CQR Factory Photoshoot Case Study
This project was commissioned to make new marketing images for CQR, a company making certified security, alarm and network cables, on the Wirral peninsula.
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August 2021 – Blue skies!
On a beautiful summers day, I met up with the head of marketing, Dan Casey, and we had a guided tour around the factory to learn about all the processes. There are far more than you’d expect – as you’ll see in the photos.
Unleashed on the Factory!
Then we were unleashed on the factory with lights and cameras, shooting each stage of the process and getting to know the team as we went along. Most were camera shy, as usual, but we won a few around!
The story of a humble cable
The images tell the story of a single length of wire as it gets its new coat, gets to meet other wired then gets an overcoat, before finally getting wound onto spools ready to be sold to the public.
We start with wire cables, getting coated in coloured plastic, and then going on to huge spools.
Capturing quality control
At all stages, the wires are all tested for faults by automatic detectors.
And eventually, they get wound into larger cables and coated with a white plastic finish.
What the photos will be used for
The purpose of the shoot is to make images that illustrate to the processes and people involved in creating these cables. These can then be used for brochures, websites, exhibition stands and social media – and anywhere else they can think of.
I’ve never really put too much thought into how those wires get their coatings, there’s a lot more goes into it than you may have guessed!
We also did the “raiders of the lost arc” corridor of high shelves of storage photographs, which always look great.
Switch Assembly Line
There was a second side to the business where they were assembling switches.
This was a more hands-on process, so we had lots of smiley faces to capture.
For the shy, we did close-ups of their hands instead – because, in factories, hand photos always show, expertise, skill and nimbleness – whilst protecting the anonymity of those who prefer not to be photographed.
And the final product
It’s great to see the product go from its raw cable form to the packaged product stacks on pallets.
A drone photo to show the site
At the end of the shoot, as it was a beautiful day, we also took the drone out and got a few photos from way up above, showing the end of the Wirral