Kensington Wade School prospectus photography
School prospectus photographer for new London school
Recently, The Mustard Agency was looking for a school prospectus photographer with a breadth of experience and an empathetic style. As a result of them finding me through the Exposure Photography website and liking my work, they got in touch. The project would be to produce a series of interesting and engaging photographs for a brand new school in London.
Mustard specialises in building websites and producing prospectuses for the education sector. Naturally, this covers nursery, primary, preparatory, secondary, including academies and grammar schools, further education, universities and colleges.
This particular project was for Kensington Wade School; the first dual language preparatory school of its kind in the UK. Located in the heart of London, it opens in September 2017 and will teach children aged between 3 and 11 years. What's so unique and most noteworthy, is that lessons will be taught bilingually in both English and Chinese.
There was little by way of a brief but at least there were a few loose ideas that we could develop as the day unfolded. Given that the school hadn't yet opened, we needed to bring in some children to be our model students. It was agreed that we'd plan a photoshoot for the school prospectus and website to take place on a Saturday. Parents would be able to attend and the young models kept entertained and happy.
Clearly, this would be a challenging commission, with only one furnished classroom and a few props available to use. We did also have a few examples of the school uniform.
In addition, the weather forecast was poor. Perhaps we wouldn't be able to spend any time in the nearby park. Furthermore, construction workers would also be on site continuing with the build of the main school block. Thankfully, some of the teaching staff were already in place and they were able to help create and co-ordinate a number of classroom activities and scenarios.
Persistent drizzle meant we didn't visit the park. However, we did manage to take a number of shots outside when things brightened up a little. Indoors, we set up some lights and allowed the kids time to become accustomed to the camera and flash lighting. Curiously, this process took a little longer for the parents.
Thankfully, we all soon gelled as a team. Naturally, we were then able to capture some really great moments, interactions and expressions. The results were just what was needed with Kensington Wade School and The Mustard Agency being really pleased. The images continue to work hard for KWS. Hopefully, there will be a suitable opportunity to produce more great library shots during the summer of 2018.
If you need fresh new photography for your next school prospectus or website, please get in touch and see how we can help.