Graduation day the RAU Cirencester


Graduation day the Royal Agricultural University Cirencester was made all the more special with the attendance of HRH prince Charles. the Prince congratulated students on their achievements during the ceremony. Undertaking reportage style photography at these ceremonies is a great way to get natural candid photography of students. Within a free roaming brief as an educational photographer one can really get feel for the event. Creating candid portraits of the students as events unfold my experience in the national press allows me to build a portfolio of creative iconic work.
Graduation day the RAU Cirencester
University

Secondary School science


Secondary School science lesson with pupils involved in the project looking animated and excited as they burn magnesium strips adn observe the results. This is an example of the need for the photographer to set up a picture yet make the moment look natural. A Secondary School science lesson observing the burning magnesium strip band suing the light created to illuminate the pupils. Balancing the exposure with a portable flash light placed behind. This photographic technique then sets the pupils from the dark background. with rim light. Naturally the students faces show the fun of the lesson as they forget about the photographer and concentrate on the burning metal. See more photography examples here.
Secondary School science
Secondary

Land management and forestry


Land management and forestry training course at The Royal Agricultural Univeristy Harnhill site. Photography of the educational Harnhill Rural Skills courses that includes land management, forestry and crop sciences. As and educational photographer I am commissioned not only to work in traditional locations such as schools but on training courses. The Royal Agricultural University have used my photography for over 10 years and I provide images for all of their marketing collateral. Often having to work on location I an editorial style requires creative photography to get the best from each scenario.
Land management and forestry
Vocational

History lesson


These days secondary school history lesson are not the same when was at school, rather dry and lots of copying from the card. In this photograph you can see the fun and enjoyment the pupils are having, it's written across the faces. By using props from the drama department the etcher was able to bring to the lesson a real energy. It is almost as if the pupils are living the life of that historical figure or story. All I had to do in this case was capture the moments. As an educational photographer my job is to highlight the best in any educational environment be that school, college, Univeristy or in corporate training. I achieve this by letting the action unfold in front of me, with my experience working for the national press I am then able to capture those fleeting but key moments bringing to life any school prospectus or website with great photography.
History lesson
Secondary

Primary school road safety


Primary school road safety as seen in this educational photography commission can be taught through play. Primary school road safety in this editorial style photograph can be seen to involve the children. It allows them to experience the situation in the safety fo the school environment but also sees them taking on different roles. In this way by role play they can understand much better the real life day to day scenario when nit comes up. As an experienced educational photographer I was asked to do this commission for a national press title. This meant that only one photograph would be used in turn meaning that the whole story had to be summed up in a single image. By using the school playground and allowing the pupils to play out the story we managed to achieve this great image. See more of my work here.
Primary school road safety
Primary

Cambridge Univeristy portrait


Cambridge Univeristy portrait of  professor Nancy Lane at St Johns College Cambridge. Professor Lane was photographed at the college for a feature article and needed to be seen to be in the typical Cambridge environment. By using the location I was able to place the professor in the corner of the image. A portrait is not just about a close up of the persons face or whole body. Portraiture in the educational sector often requires us to know where the sitter or model is located, hence the use of the river Cam and its' famous bridge in this shot. By doing this not only do we see the professor but get a real world feel for the environment she works in.
Cambridge Univeristy portrait
College, University

Construction courses and training


Construction courses and training happen across the country. In this educational photography commission I was asked by The Construction Industry training board to work at their site in Norfolk. this commission also took me all over the country and was the biggest commission undertaken to date. in total we worked at over 20 sites and locations over a period of 25 days. To be able to capture the variety of images required I had to use portable flash, daylight and creative techniques to highlight each location and student perfectly. In this construction courses and training image we see a student learning how to use an earth moving machine. this not only required the ability to think creatively about the composition of the shot but also to be able to sue the location lighting to create dynamic image in a difficult real world environment.
Construction courses and training
Vocational

SEN school trip


SEN school trip. A commission from The Times Educational Supplement to follow a group of students with special educational needs on a field trip in Devon. During this commission on the Sen school trip opportunities were available to photograph students in various educational scenarios. Students visited outdoor centres where they had interaction with animals. We also visited a supermarket where life skills were taught, simple things like doing the weekly shop. Although simple in nature these students benefitted from the freedom given in these tasks which were aimed at developing their social and interactive skills. We brought creative photography to these exercises to get the best from each scenario.
SEN school trip
Special educational needs

ROY finalist portrait


ROY finalist portrait commissioned by The University of Reading. As an educational photographer I work for many Universities and have a contract with The UOR. I work closely with all departments. This commission involved shooting portraits of students for The Researcher of the Year award... ROY. Each student was photographed in their research environment. This then required photography to be undertaken in such diverse locations as the university library, on the universities farm and in science laboratories. Each portrait had to clearly depict the student in their location whilst retain gin a natural relaxed atmosphere. This ROY finalist portrait shows the student working on literature and was lit with 2 portable flash units amongst the libraries old and varied collection of books and manuscripts.
ROY finalist portrait
University

Primary school photo shoot


Primary school photo shoot involving pupils in a day to day classroom scenario. Using editorial photography skills to get real life natural photographs.
Primary school photo shoot
Primary

Graduation ceremony Hartpury University


Graduation ceremony Hartpury University. When an educational establishment commissions photography the first thought is to capture the grand scene, to make sure the event in this case the graduation ceremony is saved for posterity. Graduation ceremony Hartpury University required alloy skills as an editorial photographer.  I know that it is not just about the single image. I build a portfolio of work for my clients that needs to include the detail of the event. By that mean that one needs to keep an eye out for the little things that really make a picture. In this image we do not see the students faces or much of the location. It is the gesture that has been captured, the friendship of the students. To me this says as much about the experience as any picture. two friends dressed for the event unaware of the photographer in a natural pose. As an experienced press photographer I can capture the moments and see what others may miss in a photographic opportunity.
Graduation ceremony Hartpury University
University

Forest of Dean school


Forest of Dean school Heart of the Forest special school helps students with learning difficulties. At the school they strive to be recognised as a centre of excellence that enables pupils to benefit from a learning environment that is safe, relevant, inclusive, purposefully creative and enjoyable. During this commissioned shoot I was able to capture the students enjoying working in the school garden. Without interrupting the work and with no intention of directing anybody I captured real life natural photographs as the time unfolded. A lot of my work as an educational photographer relies on my experience. I need to be in the right place at the right time to get the shot. By pre visualising what may happen I can be ready to capture the image especially pertinent in scenarios such as this where one cannot dictate to students shot to do, whee to stand etc. as one might in other educational environments. 
Forest of Dean school
Special educational needs

Blacksmith workshop rural studies


Blacksmith workshop rural studies the Moreton Morrell college part of Warwickshire University where rural skills, animal management and sciences are taught. A days photography in an educational environment such as this requires the ability to react to very different scenarios. From classroom based lectures to working with animals and out in the countryside. using portable flash and combining with natural daylight each image can be crafted to deliver the best images for use in all marketing collateral helping to promote the courses and the Univeristy. View more examples here.
Blacksmith workshop rural studies
Vocational

Secondary school ball


Secondary school ball shot on lcoation at Rendcomb college. An editorial style commission to capture the fun of the annual event. Given free access and movement on the night to capture portraits and atmosphere images of the Secondary school ball at Rendcomb college allowed me to highlight the essence of the event rather than shooting formal portraits. Natural looking images were obtained for the college website and prospectus.
Secondary school ball
Secondary

Coventry University student portrait


Coventry University student portrait in student accommodation. Working as and educational photographer takes me to varied locations for photo shoots. One such commission was a day shoot for UCAS at Coventry University. The aim fo the project was to highlight and illustrate the social life of students over and above the standard educational style photographs. In this scenario we managed to persuade a few students to have their picture taken while waiting for their laundry. It is often the case that catching people in natural moments is the best way to create the best images and this picture holds fast to those rules. By allowing the students to just get on with the task in hand I captured variety of images in an editorial style looking totally natural.  
Coventry University student portrait
University

Scientist portrait Peter Barham


Scientist portrait Peter Barham was a commission from The Guardian newspaper. I was asked to visit Dr Barham to shoot a portrait for a feature article in the paper. usually this would have been done at his place of work, a lab or Univeristy lecture hall. In this case due to time constraints we had to shoot at his home. the need was to create a suitably "scientific"looking image. Using portable flash units and some coloured water this was easily achieved. One flash illuminated the background with a blue gel attached and the other was positioned to shoot through the glass flask. Although the liquid was coloured red it was not dark enough to give the desired effect. So after testing the shot another red gel as wadded to the second flash thereby deepening the coloured and glow of light from the flask. It turned out to be rather effective and was used on the front of the papers G2 section as the holding portrait of Scientist portrait Peter Barham.
Scientist portrait Peter Barham
University

Vocational education car mechanics


Vocational education car mechanics and engineering course. Educational photography shot on location at a car workshop for a college prospectus. It si often the case that allowing the subjects to get on with their job in hand is the best way to get natural looking educational photography. In this instance a course base don car mechanics was underway when I arrived. instead of asking the students to pose I just allowed the work to continue. Working in this way I was able to capture editorial style photography with little interruption to the lesson. By moving a portable flash around on a stand and combining this with the daylight available all of the elements produced real life hands on work experience photography.
Vocational education car mechanics
College, Vocational

Professor Maggie Dallman


Professor Maggie Dallman of Imperial College London visits her old School (Hayes Primary in Bromley, Kent) to talk to teachers and to demonstrate a scientific experiment to the children showing how the digestive system works.
Professor Maggie Dallman
Secondary

School of Agriculture


In this School of Agriculture student portrait I had to bring in all the leanest fo the students course. Being based on the University of Reading's farm this was easily accomplished as can be seen in the cow shed. Although dark in the shed there was some daylight coming through which I supplemented with some fill in flash. Working to a creative brief for the universities prospectus it was important to allow space in the image. this would be used for the copy or text to be added to the final design. therefore at the time of shooting the photographer needs to be aware of the composition creating space but retain gin the essence of the location.
School of Agriculture
University

Student helpers


Student helpers are often used to aid younger pupils in a school. this commission for a school in Swindon required em to get pictures of student helpers working with the primary aged children in the IT suite. As the suite was full up there was little space to work in this coupled with the fact that the pupils were facing the screens did not help. The solution in this situation was to shoot from slightly behind the screens using the daylight coming in through the windows as the key light on the faces. it may at first seem that not seeing the screen is a problem but fast from it. What we have captured here is the animated faces of the pupils working together and enjoying the ends on experience. Who knows what they were looking at, but it does not matter it is the experience that has been captured in this photograph.
Student helpers
Primary
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