Property Photography Norfolk – Blanc Creative

Property Photography. Interior Design

2020 is already proving to be a fantastic year for property photography. As restrictions slowly lift from the Covid-19 pandemic, the construction industry and building sectors across commercial and residential sectors are fighting back. The property market appears to be booming and with this, comes the need for property photography on those newly developed residential properties. At Blanc Creative we’ve been supplying our professional photography services to clients throughout Norfolk and the UK. Our most recent work has taken us to Suffolk, Northampton, Bury, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Leamington Spa to name just a few. We cover all areas of property photography including;

Norwich Interior Photography

 

*Construction Photography incorporating building work from the ground up to completion

*Drone filming and aerial Property photography promoting entire construction sites and finished housing estates

*Exterior property photography imagery for advertising, brochures, websites and case studies

*Interior property photography showcasing interior design and lifestyle

*Case studies with new home owners

If you have found us online it may be because you are looking for professional Property Photography. We are sure that our extensive portfolios will reflect Lee Blanchflower and Blanc Creative as a leading commercial photographer. We have provided  worked clients across the UK in not only Property Photography sector, but all aspects of commercial and corporate business. We work with property developers, architects, building companies and interior designers.

Property Photography – Achieve your marketing goals with professional imagery

Whether you are looking for a construction photographer or property photographer, photographer or you need interior photography for your project, we always ensure the highest standard of work is completed. We have an eye for detail and 10 years of experience shooting commercial Photography. Our modern photography combined with the latest digital cameras and post shoot editing software ensures that your photographs are delivered to the highest of standards and suitable for all printed and digital media platforms. You properties will take centre stage, promoting sales and supporting your marketing and advertising goals. We offer competitive rates that offer quality photography at favourable prices.

When marketing any property, poor photography can make this difference between winning and losing a sale. An experienced professional photographer will showcase your property as you would truly wish it to be seen, with exceptional images. Unless you are proficient in high-end photography and post-production skills then it’s best you leave the photography to our team. We live in a digital world where Google is usually the first place we visit and people now search online for properties before even venturing to an estate agent. Great photographs are essential in marketing a house or commercial property and professional property photograph will encourage potential clients through the door. It is likely that you are looking on this page because you are serious or at least starting to think seriously about having professional images taken of your property, so have full confidence that you will be hiring a photographer who’s serious about producing high quality images for you to make sure you heading off on the best direction.

Please take a few moments to view our range of look books where you will find residential photography, industrial photography, construction photography and much more.

To find out more about our range of services, why not call today and speak with our team on 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

Did you know we also produce videos promoting your property or housing developments

Commercial interior Photography Norfolk

Norwich Interior Photography

Commercial interior Photography Norfolk

Norwich Interior Photography

Commercial interior Photography Norfolk

Norwich Interior Photography

Commercial interior Photography Norfolk

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Construction Industry Photography

Norfolk Construction Photographer

Construction Industry Photography

Construction industry photography are now an integral part of any commercial build and at Blanc Creative we have built an impressive portfolio of professional imagery with industry leading names in the UK including Orbit Homes, Morgan Sindall and The Norse Group to name a few. Documenting your commercial and residential building projects has never been so important. Construction Industry Photographs are a valuable tool that can be used across a masive range of printed and digital media platforms including brochures, tenures, case studies and publicity material before we even mention social media sites. With digital platforms such as Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook commanding a huge share of advertising opportunities, the requirement for high quality, professional photography has never been so important.

construction industry photography

At Blanc Creative, we have been capturing construction industry photography for almost a decade. We are fully insured with employee liability, professional indemnity and public liability cover. Based in Norfolk, our clients are spread across the whole of the UK. We shoot every aspect of the construction industry from groundwork photography through to licensed drone imagery and internal and exterior architecture images. A recent example of our work took place at the newly built  St Annes Quarter development in Norwich, an exciting new community of prestigious residential and commercial properties. Spanning a period of months, we worked on site at key stages to document the entire process of the build from construction, interior design photography, commercial drone footage, drone photography and commercial video production.

Our services are increasingly popular since the construction and property sectors are so immensely competitive. We enable properties to stand out and tell stories through the construction process with highly specialised and effective photography. We offer high quality imagery that. can be incorporated in your business sectors including;

  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Work progress reports
  • Architectural photography
  • Development projects
  • Annual reports
  • Construction equipment advertising

Norfolk Construction Photographer

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construction industry photography

construction industry photography

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Industry Photography – Interior Photography

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Norwich Interior Photography

construction industry photography

Norwich Interior Photography

Norwich Interior Photography

Construction Industry Professional Drone Filming

Orbit Group Mavic 2 Pro 2.7K footage Norwich City Centre from Blanc Creative on Vimeo.

We understand that construction projects encompass a great deal of responsibility, time, budgets and pressure. We offer help in preparing shooting schedules, storyboarding for video assignments and art direction. If you think that your development could benefit rom professional construction photographs, then why not contact our office today on 07871 364041, email studio@blanc-creative.com or our online contact form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Proofessional Music Photographer

 

So You Want To Be a Professional Music Photographer Part 1

Professional Music Photographer

The Professional Music Photographer! What a Dream Job!

Norwich Concert Photography

It really is a nice little number as a Professional Music Photographer! You basically turn up at a concert, pick up your press pass and are then escorted into the arena. You wander into the pit! Your very own little sanctuary to work in. It’s away from the hustle and bustle of screaming fans. The Pit is always an epic place to be. You get a great vantage point. I mean, most of the artists are within touching distance. You’re normally at eye level with the stage and get to listen to some of the best bands ‘on the planet.’ Wow. The life of a Music Photographer is awesome. Just think. You don’t have any heads to shoot over because the crowds are behind you and everybody on the front row is seriously jealous because you have a better view than they get… It’s a gold circle experience. No.. Diamond even! Shoot a few photos and then listen to the concert. And all For Free.

In fact, you’re earning a shed load of cash for doing something that you enjoy and people are so jealous! Back to work. You take a few photos of the artist or band,  upload them online, bang them out on your social media when you get home and then sit back and watch the money roll in when they make the newspapers and online galleries. Cue the next concert!

Now it’s time to wake up from this dream and give you the low down on what really shooting Professional Music Photography is all about!

Professional Music Photography - Lee Blanchflower

Professional Music Photographer

Professional Music Photographer

How do you get to be a Profesional Music Photographer?

Over a period spanning eight years in the Commercial Photography Sector, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a legendary bunch of Professional Music Photographers and photographing a huge genre of Music Artists and celebrities. My own Music Photography career forms part of a larger business that spans Commercial Video Production and Licensed Drone Operations, yet Professional Music Photography still gives me an immense amount of satisfaction. There’s nothing better than seeing your Music Photography in Press Articles, Magazines or websites, particularly when those celebrities you are photographing are some of the most recognizable faces on the planet. But…

First fact! Being a Music Photographer is solid hard graft. I’ve had to change this paragraph five or six times as I write because I’m struggling to convey in words, a narrative that actually conveys what the job really is all about. The easiest way is to separate the various aspects that make up the job in order to make the journey a little easier for wannabee Professional Music Photographers to understand;

Hard work is the key. Most Music Photographers start out shooting free at concerts. Forget trying to blag your way into shooting The Foo Fighters, Muse, The Kings of Leon until you’ve actually carved out a career and gained some experience. Anybody now entering the world of Professional Music Photography has far bigger barriers to cross than they would have done twenty years ago. The Music industry has changed to accommodate social media, copyright and protecting artists and with it come more and more restrictions (But that’s further down the list.) Start out as most Professional Music Photographers have done historically. Learn your trade from the ground up. Firstly, you need to know how to shoot a photograph. Sounds a stupid piece of advice but produce low lit, out of focus, blurred imagery and you’re unlikely to get decent work in the industry. Photography like any other business is about reputation and Music Photography is a heavily saturated market to enter.

Same things, different day!

There’s a recurring conversation in the pit amongst music photographers, that revolves person shooting photos and using the live view screen of a low-end consumer camera that just won’t deliver any usable images. People shooting the set with a smartphone just doesn’t cut it. There is nothing that grated more on a professional music photographer working for a living in the pit, than seeing this, apart from the same people holding their phones or cameras up above their heads so that working photographers can’t get the shot. So you can see from this example that equipment and etiquette (It will be explained shortly) is an important factor in becoming a Professional Music Photographer. There’ is literally so much to cover in this article, that I will be splitting it over a number of pages. You’ll have to excuse my tendency to digress. I’m a Photographer, not a blogger. Hopefully by the end of the article, you may have a clearer idea to help you on your way in the world of Music.

Professional Music Photographer

Professional Music Photography - Lee Blanchflower

Professional Music Photographer

Professional Music Photographer

Finding Your First Work

Your first portfolios will inevitably be low footfall venues (unless of course you’re extremely lucky and find great gigs via the helping hand of nepotism.) Rest assured you’ll probably or definitely be working for free. Many bands start in small venues playing free or for very little money or for free so chances are, you’ve got even less chance of being, particularly if you haven’t got a proven track record for shooting music. Building your reputation and portfolio will be the most important aspects of advancing your career in Professional Music Photography. To find work, get out there and speak to venue managers. It’s great sending out emails to everybody and their dog, but the delete button is just too conveniently placed on the keyboard. Physical meetings are a far better option and the building blocks for networking that should form part of your plan.

Local magazines or newspapers may very well decide to credit you for images, but the trade-off is that you won’t be able to supply good quality images unless you invest in the right tools for the job. I completely understand that we live in an age where money is tight, but, if cash flow and not be able to afford equipment is high on your list, then you may want to buy a laptop and consider a career as a web designer. That statement wasn’t made flippantly. The truth of the matter is, that Professional Photography, Video Production and Commercial Drone Flying are three areas of image production where you can literally hemorrhage money. You don’t necessarily need to change equipment often, but the initial investment will be substantial if you want to take the quality of images expected from a Professional Music Photographer.

Professional Music Photography

Honestly! What Equipment do I need to be a Professional Music Photographer?

It’s the Million Dollar Question and so subjective and every comment is likely to offer different advice. This blog is written from personal experience. I’ve been shooting everything from intimate concerts to Large Arenas and Festivals for almost a decade. Music Photography is about maximising your kit and working as streamlined as possible. Get by with the minimum but use kit that’s going to an important part of your work.

Event Photography Norwich – Stalham Farmers Club

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

 

Stalham Farmers Club – Event Photography Norwich

It’s always such a pleasure to shoot landmark Event Photography…  So when the telephone rang and we were asked to document a really special evening deep in the heart of beautiful Norfolk, we simply couldn’t resist. Event Photography covers a multitude of areas from Business to Business, Corporate Hospitality, Charity Fundraisers and everything through to Major concerts and festivals.  Event Photography is about capturing the excitement and interest of those attending the Event. Great Event Photography is about the photographer seamlessly immersing themselves into the event to capture reportage and documenting the flow and atmosphere. Much of our Event Photography is shot at annual Events, so images serve a multitude of purposes, doubling up as a great PR Photography and Advertising Photography Tool for future Event promotion. At Blanc Creative, we have a brilliant team including experienced Press Photographers and on-site image editing with the option of two or even three Event Photographers on site to cover every aspect of your Event. We pride ourselves on delivering the very best Event Photographs for your business and offer special rates for Charitable Organisations.

Event Photography at How Hill Gardens

Stalham Farmers Club -celebrated with style as their 175th anniversary year with a fantastic event held at a Broadland garden gem. The country’s oldest farming club celebrated with style as the sun shone on a perfect backdrop for an al fresco evening for a summer party to mark the landmark birthday. And a total of 300 members and guests of Stalham Farmers’ Club also raised more than £5,000 as auctioneer Simon Evans sold lots to raise funds for four local good causes. A long-standing member, Peter Boardman, the son of a former secretary, invited the club to hold a summer drinks party at How Hill Farm, near Ludham, and to tour his garden in the heart of Broadland.

A former secretary for 23 years, Nigel Wright, who was chairman during the club’s 150th anniversary in 1995, proposed three cheers for Stalham Farmers’ Club. He was delighted that the club continues to prosper and invited members and guests to send their very best wishes for a speedy recovery to the president and one of his closest friends, William Donald, who was in the hospital. The president’s wife, Jenny, was invited to select the winning ticket, which was won by Casey Parker.

Mr Wright also thanked the hard-working organising team led by chairman Jonathan Deane, and his small committee, who were also raising funds for charities including the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Big C, the Norfolk-based mental health awareness campaign, the YANA (You Are Not Alone) Project and Thornage Hall. There was keen bidding for the lots and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb also boosted the fund-raising initiative by a total of £1,800. He had offered to invite constituents to join him for tea on the terrace at the House of Commons, which made £600. But, two other under-bidders were so keen that he extended the invitation. . . twice to raise a total of £1,800

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk.

Stalham Farmers Club - Event Photography Norfolk

To find out more about how Blanc Creative can support your business, charity or event with high quality, affordable photography, why not reach out and speak with a member of our team today on

07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

London Street Photography

London Street Photography


London Street Photography

One of the main lessons I learnt about London Street Photography is that anything has the potential to make a s good subject for a photo.What might seem meaningless at this point in time, could, in years to come, develop into something historical.  It’s one of the cornerstones of taking London Street Photography, so pretty much everything is on limits.. Within reason that is! The pure density of London’s buildings, inhabitants and 24 hour lifestyle, mean that you simply should not come home without exciting imagery. Step out into the night and the cityscape for London changes beyond belief. You can find solitude literally a few steps away from main roads and images take on a whole new perspective.

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography – The Homeless

London Street Photography

There’s a lot of photographers out there shooting London Street Photography who will gravitate away from homeless people as subject matter. They call them “Easy Targets’. Homeless people are on the streets.. Right? Too bloody right they are! o people who are always on the streets anyways? Nearly seven in 10 Londoners say they are appalled by homelessness in the capital, according to a survey. The You Gov poll, commissioned by the newly launched Lead London Home campaign, reported 68% of respondents saying they either tended to agree or strongly agreed that they found the scale of the city’s homelessness problem appalling. Homelessness affects people from many different backgrounds for any number of reasons. The breakdown of a relationship is one of the biggest causes. Some people become homeless because of an addiction that has taken over their lives. Some people are escaping abuse and have nowhere to go. Others come from the armed forces and are finding it difficult to cope with civilian life. From a perspective of London Street Photography, the subject matter, the personal stories and circumstance, the absolute resillience of living a life on the streets in which most average ‘Clapham Omnibus Man’ would literally never survive, is enough for me as a professional photographer, to want to document stories and life on the streets.

WHO IS THE MAN ON THE CLAPHAM OMNIBUS

Running the risk of causing a social media backlash, which really isn’t my brief here today, street photography can be as easy or as engaging and difficult as you make it. I totally agree with the opinion that anybody into iphoneography can pull out a phone and shoot crap photography of any subject. It doesn’t matter if it’s a homeless person or a national landmark. It’s about capturing a moment in 1/60th of a second or however fast you choose to hit the shutter button.

“The reason I don’t like shooting street performers and the homeless are because it is rare you will get a compelling or unique image. Not only that, but it is too easy.”

I totally disagree that you can’t take compelling images of homeless people and why not. Raising the issues of homeless as part of a street project is perfectly acceptable and all down to your own moralistic interpretations. Sleeping rough has serious consequences and A homeless rough sleeper is 35 times more likely to commit suicide than the average person. On average, homeless people die at just 47 years old, compared to 81 years for the average UK citizen. Combined with high percentages of drug and alcohol abuse, the visible scars on many homeless leave plenty of opportunities to obtain fantastic London Street Photography images. The following images were all shot within about half a mile of Kings Cross Station. Some of the images were caught in a few seconds. Others were shot after returning to the same spot and seeing how the situation had developed. London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

Lee Blanchflower is Director of Photography and owner of Blanc Creative, Norwich. In 2013, Lee won the SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year. He continues to document Street Photography whenever his commercial photography commitments allow.

Google Gives Away Nik Collection FREE

Professional Photography Norwich

Google Gives Away Nik Collection FREE

Click here to go straight to the Nik Collection website 

Google has stunned photographers everywhere once again by slashing the $149 Nik Collection software suite, to a cool $Zero. that’s right. An Absolutely Free  Software containing a suite of seven desktop plug-ins aimed at advanced photographers, The Nik Collection

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The Nik Collection has since grown from six to seven plug-ins. It includes Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, and Dfine, all of which work in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture.

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To take advantage of this mega offer (which you should do straight away) simply click the link above. And to make things even better, anyone who had the misfortunate to buy it for $149 in 2016, is going to receive a refund.

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Commercial Photography – Don’t Blag Your Portfolio

Commercial Photography Norwich

Commercial Photography – Don’t Blag Your Portfolio

Commercial Photography Portfolios! I may be about to open a whole can of worms and approach a controversial subject matter, but it’s something that has been on my agenda for a while. I’m purposely opening up the comments tab on this post because I’d genuinely be interested to see what people’s opinions are surrounding some of the whole ethical side of this blog.

From my perspective, I run a commercial photography business. It’s called Blanc Creative and whatever way you choose to look at it, it falls into the bracket of Commercial Photography. 

I class myself as Commercial Photographer. I don’t run a wedding / portrait / party / model site all rolled into one, but I do own a Commercial Photography company providing high quality imagery to businesses of all size, to professional marketing agencies and Press Agencies. Our images are produced solely for a commercial photography purpose. Granted, I’m guilty of having a handful of galleries that reflect the ‘creative’ side of Blanc Creative such as the Travel Photography Portfolio. These are online to promote the fact that in 2013, I received The SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year Award in London. Blanc Creative have sold imagery to clients across the world and work is displayed in the Conference Room of Bay Cranes in New York, so I therefore feel that from a business perspective, the images fit the whole commercial criteria.

In my own mind, Commercial Photography has intent of either ‘Making our clients money through use of photography’ or ‘to create compelling visual images that reach the target audience of that brief that our clients have requested. Most of our commercial photography ends up being used for editorial business articles, press releases or advertising. CErtain genres of the Blanc Creative Brand, such a Music Photography or Celebrity Photography are assignments undertaken to make passive, longterm income, long after the initial payment.

Just because a client pays for images, I don’t consider this as commercial photography. If that were the case, every family portrait shoot or wedding would fall under this genre. I suppose, technically speaking, you could argue that portrait and wedding photographers fall into this category,  but with products that are only intended for a private end user, I don’t believe that these sort of shots fit the criteria.

The Great Untruth

The main issue for myself as a commercial photographer is ‘The Great Untruth’ that some photographers try to get away with in the industry when they palm themselves off as Commercial Photographers purely to give themselves an additional title when in reality, many have never pitched for a commercial project and would not know how to work in the commercial industry. Just because you have a home studio, a six light setup and can shoot a nice shot of a well  known brand of whiskey, the latest smart phone or a celebrity from the crowd of an intimate event, doesn’t mean you are a Commercial Photographer. To fall in this category, a business needs to have commissioned you to undertake the assignment on their behalf. It’s as simple as that, but all too often we see site after site of international brands and household products being blatantly flaunted as commercial photography, which would never ever see the light of day as part of any advertising campaign in a million years.

There are thousands of absolutely amazing photographers out there showcasing the most stunning of work but it doesn’t make you a commercial photographer. It’s about Commercial photographers helping people to promote their business.

Good commercial photography helps clients achieve their visions.

Commercial Photography for Bernard Matthews Big Green Plan 

Norfolk Farming Photography - Bernard Matthews

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Commercial photography Norwich

VW Commercial Vehicle Press Release for Amorak Off Road Vehicle

Commercial photography Norwich

Commercial Photography Norwich

Vauxhall Adam Editorial Shoot with Binky Alexander Felstead from TV’s Made in Chelsea

Commercial photography Norwich

Commercial photography Norwich

Badly Drawn Boy Concert Review Press coverage – The Guardian Newspaper

Commercial photography Norwich

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La Tasca Restaurant Chain Interior Photography 

Commercial Photography Norwich

La Tasca Spanish Tapas
La Tasca Spanish Tapas

Norwich Commercial Photography – Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norwich Commercial Photography – The Big Green Plan

In 2015, Norwich Commercial Photography business, Blanc Creative worked on an extensive project with one of Norfolk’s most renowned Poultry Farming businesses and Family Food Brands, Bernard Matthews. Having served half of the homes in the UK with Turkey for over 65 years, Bernard Matthews plans to be the greenest farmer in the UK by 2020. Blanc Creative have built a reputation for high quality images and exceptional customer service providers and work only as a dedicated Commercial Photography business. Following a dedicated brief,  Blanc Creative were assigned to capture the latest sustainable energy sources that Bernard Matthews are using within their business, which would be taken forward as the primary image source for the new website ‘THE BIG GREEN PLAN.”  Norfolk Commercial Photography - Bernard Matthews

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Norfolk Commercial Photography - Bernard Matthews

Everyone recognises the importance of green energy – learning to better manage the world’s resources and protect the environment for future generations. Business clearly has a role to play in helping to support and champion this agenda, both as a responsible part of the local and global community and to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for the business. This is why Bernard Matthews created the ‘Big Green Plan’ – a blue-print for working with nature’s resources to responsibly develop and grow our business. Bernard Matthews want to play a role in the ongoing protection of the natural environment, which as a food and farming business is at the heart of their values. Secondly, through a wide range of initiatives we want to create a sustainable future for the company, by helping make it more efficient in the way it uses energy.

As the UK’s largest turkey farmer, and a major supplier to many of the country’s leading supermarkets, wBernard Matthews have an important role to play in preserving and protecting the environment. From managing our carbon footprint to exploring renewable energy, their sustainability principals are  committed to making a difference to the environment.

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Norfolk Commercial Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Like many other businesses and individuals that own significant land, Bernard Matthews have manage  their land and building assets as effectively as possible. Whether it’s installing wind or solar farms on un-used land or improving their overall energy efficiency across the business, developing green energy solutions seemed the most effective way to make an impact on local and global sustainability.

It’s for these reasons Bernard Matthews embarked on a long-term, comprehensive energy efficient programme that stretches across our farms and our factories.

Our Brief 

Blanc Creative were commissioned to deliver a set of images that reflected Bernard Matthews commitment to the environment and sustainable energy across their business including Wind Power, Solar Energy, Anaerobic Digestion & Biomass Boilers. These components formed THE BIG GREEN PLAN from farm to factory and providing high quality visual imagery of sustainable farming and factories.

Wind power

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Wind energy is a key part of our sustainability strategy to generate as much renewable energy as we consume. We have already entered into a number of key partnerships and as a result have nine large scale wind turbines (125m in height) installed across three sites in East Anglia; Holton and Weston in Suffolk, and Pickenham in Norfolk.

Solar Power

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews
Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews
Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews
Solar presents a real opportunity for businesses like us to not only generate green energy at a lower price, but also helps reduce carbon emissions. To date, in partnership with Belectric and RenEnergy, Bernard Matthewsvbuilt a 55 acre solar farm on their Holton site in Suffolk – this alone generates 10.1MW of electricity. Building is under way for a second 35 acre solar farm at Weston, and a number of other smaller scale installations around their other key sites.

Anaerobic Digestion Plant

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

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Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

Norfolk Agricultural Photography - Bernard Matthews

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As a food business Bernard Matthews have an important role to play in reducing the amount of waste they create. Not only are they able to save energy and natural resources, Bernard Matthews also reduce pollution and the need to landfill.

In 2013, they built an anaerobic digestion plant at the Holton production site generating power and heat from factory waste. Gas produced by the plant is supplied to a combined heat and power gas engine (CHP). In 2016, the plants will have a second CHP installed on the Holton site. With both engines running at full power they will provide over 1Mw of electrical energy, enough power for over 2128 homes, and a further 1Mw of heat energy (hot water).

Biomass Boilers

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Norwich Commercial Photography

The biomass project has been the largest biomass installation in the country with 209 boilers being installed across 30 of ours farms in East Anglia. The project has further reduce reliance on greenhouse gas omitting, fossil fuels such as LPG, heating oil and natural gas. The biomass boilers have also helped reduce   energy costs, in-house ammonia levels and improve ventilation. Drier heat reduces ammonia level from the boilers, thus enhancing animal welfare.

To find out more about the full range of commercial photography services, Aerial Videography and film production offered by Blanc Creative, please contact our team on 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com