Life behind the scenes at the recent Blitz Gooday photo shoot
By Shabba Nazir, Accounting Ninja
Over the past months we’ve been working on updating our ‘brand’. We want to give Blitz Gooday’s communications a completely new look that’s more in line with what we do (and what we’re like). This new look has already appeared on our website and across some of our social media channels (check it out at facebook.com/blitzgooday and instagram.com/blitzgooday). Once we’d decided what our new branding theme would look like, we needed some images to reflect this… and from this, the first Blitz Gooday photoshoot was born.
So, on Tuesday 30th April, at a Studio in Canning Town, I got to spend the day out of the office being a photographer’s assistant which, may I add, is a highly important role! With studio, models, and photographers booked, a shooting script agreed and plenty of slightly unusual props to hand, we were ready to commence.
We kicked off by arranging the studio space, setting up cameras & lights and preparing props. This meant, among other things, building a desk, steaming a doctor’s coat, sticking a gift tag onto some dynamite and lining up some (rubber) ducks. Definitely not your average photoshoot, then.
I took charge of organising each shot sequence, letting the models and photographers know what the brief for the shot called for e.g. “For this shot, you’ll need to ride a child’s scooter towards the camera while wearing welding goggles and trying to catch a floating brain with a butterfly net.” Then I’d locate the squidgy brain / fake lobster / other assorted weird items as required for the picture. As one sequence was being photographed, I would get the next sequence ready by placing the props. This ensured that there was a quick transition between shots, so that we used our time effectively - time really is money in the studio as everything is charged by the hour.
The morning shoot involved all the seated photographs, as these all used the desk. The script for the afternoon called for some of our wackier props, so over lunch we inflated the space hopper, balloons and kayak (the huge size of the kayak took us by surprise but thankfully it did come with a pump), dusted the lobster, and tried to get the scooter to stay in one piece.
I also got to be a part of the shots (out of frame unfortunately). I was responsible for levitating some of the props so that John, the photographer, could get the ideal photograph. You’ll be amazed at how much coordination goes into getting the perfect shot. Everything had to positioned correctly within the frame and sometimes our props had a mind of their own. For the most part I was dangling a brain or a balloon while balancing on a wooden block. Although my role was out of frame on the actual shots, a kayak isn’t your everyday item, so even I couldn’t pass on the opportunity of being photographed in one. There were also photographs involving a model on a scooter trying to catch a brain, a model on a space hopper being blown away by a wind machine, plus plenty of other images using our weird and wonderful props.
Amanda, one of our Blitz Gooday Financial Ninjas, dropped by during the day, to have a new headshot taken for our website. Somehow, we convinced her to have a bit of a bounce on the space hopper for the camera. Judging from the picture, it may have been more fun than double-entry book-keeping (who would have thought it?)
It was brilliant productive day out of the office and lots of fun too. We took loads of photographs throughout the day. These are being edited by the photographers - keep an eye out on our social media channels for them.
Thanks to Murial and Agit from Models Direct, John from Light Fantastic Imaging for photographing them, and the other John from Epcot Images for shooting the behind-the-scenes pics.