It has been said that a company is only as extraordinary as its people. Over the years, I’ve been privileged to meet and work with some pretty extraordinary people. However, some of the most extra-ordinary are the team at William Purves Funeral Directors.
I can now admit, that when I first shot with the team at William Purves, I was slightly apprehensive. The world of a funeral director was all new to me. After all, funerals and death are not the average dinner table topic of conversation.
However, in the subsequent months, what I have witnessed has been remarkable. The genuine love, care, dedication, deep compassion and endless respect that I’ve seen has blown me away.
I’ve witnessed a team across every part of the funeral journey who have the ability to turn what can be a hugely dark and emotional time into an experience that can be just a tiny little bit easier. And to discover this dedication of the William Purves team firsthand has been a rich experience that will remain with me for a long time.
Stereotypes would suggest that a funeral director is a dull and depressed grim-reaper character. This couldn’t be any further from my experience. Go and hang out with one and you’ll discover warmth, professionalism and brilliant humour.
The background to this collection was to show the work of the William Purves team across all divisions of the business from the individual branch staff, funeral directors on location in the towns and cities that they serve and support function of the Edinburgh head office at Oakvale.
Over these last months, there has (rightly) been talk about key workers the dedication of the many unsung heroes who silently and diligently do what they do day in, day out without profile or praise.
Today, I add my own salute of gratitude and thanks to the entire team at William Purves. Thanks team for inviting me into your world. You guys genuinely rock.
It has to be said that one of the real privileges of being commercial photographers is that we get to work with so many phenomenal Edinburgh businesses. Not only does this mean we get to meet lots of fantastic people, but we also get to photograph such a range of types of work. This keeps us on our toes as photographers.
It also gives us so much variety from day to day. One day we could be photographing food for a neighbourhood restaurant in Edinburgh and the next we could be photographing products for a new business start-up. An added bonus is that being a recommended partner photographer with Not on the High Street we keep up-to-dates with all of the seasonal trends. This means we can help support you with campaigns for your business from Valentines Day through to Christmas and give you access to our wonderfully stocked prop cupboard.
We know a thing or two about commercial photography that’s for sure, but as we always say you’re the expert in your own business. Getting alongside our commercial clients and understanding their brief is really at the heart of all we do. Before we start working with you it’s really important for to understand more about you, your business, your brand and wha you’re looking to achieve from your photography. We’re also super-privileged to work with some fantastic creative agencies including our friends and building buddies 39 Steps. Whether you’re working with an agency, or are doing all the creating yourself we can help you create a tight brief. That way your photography will do wha its supposed to – shout about your business.
We’d love to be untrusted with photography for your business so if you’d like to chat further or have any ideas then please just get in touch.