North West Drone Photographer
Here’s a recent drone photography job for Ooshot, a picture agency based in Paris. They required architectural drone photography and my usual architectural photography for their client.
The buildings were all in the North West, the brief was to show the buildings proximity to local road and rail networks as well as to show the vast size of these distribution hubs. In reality, drone photography was the only way to fulfil this brief, there was no other way short of hiring a helicopter! This was my first commercial drone commission for Ooshot, they and their client were very pleased with the results.
I now have another photography option that I can offer my clients who want that ‘birds-eye’ perspective without the cost involved in hiring a helicopter!
It’s been really interesting learning a new skill and I’m glad I made the investment to add a drone to my business. You have to take anything like this very seriously. I have public liability insurance and I have the prerequisite Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) registrations and training required to fly this drone.
Drone’s can be used commercially for many purposes from construction site photography, survey’s, completed buildings and progress photography. As well as drone imagery I can also shoot video footage to be used in your presentations and on websites.
If you would like a quote for any drone photography or video work please feel free to get in touch to discuss how I can help. You can view more examples of my architectural photography work here.
Show home photography in ManchesterHere’s a recent shoot for a Manchester based property developer. They had just completed their new development and needed some show home photography for their sales literature and website, as well as estate agency photography for their agent.
I’ve done a fair amount of shoots like this of show homes /show houses, apartments and more recently Airbnb photography. Property developers are demanding clients and I always try my best to make the interiors look as good as possible!
I break the property photography down into three different types of shots – firstly wide angle photographs to maximise the space and show the relationship of one room to another. The second group of shots are slightly zoomed in showing a run of kitchen units or a bed-head, and the third group of shots are ‘arty’ little details that can be used as filler shots on brochures and websites.
A property photography shoot such as this one, a three bed semi, takes me about an hour to an hour and a half to shoot depending on whether I need to set up any flash heads.
Current clients include property developers, Airbnb owners, builders and estate agents. Our services include show home photography, general property photography services , Airbnb photography and estate agency photography services.
Show House Photography, technical stuff!For most of the shots I shoot using my full frame Canon 5D with the 16-40 mm lens. Most of the exposures are 1 or 2 sec so I always use a tripod for interiors and use the cameras ‘mirror up’ anti vibration setting plus the 2 second self timer. If I use flash then it’s usually my off-camera Godox flash head on a pole above the camera, although if possible I just shoot using available light. You can view more examples of my interiors photography here or if you have a project that needs an architectural photographer why not contact me for a no obligation quote.
Portrait photography and staff images for Manchester solicitors practice.
I have just finished a large portrait photography commission for Simpson Millar Solicitors based in Manchester. Simpson Millar were going through a re-branding and were having a new website produced. They needed new head and shoulders portraits of all their staff. The photography was to be taken at various offices around the country.
They had a specific ‘look’ that they wanted to achieve, with all staff portraits to look the same. I used my portable studio set-up so that all the images were consistent across different locations.
My portable studio consists of a pop-up background and portable lights that I took with me to each location. No matter what the individual offices looked like, all shots appeared as if they had been taken at the same location.
If you want head and shoulders portrait photography taken of your staff you don’t have to use plain white or black backgrounds: there are many different colours to choose from. You can match your corporate colours and branding or just choose the classic black or white, or any colour you want.
As well as the studio type portrait photography I was also asked to take photos of teams working, group team shots and individuals at their work stations.
The shoots went well and Simpson Millar’s new website is now live with my photographs on it. You can view the corporate headshots on their new website here – Simpson Millar Solicitors
More examples of headshots and business portrait photography can be seen on my website here or if you have a portrait project in mind why not get in touch for a no obligation quote.
I have just finished a kitchen photography commission for Poggenpohl kitchens, the up-market kitchen manufacturer. The images are for a kitchen profile shoot for Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom magazine.
I’ve not photographed a kitchen for a while and it was nice to photograph a really stylish and modern interior again.
The brief came from Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom Magazine and as always with kitchen or interiors photography for a magazine I do as I’m told! Follow the brief and then look for any interesting details and angles that they might not have thought of.
Editorial photography is all about following the brief and giving the magazine designers as many layout options as possible. So a mixture of landscape and portrait photography, close-up details and big wide angle double-page spread shots.
There’s more than one way to skin a cat as they say when photographing kitchens and interiors. The old question, whether to use flash or not, and on this occasion there was so much natural light in this kitchen I chose not to use any flash at all.
It’s getting easier and easier to shoot using mixed lighting and daylight as most modern interior lights are LED’s rather than the horrible mini florescent tubes. LED’s are pretty well balanced with daylight and only needed a little tweak in Photoshop to match the room’s daylight temperature.
All these kitchen interiors were photographed using my Canon 5D MK3 with a Canon 17-40, stuck on my trusty Manfrotto 55 tripod. As the exposures were up to 2 seconds, I always use the mirror lock-up function and the 2 second self-timer, to help eliminate any chance of camera shake.
The images were processed in Lightroom first and then transferred to Photohop as some re-touching needed to be done on the views out into the garden.
I’m pleased with how this kitchen photography shoot turned out and I’m looking forward to seeing the images in print in the Spring. I look forward to more shoots with Poggenpohl.
Education Photography for MMU
This week I’ve been doing more education photography, two jobs for different departments at Manchester Metropolitan University.
These images are from a commission for the Sociology Department at an event they were hosting at the Home venue in Manchester.
The brief was to document the event and to capture images of the students and staff having fun and engaged in the learning process. As always with this type of photography it takes a while for people to relax in front of the camera and get used to having a photographer there.
Other recent educational shoots have been for MMU’s Master of Sport course, photographing students at various events.
I shot these images using my canon 5D Mk3 with the 24-105 and 70-200 Is lenses. The room was nice and bright but some of the subjects would have been silhouetted so I used a little bit of on-camera flash to fill in the detail.
Editorial PhotographyI was looking at adding some new examples of portrait and editorial photography to my website. I thought I would look for a local project to photograph. My local cycle shop turned out to be the perfect venue. Eddie McGrath Cycles in Urmston, Manchester are your classic ‘old school’ high street bike shop selling everything from a puncture repair kit to a full mountain or road bike. What surprised me was that they also build and sell very trick carbon bike wheels under their brand ‘Sixth Element’. I thought the wheel building process and the shop would make an interesting faux editorial shoot. I wanted to tackle the photography like an editorial photography commission. I aimed to show the wheel building process in a selection of reportage style photographs from small detail shots through to overall shots showing Graham, the owner, with a finished wheel. I also wanted to take some interesting environmental portraits. Equipment – everything was shot on my canon 5D Mk3 using a 24-105 zoom lens . To light the shots I used two canon 600 flashes, using Pocket Wizards to sinc them. One flash was fired through an umbrella and the other one from floor height as a ‘fill’. I’ve been trying to reduce the equipment I take on jobs. I would much rather use a couple of lightweight flashes than portable studio lights. If you are interested in using off camera speedlights there is a great website and resource called The Strobist/blogspot Technique – I like to create mood in my photography by using strong sidelight from a single flash and then just a little bit of fill light to soften the shadows. My main light and working aperture were set at f8 and the fill light at f4. Small speedlights and a stand take up no room at all and were easy to position around the shop. Also, as they aren’t mains powered they can be easily moved without having to trail lights across the floor or be near to a mains socket. Overall I was pleased with the images and it just goes to show that you don’t have to travel miles to take interesting photographs. There are other examples of editorial photography commissions and portrait photography on my websites gallery pages.
Estate agents photographer
Here’s a recent job for a home owner over in Sheffield who was unhappy with the photography taken by her estate agent. She didn’t feel that the photographs did her house justice and was having very few viewings. The photography made the rooms look small, were generally badly lit and weren’t showing her house off to its full potential.
Theresa, the client, understood the advantages of paying a professional property photographer to take some good quality images of her house. Showing the house off to it’s full potential would hopefully get more viewings and attract a potential buyer.
Most buyers now look online before deciding to view a property. It’s at this stage that you really need to stand out from the competition by having professional images taken that really sell the property.
Property developers, architects and estate agents all use professional photographers to show their properties off, so why shouldn’t home owners do the same? By commissioning a professional photographer you’ll get bright, well lit interiors, shot with professional quality wide angle lenses that will make the interior look its best. Result for you; more viewings!
As a professional photographer I have a proven track record of working with property professionals, ranging from estate agencies to architects and interiors magazines. You can view other examples of my work on the Interior Photography Gallery of my website.
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If you would like a competitive quote please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Regeneration photography in Old Trafford,Manchester.
I have recently been undertaking an architectural photography commission for Trafford Housing Trust , updating their stock image bank for use in future publications.
The first part of the commission was to photograph the regenerated tower blocks on the Tamworth Estate and two high-rise towers on the Hullard Estate in Old Trafford . The five towers , were looking a little tired and run down. Built in the 1960’s as part of the slum clearances they desperately needed a face lift. PRP Architects, Trafford Housing Trust and their contractors Seddon have certainly made vast improvements to the blocks .They look stunning against a blue sky. PRP architects and Trafford Housing Trust won an Architects Journal retrofit award for their work on the estates.
As usual, with this sort of architectural commission, getting good light is half the battle. I use an app called SunCalc to work out the sun’s direction so that each image is shot at the best time of day.
A good selection of shots was requested from Trafford Housing Trust, from photographs of individual blocks to groups of towers and then some detailed and angled shots. I was lucky enough to have access to the roofs of the blocks to get some images looking down. Unfortunately the external landscaping is not yet finished so I had to get creative with the angles to avoid any muddy area. I look forward to going back when It’s all completed.
Photographic Artwork copying and Repro.
Photography of paintings and artwork in Manchester and the North West.
I’ve just finished copying a batch of 10 images for the janet bell gallery. Janet is a landscape artist who paints and runs a gallery in Beaumaris, Anglesey.
I’ve been doing repro photography of artist’s work for a number of years using high quality, digital photography to copy their work. The files are then used to produce limited run, colour accurate Glcee prints.
All the work is photographed under studio lighting, colour balanced in Photoshop and saved as a high quality Tiff file. I prefer to work in my own studio but equally I can copy your artwork in your studio if this is more convenient. I have portable studio lighting and a plain white backdrop that can be brought to any location.
If you decide to copy your own artwork here are a few tips.
1. You need very even lighting, preferably from two sources. If using flash or tungsten lighting place the lights one on either side of the art work at 45 degrees. If you don’t have any lighting place your art work in indirect sunlight.
2. Use a tripod and line up the camera to the mid point of your artwork, try and keep everything as level as possible.
3. Use a light meter to make sure that the artwork is evenly lit.
4. Before you photograph the artwork it is useful to include a photographer’s grey-card or include a piece of white paper in one of your test photographs. This gives you a reference colour to work with in Photoshop.
5. Once you have taken the image, open in Photoshop and use your image with the grey-card or white paper to set the colour balance.
6. In Photoshop I would then square up the image and make any adjustments in 16bit mode to keep the file integrity.
I can now offer this service to other artists, whether you require flat art work copied or 3D sculpture. You could do all of the above yourself or simply contact me for a competitive, no obligation quote !
I was recently commissioned by Lush Cosmetics in my capacity as a retail photographer. They wanted a selection of images to show their 9 North West branches.,
Other retail photography commissions over the last year have been for Shoppertainment and Space and People. Each shoot is different but the bottom line is you need great shots of your retail environment, this is why you should use my professional retail photography services.
Any retail photography commission starts with a brief. What are you trying to communicate with your audience ? Are you trying to make your retail environment look busy , large and airy, clean and uncluttered. Do you want me to highlight the branding or the point of sale displays ? Whatever your requirements I’ll follow your brief and make sure you are 100% happy with the results.
I photograph using only the store’s existing lighting. This causes a minimum of disturbance to staff and customers. Retail lighting is an integral part of shop design so it’s important to let it do it’s job, as the designer intended, not blast it away with a load of flash lighting !
Using advanced digital photography techniques combined with a detailed knowledge of Photoshop I can bring out the very best in your retail environment.
Press and Editorial Photography
Just come back from photographing Dick and Dom at the excellent Urmston Bookshop.
Professional photographers get to photograph all sorts of people, these two couldn’t have made my job any easier. A real pleasure to have photographed them. Pointed the camera at them and they instantly went into a series of wacky poses !
As a Manchester based photographer I’m available for press and events photography in Old Trafford, Manchester, Cheshire and the North West. Check out my editorial photography gallery for more images.
I recently did a bit of event photography, photographing Barry Gibb of the BeeGees visiting his old school, Oswald Road in Chorlton, Manchester.
The School were after a record of his visit. Barry was opening a new nursery extension being built by Willmott Dixon construction.
This was certainly different from the usual press and P.R. photography I do. Barry arrived in a blacked-out Mercedes followed by two Mercedes vans with family and his head of security following behind.
With event photography I try and get a mixture of candid documentary images and a few staged ones that the school had requested.
It was really great to be part of this event…. felt a bit like photographing musical royalty !
I’ve recently been doing quite a bit of product photography at my Manchester studio.
I’ve been commissioned to photograph a few different products from e-cigarettes through to electrical meters, and even some food photography for The Living Room chain of restaurants.
Should you require any studio photography, I can tackle most small products in my studio, but anything bigger can be done at your location. I have a selection of portable backgrounds that can be used, along with portable studio lights.
My product photography is a cost effective way of showing your product off to its best ! We can optimize the images for e-commerce and web use, or for print at no additional cost.
You can view other examples here or simply contact me for a competitive quote.
Business Head and Shoulder Portraits.
I seem to be having a run on business head and shoulders portraits at the moment. AA projects in Sale, Manchester are currently having a new website designed and wanted to update their staff and directors’ profile images.
Here is a selection of ‘head and shoulders’ portraits. As well as the standard formal head and shoulders portraits they were keen to try and get a bit of ‘personality ‘ into the imagery. I tried to get some expression in the photography and show some hand gestures too. I actually got some quite interesting hand gestures but these were consigned to the cutting room floor !
As with previous portrait shoots I took my portable studio lights and a white background into AA Projects office. My portable portrait studio can be quickly set-up in your office. I can usually take 25 -30 staff portraits in an hour.
Whether you require an individual portrait of your MD or ‘head shots’ of your entire workforce please don’t hesitate to contact me for a competitive quote.