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Matthew Burch Photography

Farnham, Surrey

(14)
2 hires on Bark
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019
Matthew Burch Photography logo
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Matthew Burch Photography

Farnham, Surrey

(14)
2 hires on Bark
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

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My belief is that businesses should be using good quality, well planned, authentic photography which actually depicts the people and the business. Too often stock images are used to try and establish an identity or poor quality photos populate a website.

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Scott Stables

23 July 2018

Fantastic photographer, I would recommend to anyone wanting photos done

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Poppy Wyles

23 July 2018

Fantastic!! Highly recommend!!

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Paul Thomson

23 July 2018

Professionalism top notch

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Isabel Jelfs-Monje

23 July 2018

Really friendly and professional service. I absolutely loved how my headshots turned out and would definitely go back!

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Jack Taylor

23 July 2018

Matt produces stunning headshots among his portfolio of work and he is a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended and very talented.

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Zoe MacGillivray

23 July 2018

I would definitely recommend Mathew for passeport pictures. For once the picture does not look like a mugshot despite the non smiling rule.

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Philippa Langdon

23 July 2018

I was lucky enough to have Matthew take all the product photos for my new business and I am so pleased! They all look amazing and he had some wonderfully creative ideas - highly recommended!

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Marzana Begum

23 July 2018

I attended a photoshoot a few days ago for some professional headshots. Matt made me feel completely relaxed and made the whole process so easy - I will definately be recommending. Thank you again!

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Lesley McKenzie

23 July 2018

Matthew put my three children very much at ease for passport photos, which were so much more superior to poor quality images we’ve had taken before - I would recommend Matthews services, whatever the occasion,

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Michelle Galbraith

23 July 2018

I'm not a fan of sitting in front of the lens of a camera but Matthew made the whole experience easy. He takes the time to explain how he intends to pull the best visual through his camera lens .... the result was an authentic representation of 'me' ; my photos were for professional use and I am proud to use them. Thank you! More...

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Mandy Dineley Penney

23 July 2018

Matthew Burch is a really great photographer.

I first met him at my daughters school where he was the school photographer for shows and events etc and he took some amazing shots of my daughter and others in her school over many years.

He has an eye for a great shot and puts everyone at ease, he knows what he is doing and can cover a wide range of styles. He also has many great ideas and when I am able, I am hoping to book him to take some photos of me with my jewellery, as his suggestions were really cool!

Highly recommend Matthew.
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Stuart Morrison

27 May 2018

Matthew did a professional shoot to provide shots for my website and social media marketing. Matthew is very easy going, listened to my ideas and made simple suggestions that added to my overall vision.All his photos are usable and exactly what I was looking for. I would certainly recommend him if you are looking for a pro photographic studio shoot in Farnham, Surrey. Would use again without hesitation. More...

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Rebecca Boehme

27 May 2018

Fabulous photos and great fun too! Definitely would recommend.

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Emma Selby

28 May 2015

Matthew Burch is a Farnham photographer who has done several event shots and a whole series of portrait shots for The Farnham Hub and the Business Hub. He is great to work with, very knowledgeable and takes an excellent photograph. I recommend him wholeheartedly. More...

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Q&A

That the photo conveys a message. There is a saying that beginners think it's about the camera, enthusiasts think it's about the lens and professionals know it's about the light. True. But when it comes to photographing people it's about the character, the expression, the feeling that emanates to the viewer. Everything else can be flawed if that emotion takes hold.

In other photography, business promotional images for example, it is again about the message. The photo must say something. It must convey something to the viewer who is likely a potential client or customer. This comes from content, composition and the right use of the photo at the right time in your marketing or PR.

Photography isn't a 'dark art', but it is about paying attention to people, the surroundings and for commercial photography, the client's communication needs.

Photography in it's own way is as much a language as the spoken and written word.

I use the principle of QCM - Quality, Content, Message.

Is there a clear understanding of what the photos need to do for your business?
Are we working to create images to fit an already established brand image?
Is there a fixed budget and if so what is it? (sometimes just asking for a quote is the wrong approach)
Is this a one time commission or will you be looking to evolve and develop the photography ongoing?
Do you have really good, real coffee?

You want to know what I love? It’s seeing someone receive a new headshot and being chuffed! Especially someone who hates being photographed. That’s why I do this, to make people feel good about their photo and by extension give the business a better image with customers.

The same with all the other business photos I produce. It is great to see a client appreciate what their business can look like in photos and how that is seen by their clients and customers.

OK, here’s the thing. I’m a commercial photographer which means that most of my work is around three areas: headshots, business narrative and product.

What that means is that I work with companies and individuals to make people, stuff and the business look good. Simple.

If you’re happy with dodgy profile headshot photos and dull or anonymous photos of your business then fair play to you, but I would seriously urge you to stand back and see your brand through a client's eye. But, if you want to start presenting a sparkling look to your staff, yourself, your business, then we should talk. Remember QCM.

I make my headshot photo sessions with you and yours a little event. I don’t turn up, mumble, point, shoot and wander off. I’ll set up a studio and introduce you to my Hair and Make Up Artist to get that extra polished look. Even for the men. A light dusting never hurt anyone!

It’s not like I’m pulling teeth! Just look at what you’re presenting to your customer base, your audience and if it all looks a bit rough and frayed, in need of a makeover, a freshen up, then get me in!

It’s what I do for you!

Stuart Perl, MD AmaWaterways UK
Matthew was recommended to me for producing headshots of our staff, alongside team photos for our marketing use and website publication. Matt was unknown to me but I took the recommendation and booked him for a photoshoot at our new offices. Frankly I couldn’t have been happier!
Matt arrived with a ‘can do’ attitude and an enthusiastic but easy going demeanour that put everyone in a comfort zone for having their photo done. The whole experience was painless and the results superb. Since that first booking Matt has twice returned for new employees, more team/group photos, some character portraits and has delivered every time with a quick turnaround.
I highly recommend Matthew Burch to any organisation that requires professional and excellent standards of corporate photography.

Louise Howland, Marketing Manager at ramsac
We needed new headshots of our leadership team and a whole new set of corporate photos to use in our marketing. Matthew worked with us to meet the brief and everyone has been thrilled with the result. We have had other companies ask us who took our photos so they could work with Matthew as well. Matthew was professional, efficient, friendly and most importantly took great photos. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Matthew in the future.

John Phillipou, CEO of PEAC Finance
We needed some formal corporate photos along with some more relaxed portraits for our staff. Matthew visited our offices, set up a studio in the boardroom and quickly got even our shyest staff members to relax and smile. The results are great and being used throughout the business. I would really recommend Matthew for his professional and at-ease approach.

Rebecca Bromley, Finance at Digital Experts Academy
Having always been ridiculously un-photogenic, ("you look like an alien", "You look too enthusiastic", "relax your face more" and my personal favourite "you look simultaneously happy, surprised and like your about to die") I was pretty apprehensive about having a professional photo taken. BUT, after much persuasion and seeing the photos Matthew had already taken I decided that it was time...
I arrived at the studio and was greeted by Matt and his lovely wife, provided with a delicious coffee and complimented on my choice of outfit (I was told to brush my hair though, which was good advice!).
Matt had already set up the lights and we agreed on a grey background. I'm not sure whether it's part of Matt's process and whether I'm giving away a trick-of-the-trade but Matt had me sit on the stool and told me he'd take a few shots to make sure the lighting was right etc. WELL, it was during these shots, where I felt most relaxed that Matt captured the one above. We went through all of the shots he'd taken and we all agreed that this one was the best at capturing my personality and I left the studio a very happy 'model'!
The absolute bonus was that I didn't have to wait long for my picture to arrive, Matt sent the photo edited into B&W, colour, full picture and optimised for social media that evening and they are now proudly uploaded to anywhere and everywhere that needs a picture.
Thank you so much, Matthew, I am thrilled - as you promised, it was fun, quick, easy and I couldn't be happier with the result.

Guy Pearson, Business Growth Specialist
I was recommended to Matthew Burch for some new headshots and he was quick to respond, full of good ideas and very thorough in his approach. The thing I liked particularly about Matthew is that he spent a long time making sure I got all the varying headshots I need to choose from; there was no "stopwatch" running with Matthew. Very professional, good to work with and would recommend him without hesitation.

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In addition to the Bark services options I'm interested in your requirements for product and merchandise photography. If you manufacture or import a product which you need photographing for sales and marketing and/or eCommerce I offer this in my studio or potentially at your location. The studio has good access and can accommodate items up to approximately 2m