Commercial Portrait Photography

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Commercial Portrait Photography

Commercial Portrait Photography allows you to tell a story and convey more about your business, your staff and what you do. Commercial Portrait Photography can be undertaken in a studio, but capturing staff in their natural woking environment opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities and showcases far more about your business than a plain background ever will. Shooting Commercial portrait in a typical environment also helps staff to relax.  Familiarity lends itself to putting your subject at ease and this is a huge factor in producing natural portraits. To coincide with a re-branding project, we’ve once again been working in the Norfolk Tourism Sector with one of our regular clients, The Bure Valley Railway.

Bure Valley Railway is a major tourist attraction within Norfolk and welcomes over 100,000 visitors a year. With a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers the railway operates on a not for profit basis. Husband and wife team, Andrew and Susan, head up the management team. Andrew’s love of railways from a little boy drew him to Norfolk and he became involved in the railway as a volunteer in its infancy and subsequently gave up his job in London a few years ago to work at the railway full-time. The Railway is built on the trackbed of the former Great Eastern Railway between Wroxham and Aylsham. Originally opened in 1880 the line survived for passenger traffic until 1952, eleven years before the infamous Beeching Report! The line did, however, survive for the purpose of carrying freight, a role it performed until the line was formally closed by British Rail in 1982. Norfolk County Council had an enlightened policy of safeguarding closed railway routes for use as footpaths. Through a partnership between local government and the private sector a narrow gauge line was built between Aylsham and Wroxham, with a nine mile long footpath running alongside.  It is Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway which runs between the historic market town of Aylsham and bustling town of Wroxham, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads. The 18 mile round trip runs through the pretty Bure Valley countryside following the meandering River Bure through meadowland and ancient pasture. Along the line are wayside halts serving the picturesque Broadland villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall where you can hop off and explore by foot. Hop back on and continue your journey by train by waiving down the driver to stop.

Bure Valley Railway Commercial Portrait Photography

Shooting Commercial Portrait Photography in the heart of a steam based environment opened up some fantastic opportunities. Set against a background of engineering workshops, oil, grease and steam, we captured daily routines and passionate individuals who together, are responsible for the day to day running of the nostalgic railway. Shooting with predominantly natural light really is hard to beat. Creating ‘modern’ looking Commercial Portrait Photography is a case of working with the best lighting and backgrounds and making the most of having an eye for detail and composition. Working with a nice flat light was also really beneficial, reducing harsh shadows and the chances of over exposed highlights. The chances to work with a Northern light canproduce an almost  softbox look creating a soft, flattering light which fits just perfectly  for modern looking portraits. There is a reason why many artists have their  studios purposely facing the north.

If you think your business could benefit from professional Commercial Portrait Photography, then please reach out to our team today and call our office on Mob: 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

 

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Travel Photography Norwich – New York City

Travel Photography New York

Travel Photography – New York

Everything changes in New York.. But then nothing does! The Rockettes still draw the crowds at Radio City,  The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal will always overhear your whispers, no matter how discrete you can be and the $30orned beef and pastrami on rye will always draw in the tourists at Katz Delicatessen. Travel Photography city style doesn’t get any better than New York as the city that never sleeps grows and transforms by day and night. Street photography and New York City are terms that often go hand in hand and Blanc Creative wanted a piece of the travel action. New York is a diverse city, housing nearly 9 million inhabitants and a diversity that is astounding. The whole place is crammed  into a tiny island and its surrounding boroughs making it a cultural smorgasbord for travel photography.  It is one of the great locations in the world for travel photography and 5th Avenue would become home to the image that would, in 2013 see Lee Blanchflower take the Award of SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year.  The image, shot on 5th Avenue, was a homage to everything NYC.

Lee Blanchflower Blanc Creative’s director of photography and founder of the Commercial Photography company in Norfolk, took to the streets in December to capture the vibrancy, festivities and dank weather as The Big Apple descended into the madness of Christmas. Street Photography can, and should, be done everywhere. It’s not all about having to delve 3000 miles with a ton of kit and the fact that an image is shot in New York does not make it any more interesting than an image taken anywhere else. New York is a magnet for Travel Photography and literally, millions upon millions of images are taken here each year, making it increasingly difficult to create artistic photographs that stand out from the rest. Take the following image as an example of how ‘Everything Changes” in New York.

It’s a once in a lifetime shot. Stumbled upon as a freak winter shower stopped. The scene was pure New York iconography including Street Vendors, Chilli Dogs, yellow cabs, commercial advertising, rain, umbrellas, bustling crowds and New York Steam pipes. The iconic signage of 5th Avenue seemed to almost dissolve into the surroundings and this image wasn’t hunted down. Lee Blanchflower walked out of a shop and there it was. The SWPP Judges called it “A strong gritty image, which captures the essence of New York”

SWPP judges called this “A strong gritty image, which captures the essence of New York”

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The two images below depict the same 5th Avenue location as seen through the eyes of Google Maps. It re-enforces the concept of how an image captured in the click of the shutter may never be replicated or seen the same way again and underpins the beauty of travel photography and street photography so well.

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Lee Blanchflower Receives the SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year Award

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Travel Photography - New York

Travel Photography New York

Travel Photography New York

Travel Photography Norwich

Travel Photography Norwich

Travel Photography Norwich

Travel Photography Norwich

 

Corporate Event Photography – Stainless Metalcraft

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Corporate Event Photography – Stainless Metalcraft manufacturing facility for UK Nuclear Industry

Corporate Event Photography Norwich

Commercial Photography Norfolk - Lee Blanchflower Limited

Corporate Event Photography Norwich

Corporate Event doesn’t have to be about the Social Calendar or Evening Drinks Receptions. Blanc Creative work extensively with Manufacturing Plants, Construction Companies Industrial Businesses. Blanc Creative were commissioned to cover the official opening of  a bespoke production facility at the Stainless Metalcraft Chatteris site, where manufacture of high integrity nuclear waste containers would be built  which. These containers play a key role in the decommissioning of high hazard legacy’s at Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant.Blanc Creative have a team that can provide not only Editorial and Press Images, but Corporate Event Photography, Corporate Video Production and Aerial Drone Coverage as well as on site Event Photography Printing. The Diversity that we offer for Corporate Events with a trained team means that we can provide clients with extremely affordable Corporate Event Photography without the need to employee two or three separate companies to deliver visual imagery.

Stainless Metalcraft won a contract in 2015, initially worth £47m, to manufacture three metre cubed boxes to store intermediate level waste retrieved from Sellafield’s Pile Fuel Cladding Silos.  A 1,600 square metre production facility in Chatteris was developed with potential to expand the site to 3,200 square metres as demand increased. As part of the project, an investment was made in excess of £2m on capital expenditure to purchase plant and equipment tools for the facility. This includes a robotic welding cell offering both plasma and MIG welding; two new machine tool cells; test and assembly cells incorporating vacuum, pressure and dimensional inspection facilities; and a specialist cavity mixing and filling cell installed at the site. Austen Adams, managing director of Stainless Metalcraft and Avingtrans PLC’s Energy and Medical division, said: “The decommissioning of the UK’s nuclear legacy is a challenging task, and we’re delighted that Sellafield recognised the specialist skills that we offer here in the Fens.  Opening the new facility is a real landmark in delivering this important contract and was a significant challenge as construction works – including strengthening foundations to support the heavy machine tools required – had to go on alongside existing operations.”

Commercial Photography Norfolk - Lee Blanchflower Limited

Commercial Photography Norfolk - Lee Blanchflower Limited

Commercial Photography Norfolk - Lee Blanchflower Limited

Commercial Photography Norfolk - Lee Blanchflower Limited

Commercial Photography Norfolk - Lee Blanchflower Limited

Commercial Photography Norfolk - Lee Blanchflower Limited

Commercial Photography Norfolk - Lee Blanchflower Limited

Corporate Event Photography Norwich

Corporate Event Photography Norwich

Commercial Photography Norfolk - Lee Blanchflower Limited

Commercial Photography Norfolk - Lee Blanchflower Limited Corporate Event Photography Norwich

Corporate Event Photography Norwich

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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 photography, corporate film production and 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 Photography 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.

 

Suede Perform Night Thoughts at Roundhouse

Suede perform at Roundhouse London

Suede Perform Night Thoughts at London Roundhouse

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

80’s Brit Band Suede are back! And a rather special night on Friday 13th 2015 at London’s Roundhouse. Brett Anderson made the impossible happen, performing to their own silent movie, “Night Thoughts” and performing behind a full size film screen as images were projected onto it. The film was written and directed by Roger Sargent and the Roundhouse performance was not only the Premier of the Film, but the first time the band had performed their new album in public to 1700 fans.

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

As the film played, backlights revealed front man Brett Anderson and behind the screen, the huge screen images dwarfing the band.  It was a surreal experience to watch as a music photographer, trying to focus on the band, but unable to hit the mark due to the screen in the foreground. Just as well that that there would be an interval and second set, where the band performed an energetic, theatrical journey back to there first Album and a chance for Brett Anderson to throw his microphone around as he jumped off of anything he could climb on.

Die hard Suede fans (myself included) could really not have asked for more. Well, maybe another hour on stage…

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at The Roundhouse, London

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

I’m a huge believer in fate, so how did a Norwich Commercial Photographer get the chance to work in the music industry with some of the worlds biggest bands. Well, six years ago I’d never shot a band. My work was solely corporate photography and predominantly East of England. Then a chance encounter on Facebook with my good friend and international drumming legend Steve Barney, led to spending some backstage time with ‘The Wanted’ and another impromptu photoshoot with a pretty much unheard of band called ‘Lawson.’ One magazine publication later and a number of locked doors opened for me as if by magic into the crazy world of ‘Three Songs, No Flash’ and a once in a lifetime chance to work in close proximity with some of the the greatest music artists on the planet. We now shoot for an international Press Agency and supply imagery to a huge of range of international publications and businesses that have included HArd Rock Cafe, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The DAily Mirror & The Sun to name just a few.

 

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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Norwich Commercial Photography - Lee Blanchflower Limited

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

Norwich Commercial Photography - 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.

 

 

 

New York Travel Photography

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Tips for Travel Photography in New York!

Travel Photography New York

Travel Photography New York

Its Christmas. In New York – And it’s the most wonderful time of the year for Travel Photography. I sincerely mean that! Travel Photography really Doesn’t get much better!

I’d planned to try and keep this brief, but I know I’m going to struggle. Why! Because as an as an Award Winning Travel Photographer, there are some places that I visit that just don’t do it for me. Places I’ve walked around for a few days and simply and feel empty with no thrill or excitement when I shoot. I recently flew out to Berlin and struggled to return with a portfolio I can say I was really happy with, but that’s another Travel Photography Blog you can read about. 

New York on the other hand is a Travel Photography dream location and personally for me, December is the time I always return. In 2013 I won the SWPP TravelPhotographer of the Year Award in London. The image is one I’ve never ever ben able to re-create. It was a split second shot that changed my life and summed up everything there was to sum up about Christmas on 5th Avenue. It epitomises everything New York from Yellow Taxis, Designer Labels, Steaming Pipes, Traffic James and dank weather. Throw this into 5th Avenue, a smidgeon of graffiti, some overhanging traffic signals and a hot dog vender. It’s pretty much all there!

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Even the most tourist hating of New Yorkers have to agree that Christmas in New York is an awesome sight.  To be brutally honest, to get the most out of this festive time of year, the Travel Photographer needs to see through the sparkle and oversized decorations  and delve a little deeper into the real New York. Don’t get me wrong, and as a person who loves Christmas as much as any child, I’d be in my element photographing Christmas decorations for a week, but New York Travel Photography is much more than photographing the Radio City city Christmas Tree… (And I’ve done this very thing repeatedly.)

Travel Photography combined with City  Street Photography simply won’t fail to reap results in New York. Travel Photography is about looking for a connection to others and the NYC Streets have an ability to ability to bring a massive cross section of people together in what is essentially a combined, frantic space. New York can be manic but take the subway two stops down and you could very well walk out onto an empty platform, so  you will capture more than just a stereotypical metropolis. You just need to open your eyes and walk.

How to Shoot Travel Photography in New York. Don’t Think… Feel

Travel Photography New York

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Norwich Professional Photography

Travel Photography New York

Travel Photography New York

Norwich Professional Photography

Norwich Professional Photography

Norwich Professional Photography

Norwich Professional Photography

Unless you’re living in the city (and like me, need to work for a living) you probably won’t have too much time to learn copious amounts about the history of the area. You’re unlikely to get used to the daily life and flow unless you’re out on the streets shooting, but it doesn’t matter. Nearly all of my images are spontaneous and whilst I may have a plan to breakdown the key areas I’m visiting, that’s where it stops. It’s brilliant if you live in the place you’re shooting, but travel photography is more about shooting perspectives of places you are visiting. The clue is in the word ‘Travel.”

A good ravel Photography tip is to find a busy street corner. Traffic Lights are always a great place. Let everything unwind around you. People will come and go through ‘your’ personal which means you run less risk of people getting annoyed with you. Christmas is a great time because as well as all of the Festive crowds, Street Decorations and general Christamas mood, the sun is also on your side. It sits so low in the sky that if you place ypurself in front of it, the photographs will take on a completely different, beautiful look.

 

Low & Slow Travel Photography

Fast walking and street photography do not go well together. Take it slow and maintain a low profile. Don’t go waving around a 50mm lens because it will draw unnecessary attention and Travel Photography is all about natural imagery. A short prime lens is always a winner but I generally maintain that a 2.8 24-70 covers pretty much everything without being overbearing. Travel Photography is about moments and these aren’t always going to happen.  Seek and ye shall find.. But not in 5 minutes,  just keep looking. Those awesome moments will pop out at you when you least expect it or when you are the most frustrated. The biggest considerations, are to ensure that you’re ready and when the moments present themselves… And know how to handle your camera. Your own eyes  will see potential shots before they happen. You might walk into a location and think, hey, this will work, simply because the lighting, buildings and composition are obvious. If that’s the case, go with it. You can see that the images below that the same location and same time can create a wide range of creative options that look significantly different.

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Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Street photography and Travel Photography doesn’t have to be all about people. It’s the environment in which we live that offers unparalleled creative options for a photographer. Travel Photography can take some time getting used to. New Travel; Photographers may feel uncomfortable shooting strangers, particular in light of the growing news articles about privacy and intrusion. As long as you know what or who you can or can’t shoot and how to handle potential situations surrounding legality, then travel photography will be your friend. Run and Gun techniques are not generally a good ways to shoot street, however, there may be occasions where your subject could become hostile (I have an affinity for photographing alcohol dependent homeless people) and this does have it’s avoidable risks. If you’re photographing in this type of environment, then speed may be of the essence, but use your intuition and common sense.

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Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Travel Photography New York

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

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. Lee Blaanchflower won the SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year Award in London in January 2013.

 

Net Neutrality. Battle for the Internet

Net Neutrality. Battle for the Internet

It’s the Battle for the Internet

As an avid internet user i’ve been known to visit the odd website or two, I even occasionally use Google. Im joking of course! Something not to joke about is what’s happening in America right now, the Net Neutrality Bill. If you haven’t heard of this let me just sum up what this means to you.

  1. Websites wont be on an even playing field. ISP’s reserve the right to throttle sites that aren’t paying a ‘fast lane’ premium.
  2. In a nutshell thats it.

Of course there is much much more involved than simply that and you can read more about the implications and the extent of this reach on the USA Networks blog, here.

Net Neutrality. Battle for the Internet

That may not sound too bad right, wrong. The internet is a wonderful network or information that we can access at the click of a button and digest just as quickly. Wether you’re researching your next blog post or watching the latest episode of [insert current trending Netflix show here] you can be sure that without equality the small guys will get lost.

 

For example take the mom-and-pop at home startup. They keep bees or have a modest orchard and winery, they hire great web designer *ahem* to build a beautiful website but they simply do not have the funds to ‘rent’ bandwidth from the ISP and users have to wait an age for their site to load. What will happen? What do you do when a page doesn’t load instantly? Hit the back button, find the next result in the Google search and surf away. Good bye Happy Home Orchard.

This shouldn’t happen and in todays climate, setting SEO aside, everyone has the same rights to have their sites load, after the abolition or Net Neutrality you can kiss this goodbye. Is this the internet you want?

If you want to find out how you can help visit The Internet Defense League or Battle for the Net

Can you find High Quality Advertising Photography for £100. What’s the Catch?

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Great Advertising Photography can make a huge amount of difference when deciding on a marketing campaign. Imagery can literally make or break your advertising so making the right decision about who you use to produce your photography can have a huge effect on your campaign. There are few questions that need to be answered about this subject?

Why use a Professional Photographer to produce Commercial Imagery for your business?

Can you actually get professional Advertising Photography for £100? 

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Business Photography Norwich from Blanc Creative

Affordable Advertising Photography by Blanc Creative Norwich

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Affordable Advertising Photography by Blanc Creative Norwich

Commercial Business Photographer in Norwich

Affordable Advertising Photography by Blanc Creative Norwich

Affordable Advertising Photography by Blanc Creative Norwich

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The Rise in Advertising Photography!

Social Media has never been so popular. New platforms are literally being developed by the day and almost half a million Images a day land on the pages of Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Snapchat and Pinterest. People interact with Advertising Photography. You only need to ask yourself… How many times will you actually engage with a story on a website where it’s not accompanied by a photograph. I imagine the answer is ‘Hardly Ever.’  Advertising Photography used on many Big News Websites use a combination of seductive photography to draw in readers to stories that often don’t even reflect anything about the content on the story they are posting. It just goes to shows the power that good Advertising Photography can bring to your business. don’t even use imagery  are you With everyone snap happy with their cameras on their phones more and more pictures are viewed and all of a sudden everyone claims to be a professional photographer but both you and our photographers at Marked Perception know this is not the case.

Great Visual Content Will Work for Your Business.

Rather than relying on generic stock photos for your Advertising Photography, the smartest businesses are looking to photographers who can shoot high quality Advertsing Photographs. People can see Stock Photographs that are more often than not used across numerous sites. Business will often search for popular, trending stock photographs because they want something that’s current, but this usually ends up in carbon copy websites with non specific images that are not reflective of your own business. Advertsing Photography will help businesses evolve their brand and tell a visual story of who they are. Marketing is all about communicating your values. The use of commercial photography is an excellent opportunity to create a solid call to action or message for your business that makes you unique.

Why use a Commercial Photographer to go visual?

You have a great image bank of inspiration right in front of you, but a photographer who works solely in the Commercial Industry will have an eye for composition, will pick out details that many inexperienced hobbyists will miss and be able to work quickly and effectively to maximise your product or service, essentially saving you money. It’s all about experience and no amount of automated Iphone Photography or Smart Phone imagery is going to look like professional Advertising Photography, especially if you need to have the images printed onto any business branding or documents. People look for emotional value and they make buying decisions based on their instinct. Your business content does not have to revolve solely around text. Build in copy spaces around your imagery. A text and image mixed media post is extremely useful and if you take it to the next level, Video Content has exploded into the Business World, But that’s another Blog Post. Advertising Photography and other visual materials should be the goto source so using a professional photographer will land you a bank of useable images that you can populate your e-mails, website and marketing material and help engagement and click-throughs.

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Business Photography Norwich from Blanc Creative

Professional Business Photography Norfolk - Lee Blanchflower Limited

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Affordable Advertising Photography by Blanc Creative Norwich

Commercial Business Photographer in Norwich

Advertising Photography Norwich

 

Professional Business Photography Norfolk - Lee Blanchflower Limited

Advertising Photography Norwich

Commercial Photography for £100 – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Affordable Commercial photography in Norwich

If you would like to know more about our Advertising Photography services and would also like to take advantage of our fantastic Introductory Offer for New Clients, then why not take a look at our extensive Professional Photography Portfolio  speak with our team  on 07871 364041 or email the office

at studio@blanc-creative.com

Isle of Wight Festival – The Weekend in Pictures

Kaiser Chiefs Live at Isle of Wight Festival

The Isle of Wight Festival is renowned as “The’ Festival that opens the UK’s Festival season every summer. The heritage of The Isle of Wight Festival stretches almost half a century and it’s stages have hosted some of the Biggest names in the history of music. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Doors, Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen. The list just goes on on and on.

The Festival is owned by John Giddings, an Isle of Wight resident and businessman as well as an established music promoter. Jon Giddings took over the Isle of Wight Festival in 2002, curating every part of the Festival. An amicable, approachable gentleman, he can be found flying around in a Golf Buggy or look after the needs of the celebrity guests backstage. His feet are firmly rooted to the Festival site and this personal attention is one of the reasons, the Isle of Wight Festival remains one of the most sought after Events of the Year.

Isle of Wight Festival Owner John Giddings

Isle of Wight Festival Owner John Giddings

 

I’m a huge believer in fate, so what better way to begin a great career as a Professional Music Photographer and Videographer. Seven years ago a commercial photography career involving concert music didn’t exist and Lee Blanchflower had never shot a band. A chance encounter on Facebook with my good friend and international drumming legend Steve Barney, led to spending some backstage time with ‘The Wanted’ and another impromptu photoshoot with a pretty much unheard of band called ‘Lawson.’ One magazine publication later and a number of locked doors opened for me as if by magic into the crazy world of ‘Three Songs, No Flash’ and a once in a lifetime chance to work in close proximity with some of the the greatest music artists on the planet. It was the start of almost a decade shooting Musivc Photography, Concert Photography & Festival Photography, before being signed up to an International Agency in 2013.

Working as a Commercial Photographer and shooting Professional Press Photography opens doors to some great working environments. We love the Isle of Wight Festival. Heading out on the Ferry is almost like traveling abroad with all of the home comforts of being in the UK. In 2017, the weather held despite some vey shady forecast and the wellington boots were dispatched to the boot of the car and replaced with bandanas and suncream. Working with a dedicated wiring assistant, we covered press imagery from Friday through to Sunday shooting for a well known Press Agency and supplying images to The Daily Mail, The Sun and a number of independent newspapers.

Every once in a while a Photographer will get a lucky a nice ‘exclusive photography set’, where nobody else gets images. We took our chance at the Isle of Wight Festival with Professional Footballer Peter Crouch & model wife, Abbey Clancy. The pair spent the weekend partying at the Isle of Wight Festival and turned up early Sunday morning to carry on partying after a late night and watch Abbey’s brother John, frontman in the band, Judas.

 

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ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL STORY

Press Photography by Blanc Creative Norwich

Isle of Wight Festival Line-Up 2017

The 2017 line up was an eclectic mix of music spanning decades of musical tastes. David Guetta headlined along with Rod Stewart & Arcade Fire alongside Kaiserchiefs, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bastille, Run DMC, Texas and many more. The Blanc Creative Team have put together a snapshot of the weekend covering some of the best moments we captured.

Leona Lewis - Commercial Press Photography Norwich

Jack Savoretti at Isle of Wight Festival

Texas Backstage at Isle of Wight Festival - Lee Blanchflower Limited

The VAmps - Photography by Blanc Creative NorwichNorwich Press Photography - Imelda MAy at Isle og Wight Festival

Wheatus Teenage Dirtbag - Press Photography Norwich George Ezra Photographed by Lee Blanchflower Commercial Photographer

Dougie Poynter of McFly Photographed by Lee BlanchflowerRicky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs at Isle of Wight Festival

Press Photography Norwich by Lee Blanchflower 

Bastile on stage at Isle of Wight

Norwich Commercial photography - Blanc Creative

Isle of Wight Festival Music Photography

aWheatus Teenage Dirtbag Photography by Lee Blanchflower Limited Norwich Backstage at Isle of Wight Festival 2017 with Wheatus

George Ezra on Stage - Music Photographer Lee Blanchflower Norwich

George Ezra on Stage - Music Photographer Lee Blanchflower Norwich Imelda May at Isle of Wight Festival

Arcade Fire Headline Isle of Wight Festival

Arcade Fire Headline Isle of Wight Festival Commercial photography Norwich by Lee Blanchflower

Isle of Wight Festival by Blanc Creative Norwich

Isle of Wight Festival by Blanc Creative Norwich

David Guetta Headlines 2017 Isle of Wight Festival

Run DMC rap at Isle of Wight Festival by Blanc Creative Music Photography by Blanc Creative - Catfish & The Bottlemen

Music Photography by Blanc Creative - Catfish & The Bottlemen

Mel C performs at Isle of Wight Festival 2017 Mel C performs at Isle of Wight Festival 2017

Professional Music Photography Norwich - Blanc Creative

Blanc Creative Press Photography Norwich

Kaiser Chiefs Live at Isle of Wight Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Yarmouth Racecourse – Eastern Festival

Commercial Photography Norfolk

Photographing the Sport of Kings at Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Commercial Photography Norwich

There really is nothing better than the sport of Kings. The 300 year old sport, rooted with England’s monarchy has never been more accessible by racegoers of every age and social background. The chance to combine an avid interest with work as a professional commercial photographer is an absolute dream. We’ve been working officially for the past two seasons with Great Yarmouth Racecourse, documenting all aspects of the business from Corporate Hospitality photography, Food Photography and of course, Horse Racing Photography.

Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Commercial Photography Norwich

Great Yarmouth Racecourse

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Norwich Commercial Photography
Blanc Creative Commercial Photography Norwich

Commercial Event Photography Norfolk

PR Photography Norwich - Blanc Creative

PR Photography Norwich - Blanc Creative

Horse Racing Photography at Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Norwich Commercial Photography

Derek Thompson Race Commentator Photographs
Norfolk Professional Photography - Lee Blanchflower

Norfolk Professional Photography - Lee Blanchflower

Commercial Photography Norfolk

 

Great Yarmouth Racecourse is well known Course East Anglia and plays host to some of the top Horse Racing in the country. As summer draws to a close, Great Yarmouth Racecourse launches the three day Eastern Festival. Around 15,000 people pour through the gates and pack out the grandstand and enclosures, hoping to catch a fleeting glimpse of horses and riders. Top jockeys including Frankie Dettori, Silvestre De Sousa, Jim Crowley & Ryan Moore ride the September meeting across the eight race card. Punters may even see appearances from famous celebrity owners including Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber who have been known to fly into the course for an afternoon of racing.

Commercial Photography Norfolk by Lee Blanchflower Limited

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Lee Blanchflower Photography - Frankie Detorri Jockey

Horse Racing Photography Norfolk

Norfolk Commercial Photographer

Norfolk Event Photography

Norfolk Event Photography

The Eastern Festival also hosts “Ladies Day” with Ladies pulling out all of the stops for a spectacular “Dress to Impress” day out. For one day during the Eastern Festival, Great Yarmouth Racecourse literally turns into a catwalk for stunning dresses, amazing high heels and a milliners dream. The Festival is a substantial race meeting for the region in terms of the quality of racing and is a premier event for Great Yarmouth Racecourse that assists to boost the Town’s economy with tourists visiting Great Yarmouth purely to experience  horse racing.

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.

Norfolk Commercial Photographer

Horse Racing Photography Norfolk

Norfolk Commercial Photographer

Norfolk Event Photography

Norfolk Commercial Photographer

Norfolk Commercial Photographer

Norfolk Event Photography

Great Yarmouth Racecourse Photography

Great Yarmouth Racecourse Photography

Commercial Photography Norwich

Great Yarmouth Racecourse Photography

Commercial Photography NorwichGreat Yarmouth Racecourse Photography