Portraits in South London
Peter contacted me having found my details simply by Googling “Camberwell photographer.” He was looking for a range of portrait photos for business and social use. The brief was more profile pics than headshots. Peter was not looking for a studio look, but to try to keep everything real, with maximum use of natural lighting and locations.
We arranged to meet in The Sun of Camberwell, very close to Peter’s home. It is a superb pub for taking photos, with its big windows, skylit area and beer garden. I asked permission to work in the pub, and we ended up doing about three quarters of the shoot in this historic South London location.
The Sun of Camberwell beer garden has tables open to the elements. Several booths give a bit more shelter for conversation. The available booth was bright orange on all its surfaces – I had a few qualms about that, but the results using the available (cloudy sky) light weren’t bad, and Peter was happy with them. Flash wasn’t as successful as it just reflected back too much orange.
The final part of the shoot – with a change of shirt – was out on the street past where Peter lives. This was all done with the long lens, and for the “walking shots” I lay on the ground. This is all part of a day’s work for a photographer!
The whole shoot took around 50 minutes, and my client was very happy – enough to leave a nice Google reveiew. Thanks, Peter!