So it’s time to update your business website and image. Yes, websites get tired and need to be refreshed every so often. What’s more, with so many people using a mobile device to surf the net these days, your website has to be responsive to look good and display your information correctly on both mobile and desktop device.
When updating your website, your web designer will ask you for photos to include on your website. They may source some stock images that perhaps your competitors may use. They’ll also ask you if you have any relevant photos to include.
Think for a moment of most of the about us web pages you’ve seen on a business website. If there are any photos at all, what’s typical is a generic stock photo of a group of people that you “just know” is not the people wanting you to do business with them.
You might find a paragraph about the director or partner in the company accompanied by a postage stamp sized headshot. This image is often against a white (appears grey) background, is underexposed, pixelated with horror movie lighting.
Photos of the staff and team members customers actually do business with members of the team are often conspicuous by their absence.
Isn’t it time business owners showed more pride in how they present themselves and the valuable team working with them?
Potential clients and customers are constantly searching online and in social media to engage with the service providers they need. With so much competition in the marketplace, a valuable strategy is to feature professional images that present the real people of your organisation and what you are capable of.
The images here are some of the environmental workplace portraits we’ve done. More than just a headshot with a white background, each image gives the viewer an insight into the person, what they do, their personality, where they work. They connect emotionally and encourage engagement.
Would you like images of you and your team that connect with your potential clients and customers? Get in touch with us and let’s organise a meeting over coffee. After a chat about what you do, we’ll be able to suggest images we can create for you that will make your website message irresistible to your potential clients and customers.
I spent some time recently with award winning chef Ash Martin and his team out at Cottons Restaurant, Spicers Hidden Vale. My brief was to photograph some of the dishes Ash has put on the menu for the new Spicers Retreats website.
Ash has made the move down the mountain from Spicers Peak Lodge and has a fabulous menu to tempt locals and guests. Just over an hour from Brisbane, Spicers Hidden Vale is well within reach of those wanting a dining experience away from the stress of the city.
The images here are some of the dishes on the menu, the chateaubriand certainly got my attention as I was doing the food photo shoot.
Have you been to a Spicers Retreat? When you have a moment, take some time off with someone special and enjoy a luxury experience of dining out and staying over…
I was driving back to Brisbane after a photo shoot out near Queensland’s Scenic Rim recently, the sunset beginning around me promised great things.
Then panic set in. If you’re a photographer, you’ll be familiar with my predicament, I can tell the sunset is going to be magnificent yet there is no where to stop safely with a decent view!
I turn off the highway up a side road in search of a clearing away from power lines, trees and everything else that would clutter my image. Down a dip, up a crest, the road goes on, and on, still trees in the way!
Then I see it, a sharp bend to the left a junction on a crest with a narrow road to the right, that’s my spot, a place to pull over and grab my camera and show it the sky.
Getting out of the car, I saw right in front of me a paddock with cattle grazing in the cool of the evening. Quick change of plan, no longer a wide lens, go the telephoto and crouch down low to silhouette the beast against the sky. Hurry, the colour will fade any moment! Job done. The sky turns to many (50?) shades of grey, I’d found my spot just in time.
Time to head home. Note to self, make time to scope a location to photograph the sunset near the Scenic Rim one day soon.
How do you take your coffee? That first morning cup of coffee is a life saver, worth queuing for no less!
Over the last few years, the Brisbane coffee scene has exploded, we now have heaps of boutique coffee roasters to choose from. Campos Coffee based in Fortitude Valley and Teneriffe supply restaurants and cafes with beans and skills to get the best from their beans.
You can even do a coffee cupping experience to discover what goes on behind the scenes in coffee buying and tasting. The cupping process is standardised the world over. If you book in for the cupping experience, you’ll also discover where the beans come form and the process to get them processed ready for your coffee machine.
These documentary images are from a couple of shoots I did for Campos Coffee at their Fortitude Valley and Teneriffe sites. Cupping, roasting, packaging, shipping. You can even hire their themed meeting room for a meeting over coffee.
Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, sadly my camera can’t capture and convey the aroma as beans are being roasted!
Enjoy your morning coffee today, is it Campos?
There’s just nothing to do!
Except of course relax, enjoy the breathtaking scenery, enjoy sumptuous meals, be totally pampered and explore the property. Doing this is all that much better with the one you love at Spicers Peak Lodge.
Spicers Peak Lodge is located on top of a mountain on Queensland’s Scenic Rim not much further than Cunningham’s Gap. Once you leave the Cunningham Highway, you’re greeted by a dirt road that takes you up the mountain. Best to leave the Ferrari at home, ground clearance could be an issue. The road is fine for normal vehicles in fine weather, keep an eye out for the kangaroos on the property, especially at dusk.
If your body clock wakes you early, you’ll find early mornings at Spicers Peak Lodge can be a foggy, misty affair, it soon blows off to blue skies. Sunsets are magical, especially while enjoying a glass of wine and something that chef Doug and his team have prepared. Evenings cna be cool, no problem snuggled up near a fire. Hot summer nights in Brisbane are a world away at Spicers Peak Lodge, it’s much, much cooler.
Dining at Spicers Peak Lodge is an experience. Chef Doug Innes-Will’s al-a-carte lunch and degustation dinner menus feature the best local produce and change daily.
As a food and lifestyle photographer, I photography experiences. The images you see here are some in the collection from photo shoots I have done at Spicers Peak Lodge. If some of the images seem familiar, you’ve probably seen them on the Spicers Retreats website and in the various Spicers Retreats marketing material. My clients have their own image collection they can use for any purpose at a moments notice.
Do you need to take a short break and unwind and be pampered? Head out to the scenic rim, Spicers Peak Lodge ticks all the boxes.