is to discover whether that person has in their possession anything which may constitute evidence that they are a terrorist. Officers have the power to view digital images contained in mobile telephones or cameras carried by a person searched under S43 of the Terrorism Act 2000 to discover whether the images constitute evidence that the person is involved in terrorism. Officers also have the power to seize and retain any article found during the search which the officer reasonably suspects may constitute evidence that the person is a terrorist. This includes any mobile telephone or camera containing such evidence. Officers do not have the power to delete digital images or destroy film at any point during a search. Deletion or destruction may only take place following seizure if there is a lawful power (such as a court order) that permits such deletion or destruction.

Section 58A of the Terrorism Act 2000

Section 58A of the Terrorism Act 2000 covers the offence of eliciting, publishing or communicating information about members of the armed forces, intelligence services or police where the information is, by its very nature, designed to provide practical assistance to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. Any officer making an arrest for an offence under Section 58A must be able to demonstrate a reasonable suspicion that the information was, by its very nature, designed to provide practical assistance to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. It would ordinarily be unlawful to use section 58A to arrest people photographing police officers in the course of normal policing activities, including protests because there would not normally be grounds for suspecting that the photographs were being taken to provide assistance to a terrorist. An arrest would only be lawful if an arresting officer had a reasonable suspicion that the photographs were being taken in order to provide practical assistance to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. There is nothing preventing officers asking questions of an individual who appears to be taking photographs of someone who is or has been a member of Her Majesty’s Forces (HMF), Intelligence Services or a constable so long as this is being done for a lawful purpose and is not being done in a way that prevents, dissuades or inhibits the individual from doing something which is not unlawful.

Photographing Children


This is a sensitive area and every photographer needs to be aware of the potential impact of photographing children in a public place. Like myself as a parent, we’re understandably protective of our children. They are viewed as vulnerable subjects and many photographers with innocent intentions have found themselves in awkward positions either legally or from aggressive parents who jump irrationally to the wrong conclusions about why their child is being photographed. If you are taking photographs in a public place, at sporting events sports event or just on the street, there are some guidelines you must follow. There is no specific law in the UK against photographing people, even children. Photography Law means it is your right as a photographer to take a photo of whatever subject you unless it’s in a location where they might reasonably expect privacy. If you’re working commercially, you may be requested not to take photographs of individual or groups of children from a safeguarding perspective, so if you are a professional, then failing to adhere to these requests is likely to impact negatively on your reputation and ability to obtain repeat assignments. Legally, there is no  legal jurisdiction under law to prevent you from taking photographs, but please do take a common sense approach.



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You may receive some questions or comments from your subjects and we have detailed an appropriate response to these:


”You have no right to take a photo of me or my child!

By law, you can take a photo of anyone from any public place. If it is a private establishment like a bar for example, you must get permission from the owner.

“You can’t use those photos unless I sign a model release form.”

There is no requirement for you to sign a model release form under UK law, unless you intend to use the image in commercial work like advertising. It is advisable to get a model release form signed under those circumstances.

 “You are invading my personal privacy.”

There are no specific privacy laws that stop me taking photographs in a public place apart from locations where your subject might reasonably expect privacy for example if I was taking a photograph “You are invading my privacy.”

“I would like to see your photography license or ID”

You do not need a photography license to take photos from a public or even in a private location if you have the consent of the owner. Photography licenses are something that do not exist in the UK.

“I do not like that image of me/ my child — I want it deleted”

I’m afraid that the image owner ship is mine as the photographer. The subject has no rights or ownership to the image. Any attempt to delete the image is against UK law. This also applies if I’m photographing figures in authority like security guards or police or the general public. Only a Police Warrant will allow photographs to be taken away.

“My child is/ I am under 16, so you cannot publish the photo.”

There is no age law to prevent the publication of any photos regardless of the age of the subject. There are indecency laws which cover all imagery.


Photography Law and how we conduct ourselves in public is a massive area of interest that could be written about in volumes and we’ve literally just broken the surface. Be polite and respectful, ask permission to take photographs from a parent or guardian where appropriate and act responsibly and sensibly using a commons sense approach. Following just these three steps will make the whole process of photographing in public, a much more enjoyable experience. Put personal safety before anything else and enjoy your work. If you can educate just a handful of people, then we should be able to slowly reduce hostility and suspicions about why and who we are photographing.

Tips for Humanising Your Website

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Tips for Humanising Your Website

I recently read a Linkedin Post from StevenThompson, a former college who I worked with when we were both Police Officers. Steve now runs a PR company called BIGDaddy Digital  and I run Blanc Creative, a Commercial Photography and Video Production business. Steven wrote a short post about people paying more attention if you’re Humanising your website and your social media posts. With so many people throwing ideas about how you should run your business, it’s difficult to know what to take in, but this one really stuck in my mind and a week later, I was re-designing my whole website. There are always so many consideration to make when building your new pages. Trying to play off google crawling your content for maximum site hits, getting your business message across to potential clients and perhaps even giving the impression that your business is ten times bigger than it actually is. It’s a fine line between being truthful and playing a game of ‘smoke and mirrors’ and I’ve been personally so guilty of working terribly hard to deliver such a dynamic and professional overviews of how great our business is at Blanc Creative, that I’ve actually lost a sense of telling people what ‘really’ matters and the concepts that make our own company stand out from others in an otherwise saturated market.

Humanising Your Website

The first step in Humanising your website is about taking an honest approach to your values and knowing that you can deliver your product and services that you’re writing about. It’s no secret that people are more likely to engage if they see a personable, real side to your business and less like your content had been written by artificial intelligence. However, humanising your website can be a difficult task.  It a strange phenomena that making something “human” can be so alien but writing content for blogs and web pages is time consuming and needs a lot of thought. Sure, you can pay somebody to do it, but many small businesses don’t have the budgets to employ as team of copy writers and designers to think for them.

What is Humanising?

The official terminology is;

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1. To portray or endow with human characteristics or attributes; make human: humanized the puppets with great skill.
2. To imbue with humaneness or human kindness; civilize: acts of courtesy that humanize life in a big city.


a. To modify (a nonhuman compound, cell, organ, or organism) such that some of its components are replaced
with human forms of those components, usually by means of genetic engineering.
b. To replace most of the variable region of (a monoclonal antibody from a nonhuman source)
with a humansequence of amino acids so that the resulting antibody
is more compatible with the human immune system. Even the terminology isn’t human!

In a nutshell, Humanising is simply about giving it a “human” touch. It shouldn’t be too difficult to be yourself. I’m sure you gain new business through to talking to people and verbally communicating, so it should be a natural transition to do the same on your website and on social media. I spoke with Steven today about the very subject of Humanising and communicating in a human way through social media and he said one very true comment that people don’t actually humanise on social media or like posts, through a fear of being judged by others. If you’re posting in a professional manner and your content is not offence, contentious or inappropriate, then surely, this can only increase you profile positively online.


Humanising your website

Humanising your website

How exactly do you Humanise Your Website?

Your ‘About Us’ Page

Lee Blanchflower PhotographyThe ‘About Us’ page is the best example of humanising your website. It’s a phrase that I actually don’t personally like because ‘About Us’ oozes traditional non-humanised Bios. Tell people about who you are, what makes you tick and how great it’s going to be working with you. There’s no set rule behind this. You have to do what’s right for you, however, you should check out this great article about Bio Pages on the subject from BLOGTYRANT. Tell people about what you do, who you are, and why you will appeal to them. It doesn’t have to be complex.  My previous ‘About Me’ Page was so long, even I got bored of reading it. So, why would I think for one minute that visitors to my page are going to take the time to do the same. Wishful thinking perhaps. So my own profile has been stripped down and replaced with bold, bullet points and a few humanised facts. It can be simple, but engaging. Who you are and what you do can be summed up in a few words  Personalising sections of this page will leave visitors feeling like they know a little bit more about you and makes the process of determining if they’d like to do business with so much easier.

Business Speak

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Humanising your website with plain English wording is a great tool. Complex sentences and sector-specific terminology is a great way of trying to increase your own professionalism but turning potential customers away. We like to shout to our clients that;

“We’re a multi faceted Limited Company operating with a diverse corporate portfolio and capabilities for transnational assignments for globally recognised enterprises. 

However, the harsh reality is;

Not only do we offer great photography, but we also shoot creative video productions. We work with all sizes of business, from sole traders through to large international companies”  

You may think you sound super smart but the reality is, you’re probably putting off a huge chunk of potential business and you look unapproachable.

It contains keyword-stuffed copy.

Humanising your website

I mentioned in my opening paragraph about Google crawling your website. Remember back in the days, people would include 50 keywords in the same colour as the page they were writing so they’d appear invisible and hope that nobody would hover of the words and expose what they were doing. I’ve been so guilty of writing copious amounts of utter rubbish because I thought it would be great for my website to keep me up on Page 1. We live in an age where people don’ t have the time to read website material, particularly when it’s generated solely for the purpose of key wording.. Humanising your website is great. Humanising your website is really great. Who wouldn’t want to be Humanising your website? Do you understand what I’m saying? Keywords are crucial to driving SEO success, but the algorithms are so complex now, over key wording will result in your site tumbling through the rankings when you’re penalised. Keeping your content fresh, clean and up to date is really great.

It will keep visitors interested in you and your business. How many times have you been back to a website and seen a post for an event that happened six months ago still on their home page or the same material present year after year? We’re in the process of making our messages BOLD,  CLEAR & CONCISE without the need to overdress the messages we’re giving out. It’s not a quick process, but a steady progression and as things take shape, you may feel like me, that a big weight has ben lifted off your shoulders. It’s your product and services that sell and your own personalities that drive these. Look at how much repeat business you receive and ask yourself why? Because the chances are, it’s not down to having the fanciest descriptions and biggest words online.

Blogging is a great tool and we’ll tell you just why that is?


If you’re reading this, you’ll know the importance of a blog on your site  and you’re missing out on huge opportunities. Not only will you gain more ranking opportunities, but your blogs are an awesome way to Humanise your Website too. Write about things you enjoy but try and engage people with the topic. Leave open a comment box and once people start talking, it’s a great way to communicate and show that you’re actually human. Don’t be frightened about blogging about fails. Often your audience is going to relate far more when you share your failures over your successes. Don’t ever discuss air out your dirty laundry, but sharing stories of overcoming barriers is a great way to let people know you’re human. Life experiences are invaluable, especially stories of how your business helped customers overcome failure or problems. You can’t beat a good news story.

Be Social

Humanising your website

It’s so easy to post out your blogs and your pages day after day and hope that people will click on your content, without giving anything in return. To show the real, diverse faces behind your brand, you need to communicate with people. Take a few moments each day to actually engage with others posting on social media or forums at least once. It’s all it takes to increase you online profile and to allow people to identify with you as a person. Think about who your target audience currently are and who you would like them to be. If somebody comments on your post, then reply to them. People won’t take the time to engage with you or your service or product unless you become part of the conversation. We live in an age where you’re accountable for every spect of  your business, so make all of your hard work count and start being a human.


Photographing Snow – 10 Killer Tips for Beginners

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Photographing Snow – It’s Time to Up Your Game with a Few Basic Tips

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Photographing Snow! We’re at the one time of the year where we might see a few flakes for a day or so in the UK. Everybody who owns a camera is out on the streets documenting the ten snowflakes that may jut settle if the rain holds off for long enough. Photographing snow is magical stuff. For those of us who are nearly 50, it brings back memories of proper snowfalls. Cars buried, with two feet of ice on top. Having to walk to school with wellington boots that were shorter than the snow we were walking in. Photographing the white stuff is fabulous but the following tips ‘should’ help you on your way to shooting better snow. You may think some oif these are basic and yes, common sense should provail, but it’s amazing the amount of people who simply rush out with a camera and then realise they should have prepped for this special time.

Photographing Snow. Photography Tips for Beginners

Photographing Snow. Photography Tips for Beginners

1. Clothing – It’s the Basics for Photographing Snow

So you’ve bundled up under appropriate layers, keep warm. Waterproof shoes and a hat are a must.Wearing the right gloves or mittens is super important for anyone Photographing snow. Choosing gloves with removable fingertips (shooting gloves are a great example) will allow your fingers to adjust your settings with ease before covering them back up again. There’s nothing worse than going out on location and being cold. It will cutdown your shoot time and make you miserable. it will reflect in the quality of your photographs, because you’ll be more interested in warm up than you will in the subject you’re planning to shoot. A happy photographer will produce better photographs. Fact!

Photographing Snow. Photography Tips for Beginners Photographing Snow. Photography Tips for Beginners

Photographing Snow. Photography Tips for Beginners

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2. Your Camera is your friend – Look after it!

If you’re shooting with a professional camera, it will undoubtedly work better in extreme conditions. Sand and dust are a nightmare if they get inside your camera, but snow and water also rate as a camera killer once they hit your mirrors and sensor. Once your camera is out, keep the lens cap on when not in use. It’s going to protect the front elements of your lens. Using a high-performance prime lens removes the need to have to change lenses but you may feel that you are restricted whenPhotographing Snow by not using a zoom lens. It will give you a range of focal lengths without compromising your gear.

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3. Condensation

Condensation will form on your lens and camera mirror / sensor when you enter big temperature changes or Big humidity changes. When your camera reacts to these changes (and it’s going top happen.. It’s the nature of the beast) condensation forms as the temperature regulates resulting in panic, a steamed up camera and periods of inactivity while you’re trying to rectify the problemDon’t panic! Condensation won’t destroy your camera or lens.  you should definitely take some easy steps to prevent this from becoming a habit. Too many cycles can begin to wear on your gear, especially on the internal mechanisms. If you ned to change a lens you WILL RISK condensation being trapped inside your camera body. A zoom lens will give you a range of focal lengths without compromising your gear. A UV Filter is an invaluable investment for lens protection throughout the year.

Too late! My camera is already Misted up!

If you have condensation on your camera already, follow these steps:

  • Don’t wipe the lens! This will simply give your photoraphs streaks you will have to remove from your glass or filter. The condensation is already on the lens or sensor so just have to let it vanish of it’s own accord.
  • Don’t detach the lens if it’s already attached – leave your camera be. You do not want to introduce more condensation to the other end of your lens or the internals of your camera.
  • Put it in an airtight bag and get as much air out of it as you can. It would also help to put something in the bag to wick moisture away – such as a towel or preferably uncooked rice.
  • Wait until the camera comes up to temperature and all condensation has dissipated.

For severe cases where your camera is still taking foggy-looking photos, you may have to work on this for several days. Instead of a towel, it would be better to place silica gel packs in the plastic bag to help dry out all the interior components. Make sure you keep the bag airtight though so that the gel packs wick the moisture from the camera and not the air itself. It’s best to avoid condensation altogether, but it’s only the most severe cases where much moisture and water has entered the camera will there be any permanent damage

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4. Exposing for snow – The most important Tip photographing snow is OVEREXPOSE. 

(You heard it and it’s not a typo. How is that possible? Snow is so bright that surely you’re going to lose all of your  detail) Your camera is trying to find 18% grey (That’s another huge theory blog so I’m not even going to contemplate going into this.)  Light meters want to make everything medium bright and you want the snow in your pictures to be beautiful white. It’s always best to shoot in manual simply because it gives you so much flexibility but if you’;re only used to shooting in Auto Mode then ideally you need to increase brightness so up the exposure using your exposure compensation button. I would estimate that an increase of  about 1/1/2 stops of light.  Photographing Snow can end up as a dull grey photos if you’re not careful.

5. Black & White

This one is pretty straight forward.  There’s often little to be gained by photographing snow in colour. In fCt, you van create some amazing snow imagery by experimenting with shadows, which brings us onto our next Tip.

6. Play with a Low Sun

Photographing Snow on a Sunny Day can create some amazing imagery. The sun in winter sits so low that shadows appear huge. Pick wooded areas or buildings to frame your shots and bring shadows into play for spectacular results.

7. Shoot RAW

Shoot in raw format. As a beginner, Photographing Snow can be difficult in an environment full of reflective, white snow. It can be a hard subject matter to nail first time. can be tricky. Raw images allow you to safely adjust your settings and give much more flexibility that shooting in JPEG.

Photographing Snow. Photography Tips for Beginners

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Situated in the centre of Norwich and covering assignments throughout the UK, the Lee Blanchflower Ltd creative team deliver high quality commercial photographs, corporate film production & licensed drone footage to a really diverse range of businesses. After seven years of hard work in the industry trading as  Blanc Creative, we thought it was about time that we made things a little more transparent across our business and as a result, Lee Blanchflower Ltd was born. We have to say that our attention to detail and epic customer service hasn’t changed, nor has our client base. We work solely in the commercial sector with sole traders, start-ups, established businesses, Advertising Agencies & International Press covering everything from PR, Editorial work, Film Production and Licensed Drone operations.  What you won’t find, are wedding photographs, pet photography or family portraits.  We seriously pride ourselves as being “people’ people and our unique selling point is transparency. Our favourable pricing structures are visible for every one of our services, so you won’t find  any nasty surprises once you’ve decided to book an assignment.




Photographers Rights – UK Law

Photographers Rights - UK Law

Photographers Rights in Public Places – Know the Law

Photographers Rights - UK Law

Many Photographers are on the back foot when it comes to knowing Photographers Rights whilst shooting in public places. As a former police Sergeant, Photographers Rights are something that I’ve naturally been drawn towards and it’s a subject that I’m asked about repeatedly by either clients, members of public or other photographers. It isn’t as complicated as you might think. The laws regarding street photography can sometimes seem nonsensical, but there are a set of basic Photographers Rights guidelines that will arm you with sufficient information to challenge incorrect perceptions or stand your ground when shooting photography in public places.  The guidance contained in this article relates only to Photographers Rights shooting in public streets only the UK. It’s important to remember that Law changes and we don’t take any responsibility should legislation be made in the future that make this information incorrect or obsolete. There are also considerations surrounding The Nations Security and threat levels that could very well mean that certain locations become inaccessible due to terrorism or other threats.

There are locations currently where special permissions are needed before you are allowed to shoot even in a public area, however, you are unlikely to find huge problems most places across the UK.

Where Can I Legally Shoot in Public Places?

Realistically, you have the right to photograph anywhere that falls in the categories below;

Public Property

Public Roads

Public Footpaths

Public Rights of Way  

Most beaches between high and low tide

Photographers Rights - UK Law

One of the biggest things to remember about Photographers Rights is that if you’re on a Public right of way such as a public pavement, footpath or public highway, you DON”T need permission to take photographs. It really doesn’t matter if it’s recreational or for commercial purpose,  you are allowed to take photographs providing you are not causing an obstruction to anybody or as mentioned above, breaching any UK Laws surrounding National Security or Terrorism. The legal terminology of obstructing the hIghway is deemed to be unreasonably impeding the primary right of the public to pass and re-pass, as set in a the test case of DPP -v- Jones (1999)

The Court recognised that the public may enjoy a public highway for any reasonable purpose, provided it does not amount to public or private nuisance or obstruct the highway “by unreasonably impeding the primary right of the public to pass and re-pass: within these qualifications there is a public right of peaceful assembly on the highway.” 

Taking photographs in public places takes places literally hundreds of thousand of times a day. Advances in Mobile Phone technology and increased camera quality mean that most members of public have access to a camera, so it always surpeises me that a photographer using a camera on a street will receive strange looks, are regularly challenged about their presence at locations and are accountable for their actions, yet mobile phone cameras will take the same photographs of the same subject and are likely to be distributed to far a far larger audience through social media platforms.

Photographing People on the Street – Photographers Rights

Photographers Rights mean that there is nothing stopping you taking pictures of people in public places within reason. It does boil down to an element of common sense. If you ‘re shooting inappropriately or standing in somebody’s personal space photographing them without having had the forethought  to ask, then there’s a chance you might find a confrontational situation unfold or possibly run the risk of a meeting with the local police. It’s a fne line between giving photographers a bad named and putting your reputation on the line, particularly if you are a professional business shooting Street Photography for an assignment.

Harassment is defined as a ‘course of conduct’ (so it has to happen at least twice) that causes another person ‘alarm or distress’, but we have to say that the bullying and aggressive antics of the paparazzi would suggest that prosecutions are few and far between.

Photographers are free to use their photographs of people taken in public places as they wish – including for commercial gain.

Note: Professional photography is banned in London’s Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square as well as the Royal Parks.

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People Photography

UK laws are fairly vague when it comes to defining what constitutes an invasion of privacy, but while street shots should cause no problem, you might get in hot water if you’re strapping on colossal telephoto lens and zooming in on folks stripping off in their bathrooms – even if you are snapping from a public place.

The key seems to be whether the subject would have a reasonable expectation of privacy – a statement that seems vague enough to keep a team of lawyers gainfully employed for some time.

With some countries having stronger privacy laws, UK snappers looking to commercially exploit images of recognisable people snapped without their consent may find international clients unenthusiastic unless a model release has been obtained.

There’s also a remote chance that photographs of people in public places may be subject to the Data Protection Act, but that’s pretty unlikely if there’s no other identifying information accompanying the image.


Photographers Rights in Public Places

Photographers Rights When Photographing Children

Once again, there are no specific laws against taking photos of children, but this is potentially the most dangerous area for a photographer to shoot from a perspective of public photography.  Someone taking an unhealthy interest “WILL’  attract hostility and anger from parents or carers of children, members of public are rightfully in tune to the dangers of strangers photographing children and you are highly likely to be challenged by Police or authorities quickly. It’s actually advisable NOT to photograph children in public unless you have some kind of dedicated brief, accompanied by a Model release Form and full contact details of the client who has requested the brief be undertaken. If you’re asked you to stop take pictures of them, the stopping is likely to be the healthiest option for you and your equipment. Children cannot legally give their permission to be photographed, so you need to seek permission from a parent or legal guardian. Be prepared to explain yourself.

How to Deal with Police while Photographing in Public Places – It’s a sensitive area but there are a few basic pieces of advice that can really help if you are challenged in public by authorities. Click Here to Read More…

Privacy Explained

If you are standing on public property you can legally photograph private property, but you can’t infringe personal privacy. Photographers, in particular Paparazzi & Press Photographers, have on occasion pushed the boundaries and the limits of Photographers Rights with long lenses and shooting positions that may very well compromise legal rights  that land themselves in Court (See – Prince William demands €1.5m payout for topless Kate photos saying ordeal reminds him of Diana ‘harassment

Most people will question your motives and Photographers Rights out of sheer curiosity or fear. If someone suggests that you are breaking the law (and you know otherwise), then by all mean ask for clarification but try and afford confrontation as it will inevitably cause unnecessary bad feeling. However, if you’re in the right, there’s nothing wrong on standing your ground.

Case Example

Street Photography Norwich- The Death of Anglia Square

I’ve personally dealt with situations with security personnel who identified my presence through CCTV, approached me and requested that I leave an area where I was only 12 inches inside a boundary of a private location. I was asked not to photograph the exterior of a Public Shopping Mall that was open to public. Having moved my tripod literally one foot back, I was then shooting from a public place and legally photographing the building. Security ‘demanded’ that I stopped photographing and refused to provide an explanation as to why? I was advised that security were not happy about my presence and that Police would be called. I politely challenged the security staff who were not fully aware of Photographers Rights and shortly left the area having done nothing other than move my tripod by twelve inches. This is an all too frequent event that often results in wasting the time of Police Officers who arrive and speak with photographers before leave without any action beinmgtaken as the photographer is photographing completely legally.

In all honestly, this very subject is likely to become more and more relevant in light of the increasing terrorist and security threats that our country and many others are experiencing. We hope this article was informative and of some use.

About Lee Blanchflower Limited

Situated in the centre of Norwich and covering assignments throughout the UK, the Lee Blanchflower Ltd creative team deliver high quality commercial photographs, corporate film production & licensed drone footage to a really diverse range of businesses. After seven years of hard work in the industry trading as  Blanc Creative, we thought it was about time that we made things a little more transparent across our business and as a result, Lee Blanchflower Ltd was born. We have to say that our attention to detail and epic customer service hasn’t changed, nor has our client base. We work solely in the commercial sector with sole traders, start-ups, established businesses, Advertising Agencies & International Press covering everything from PR, Editorial work, Film Production and Licensed Drone operations.  What you won’t find, are wedding photographs, pet photography or family portraits.  We seriously pride ourselves as being “people’ people and our unique selling point is transparency. Our favourable pricing structures are visible for every one of our services, so you won’t find  any nasty surprises once you’ve decided to book an assignment.


Flying Drones Commercially (paid work) in the UK

Are You Breaking the Law Flying Drones Commercially?

Flying Drones Commercially

Flying Drones commercially… It’s always a hot subject in the Drone World as more and more recreational flyers take to the skies blatantly flaunting the law. It’s a subject that actually infuriates many licensed Drone Operators who are Flying Drones commercially for a living! Licensed Drone are required to prove competency before being allowed to Fly Drones Commercially but there is a growing culture within the industry where unqualified, uninsured Drone Pilots without a permission for commercial operation are working in a commercial capacity for clients.

The law is very clear in the UK that if you wish to provide (Any work that is paid) in the UK, you are legally required to have a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfFO). These are granted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). People have historically tried to work around the law and I’ve personally had unqualified Drone Pilots say to me;

“I don’t receive any pay for the work. I’m shooting photographs and the Drone work isn’t charged so it’s not commercial and I don’t need a license. “

This scenario simply does not work anymore and if a reportable incident occurs, then there’s a good chance of a prosecution following. Other examples include businesses that use their own unqualified staff Flying Drones Commercially for them. If an employer pay their staff a wage, then any work undertaken within their role is classed as commercial because the employee is being paid to Fly Drones Commercially.b

Flying Drones Commercially

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Drone Photography Norwich

Commercial Drones Norfolk

What are the Requirements for Flying Drones Commercially (for paid work) in the UK?

The basic process in obtaining the permission For Commercial Operation is that you will be required to prove you are safe and professional in the air. This is achieved through a set of Theory & Practical based exams along with evidence of regular, competent flying;

Ground Exam – Knowledge of air law will be evidenced through a written exam. Candidates are required to attend a two to three day Ground Exam course. Two weeks pre-reading material followed by a classroom based course with a multiple choice exam to follow.

Operations Manual – You will need to prepare a business specific Operations Manual. This sets out how you will operate your drone safely when Flying Drones Commercially. Your operations manual contains the procedures you will use when flying your drone including on your flight test. The Operations Manual is not generic. Every business will operate in a differently, but the principles set within the manual will determine how you team prepares and executes any commercial operation. Your operation manual will form part of your application to the CAA for your Permission for Commercial Operations. These documents are scrutinised by the CAA when applying for a PFCO and it is not uncommon for Applications to be rejected subject to re-submission if Manuals do not contain up to date legislation or unacceptable procedures.

Flight Test – The flighttest ins the final step before you receive your Permission for Commercial Operation. Once you Operations Manual is complete you will need to take out some type of insurance for your drone. Some insurance companies provide Flight Test Insurance but do not confuse this with Commercial Drone Insurance (this will be explained shortly.) Once you flight test is booked, you will be required to prepare a full risk assessment based on the flight co-ordinates given to you by your Examiner. The flight test is undertaken in the same manner that you would operate Flying Drones Commercially for a client. Your examiner will observe all aspects of the flight from arrival, equpment set-up, safety considerations, on site risk assessment and a number of flight scenarios. You will be required to operate as per your operation manual.

Upon successful completion of your flight test, you will be issued with Certificate that will need to be forwarded along with your License Fees, Operations Manual, Insurance Documents, Public Liability and Flight records to show that you have flown enough hours prior to apply for a Permission for Commercial Operation. Once you receive your PFCO, you can legally start Flying Drones Commercially for paid work. It’s that simple.

Flying Drones Commercially – Reporting Drone Misuse

The Civil Aviation Authority has recently changed to try and better reflect the balance of capabilities between the CAA and local Police services. Whilst The Police often have greater resources, response times and powers of investigation than the CAA, there is often a noticeable gap in the knowledge surrounding the legislation.  The CAA has now agreed with the Police, in a signed Memorandum of Understanding that the Police will take the lead in dealing with drone misuse incidents, particularly at public events, that may contravene aviation safety legislation or other relevant criminal legislation. The CAA’s remit is limited to safety and does not include concerns over privacy or broadcast rights.


Commercial Photography and Video Production simply doesn’t have to be shot from the ground. We are fully licensed with a ‘PFCO’ from the Civil Aviation Authority. In plain terms, it means that we’ve passed the necessary exams to qualify for a ‘Permission for Commercial Operation’ and we legally fly Drones in the UK for commercial purposes. We have an experienced Flight Team that offer fabulous Drone Footage, Aerial Still Photography and 3D Mapping to name just a few of our services. We would love to talk with you today about using Drones to help raise your business profile. Why not give our office a call on Mob: 07871 364041 to discuss your great ideas with one of our staff. If you’d prefer to email, we can be contacted at

Travel Photography – The Real Marrakech

Marrakech. The City that Hates Photographers!

Marrakech Street Photography

You may think that this is a bold, brash statement but essentially, it’s true. As an award-winning Travel Photographer, with an extensive collection of air miles, I’ve never really experienced a location quite like Marrakesh.

Marrakech is indeed a city that hates photographers. On October 3rd, 2014, Blanc Creative’s Director of Photography, Lee Blanchflower & Videographer, Phil Shaw, left Gatwick Airport for five days of Travel Photography & Street photography in the Red City. Along the way, they would create an invaluable guide to the pitfalls, scams and real side of working in the field in a bustling city where the camera carries a massive amount of prejudice for anybody carrying one. For whatever reason, Marrakech residents hate being photographed to the extent where they not only make this clear in person but literally let out a rallying cry to the whole street the moment they see a lens being raised. There is, of course, an exception to this rule. It takes the form of the universal fingering rubbing symbol for ‘we want cash’ as locals of all ages from toddler to pensioner gesture for money in return for a few seconds of standing still. Even the sheep and horses don’t come free… Local spotters on virtually every street attempt to aggressively intimidate the unseasoned photographers into parting with unreasonable amounts of cash.

The whole Marrakech v Travel Photography problems are nothing new. A number of renowned Magnum Photographers Power and Goldberg were commissioned by the unopened  Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Art (MMPVA). The Museum which will eventually house one of the largest photography and digital visual media spaces in the world was inspired by Magnum’s recent Postcards fromAmerica collection, whereby some of the worlds most infamous agency’s photographers collaborated to post imagery online as they shot them as part of an experimental project. The Marrakech project was plagued with problems for the five photographers, who all resided in the very heart of Marrakech in neighbouring Riads. Two of the photographers working on the project experienced significant problems despite their considerable experience. In light of this and many more similar stories, just how did the Blanc Creative team Lee Blanchflower & Phil Shaw manage in the same environment, without the aid of any local fixers and on the busiest week of the Marrakech year as the city prepared to celebrate Eid al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice).

Street Photographers – 5 Tips to Street Photography

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5 Tips for Street Photographers – Just five to be getting on with but the following blog isn’t the be all and end all. It’s like everything photography… Subjective. It’s a few tips that work for me when and it’s either going to be very useful.. Or.. Don’t bother to read it and CLICK RIGHT HERE to see some more seriously interesting work!
In 2010 I took to the streets of New York for the first time. I saw a homeless person sleeping upright on a bench in Central Park opposite The Plaza Hotel.. To this very day I could not identify if they were male or female. The composition was phenomenal without even looking through the lens. It was sub Zero.. Chillingly cold and 4 weeks before Christmas. A styrofoam cup of coffee was on the floor, their coat resembled a gigantic sleeping bag, but the thing which made the image, was the Abercrombie & Fitch Carrier Bag. The collision of poverty and pure consumer vanity stuck in my throat so much. It was literally two worlds that would never conjoin in society. It was an image that forever changed the way I viewed street photography.
If you’re about to start out in this wonderful genre, then 5 Tips for Street Photographers is all you are going top need to push you in the right direction. There are some basic concepts that every street photographer needs to know.. What camera do I need? , What settings should I use? What should I look at shooting? How do I deal with the public? Hopefully, 5 Tips for Street Photography – The Epic Guide will help!

All images showcased in this blog have been shot by Lee Blanchflower of Blanc Creative. Lee Blanchflower is an established Commercial Photographer and won the SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year Award 2013.

5 Tips for Street Photographers.

What is street photography?

Simply put, street photography is the art of photographing the world around us as it unfolds during everyday life. Candid street photography has opened up a whole new world to photographers and the voyeurs who trawl the pages of social media online. Very little is private anymore as street photography captures society at every conceivable level, from the poorest, to the richest, from the fashionable to the third world and everything in between. Documenting everyday life and society gives photographers an infinite subject matter only dictated by evolution. Every day throws a different perspective to the same places, through the eyes of different people and different photographers. It’s what makes photography the subjective choice of creatives. If you find yourself drawn to shooting photos in public and those filling the space around it.

5 Tips for Street Photographers.
5 Tips for Street Photographers.
Marrakech Street Photography
5 Tips for Street Photographers.

Tip 1 – Don’t go overboard on kit.

The great saving grace about street photography is that nobody gives a damn about what type of camera you have.  One of the first money saving options is definitely don’t go shelling out on expensive bits of kit if you don’t own it already. You really don’t need a specific camera to shoot with. You can shoot street photography on any camera. We’d all love to go out with a Leica-M-Edition-60 but even as a professional photographer I find it hard to justify £12000 on a single camera. You have to sell a lot photographs to cover this sort of outlay. In-fact, I personally know street photographers who will shoot with smartphones and hipstamatic because they consider it more of a challenge. Generally, smaller cameras tend to be preferable simply because DSLR’s can be bulky and make you look like a professional, thus drawing attention to the photographer. Something like the Olympus Pen with a pancake lens is a great piece of kit, however, I shoot religiously with a 5D MKIII, because it’s a tool I use five days a week.

5 Tips for Street PhotographersIt’s what I’m comfortable with and that makes for a lot pf sense when shooting. Make it easy and use a camera that you’re familiar with or will feel comfortable to have in your hands. One of the most important elements in the rule in street photography is keep your camera with you at all times. The amount of times I’ve been out and thought ‘Shit’ I wish I had my camera right now! The best moments on the street ‘WILL ALWAYS’ happen when you haven’t got your camera. Mark my words! They are very true!

Tip 2  – On the streets

You’ve chosen your camera, your lens and you’re ready to go for it. What’s out there on the streets. Do I shoot people, landmarks, objects? Now what do you look for when you’re out on the streets? Tip2 of5 Tips for Street Photography is: Shoot whatever you think looks Epic. Starting out with street photography, many photographers really just don’t know what they should be taking photographs of! You will develop a feel for your subject really quickly, but when I’m out shooting Street, I focus mainly on people. I personally shoot the poor, the homeless, the people who have hard lives. The expressions on their faces or their surroundings tell the story for you much of the time. For me, emotional connection of the subject to the surroundings helps to tell the story.  One of the biggest problems that new street photographers have to content with is approaching people they wish to photograph.

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Marrakech Street Photography
Marrakech Street Photography
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Due to the idea that street photography is a focus on the humanity around us, this can be difficult, particularly when dealing with the street of culturally different countries. Start small. Work in your home areas where you are familiar with the surroundings and what you think or know you can get away with shooting. We’d all love to shoot the money shots, in hostile, dark, moody surroundings, but safety has to be a priority and a good portion of learning to overcome your fear is understanding how people think. If you’re polite with people and maybe explain your reasoning for the shots, you’re more than likely going to get a half decent reception. Just use common sense and don’t go waving a big Dslr with a 500mm zoom lens out in areas where you know crime is high or that is out of your comfort zone. Research where you are going to shoot and know where to avoid.


Tip 3 – Get Close

Lots of street photographers talk about the 35mm lens as being the best lens length because it mimics the focal plain of the human eye as close as possible. Let’s be honest, to me, it’s a load of tosh. More and more street imagery today seems to be taken from distance, but 5 Tips for Street Photographers  No: 3 is Get Up Close. It really is a wicked opportunity to shoot your subject. How you do it will depend on your own morals for encroaching on personal space and how comfortable you feel about getting into peoples faces. The ability or need to shoot subjects or areas that may be deemed disturbing, is something that you may develop with time and will solely depend on your own confidence. Don’t photograph subjects if it will upset you, because it will ultimately destroy your love of street photography. I always try and look for the story  One possible method for being discrete is to stand pretty close to someone and look above your subject, pretending to frame and shoot  a picture of something above them.  Lowering your camera, shoot as you come down, taking their their photo. People may think that you had no interest in them as a subject, however, this is not really an option in quiet streets unless you have a silent mode on your camera or if the subject is particularly active (High shutter speed ‘may’ work.) The second option is to wing it. Shoot on the fly with a ‘hit and run’ approach. This works well in areas where your camera is seriously unwelcome, such as non tourist areas of Marrakech where shooting was pretty dangerous and we were constantly harassed, threatened and subjected to abuse and attempts to literally extort money from you on the streets.

5 Tips for Street Photographers.
5 Tips for Street Photographers.
Street Photography Norwich - Anglia Square
Street Photography Norwich – Anglia Square

Tip 4- Framing

“Framing”. It is undoubtedly one of the key words for storytelling in street . To convey the message your audience, it’d really no good having distractive content that forms no part of the image you’re trying to get across. “Cropping” really can be one of your best friends for street photography but it’s worth noting that you really should be trying to nail your photos through the lens and not in photoshop. Bin the distractions and your story will unfold so much easier.

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Travel Photography - Street Photography Paris

Street Photography Norwich- The Death of Anglia Square
Street Photography Norwich- The Death of Anglia Square

Tip 5- It’s Not All About People

Our final 5 Tips for Street Photography for beginners is: It’s not all about the people. Street photography has some misconceptions that it’s all about people. ‘s often wrongly associated with being entirely about photographing people on the streets. Street photography is about people, or more specifically about human nature, but people don’t need to be present in the scene. There are an infinite amount of opportunities out there for epic street photos without people. You just have to look for them.

Marrakech Street Photography
Marrakech Street Photography

But let’s not dismiss street photography without people. Urban landscapes are as much about street photography as the people who live in them. Urban landscapes can be impactive for the viewer, can tell their own stories and make for awesome storylines. Take the example above. This was taken in a residential of Marrakech on Festival of the Sacrifices or Eid al-Adha in the aftermath of the sacrificial slaughter of sheep. The image is simplistic, void of people but retains a visually impactive message representing bloodshed and death. The image content is unsettling in its simplicity. Architecture can depict life without having to include people and this aspect of street photography makes the whole process easier for people who are embracing cautiously into the world of urban photography.

Street Photography Norwich
Marrakech Street Photography
Street Photography Norwich
Marrakech Street Photography
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5 Tips for Street Photographers.

I hope that this very small insight into my own perspective of shooting the public and urban life unfolding. Keeping your camera with you is a must and with practice, increased time out on the streets, you will soon be into a place where you are comfortable and know your limitations. Your imagery should flourish in a very short time. Don’t forget that The more you shoot, the more your confidence will undoubtedly grow.. So just keep shooting, learn by your mistakes and most importantly, Enjoy!

List of street photographers

This is a list of notable street photographers. Street photography is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters


Advertising Photography – Tips and Tricks

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

Advertising Photography – Tips and Tricks

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

At Blanc, we absolutely love the opportunity to get creative with our Advertising Photography, so when we sat down with the Longwater Living Team to discuss the concepts for a Fitted Kitchen Advertising Campaign, we were seriously excited. Advertising Photography uses photographs and images to promote a certain product or service and the brief for this Advertising Photography Assignment was quite straight forward.

How do you show kitchens as a modern, attractive space that are not ‘Just’ a place to cook food? 

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Usually, people’s eyes do not gravitate towards lots of text. Much like food photography, people eat with their eyes and advertising photography reflects this beautifully. Images draw people’s eyes towards things, whether it is on a book cover, a magazine advert, a large scale billboard or the side of a vehicle. Because of the way our attention works, the use of high quality, professional advertising photography can greatly increase a potential customer to look at an advertisement. Naturally,  this, in turn, will increase a business or company’s chances of getting people to buy what they are selling.

The Longwater Living Team had requested a mixture of two distinct styles. The first, would portray modern family life where entertaining centred around life in the kitchen. The second aspect, would provide subtle humour where clear strap lines and hooks would reflect the content of the Adverts.

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The photography was shot entirely on site in the Longwater Living Showroom in Norwich and an advertising campaign followed through a number of established Publications including Norfolk Magazine, Places & Faces Magazine and large format imagery used on the side of Longwater Construction Vehicles.

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So now you have an idea about the brief for this project, let’s move on to the all important Advertising Photography Top Tips. 

1:  Know Your Target Audience

Shooting professional Advertising PR isn’t luck. A good advertisement, regardless of where it’s being placed will have a purpose and should have a clear, clean message. It’s important that the shots meet your target audience without them having to stand back for 10 minutes to try and fathom out exactly what that message is. Attempting to multi brand across a campaign will inevitably lead to mixed messages and a diluted campaign.  Don’t confuse.

2:  Discuss the Brief Fully

Successful advertising Photography will only work if you can communicate with your client. You may have an awesome creative streak, but this isn’t necessarily going to fulfil your clients criteria. There is literally nothing worse than receiving a brief, shooting Advertising Photography without any direction from your client, only to fond out that your ideas have clashed and they hate the images you’ve shot. You waste time, the client loses money and you won’t ever get in the door again or build a relationship with that client for the future. Shooting Advertising is delivering your customers vision, in a way that will reach their target audience,  convey the right message and benefit your customers business.  A well planned meeting where you can brainstorm ideas and reach a vision that is achievable will pay dividends not only to your creative portfolio, but throughout the whole project from creation to delivery. Think about the budget and the setting that you could potentially be working with.

3:  Think About the Budget

We all love to shoot internationally, in great locations across the world with breathtaking backgrounds with professional models and medium format cameras.. But the reality of this happening when you start out in the world of Advertising Photography are slim. Advertising campaigns are expensive and unless you are working with an international, household name, the chances are, is that your budgets clients will be far less than you would like to see.  Aim to deliver realistic Advertising Photography images, that is going to streamline the whole process. It will maximise your earnings if you can save you and the client time. Save the client some money and there’s good chance that they will use you again. Stitch up a client with an over inflated fee and you will lose out in the long run. Once you build up a reputation in the business, you will be in a far better position to negotiate more favourable rates.

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

4:  Stock Imagery

Use Stock sites to generate ideas if you’re really stuck. Don’t worry about re-inventing the wheel. There’s very little across the market that hasn’t been done before. The idea is to put your own personal stamp on the subject you’re shooting. Speak with clients about the downside of choosing stock imagery over your work. Does your client really want to use an image that’s been seen on on numerous websites.

5: The Photo Shoot – Lighting

Depending on the complexiy of your shoot, if you’re new to the world of Advertising Photography, you should be keeping it simple. Don’t bite off more than you canchew, promising clients the world, with elaborately lit epic locations that you can’t deliver. The biggest piece of advice is “If you can’t manage the assignment, walk away.” Your reputation will stay in tact much more than undertaking a project that you are then unable to deliver. It will leave your client with a sour taste and your image as a professional photographer could very well be damaged. Present your commercial portfolio to your client at your initial meeting so they are fully aware of your Advertising Photography experience. Tone down the amount of lighting when you shoot and opt for the most natural imagery as possible is a good start. Simple lighting can help you better show off your product and service without overpowering it.

6: Copy Space

Always one to remember on Advertising Photography. The chances are, your imafe will be accompanied on the advert with text of some description. Make sure there is enough space for Copy. Shoot too close and you will remove the chance to tweak your crop in post production and your client may end up with unusable images Make sure that you have space in your advertisement to properly layout your photographs.  In advertising photography, you want to look at photos from various angles before you print it to make sure that you have enough space to work with.

7: Contact Sheet

A straight forward one here. Once your initial images are selected, a Contact Sheet of Proof images is a great way to deliver a first look to your client. It enables them to choose the images they wish to use for the campaign and reduce the need for you to edit every image from the shoot. Try and ensure that the out of camera images are professional as tghere is nothing worse than a client looking at your proof images and regretting that they’ve used you for the project.

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8: Edit The Photograph

Editing can make or break an Advertising Photography image. Never allow an image to be sent to a client with out having first been retouched. You will be sadly mistaken if you think your images can be sent out straight for camera. Generally, there will be time spend in post-production cleaning, tweaking, and photo-shopping the image to ensure that everything is perfect. This can include air-brushing, brightening or increasing the image’s contrast to make certain areas of the photograph stand out more. If you don’t know how to retouch, then use a freelance retoucher to do the work for you. Incorporate a retoucher into the price of your assignment. It will be money well spent and will save time on anything complex. You are a photographer, retouchers work on images for a living, so it’s sound advice to let them take the pressure from you.

9:  Delivering Your Images

Finally.. How you deliver your images will depend on the finished advert. If the Advertising Photography is purely for Web and Social Media, then there’s no point in sending over images at 5MB because this will simply cause you more work when the client requests they be re-sent at a smaller size. A good rule of thumb is (72dpi / 1920 px minimum & under 1MB for web use), 1MB-3MB for print depending on the publication requirements and seek advice from the client if the imagery is to be used for LArge Format Printing or 48 sheet Advertising Boards

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

As with any industry, there will always be photographers who read this blog and have their own ideas and working practices. This is something that will develop over time and this article is my own interpretation form seven years working with commercial clients. To view our extensive Blanc Creative Portfolio, please visit our site by Clicking BLANC CREATIVE.


To find out more about the Advertising Photography services provided by Blanc Creative, please contact a member of our team on

07871 364041 or email


Top PR Photography Tips

Norwich PR Photography

Top PR Photography Tips

PR. What is it exactly? What is PR? Is it Copy? Is it about Press Releases? Is it about PR Photography? In some way it’s about all three but there is no getting away from the fact that high quality PR Photography imagery cannot be underestimated. Grab a magazine or daily paper and most of the images you see accompanying stories are shot to catch the readers eye in a creative, impactive way?

As a professional PR Photographer, the challenges convincing clients of the importance of  images for their PR is immense. The following five points are pretty straight forward

Including a professional PR image with your press release will generate engagement more than word alone. We live in an age where  huge amounts of emphasis on social media is based around images and video. People can’t be bothered to read lots of text (In fact, you may not even be bothered to want to read this, but hey (Yoast says a blog should be at least 300 words..) A picture says a thousand words. Making the photo stand out in a professional, eye catching manner. Images in your press release will grab a journalist’s attention and help you tell the story.

Norwich PR Photography

Commercial PR Photography for VW Commercial Vehicles


Think about the different images you might need. It’s useful to have a variety of shots — from your product in action, to cut outs to your product on a plain white background. That way, your shots will be appropriate for most uses.

Norwich PR Photography

PR Photography Event Coverage – Norfolk Constabulary


It’s always a good idea to invest in a proper photo shoot. Never underestimate what a photographer can do for your brand. Outside of the business of actually taking the photos, a good photographer can advise on the kind of images you need to show your business to its best advantage, provide lighting and professional backdrops and develop creative ideas to really make you stand out from the crowd.

Norwich PR Photography

KLM Engineering PR Photography


Don’t forget to use key words in alternative text to ensure that your images are optimised for search engines. If your Sending images to the press, it’s advisable to ensure how they run their bylines.  It’s worth contacting the art editor/photo editor at the publication.

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Reload Music Festival PR Imagery


Deliver High Resolution Images. It’s essential that you can provide newspapers and magazines high-res images. Images will need to be at least 300 dpi and usually over 1.5MB.  Investing in a decent file transfer system such as Wetransfer will make the process of electronic delivery a smoother and more enjoyable experience in the absence of Press FTP’s.

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Eye Surgeon PR Story

Manage the branding in your pictures. Throwing a product or a story into every part of the image will just make you look amateur and makes the product or story look desperate.  Over-branding, whatever market the image is aimed at, will just kill the picture in an editors eyes straight away. There are times when you simply can’t get away from it because clients will naturally want to promote their business / logo / brand. Just try and be subtle and incorporate it into the story. It’s not always needed.

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Shelter Housing Rogue LAndlord NAtional PR CAmpaign

Norwich PR Photography

Morgan Sindall Hadleigh Park Olympic Legacy Project

Norwich PR Photography

Music PR – The Struts

With seven years of experience shooting commercial photography, Blanc Creative and their sisters company, 99PROBS Music Media, have been providing Freelance PR Photography and Editorial Photography to independent agencies and the Tabloid Press. Working to any brief, Blanc Creative will provide high quality, affordable PR Photography throughout the UK including unobtrusive reportage PR photography, Conferencing, PR Events and VIP appearances. To enquire about about PR Photography for your Event or Business, please contact the Blanc Creative team on Tel: 07871 364041 or email

How to Shoot Interior Photography

Interior Photography Norwich

How to Shoot Interior Photography

Interior Photography is one of a number of specialist types of assignment that Blanc Creative and we’ve been out again this month photographing the latest in luxurious Norfolk Wedding Venues, Fishley Hall. The property has been in the Molineux family since 1953 and dates back to the Seventeenth century. It has been lovingly refurbished from a derelict state after the last occupant left in 1980 and then sat unloved for 30 years. Work started in 2012 and the extensive renovations have been undertaken with Phil the farmer, a very talented bricklayer called Pigglet and Godffrey a friendly local builderWe have used and kept all original features where possible and matched new to old.

The interior photography project at Fishley Hall  is something of a work in progress. Blanc Creative have photographed just a small percentage of this perfectly idyllic country wedding venue. Set in 350 acres of beautiful Norfolk Countryside, the interior. We commenced work on a small part of the 8 bedrooms, Bridal suite, family rooms and ground floor bedroom with ensuite.

To coincide with the shoot, we thought this may be a great chance to give 3 simple tips on interior photography. And here they are;

1) Firstly, the light has to be right. We started in the kitchen and the sun was pouring on through the kitchen window. Since we’re shooting stationary objects, we have very little choice in waiting for the right light or alternatively, using artificial light to compensate. So we had a coffee and an hour later, we were blessed with some partial cloud and a little movement in the sun. We were ready to go for it. Wait for the light to be the best it can. Whilst we were looking for a natural look, it’s generally a good idea to compensate with a little fill in flash. Try and avoid heavy shadows and be careful to avoid objects that are going to give the game away with flash refection. Where possible, we avoid a 100 light set-up with ten reflectors and a show of how much kit you can take out on a shoot. If nothing else, room size will dictate just how much your shots will cope with.

2) Double checking everything. You can save valuable shooting time with preparation and ensuring where possible, that rooms are dressed and checked before you arrive. Interior Photography is one genre of photography where unwanted items can appear in your shot because you are too wrapped up in ensuring the images are technically correct. I will always remember returning from one f my first ever interior shoots, extremely happy that the images needed very little editing, only to find that the I’d completely missed the additional lens and hood that I’d stood on the worktop.

• Reflections of objects that will be difficult to remove in post.
• Uneven sheets, crumpled pillows and short valences on beds.
• Vertical lines particularly when shooting with wider lenses when trying to maximise the look of smaller rooms

3) Don’t trust your hands. You may have steady hands, but don’t you them for interior photography. Virtually all professional interior photographers know that a tripod is essential. If you want a crisp, clear and professional looking photograph of your interior, make sure you use a tripod. It’s also a great means to shoot longer exposures when the lighting is that little bit lower. If the windows are causing exsessive over exposure, it may also act as an emergency means to bracket you image for some post processing (Only use this method as a last resort.)

4) Post Production. Interior Photography’s best friend is Post-production. It is a huge asset to interior photography. It’s very rare that an  interior design image comes out exactly as you want it to look. Work on getting your images to the very best standards of lighting and perspective as you can. Try to make sure you get the composition correct first time round to prevent the excessive need for vertical correction will help keep post-production to a minimum.

For further details of Blanc Creative interior photography services, please contact one of our team on Tel: 07871 364041 or email

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich