Radio Presenter Portraits – Mix96

Radio Presenter Portraits - Mix96

An awesome time shooting presenter portraits for Mix96 Aylesbury radio station.

Radio Presenter Portraits – Mix96:  for those that are reading this and are perhaps not too local to Aylesbury in Bucks, Mix96 is a central part of Buckinghamshire life with 2 in 3 people in the area listening to the station which is a huge audience for local radio. From my own experience of Mix96, the radio station really do get involved in the community and can be regularly seen in the area at events supporting activities, charities and initiatives, the shows and presenters are well liked and well received by everyone I know, so to be invited in to discuss a set of professional portrait photographs for the weekday presenting and news staff was a pleasure indeed.

Discussing requirements with Wes Venn and Chris Maskery, the general brief was to take a set of white background shots that show the personality of all the presenters and the news team, with a mix of almost straight ‘headshot’ type images along side a more animated set.  The reasoning behind this is that as well as including images on the ‘presenters’ area of the Mix96 website, also the images could be used for events, promotions and for the online ‘listen live’ app.  I’ve photographed a huge number of clients over the years, setting up my portable studio in many different offices around the country to ensure that each company minimise costly staff time away from their work, but I have to say this location shoot rates highly on being the most entertaining and hilarious, I had such a laugh with all the presenters.   Mix96 also needed set of images of the presenters and news team in the studio, which again, was so entertaining listening to them ad lib whilst I took their photos.

Feedback so far from Wes and Chris has been very positive regarding the images supplied and they are beginning to use the images on the site.  Below are a selection of images from our shoot, with admittedly a few more of Wes than anyone else, this was at the point where we were having such a laugh that we really did need to stop and catch our breath as we needed to take some more steely eyed sort of serious looking ones as well!

Mix96 are well worth a listen especially if you live in Aylesbury Vale, even if you are not local and like listening to a good selection of music plus some awesome entertainment, you can find their website here which has a ‘listen live’ button.

If you like these images and are serious about investing in how you and your business are perceived by your clients, I’d love to have a no obligation chat with you about how I can help you promote your own awesome work, please call me now on 07778919589 or use my contact form here.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Marcus Charter

Marcus Charter
07778 919589
[email protected]
www.charterphotography.co.uk

 

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Sylar Magician Promotion Portrait

Sylar Magician promotion portrait

Sylar Psychological Magician Promotion photography and poster design

Sylar Magician Promotion Portrait:  I’ve known Sylar for a number of years now, we’ve met at random business networking meetings and wedding fairs, which as a result we’ve spent additional time together at weddings and corporate gigs.  Every time I see him show his audience his psychological magician work, even if I’ve seen the same tricks over and over, I’m still amazed and I still can’t work out how it’s all done. Not only is he a master of his magical craft, he is a top entertainer, captivating his audience, plus with his Transylvanian origins he is a true man of mystery, everything an entertainer should be.

Sylar has been preparing to produce a new magic stage show and over the months in 2016 when we’ve talked he’s been getting more and more excited about it, to finally towards the end of last year he approached me to discuss a photography project to help him with a promotional poster.  Strictly I’m a photographer by trade, however as I have excellent skills using photoshop to manipulate images and produce composites, we agreed a scope that started with a coffee and a rough design on a piece of A4 paper, which then gave us the right direction to complete the photography shoot, then to work through a few revisions  of poster design to end up with a unique poster for his awesome new show, ‘How I got into Magic’.  This included stated dead space to add the specific show and booking details for each venue.  Also, as the final poster was made up of several images shot in my portable studio, plus to be combined with purchased stock images, the composite work had to be pixel perfect as it was to be printed large!

It was a pleasure to work with Sylar, it always is, so if you want to see his awesome show please click on his website here and look for the ‘Shows’ tab.  Below I show three of the images shot for the poster and underneath, the poster itself, plus as part of this blog are a couple of images that were provide to Sylar for his general image promotion.

If you are looking for a photographer that will work with you to provide targeted images that reflects the essence of you and your business, I’d love to have a no obligation chat with you about how I can help you promote your own awesome work, call me now on 07778919589 or use my contact form here.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Marcus Charter

Marcus Charter
07778 919589
[email protected]
www.charterphotography.co.uk

Images taken during the studio session.

The final poster.

Sylar Magician promotion portrait

Sylar Magician promotion portrait

 

 

Campaign Launch PR Photography

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Capturing the amazing work of promotional set building and hosting through photography at the Birmingham NEC

Campaign Launch PR Photography: This assignment allowed me to visit the Birmingham NEC during the UK’s biggest gaming shows, EGX 2016.  On arrival I was shown round the halls to give me a quick tour and it was huge, all halls dedicated to games from the original retro consoles, all the way to massive stands showcasing latest releases of well known blockbusters with visitors queuing for hours to play a short session on a networked server.

My particular assignment was by a company that build sets for Warner Brothers and supply the hosting staff, all of which are designed to have a particular theme to ensure all visitors to the stands come away with a super positive memorable experience. One of the stands in particular had a show only device that replicates bad smells, so when certain scenes happen in the game, the player experiences this as well, in real life!

My brief was to capture the sets, the staff and positive reactions from the visitors so that the images can be used to for future promotion of other campaign launch PR projects.  Within this brief I was also advised that I wasn’t allowed to photograph certain adjacent stands, as my aim wasn’t to promote them, also some of the games were still not released so shots including them couldn’t be used. Although this brief was quite straightforward, one of the keys aspect about the gaming halls was how dark it was, however being used to working in similar dark environments and having the kit, experience and post processing skills, it was no trouble to bring the best out of the event.  (For you camera tech heads out there, some of the images here were shot at ISO6400 F1.4 1/160th!).

If you are serious about investing in how you and your business are perceived by your clients, I’d love to have a no obligation chat with you about how I can help you promote your own awesome work, call me now on 07778919589 or use my contact form here.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Marcus Charter

Marcus Charter
07778 919589
[email protected]
www.charterphotography.co.uk

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John Wick Cosplay Portrait

John Wick Cosplay Portraits

A set of movie inspired portraits from the film John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves

John Wick Cosplay Portrait:  The beauty of working as a photographer is that by reaching out to other creatives, you find amazing inspiring people to work with.  One such individual is Oliver Hollingdale, owner and producer at Sunnymeade Films.  Without realising it and even before we got speaking I was already aware of Oliver’s work, as he has produced a series of fan films called ‘Cursed Edge’, based upon the 2012 ‘Dredd’ film, so to be introduced to him to work on a collaboration of a set of cosplay portraits in line with the John Wick film and the soon to be released John Wick 2, I knew that the approach and the results would be nothing short of spectacular.

Oliver had a location in mind, one he had used before for both stills and filming being the LEMO UK Limited building in Worthing, an awesome location and one that even during working hours we had reasonable free access around.  Oliver brought along props, even purchasing and modifying quite innocent plastic guns to look like real sidearms, however the biggest thing here is, and this is quite an important point which I hope you agree with, is that Oliver is not just a massive cosplaying fan of John Wick, but he looks like him and especially for the shoot made sure that his hair and beard were trimmed just right.  At times during the day, I just had to double take when he turned a corner, or looked round, it was just uncanny.

The build up to the day involved a few phone calls plus some time swapping messages and compiling a storyboard of targeted shots.  The initial inspiration behind the shoot was a promo image released for John Wick 2, being that of a shot of John Wick being measured up at what appears to be a tailors so we were sure to complete that, however taking into consideration the type of lighting and mood the overall first film had, plus the location, we planned out and worked on what we both wanted and below we showcase a few of the edited shots from the day.

I’d like to thank Oliver Hollingdale for choosing Charter Photography to work with on this, I know that Oliver has plans to produce a fan film based around a John Wick  prologue, with the teaser here (clicky) having scenes shot by myself.

If you like these, I’d love to talk to you if you are planning your own production, we can work together on realising any vision you have.  Call me now on 07778919589 or use my contact form here.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Marcus Charter

Marcus Charter
07778 919589
[email protected]
www.charterphotography.co.uk

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Personal Trainer Fitness Photography

Personal Trainer Fitness Photography

Promotional photography for Joe Cooper of Infinity Sports and Fitness

Personal Trainer Fitness Photography: I’ve known Joe for a little while, mainly through speaking to him when he worked at my gym but also seeing him in the build up and at his cousins wedding, I have to say he is such an awesome positive guy.  I knew he left full time work at the gym to start up his own fitness business and to be contacted by him a year on to take some pictures in the next step of his business being a larger premises due to an expanding client base, was such awesome news.

Joe explained to me that for for the next step in his business growth he plans to promote himself further as a fitness and personal trainer, using photographs to show new clients his fitness gym and to explain through photography how he treats everyone with a positive individual personal approach to ensure that their personal plan is just that, personal to the individual.  When we discussed the shoot I recommended he ask a couple of clients to come in who were willing to work with us during the shoot, and it was good to see Joe hasn’t lost any of his personable charm when working with his clients.

I was hired by Joe as he has seen my work for other businesses and he knows that I take the time to understand the philosophy of my clients, as well as understanding the requested final image requirements, I also like throwing in ideas of my own.  After receiving the images, feedback from Joe has been positive, I hope to see Infinity Sports and Fitness grow from strength to strength in the near future.

If you are serious about investing in how you and your business are perceived by your clients, I’d love to have a no obligation chat with you about how I can help you promote your own awesome endeavour, call me now on 07778919589 or use the contact page here.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Marcus Charter

Marcus Charter
07778 919589
[email protected]
www.charterphotography.co.uk

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