I have been working closely with the National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU) www.naru.org.uk for a number of years recording training exercises with Police, Fire and Ambulance crews.
My job is to record what is happening throughout the exercise by putting myself in the centre of the action without getting in the way of the work that is taking place. Working with NARU I have had to squeeze myself into the smallest of places in their training facility, climb aboard a simulated train crash, climb up ladders and scaffolds, squeeze through tunnels and more. The work is always interesting and usually dirty!
Working with the Royal College of Nursing www.rcn.org.uk has taken me all over the UK to work with nurses in hospitals, surgeries, academia, schools and prisons. I am comfortable working in all environments. The imagery we are shooting may involve vulnerable people in stressful situations and part of my job is to gain their trust and consent for us to shoot and use the images, I do this by explaining carefully why we need the images and what they will be used for.
I am able to read a situation quickly and my approach is always considerate, my clients know that I can deliver the shots they need without upsetting anybody in the process. I am happy to work with clients on a shoot but I can also work alone to a brief.
The National Audit Office commissioned me to work on a project called 'Promoting Healthier Lifestyle for Prisoners'. We visited prisons throughout the UK and photographed staff and inmates.
One of my tasks was to encourage prisoners to participate and capture them in ways which would protect their identity, whilst also managing to deliver the key messages outlined in the brief.
I was also tasked to supply models and organise locations to make images in which we could show the subjects faces.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain www.rpharms.com commissioned me to work on a project visiting universities across the UK to meet pharmacy students and profile their work.
I visited 12 different locations armed with a client brief, met the students and photographed them at work. The shots were candid in style goving potential students an insight to the work they would be doing on a Pharmacy course.
A couple of days later my client was able to download and use the images.
"The Ambulance Service Association commissioned Justine Desmond Photography to capture images ...from the first meeting Justine was brimming with ideas and enthusiasm. During the shoots, her professional approach and can-do attitude were instrumental in achieving some excellent results". Karen Gostt (Policy and Communications Manager) www.aace.org.uk