Great photography. On time. On budget.
Since 1996 I’ve been shooting high quality corporate, marketing and editorial photography for clients ranging from small businesses to multi-national blue-chip companies, including magazines, PR agencies and design agencies.More about me
We’re thinking of hiring a photographer, but we don’t really know where to start.
If you’re looking for some general advice about photography, either give me a call on 01786 474448 or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to help and give you as much advice as I can.
What type of photography do you undertake ?
First of all, I only undertake business-to-business commissions. I specialise in corporate portraiture, but I undertake a whole range of work for corporate clients, ranging from public relations photography to to product photography to annual reports.
Do you do weddings or family photography ?
No I don’t, but I highly recommend Paul Raeburn for wedding photography, and Seppi Preston at Lighthouse Studios for family photography.
Can you come and see us ?
If you’re based in the central Scotland area (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee , Stirling), drop me a line and we’ll fix up a time.
Can you send over a portfolio ?
Absolutely. Drop me an email with details of the type of photography you’re looking to commission, and I’ll put together a bespoke portfolio and either courier it over or drop it off myself.
How do we book you ?
If you’re a new client, once you have a specific date or dates in mind, give me a call or drop me an email to check my availability. I’ll then provisionally pencil the job in my diary, and I’ll fax or email over a booking form for you to sign and return. If you’re an existing client, the booking is made as soon as I fax over the booking form (no need to sign and return).
How far in advance do we need to book you ?
The majority of my work is booked in between three and six weeks in advance, but I keep a flexible diary to accommodate clients who need to commission photography at short notice.
Which geographical areas do you cover ?
While I work throughout Scotland and northern England, the majority of my work is in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, all of which are within a 50 minute drive of my office in Stirling.
What do the different licences on the rate card mean ?
Internal use is non-customer facing use – such as intranet sites, or internal company literature. PR use is for supplying publicity images speculatively to news media and publications. Marketing (one media) is for using the images in one format, such as either a website, annual report or brochure. Marketing (all media) is for when the imagery is to be used across multiple marketing uses.
Do you shoot on film or digital ?
It depends on the specific job, but it would be almost always on digital. In 1999, every single job I shot was on film; in 2007, every job I shot was on digital. But depending on your needs, I can also shoot on 35mm or medium format film.
What is your usual turnaround ?
My normal turnaround for non-PR work is four working days – so if I were to shoot the job on the Monday, the photographs would be with you on Friday. But turnaround can in some cases be the same day or the next working day for an increase in the standard rates. Please contact me for more information.
How long will it take ?
It depends entirely on the job, and I undertake such a varied selection of work that it’s difficult to put down specific times here. But drop me an email or give me a call, and I should be able to give you a firm idea.
Do you work on location or in a studio ?
Both – but it depends on the job. The vast majority of my work is either shot on the client’s premises or on location.
How do you supply the finished images ?
It depends on your specific needs, but I typically supply digital images in either JPEG or TIFF format, in the Adobe RGB colour space. I will normally recommend the most appropriate format once I understand your specific requirements.
What is digital post production ?
Post production is the process by which digital files are processed and optimised for colour balance, contrast and minor retouching, to ensure the highest quality images. For most assignments, an amount of digital post production is built into the day rate, with a small extra charge for each additional file.
What about more extensive retouching ?
While digital post production covers the optimising of images and adjustment of minor flaws, I can also undertake more extensive image manipulation. This is charged in 15 minute blocks at an agreed hourly rate – contact me for more details.
When do you require payment ?
I invoice about a week or so after I’ve sent over the pictures and checked that you’re happy. My terms are 28 days, and there is a 4% discount if you settle within 14 days.
How much do you charge ?
There are usually three elements to my invoice: fees, expenses and supply. My fee varies by three factors: – how long I will be onsite – Usage: how the photographs are to be used (eg, website or brochure ) – Turnaround: how quickly you need the photographs for. Expenses include mileage, parking, consumables (eg background paper) and other costs associated with the shoot. Finally, supply is usually on CD, supplied by special delivery.
If you’re looking for an immediate price on commissioned photography, you can use my Instant Estimate calculator to get an instant and free idea of my rates right now.
We think the job will only take about an hour, less than the minimum job time on your rate card. Can you discount further ?
The ratecard times reflect the amount of time that needs to be booked out of my diary for each job
Will you match quotes from cheaper photographers ?
No. While I’m always happy to look at ways how I can shoot a commission within a budget, I am not one of those photographers who markets themselves solely on price.
I’m a photography student, and I need some background for a report or essay I’m writing. Can you help ?
As long I’m persuaded that I’m not just writing your essay for you, then yes. Drop me an email and I’ll suggest a few times when you can give me a ring. (Incidentally, at the time of writing, seven of the last eight students who emailed me asking for help never phoned)
Do you take students on work experience ?
No I don’t, but I’m happy to give advice or guidance if you drop me an email first.
Do you shoot model portfolios ?
Unfortunately, due to my workload, I shoot very few model portfolios any more. However, if you send me an email at email@example.com, I’ll see what I can do.
My office is in a converted cigarette factory a short walk from Stirling city centre, where I've been based since 2001. Give me a call a few days beforehand and call in for a chat about your next project.
Nick McGowan-Lowe Photography
114 John Player Building,
Stirling Enterprise Park,
Stirling FK7 7RP
Telephone: 01786 474448
Mobile: 07774 438935
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More about me
My career so far
After graduating with a degree in English, I started freelancing full time for The Scotsman newspaper. I spent the next five years there shooting news and features, including a two-year stint on the picture desk.
I left the Scotsman in 2001 and spent the next two years freelancing for the newly established Scottish business daily Business am, where I shot business portraits almost exclusively. At the same time, I continued to build up a long list of corporate clients.
After Business am closed in December 2003, I made the decision to concentrate almost exclusively on corporate work, including brochures, websites and public relations photography, while still shooting editorial work for newspapers, magazines and contract publishers.
I have been shooting digitally since 2000, and shooting solely on digital since 2007.
Industry bodies and organisations
As well as being a full time photographer, I have represented the interests of UK photographers on a national and international level within organisations including the British photographic Council, the National Union of Journalists, EPUK and DACS.
I was a founding board member of the British Photographic Council, and served as its secretary until 2014.
I was a moderator and director of Editorial Photographers UK from September 2005 to September 2011, with specific responsibility for technical issues.
Over the last five years I’ve held various positions on the National Union of Journalists’ Freelance Industrial Council, Photographers Committee, Copyright Committee and Scottish Executive, including chairing the Photographers Committee between 2011 and 2013. I am currently chair of the Freelance Industrial Council.
I was involved with the organisation of the NUJ’s Stand Up For Photojournalism exhibitions, selecting and showcasing the best of the UK’s contemporary photojournalism.
I represented the NUJ at the 2008 Paris photojournalism conference organised by the European Federation of Journalists, and spoke at the 2010 Authors’ Rights cnference in Thessonaliki, again organised by the EFJ.
Publications and talks
In 2009, I co-wrote Photojournalists: An Endangered species in Europe ? – a major EU-wide study on the future of photojournalism for the European Federation of Journalists.
I instigated and was responsible for organising the 2009 and 2010 British Photographic Council Industry Surveys, and wrote the 2010 survey report, analysis and conclusions. I am proud to say that the annual British Photographic Survey remains the definitive research onto the daily working lives of professional photographers.
In both 2007 and 2009 I was invited to speak at the National Union of Journalists Photographers’ Conferences, where I gave talks on business issues as they affect photographers.
In 2010 I designed and taught “The Business of Freelance Photography“ course for the NUJ.
In December 2010, I gave a presentation on behalf of the British Photographic Council at the European Federation of Journalists’ Authors Rights in a Digital Age conference, detailing the current state of copyright law in the UK, and how it affects working photographers.
In September 2011, I was proud to speak – successfully – in defence of copyright law at the Bradford courthouse, in the first Photography on Trial debate as part of the Ways of Looking photography festival.
From 2006 to 2009 I was the editor of the Editorial Photographers UK news website, responsible for the relaunch of the site, a redesign, CMS integration, and producing fresh weekly content.
In the last three years I have built, designed and launched about a dozen websites related to the photography industry, including EPUK, the British Photographic Council, Stand Up for Photo Journalism and Photo Histories with my colleague Graham Harrison.
From 2005 to 2011, I wrote a weekly email bulletin on current issues in the UK photography sector, and which currently has a readership of just under 2,700 industry professionals. In 2011 I worked on a redesign, integrating it with social media.
And when I’m not working…
I met my beautiful wife Mary while at university, and we live in a small Perthshire village with our cats and our three sons; Jake, Sam and Harry.
Looking for a photographer in Scotland ?
Then you’re in the right place. Centrally based in Stirling, I cover the whole of Scotland shooting high quality corporate photography for clients ranging from small businesses to some of the world's biggest brands.
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