AWARD WINNING SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY – JO RICHARDSON COMMUNITY SCHOOL
In 2016, my award winning school photography helped seal an IMA (International Media Awards) award – ‘best in category’ from a list of 42 finalists. Opened in 2002, The Jo Richardson Community School is a large secondary in Dagenham. JRCS has a rich, varied curriculum and excellent facilities.
I’ve developed an excellent relationship with the executive headteacher, Ges Smith and the staff at JRCS. It’s one of many schools I’ve been asked back to based on my previous work.
- Create compelling images for a completely new website design.
- Cover all year groups, subjects and learning styles.
- Photograph internal and external architecture.
- Collaborate with Creative Schools web design on site specific image scale and format.
- Collaborate with senior school staff to create a comprehensive, realistic and flexible schedule.
Planning began by establishing all the required lessons, activities and locations to be documented.
AWARD WINNING SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY – ADDING VALUE
In addition to covering a wide range of learning, activities and areas of the school, my brief required a series of images for the homepage. The school logo is the seagull you can see across the windows in the picture above. When I took the picture, I happened to be on a (brief) break but the composition really appealed to me. I’m very keen on accurate symmetry when it feels appropriate. I composed the photograph so precisely that the seagull logo became part of the website homepage design. The seagull logo on the windows seamlessly changes into a digital logo on the subsequent homepage slider images. This element wasn’t in the brief. However, my attention to detail, in combination with fantastic web design from Creative Schools, made it possible.
To find more about how I create award winning school photography and for some tips on planning a shoot, click through to my school photography page.