Students studying on the Level 3 Photography Diploma at The College at Braintree have recently spent time photographing Braintree MP, James Cleverly. At the MP’s request the students were asked to produce a portfolio of formal and informal images, taken on location within the community.
James Cleverly MP said: “All politicians need portrait photos for the media to use and for our own communications; I wanted to task students from The College in Braintree to take some photos of me. I was very impressed with the quality of their work and how professionally they conducted themselves. I hope that the students found the experience useful.”
The project will lead to opportunities for further collaborative work, with students visiting the Houses of Parliament later this year to take additional photos of James.
Charlotte Truman, aged 19, studying Level 3 Photography at the College comments:
“It was a really amazing opportunity to take photos of James in a professional setting. I feel this experience has helped my confidence grow – especially taking photos of a public figure. I had the opportunity to learn to use new pieces of photography equipment too. I’m really looking forward to the prospect of visiting the Houses of Parliament to expand my portfolio.”
The project has been a valuable exercise for the students as they can now include the portrait photography within their portfolios.
Darren Hart, Lecturer at The College at Braintree comments:
“This was a fantastic experience for the students as it gave them an insight into industry which they thoroughly enjoyed. Opportunities like this are invaluable, as they help nurture a range of different skills and importantly the confidence and self-belief that they can be successful in industry in the future.”