A Summer of Stock Photography in Solihull
News from Birmingham based freelance photographer Simon Hadley.
Over the summer I undertook a large photographic commission from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.
The brief was to totally update their photographic stock, with particular reference to lifestyle and leisure, subjects to include parks, playgrounds, restaurants, bars and cafes as well as office buildings, industrial estates, housing and transport links. The area had to look like somewhere you would want to live and work, somewhere the sun always shined.
I was working from a long list of locations that needed photographing, not just in Solihull but also Shirley and all of the surrounding villages. All my picture desk experience was put into use organising the project and my photographic experience in press, pr, architecture, reportage and lifestyle photography to capture the wide range of images required.
Consideration had to be given to geography, weather, time of day, access to interiors or to private land and would I need people in the pictures.
My life became ruled by the weather, the ideal stock photography conditions are bright with fluffy white clouds against a blue sky but with enough cloud to create some shade when necessary. Many times I set off to a location only to have to turn around when the weather changed. The direction of the sunlight was also critical, some locations would be great in the morning some in the afternoon.
Frustratingly the two week window I had in late August/ early September to shoot the project were dominated by unseasonal grey, chilly and drizzly weather, fortunately the last weekend of the month saw the arrival of a mini heatwave and perfect photography conditions.
Other complications I had to contend with included road works at locations I needed to photograph, delivery lorries arriving at inconvenient moment and customers who definitely didn’t want to be photographed taking long lunches outside cafes/ restaurants on my list.
Despite all of these challenges I completed the project on time with a great set of images as well as a new and extensive knowledge of the area.
If you would like to discuss any potential photographic commissions please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07774 193699 or via the website contact page https://www.simonhadley.co.uk/contact/