Photography should have something to say, a story to tell, my approach is to do it in a way that feels natural and real
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Hello, I’m David Cordner and I’m a corporate photographer – headshots photographer & commercial photographer. I specialise in fresh, natural and contemporary images that are uniquely tailored to your needs.
I’m situated on the outskirts of Belfast Northern Ireland, putting much of the province within easy driving distance. While much of my work is based in Northern Ireland, I also have several high profiles clients based in Counties Louth, Meath and Dublin in Republic of Ireland.
When a potential client first comes in contact with your business, what is the first thing they see? It’s more than likely the pictures that you use in your brochures, website and corporate material. And as the old saying goes ‘you only get one chance to make a first impression’. Your clients are looking for something that sets you apart from the noise. Your unique story!
One of the most effective pictures in your corporate material is a headshot photograph. It helps customers identify with you and your business and also helps give your brand a face. Whether it’s your website, LinkedIn, Facebook or what ever flavour of social medial you use. It’s a powerful way to communicate to clients or the public that you are a professional, there to help them.
Everyone from the CEO to all your key people can benefit from having modern headshots. Shoots and styles can be tailored to your business need and brand personality.
If you have a brief / shoot that you would like to discuss you can contact me here or Tel +44 (0)78 5422 5363.
By the age of 12 I knew I wanted to be a Photographer, nothing else interested me. When I was around 16 years old I started spending my Saturdays and spare time working in a wedding and portrait studio. I wasn’t getting paid but just being in and around that environment was worth more than money. Plus I knew my mother would feed me! They must have seen something in me, after a few months I was offered a job which I said yes to without hesitation. Just as well, academically I was probably never going to amount to much anyway. Pictures always spoke more to me than words.
Sadly, about three years later, the owner of the business passed away leaving his daughter to run the business. At this point I became the main portrait photographer which was a lot of responsibility at a tender age. I had a lot of growing up to do and fast. But I loved the buzz of being a fully-fledged photographer. It’s funny how quickly you can mature and adapt when you absolutely must. Several years down the road I had my own successful wedding & portrait studio winning many awards. These included 5 Kodak European Gold Awards and the British Institute of Professional Photography Portrait Photographer of the Year to name a few.
Fast forward to today
I’m a Commercial and Fine Art Photographer. The Commercial side of my business challenges me every day and the variety keeps me fresh and focused. My Fine Art is an indulgence but it’s something I need to do, it’s something I have always done. It allows me the freedom to be creative and freely express my vision. And it’s a true honour and privilege when others like that vision and proudly display my work in their homes.
Now you know a little bit about me, I’d like to know a little about you… go on… don’t be shy, get in touch.
Heres a few hints & tips to help you on your way to a more enjoyable photoshoot, add a dollop of common sense and you’ll end up with great looking pictures.
This one does’t really belong in the tips section as it’s more common sense. If you have a big night on the town planned it’s probably better that you reschedule. You don’t want turning up to your photoshoot after a late night, especially after a few drinks, best not to have bags under your eyes and that hungover look! Rest and hydration is the best preparation for any photo shoot.
1. “CLOTHES MAKETH THE MAN” – MARK TWAIN
What you wear will play its part in the message that you are conveying so choose wisely! Whatever you choose to wear make sure that it’s clean and ironed in preparation for your shoot. Lint and wrinkle free. Generally It’s best to avoid strong busy patterns, these are distracting. Its also best not to be to seasonal with your selection. Maybe try them on the day before to make sure they fit and that you feel good in them. You should also think about bringing a change of clothing.
Hair, don’t get a new style the day before the shoot, this can lead to tears. If you are getting your hair cut it’s probably best to get that done a week or so before hand, gives it a chance to grow out a bit and look natural. Make sure that you have nothing stuck to your teeth and maybe bring a good lip balm as chapped lips are not a good look. Always check that your makeup looks fresh and bring powder as it helps the photographer with shine. Guys if you shave the morning of the shoot, go gently, as a shaving rash can be difficult to deal with. Also don’t forget your hands and nails.
3. HUNGER PANGS…
If you are going to be involved in the shoot for a while it’s maybe a good idea to have a lite snack beforehand (remember to check your teeth after) to keep your energy levels up and take a bottle / glass of water with you. Stay clear of chocolate or coloured items / drinks, etc. You don’t want coloured lips, tongue, etc.
4. PHOTOSHOP PLEASE…
Contrary to popular belief, Photoshop doesn’t have a magic button to fix all problems but with a bit of preparation a lot of time and expense can be avoided.
5. THE LAST ONE…