Having been an Education Photographer for 12 years. I certainly picked a diverse time. The Education sector has experienced big changes. And School marketing has become very competitive.
Marketing Photography for Academies, Free Schools, Trusts, Secondary & Independent Schools.
I’ve shot many Schools going through changes. These schools are being created from scratch or transforming. Others moving into amazing new buildings. Also reforming as Large Academies, Free Schools and Educational Trusts.
It has been interesting, sometimes challenging but always fun. An education photographer can often be involved in the very early stages. With institutions requiring ” test” website or prospectus photography. This can be used for initial concept and early marketing. Often involving “mock” shoots. I’ll end up Photographing students at angles hiding their logos (maybe new branding on its way). If we are lucky, getting our hands on few new uniforms. Or posing to hide surroundings (a new building on the way).
Later when i return as their Education photographer. Its always a joy to witness the outstanding results. Being able to record all the hard work & transformation, and create new images is a a treat. Particularly at such an exciting time, in their history.
Bow School Education Photographer. East London.
Education Photographer for Bow School : East London
Without doubt one of my favourite Secondary Schools is Bow School in East London. So i have been very fortunate to have joined their latest journey. Just a couple of years ago, they were squeezed into a slightly decaying Victorian schoolhouse. Certainly crowded but always with a happy atmosphere. Obviously nervous this could be lost moving into their huge new building. However they needn’t of worried. On one hand they had a large student expansion, inclusion of 6th form and on another for the first time, an admission of Girls. Afterwards the spirit survived and quickly filled the space. Proving a school isn’t made with bricks & mortar. It is made by people. In this case chiefly by inspiring head teacher Cath Smith (one of the best Head Teachers I have met). Undoubtedly the transition is complete. And a great success.
Schools New building Shoot
The new Bow School took my breath away. It really is an incredible building. It was such a treat to create the latest academic images here. One of the largest & best academic institutions built for years in the UK. Designed with huge open spaces, enabling all key stages to socialise easily. Further more an effective design in bringing all students together, and creating an inclusive atmosphere, with open gallery classrooms. And I love the fact the architects have been allowed to be brave & sophisticated with the interior finish. The students are not patronized. As a result of this massive industrial concrete wall and cool urban lighting brings a surprising warmth to the space. It’s quite unique. Similarly it reflects perfectly the level of warmth & maturity I’ve experienced working with Bow School students & teachers.
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I also shoot for commercial clients such as : Champneys Spa Group, Green People, BBC, IPC, Focus SB, Keeler, Tulchan Textiles, and many others.
If you would like to view my commercial photography site (the link takes you to a separate site).