Qualified Member of the Guild of Professional Photographers

Offering the personal touch.

Hello, I’m Ralph Hardwick and I’m a marketing photographer.  Which is just a fancy way of saying that I use my expertise, my camera and my studio to make you, your business, your product or your property look incredible.

Let me work with you to stand out from the crowd, create a personal brand, make your products shine or your property attract the attention it deserves.

Offering the personal touch.

Hello, I’m Ralph Hardwick and I’m a marketing photographer.  Which is just a fancy way of saying that I use my expertise, my camera and my studio to make you, your business, your product or your property look incredible.

I specialise in small or one person businesses, entrepreneurs, actors, models and performers.

Let me work with you to stand out from the crowd, create a personal brand, make your products shine or your property attract the attention it deserves.

I established CaptureLight in 2013 as a vessel to allow me develop my photography skills with the aim of being recognised as a skilled practitioner of the art.    I invite you to look through this website and decide for yourself where you think I am on that journey.

After  a period of consolidating my skills I offered my services to customers.  Later, in 2016, to increase the options I could offer I added a purpose designed studio to my house, in Norfolk, and equipped it with up to date medium format digital cameras, radio controlled portable lighting and the latest image editing equipment.  More details of the studio can be found here.

I firmly believe that photos aren’t a luxury for a business, they are an investment. The right images will bring the right results, increasing sales and adding direct value to the bottom line.   My obsessive attention to detail and desire to always surpass expectations means that I feel I am well placed to be the one to provide you with those right images

Although I am well versed in most areas of photography I specialise in three main areas:

  • Assisting small businesses and entrepreneurs with top quality marketing images of themselves, and their products.
  • Providing high end promotional and portfolio images for Actors, Models and Performers.
  • Creating premium property images for Architects and private customers.

You can find out more about each of these services here.  However don’t hesitate to contact me if you have other requirements.

I hope that my portfolio speaks for itself, so I invite you to look through it and, if you like what you see contact me to see how we can work together to improve your business. 

The Studio

We can offer a warm, secure, comfortable, fully equipped 430 ft(40 m2) studio.  Which we built in 2016.  It is right next to our home, making it accessible at almost any time.  This gives us a high degree of flexibility to suit those of you that don’t recognise normal office hours!

Unique features include:

  • A ceiling height of 11½ ft (3.4m) with steel ‘I’ beam supports allowing suspension of many objects such as exercise equipment.
  • Backdrops: Three 2.7m seamless paper (White, Mid-grey & Black) on rear wall and one 2.7m seamless paper located 90° to left or right of rear backdrop creating a virtual ‘infinity cove’
  • Large insulated roller shutter doors, one of which can be opened to produce a ‘wall’ of natural light.

Of course there is tea, coffee and cold drinks available as well as a changing room with shower.

On Location

Although our studio provides a great shooting location all the equipment we use is totally portable and can be used independent of mains power.  That means you can choose to use our studio or, if you prefer, we can create a studio environment in your workplace or other location of your choosing.

I use a high resolution 50Mp, Medium format digital camera as used by most high end advertising studios.  In addition I have several backup cameras, to ensure redundancy.

My studio lighting is all battery powered and consists of radio controlled 600W high powered strobes and speedlights.  Ensuring I have the ability to provide the right lighting to suit any subject or location.

With a whole host of light modifiers, umbrella’s, light stands, reflectors and scrims I can create a wide range of effects from subtle to extreme.

On site, or in the studio, I always aim to shoot ‘tethered’ to my 15 inch MacBook pro so that we can view the results on a larger screen within seconds of them being taken.  This also ensures image security as the files are backed up to the hard drive instantly.  In addition I simultaneously copy them to a rugged external drive for additional security.

I recently had a shoot with Ralph in his studio. My first studio shoot that I have ever done and it was amazing. Bringing my partner and baby along with me and we were all made to feel extremely welcome. Ralph was friendly, fun and very easy to get along with. We captured some amazing images together and I would highly recommend capturelight to anyone! Can’t wait to be back here again!
Ryan
Aspiring model
I had a 1 hour lesson with Ralph to help me take better pictures for my social media accounts. He explained everything in a way I could understand ( I usually take bad photos!)and made a few recommendations for some cost effective equipment. Thank you
Faye
Beautician
I needed to update my profile photos for my casting agent and Ralph did a very professional job. His studio is modern and well equipped. There was a relaxed atmosphere during the shoot but we got the shots we wanted.
Miguel
Actor
Ralph, thank you so much for your work with my band “Iconic” – we are insanely happy with the results so far and also very excited for what you will do with our other shots.

Ralph is an artist with light and a perfectionist with his lens but was very open to our ideas and input at all times. He is a great laugh, which makes the process so much easier and very welcoming into his studio. I have no doubt that i personally will have an ongoing working relationship with Ralph and am so happy to have met such a creative and talented photographer! Cannot recommend enough!

Nick
Lead Guitarist - ICONIC

Personal Marketing Images

Far more than just portraits, I offer a full range of personal marketing image services.

Whether you’re in business and need headshots for your personal media profiles or a complete personal branding make-over, or you’re an Actor or Model requiring portfolio images, or a Performer wanting promotional shots for marketing I can offer tailored packages or a completely bespoke service.

PRODUCTS

Looking for high end Advertising images without the high end price tag?

Bulk images forE-Commerce sites or catalogues.  Food photography for menus or promotions or full on creative ‘hero’ shots for your website I can offer you a personalised service for a lot less than you imagine.

PROPERTY

Anyone can take a picture of a building, but how many can ensure that distortions are corrected, unwanted distractions removed and that the weather and time of day is used to it’s best advatage.

Buy using the latest lens technology, combining natural and artificial light I can make the exterior, and interior of your property look amazing.  Are you an Architect looking to showcase your latest project or a homeowner looking to sell their property?  If you are then visit my Property pages to see how I can help.

This week’s smile:

 
What do you call a can opener that doesn’t work?
 
A can’t opener!