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Brighton Gin Distillery Commercial Photography

Brighton Business Photography - Brighton Gin Distillery

I was very fortunate to be able to spend a wonderful afternoon at the Brighton Gin distillery, taking photos of the who process of making Gin.

I really learnt a lot and loved every minute of it. It’s given me a greater love for Brighton Gin and the lovely people who run the business.

The thing that I was most surprised and impressed by, was the list for the staff’s tea and coffee. I loved the way that everyone was so precise about the length of time the tea bag should stay in the cup for. The exact measurements of coffee and sugar for everyones brew. I’m also sure that I saw a paint sample chart for how milky certain people like their tea. This I really respect.

Creative Commercial Company Head Shots

Creative Commercial Company Head Shots

Creative Commercial Company Head Shots

I've just finished editing a quick commercial company head shot shoot which I photographed in London last week between board meetings. 

I didn't have long with each subject but we managed to do a quite a few different group shots as well as a load of different head shots / profile portraits for each board member in colour and in black & white. I like the challenge of working quickly with people who aren't used to having their photo taken. 

If you're looking for any company profile shots / commercial & business staff head shots / corporate profile shots, please do give me a shout as I'd love to hear from you.

SILO Brighton chef portrait

Brighton Chef Magazine Portrait

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A little while ago I was asked to take a portrait of the head chef Doug, at the zero waste restaurant SILO in Brighton for specialist coffee magazine Longberry. Which is a very cool publication and describes itself as 'An occasional journal of coffee.'

Doug the head chef is quite a character and is doing some really interesting things with food. So if you get a chance, you should really head down there. He was also a man in demand. When I arrived he was just finishing one interview and there was already a film crew standing by to interview him for something else. So I only had five mins with him, but managed to get a couple of portraits that I'm really happy with.

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And this is what the finished article looked like in the magazine.

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Portraits of People at Work

With winter looking like it's well and truly here. I thought I'd show you some portraits of some Brighton Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt makers at work.

 


Why I’m changing how I use Instagram

Why I’m changing how I use Instagram

I’ve really started to think long and hard about how I use the wonderful photo sharing app Instagram. The world of photography has changed a hell of a lot in the last few years and it’s got me thinking. 

So as a bit of a background my profile on Instagram says: “I shoot people. Usually for work. Always for fun. ——— All photos are taken on an iPhone.”

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Flickr

Back in the day I was a massive fan of a photography sharing website called Flickr. You may have heard of it? But do you use it to share your photos?

I don’t any more. I used to on a daily basis. In fact I was on there before I was on Facebook and used it so much, that I thought what’s the point of this new fangled Facebook with Flickr being so popular. 

Well around 2009 I just found that Flickr died a death. I used to do a 365 Day Self Portrait project and my photography was regularly getting loads of hits a day and seen by so many people. But that just stopped. I wasn’t checking it as much and chances are all those other people weren’t. 

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Where do I upload my photography to now?

Well I put a very limited amount of family and friends stuff on Facebook. My wedding photography goes on my wedding photography website www.vivaweddingphotography.com and my commercial photography goes on my commercial photography website www.adambronkhorst.com. The final bit of the puzzle is my iPhone snaps of everyday life. Well that goes on Instagram.

I suppose there isn’t one place where you can see all my photography. Well all the stuff that i’m proud off and want to show off. This all seems a bit fragmented. After all i’m a photographer and I use the same creative vision no matter what i’m shooting. So it seems only sensible to have somewhere to use as a photography sharing platform for all the best bits.

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Instagram

Onto Instagram. I joined and started uploading iPhone photos to Instagram back in 2010. I’ve only ever uploaded photos which were taken on my iPhone. I thought that it’s a mobile photography platform to be used and viewed on a mobile device. So I used to be all snobby and couldn’t understand why people would upload anything else. 

I once wrote a book on ‘Smartphone Photography’ called Snap Shots. I looked at apps for shooting, apps for editing and apps for sharing. Instagram does all three of those in one app. It’s just brilliant. The fact that I don’t shoot or edit with it doesn’t matter. I do share my photos with it and whats more it’s not just an app for sharing your photos on other sites. It’s an amazing social network.

And thats the key. It’s a social network. It’s been embraced my so many photographers to show off their work and so much more. Why am I not using this? Why am I just using it to show, what is for me, the least interesting of my photography? And by that I mean the photos I put the least effort and thought into?

Instagram is so much more than just a photo taking app. It’s become the place to view photographers work. I don’t have to just put my iPhone photos up there. I can share my commercial portrait work. I can put the odd wedding photo on there. I can also put my family and friends stuff up there and everyone can see it all in one place. It’s my photography and my style will hopefully be obvious in all my work. Why limit myself?

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The plan

So from now on my Instagram account is going to look very different. There’ll be a load of other work on there for everyone too see. I’ll still post the iPhone photography. But i’ll keep that to Square and i’ll tag it with #iPhone. After all the best camera is the camera you have with you. I still love shooting with my iPhone, so that’ll never stop.

I’m hoping that it’ll open up my photography to a whole new audience and people that liked my wedding photography can see that I love commercial portraits. And people that love my commercial work can see that I put just as much effort into shooting my family and friends and you never know where things will lead. I’ve seen some amazing things happen on Instagram so i’m embracing change.

So it looks like Flickr is alive and well now; it’s just called Instagram and everyone has it in their pocket. 

I’m also going to change my profile and remove that snobby saying “All photos taken on an iPhone”.

Adam Bronkhorst’s Instagram Account is dead. Long live Adam Bronkhorst’s Instagram Account.