• About Nick

    Nick McGowan-Lowe

    Great photography. Every time.

    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.

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    Are you the right photographer for us ?

    If you are looking for an established photographer in Scotland with a proven track record and enviable portfolio in the following areas, then the answer is almost certainly yes:

    • • Corporate photography

    • • Corporate editorial and magazine photography

    • • Product photography – whether shot on your premises or mine

    • • Executive portraits

    • • Staff portraits

    • • Public Relations photography that gets great publicity for your organisation

    • • Corporate events

    • • Industrial photography

    • • Interiors and exteriors photography, including show homes and site completion photography

    • • Annual reports and internal company publications

    • • Photography in the care sector.

    However, I don’t do any consumer photography – so I am not able to help with weddings, family photography or visa photographs.

    Where 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. However, I have recently undertaken bigger commissions in London, Frankfurt, Rome and Amsterdam

    I’ve never hired a photographer before.

    That’s okay. Give me a call and I’ll listen to your needs and talk you through how we’ll achieve them. Even if you’re looking at a number of photographers, if you give me a call I’ll tell you the questions you should be asking them to make the right decision.

    Can you come and meet me to discuss a project ?

    . I’d be delighted to. Drop me a line at nick@nml.uk.com 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.

    Do you shoot on film or digital ?

    Digital. I’ve been shooting on digital since 2000, and haven’t shot film since 2007.

    What is your usual turnaround ?

    It depends how soon you need it. On a recent commission, for example, I edited at night after each days shooting and sent to the client overnight. However, 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 depending on your needs turnaround can in some cases be the same day or the next working day for an increase in the standard rates.

    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 either by download link, or CD supplied by special delivery.

    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.

    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.

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    For clients

    For a no obligation chat about your next project or commission, give me a call on 07774 438935 or drop me an email at nick@nml.uk.com - I normally reply within the hour.

    For students

    If you’re a student looking for help with your course, then I’ll be glad to help. Drop me an email at nick@nml.uk.com to arrange a time to speak over the phone.

    For work experience

    I don’t offer work experience, but I am always happy to offer advice to those thinking of entering into the industry. Drop me an email at nick@nml.uk.com to arrange a time to talk.

    Anything else ?

    If you’re looking for information regarding any of my work with other industry organisations, such as National Union of Journalists, send me an email at nick@nml.uk.com and I will either help directly, or pass you onto someone else who can. There is more about my work with these and other industry bodies at my About page.

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  • Overview

    I’m a highly experienced Scotland-based editorial and corporate photographer with a background in broadsheets and the specialist business press, who now shoots for a variety of magazines and corporate clients.

    My background

    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 have been shooting entirely on digital since 2007.

    Industry bodies and organisations

    As well as being a full time photographer, I campaign, research and represent the interests of UK photographers on a national and international level within organisations including the British Photographic Council, the National Union of Journalists, Editorial Photographers UK, the European Federation of Journalists 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.

    Within the NUJ

    Since 2007 I’ve held various elected senior positions on the National Union of Journalists’ Freelance Industrial Council, Photographers Committee, Copyright Committee and Scottish Executive Council. I was chair of the Photographers Committee between 2011 and 2013, and have been chair of the Freelance Industrial Council since 2014. In 2016 I was elected to the NUJ’s National Executive Committee to represent photographers.

    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 conference 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, 2010 and 2015 British Photographic Council Industry Surveys, and wrote the 2010 and 2015 survey reports, analysises 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 spoke – 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.

    Industry websites

    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.

    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.

Looking for a photographer in Stirling ?

Then you’re in the right place. I’ve been based in Stirling for 20 years, shooting high quality corporate, editorial, marketing and events photography for clients ranging from small businesses to some of the world’s biggest brands.

Call Me:       +44 (0)7774 438935
Email Me:    nick@nml.uk.com
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    FMC Plant, Girvan
  • Shot for Lumison
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