Email arrives in my inbox from a chap called Nick Over, Nick explains that he makes kitchens and wondered if this would be something I’d be interested in photographing for his promotional material. Quick bit of research on Nick and his work and I reply back saying it would be a pleasure.
Nick arranges a photo shoot with one of his client’s whose kitchen he had just completed here in Montgomery, so a perfect starter.
I arrive at the appointed time and Nick colleague Tudor introduces himself to me and his client whose kitchen I will be photographing. Unfortunately, Nick could not make it and Tudor explains that the kitchen will be mine once he has finished some finer details on the unit’s paint work.
Tudor explained the sort of images he was looking for, he was concerned about the light and overexposing around the windows which might saturate some of the images and also explained that he had been to art school and was keen to achieve the “right sort of look” for this kitchen.
I was tempted to reassure Tudor that of course, I can do all of that and more by utilising this and that technique, position from this or that angle but to be fair, getting into technical detail and trying to convince the customer of your competence can sometimes work against you whereas a “gosh, hope so”, may suffice – getting the customers confidence on a first time shoot like this can be difficult and you can end up just spurting out rubbish that means something to you but not much to the customer, that confidence is better achieved once the images are packaged up and ready for viewing – even a glance on the back of the camera can mis-lead, so best to get on with it.
Tudor was looking for perfection and this was the least I could offer having seen the quality of this kitchen and the detail of the touching up Tudor was doing before I could start.
I suggested to Tudor that while he paints it would provide an opportunity for me to “absorb” the room before I unpack my equipment.
Getting time to “see the room” or indeed – the subject of the shoot, really helps to clear the mind and focus the eye on your surroundings, from observing natural light and where it falls, the grain of the wood – the direction of the grain and any leading lines, whites, stainless steel, reflections, shadows, colour blending from element to element helps build the picture and the possibilities - then when the customer; who has spent hours designing, installing and finishing off his master piece; describes the build process and their approach to creating perfect kitchens, the picture comes together and all while the camera is still in the bag, like painting, in photography, there is preparation work to be done first and the starting point is always in the mind.
For this shoot, there was an abundance of natural light and little shadow so my portable studio lights were not needed. Just two prime lenses and tripod to enable me to stop down and capture all those textures in the wood or open wide to bring certain elements away from the background.
A very enjoyable shoot and now with the results sitting proudly on Nicks website – more bookings and a chance to capture more of Nick’s unique kitchens and style.
If you would like to learn more about Nick and Tudor, pop along to their website for more information. If you have a project that you would like photographing, please get in touch: Nick Over