Earlier this year I was commissioned to do some corporate photography by one of my clients who needed a series of iconic photographs of Guildford to display in the main reception area of the building where they’re based.
The brief was to avoid the typical “picture postcard” views, but for the images to still be classic shots of the town. At our preliminary meeting we discussed some of the key buildings and locations which I would photograph, but I was given a fairly free rein as to how I interpreted them.
With our British weather being so unpredictable, a fair bit of planning was necessary in order to get the best images under the most favourable conditions. My initial step was to do a recce of all the possible areas, take some test shots at different times of the day and then plan my shoots accordingly before heading out with cameras, tripods and the like. I was very lucky as there were some beautiful summer mornings, and getting up early in the middle of July to take photographs of such a lovely place was certainly no hardship – I think the ones I enjoyed taking most were the shots of Guildford castle and grounds. The only one taken at night was Guildford cathedral, as I wanted to photograph it when it was lit up against a gradually darkening sky.
As a portrait photographer, this was one of those rare occasions when I had to avoid getting people in my shots, which was a lot harder than you might imagine, even early in the morning!
These are some of my favourites: the first five are those which my client chose – Guildford Castle, Abbot’s Hospital, Guildford Cathedral, the High Street and Clock, and St Mary’s Church.