"We received a call out of the blue from Rod at F Stop Press. He said his dog enjoys one of our company’s dog chews and that he wanted to do a story on the product, around a photo or two. I will be honest and say that I was sceptical at first because we have an unusual product and I thought it was someone looking for insider information! I could not have been more wrong. Rod and I spent some time discussing the idea he had in mind and of course, I realised that Rod is a photo journalist, looking for interesting and unusual photos and to build stories around them. To cut a long story short, Rod took some incredible photos of the raw material used for our product and provided copy to go alongside them which we had full and final approval for. Shortly after The Daily Mail took the story…. then The Daily Telegraph… and then The Times …and our local paper too. We received a huge uplift in orders and enquiries from the UK and abroad. Rod was professional and really friendly and easy to deal with – a great photographer and editor too. If you are contacted by a Rod at F Stop Press, it’s the real deal – don’t miss an excellent opportunity."
"The photographs that Rod has produced for us have been truly excellent, especially in often demanding conditions! His and positive attitude and passion for what he does is infectious and is matched only by his professionalism; he always charges reasonable rates and consistently provides a reliable and efficient follow-up service. Not only that, but the photos we've received from Rod have been instrumental in helping us to secure great PR coverage for our clients. We would highly recommend him to anyone - you won't be disappointed!"
Jessica Burling, Senior Account Executive
Havas Sports & Entertainment.
“Rod is always eager to discover stories that are quirky and original, just through his excellent news sense and competitive curiosity. The material he comes up with is always creative, punchy and we find it difficult to not use it once we have seen it! Rod’s enthusiasm is infectious and it’s a pleasure to deal with him. He is fast, efficient and can transmit pictures so fast from the scene that I often wonder if he travels back in a time machine to send them over before he even took them! He’s our favourite freelance by far!”
Victoria Wilcox, Picture Editor
"F Stop Press provides high quality images at a very reasonable rate, quickly and efficiently. Rod combines a great deal of knowledge with a great deal of enthusiasm to leave his clients with a generous choice of excellent shots which can be used for all marketing purposes, from national newspapers to on-site literature. We have been really impressed with the work F Stop Press has done for Renishaw Hall and Gardens so far and how well Rod understands his clients’ needs"
Jane Travis, PR Manager
Renishaw Hall & Gardens.
"F Stop Press have consistently provided us with fantastic photography for our PR campaigns. Whether following a brief or when given creative freedom - they always
provide us with high impact shots, that on numerous
occasions have proved vital in securing coverage for Warwick Castle.”
Gareth Arculus, Brand Manager
"From our point of view Rod's ‘self-sufficient’ method of working totally suited our set-up. He carried all the equipment he needed in one bag so we could access all the areas we wanted and captured all elements of the operation as it happened. I appreciate he was working under difficult conditions and in a tight time frame which makes the finished prints even more impressive!"
Alwyn McCreanor, Contracts Manager,
Irish Salt Mining and Exploration.
“I have worked with Rod many times at Chessington on both internal and PR photo shoots. Whatever the task maybe Rod understands our market and the type of shots that work for us and has often turned an in house shoot into a PR opportunity. His patience in getting the perfect shot is a great asset particularly when working with children and animals which is often the case for us! I’d have no hesitation in recommending Rod to anyone”.
Tom Jacobs - Resort PR Executive
Chessington World of Adventures
"F Stop Press understand that, as the nation’s Thrill Capital, a great picture at THORPE PARK is one that shows just how extreme our rollercoasters are - and we are never disappointed with the results! We always receive high quality, clear shots of our rides which national newspapers and consumer titles are more than happy to use. It’s great to work with someone who understands your brand and what you want to achieve, but who is also willing to offer creative input to make sure the results are the best they can be."
Sarah Morris - PR Manager
"As a hard pressed animal charity HART Wildlife Rescue cannot afford to spend anything on publicity so we are indebted to fstoppress for the excellent free service provided.
Rod Kirkpatrick's brilliant photos and witty captions were fundamental to our success in getting several stories published in the national press during 2011. This has helped us to raise our profile, locally and nationally, which has brought us many unexpected benefits and opportunities.
We look forward to continuing to work with Rod over the coming years as our increasingly fascinating range of admissions throws up more exciting challenges."
HART Wildlife Rescue
“The Daily Express often features the work of Rod Kirkpatrick at F Stop Press. His pictures are well shot, his ideas imaginative. Often he finds something unique to help illustrate a story, in particular seasonal events.”
Mick Lidbury - Picture Editor
"Photography taken and placed by F Stop Press really captured the high productivity at Molson Coors in the run up to Christmas. We gained unprecedented coverage across many national papers - F Stop Press are experts at what makes a great picture story."
Kristy McCready Commercial Business Partner
"Working with Rod during a corporate event, he was able to achieve significant coverage in the national press, outside of our press release with an excellent set of images."
David Crouch, Press Office
"F Stop Press have made a radical difference to the way we achieve PR: moving us from gaining accidental coverage now and again to a position of almost assured coverage in more publications. The value of this “free” PR” is huge and we intend to maintain our relationship with F Stop Press in order to continue this level of exposure. The team also take time to understand the subject matter leading to better shots with high potential. Thanks for your help F Stop and keep up the good work."
Peter Cook - MD
Roundstone Nurseries Ltd,
"After 15 years in marketing I thought I'd seen everything that a good photographer was capable of creating. Rod came to the farm, worked extremely quickly and efficiently and tried very hard not to interrupt our business. Yet somehow he managed to produce some of the most stunningly beautiful pictures we've ever seen."
Stocks Farm, Worcestershire
"We have used Rod a number of times when we were looking for something creatively different yet very corporate and professional. He brings a different eye to the challenge with results that we simply didn’t see possible until on film. We continue to be impressed with his creative and artistic ability to bring technology based objects to organic life! Thoroughly recommend Rod, and he makes it easy for the human subjects too!"
Dave Shemmans - Chief Executive Officer