As you would expect from a professional commercial photography studio, we have a wide range of photographic experience, which we bring to all our clients. Beyond this commercial image knowledge, we offer advice on styling and creation of set-piece arrangements and model work. As a photography studio, we also have a wide and extensive knowledge of marketing and public relations. This experience was gained over 25 years prior to starting the commercial photography studio and it helps us with both client side and agency side commissions, providing the next level in commercial photographic services - commercially driven and sales proposition orientated.
As a broad base Inverness studio and photographer business, we provide commercial photography services and support for:
Food and Beverage Photography & Food Styling (Including restaurant images)
Probably our commercial studio's biggest photography growth area and key to the business - food and beverage photography. As a creative studio, we have worked with many food business throughout the Highlands, as well as the Inverness area, including the Royal in Tain, the Loch Ness Clansman, RedPoppy, Glenmoriston Arms, at Cafe 1 and the Garth to name but a few. But this area of commercial image work doesn't just include menu and restaurant photography. It also includes food pack-shot images as well as food images for use in advertising, recipe book/card publication, menu use and yes, food blogging for chefs, who are great in the kitchen but not too happy with a camera. This means we've also work for food producers like Reids of Caithness, Cocoa Mountain, Grants of Speyside and Speyside Specialities - to again name just a few of our commercial food photography food clients. As a business specialist studio which focuses on food photography, we have invested in a wide range of props, cloths and ceramics, back drops and fabrics to bring any food photography work we do to a style you require. We style much of the food photography work ourselves but are happy to recommend any food stylist we have worked with in the past or engage a food stylist you already employed. As for restaurant work, we enjoy working from the hip with chef - yes, working and photographing dishes which are a selection from the days menu, finding a great location in the establishment to shoot and them - often providing the entertainment for diners as we shoot while they eat!
Commercial Event & Conference Photography
We have covered many events - and not just commercial ones - in the Inverness, Highland and Moray area from the Cairngorm Challenge to Fort George, Living Food at Cawdor to Young Enterprise, all with and around the Inverness and Highland Region. We take a simple brief and then explore it through the use of set piece images or reportage - all depending upon what it is you are looking for. We even provide a free event portal - so if you have sold stall space to your own commercial clients, you can offer any images we take down to those who have paid for the stalls, so they too can access the images of your event for their own promotions.
Business Events Photography
As a commercial photography studio we consider this to be a little more intermate than perhaps the larger events - more focused, perhaps a company day or even the cataloguing of a special sales presentation or company wards evening. Again, like our large event packages we cover these through set price, formal or commercial reportage styles, locally here in Invernes sor wider afield in the UK..
Architectural & Estate Agency Support
Much of our commercial work in Inverness and the Highlands deals with architecture and property, interior design and estate photography - it may be the cataloguing of property for balance-sheet or historical value, however, much of our property photography is for promotional - use in tourism (holiday let property photography or hotel property photography) or interior design services for sale. That's why we have worked with ISG Plc in Glasgow and Inverness, Simply Let and House Simple for example, as well as Bidwells and Bell Ingram. We have invested in the wide angle and tilt and shift lens technology to help maximise the image's value and potential use. All images are supported by a lighting scheme from a range of 3000KW studio lamps - not flash off the camera, so all images are light balanced and as an important issue for any studio, colour corrected. We also provide a value service to hotel, BNB and guest house owners throughout the Highlands and Inverness area where property images are needed to support their website and promotional use on booking engines.
Often as an extension to our commercial property photography - estate and architectural services - we are asked to provide commercial images of the sporting estate (including landscape from our other studio (www.eysightphotography.co.uk). We have developed a more easily transported 'studio-rig' to help us up and down the hills so we can easily follow the shooting party. We have also an extensive natural history image library which is then accessed to show the wildlife and landscape of the estate - completing the value of the sporting environment. Subsequently our estate client base is not restricted to just Inverness, it is much wider including Sutherland, Grampian and Argyll as well.
Hotel, BNB and Guesthouse Images as well as Holiday Lets
We typically shoot over 200 hospitality properties a year! Yes that's a lot of property photography, The Thistle and Clansman in Inverness, Royston Bed & Breakfast again in Inverness, Glenkirk in Drumnadrochit, The Moorings and Torlundy in Fort William,. Hilton Bed & Breakfast, An Grianan in Inverness, the Cross, Golfview, Sutherlands and many, many more - why not ask us for a reference or look at some of our case studies by clicking here. The fact that we control the light and help all our commercial client owners consider the use of fabrics, food and space to promote their places to stay means we're referred to throughout the Highlands. We also provide an image archive service to hotel, BNB and guest house owners throughout the Highlands and Inverness area where property images are needed to support their website and promotional use on booking engines - here we liase with agency, booking companies and designers to help get the best use and formatting of our images for our clients. We've even provided landscape images to clients for wall art. Examples of this can be found here at the Inch.
Product & Catalogue, On-Pack and Promotional Images
We are lucky enough to have the room in the studio here in inverness to dedicate product photography benches that enable commercial product shoots of a high key or lifestyle format to be undertaken - dedicated space. That's why clients such as Aromantics in Forres use us for all their products. Not only do we have the lighting arrangements but also the boom and clip systems to arrange product in a still life format to demonstrate angles, key features and any practical uses during the shoot. Should clipping masks be required we have invested in the Adobe Creative Suite extensively plus the image cataloguing software Lightroom which we have used insince it was launched - plus a range of plug-ins to manage most images styling requirements. Lightroom also means we can archive manage your commercial images, so you have backup should there ever be a loss at agency or marketing department level. We also have an extensive network of designers that we have worked with in the past who can provide further clipping and image quality services worldwide should we need to access them. And let's not forget, by product we also mean food product - yes a substantial amojunt of the studio traffic is food driven, food packagng as well as the food product itself. Like with our other investments, the studio has access to cold storage, cooking and styliing faciliities as we mentioned above in the food section. So a complete product and packshot factory so to speak.
Freelance, Public Relations and Publicity Images
Again another area that is growing for us in the studio here in Inverness in the last year or so. As a commercial studio and freelance photographer we have worked with Platform PR on the Highland Tattoo, Weber Shandwich, AVC media, Consolidated PR on the Commonwealth Games, Somersault, Willoughby PR. And not just on commercial photography commissions or themes - a wide range of PR activity. We've been published in nationals as well as local newspapers such as the Inverness Courier and Press & Journal, specialist magazines such as Retail Week, Caterer and of course Build-it Magazine. As a studio we also freelance. many of our clients who engage us as a freelance photographer are from London where they are looking for image support in Inverness from a professional who can demonstrate both consistency of image and approach to brief. Public Relations and Publicity Images, really an extension of our freelance work, we are engaged by many of the agencies in the North of Scotland - a simple brief often accompanied with an action plan and deadlines.
And what about the images supply?
For each commission we will produce a series of images that explore the subject or the premises and present these to you on an online proofing portal. All the images taken are yours, no matter how many are taken. The price quoted is always fixed price with no additional expenses charged. Once happy with the images they will then be sent to you in four formats for ease of use, on a DVD disk or supplied via Internet and Dropbox.
A final thought... Why would you want to hire a commercial photographer? Isn't all photography the same? Well it simple - no it's not, we think commercial, how to sell your product, service or property and then capture a visual to make this proposition - we're marketing consultants through a camera (although actually we are marketing consultants as well!). We're commercial through and through, we don't take weddings and the only portraits we take, are commercial,for business and balance sheets. It's simple! If you're in doubt ask for a client list and a portfolio we'd be delighted to send you one.