Construction product photographer - Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP
This page is the home to 12 pictures which are from one of my core commercial photography specialisms – construction product photography.
Taking photographs of products on construction sites is a specialist area of commercial photography.
And one that I very much specialise in.
I combine my lifetime of professional construction experience with my photographic expertise.
This is why you should consider me to photograph your product
Whatever you need photographing on a construction site get in touch with me by phone, email or the contact page on my website.
I have called this page of my website construction product photography, but I could have equally titled and indexed this page
- Construction photography
- Construction product photography.
- Product photography on construction sites.
- Photography of construction products.
My construction photographer page is more about the construction site itself, rather than a product within the site, and is aimed more at main contractors of any size or shape.
This page of my website is aimed more at manufacturers, suppliers and installers of products.
So here are 10 reasons why you should consider me for your construction product photography shoot.
- My photography experience.
- My construction experience.
- I am a current CSCS Managerial and Professional card holder.
- I have my own PPE.
- I am equipped to take photographs on live construction sites.
- I am able to access any part of a construction site.
- I have equipment to allow me to photograph unusual angles and viewpoints.
- I am used to working in tight spaces.
- I understand construction.
- I understand the needs of suppliers of products.
If you want to know about me as a person, then the best place to go to is my photography blog. If, however you want to know more about these 12 images and my construction product photography work, and how I can help you, then read on.
Marshalls paving at Bournemouth University
I was commissioned to photograph the paving that had been laid as part of a major project at Bournemouth University. Marshalls is a big name in construction. The project involved the remodelling of the central circulation space, providing a new, clear, uncluttered pedestrian access route through the centre of the campus.
One of the issues of a product shoot such as this is that the location is an open one, open to students, staff and members of the public. I had to gain permission from the University to photograph the paving, on the condition that there were no recognisable people in the shots.
Now there are various ways of achieving this;
- Take long exposures, blurring people and blurring the odd face
- Take multiple photographs of the same scene and then using the magic of Photoshop make them all disappear
- Take the photographs when no-one is there.
Which is what I did. Take the photographs when no-one was there that is.
There are pros and cons to this.
The early morning sun produces shadows which restrict the area being photographed, which is not a good thing. It really depends on the space.
On the plus side the morning sun raking across a scene is great for bringing out the textures in materials.
Render by KRend.
KRend is the UKs largest independent silicone coloured renders manufacturer.
This is the case study showing one of the images I submitted to the client.
I was commissioned directly by KRend to photograph these stylish new houses in Poole, as well as a nursey in Portsmouth. The two shoots were completely different, but of the same product for the same client.
It might sound easy photographing render but there is quite a lot more to it than meets the eye. The render was white, so had to appear white. Which on large flat areas is no mean feat, needing all the technical image capture excellence that my Canon 6D gives me. That and some precision image processing in Lightroom and an amount of tidying up in Photoshop.
The images looked great and the client was delighted – a good job all round.
Another big name on the construction product market is Catnic, who make lintels. For those non-technical people those are the things that sit over the windows and take the weight of the wall above. I photographed the Acheson Construction site at Corfe Castle, where a new Doctors surgery was being constructed. The image featured on this page is one of my creative mages, with a dark overall image with the colours removed apart from the orange in the Catnic label on a lintol on the construction site. I also selectively brightened the label on the lintol.
As well as conventional product photographs, I try to provide the client with alternative, creative images wherever possible
This is the kind of work I really enjoy, getting in and amongst it all on site – it takes me back to my first job after leaving school!
Another big name, and a massive construction site. Rockwool. I was commissioned by Wildwood PR to photograph the Rockwool products being installed as over cladding on enormous tower blocks in Portsmouth.
The product in question was the insulation, which was fitted within the Metsec cladding system before being covered with a waterproof membrane, boarding and the external cladding panels.
This was a truly enormous construction refurbishment project, with Keepmoat being the main contractor.
On this shoot, I produced a wide variety of images, including a big panoramic picture of the entire rear elevation from ground level. The picture on this page was photographed from a first-floor car park, and shows the before and during views, and also gives an idea of the scale of the project.
Dulux Pyroshield paint
Now a tricky thing to photograph is paint. White paint on plastered walls. Hmmmm. Tricky one. The manufacturer of the paint was Dulux. I know another huge name in the construction industry, well decorating of any kind of building anywhere market really.
Quote from the Dulux Decorator Centre website
“Pyroshield Durable Matt from Dulux Trade is a water-based flame retardant finish that upgrades substrates of fire classification from Class 3 to Class 0 (tested to BS476, parts 6 and 7).”
Another complication with this shoot was that it was on stairs in occupied tenanted blocks in Dorset. Bearing in mind I like to use my tripod for every commercial image I take this was certainly a challenge. Both in terms of the space available and people wanting to get by!
Thankfully for me these things are routine challenges which I deal with on a weekly basis.
Sports hall flooring at Bournemouth University by Gerflor
More specialist product photography. Gerflor flooring. This floor was installed as part of the overall refurbishment of sportBU, the fitness centre at the Talbot Campus of Bournemouth University. The refurbishment was carried out by Kier Construction. This picture was taken from a scissor lift, which was carefully driven in through a conveniently placed fire door right by the corner with level access externally. The scissor lift drove over protective ply placed on the recently laid and marked sports hall flooring.
Taking photographs in circumstances like this is challenging, as I had this one opportunity to take this picture, immediately after completion of the refurbishment when a scissor lift was booked to carry out other repairs. I managed to get access to take this picture before the lift was driven off site and the hall put back into full use.
And I learned all about the complexities of marking a sports hall floor properly!
Elliott UK modular buildings
Yes, modular buildings. Well they are products. And ones that are surprisingly common these days as people try to provide additional space cheaply, quickly but to a high standard.
I was commissioned to photograph three new sites with modular buildings provided by Elliott UK. The picture I have included is a branding shot. A crisp, simple picture with the Elliott logo on one of their recently completed modular buildings.
Branding is very important in product photography, and one of the things I like to do is exclude everything but a part of the product and the branding – the name and the logo.
BASF Walltite sprayed insulation
Now this was an interesting shoot. Walltite Spray Foam Insulation by BASF. A construction site in Poole. The insulation was being sprayed under the felt before being enclosed with plasterboard.
This was a stunning new development, and I managed to capture a picture of the insulation with a view through one of the window openings towards the sea. I was trying with this shot to place the product in it’s context, which was being built into a luxury house with a sea view.
The original image had a brick and some other debris on the floor, which were still in the original images included on this web page, but which I have since removed. I would not dream of issuing an image like that to a client these days!!
But all shoots provide new learning and things that help me develop and improve the quality of my commercial photography work.
Kingsway anti-ligature doors installed in a hospital.
This image is from a commercial shoot where I photographed some specialist doors on a live construction site. This was a construction product shoot for the company Kingsway, “Experts in door sets and hardware for mental health”.
Product shoots on live construction sites can be challenging, and always take longer than intended! The main contractor on this hospital extension was Brymor Construction.
I was commissioned by the manufacturer of these specialist door sets to photograph the doors just before completion of construction works, which was also immediately before the building went live. Once the refurbished building was handed over to the client access would not be possible. The time constraints at the end of a construction project often dictate what I can photograph and when I can photograph for the client.
This picture shows both one of the products in detail, the door handle, as well as the range of products in the context of the corridor in which all these doors and frames have been installed.
Roof tiles at Chideock Church
This is a detail shot if ever there was one, and the only picture on this page taken with my Canon 100-400mm lens (long since retired). I was commissioned by the architect Andrew Stone to photograph the new dome to Chideock Church. This stunning church is in a fantastic location in West Dorset, which was an absolute pleasure to photograph. The interior of the new dome was stunning, but the tiles made a fantastic, abstract, graphic picture.
If you go my interior photographer page you will be able to see a picture of the inside of the new church dome once I have updated the images on that page.
The shoot was of the new dome, but this detail shot was an important one, as the tiles were specifically designed for this location. Such an important detail.
When I am carrying out construction product shoots I always try to include detail shots of the products, as well as images showing them in their context, as well as pictures from different angles and views.
Paving is a great subject to photograph. Normally I am asked to photograph paving soon after completion of a construction site. I am lucky to get to see construction sites not long after completion, often when the premises are occupied and in use, which is always great to see. Buildings are about the people who use them, and there is nothing better than seeing this.
This kind of product photography needs good weather, so once I have been commissioned I basically wait for sunny weather. Another issue I have to contend with is the time of day, especially in the winter, as I need the photographs to make the best use of the sunshine without having shadows on the paving.
I have also included an image taken at a holiday home in Kent where the paving was used to form the driveways to individual holiday homes.