What is Editorial Photography? Put simply, it is the imagery used to illustrate a story within a publication. An editorial photograph may be very literal, for example a roundup article comparing the five best gin cocktails might be illustrated with a still life of the cocktail ingredients, or an action shot of the drink being mixed. There is also an opportunity for editorial photography to be more abstract. In either case, when a photograph is used to accompany an article, it is considered an editorial photograph.
Editorial photographs – my style & approach
My photography has an informal quality, I like to shoot on location when possible and if working with models I’ll take a candid approach if appropriate. This helps make the final imagery feel natural and approachable.
We’ve all seen (cheesy) stock imagery available online, I don’t produce that. By commissioning a bespoke set of editorial photographs for a specific commission, you will ensure that your publication looks unique and genuine. Most importantly, with the cheese dialled down to zero.
I’ve worked on many projects over the last 10 years. As a result, my images have been in magazines and books, on blogs and regularly published across social media. The main focus of my Editorial photography work has been for Rock My Wedding, Rock My Style and Rock My Family. By using bespoke editorial imagery when required, those websites and blogs look unique, have built a strong brand and always feel genuine.
My Editorial Photography equipment
I have a small home studio and a varied selection of interior settings that I can utilise to shoot against. On location, and whenever possible, I’ll use the natural light in a space to shoot with because I think that looks best. However, I do always carry lighting equipment but using it is always a last resort. Instead, I prefer to rely on other tricks and techniques to maximise the natural light I have available. This also goes for when I’m shooting Interiors ↗ or Lifestyle Product ↗.
I’m a loyal Canon user with a 5D mark iv full frame DSLR. I use prime lenses because they maximise image quality and print size. To elaborate further, (and for all you geeks out there) I use a 24mm tilt shift lens (Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L) for wide shots. Then, I use my 50mm (Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM) for close ups and vignettes.