Being a Newcastle Industrial photographer, often you get to see firsthand some epic workplaces, and going on site at Port Waratah to do some Industrial photography for a recent TV series, was no exception. Being up close photographing the enormous bucket wheels and climbing these awesome machines for parts of the shoot was definitely memorable. The epic scale of these machines can’t be ignored, and you’d be forgiven for walking away from the site feeling a little smaller than normal.
As an industrial photographer, I always love photography projects like this, capturing workers making the big stuff happen. In this place, machine perfection is the end game, and grease and dirt rule! In fact, the dirtier people are the better. It certainly makes for some awesome industrial photography for our clients.
Photography by Newcastle professional industrial photographer, edge commercial photography.
It’s always a great feeling when halfway through a photo shoot the graphic designer slaps you on the back, jumping up and down with excitement, because shot after shot, Edge was delivering exactly what they were after! Well actually this was the experience shooting for DFK Crosbie & Graphica earlier this year.
DFK Crosbie is a great client to talk about because they believe in the power of creating a strong & unique brand, as well as understanding how powerful great imagery is in helping create that brand.
From the outset Crosbie had a very specific idea around what photos they wanted to capture, and how they wanted to use the imagery. The challenge for Edge was to take the concept imagery with their unique locations, lighting, and talent, and come up with visual solutions. Solutions that could be captured within the Crosbie offices, using their staff, their spaces, and the combination of available lighting and studio lighting solutions, and to deliver images that very closely reflected the original concept.
We met a few weeks before the shoot to work through details from wardrobe choices for their staff, furniture selection, locations around the offices, identified optimal time of day to capture each of the images to best make use of the natural light, but also how to best supplement that light with portable studio lighting.
The key branding message they were looking to communicate through the imagery was experience, and best in class expertise, delivering peace of mind for Crosbie clients.
The images captured during the photo shoot were streamed wirelessly to the marketing executive, and the graphic design team, allowing for real-time feedback and instant approval, ensuring everyone was really happy with the shoot. Edge always prefers to operate like this because it allows the creative team to work together seamlessly to deliver an outstanding shoot for every client.
This is what DFK Crosbie had this to say about Edge on Google My Business, “Mark is easy to work with and has a great eye for detail. He did a fantastic job on our corporate photo shoot, making our people and our office look amazing.” 5stars
DFK Crosbie are an accountants and business advice firm with over 50 years of experience. We take the time to get to know our clients and their business to build strong relationships and understanding of all client needs, utilising our industry expertise and focus on service to give peace of mind to our clients. Offering complete services including tax advice, business advice, wealth management, SMSF, finance and audit, giving a holistic approach and peace of mind our clients are supported by the ‘best in class’. We provide specific industry expertise in hospitality, health and medical, taxation, not for profit, Wealth Management and SMSF.
Try Living without concrete piles – selling something almost no one sees
When was the last time you drove over a bridge and thought, ‘hmm, I wonder what goes into constructing the concrete piles that are holding me up, together with the thousands of tonnes of concrete and steel that I’m driving on?’ If you’re like me, it’s not something that ever crosses your mind.
After working with Caporn on many projects, it’s definitely not something I take for granted any more. In my opinion, these guys have one of the most challenging jobs in infrastructure construction. Typically, if a bridge is needed, it means the operating environments are full of complex challenges, where any number of things can go wrong. Inaccessible terrain, deep excavations, and often lots of water, meaning boats and barges are sometimes how they have to get the job done. Add to the mix extremely compact work sites, crammed full of very large, heavy materials and equipment, huge cranes and piling rigs, making them extremely hazardous places to work in. Add to the list of challenges minimising the impacts of their work on the surrounding natural environment.
These challenges speak to the core of the marketing dilemma for a company like Caporn. How do they communicate what it is they do quickly and effectively?
Everyone that knows what a pile is, can understand its value. Without it there is no bridge! However, it’s not something that is at the forefront of most people’s mind, because most of the pile is in the ground, underwater, and under the bridge out of sight.
For Caporn, it’s about helping clients understand and respect the physical volume of resources, the technical challenges, the amount of labour and time involved, the expertise, and the size and value of the equipment that is required to construct something that most people will never see, but something everyone would find it very difficult to live without.
For Edge it was a wonderful opportunity to take on Caporn as a client, because they love the capacity to provide a range of different visual media solutions in one package. In particular, the drone video footage that I’ve been able to capture of their projects has made a huge impression, and is something they value very highly. For me as a professional commercial photographer, it’s always rewarding when clients have an ‘Ah Ha’ moment, when they make the connection and understand the value that quality visual media can bring to their marketing effort, the business brand, and their business as a whole.
projects completed for Caporn over the years including
- Maitland roundabout overpass – photography
- Tourle St Bridge upgrade – photography, drone photography & video
- Wickham transport interchange – photography, drone photography & video
- Pacific HWY Port Macquarie – photography, drone photography & video
Caporn Piling is a leading Australian privately-owned piling contractor. They design and install all types of piling solutions, including bored, driven, CFA, displacement, sheet piling, marine piling, and falsework installation. Within the group are some of the most experienced pilers in Australia and together with our quality equipment we are able to offer the most competitive and effective piling design and construction services in the market.
Custom furniture makers are rare breed these days. The retail furniture space is dominated by cheap and cheerful brands, and endless styles of flat pack, self-assemble furniture, that can be knocked up over a cold beer and some week night TV. The Recycled Timber Factory hits a different niche. Situated over the picturesque Lake Macquarie, passionate craftsman Hans Geyer and his team produce refined and unique one of a kind free standing pieces and installations, for residential and commercial use.
Hans contacted me late in 2016, and I knew from our first conversation Edge was a perfect fit for Hans and his business. He already had a cult social media following, however he had limited capacity to show his audience just how good his furniture and installations really were. Professional commercial photography by Edge has since been able to deliver the quality images he desperately needed to accurately show off his visually stunning pieces, incredible craftsmanship, and the careful attention to detail that’s styled into every finished piece
Hans was finding it difficult to communicate the quality of his product, and the value he could bring to customers lives. From a brand building perspective, RTF also needed to differentiate themselves from their competition. High quality imagery is a powerful visual communication tool in increasing customer understanding of products, raising brand perception and brand differentiation, and the obvious missing link for Hans and RTF.
The stunning imagery that Edge captured, has since delivered dozens of new projects for RTF, helping Hans continue to grow his business and elevate his business brand.
About recycled timber factory
Recycled timber factory are your railway sleeper timber specialists. Our sawmill cuts and re-sizes hardwood timber from railway sleepers, and old timber bridges to create stunningly beautiful furniture items and installations that become features of your home.