These days everyone is a photographer so why hire a professional and which professional?
Chris has been in the business for over fifteen years making him one of the most established and highly professional photographers out there. He knows about lighting and lenses, composition and clients, drama and deadlines.
He has been in the business long enough to understand a multitude of situations and to know that each agency and client has specific requirements. It takes an eye for composition an understanding of the possibilities and limitations in any given situation and knowledge of what the client wants to convey. In portraiture for example Chris developed a unique style of photographing authors which reveals both character, depth and humour.
Photography is also about logistics, solving problems, adapting and remaining calm under pressure. All this comes with experience. Knowledge of cameras, lenses, models, assistants, locations, equipment hire, carnets, customs, travel, time pressed CEOs, erratic weather, software etc etc.
Chris works with the highest end cameras, lenses and full range of lighting. This means he can work and adapt to most situations. With digital you need a comprehensive knowledge of processing and retouching software. He is extremely skilled in retouching and generally will do 95% of his own post production work.
“Sometimes all I have to worry about is if I have enough money for the parking meter. On other occasions I have shut down roads and streets. I have worked in extreme clean rooms with photosensitive materials for silicon wafer production and shot in locations as diverse as Greenland and the Seychelles. I have hung out of helicopters, shot from balloons and even underwater. I have shot one to one with celebrities, authors, rock stars and royalty. In portraiture I gauge the situation very quickly and it is crucial to establish a rapport with the subject. A portrait to me should reveal the character of the sitter not the photographer."
Chris also has maintained a base in London meaning costs at either end of the country are minimised.
See below for some recent comments;
May 2013 "We definitely have something here – nice one.
Good drama with lighting and sky and tanks.
The closeups are our preferred I think on the cover"
May 2013 "I think they came out really good! I see what you meant by the game room being a very busy background, would not have been my first choice either. But they work, I really like the simplicity of the shots against white (is that a projector screen?) and the more I look at them the more I like them."
Jesse - Sports Illustrated USA
March 2013 "Firstly, just want to thank you for a great job - everyone is v chuffed, so happy days!" Stewart - Atalanta
March 2013 "Your amazing photo of me is hanging in my living room" - Ben Mezrich (Author - The Social Network, Sex on the Moon).
Feb 2013 "Just downloaded the shots from yesterday's shoot. Great job. The shots are just what I was looking for, and right on brief. I particularly like the shots of them both on the track with it curving off towards the stand. They'll look really good against the feature."
Nick - Senior designer, Wardour
A corker of a shoot. Well done!"
Mel - Economist Productions
Norman Foster Developments
Northern Ireland Tourist Board
Seychelles Tourist Board
Carnegie Club - Skibo Castle
Scottish Media Group
Royal Bank of Scotland
Loch Lomond and Trossach National Park
Intelligent Life Magazine
Business Insider Magazine
Conde Nast Traveller
Financial Times Magazine
Country Inn Suites