In this blog post I will describe why I am the ideal person to photograph your construction project.
I have over 30 years of experience working in the construction industry, a lifetime interest in photography and over 10 years working professionally as a photographer.
I add to this unique combination of skills a high quality, personal and professional service to give architects, contractors, developers and property owners and managers great imagery with my own style.
So, if you are looking for someone to photograph your recently completed construction project please read on and get in touch to see how I may help you.
1 – This is what I do. I photograph buildings and the surrounding environment.
I don’t do weddings, portraits, babies, families or fluffy pets. 99% of the things that I photograph are not moving,
I also photograph places, the buildings within them and their surrounding environments.
I don’t photograph anything else.
2 – To see my work check out my website – there is plenty on there.
Just click here.
And here are three of my favourite images of recently completed construction projects.
3 – I get construction, sites and the people on them – I am one of them after all!
I have worked on construction sites all my life, starting as a labourer and working up to being a senior project manager.
I have worked on new build and refurbishment construction projects in most sectors, including
- Higher education
- Public sector
- Private sector
As you can see I have extensive experience of the construction industry, so will be comfortable photographing any construction project
4 - I am a Chartered Builder – MCIOB
I have been Chartered for well over 20 years now, and am a current member of the CIOB.
I passed my HNC in building studies a long time ago, and studied for my CIOB part 1 an 2 whilst working on site, initially as a labourer for a small contractor.
When I say I know construction people I mean at all levels, as I have been in most of them.
5 - I am an Associate in the British Institute of Professional Photography – ABIPP
This qualification is defined by the BIPP as
“A high standard of craftsmanship and creative ability”
I achieved this qualification this year, having gained my Licentiateship 3 years ago.
My portfolio consisted entirely of architectural and construction images, which you can view on my portfolio page rickmcevoyphotography.com/portfolio.
The BIPP “is an internationally recognised qualifying organisation with over 100 years of experience in supporting and networking photographers.”
That’s not bad for someone who has been working in construction for over 30 years!
And to be fair my photography is the only artistic thing about me.
This is not just about the technical side of things – this is more about the creative side of photography – image capture and composition – craftsmanship and creative ability remember!
And with my lifetime of construction experience I really do know what I am looking for, those intricate details and important features.
And lets not forget the technical side of this – technically correct and accurate images, with everything level and vertical whilst still looking natural, and all the colours as they have been added.
I pride myself on producing creative, excellently composed and technically accurate images.
I actually went to art college when I left school, as I have always wanted to be a photographer. I lasted till the April of that year before I quit and started work on site- I was 18 and wanted beer money and a car!
That was back in 18985 – that shows just how long I have been interested in photography and how long I have been working in construction.
6 – I am a current CSCS card-holder.
I have a Professionally Qualified Person CSCS card, which is valid until June 2022 – another time saver in getting me on your site and also further reassurance that I will be perfectly safe working on your site.
I can photograph any part of the site – just give me safe access and a safe place of work. I am fine with heights, confined spaces, excavations, anywhere really.
7 – I have my own PPE
I have my own PPE which is enough to get me onto 99% of construction sites. Of course there will be specific site requirements somewhere that I do not have all the gear for, like live railways, and off-shore installations, but for conventional constructions sites I turn up kitted up and ready to be induced.
Talking of which
8 – I have had more site inductions than I care to remember
And do you know what – every one is slightly different. They are never the same. But they are all familiar to me.
My familiarity with construction means that I can satisfy your site induction requirements as quickly as one of your preferred sub-contractors, saving you time and money and also giving you the reassurance that the photographer on your side is familiar with construction sites.
9 – I have done this before – I won't get in the way!
I know how things are on site, the time pressures that people are under, especially as you approach practical completion. I have been there many many times before, and I do get it.
The last thing people want is someone holding them up taking photos – this is where I m uniquely positioned with my experience. Yes I take all my photos on a tripod (where practicable) but I set up my gear before I go on site, find the location that I want to shoot, place my tripod, compose, take the shot and move on.
The composing is the bit that takes the time – that is the important bit after all.
The technical side of the image capture is dialled in before I get on site, so all I have to worry about is the composition and where I focus for the composition in question.
10 – My gear is lightweight, mobile and durbale
I currently use a full frame Canon DSLR and Canon L series lenses. When I am taking photos on site everything is in my backpack so I have hands free in case I need to climb up a scaffold or down into an excavation. I can get gear in and out of my bag without having to put my bag on the floor – this has evolved over endless shoots to the set up I have now which has all my essential safely stored in my back pack.
My bad is waterproof and all my gear is weather sealed. And if my tripod gets muddy shooting outside I can quickly clean it down before going into the shiny new interior without getting mud all over the brand new flooring!
11 – this is what I love doing – photographing buildings.
Yes I genuinely enjoy photographing buildings – so much so that I do this when I am on holiday.
That is the 11 reasons why I am the ideal person to photograph your construction project.
Not convinced? Or just enjoying reading my words you want to read more?
Buildings I have photographed
I have a large collection of photos of buildings from abroad – here are three photos taken on my travels which show the other side of my work.
I don’t only photograph construction projects – I have photographed buildings in all stages of their lifecycles, from
- Locational photography for visualisations for concept design, consultations and planning applications.
- Buildings undergoing refurbishment.
- Existing properties being marketed – both public and private properties, commercial and residential.
I also photograph buildings of interest that I am just passing, like this interesting church which I drove past on the way back from a recent industrial building shoot.
OK - that was 11 reasons why you should choose me to photograph your completed construction site. And now a bit more info which I hope you find helpful.
How many images will I get?
That will of course be subject to agreement and confirmed in my final quotation, but I will not bombard you with lots of images. I select the image set and edit the images myself.
It is my job to make sure that I not only take but also select the images that satisfy your brief.
And as I edit the images myself I am in complete control of the editing process.
How much will it cost me?
I price each commercial photography job individually, as every client is unique and has unique requirements.
My price is based on the three elements of commercial photography work
The shoot itself
This is the time taken to get to and from the site, and the time spent on site taking photos. This can vary enormously, depending on the size of the building and the number and range of photos required.
Editing the images
I edit the images myself. If you want images that are to the standard you can see on my website then you have to appreciate that this takes time. Every image is individually edited.
The images on my portfolio page are commercial images that I have produced for architects – there has been no additional editing done for inclusion in my portfolio.
Licensing and commercial matters
Variables here are type, time period, location and area of use – this is of course very job specific.
I am not the cheapest photographer, and if all you are after is the cheapest photographer then I am not for you. The images you can see on my website are all taken and processed by me.
Do you want to know more about me?
If you do then there are hundreds of blog posts all about me and my world of photography. The more recent content is better than the older stuff, but the thing that I hope comes across in all of my blog posts is my personality. I was once told that I write the way I talk – my blog is me, my thoughts and personality in writing out there on the internet for all to see.
What else do I do?
Apart from photographing buildings I am a travel photographer, and am working on some new websites which will be unleashed on the internet shortly.
I am also a writer on one of the biggest photography websites on the internet, Improve Photography – check out this article which will be useful to help you prepare your building to be photographed.
I have also written a range of architectural photography articles which I will list and link so you can get straight to them if this of interest to you.
What do I do next?
Please get in touch with me – I respond to everyone who gets in touch with me. You can do this by phone, email or by using my contact page. I would rather you phoned – it is much better talking and getting to know properly people I will be working with.
And with that I will thank you for reading this post, and I look forward very much to hearing from you and helping you to get some great photos of your building.