BLOG 2019


The London Institute of Banking and Finance graduation and presentation ceremony took place again at the historic Guildhall, set in the heart of London. The ceremony awarded students with degrees for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional qualifications and this year was a double celebration as it was the Institutes 140th anniversary...
Graduation day is one of the most celebrated days in the LIBF calendar, and having the event at the impressive Guildhall adds even more to the occasion for students and there families who have traveled from all over the world. The photography brief is to capture the event in a documentary style, also part of the images are to show portraits of a mix of students, these can be used for marketing purposes across a mix of print and digital media. The weather was perfect with a mixture of bright sunshine and some much needed cloud cover for some celebratory group shots post ceremony. His Excellency Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh was a special guest on the day and received an hoary masters degree.

I used natural light for all of the photos, the white stone of the Guildhall is ideal for the single portraits, it acts as a neutral background and allows plenty of negative space for text overlays and banners for marketing purposes. Two cameras fitted with the 50mm prime lens and 70-200mm zoom lens, this was used purely for the exterior building and group photographs for the graduation photography in London. I also used the Profoto A1 off camera to add some fill in light for the student and group portraits. The day ended with afternoon tea and lunch in the library of the Guildhall where friends and family could relax after an eventful graduation ceremony.