Do you Ever Really KNow it’s going to be the front Cover?
The simple answer to that is NO….. But you can increase the odds of getting THE cover shot if….
You Shoot Portrait for the shots that are likely to be considered.
You can encapsulate the theme / essence of the Event in just one shot.
So with that in mind I can take you through some of our Event Photography that we were pretty sure would end up on the front cover.
TUCO Conference 2019
We knew this was going to happen and once we’d got the party photos we knew it was time to set up in the exact spot and wait for the Fireworks to commence.
It has copy space above for the Magazine Logo. It has copy space below for the tag line. Yes there are around 5 of these images all with fireworks in various stages of illumination and all could quite easily have ended up on the cover. This is not just a right time and place image, this was a sit and wait for the action to unfold image.
National Pizza Awards 2022
This one is a great example of right place right time great composition. This is the winner of the National Pizza awards 2022. Of course at the time of taking the image we had no idea that he would go on to be crowned the winner but from a story telling viewpoint it has all the elements that make a great cover, Pizza, Action, Pizza oven, logo on jacket. What’s not to like.
National Burger Awards 2019
With all the craziness of the competition going on all around sometimes it is necessary to just take a moment and think, would that make a great shot….?
So here we are, burger in hand looking straight down the barrel of the camera lens, light transitioning from left to right. I knew as soon as the image was taken that it was the cover shot. The tension, the drama and of course the hero of the hour (The Burger) right there front and centre.
This again is an absolutely perfect cover shot.
The concentration of the chef in the heat of competition, getting ready to serve up the most amazing plate of food ready to be judge by some of the finest pallets in the country.
Loads of copy space, the story telling of the image.
StrEAT Food Awards 2022
This one was by no means a define cover shot, yes it was the winning dish, yes it was well exposed and composed, but at the time of capture we still had another 24 dishes to photograph. The point is that you have to take every still life food competition image as if it the cover shot because you never know which on it will be. It could the the prettiest plate or it could be a bit dull to look at.
It’s all random….
That’s absolutely not true. You try to put yourself in the mindset of the editor, the studio magazine creator and you shoot for them. They are the people who will ultimately bring the story to life, you are just there to make it look pretty.
Just a small selection of front covers over the years from Events we’ve covered.
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Having a chat about an exciting project like NHS Chef of the Year is one of those moments where you think…. Yes I can make a difference here, showcase a part of the catering and medical sector that really doesn’t get hardly any recognition.
Emma and Phil from NHS England have really stepped up to the plate (pun intended ) to highlight the importance of the work the catering teams throughout the NHS Trusts do and water to create a platform for them to learn and grow from professionals through the industry. Ultimately leading to those individuals returning their Trusts and passing on the skills they have learnt. Truly inspiring stuff.
Our task was to showcase the Event in a way that wouldn’t be off putting to the competitors whilst demonstrating to the naysayers that this was a fabulous opportunity for the Chefs to Learn and Grow.
The Film was broken up into two parts.
A trailer 2-3mins highlighting the competition as a whole
A 30 min short film bring together the journey of the competitors
The images were to serve as a documentary Piece for both Magazine and Socials.
Here’s what we did….
The First Few days of the Event were a learning platform for the finalist. With talks from famous chefs on sustainable proteins to Natasha’s Laws Parents. Right through to Suppliers such as MKN, Rational, and Hobart showcasing the kitchen equipment that most of the Competitors already y had access to but never really unlocked its full potential.
And the COMPETITION begins
Capturing the beginning of the competition we could see the nerves really kicking in and equally the skills progressing.
And then you come to the Knockouts.
There is no production team on these kinds of jobs so it’s important to guide the organisers in the theatre of the competition, add tension, suspense and ultimately relief / disappointment.
There can only be one winner.
But the progress and the lessons learnt throughout the competition really shone through.
And the Full 30 min piece.
It’s not just about the Competition….
The Ladies from Stockport NHS have gone on to be the faces of a national food brand helping workers throughout the NHS get access to great food throughout the day whatever the time of day that is
The Ladies from Nottingham NHS secured funding for a new kitchen, moving out of the cupboard they currently occupy to a purpose build kitchen serving staff and public through the 24hr working cycle of their services. They have since thanked us for this film as they have told us that without it they would not have secured the funding, that makes us really proud to be part of something bigger than ourselves.