Thornton Tomasetti Commercial Portraiture

Posted by Simon Waterhouse

Simon was recruited by New York based design firm Russell Design  to provide commercial photography services to their client, Thornton Tomasetti – a structural engineering consultancy firm operating worldwide. They required a single environmental portrait to be taken in Christchurch for the company’s annual report, in which earthquake repairs to the Rydges Hotel building in the central city were to be profiled. A member of Hawkins Construction, Cory, and a Christchurch based Thornton Tomasetti employee, Cliff, were subjects for this portrait.

Simon liased with Russell Design & Thornton Tomasetti in New York, and Hawkins Construction in Christchurch to arrange a photoshoot in the Rydges Hotel building. The hotel was in the earthquake ‘Red Zone’, and so clearance had to be gained from CERA prior to shooting due to the special safety considerations of the area.

Simon shot multiple photograph options to fit within the annual report layout. One photograph was chosen in the end, and the client expressed great satisfaction with the result…

“The shots are just terrific. Just what we were looking for. And so much variety!  Great job.”
“Just a personal note — your shots are terrific, just great. Wish we could fly you to all of the other locations! Thanks for the great work.”