An afternoon shoot in Cambridge

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of working for a marketing company in Cambridge, who required a series of staff shots at Bradshaws in the city centre.

One of the great things about working on location with studio lighting, is that you never really know what you are going to find.. Arriving at one of their offices I was immediately conscious of the limited room I had available. The client wanted a series of corporate head shots, which I duly supplied, setting up in a tiny corner, just about fitting my Bowens lighting in, and shooting while laying on a table, with the lighting almost on top of me.

Once the standard head shots were done, I shot a few more informal and friendly images in their office, again, lighting and space was very tight, so I ended up shooting with a couple of Nikon flashes working off remotes, which provided a nice soft light and hit the Bradshaws lettering in the background.

When it came to the group shot, all offices came together and although something relatively conservative was required, we made our way to the Varsity Hotel in Cambridge, to utilise their wonderful rooftop. Unfortunately, as is often the case, by the time everyone arrived the light had fallen and I had minutes to grab the images on the dull and autumn day. Thankfully just managing to bag it.

About Julian Claxton

My passion for photography is supported by experiences gained on exciting travel adventures and through working for fantastic photographers. In 2006, I made the exciting step of realising my dream of becoming a freelance photographer. Since this pivotal moment, I have held numerous exhibitions, been featured nationally & internationally in print and won numerous awards, including being a finalist in the National Geographic Photographic competition in 2013 with one of my documentary images from the Sudan. From an early age I began to enjoy taking pictures of my daily life, basking in the thrill of sending the film to the printers and eagerly awaiting the pocket sized prints. My first foray into the world developing and printing strangely began at school when I was asked to produce a descriptive photo for the school newspaper. A front page shot later and I was destined to start the long arduous journey of becoming a photographer. In between exciting travel adventures and working for fantastic photographers, I graduated from college and at a crossroads in my journey to becoming a pro photographer, I embarked on a career working as a medical photographer. Learning new skills and dabbling in video production as well as progressing design skills, I yearned for the challenge and freedom of becoming a freelance. I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing assignments which have included shooting a documentary assignment with an air ambulance, gaining full access to a British Pro cycling team during an international UCI tour, cycling to Rwanda and creating a photographic documentary of my journey. The experiences continue to grow, meeting wonderful people to photograph and telling the story of their journey. The list of events and striking moments that have played out through my viewfinder continue to grow and provide me with ever increasing snapshots of life to capture. One of the highlights of my career thus far has been staying in rural Uganda, teaching photography to the kids from the region, in a project I set up in late 2014, entitled ‘Give a child a camera’. The basis of the project is to supply 35mm cameras and film to the rural schools in this region of East Africa, teaching the children how to shoot photographs. After a week of taking photos of their life, an exhibition is held at the school and the children leave with their very own album, camera and film. One of the images I shot at Eden school in rural Uganda, during morning chapel won the 2015 Travel Media Tourism and Photography award. A great honour and one that I wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for the wonderful children of East Africa. For further information please visit
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