Elitefranchise Magazine Cover Photography

We’ve photographed a couple of stories lately for the front cover of Elitefranchise Magazine.

 

We visited One Angel Square the HQ of  The Cooperative in Manchester and Travel Counsellors in Manchester for this trade press photography job.

The Cooperative

With 2,500 of its own stores already up and running, food retail giant Co-op has embarked on a franchising journey under the watchful eye of Martin Rogers, the firm’s head of new channels.

While the Co-op officially started taking on franchises in February 2019, the concept has been in the pipeline for a long time. “We’ve been talking about franchising for several years,” Martin Rogers reveals, the Co-op’s been around 175 years, so we’re in no rush but we also want to seize the opportunity.

Travel Counsellors

Travel Counsellors has a series of tech-centric support options on its in-flight menu, which CEO Steve Byrne believes has allowed its 1,800 franchisees to soar to great heights.
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CEO Steve Byrne

Travel Counsellors business front cover EliteFranchise Magazine Manchester Photography

Travel Counsellors CEO Steve Byrne

In the time Byrne has been captain of the ship at Travel Counsellors, the franchise has grown massively. “When I joined 15 years ago, it had 400 franchisees and turned over about £100m,” he reflects. “I worked with the family ownership for about ten years and then did our first private equity investment with Equistone who took a stake in the business,” says Byrne. “And now we’re on a second private equity ownership with Vitruvian to take the company to the next level.” Of course, one could argue Travel Counsellors is already at the next level. From 400 franchisees when Byrne joined, it now has 1,800 members in its franchise network.

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Betfred Lottery Winner Press PR Photography

Quick trip to Scunthorpe for a nice PR story, to snap Betfred Lottery winner Elisio Ximenes, who won £58,000, after choosing the winning numbers.

Betfred PR Photography

Days after winning Elisio quit his job at the Two Sisters Food plant in Scunthorpe and booked a luxury holiday with his wife and family in Bali.  Who he hasn’t seen for five years.

Press Pr photography Betfred chicken factory winner

He is planning to set up a restaurant business in his home country 8,500 miles away in East Timor.

This story did really well in the press, getting picked up by all the national tabloids.

The Sun

The Daily Mail

The Mirror

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Corporate headshot portrait photographers in Manchester

A busy few weeks as corporate headshot portrait photographers in Manchester and round about. Covered so many portraits in the city centre of late.

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Nice, clean commercial portrait photography at your offices.

Professional Headshots

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Different styles of portrait for different businesses….some on colorama backdrop…some just natural.

Portable Studio

Rather than operate from a studio and ask headshot subjects to come in, we’ve been going into offices with our colorama backdrops and lighting for years now. It means everyone can carry on working without the faff of schlepping across town for a ten minute appointment.

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Formal or relaxed headshots

On-site Portraits

If you’ve got a nice quiet space in the corner of your business then we can set-up a photography studio in minutes, and get portraits of your whole team in one go – no fuss, no faffing and a great cost. It looks beautifully consistent and professional…and it doesn’t disrupt the business.

Informal staff photography, Manchester

Staff Photographs

We have a do’s and don’t checklist we send out to you ahead of your booking.  This ensures you get the best out of the shoot.

National law firm Horwich Farrelly staff photography

Fast Turnaround of images

We get the shots back you you as quickly as possible, all edited and licensed images for use without restriction, indefinitely.

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BBC News Portrait Photograpy

We did some nice portraits for BBC news at MediaCity for a very interesting story –  The Footballer, the Saudi prince and the proposition. About Eamonn O’Keefe, a former footballer who played professionally in Saudi Arabia. The Club president Prince Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud asked O’Keefe to give up his football career to become his lover, and was refused

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Eamonn O’Keefe now living back in the North West.

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Eamonn in Saudi with the Prince and one of his wives

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As Prince Abdullah was such as a wealthy and powerful man in Saudi Arabia (a member of the House of Saud), O’Keefe fled the country, fearing for his safety. As he needed Prince Abdullah’s permission to leave the country, O’Keefe had to convince him that he was only going to stay in England for one week so as to visit his ill father (who was in fact in good health).Upon his return he informed The Football Association who gave him advice after forming an emergency meeting.

Read the full story on the BBC Website here

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Al-Hilal Club

Was originally known as the Olympic Club during its founding by Abdul Rahman Bin Saad Bin Saeed on 15 October 1957 in Riyadh. The club’s name lasted for only one year before it was changed to its current name on 3 December 1958 by King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz. He changed the name after he attended a tournament that was contested between the Olympic Club, Al-Shabab, Al-Riyadh and El-Kawkab clubs. As soon as the club’s establishment, Al-Hilal enjoyed not only grassroots support but also royal attention.

After spending their formative years building a squad, the club made their first mark by lifting the Kings Cup trophy in 1961. That began a period in which the club won 50 official competitions. Al-Hilal recaptured the King’s Cup in 1964, with a penalty shootout victory over two-time Asian champions Al-Ittihad.

In 1991, they won the first Asian title, Asian Club Championship. They won it again in 1999-2000. In 1997 they captured the Asian Cup Winners and the Asian Super Cup of that year, which they lifted again in 2002. The last time they got their hands on a continental trophy was in 2002, when they won the Asian Cup Winners’ Cup.

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Moyes makes return to Manchester City

We went to photograph former Manchester United manager David Moyes talk management at the Etihad Stadium just before Christmas.

Former Manchester United manager, David moyes delivers a talk to business leaders. Moyes makes return to Manchester City

Former Manchester United Football Club David Moyes talks management

League Managers Association

The League Managers Association works with commercial partners to offer a credible engagement with a key stakeholder within the game to increase business knowledge, skills and productivity framed through football and football management. They run bespoke packages utilising a broad spectrum of assets and marketing rights to satisfy overarching brand ambitions. There’s clearly a big attraction for businesses in chatting about similarities in high pressure leadership.

Manchester City

Football manager meets business leaders at football stadium. Moyes makes return to Manchester City.

The Event took place at MCFC’s whopping big Etihad stadium.  The work the LMA does with its members to enhance their leadership and management skills are directly transferable to the corporate marketplace. The LMA has developed unique and compelling Leadership programmes with partners utilising rights across a broad spectrum.  The LMA offers a direct route into the heart of football and its key decision makers–the managers. The LMA works in partnership with brands wanting to showcase a credible and mutually beneficial engagement with the LMA membership.

Mourinho

Moyes makes return to Manchester City Football Club.

Moyes’ talk came just weeks before Manchester United lost yet another manager- with Mourinho getting the sack in December 2018 after a run of results that now makes Moyes’ tenure look altogether different. We’d been to see Moyes for a few different corporate photography jobs at Carrington when he was in post there, and it was interesting to hear him reflect on that period.

Tunnel Club

Business leaders visit Manchester City's Tunnel Club. Moyes makes return to Manchester City.

The lavish world of modern football’s corporate hospitality.

We did the usual array of corporate event photography, and managed to get our first look inside City’s new Tunnel Club. This is a big new departure in corporate hospitality at football. The lounges themselves are stunning and very lavish. You get the big novelty of watching the players entering the pitch, as well as top-notch food and drink – a far cry from our days going to Maine Road.

Business leaders pose for a photography in a football stadium. Moyes makes return to Manchester City.

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Northern Rail digital train

We had a trek down to Arriva’s train depot at Crewe to photograph Northern’s new Digital Train at the end of 2018.

Who doesn’t love a train set, especially full sized ones! Always nice to spend a few hours working with big infrastructure and getting an insight into a different world. Wow, how many miles of wires can you cram into one cabinet?

An engineer is photographed as he installs hardware Arrive Northern Rail Corporate photography digital trains to a new digital train.

Northern Rails new digital trains undergo a re-fit.

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Northern has given customers a glimpse into the future with the launch of its first fully refurbished train, now out on the network.

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New train interior, including long-awaited charging points.

The delivery of 243 refurbished trains is part of a multi-million pound investment programme.  This will enhance customer journeys with new trains, more services, more seats, better stations and faster journeys.

The Class 158 today made its debut for customers travelling between Leeds and Lincoln.

The upgraded train gives Northern customers a brighter and more comfortable journey with new seating and more leg room. This provides them with digital improvements including USB charging sockets at every seat and free Wi-Fi throughout. In the near future, these trains will also feature customer information screens and digital seat reservations.

Last week, the first of 98 brand new trains began test runs on Northern routes and is scheduled for passenger service by the end of the year.

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More the 400 Northern stations will see improvements such as new waiting rooms, improved lighting and CCTV, and new seating by 2020. Work is already complete at more than 100 stations.

Northern has also made it easier than ever for customers to buy tickets for their journeys with improved mobile applications and the roll out of more than 600 new ticket machines at stations across the north of England.

Engineering

Ben Ackroyd, Engineering Director at Northern, said: “We have promised our customers fully refurbished trains with modern facilities, I am really proud to see this first unit out on the network.

“We are committed to delivering further improvements for our customers in the north of England and this train – which will operate across the region – is tangible proof that our improvements are on track.”

Northern customer Edith from Sheffield said: “I thought I was walking into first class it is so nice and clean. A great improvement which I’m sure will be appreciated by all passengers.”

The train was refurbished at Arriva Train Care in Crewe and involved hundreds of hours of work from specialists in rail, engineering, electrics, lighting and audio-visual.

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New USB charging points on a Northern Rail train, UK. Arrive Northern Rail Corporate photography digital trains.Ben added: “I am grateful to our partners across the industry who have worked hard to deliver this first-in-class train for our customers and I look forward to seeing more and more refurbished carriages out and about on the network during the coming weeks and months.”

The full story is here at Northern’s website: https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/news/latest-news/2038-northern-unveils-first-digital-train

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Photographs of Scarefest at Alton Towers

We’ve been so busy of late that we haven’t had time to share these images from our recent photographs of Scarefest at Alton Towers.

A zombie scares visitors to a theme park in England. Photographs of Scarefest at Alton Towers

The project 42 maze at Alton Towers’ Scarefest event 2018

Halloween

Every year the theme park goes bonkers for Halloween and runs special events throughout October and November – from special themed mazes to street theatre, stage shows and even the chance to ride their famous rollercoaster into the night. We went along at the start of the campaign to photograph and film the action.

Photographs of Scarefest at Alton Towers.

Seen some nice photographers make-up in my time, but this stuff is just great.

Terrifying

Are you ready to join us at this year’s terrifyingly fangtastic Scarefest event with spooks, frights and thrills for everyone? This unmissable event takes place on selected dates as the Resort becomes home to Halloween. Open until late so you can enjoy your favourite rides in the dark – and for the first time Wicker Man’s flames lighting up the night sky!

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We love an interesting photo opportunity!

For younger visitors, there are live shows, a new addition to our famous ‘freaky four’ to meet.  Older families will find laughs and frights in our House of Monsters maze. For those in search of spine-tingling terror, you’ll need your wits about you when you enter our terrifying scare mazes….including the new Project 42.

Post-apocalypse zombie nurses eat their patients at Alton Towers Scarefest

NHS cuts take hold.

Project 42

New for this year is Project 42, a scare maze which will be located in Forbidden Valley. Whilst more details are expected to be revealed in the coming months, based on recent construction work, it’s likely that this attraction will be located on the Nemesis: Sub-Terra site, where the existing building and queue-line can be utilised.

Event Photography at Alton Towers Scarefest Halloween zombies by Manchester Photographer

This new addition will replace the Resort’s iconic Terror of the Towers: What Lies Within, which will not be returning, having run on and off since 2002. Terror of the Towers has seen many changes over the years, most recently to the route, which allowed for three mazes to operate within the Towers.

Event Photography at Alton Towers Scarefest Halloween by Manchester Photographer

Always nice to have interesting subjects to photograph.

Despite being well recognised and liked, many enthusiasts have agreed that it has offered little new in recent years as well having a weaker overall narrative when compared Alton Towers’ more recent maze additions.

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Also departing this year is the Freak Show scare zone, which saw a carnival of freaks occupy the path between Spinball Whizzer and X-Sector, which allowed a wider range of guests to experience a range of scares and laughs.

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Returning this year are the Resort’s award winning mazes; Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover the Legend of the Skin Snatchers and Sub Species: The End Games, as well the return of last year’s new addition; The Welcoming – Be Chosen, which is due to return to the Wicker Man area.

Scarefest

Alton Towers Resort are promising that the mazes will be “re-scarified” for this year, although what this might mean in practice, hasn’t been confirmed. See more here 

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Manchester United’s Rashford meets Rainbow

We went to take some photos for a very sweet story a few weeks back. Footballers get a lot of stick but, credit to Marcus Rashford, he’s only 20 years old and he copes very well with the public role and the attention it brings.

Two professional Manchester united football players meet an amateur player who plays blind football.

Manchester United’s Marcus Ashford and Jesse Lingard meet blind footballer, Rainbow, and his guide dog at the club’s Carrington training ground.

Here’s the copy from the Guide Dogs Association:

Press coverage of a story for guide dogs.

“England sensation Marcus Rashford delighted 15-year-old football fanatic Rainbow Mbuangi and his buddy dog, Drake, when they visited Manchester United’s Carrington training ground.

The pair discussed their shared love of the beautiful game during their meeting, which was organised for Guide Dogs’ new #MeetAHero campaign. Through #MeetAHero, we want to show the world how our services empower people with sight loss, like Rainbow, to live their lives to the full.

Training

In Rainbow’s case, he loves his weekly training sessions at Merseyside Blind Football Club. Born with no useable sight, Rainbow has been kicking a ball about since he could walk, and with our support he developed the confidence to pursue his football dreams. He recently scored the winning goal for his team at a tournament in Belgium, and his ultimate ambition is to play for England’s national Blind Football team.

Despite now living in Liverpool, when it comes to football he is Manchester United all the way. His room is described as a shrine to the Red Devils and his ultimate footballing hero is forward Marcus Rashford.

Manchester United Footballer Rashford with Guide Dog Charity

Lingard

But Marcus wasn’t the only star who paid Rainbow a visit – he was thrilled when fellow Man U midfielder Jesse Lingard also popped by to say hello. The two England stars signed Rainbow’s football, gifted him a new shirt and even asked if they could attend his next game.

The trio were also joined by Rainbow’s buddy dog Drake, who has been with Rainbow since 2014. Having Drake by his side increases Rainbow’s independence and confidence ensuring he doesn’t miss out on doing the things he loves. Rainbow also receives support from our children and young people’s specialists, which enables him to do everyday things with his family and friends.

Rainbow said: “I’ve grown up with Man United posters on my walls ever since I was little and having the chance to meet Marcus was a dream come true. He’s inspired me to push myself and one day I hope to be just like him – playing for my country in the official England Blind Football team.”

Marcus said: “It’s an honour to be thought of as a hero but I think Rainbow’s the real hero here. From what I hear he is quite the talent on the pitch and it’s clear that nothing will get in the way of him pursuing his dream. I look forward to seeing him play for the England Blind Football team in the future.”

Manchester United Football Guide Dogs

Speaking about the moment Rainbow learned he was to meet Marcus, Rainbow’s nan, Lyn Outram, said: “Rainbow was so excited when he heard that he was going to meet his hero, Marcus Rashford. We had to go straight out to buy the latest Manchester United kit for Rainbow to wear!

Lyn added: “The support we’ve had from Guide Dogs has been great and the improvement to Rainbow’s ability to get around has been incredible.”

We are very grateful to Marcus, Jesse and everyone at Manchester United who made Rainbow’s dream to meet his footballing hero come true.”Manchester United Footballer Rashford with Guide Dog Charity

You can view the film of their meeting here

and the full story here…and here

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Deansgate Square Manchester – photographs from the top

Our chief photographer has, sadly, never had a great head for heights and so it was with some trepidation that he was despatched to the under-construction Deansgate Square in Manchester city centre.

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Manchester city centre as viewed from floor 54 of the the new Deansgate Square, Tower 1 – photographs from the top floor by manchesterphotographer.com

A new client booked us as photographers for a case-study of one of their graduate trainees.

a graduate working on a new city centre skyscraper in Manchester

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So, after a few shots on the ground it was very good of Renaker Construction to grant access to the tallest of the new towers. This main tower will reach 64 stories when complete, topping out at 201 metres. And that’s just one of four such towers that will be slightly smaller.  We got to the then top, floor 54, as Hanson continued to pour the concrete above for the next ten floors of West Properties mega investment. It’s a daunting ride in an external goods lift that’s fastened to the side of the building…and there’s not much in the way of walls, windows or even fencing to soothe the acrophobic once you reach the top. But what a view it offers over Manchester and beyond.

Looking up to new skyscrapers being built in Manchester

The view of Tower no. 2 (left) and Tower no. 1 (right) from the ground.

In total the four new towers (previously known as the owen Street Towers) will provide 1508 apartments…luxury apartments at that! Some of these will even have their own private winter gardens. Those who can’t run to that will still have access to the 25m swimming pool, a tennis court…and what will surely be the best rooftop garden in the UK.  The mighty Beetham Tower once looked incongruous in the city centre at 169 metre tall – now you can see over the top of it…and directly in to Architect, Ian Simpson’s legendary penthouse apartment, with its olive grove. Still, he can’t complain, Simpson’s very own architectural practice, Simpson Haugh have also designed Deansgate Square for developer.

a view of Manchester's Beetham Tower as seems from a neighbouring skyscraper at Deansgate Square.

Ian Simpson has invaded his own privacy, with the new neighbours getting a great view into, and above, his 169m high penthouse.

The first tower is set to open in Spring 2019 and will be the second tallest building in the UK – just nine floors lower than the 309m (1013ft) Shard in London. You can find further info here.

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Photographing the National Youth Orchestra in Manchester

We had the great pleasure to be photograph the National Children’s Orchestras’ concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester recently.

A young violinist from the National Concert Orchestra tunes up ahead of her performance.

Practicing ahead of the main concert.

The event is the culmination of a week of tuition and practise for this extremely talented group of youngsters. It’s a great subject for a photographer and we really enjoyed following everything from the rehearsal through tuning up and the finale.

The NCO was founded in 1978 by Vivienne Price MBE. Price, a violin teacher, had set up a number of local orchestras for children in Surrey but was acutely aware of the lack of national opportunities for younger musicians. The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain had existed since 1948 and there were many regional youth orchestras which catered for teenagers, but younger children struggled to fit in socially and so Price established the NCO.

Each orchestra meets once or twice a year at residential courses around the UK, where they receive training from leading music tutors and conductors. Main and Under 13 Orchestras have a nine-day course in the spring and another nine-day course in the summer, ending in a public concert in a major venue, as well as a non-residential winter weekend. the Under 12 Orchestra has 2 courses a year with one public concert and one for friends and family. The younger orchestras (Under 11’s, 10’s and Training Orchestra) have an eight-day course in the summer, ending in a concert for friends and family. The courses are spent in sectionals and full orchestral rehearsals, preparing repertoire to be played at the end of course concert. There is also time to explore other music and for recreation.