So I’ve now just completed my fourth cleaning company photo-shoot and, alongside other shoots I’ve done for hotels and my feature “behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace” that involved capturing staff at work cleaning, I think I’ve developed a little niche in cleaning photography!
This time the shoot was for Holroyd Howe, a company that actually specialises in contract catering within independent schools but also offers cleaning services to the schools. They needed a brochure to help spread the word and some shots to help pull it together.
But these are no ordinary schools…….as you can see from the pictures below. As an independent school, the one we used for the photoshoot was actually once a prestigious, girls’ boarding school, which Lady Diana Spencer, spent what she described as the ‘happiest days’ in her life.
West Heath was purchased by The Al Fayed Charitable Trust Sevenoaks on the 14th August 1998. The New School at West Heath, as it is known today, opened on the 4th September 1998 and has approval for 128 children including 44 boarding places and provides a safe haven for children whose main stream education has broken down. The School is registered charity.
As the school we shot at was so beautiful, the environment does look rather glamorous – but that’s no bad thing as lots of the schools on Holroyd Howe’s client list are historical buildings. This allowed us to show just how well trained the cleaners would be at working with delicate and sometimes antique furniture.
At the same time, we also needed to show the less tradition parts of the building as well – the loos, corridors and dining area, which would require different tools.
Altogether a successful day of shooting and one which inspired me to do a bit of a spritz of my own flat the next day!
And Holroyd Howe managed to get a lovely brochure together from the images: