​A few thoughts on the interior photos from my architectural photography portfolio

That was the 20 interior images from my architectural photography portfolio – what have I learned?

I was meant to provide a bit of a break after the 20 interior images in my architectural photography portfolio. I missed that but no matter, I will do that just now after image number 25. Lets just pretend that I did this 5 days ago…..

Why am I posting my Architectural Photography Portfolio now?

As a reminder, I submitted 40 images to the BIPP to support my application for Associateship Membership, which was successful.

My interior photography

I really enjoy photographing the interiors of buildings and have been very fortunate to photograph some very special buildings for architects and property owners.

There is something about photographing a lovely room in a classic English Country house which I just love. And processing the images is a joy too.

And my recent work gave me plenty of interior photographs to chose from.

My evolution as a photographer

I will write a full post about my evolution over the 7 years that it has taken to create the images which constitute my professional architectural photography portfolio. I will do this after I have posted and written about all the 40 images on my photography blog.

Back to the interiors

For now, I want to focus on the interior images, and give a few thoughts on some of these 20 images.

The first image in my portfolio was captured in 2011.

This was a bit of a landmark image for me. I was commissioned by the architect Andrew Stone to photograph a private library which he designed and oversaw the construction of. The library was an extension to a stunning Dorset country residence.

This shoot, and the set of images that I produced, really got me wanting to do more of this kind of photography work. This was the beginning of me starting to find my way. The beginning of starting.

And this photo was taken with my Canon 5D, still a great camera even now. Don’t forget that if you want a full frame DLSR but are on a budget.

And the wine rack

Wine rack in Lucca by Travel Photographer Rick McEvoy.jpg

We were waling down one of those lovely streets in Lucca, and I spotted this fantastic wall to wall wine rack, so I walked in, took the photo and walked out!

This was another photo taken with my Canon 5D.

And this picture was the beginning of another thought about a way I could go forward commercially with my photography.

And this is the only personal shot in this collection of 20 interior photography images – all the rest are paid commercial work.

Photo of a luxury kitchen in Sandbanks

Well when I say paid commercial work the next image should have been, but things did not work out as planned. I met the agent at this stunning waterside property in Sandbanks in Poole, took a few test shots, discussed the brief then it all went pear shaped.

Kitchen by Rick McEvoy Interior Photographer.jpg

This photo was taken in 2014, using my recently purchased Canon 6D. I replaced the 5D with the 6D after a problem caused entirely by me with the Canon 5D.

The next two images were taken for the architects Kendall Kingscott.

Interior space at the University of Southampton by interior photographer Rick McEvoy.jpg

This is a rest area at the University of Southampton. I was photographing two entirely refurbished floors of one of the University’s buildings in Southampton City Centre – this was my favourite shot. I find shots of small parts of a large space are often more interesting than the big open plan wide shots that everyone wants, and indeed needs.

And now for the brightest classroom in Poole!

A new classroom in Poole by Rick McEvoy interior photographer.jpg

And this is a photo is of a new classroom at a school in Poole, constructed for the client, the Borough of Poole.

I wanted to capture that big bright sun in a shot, which took two return visits to achieve – one of the problems of photographing recently constructed buildings which are rapidly handed back and turned into use within days of completion.

Thankfully I am used to this.

And the rest of the images in my interior set

The rest of the images in the interiors half of my photography portfolio are taken from a single commission for the architects Etchingham Morris Architecture Limited. When I first met Adrian and Mike they did not have a website, so they commissioned me to photograph 10 of their projects for them. In the end it was 11 projects – there was a late addition early in 2018.

Interior picture of the bar at Sopley Mill by Rick McEvoy Photography.jpg

Again, this commission gave me access to some fantastic, special buildings. I cannot say any more about the properties, as client confidentiality is very important to me, but the images hopefully speak for themselves.

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I won’t include all the images in this post – there are in my daily blog posts. You can also view all the images on my portfolio page – insert link

My professional photography qualification - ABIPP

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Tomorrow I will be back to my architectural photography posts. I have said it before but I will say it again – I am tremendously proud to have achieved the designation of Associateship in the British Institute of Professional Photography – this is why I am posting my portfolio set in celebration.

I qualified as a Licentiate Member in 2014, and deferred my application for Associateship last year as I was not happy with the set of images.

Why I submitted my application to the BIPP for Associateship when I did

It was when I set the targets for my photography business for 2018 that I decided to pursue my application again. I cunningly set myself the target of achieving my ABIPP in 2018. That worked, giving me the metaphorical kick up the you know what that I clearly needed.

Well this and the fact that I had lots more images to a much higher standard that I was much happier with.

BIPP qualified logo ABIPP White.jpg

So that is what I did. Goal achieved – ABIPP. Insert logo to the right

ABIPP is defined by the BIPP as

“A high standard of craftsmanship and creative ability”

Yep – that is me now. How utterly excellent.

OK I will shut up now and tomorrow it is back to the portfolio for another 15 days.

Rick McEvoy ABIPP - A high standard of craftsmanship and creative ability

And finally, the next page on my website to be completely updated is..... my interior photographer web page

Yes it has been a while coming, but my interior photographer page is complete, and live on my photography website right now (ok it went live on Saturday if I am being completely honest).

If you are wondering why it takes so long for me to produce a new web page, these are the steps I have to go through for each and every page of my website

  1. Select 12 images - I do this in Lightroom
  2. Edit the images - using Lightroom and Photoshop
  3. Keyword the images - again in Lightroom
  4. Caption the images - Lightroom again
  5. Add a description in the metadata field - more Lightroom work
  6. Produce brand new text for the page, with links - not Lightroom! I do this in Word on my PC and iPad Pro. This takes quite a long time to do.
  7. Upload the text to my Squarespace website
  8. Upload the images as above
  9. Add a title and description in the Squarespace gallery
  10. Check all the links work

And then write all about it!

As you can see there is quite a lot of work to do to create a new web page. And there is the time spent selecting the images and then researching my work and finding links etc and a bit of background information.

Why am I rewriting all my pages?

The problem is that I had pages on my website with no text, meaning that they were not doing much at all in terms of them being found by Google.

Images on their own have very little value in SEO terms to Google. This is why I am doing one page at a time, one after the other, until my work category of web pages is complete. 

And some of the pages are quite old, with quite old images. I have better work that I want to display on my website. 

On the plus side, now that I have a set of 12 images and accompanying text, this does give me 12 days of blog post material which is always a bonus, so starting tomorrow you will see each new image one by one, along with a few words about the image.

And I might throw in the odd black and white version as well. 

Once I have got this little lot out of the way it will be on to the next web page, which I think is going to be my architectural photographer page. 

I will start the process all over again, with my starting point being the set of 12 images that I choose for this particular page. And after that another page. Until I am done.

But that is for another time, probably July.

Back to my interior photographer page. I have produced a set of 12 images which hopefully show a good variety of my interior work, covering a range of subjects, environments and lighting. 

Tomorrow I will post and write about one of my favourite interior photographs, which is a picture of the interior of Bordeaux Cathedral, a fantastic building in, erm, Bordeaux. But more about that tomorrow right here on my photography blog.

Rick McEvoy Photography - Interior Photographer

Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, London

Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, 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 

How am I getting on with my set of 12 pictures for my Dorset Photographer web page?

It’s taking forever. This is where I am up to as of now, Friday 28th April 2017

I have 14 images in a Lightroom Collection. I want 12. So two have to go. Right now.

This is the list of my 14 pictures of Dorset (in date order for now as I have not sequenced the image sets yet and this is how Lightroom sequences by default).

Kimmeridge Bay at sunrise

I love this picture and this is definitely staying. The coastline of Dorset is such a significant part of the county of Dorset, and Kimmeridge Bay is such a popular location.

Portland Bill Lighthouse

Again I love this shot, and it is nice to have some architectural photography in Dorset included on this web page. As I have said many many times, everyone loves a Lighthouse!!

The view of the beach at West Bay from the cliffs above.

I like this picture looking towards the beach at West Bay and the coast beyond. This image needs to be re-edited, which I will do shortly. I know what I want to do to this image, what kind of styling I want to apply.

Portland viewed from Ringstead Bay.

Again, definitely staying as it is. No further work to do. Love this picture of Portland. Viewed from the National Trust site located at Ringstead.

The picture of Lulworth Cove

Definitely staying again. An iconic Dorset landmark, and a fantastic subject for a picture. And not too bad a picture even if I say so myself.

Dorset Red Post.

I am going to keep this image in, and re-photograph this post next time I am in the area. I have an idea but his picture of the Dorset Red Post stays for now. I like the story attached to this image. Well the subject.

Durdle Door IPhone edit 20/11/2011

I love this composition and am going to revisit the edit of this picture and edit an original version in actual Lightroom on my actual PC.

Sunrise over Millionaires Row in Sandbanks

This image is being taken out of the set. One more to get rid of and I am down to my set of 12.

Cove Fish, Lulworth Cove

This is a final edit and something nicely different which stays. Many people walk past this small shop just before they get to Lulworth Cove, but I wonder how many people take a picture of it?

Bats Head.

This is an old image and an old edit which I am going to revisit. As ever I have a finished style in mind for this picture.

Durdle Door long shot

This long view is great, but needs a bit of a tweak to the edit. A bit of dodging and burning and a bit of tweaking to the colours. That’s all.

Port of Poole at sunrise

This image is the other one to go. It just does not do it for me in this collection of pictures of Dorset.

The view looking towards Brownsea Island at sunset

Again, I like images which are a bit different, and this simplistic, minimalist picture of the view from Shore Road looking towards Brownsea Island is a picture I really like. Nice colours, mood and feel. I think this will be the last image in the set.

Delph Woods, Broadstone, Poole.

This image stays. It mixes up the set and is not an image you will find in a set of pictures of Dorset.

I am happy with this set of 12 photos of Dorset, which covers some iconic Dorset tourist landmarks as well as some lesser known and lesser photographed locations in Dorset. I have included images featuring the Dorset coastline, including the Jurassic Coast, as well a couple of buildings and a road sign. And of course a picture of some wonderfully moody and mysterious woods.

This is what I actually need to do to finish my Dorset Photographer page.

1 - Edit the following images

  • The picture of the cliffs at West Bay
  • Two pictures of Durdle Door.
  • The picture of Bats Head.

2 - Delete the pictures of Millionaires Row in Sandbanks and the Port of Poole at sunrise (well remove from the collection in Lightroom).

3 - Caption and title all the images in Lightroom.

4 - Sequence the images. Very important. I have a range of subjects in this set that need to be sequenced so the collection works as a whole.

5 - Export the images from Lightroom to upload to my website.

6 - Produce black and white images of all the final edits which are to be added to my black and white landscape photography in Dorset web page.

7 - Add the 24 images to my stock companies – this is very important as this is something I am not doing that I need to get into the routine of doing every time I produce work suitable to place for sale in stock markets. (Not stock markets – if it was I wouldn’t be writing this stuff every day!).

I need to get myself set up to quickly export these images to two stock sites that I use. I will write separately about this.

8 - Once the images are uploaded onto my Dorset photographer web page each one needs a title and description within the template of my Squarespace website.

9 - Each image also needs a paragraph of descriptive text adding to my webpage, complete with helpful and relevant links.

10 - Delete the old images and text.

Not much then!

And that should be that.

I will post the set of twelve images one day on my photography blog, along with a day of sharing the images on my various social media channels. I might make 12 separate posts. Yes why not?

And that will be that done.

And then it will be time to move on with another set of posts about a page on my website, this time my construction product photographer page.

And then I am going to get rid some draft posts before embarking on my next major project which I am looking forward greatly to starting.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Dorset Photographer

Friday 28th April 2017

What is the most popular photograph of Dorset? A better question is “What are the most popular locations in Dorset” – this is research like I have never done before!

 

Put into Google the question “what is the most popular photograph of Dorset?”

I did. And it’s not that simple. I didn’t get the definitive answer to my question. Which is a shame. I thought I might be able to find the fast track to working out which were the most popular pictures of Dorset, and then put it/ them on my Dorset Photographer page.

But there are no such silver bullets. Unfortunately.

No. No replacement for good old fashioned hard work.

I tried something else.

“What is the most popular location in Dorset?”

Top answer on Google was the Trip Adviser page, “Things to do in Dorset” 

From which I got this Top 10 Things to Do in Dorset;

  • The Tank Museum (Bovington)
  • Weymouth Beach
  • Bournemouth Beach
  • Monkey World
  • Hengistbury Head
  • Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
  • Swanage Railway
  • Dorset Heavy Horse Farm
  • Brownsea Island
  • Sculpture by Lakes (Dorchester)

I kept on going with the next 10

  • Sherborne Abbey
  • Weymouth Harbour
  • Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum (Bournemouth)
  • Lower Gardens (Bournemouth)
  • Old Harry Rocks (Swanage)
  • Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park (Poole)
  • Nothe Fort (Weymouth)
  • Poole Harbour
  • Corfe Castle
  • Sandbanks

Ok that is the top 20 things to do in Dorset as per Trip Adviser, and not looking good for the images I have.

So, what do I have pictures of on this page of my website?

  • Bournemouth Beach
  • Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
  • Swanage Railway
  • Brownsea Island
  • Poole Harbour
  • Corfe Castle
  • Sandbanks

7 out of 20. Could do better…..

Well if I add these 7 locations to the images I wrote about yesterday that I am happy to have on my Dorset Photographer page then a picture (no pun intended honest) is emerging.

  • Kimmeridge Bay at sunrise
  • West bay beach at sunset
  • Dorset Red Post sign
  • Durdle Door
  • Cove Fish
  • Bats Head

I think I might have found the answer to my dilemma of which images to show on my Dorset Photographer web page.

And the answer was research.

And thinking a bit more about this I could go and photograph all these locations, and create a new web page called

Top 20 locations in Dorset, or something like that.

Trip Adviser is not a bad place to research what is and is not popular in a place. I have never thought of doing this before, and now that I have it makes perfect sense.

OK this is beginning to work out nicely, and is also giving me a plan for other location specific website pages.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Dorset Photographer

Friday 7th April 2017