Paul Weller Concert Photography 2019

Thetford High Lodge Concerts

Concert Photography. Paul Weller performs at High Lodge 2019

2019 marks our six year anniversary shooting Concert Photography for the national and International Press. In 2013, as a huge fan of Paul Weller, I’d almost begged my very good friend and then Picture Editor of Norwich’s Archant Newspaper, Steve Adams, if he would let me shoot the concert. He agreed and so began an affinity of Music Photography that would forever fuel the need to photograph Concert Photography. I’d been operating as a part time photographer and full time Police Sergeant, but the opportunity to combine creative imagery of The Modfather, one of the most influential and legendary British Music Artists of all time, was amazing.

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Fast forward to Concert Photography 2019

I already look back on what is a wonderful career shooting music and a Concert Photography. My portfolio ranges from Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Muse, Taylor Swift and Coldplay to name just a handful of successful artists. I grew up listening to P{aul Weller and there;’s something particularly special about photographing your music heroes. Particulary, when they are playing a real forest. For the sixth consecutive year I was assigned the humbling role as the official Photographer for Forestry England.

 Paul Weller stepped out onto the stage at Thetford High Lodge Friday night at High Lodge in front of 9000 fans on a beautiful midsummer’s night.Weller repaid the loyalty with a gig out of the very top drawer. He and every member of his band were simply magnificent. With a career spanning 42 years, his voice remains amazingly powerful and untainted. Concert Photography at at a Paul Weller concert ids always an enjoyable experience, with great lighting from the first song and Weller took fans on a journey through his years of producing a wide range of superb music from Strange Museum off his first solo album to What You Give Is What You Get, Move On Up and That’s Entertainment from his Jam days.

No Weller Gig would be complete without his guitarist of choice, Steve Cradock. A former member of the rock band Ocean Colour Scene who also plays bass, drums, and keyboards, Steve Cradock has toured with Paul Weller for what seems to have been a lifetime. Cradock joined Weller’s band in 1992, having supported him with Ocean Colour Scene. Cradock has appeared on all studio albums by Weller, playing the guitar and other instruments.

Steve Cradock Guitarist Concert Photography

The crowd was treated to an excellent support act set by Stone Foundation. The R&B band is touring the summer outdoor series with Weller and recorded their latest album in his studio, and he has appeared on several of their tracks. There are clear influences from Weller – especially from his Style Council days – in Stone Foundation’s material and will be well worth seeing when they come to Norwich’s Waterfront in November.

To view more Professional Concert Photography, why not head over to our BIG BLOG Page where you’ll find Concert Photography of many artists including Noel Gallagher, Kasabian and a great article about The Real World of Music Photography

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Horse Racing Photography

Horse Racing Photography – Great Yarmouth Festival 2019

The three-day Great Yarmouth Festival is always a great opportunity to capture Professional Horse Racing Photography. The Great Yarmouth Eastern Festival featured three thrilling days of racing, with the opening day on Tuesday 18th September, the feature £50,000 EBF John Musker Fillies Stakes on Wednesday 19th September, and culminated in a packed Ladies Day on Thursday 20th September. We’ve been working with Great Yarmouth Racecourse for four years, delivering commercial Horse Racing Photography and images used for a whole host of marketing, PR and on the official course website. September Ladies Day is always a fantastic finale to the season and a great chance to capture Horse Racing Photography. A day shooting Horse Racing Photography covers much more than the physical racing. From The Best Dressed Ladies Competition, the build up of excitement between races, jockey’s in the Paddock talking race day tactics with trainers and powerful horses racing a 300 year old course. For further information about how we can help your business with professional photography, please call one of our team on Mob: 07871 364041 or email the office at studio@blanc-creative.com

Great Yarmouth Racecourse History

Racing at Great Yarmouth was first recorded in 1715, when a lease was granted by the Great Yarmouth Corporation to a group of innkeepers for some land where they could stage race meetings. Racing may well have been taking place there before that date. It was probably intermittent during the eighteenth century, and will often have coincided with the annual town fair. Diverse events such as donkey races and chasing a pig with a soaped tail were held. Not until 1810 did the official Racing Calendar begin to record meetings with thoroughbred races and sufficient prize money. This course, on the South Denes, then became established. A two-day meeting was held in the late summer each year. Not until 1866 did the number of fixtures start to increase. Racing resumed after suspension during World War I, but in 1920 the course was moved to the adjacent North Denes, in the face of pressure from the local fishing industry to expand its premises onto land on the South Denes. Two grandstands were dismantled and relocated to the North Denes, where they are still in use today. Great Yarmouth Racecourse is part of the Arena Racing Company (ARC), which operates 16 racecourses and two greyhound stadiums across the UK. This modern-day course is home to a summer season of 23 flat race meetings attracting top name jockeys, and up-and-coming two-year-old horses, some of which go on to compete and win valuable races as far afield as the USA and Brazil.

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Norfolk Food Photography – Brasteds Restaurant

Norwich Commercial Food Photographer

Norfolk Food Photography

Norfolk Food Photography
Blanc Creative have specialised in Norfolk Food Photography for almost a decade and have had the pleasure of working across the very best Restaurants, Hotels, Food & Drink Manufacturers and Retailers throughout East Anglia.

We recently had the chance to shoot some great Norfolk Food Photography work with Nick Mills and the team at Brasteds. Brasted’s is a multi award-winning catering and events company, with over 30 years’ experience serving royalty, dignitaries, celebrities and guests across Norfolk. Located in the picturesque privately owned village of Framingham Pigot in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, but just 4 miles from Norwich city centre, they proudly offer a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant, which has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, 5 AA star boutique rooms, Brasted’s Lodge and their own wedding and event suite.

In the summer of 2019, we collaborated on a Norfolk Food Photography Project that would showcase a Menu that would launch the restaurants brand new Hospitality & Events Business, Complete & Utter Brasteds. We used only natural light to compliment the fresh ingredients and beautiful creations artistically built by the Brasteds Chefs. Amazing food doesn’t have to be bathed in artificial light and the concept of the assignments reflect this from the components used to create the artistic dishes all the down to crockery and props used throughout the shoot.

Our style of Norfolk Food Photography successful food photography has a rustic, minimal but modern feel to it, which can be used perfectly across a really diverse range of food and drinks. We always plan our food photography with our clients to ensure we can maximise our time on site which in turn maximises our clients return on their investment in professional photography.

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Commercial Food Photographer Norwich

Commercial Food Photographer Norwich

 

Norfolk Food Photography

 

Norfolk Food Photography

Commercial Food Photographer Norwich

Restaurant Food Photography

Commercial Food Photographer Norwich

Norwich Commercial Food Photographer

Norwich Commercial Food Photographer

 

Commercial Food Photographer Norwich

If you’re thinking about a Food or Drink based Photography project, we would love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to call our Team on Mob: 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com if you have any questions or would like us to offer a competitive quote for our services.

5 Tips. Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad

Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad. 5 Tips to Save the Day

5 Tips for Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad

Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad or Video Production internationally abroad is a great feeling. You’ve secured the assignment with your client and you can’t wait to let everybody know that know that your reputation is deemed worthy of  working over-seas.  The whole process of ‘Paid’ International Photography is something that many photographers never get to feel, but if you are about to Shoot Abroad for the first time, then the 5 Must Know Tips below, will help you to plan your assignment and prevent some of the pitfalls that come with Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad.

When it all goes wrong!

5 Tips for Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad

Why have we put this blog together? In September 2019, we undertook an assignment in Switzerland for a client which had all the haul marks of what can go wrong when Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad, before you even reach your destination. As a professional Photography who was fortunate enough to win Travel Photographer of the Year in 2013, we are experienced with Shooting Photography Abroad.  Nonetheless, unforeseen problems happen. To find out more about how we worked around our shoot to deliver for our client, please click the link HERE.

Number 1. Insurance

5 Tips for Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad

As a professional photographer, we’re sure (hope) that you will already have Insurance in place. After all, this is essential for any business. Equipment Insurance, Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Employers Liability are all necessary to protect your business and equipment both at home and when Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad. The chances of losses and problems occurring are multiplied considerable when working abroad, so taking out the right policy with a reputable company is invaluable. You may be operating without insurance as a business, but commercial clients are likely to be reluctant to engage a professional photographer that doesn’t have insurance in place. Many policies will cover you for a limited timespan working overseas. Don’t undervalue your kit because if you do value it under it’s worth and it’s stolen, you will be very heavily out of pocket. Three well known Camera Insurance Companies that offer great products are;

Adukki – Specialist insurance that including equipment cover and liability insurances

Towergate – As of 2019, my own Insurance company of choice.  Towergate offer an All-risks cover for professional photographers and videographers. Towergate’s Camerasure insurance products are pitched primarily at freelance photographers and videographers, as well as those performing similar roles within multimedia institutions (If you’re travelling abroad for a shoot and can’t stash all your camera gear in your hand luggage, you’ll be pleased to know it also covers damage to kit stored in the aircraft hold. Cover also extends to potential legal liabilities to customers, employees and the general public, as one would expect of a pro policy.

PhotoGuard – Many policies will cover you for up to a certain amount of time overseas. If you’re exceeding this, make sure to let them know or else if something happens to your equipment, it’s bye-bye bank balance as you fork out for a new one.

Number 2. Checklists

5 Tips for Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad

 

This is a simple and invaluable Tip for Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad. How many time have you turned up at a job and realised that you’ve forgotten the really important cable that is specifically designed for a piece of equipment you own and it’s stopped you undertaking your assignment. You’ve perhaps arrived on a video shoot and your hard drive is full of 4K raw footage from your previous shoot and there’s no room on your Macbook. Perhaps you’ve not taken enough flash cards and you’ve forgotten to download the original images on the one 128GB card in your camera. These may sound ridiculous but I can assure you that these are problems that have plagued photographers for years and will continue to do so. Make a checklist that covers every single aspect of equipment from start to finish. Document your equipment and what needs to be checked before you pack your kit. Confirm the pre work is complete and use a separate column to ensure it’s packed. Packing your Macbook away and leaving the charger in the wall isn’t an option once you’re on the plane. Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad needs a logistical head and preparation.

Number 3. Airlines

How you travel and what you take when Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad can have a great impact on your overheads and can even make the difference between a client choosing you for an assignment, over using a photographer based in their own country. For examples, Hold Baggage can cost hundreds of pounds for an extra case, particularly on smaller aircraft. Therefore, planning the MUST TAKE equipment against the WOULD LIKE TO TAKE. When packing your kit, ensure your hand luggage bag meets the required sizing and that your case weight is not over. Budget airlines particularly, have the most ridiculous sizing limits for hand luggage to the point where we often wrap our camera and strategically place into an Ortleib Airflex Daypack, which is a waterproof very small backpack  but it fits pretty much all cabin luggage requirements. Airlines will take great pleasure in charging extortionate fees for overweight cases and when you’re at the check-in desk without the option to throw away any items from your case, you will have little choice but to stump up the cash. If our assignments are for a short duration, it’s often work incorporating your camera bag inside your suitcase with a tripod (remove the head and pack this separately) alongside your clothing back.

Where possible, we keep at least one camera, lens, Macbook, chargers, hard drive and flash cards in our cary on luggage. Certain airlines are really strict on allowing camera batteries and this was a factor in own problems encountered during a recent international assignment.

Number 4: Plan Your Contingencies

5 Tips for Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad

When Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad, planning is a must but as hard as you try it’s impossible to account for every eventuality. If you have serious issues, kit malfunctions or your Checklists haven’t been properly completed and you’ve forgotten to take a necessary piece of equipment, it’s good to know your options for sourcing replacements or renting equipment. The deeper you venture into third world countries, the less likely you are to find replacements. If you’re shooting in a major city, then compiling a list of  the best rental stores and well placed camera and electrical retailers can save you a lot of headaches and lost time on location.

 

Number 5: Allow Time For Everything and Be Prepared 

Allowing sufficient time when Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad is so important. Remember to be realistic and think that if it’s your first time in a strange country, you may very well have language and communication barriers, territory will be unfamiliar and you need to take into account, local logistical problems including traffic jams, inconsistent public transport, getting lost and a different pace in life. Always allow yourself some extra time. Don’t confuse Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad with having a jolly and expecting to be out shooting tourism images like you’re on holiday. If that’s your view on working abroad, it may not be for you. Being away on an assignment can sometimes be a tricky one, particularly if it’s not something we do that often. Your priority as a professional Photographer is completing the assignment for your client, earning a living and delivering high quality images with a view to getting repeat business and building your reputation as an International business. Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad doesn’t allow for re shoots a couple of weeks later if you run out of time so your timescales need be realistic and achievable. It’s not uncommon to visit a country, shoot your assignment and never actually get to enjoy the place yourself. Depending on the turnaround time, it’s not uncommon to spend evenings editing until the early hours of the morning before grabbing a few hours sleep and starting all over again. You should perform to the best of your ability and hopefully, scheduling in some down time should allow for at least a few hours travel photography and local culture while you;re away. If things do change on the ground just remember it’s better to do a few things well than everything poorly!

 

 

Editorial Photography Norwich – Care Home Professional

Editorial Photography Norwic

Editorial Photography Norwich – Care Home Professional Magazine

Care Home Professional magazine provides news, trends and market intelligence for group purchasing professionals at premium, private care home companies in the UK. At Blanc Creative, we have been providing high-quality Editorial Photography to a huge cross-section of Magazines, National Newspapers & Websites for a number of years. We were extremely pleased to be offered the opportunity to shoot Editorial Photography for the front cover of Care Home Professional Magazine and NORSECARE Managing Director, Karen Knight. The Care Home Professional article, published in July 2016, focused on how Karen Knight replaced ageing care homes in Norfolk with a state of the art Complex designed for 170 residents in Norwich.

Karen took on the Managing Director role when NorseCare was established in April 2011 and has led the company to achieve a national reputation for quality services, facilitating the creation of stunning new care homes, along with developing a business model that delivers substantial rebates to the local authority. Since qualifying as a social worker in 1985, she has undertaken a range of leadership roles that have focused on improving people’s lives through the provision of care services.  As Managing Director of NorseCare, Karen is dedicated to meeting the needs and expectations of Norfolk’s older people and championing innovation in dementia care facilities and services.

Editorial Photography Norwic

Editorial Photography Norwic

Editorial Photography Norwic

Editorial Photography Norwic

 

Editorial Photography Norwic

Editorial Photography Norwic

Editorial Photography Norwich

Editorial Photography Norwich from Lee Blanchflower

 Find out More About Editorial Photography Norwich

Editorial Photography is an important element of any News story for commercial publication. `Editorial images support marketing and advertising ideas work and Blanc creative have the experience and technical abilities to specific briefs a photographic brief given to them by a client, a designer or an advertising agency.

This can involve any subject matter but is often categorised into specialist areas: still life, portraiture and landscape. Some work is carried out on location, but much is done in studios, using studio flash lighting and a variety of props and accessories. Some Advertising Photographers specialise in producing well-lit product shots for use on packaging and in catalogues. These are called ‘Pack’ or ‘Pack Shot’ photographers. Other Advertising Photographers choose to be self-employed and often operate their own studios. They are commissioned to produce high-quality photographs that sell the benefits of a product or reinforce brand awareness. They secure new work on the strength of past campaigns. Their original take on the subject matter is based on a thorough knowledge of the visual arts and the history of advertising photography.

They often specialise in a specific area, such as food, furniture, engineering, cars or financial services. They continually market themselves, through agents (who take a percentage commission), personal contacts and other forms of networking. Editorial Photographers produce images to accompany feature articles in newspapers, magazines and websites, chapters in books and text in company brochures. Since these publications cover almost every area of interest, photographers with a background in many different disciplines may be involved in this field, working both in studios and on location. Photographers are usually briefed by the publication’s editor or picture editor. It is then the photographer’s job to shoot images that will answer the brief and satisfy or exceed editorial expectations.

Event Photography Norwich – Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Red Card Comedy Club – Event Photography Norwich

The Red Card Comedy Club was the first Stand-up comedy Club in Norfolk. Fourteen years ago the original home of comedy in Norwich was born and been going ever since. The Red Card Comedy Club runs monthly club nights in the Norfolk Lounge at Norwich City Football Club. It has been hugely successful in Chapelfield Gardens hosting through it’s ‘Laugh in the Park Shows. Red Card has had some of the biggest and best-loved names in comedy grace the stage at Carrow Road. Michael McIntyre, Reginald D. Hunter, Sarah Millican, Micky Flanagan and Terry Alderton are just a few of the big hitters that are friends of Red Card Events. The club brings a good mixture of established and up and coming acts all set in a cabaret-style environment.

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich- Red Card Comedy Club

Over the past two years, Lee Blanchflower Limited has been delivering a wide range of Event Photography and Video Production coverage for Red Card Comedy Events. Our brief was to capture imagery that showcases the great atmosphere and buzz that surrounds a night out at the Red Card Comedy Club. We work closely with businessman and Club Founder Andrew Bunn, to provide photographs that are suitable for all media platforms including Social Media Channel, Video Channels and printed promotional materials. We provide clients with live performance photography, celebrity Photography, food photography and customers generally enjoying the whole experience of a light-hearted night out.

We are experienced event Photographers working across the UK covering some of the biggest Music Events and Festivals for National Newspapers. Our Event Photography coverage has been published in numerous newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror &  The Sun to name just a few. We offer Video Production Services, Event Photography, and Licensed Drone Filming for clients and that have included The Royal Norfolk Show, Forestry Commission Forest Live Concerts, Norfolk Polo Festival, Sundown Festival.

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Event Photography Norwich - Red Card Comedy Club

Dean Ashton – Business Portrait Photography

Dean Ashton Headshot Photography Norwich

Why Choose Business Portrait Photography to Promote Yourself?

The term Business portrait Photography covers a multitude of styles. Business Portrait Photography does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s designed to help you look great online, in printed publications and more often than not, to sell your personality and professional services to potential clients.  Actors, entertainers and celebrities use professional headshot photography and business portrait photography to  literally stand out from the crowd. Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to photograph many famous celebrities and sports personalities.  A good headshot is one of the most important tools so investing just a little time to obtain the right images really is invaluable.

At Lee Blanchflower Limited, we’ve worked closely with a number of famous sporting legends covering everything from Sports Photography, Charity Event Photography and producing Portrait Photography images for Celebrity Speakers.

Dean Ashton Business Portrait Photography

Dean Ashton was undoubtedly one of the most monumental English Football Players of his generation. Dean played for a number of clubs including Crewe AlexandraNorwich and West Ham as well as at International level for England, brought to a short ending after a serious ankle injury forced him into early retirement. Dean Ashton is now known as a serious football pundit, public speaker and sports commentator. He regularly presents TV on Sky Sports and BT Sport, as well as a regular guest spot on RAdio including Talk Sport.

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Dean Ashton Headshot Photography Norwich

Dean Ashton Headshot Photography Norwich

Dean Ashton Headshot Photography Norwich

We like to think that in almost eight years in the industry, that our Commercial Photography Norwich portfolio covers most areas of work that commercial clients require. You’ll find new Commercial Photography popping up on our Blog Section almost every week and we’re pretty proud of specialising purely in this arena. It means that our skill set is geared only to business. Our clients really like this. We shoot PR Photography, Press Photography, Professional Music Photography for Newspapers, Magazines, and online Websites. We’ve had work regularly printed in Mainstream Newspapers, International News Websites, and Magazines. Our commercial photography has been used by International TV Stations to accompany news stories and we shoot Professional Music & News Photography for an International Press Agency based in London and New York.

We have a great portfolio of Advertising Photography, Corporate Event Photography, and Editorial Photography, but we don’t shoot Product Packshots! There’s no particular reason behind this, but photographers are no different to other professionals and you simply have to enjoy your work. It means you can deliver the best results for your clients and we simply took the decision that this area really doesn’t appeal to our creativity. We live in an age where Mobile Phone Technology and affordable cameras make photography accessible by most people. Shooting Professional Commercial Photography that reflects your business values, your dynamic staff and your key services or products are an invaluable part of your visual engagement where camera photography just won’t do! We truly hope you’ll like what you find in our Portfolio and would love to help you make your visions a reality. Why not contact one of team today on 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

Interior Photography Norwich

Residential Property Photography

Interior Photography Norwich

We’ve been shooting Interior Photography for a number of years. We’ve shot for a whole host of clients across the UK including major Restaurant Chains, Hotels and Estate Agents and Private Clients. Selling a property and moving house is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. It may surprise you, but people spend more time looking at a car before purchasing it, than when buying their new home. Why is this relevant to Interior Photography? With more than 98 percent of buyers clicking on to the internet to search for their new homes, the first few seconds’ viewing has become make or break. You only need to go online and look at the range of photos on any popular property website and you will see a stark contrast in Interior Photography quality.

Interior Photography Norwich – How Important Is it?

You’ll see some showing bright, sunny rooms with minimal looks, clean rooms and a lack of clutter. Homes with floral arrangements, fresh towels and crisp bedding. On the flipside, you may very well see that the next house is filthy, unmade beds, dirty dishing in the sink, washing on the line and toys and clothes left lying around. High-Quality Interior Photography is by far the most important part of marketing your property for sale so it is worth having professional photos taken.  Today you have to take an active part in selling your home and learn to market it. You have to put yourself in the shoes of potential buyers who have a massive potential number of properties to view. What’s going to make your property stand out! The answer is Interior Photography.

Peoples impressions are won and lost through photographs. It doesn’t matter if it’s booking a holiday or buying a car, sales are generated through professional photography. The old cliche of a picture telling a thousand word is just so true.  you are seeing your house for the first time. The key to best presenting a house for sale is to tidy, declutter, clean, neutralise the decor, fix minor repairs, decorate if appropriate and subtly accessorise.”

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Interior Photography Norwich – How Important Is it?

You’ll see some showing bright, sunny rooms with minimal looks, clean rooms and a lack of clutter. Homes with floral arrangements, fresh towels and crisp bedding. On the flipside, you may very well see that the next house is filthy, unmade beds, dirty dishing in the sink, washing on the line and toys and clothes left lying around. High-Quality Interior Photography is by far the most important part of marketing your property for sale so it is worth having professional photos taken.  Today you have to take an active part in selling your home and learn to market it. You have to put yourself in the shoes of potential buyers who have a massive potential number of properties to view. What’s going to make your property stand out! The answer is Interior Photography. Peoples impressions are won and lost through photographs. It doesn’t matter if it’s booking a holiday or buying a car, sales are generated through professional photography. The old cliche of a picture telling a thousand word is just so true.  You are seeing your new house for the first time. The key to best presenting a house for sale is to tidy, declutter, clean, neutralise the decor, fix minor repairs, decorate if appropriate and subtly accessorise.”

We cover Interior Photography Norwich and across the whole of the UK on larger projects. We undertook a project for La Tasca Restaurant, shooting Interior Photography across the UK for the new La Tasca Website. Norfolk has a wide range or Urban and Rural properties, so we shoot a real mix of properties from Terrace House, through to stately homes. Good photography is vital to selling a home. First impressions count and it is the photos that will make buyers decide whether they want to book a viewing or not.

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Estate Agency Photography Norwich

Norwich Interior Photographer

Estate Agency Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

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We shoot Interior Photography in Norwich and across the whole of the UK on larger projects. We undertook a project for La Tasca Restaurant, shooting Interior Photography across the UK for the new La Tasca Website. Norfolk has a wide range or Urban and Rural properties, so we shoot a real mix of properties from Terrace House, through to stately homes. Good photography is vital to selling a home. First impressions count and it is the photos that will make buyers decide whether they want to book a viewing or not.

To find out more about our full range of services, why not reach out and speak to one of our team today on Mob: 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

 

 

Norwich Event Photography

Longwater Construction- Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Blanc Creative are a team of professional Norwich based creatives delivering awesome Event Photography and Film Production to document your corporate events. We’ve built an epic reputation, engaging with clients across every conceivable social background and documenting Charity Balls, Celebrity Dinners, Corporate Fundraisers and National Festivals across the UK. A great photographer will stealthily and unobtrusively capture the key moments and essence of your event. Event Photography is an awesome means of enabling businesses to maximise social engagement after the event has finished. A good Photographer will work hard, often walking for miles and barely taking a break to ensure that the event is reported in its full visual glory.

The cameras on most smartphones and tablets are superb quality and the effects that can be achieved with photo editing apps is astounding but can you really rely on your audience to crowdsource all of the key moments of the event you need? A professional event photographer is worth every single penny. Taking photos using smartphones and tablets is great means of capturing specific moments and particularly sharing on social media quickly, however, here is a huge gap between this type of imagery and the quality of the pictures returned Event Photography images of your business are suitable for press release, newsletters or internal brochures to name just a few uses. Working with a combination of styles including unobtrusive reportage or society magazine portraiture as your guests arrive, our high quality, affordable service means that you really will have the very best of both worlds.

At Blanc Creative We really Love Local and Longwater Construction are just one of our Norfolk based independent businesses for whom we regularly supply both commercial photography and event imagery. Longwater construction host annual events and work with local charity Events, including the now famous Breaking Clays, a high profile Clay Pigeon Shooting Event held inNorfolk hosted by TV Celebrity Jake Humphrey. Longwater Construction really embraced the spirit of Last Night of The Blickling Proms with a World War II Theme complete with poppies, camouflage nets, tin hats and sandbags.

To view more information about our Event Photography services, why not head over to our Event Page where you can contact one of our team and see more of the PR and Corporate Events we’ve photographed.

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich


Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

Event Photography Norwich

 

So You Want To Be a Professional Music Photographer – Part 2

Professional Music Photographer

The Professional Music Photographer – Equipment

So you’ve found the next section of ‘So You Want to be a Music Photographer’ and we’re moving on to equipment and the essentials for a music photographer.

Physically shooting a Concert or a Music Festival is potentially one of the most challenging areas of spontaneous photography that you’ll get. You’re going to get one chance and one chance only. Probably, over a maximum of 9-10 minutes. You’re going to experience quickly changing lighting conditions, darkness, potentially awkward shooting positions combined with a subject that’s going to move around, sometimes seriously quickly. You’re also going to be competing against other Professional Music photographers to get the best shots possible. When you’re working for agencies, images sets are uploaded and Newspapers, Web sites and other media outlets have a number of large Media Agency content to choose from. It’s seriously important that your images reflect the kind of atmosphere and content that will ensure your photos sell. If your equipment won’t allow this, then you’re in trouble before you even start. It doesn’t matter if you’re not shooting for an agency. We live in a society where more and more importance is placed on imagery in websites social media and publications. The Professional Music Photographer is invaluable content for Venues, artists, bands and to promote future events.

Professional Music Photographer

Norwich Concert Photography

Professional Music Photographer

Professional Music Photographer

Professional Music Photographer

Professional Music Photographer

I’ll feature some of the equipment that I personally use and give a bit of an insight as to why it’s great for Concert & Festival Work.

Camera Bodies

For the Professional Music Photographer, a hard-working, durable, weatherproofed camera body is essential. You’re not always going to be working outside and the weather is becoming more and more unpredictable. If like me, you live in the UK, rain is a big factor, particularly when shooting festivals. A full-frame DSLR camera combined with a fast focusing lens in low light and good high ISO performance is a must.  A DSLR is probably your best option. I shoot with two Canon 5D MKIII bodies. They have a metal case, they’ve been dropped on the floor, knocked on scaffolding, banged on stages and traveled the world. They’ve shot in excess of 150,000 images each and are a solid workhorse body capable of shooting in low light. I’ve been using these camera bodies since 2014, so they owe me nothing. You don’t have to buy a new camera every time a new model is released. Working Professional Music Photographers use their camera as a tool.

They’re not kept in sterile, dustless environments. A camera body is out shooting in all environments and temperatures, so buy the most durable, best performing that you can. Nikon or Canon? Sony, mirrorless. I can’t answer that. It’s the most subjective, contentious subject out there and everybody will have an answer. You have to go with your gut, research, try out the bodies and buy what’s best for you.

Good Glass – The Importance of a Quality Lens

Apologies if I’m teaching anybody to suck eggs here. The Article, on the whole, is aimed at people trying to enter the world of Music Photography and my views on how this can be best achieved. If you’re now considering getting your first DSLR, then this section is pretty vital.  Good glass will last a lifetime. Fact. I’m using lenses that are both over 9 years old and until such time that they can’t be serviced, they work and I’m able to produce commercial images for clients that expect the very best in photography. The right lens means getting the right shot. I’m not going to delve into the subject of focal lengths and aperture. This isn’t a technical blog after all. In my opinion, there are three main lenses that you need.

Short 24-70mm – The underlying tool of the trade for generic crowd shots, ambiance, portrait images, bands at the front of the stage. It’s the workhorse in your case that you can’t live without. I use a Canon L Series 24-70mm f2.8. It’s a fast focusing lens, that produces stunning images. It’s hard wearing and I use it 70% of the time for everything from close-ups. I don’t really ever use anything shorter than a 24mm and I avoid fish eyes or other lenses that distort.

Medium Zoom 70-200mm – Most concert stages in large venues, Arenas or decently sized festivals mean that if you rock up with just one 24-70mm lens, you’re going to look like an amateur and struggle to shoot anything decent. Artists work the whole stage, back to front and often emerge from the very back in a spectacular manner. You just won’t get these short using a short lens. Again, shooting with a 2.8F lens means you will be able to capture these money shots. It alsomeans you can work different angles in the pit and shot more creatively. A professional Music Photographer will aim to shoot images that sell and just one or two out pf the ordinary images may just make the difference in seling your images and making a living as a Professional Music Photographer.

Big Lens – 500mm / 600mm – The Big Guns come out mainly when an artists management decide that the press pit is out of bounds. There’s nothing worse for a Professional Music Photographer than when PR Agency sends over a contract with  the Words “It’s 3 songs from the Mixing Desk” Actually, 1 song from the mixer is the worst case scenario, but without a 500mm or 600mm, you have no chance of shooting anything of value and may as well walk away from the contract and stay at home in front of the TV. As an example, here’s a shot from the Lighting Desk at London’s O2 Arena, here’s the 500mm lens and here’s the result of shooting on something long.

Professional Music Photographer Norfolk

Professional Music Photographer Norfolk

Professional Music Photographer Norwich - Lee Blanchflower

Concert Photography Norwich - Lee Blanchflower

Accessories for the Professional Music Photographer

I’ll make this section brief because I really want to move on to the important areas of shooting at Concerts and Festivals. We have a lot of ground still to cover! There are a number of other important pieces of kit you’ll need for working as a Professional Music Photographer. Some may sound common sense, but I’ll cover them anyway.

Flash – Buy what you can afford. You can’t use flash at concerts while artists are performing. It’s for backstage, crowds and generic festival imagery only. There’s a lot of after market flash units that won’t break the bank.

Cases / Rucksacks – I swear by Peli-Cases. Ten Years old and never had a problem. The pressurized hard case, floatable and holds a lot of gear. These are heavy, so not the best for festivals. For urban venues, it’s on wheels and a great bit of kit to wheel and save your arms. Get a decent waterproof rucksack with lots of compartments that will handle a minimum of two cameras, 3 lenses, laptop, all your accessories. Buy small, you’ll buy twice. That’s from experience.

Camera Straps – Walking around for 12 hours shooting with heavy kit means your shoulders will know about it. Buy a strap that’s comfortable and allows easy access to lift your cameras up when using. Buy an uncomfortable strap will make you miserable. I use a Holdfastgear and swear by the Moneymaker strap. I’ve worn this now for 5 years and it’s amazing. But again, all personal choice.

Earplugs – You won’t get in the pit at any decent concert without earplugs. It’s a piece of safety equipment that will pay dividends if you invest in decent bespoke plugs. Go to a specialist hearing aid outlet and they will mold earplugs dedicated to music to your own ear. Expensive. Of course, they are. But you get what you pay for and they are an investment to save your hearing in later life.

Clothing – Decent boots, quick dry trouser, a quality breathable waterproof jacket, hats for summer and winter. All necessary invaluable pieces of kit you’ll need. Weather changes and if you’re left in the lurch early in the day and soaked through, you have a long miserable slog ahead. The flip side is, sunstroke by lunchtime and again, your day and work are ruined. Be safe.

INSURANCE – THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF WORKING AS A PROFESSIONAL MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHER.

Forget this and you may live to regret it. You’re going to be working in a busy, people orientated environment. Accidents happen and if you don’t have insurance it could be one of the most costly mistakes you ever make. You will need

Equipment Insurance – If your kit is stolen. You are covered for replacements (subject to the level of insurance and provider you use.. Read the small print.)

Public Liability & Profesional Indemnity – Covers any events such as you dropping a camera on somebody’s head or tripping up the headliner who then can’t perform (You don’t even want to think about that.) Many insurers require an additional clause or caveat with regards to shooting on stage. Some policies will not cover this so approach your insurance supplier with caution and get everything covered. Imagine the consequences of severely injuring somebody and not having insurance.

The worrying thing is… There’s a shed load of so called Professional Music Photohraphers out there working who have NO INSURANCE. It’s not recommended.

 

 

Professional Music Photographer NorfolkLee Blanchflower - Professional Music Photographer

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