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Our work: Fox’s photoshoot

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

It feels like we hardly step out from behind the camera these days; our lives (well, Account Manager/Producer Beth’s, anyway) are dominated by hefty pre-prod docs and location scouting. But when projects are this exciting – and sweet – we certainly wouldn’t have it any other way.

A few months back Fox’s Biscuits made us their lead creative agency, and this photoshoot is one of our first projects to come from the new relationship. Combining both lifestyle photography and essential pack shots, the shoot brings the different parts of the Fox’s portfolio to life, from bright, colourful Party Rings to indulgent Premium.

It also shows off our recipes, developed with food stylist and chef Tom Cockerill from Woodrow Studios. They’re just one way we’ve explored the new Fox’s proposition, Lovingly Baked Since 1863, and show how we can bring Fox’s beautifully baked biscuits into all kinds of different family occasions.

Thanks to Andy Pendlebury, our man behind the lens, and Tom for working with us again. For more of the work we’ve done together, take a look at the MOR photoshoot. Keep an eye out for our photography on the new Fox’s website (coming soon) and their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

New client: The National Forest

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

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If it’s looking quiet on the blog, it’s only because we’re absolutely manic behind the scenes. There’s loads going on at Together this spring, including some exciting work and client wins we can’t talk about just yet. But to give you a taster, here’s one we can share: we’ve started working with The National Forest.

The National Forest has transformed more than 200 square miles of the Midlands by creating more forested areas, planting millions of trees over the last 20 years to increase woodland cover from 6% to over 20%. But it’s about more than trees; by regenerating the area, The National Forest is helping those nearby to live and work with nature.

After a tender and pitch process at the start of this year, we won the opportunity to help The National Forest develop their proposition and visual style. We recently kicked things off with a day-long brand workshop with team members and stakeholders, exploring what makes The National Forest unique and gathering everyone’s ideas.

Now, we’re in the process of using all that useful stuff to inform our creative – and help the brand to find their new identity.

We’re loving working with The National Forest’s brilliant team, and can’t wait to share what we create together. Keep an eye on this blog, and our social media channels, for updates.

Our work: MOR photoshoot

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

When it comes to showing off a new food product, great photography makes stomachs growl – so as part of our website, social media, and PR work for MOR, we needed mouthwatering shots that’d send customers running for the nearest Tesco.

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MOR’s sausages have wonderful, versatile flavours that are great for cooking, so we wanted to show them in their element. We got chef Tom Cockerill on board to create eight original recipes, two for each sausage flavour, which we prepared, styled, and shot.

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Visually, we took inspiration from chefs like Jamie Oliver and Tom Kerridge, as well as from the lush imagery found in the publications like The Guardian and Waitrose Food. 

Spot our photography on the MOR website and on the brand’s Facebook and Instagram.

Our work: CARE Fertility photoshoot

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

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In 2016 we did more photography and video projects than ever before, with our in-house creative producer and creative director working around the country for a whole range of clients.

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Christmas advertising: Our annual roundup

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

It counts as annual if we did it last year, right? Grand!

Below, we’ve recapped the ads from some of the Christmas campaign contest’s key players, and used an extremely sophisticated rating system to decide which are tickling our festive fancy.

John Lewis – Buster the Boxer

When it comes to the John Lewis ad we’re usually due an emotional punch in the guts, but considering this year has been completely and objectively awful the brand’s gone for something a little more uplifting. That said, this ad has left everyone, well… divided (which also follows the theme of 2016, no?). All we know is that, regardless of whether you like the ad itself, the way they’ve integrated the campaign across multiple platforms – including online and in-store – is fantastic.

Festive rating: 3.5
Joy rating: 4
Overall rating: 3.75 mince pies

M&S – Christmas with love from Mrs Claus

Hot on the heels of John Lewis M&S appeared, out of the blue, with their heartwarming story of Mrs Claus and her excellent, excellent turtleneck jumperThe family narrative underscoring the whole thing is really relatable, while their portrayal of Mrs Claus is refreshingly fun and modern. As M&S continues to struggle with homeware and clothing profits – and begins closing stores – this warm, emotive campaign, which is being supported with extensive social including innovative Canvas ads, should help the brand to reconnect with consumers.

Festive rating: 5
Joy rating: 4
Overall rating: 4.5 mince pies

Sainsbury’s – The Greatest Gift

It should be a winner. It has a huge show tune sung by James Corden (for reasons that, admittedly, escape us), it’s directed by Sam Fell and it uses stop-frame animation techniques. It’s undeniably fun and festive with a nice emotional touch, and it shows the diversity of British families – but the Scrooge in us just finds it horribly, sickly sweet. The brand is however underpinning the campaign with a charitable cause, donating all the profits from sales of Gingerbread Dave and their stop-frame animation kit to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which helps to support their family-first messaging.

Festive rating: 4
Joy rating: 5
Twee penalty: 5
Overall rating: 2 mince pies

Aldi – Kevin the Carrot

We’re torn on this on in the studio. While some of us think that anthropomorphised vegetables are completely adorable, others think that this story of a tiny carrot who climbs past its dead friends, accidentally grates off some of his skin, then fulfils its purpose as a tempting treat for a predatory reindeer is – as Donald Trump would say (probably) – ‘big-league’ dark.

Festive rating: 5
Joy rating: 1
Overall rating: 3 mince pies

Waitrose – Home for Christmas

Waitrose has been quietly creating lovely Christmas campaigns for a while now. While leaving John Lewis to steal the show, they’ve been making more subtle ads including one of our team’s all-time favourites from 2014. This year’s offering goes a bit bigger, showing a tiny (and absolutely precious) robin’s fraught journey home for Christmas.

The visuals are stunning, the music is really emotive, and overall it’s a simple yet beautiful story. And, as part of the wider campaign, they’ve produced a children’s book of the story with acclaimed writer Michael Mopurgo.

Festive rating: 5
Joy rating: 5
Overall rating: 5 mince pies

So, there we have it – Waitrose is officially our favourite Christmas ad of this year. Think we’ve got it all wrong? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!