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Sunday Times Best Places For Business – Nottingham

I recently worked on the Sunday Times Best Places For Business supplement featuring my Nottingham corporate photography. Our case study was Olly Betts and his team at OpenWrks who specialise in the technology behind open banking in the Accelerate Places offices. OpenWrks lets customers share data with businesses so they can improve their products and services. It is backed by Blenheim Chalcot.

This style of Nottingham corporate photography relies on producing an image with enough impact to lift a feature otherwise heavy in detailed text. Many young tech based businesses have less formal work environments and a young workforce so a relaxed shot is often called for. Here I found a stack of colourfully branded boxes to use as props. I shot with two brolly flashes using a slow shutter speed which consequently kept the the background from going too dark by retaining some ambient light. There was just enough room in the office (after moving some furniture) to use a long lens to knock  some of the background distractions out of focus.


Co-Founder of OpenWrks, Olly Betts (third from left) with some of the staff in the Accelerate Places offices in Nottingham. ©Michael Powell


Co-Founder of OpenWrks, Olly Betts (fourth from left) with some of the staff in the Accelerate Places offices in Nottingham.

Co-Founder of OpenWrks, Olly Betts (fourth from left) with some of the staff in the Accelerate Places offices in Nottingham. ©Michael Powell


I photographed Olly Betts in that very same office some years ago, again for The Sunday Times. His team was much smaller back then and as you can see, he had to multi-task.

Co-Founder of OpenWrks, Olly Betts in the Accelerate Places offices in Nottingham.

Co-Founder of OpenWrks, Olly Betts in the Accelerate Places offices in Nottingham. ©Michael Powell









York wedding photographer shoots ceremony in time-lapse

See a York wedding photographer shoot a ceremony in time-lapse in this short video by Michael Powell.

Here’s something a little different. I have always prided myself on not being a slow photographer, particularly at weddings but here’s an entire wedding ceremony presented in just one and a half minutes. I have done these time-lapse weddings a number of times over the years but there’s rarely a really good place to mount a camera. This wonderful church that hosted Roz & Michael’s wedding had a balcony view where I clamped the camera to a flexible tripod on the back of a chair. The camera was then secured again by a lanyard just in case it became loose or was knocked. This also keeps my mind at rest when I’m working at the other end of the church. On this video you can see me at the top left working from behind a column near the altar. I have included a slower version at the bottom of the page for the benefit of guests who may be able to pick themselves out a bit more easily.

The music here is by Brendan Perkins, the talented bassist in our rock group, The Zimmer Band.

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Brussels sprout recipe

Brussels sprout recipe by Rachel Green here with. If you still can’t get enough sprouts after a Christmas sprout extravaganza then take a look at this superb recipe styled by Rachel with food photography by Michael Powell (me). Here Rachel created Brussels sprout and Pancetta kebabs with honey mustard dip. I’ll be posting more of these recipe cards by Elsoms in the coming weeks. As ever I can vouch for this dish as I ate most of it after we had the shots in the can. If you would like a higher quality pdf version of this Brussels sprout recipe send me an email from the contact link at the top of the page or from here.


Brussels sprouts recipe photography by Michael Powell /


Brussel sprout & pancetta kebabs woth honey mustard dip





Co-op Christmas


Co-op Christmas food to order brochure now available with cover imagery by Michael Powell and food styling by Rachel Green. Visitors to Lincolnshire Co-op stores will see point of sale displays and brochures featuring my pictures of a Christmas turkey lunch and an Uncle Henry’s ham. Orders can be collected and paid for in store on 21st, 22nd and 23rd December.

Christmas themed food photography is such a frequent commission for Rachel and I that my box of Christmas decorations and props is always stored closest to the loft hatch so I don’t have to root around looking for it. We shot this Christmas food just a few weeks ago but we have photographed fully decorated trees and roasted turkeys in front of log fires on hot summer days on many occasions. Sharp eyed oenophiles may recognise the distinctively shaped bottle of Miraval Rose. The winery is co-owned by Hollywood actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and very nice it is too.


Roast Turkey Christmas lunch

Roast Turkey Christmas lunch shot by Michael Powell for Co-op    ©


The locally sourced turkey here is locally sourced and the Uncle Henry’s Honey Glazed Ham is from their own Hampshire breed pigs reared at Grayingham in Lincolnshire. They are fed on cereal crops also grown there. Meat is prepared on site and smoked and cured in the traditional way.


Uncle Henry

Uncle Henry’s Ham photographed by Michael Powell for Co-op    ©





Farewell Clive James


Clive James

Clive James ©Michael Powell /

Farewell Clive James who died on 24th November 2019 at the age of 80. I spent a very enjoyable hour or so photographing him for The Times in the mid 1990s. I shot maybe three or four rolls* of him as he chatted and afterwards during some one-to-one time. For somebody who had spent so much of his life in front of a camera he seemed genuinely nervous in front of mine. I hope that wasn’t a reflection on me as I consider myself quite discreet and sensitive when photographing people. Maybe it was the lack of control as most of his TV appearances were his own work, wonderful travel series, documentaries and hilarious late night chat shows. (Check out the regular TV appearances with Peter Cook). Anyway, he soon relaxed and a stream of funny stories, recollections and observations flowed (which I wish I could repeat here). One thing I remember was that when setting up my distinctly low-tech lighting (a single Metz CT-45 flashgun connected by a 15 foot sync cable and translucent brolly) I said “This is as high-tech as it gets”. He replied with “But I’m a low-tech guy”.

I’ll locate the rest of the Clive James shoot sometime for another blog post but for now this is the one shot I can find. The Times printed a more thoughtful tight portrait of him looking down the lens, a style I regret getting a bit too keen on back then. I’ve noticed that all my portrait shots from recent years are much looser and certainly better lit, though you can’t knock that old Metz! Clive James appears in my website gallery of portraits. Check out portraits old and new here.

*rolls of photographic film for those too young to know. Look it up, it’s amazing. Think of it as the visual version of vinyl**

**vinyl – think of it as the analogue version of mp3***

***mp3 – think of it as the digital version of compact cassette****

****cassette – think of it as the audio version of photographic film.

Glad that’s all cleared up.