Why should you choose me to photograph your building?

Now that is a fair question.

Heres why.

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You will find me easy to deal with as I have a lifetime of experience in construction and photography, meaning you are not talking to a photographer who has never been on a construction site.

I understand buildings and construction, and am used to talking to

  • Architects
  • Contractors
  • Suppliers
  • Installers
  • Building owners
  • Estate agents
  • Developers

I even understand the rudimentaries of M&E, but cannot lay claim to understanding acoustics!

Need photos from a scaffold? Roof? Excavation?

No problem - you provide the safe access and I am there.

I can help you get the images you want and make the process as easy and hassle free as I can for you. 

This is what I do - I photograph buildings and construction sites. 

Before I go on - you can contact me by  

Phone - 07772252186

Email - sales@rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

Contact form on my web page - click here

Here are 10 reasons why you might like to contact me to photograph your building. Well anything related to the built environment at all really.

1 - I am a Chartered Builder - MCIOB

I have proudly held the professional designation MCIOB for some years now. I have over 30 years of construction industry experience

Yes I am that old. And as a result of this experience I am at home working on construction sites of all shapes, sizes and complexities, and more importantly I am more than comfortable working with construction people at all levels (talking of all levels I am fine working on roofs, scaffolding, in excavations – anywhere on site – you just provide a safe place for me and I can be there taking photographs)

2 - I am also professionally qualified in photography – LBIPP.

I was delighted to achieve my LBIPP (Licentiate in the British Institute of Professional Photography) a few years ago.

These two on their own are enough for some people which is why I start with them. It saves time. I know you are all busy people out there so if this is all you need to know get in touch with me here and forget about the next 8 points, as good as they are.

3 - I provide a high quality, personal professional service on every shoot

I pride myself on providing a  high quality service on every shoot. Everything is agreed in writing, and regular updates are provided - this is particularly important with our ever so predictable British weather!

I wont go on about the quality of my images - I am a photographer after all sp that is a given. You can of course check out the images on my website.

I can even provide a next day service if required. I once had to produce a set of fully edited images for a 9am deadline the morning after an afternoon shoot.

4 - I have an eye for this stuff.

I like to think that I am quite good at what I do. I combine my years of construction and photography experience to give me a fairly unique insight into the world of architectural photography. 

I understand construction and architecture, and what is important within a design. OK the least bit the architect tells me but I will be able to quickly understand the key features. 

5 - And an ear too

Whatever you are  - architect, main contractor, property owner, landlord, estate agent, developer, material supplier, specialist installer - I get that your needs are going to be very specific.

And I am in a unique position to be able to understand you r specific requirements and deliver the images required.

I will be able to fulfill the very specific requirements of your brief. I will also where possible provide alternative views and compositions.

But first and foremost I listen to my clients. 

6 - I am a current CSCS card holder

I managed to pass the health and safety test with flying colours recently (phew). So if you want photographs taking on a live construction site no problem. I have been through more site inductions than I can remember so that is all good and familiar to me. And

I have all my own PPE

My collection of PPE is suitable for most construction sites. I had to purchase high visibility trousers recently to complete the luminous clothing set!

8 - My photography gear is designed for construction sites

My photography equipment has evolved over the years and my work in a wide range of live site environments to allow me to quickly and efficiently photograph any construction site. I say any - there must be exceptions to that but I have not come across one yet.

And of course all my gear is durable enough to withstand the rigours of live construction sites any time of the year.

9 - I process all my own images

I am highly skilled in Lightroom and Photoshop. I consistently produce technically accurate and correct images.

No architect likes their building to look wonky in a photo after all do they?

I can also produce images that are consistent in style from different shoots in different locations on different days.

10 - My company is just me

I am the only person you deal with from start to finish - I answer all enquiries, develop the brief, produce the quote, agree the scope, plan the shoot, take the photos, edit the photos, issue the photos and submit the invoices. There is no one else – just me.

And I am a nice chap. 

11 – I enjoy what I do.

I know. This is 11 things. But this important.

I always find that people who enjoy what they do produce better work than people who don’t, and I seriously enjoy taking photographs of construction products and construction sites, buildings, architecture, interiors – anything that is built basically.

I extend this enjoyment to holidays - there isn’t a destination I have been to where I did not photograph buildings, and pop into the local church to get a great interior shot! 

Thats it.

Please check out my work on the following pages of my website.

Architectural photographer

Commercial photographer

Construction photographer

Construction product photographer

Industrial photographer

Interior photographer

Property photographer

And to find out more about me all you need to do is pop over to my photography blog, where I make daily posts.

Any questions, please get in touch with me. 

Rick McEvoy Photography - MCIOB, LBIPP

10 great reasons why you should choose me to photograph your building - I am an architectural photographer with a difference

Here are 10 reasons why you should choose (well ok a bit bold there - consider) me when looking for an architectural photographer to photograph your building. If you are busy then just get in touch using my contact page - trust me I am good at this stuff!

If you do however have the time then please read on.

1 - Construction experience.

I have a lifetime of experience working in the construction industry in a variety of sectors.. What does this mean to you as my client?

SImple. I will be completely at ease on your site, and will be able to deal with all that comes with a building as it nears completion. If it is complete, occupied and finished then great. Either way I will be fine taking photographs in, and of, your building.

2 - Photography experience

I have extensive experience photographing buildings of all shapes and sizes, in a variety of sectors and locations. Check out these pages on my website to see examples of my architectural photography work.

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/architectural-photographer/

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/construction-photographer/

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/construction-product-photographer/

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/interior-photographer/

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/property-photographer/

3 - Professional construction qualifications

I am a chartered builder - MCIOB. If you need to me take photographs on a construction site not a problem. I have a current CSCS card, and all my own PPE. When I say all, I have PPE that is suitable for most construction sites - every now and then some new requirement crops up that I am not aware of, such as high vis trousers!

4 – Professional photography qualifications

I am a professionally qualified photographer - LBIPP. THis is what I do, and the British Institute of Professional Photographers have recognised that my photographic work is to a standard where they are happy to give me a professional designation. And that was a couple of years ago to be fair - my work has developed quite a lot since then. I really must apply for the next level of qualification, ABIPP.

5 - This is what I do - architectural photography.

I'm quite good at photographing buildings. One of the reasons I am quite good at photographing buildings is because I have an interest in buildings. I enjoy photographing the interiors and exteriors of buildings of all types.

I espcially like getting those pictures that represent the design intent of a building, with the light interacting and making a record shot much much more than that.

If you took a look at my Lightroom Catalogue you would find lots of pictures of buildings. And I mean a lot. I have photographed a huge variety of buildings, developing my skills on every shoot. And my catalogue grows every month.

6 - My photography gear.

I know. Gear isn’t what photography is all about. It is how you use it. But then again, you need a certain level of photography gear to I have professional Canon photography equipment which allows me to take high-quality images.

I have Canon tilt shift lenses, and a variety of wide angle lenses to make sure I can capture as much of the internal space as possible, but not too much that I am giving a false impression!

My gear allows me to work in most environemnts, from a finished building to a quarry where gravel is being extracted.

The key piece of my photography equipment is my full frame DSLR, the Canon 6D. This workhorse has served me very well over the years, and has provided faultless service and fantastic image quality.

7 - Image Processing

My image processing is to a high technical standard.

I produce technically accurate and correct images. Straight lines, no distortion, correct colours.

This is a particular challenge but one that I am highly skilled at. I use the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom, and have work on a calibrated monitor. I am very picky about my image processing, and don't tell anyone but I enjoy it.

The fact I enjoy the boring bits really helps as a happy worker is a good worker!

8 - Techincal Accuracy

I can accurately reproduce the colours, tones and textures that are designed into buildings which are often important architectural features. And certainly important to the architects who often commission me.

This starts with image capture and understanding buildings and design. And the way light interacts with a building. And if you are an architect you will have specified certain colours for a reason, and the last thing that you will want is a horrible colour cast, or the woring colours completely.

I have stuff that I use to ensure that the white balance and colours are correct and accurate.

9 - Professional workflow

My image capture and image processing workflows combine to enable me to produce consistent high-quality imagery. This includes from one shoot to the next, in different locations on different days for the same client, which I have done on many occasions.

I have a method of working which works for me, and I follow from one job to the next. I have learnt how to correctly process digital images in Lightroom and Photoshop using some of the best trainers in the world. I have combined this knowledge with lots of practise to produce a technically correct, consistent, controlled workflow.

I have spent many many hours working on my digital image processing, and practising this on my architectural photography work.

10 - Other equipment I use

I also have a variety of equipment which allows me to shoot from different angles, heights and viewpoints to get a slightly different view on life.

Different viewpoints give different images. As well as getting conventional shots I try to introduce different angles into my shoots, using some highly technical gear.

  • Lying on my back. I know - the only gear here is my carcass and the floor!
  • Placing my camera on the floor on a Platypod.
  • Sticking my camera up in the air on a large painters pole.
  • Streching my arm out of a window (with me camera firly secured!).

I try different angle and viewpoints, with some surprising successes.

Summary - so why should you choose me to photograph your building?

Blimey – I could have called this post “10 reasons why you should choose me to photograph your building”. I know – good SEO work there….

But one more thing. And posibly the most important thing.

I have learned over the years how to photograph buildings. I have a highly skilled and trained eye (fully functioning too both of them thanks to Leightons!).

Photographing buildings is what I do. So please get in touch if you want me to photograph your building.

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP - Architectural Photographer

So what am I going to be writing about in my photography blog?

These are my initial thoughts on the content of my photography blog going forwards from here.

Weekly content

Web page update - essential to keep the momentum going with the updating of all the pages on my website.

A general photography post - a bit longer about something photography related currently on my mind.

Stock – this includes actually getting my stuff out onto the stock markets. Photos and videos.

Gear - each week I am going to write about a piece of photography gear/ non-photography gear/ something of interest.

  • New images – Building
  • New images – Travel
  • New images – Dorset
  • New images – Hampshire
  • Fifth feed - to be decided.

These 5 new images will form the output to all my social media channels

Image of the Week

Video - after the success of the videos of the Red Arrows at the Bournemouth Air Festival 2017 I am going to add more videos to my You Tube channel. And also add my 4K videos to Adobe Stock. I will explain - trust me it will make sense.

Monthly things

  • Top 10s. I like top 10s. And they are great as pieces of content that work SEO wise.
  • Talking of which - SEO - I will write about that on a monthly basis. 
  • Luminar - I want to get into this new software for the PC. Gently.
  • Luminosity Masks - I need to give these a go. 
  • Photoshop - something new/ useful/ interesting.
  • Lightroom- something new/ useful/ interesting.
  • You Tube - my You Tube Channel
  • Website - news on what is on my website. What I like. What I don't like. WHat I need to do.
  • News - just any photography news that took my interest.
  • On location - pictures of a location where I have taken some pictures. Great to show my photography gear in action.
  • Plotagraph - what I have come up with in Plotagraph this month on my iPad Pro.

I am going to play around with this over the month of September and then 1st October have a new plan. 

And no I have not forgotten those pictures of Santorini.

And another thing I need to do is publish everything in the draft folder on my blog - prepare for a week of completely random posts at the end of September. 

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP - Photographer, blogger, all round good chap. 

An introduction to the next new page on my website - my very important architectural photographer web page.

Yesterday I posted the same post about my interior photographer page as I did on Wednesday. I have no idea why.

Moving on, it should have been an introduction to my new architectural photographer page.

Over the next 12 days I will be writing about the new set of 12 images on this page of my website, all about architectural photography.

Whilst I was writing the text for this page I did ask myself the question – what is architectural photography?

Wikipedia is always up there in Google searches, and says

“Architectural photography is the photographing of buildings and similar structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and accurate representations of their subjects. Architectural photographers are usually skilled in the use of specialised techniques and equipment.”

This is the Wikipedia link.

This is one definition.

Thinking a bit further about this, architecture is defined in the English Oxford Living Dictionaries as  as

“The art or practice of designing and constructing buildings”.

Hmmm. Designing and constructing buildings. I like that as a definition. Not that there is anything wrong with the Wikipedia definition, it is just the point about being aesthetically pleasing. There is much more to it than that.

Architectural photography covers not only the aesthetics but also the form function, as well as the context.

I think I was going to focus on architectural details but I am going to broaden out my image set.

I will extract something from this web page – no point writing it again is there?

I wrote a list of 10 reasons why you should consider me to photograph your building for you;

“1 – I am a Chartered Builder - MCIOB

I have a lifetime of professional experience in the construction industry.

2 – I am professionally qualified in photographer – LBIPP

I am a Licentiate in the British Institute of Photographers. What does LBIPP mean? According to the BIPP website LBIPP is an

“Entry level qualification, showing an established professional level of skill and competence”. So that’s all good then. And that was a couple of years ago to be fair, and my photography work has developed rather a lot since then.

3 – My photography equipment

I use specialist equipment. The equipment I use for my architectural photography work has been refined over the years, giving me very specific equipment for specific subjects, locations and environments.

4 – I love photographing architecture

This is not a job I hate doing. I love buildings, architecture, interiors and indeed construction sites. So, you get a big bundle of enthusiasm when you commission me. And you know what they say about people who enjoy what they do?

5 – My creative eye

I have an eye for light, details, composition, tones and textures. And details. I view things as a photographer. And, I view things as a construction professional. A great combination for an architectural photographer!

6 – My business skills

I have worked professionally in construction for over 30 years, have two companies of my own, and I am my businesses. There is just me to deal with, and if I do not do great work that people want I don’t get paid. It really is that simple!

7 – Personal service

You deal with me. Only me. All the way through from start to finish. I take the photos and I edit the photos – there is no outsourcing anywhere.

8 - Image processing

Architectural photography is a specialised, technical discipline. Pictures of buildings must be technically correct, with straight lines and correct colours but also looking natural.

And this is my specialism.

9 – My personality

I like people. I have spent a lifetime working in the construction industry, and get on with people at all levels.

10 – My professionalism

I pride myself on providing a high quality professional service on every job. I am not cheap, and if you are after the cheapest photographer it will not be me, but I provide high quality pictures and a high-quality service.”

Convinced?

Time to get in touch with me?

I hope so.

I hope that that you are convinced that I am the right person to speak to about your architectural photography enquiry – if so then please get in touch with me by

Phone - 07772252186

Email - sales@rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

Contact page

As I said over the next 12 days you will see 12 architectural photography images all taken and processed by me.

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP

Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, London, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire

What is the definition of photography? Here's one that I like!

"The art or practice of taking and processing photographs"

This is what the online English Oxford Living Dictionaries says.

Enough said? 

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP

Photographer

Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, London. Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, West Sussex, Wiltshire

This is how I back up all my photographs – read this if you want to know how to simply, safely and securely back up your digital photographs.

As a photographer, the pictures I take are the single most important thing to me. Backing up my digital files is crucial to my photography business. My photographs are my business.

I have a rigorous process for managing my images, and how I back them up.

This is what I do. And when I say do, I really do! All the time.

1 – Image capture

I have a card holder with blank, formatted memory cards. I take memory cards from here for every shoot I do. Each memory card in this folder is empty, and has been formatted in my Canon 6D.

I have another card holder where I place a memory card after each and every shoot. For my ease these two cases are different colours!

I know which cards are blank, and which have those important images on them. And if I am travelling, the memory cards with my images on stay with me.

2 - Import to Lightroom.

When I am back in my office, I import the images into my Lightroom Catalogue. The images are added to my Western Digital external hard drive. A duplicate copy is created on my Dell PC hard drive. I do not delete the images from the card. Not yet anyway.

My Lightroom Catalogue is stored on my PC.

I also back up my Lightroom Catalogue very day to my PC.

3 – Off site cloud back up.

I use Backblaze for my cloud back up. This is an automated cloud backup, which runs in the background all the time.  It backs up everything on my PC hard drive and me external hard drive. This includes the images on my hard drive and my Lightroom Catalogue.

4 – Off site external hard drive storage.

I have a 4TB external hard drive, which I update at least every month. I save all my images and my Lightroom Catalogue to this external hard drive. This hard drive is stored off site.

5 – Deletion from memory cards

I have a separate wallet where memory cards are placed after I have imported the images into Lightroom. Only when I have done my monthly external hard drive back up do I delete the images from these cards. I then format them in my Canon 6D and place them in the card holder which lives in my camera bag.

6 - Deletion of import duplicates.

Having updated my external hard drive, and placed it back in its off site location, I delete the duplicates of my Lightroom imports from my hard drive.

This is how I manage my digital images. The images are always in three separate places.

  • My external hard drive.
  • My off site external hard drive.
  • My cloud back up.

I have both the images and the edits I have done saved in all three locations.

It took a while to set up this system, but now I have everything in place it is easy to manage, and is one thing I do not need to worry about.

I you have any questions about backing up your photographs, and looking after your valuable digital images get in touch with me.

And for all my clients, you can be reassured that your data is safe and secure should you ever need your images in the future.

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP 

Photographer - Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, London

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A summary of me and my work as a construction product photographer/ construction photographer

I hope that the series of construction product photography images that I have posted over the last couple of weeks have been of interest to you, and have provided you with an insight into the variety of construction products that I have photographed.

I hope that these posts have also demonstrated how I may help you by taking photographs of your product on a construction site.

Wherever or whatever the product is that you require photographing, please get in touch me with me if you have a construction product/ product that you require photographing.

You can get in touch with me either through my contact page, by phone or by email - just head over to my home page where these are both prominently displayed.
For those of you who are new to me and my professional photography work, here are 10 reasons why you might like to contact me to photograph your construction product, construction site or finished building.

Well anything related to the built environment at all really.

1 - I am a Chartered Builder - MCIOB

(And Chartered Construction Manager by the way) – I have proudly held the professional designation MCIOB for some years now.

2 - I am also qualified in photography – LBIPP.

I was delighted to achieve my Licentiate in the British Institute of Professional Photographers a few years ago

Note - These two on their own are enough for some people - which is why I start with them – I know you are all busy people out there so if this is all you need to know get in touch with me here and forget about the next 8 points, as good as they are.

3 - I am a current CSCS card holder

I managed to pass the health and safety test with flying colours recently (phew)

4 - I have all my own PPE

My collection of PPE is suitable for most construction sites. I had to purchase high visibility trousers recently to complete the luminous clothing set!

5 - I have over 30 years of construction industry experience

I am comfortable working on construction sites of all shapes, sizes and complexities, and more importantly I am more than comfortable working with construction people at all levels (talking of all levels I am fine working on roofs, scaffolding, in excavations – anywhere on site – you just provide a safe place for me and I can be there taking photographs).

6 - My photography gear is designed for construction sites

My photography equipment has evolved over the years and my work in a wide range of live site environments to allow me to quickly and efficiently photograph any construction site. It is durable enough to withstand the rigours of live construction sites any time of the year.

7 - I process all my own images

I am highly skilled in digital image processing, producing technically accurate and correct images. No architect likes their building to look wonky in a photo after all do they?

I can also produce images that are consistent in style from different shoots in different locations on different days.

8 - My company is just me

I am the only person you deal with from start to finish - I answer all enquiries, develop the brief, produce the quote, agree the scope, plan the shoot, take the photos, edit the photos, issue the photos and submit the invoices. There is no one else – just me.

9 - I provide a high quality, personal professional service on every shoot

Don’t tell anyone but sometimes I have been asked to provide a next day service which I have successfully done each time it has been asked for, once producing the fully edited images for a 9am deadline the morning after an afternoon shoot (this is subject to some sensible restrictions such as if you want 300 individually hand edited images it might take me a little bit longer - I am good but not that good!)

10 – I enjoy what I do.

I always find that people who enjoy what they do produce better work than people who don’t, and I seriously enjoy taking photographs of construction products and construction sites, buildings, architecture, interiors – anything that is built basically.


I hope that this is enough to convince you to get in touch with me to discuss your photographic requirement.


On my construction product photography page you can view the selection of 12 images that I have posted recently on my photography blog. I have other pages on my website which may be of interest to you, many of which are due to updated soon with new images and new text. These web pages are specific to the commercial photography work that I do, and are as follows

Architectural photographer

Commercial photographer

Construction photographer

Industrial photographer (coming soon)

Interior photographer

Product photographer (coming soon)

Property photographer

A bit more about my gear

I have a very specific equipment set-up which I use for my commercial photography work, consisting of my trusty Canon 6D along with a selection of Canon L series lenses (including my Canon 24mm tilt shift lens). I take most of my images using my Manfrotto tripods with Manfrotto geared head, and have other bits of kit that I have picked up along the way to photograph challenging situations. This specialist kit includes a painter’s pole – trust me this really gives me an unusual view on many scenes.

I pack all the gear for a shoot in a backpack, the Peak Design Everyday Backpack, ensuring I am mobile and nimble (well as nimble as a 40 something Northern builder can ever be).

I also have a boot load of other gear just in case…

A little bit more about my other photography work

I also have lots of other images on my website that show a wider range of my landscape and travel photography work which may be of interest to you.
I pride myself on providing high quality, technically correct images. I have a number of repeat clients, and I am able to reproduce the look of images from one shoot to the next.

I am highly skilled in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, and process each and every image individually.
Finally – I have photographed the built environment for architects, major construction companies, developers and product manufacturers. I have also photographed industrial sites and plant, all of which give me a diverse range of experience in the construction photography and industrial photography environments.
Thank you for reading this post, and I look forward to hearing from you whatever your construction related photography enquiry.

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP

Construction Product Photographer

Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, Dorset, Hampshire, London 

Now that I have sorted out my Dorset photographer page I am going to post a series of 12 images from my construction product photography page.

Now that I have sorted out my Dorset photographer page I am going to post a series of 12 images from my construction product photography page.

I want to have a bit of focus on one aspect of my commercial photography work, which is construction product photography.

This is one of my specialisms which I have written about many times before.

Now for those of you who are new to me and/ or my photography blog a quick refresh.

  • I am professionally qualified in photography - LBIPP.
  • I am professionally qualified in construction - MCIOB.
  • I have over 30 years experience working in the construction industry.
  • I have over 30 years active experience in photography.

So construction photography is my thing.

I also photograph construction sites, although there is not much demand for this to be honest.

There is however plenty of demand for the photographing of products that have been supplied and fitted on construction sites.

And quite often these photographs have to be taken immediately after, and sometimes during installation. This is where the live construction site photography thing comes in – on some projects once something has been fitted there is never an opportunity to gain access to photograph a product. A hospital ward is such an example where product photography is done just before practical completion.

And this is what I am going to talk about for the next 12 days. Nothing else.

And by the way, I also photograph recently completed buildings, be they new buildings or buildings that have been extended, refurbished or completely overhauled.

I hope that the work that I am publishing and writing about in the next 12 days encourages you to make contact with me and start a discussion about your construction product photography requirement. Or anything construction photography related to be honest.

And if you do need something photographing on a construction site please ensure that you get in touch with me nice and early so we can plan the work together – successful planning is essential to ensure that a photography shoot on a live construction site goes smoothly.

Once I have completed this series of posts I will be moving onto something completely different which I am looking forward to doing so so much it is quite frankly ridiculous.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Construction product photographer in Dorset

Friday 26th May 2017

Why should you hire me to photograph your construction site?

Why should you hire me to photograph your construction site? That is the question.

This was originally titled “What is the reality of being a photographer on a live construction site?”. I changed the title to the one you can see above.

And this is a natural follow on from the series of  posts about my construction product photography work over the last week or so.

Please read this (if you don’t mind) and find out why you should consider me when you are looking for a professional photographer to photograph your construction site.

Taking pictures on a busy construction site

I am normally asked to photograph construction sites, and indeed products, immediately before completion of the site works. If you have never been on a construction site immediately before practical completion you might be surprised by what you find. Lots going on - that is the generous way of putting it! Seriously these are very busy times, with everyone under pressure to complete their works.

And there is the further conundrum of client fit out, furniture, fixtures, fittings and specialist client equipment. FF&E is a term often used on construction by the way – furniture, fixtures and equipment. See I know this stuff!

The timing of when to carry out the shoot can make or break a shoot.

But once the optimum time has been agreed with my client there are many things that I have to contend with. So agreeing the when is just the beginning.

Site induction

Before going on most construction sites I have to go through a site induction. This time needs building in and pre-planning of course. Just turn up at a construction site and you will probably be turned away these days!

And quite rightly so.

I have lost count of the number of site inductions I have attended.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

The rules vary from construction site to construction site as to what PPE is required. Also the timing can impact on what is required to be worn. I have all my own PPE, which covers me for 99% of scenarios.

CSCS Cards

I am a current Managerial and Professional CSCS card holder. This proves my competence to be on construction sites, and that I have the required knowledge in construction health and safety. Well I have more than a CSCS card but that is another story…

Mobility on site. And more importantly minimising the impact of my presence on your construction.

My photography gear is all packed away safely and nicely in one compact bag, leaving both my hands free at all times for me to safely access all parts of a construction site. This is a serious consideration. I have seen photographers turn up on sites I have been working on with all sorts of completely impractical equipment, including once large roller bag which the poor photographer was expecting to wheel half a mile across a muddy field to the site!

I don’t use lights but do use a tripod.

Mud

Yes mud. I have to get from the cabins to the site. More often than not the grounds are not completed and I have to walk through mud to get there. And having walked through the mud I then find yourself inside a brand new sparkly building interior!

See above re camera bags.

Working at height

By the time I am invited to site works in the ground are pretty much done, apart from the nice finishing touches that is. Like grass. And plants and trees and stuff.

I am often climbing up scaffolding just to get to the view I need, or to get to the part of the site I need to get to. And that is of course with all my camera gear and PPE on. If I am really lucky I get to ride in a MEWP. I have sat in steeplejacks seat boards, and been in metal things suspended from mobile cranes. Back in the olden days that is.

Most times however I have a huge expanse of not quite finished building to photograph without getting in everyone’s way while everyone is rushing around trying to finish their own works.

I am often on scaffolds and the roofs of buildings for obvious reasons, and not so obvious reasons. Often there is plant mounted on the roof that you cannot see from the ground, which can make for interesting subject matter. And of course there are often spectacular views from the roofs of many of the buildings I photograph. Yes they are sometimes for my benefit.

Weather

Yes the good old British weather. Who wants their shiny new building photographing in the rain? No-one!

I can, with some special tricks I have, make the weather look much better than it was at the time of taking the photographs, but this can be time consuming and expensive to achieve realistically. Most of the time I just have to wait for good weather.

Unless of course it is a construction product shoot internally, in which case the weather is not an issue.

And there is the wind, rain and the cold. Sometimes construction sites can be colder than outside. Dark, damp cold environments with lots of wet materials and structures shedding water as they dry out.

Darkness

This is a serious issue, especially on refurbishment projects in existing buildings, and the larger construction sites. Don’t worry – I have gear to help me deal with this issue.

Incomplete works

Another issue. The thing I turn up to photograph not being complete. Or still being worked on. Or not actually there.

It happens!

Dust

Construction sites can be very very dusty, so I need to take extra care changing lenses and keeping the front element of my camera lens clean.

Furniture

Do I photograph the building with the furniture in or the furniture not in? It depends who has commissioned me, what they want pictures of and when they want them. I would of course rather photograph a fully furnished building but sometimes that is not possible.

So who would choose to photograph live construction sites?

Someone who has spent a lifetime working on constructions sites, and a lifetime working on their photography skills.

That would be me then.

And that is why I am a great person for you to speak to about photographing your construction site, product or material being installed on a construction site or recently completed building.

All the things I have written about above I am completely familiar with and comfortable with.

I have an array of photography gear tailored to allow me to work quickly and efficiently in these environments. I also have lots of non-photography related equipment which I carry in my site camera bag. I have assembled my construction photography tool-kit over a number of years.

I know construction. I understand construction sites.

I am fully equipped, with lightweight, mobile, durable gear that allows me to do my work quickly, efficiently, professionally and to an excellent technical standard whatever the environment.

And I am fully insured of course.

And finally.

I  am a current Managerial and Professional CSCS card holder. I am a Chartered Builder. I have a lifetime working in construction.

Oh yes, and I am a professionally qualified photographer.

So what are you waiting for?

All you need to do is phone, email or complete the form on my contact page with your construction photography related enquiry.

I have a couple of pages which are all about my construction photography - my construction photographer page and my construction product photographer page. You can see examples of the pictures I have taken on construction sites on these pages. 

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP

Professional Photographer

Monday 13th March 2017

​Why should you choose me to photograph your recently constructed, extended, modified or refurbished building?

Well that is a very good question. A question for which I hopefully have an even better answer.

Why should you choose me to photograph your building?

I am a professionally qualified in Construction Managment.

I am Member of the Chartered Institute of Building. I am proud to hold the designation MCIOB.

I am also professionally qualified in photography.

I am a Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photography. I am equally proud to also have the letters LBIPP after my name.

So that is the qualifications done. I am not saying that this makes me unique, but I don’t know any other photographers professionally qualified in both construction and photography.

 Next reason is

My combined experience in construction and photography.

I have experience in most types of building construction and refurbishment works. Experience that is as both a construction professional and as a professional photographer.

My experience means that I have expertise in all aspects of the construction processes, including

  • Inception
  • Planning and outline design
  • Detailed design
  • Pre-construction phase
  • Construction phase
  • Practical completion
  • Snagging
  • Commissioning
  • Client fit-out
  • Client occupation

And during the life of a building

  • Refurbishment
  • Upgrades
  • Extension
  • Modification
  • Space planning
  • Interior design changes

And ultimately demolition.

I am also conversant with modern mechanical and electrical installations, understanding the importance these engineering solutions provide in the use and occupation of modern buildings.

This combination of construction and photography experience give me a unique understanding of the construction processes and the roles and responsibilities enabling me to work quickly, efficiently and with minimal disruption either on construction sites or in occupied buildings.

My photographic equipment is tailored to photographing live construction sites and within buildings where space is often limited.

I am familiar with all aspects of the built environment, so will arrive at your building prepared for most situations (I can’t say every situation as you never know!).

I have all my own PPE of course, and am fully conversant with current construction and health and safety legislation.

I have an eye for detail, both architectural and technical. And I am a student of light and how it plays within an environment.

And of course being a professional photographer my composition skills have been finely honed over the years.

I am highly skilled in digital image processing, using the latest software from Adobe.

Finally, I provide a high quality, bespoke, professional service.

If you are an architect, builder, client, construction contractor, consultant,  developer, estate agent, specialist sub-contractor, surveyor or just a building owner who requires high quality architectural interior and exterior photographs taking get in touch with me here.

I have also worked for high end specialist construction product suppliers, manufacturers and installers, photographing specific construction products in situ on site.

I can provide a quotation to photograph your building on either a half day rate, full day rate, an hourly rate, fixed price or by the image.

I provide fully edited images normally within 72 hours of completing the shoot. Images are provided by electronic transfer.

So please get in touch with me whatever your requirement might be for high quality photography of the built environment.

You can see examples of my work at the following pages on my website.

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP

Monday 9th January 2017

So now I have completed my Professional Photography Portfolio what do I do next?

My portfolio is done. I have written about the 40 images (the typo that was here was gems not images – was that me) that make up the portfolio that I am going to submit to the BIPP.

So what next? I will write separately about sequencing, but there is one more job I am going to do.

I have 40 portfolio images. These are architectural photography shots and interior photography shots. All pictures of buildings.

40 images to produce a portfolio of 30 images for formal submission to the BIPP.

I am going to produce another 40 portfolio images.

The same 40 images but black and white versions. Over the next 40 days I am going to post these 40 images and write about the conversion from colour to black and white. Some of these images I have already produced and posted. Some I have not. This is going to be the whole set in order of capture date, oldest to newest.

Some of the posts will be long, some will be short.

Why am I using date order to sequence the images? Simply because I can.

I am going to edit each image individually using Nik Silver Efex Pro. I will be looking for a degree of consistent across the image set but they will all have their own individual styles. Hopefully they will look like a cohesive set of images, but what I do not want to do is produce 40 black and white images using the same process. You know, same preset, same adjustments, more like factory production.

This is not for me. Each image is an individual image that deserves individual attention.

At the end of this I will have a black and white portfolio as well.

40 black and white portfolio images. Looking forward to this.

As an aside I want to mention the BIPP. The BIPP evolved out of the Professional Photographers Association which was created in 1901 in Fleet Street, London.

The BIPP is the British Institute of Professional Photography. I am a Licentiate. Hence my designation LBIPP. A licentiate is defined as

  • “Entry level qualification, showing an established professional level of skill and competence.”

My Portfolio submission is being submitted as part of my application to become an ABIPP, an Associate, defined as

  • “A high standard of craftsmanship and creative ability”.

This is what I am aiming for.

www.bipp.com

Rick McEvoy Photography Blog

Wednesday 14th September 2016

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

Photography Portfolio – Day 1 – Ending up with me finding out Industrial Photography is not on Wikipedia!

Today I start work on my new portfolio for submission to the BIPP for hopefully upgrading my membership status to Associate.

According to the BIPP, Associate is defined as

“Associateship (ABIPP)
A high standard of craftsmanship and creative ability”

“My current level is licentiateship - (LBIPP)
Entry level qualification, showing an established professional level of skill and competence”

I achieved this in 2014.

www.bipp.com/

I am a believer in professional qualifications. My MCIOB (Member of the Chartered Institute of Building) has served me well over the many years since I achieved this key professional status.

Licentiateship gave me the confidence that I was at a professional standard, and Associate is my aim, after two years of hard but enjoyable work.

So I need to get my portfolio polished, finished and issued. So forgive me but I will write pretty much about the set of 30 images I am going to produce until I am done. As I wrote about in an earlier post, I am concentrating on the following areas

Architectural photography

Commercial photography

Industrial photography.

I will have a set of images, and a new set of hope page images, by the end of April 2016. When I say architectural photography I mean anything in the built environment.

I went to Wikipedia for a definition of architectural photography, and found the following

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architectural_photography

“Architectural photography is the photographing of buildings and similar structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and accurate representations of their subjects. Architectural photographers are usually skilled in the use of specialized techniques and equipment.”

Then I thought – what about commercial photography?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography#Commercial

Commercial photography is probably best defined as any photography for which the photographer is paid for images rather than works of art. In this light, money could be paid for the subject of the photograph or the photograph itself. Wholesale, retail, and professional uses of photography would fall under this definition

Finally, I tried industrial photography

“The page "Industrial photography" does not exist.”

Oh!

Not to worry. I might even start up my own page on Wikipedia. That would be interesting!

Just for fun I checked myself, and guess what…

The page "Rick mcevoy" does not exist

I really might start my own pages. I could be an internet success.

Back to reality. I am going to work on the set of 30 images for submission to the BIPP, starting right now.

Please pop back to my blog tomorrow to see if I have produced anything yet!!