Q: I see you are based in The Cotswolds what about travel fees for my project outside of that area?
A: I am more than happy to work throughout the UK. Subject to individual shoot requirements and your flexibility I can shoot just about anywhere at a price comparable to hiring a local photographer.
Q: Can I expect my photographs to look like the work on your website?
A: Absolutely. It does not matter if your project is a large commercial property or a single exterior view you will always get my best work. The images in my portfolio represent a range of assignments, both large and small, and a wide range of budgets.
Q: How do you charge for your photography?
A: I will bid your job by the hour, day or project whichever you are most comfortable with. The basic consideration is always the same: how much time will I need to do this project right? After a brief discussion I will be able to give you a firm quotation for your project in a format to suit your needs.
Q: Do you charge extra for image usage?
A: When I create a photograph for you it is yours to use as you see fit. You are only limited in your ability to re-sell or transfer usage to a third party, and even that is negotiable.
Q: Do you shoot film or digital format, and why?
A: Having used film for many years I made a complete switch to digital format in 2006. Quite simply, I can produce a better image digitally than I ever could on film. I have infinitely more control over colour, contrast and detail with digital format.
Q: What equipment do you use?
A: For most of my work I use a Nikon D3s & D700 FX full format camera bodies, with a selection of professional lenses including the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 ultra wide angle, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, Nikon 24mm f/3.5 Perspective Control and Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lenses.
Q: What software and techniques do you use?
Controlling exposure is key to successful interior and exterior architectural photography, which is often not possible to achieve in certain circumstances without employing the use of expensive supplementary lighting systems. I specialise in a technique called High Dynamic Range photography, which involves combining multiple exposures in post-production. This results in images, which are closer to reality than a single exposure could achieve, and also eliminates the cost to you of bringing in additional equipment.
As well as specific High Dynamic Range software used to combine exposures I use the latest version of Photoshop and Lightroom to manage and process the images. This is particularly useful for perspective control, which is one of the key issues with producing professional quality images of structures.
You will see from the galleries on this site that I also have an interest in creating images that can become pieces of art for all tastes.
However I do not rely on software and manipulation as a substitute for getting it right the first time. However, when shooting conditions are less than ideal I can offer you a selection of digital solutions that will save an otherwise impossible shoot.
Q: What is your background?
A: Photography was always a hobby and a passion for me as I grew up. My professional training is in Architecture, Design, Building Surveying and Construction Project Management. This combined with the photography skills developed (excuse the pun) over many years gives me a unique insight into looking at the world of the built environment. It enables me to better understand the needs of individual clients whether they be building designers, building managers or building owners.
As well as producing images for presentational purposes I have the understanding and expertise to carry out full technical photographic surveys of buildings for defect recording purposes, building manuals or indeed during construction.
Q: Do you only take shots of buildings?
A: Whilst architecture is my main interest and area of expertise, I am always happy to undertake work in other areas. If asked to do so and I feel it is better suited to others I will be the first to say so and direct you elsewhere.
Q: Why have I not come across you before?
A: I have returned home to England at the start of 2011 where I now wish to develop my business further having worked in the USA where my work has been on sale (and will explain the number of images on this site that were taken there). Since returning to the UK my client base has expanded and strengthened with a larger proportion of repeat business. The majority of which has been obtained by word of mouth recommendation.
Q: What if I do not like the shots?
A: I guarantee my work, and your satisfaction. No excuses, just great photographs.