Industry, Commercial, Press & PR Photography
Anna’s mechanical engineering degree and a previous life working in technical journalism and the oil&gas industry have fostered a deep interest in photographing industrial and commercial subjects in a creative yet meaningful way.
Anna works from her base in Edinburgh and can usually move very quickly when jobs arise at short notice, as is often the case with the oil & gas industry. She undertakes a wide range of photoshoots for annual reports, advertising campaigns and PR.
She has been the official creative photographer for the new £1.5 billion Queensferry Crossing across the Forth near Edinburgh since 2011, working for Forth Crossing Bridge Contractors (FCBC). Anna has enjoyed taking spectacular photographs of this beautiful bridge during the day and at night. She has a head for heights and has been to the top of the three tower cranes (250m) to capture the bird’s eye view. The bridge also provided a good excuse to train as a drone pilot to capture more stunning aerial views. It’s work…….honest!
She won the tender for Scottish Enterprise photography in 2012 which has been a source of interesting work, including a large commission to photograph many of Scotland’s more popular tourist attractions from the Borders to the Isle of Skye.
For many years she held the Scottish Executive contract for the former Fisheries Research Services. This required photography on the fisheries research vessel “Scotia”, and in the offices and laboratories around Scotland.
In the last few years she has photographed a gas platform decommissioning for Shell in the North Sea, and travelled to Greenland for Cairn Energy, to Cameroon for Bowleven, and to Egypt for Melrose Resources (Petroceltic).
She values her early training as a journalist on technical magazines which has enabled her to combine a passion for words and photo-journalism. She has produced features for photography magazines including “Professional Photographer” and for skiing magazines such as “Daily Mail Ski and Snowboard”. She was a regular feature writer and one of the “experts” answering readers’ questions in the UK’s leading photography monthly: “Practical Photography”. This led to a commission to write a book on nude photography: “Camera Craft – Nudes”, published by AVA.
The nude has been the subject of artists from time immemorial. In “Camera Craft: Nudes,” beautiful images from top professional photographers are examined to show what makes a successful study of the human form. The innovative series design with its short text bites and diagrammatic explanations make understanding as visual and easy as possible. Technical processes and equipment are explained in a user-friendly way, enabling the amateur to create exceptional images with the professional touch.
Including a broad range of contemporary styles, this practical and inspirational title will be invaluable for both the aspiring and professional photographer.
Anna Henly is not only a professional photographer but also an experienced commentator of images for many popular photography magazines, including ‘Practical Photography.’
This book is certainly worth a look. Amateur Photographer, July 2003
She has won over 30 awards from the Master Photographers’ Association (Scotland). In March 2007 she was delighted to win the trophy for the “Open” award which is for commercial/industrial/PR/art and illustrative photography. She won this prestigious award no less than three times in five years.
In 2007 she was honoured with an award in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, the most prestigious wildlife photography competition in the world. The competition attracted 32,000 entries from photographers worldwide. Visitors to the exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London and website, voted her captivating picture of an Arctic fox into first place! The famous fox has been included in the permanent collection at the new National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
And in 2012 her image of a vulnerable polar bear on ice floes won the top prize in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year category “World in our Hands”.
She always enjoys creating images involving people, where she quickly puts them at ease, captures their personalities, and brings out the best in them. Often her subjects are busy people in hazardous environments so the work has to be carried out quickly, but sensitively.
Although she no longer photographs weddings, she excelled at reportage wedding photography and was awarded “Reportage wedding photographer of the Year 2007” by the MPA Scotland. If you can create a beautiful wedding portfolio when everyone involved is under extreme emotional and time pressure, and there is absolutely no room for error, then she believes you can photograph anything!
She strives for strong images with attractive composition and depth. She wants her images to contain a sense of interruption. Each image should freeze the subject’s energy, capturing the moment at precisely the right millisecond. Her images embody the atmosphere of what’s gone before, and ignite an interest in what’s about to happen.
She has embraced digital photography wholeheartedly and is thrilled with the quality of her top pro cameras which also record broadcast quality video. Product photography is carried out in her large photographic studio.