As with most of my work leads come from personal recommendations and I was pleased to be approached by The Community Action Team who were looking for a series of images to promote their building training business.
The Community Action Team based in Shefford, provides a training and apprenticeship schemes for young people in Hertfordshire looking to build their skills in the construction industry and gain real on the job training. As part of promoting their business the Community Action team were looking for a series of shots to illustrate the work they do, the skills their trainees learn and the facilities they have to offer.
For this particular shoot I allocated a whole day since I needed to visit the main offices and the training centre in Shefford, then a series of sites stretching across the county where work was in progress all the way down to Watford.
The day started out with visit to one site where the apprentices were hard at work replacing a series of bathrooms in a housing estate. Although the conditions were cramped this gave a great set of opportunities to show the changes as the work progressed from stripping the bathrooms out through the plastering, tiling and installation phases right though to the final touch-ups. To show the type of work the apprentices did I posed a series of shots as workplace portraits using a mix of indoor and outdoor sets (it seemed a shame to waste the beautiful sunshine).
Next stop were the head office and training facilities in Clifton. Again I wanted to mix both work place portraits and record shots of the building and facilities, however whilst in the training facility my eye was taken by the various tools that were available and I set up a series of small still life shots which could be used across the Community Action Team’s web sites and publications as backdrops and fillers.
The final part of the day was to visit 2 further sites where kitchen’s were being fitted-out. Again having access to 2 different sites allowed me to show different stages of the process from re-plastering to the final detailing.
Although this was a long day with 6 different locations to shoot, I was really pleased with the results which covered a complete range of photography types portraits, still life, record photography and even some arty/graphic shots. I’ve subsequently learnt that beyond the original purpose of this shoot Kate from the Community Maintenance Team has been able to use the photos over and over again, not only for the web site as intended, but as constant source of material for use both on-line and in printed documents.
Learn more about the Community Action Team at their web site.