CAF: Britain’s Kindest Kid: Inside No.10 Downing Street with David Cameron

Media: Photography / Press

Behind the scenes
Less than two weeks after filming and photography inside No.11 Downing street and I’m back. This time in No.10 Downing street and with the Prime minister David Cameron.

The commission was for photography and the wiring of images to press news desks onsite of Britain’s Kindest Kid and this was for a new client the Charities Aid Foundation [CAF].
Channel 5 news were also filming the event so I had the opportunity to work and meet their cameramen [had a nerdy conversations about filming broadcast news with DSLR cameras during the Arab Spring], news presenters and news editor.

As per No.11 security and time were big factors. Channel 5 news were filming the event and there were times when I couldn’t use flash, but shooting available light is what I prefer so this was not always a problem.
When the PM handed the awards to the 5 winners [who were each amazing individuals, one of them has raised £400,00 so far to help combat bullying in schools!] I had a few seconds to photograph with flash [with my on camera soft box] before the PM moved on to chat with the next award winner about their achievements and background.

After about 30mins with the PM indoors there was a quick photo-op outside No.10 with the channel 5 news presenters issuing medals to the winners, this had to be quick as the BBC were about to go live at 6pm and the nation would have seen me in the back of their shot taking photos [more likely they would have told me to move].

The next stage was to get a group shot of David Cameron with the award winners across to the news and picture agencies.

As usual after the event CAF and Channel 5 could view the full set of images and download the high-res jpegs. A CD-ROM was also sent in the post.
A smaller selection of images is shown in the above slideshow

I’ve greatly enjoyed my two jobs inside No.10 & No.11. Its valuable to have the experience of the protocol involved and I look forward to getting the opportunity to photograph and film there again.

Images were also requested for the Downing Street’s Flickr photostream which was great.

I’m always pleased to work with a new client and the Charities Aid Foundation team were a pleasure to work with.

Finally, look out for me on Channel 5 news for their coverage of Britain’s Kindest Kid [going to a public vote soon] as I’m sure I was in some of their footage.

Gear and Tech.
Canon 5d Mark II DSLR
Canon 24-70mm F2.8
580EX flash [took the wireless Quantum Qflash with me but there was no time or space to set it up]
Micro Apollo soft box

“Karim produced great photographs for us. He thought of everything which meant we could relax and enjoy the event. I would definitely recommend him.”
Mandy Pursey, Head of PR Charities Aid Foundation