Ryan Cowan - Photographer

Ryan Cowan - Photographer

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Ryan Cowan - Photographer locationOxford, Oxfordshire

(15 Reviews)

Commercial photographer specialising in branding photography for business and industry marketing.

Business Portraits, Headshots, Architectural, interiors, commercial developers and real estate, manufacturing and finished product photography.

I find real joy in meeting people and getting to know what it is you do!

I find real joy in meeting people and getting to know what it is you do! Every project takes me to new space, a fresh set of people, and a chance to be inspired by their passion.
Nowhere is this more likely so, than with small business owners who, like myself, put heart and soul into their work.
I use my photography to help small businesses like yours get more clients, make stronger first impressions and get better results from their marketing.

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Ryan Cowan - Photographer Reviews

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Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Peter Clarke
5 01/08/2017

I have had two training sessions on photo editing so far. Ryan has been extremely eager to please and clearly knowledgeable about his subject. A pleasure to work with.

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Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Amanda Wilson
5 30/12/2016

Ryan is great to work with and produces beautiful photos. I've been meaning to write up this review for months... Last July my parents were visiting us in Oxfordshire for my dad's 80th birthday and my sister and all her family (husband and 3 children) were over from Canada on a rare visit to the UK. I wanted to arrange a family photo without having to travel too far from home as my dad can't walk far without assistance. Ryan delivered exactly we needed, was great value and lovely to work with. He came out to my village and took photos of our family on the village green. The photos were lovely and my family will treasure these rare images of us all together. We all felt that Ryan was very professional but also was trying to help us to get what we needed rather than being focused on making us spend the highest amount. I'm very grateful to Ryan for all his help and the wonderful photos. Thanks again Ryan! Amanda and family.

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Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Kate
5 28/12/2016

Ryan was fast and flexible and has provided top quality work. He has made himself available at very short notice. Pleasure to work with.

Kate
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Hanna Tarhonskaya
5 15/08/2016

Ryan did business headshots for us, that we needed for German CV and LinkedIn, and we couldn’t have made a better choice of a photographer! We were thoroughly impressed: he is very easy-going, extremely professional, talented and very experienced. Ryan knows how to put a person in a right position, help to ease nerves in front of the camera and to create the right mood for a shoot. He also cares to have the best possible result in every case.

Thank you Ryan for the amazing pictures! They surpassed all our expectations! We couldn’t have been more pleased with the result and we would definitely recommend you to others.

Hanna Tarhonskaya
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Claire
5 30/06/2016

Ryan took some photos for my website, he really made me feel at ease and took some good shots that looked natural and professional, which was an achievement in the short time I booked him for.
I would definitely hire him again and can thoroughly recommend him.

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Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Brett Adams
5 30/06/2016

Ryan is a real credit to his profession. The consummate professional within his trade. My headshot portrait photo's were of the highest quality and well exceeded my expectations. In only an hour and half of being with Ryan on our shoot he made me feel so relaxed. I got to know him really well and is someone who I can only describe as a real stand-up guy and hopefully a good friend. I cannot recommend Ryan highly enough for his excellent work. Thanks you very much fella...

Brett Adams
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Paul Horseman
5 27/04/2016

Ryan made us all feel very relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera, his attention to detail and the quality of his images is excellent. I will be asking Ryan to take some family portraits next.

Paul Horseman
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Jo Smith
5 18/04/2016

Ryan is very attentive to our business needs, and produces excellent results for Kingerlee Ltd

Jo Smith
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Toni Kendall-Troughton
5 18/04/2016

Excellent service!
Ryan ensured all my team felt comfortable in front of the camera.
I would be very happy to recommend Ryan and use Ryan's services again.

Toni Kendall-Troughton
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by John Hewitt
5 18/04/2016

Ryan went out of his way in order to meet our corporate deadline. Made my 70 year old face almost presentable. A good conversationalist too! Recommend highly.

John Hewitt
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Liz Grierson
5 17/04/2016

Ryan worked to a very tight deadline ... and with children to produce the perfect photo.

Liz Grierson
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by E. Buchanan
5 16/04/2016

We thought Ryan was superb. He took some brilliant pictues of our party, managed to capture everyone, got wonderful group shots, missed nothing, stayed until about 4and then spent many hours editing and putting several hundred photos online. He was thoroughly professional but at the same time very easy to accommodate, not intrusive, and we would thoroughly recommend him.

E. Buchanan
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Kirsty Vallance
5 15/04/2016

Really pleased with Ryan's photos and he was great to work with - efficient and professional. Thanks!

Kirsty Vallance
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Phill H
5 15/04/2016

The best

Such good quality and a great chap to deal with too!

Phill H
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Louisa Maybury
5 07/12/2015

I haved hired Ryan a few times to photograph my interior design store and products in Woodstock and I am very happy with his professionalism and attention to detail. I will certainly be sharing your details with fellow shop keepers.

Louisa Maybury

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Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Jack Schofield
6 days ago

I hired Ryan for a charity dinner that I run in memory of my brother. Naturally this brings high expectations on my behalf and I could not be happier that I asked Ryan to take this job. He was thoroughly professional, arriving early to scope out the room and get set up, and staying later than planned so that everyone who wanted a photo had the chance. Ryan is such a lovely guy too, taking the time to learn the reasoning behind the event and engaged so brilliantly with guests. And the photos were amazing!
Highly recommended!

Jack Schofield
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Max Allen
6 days ago

I really enjoyed my first headshot session with Ryan. He is very professional and personable and soon put me at ease. Ryan took time to explain the whole process, provided great tips via email on how to prepare for the session and gave clear direction during the shoot to help me achieve the best photo. He was very easy to work with and responsive throughout the process, arrived promptly and delivered great images on time. I would not hesitate to use his services again and recommend him to friends and colleagues.

Max Allen
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Sublimezer0
2 months ago

Working with Ryan was a pleasure! We were in the process of branding and launching our latest healthcare system. Ryan assisted by undertaking some fantastic ‘in action’ environmental shots - along with some great static hardware images. These were for use on our website, brochures, and other marketing materials. Throughout the process Ryan was easy to work with and always highly professional. I would happily use Ryan again for any future requirements. Rich B

Sublimezer0
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Principle Global
2 months ago

Ryan has been an absolute pleasure to work with! We required an Oxfordshire based photographer to shoot exteriors and interiors for a client on multiple sites which needed a very quick turnaround time. We were very impressed with the quality of Ryan's work, his professionalism, enthusiasm and friendliness. We are very much looking forward to working with him again and would highly recommend Ryan to anyone in the region.

Principle Global
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Integra Marketing
4 months ago

Having worked with Ryan, I can highly recommend him as a photographer. His technical skills and creative flair are excellent, and the energy, commitment and diligence that he brings to every project sets him apart from the many other photographers that I’ve worked with in the past. Ryan’s friendly and engaging personality, make him well suited to portrait work and a broad range of assignments involving people.

Here his natural ability to put people at ease brings out the best of every person featured in his photography.

Integra Marketing
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Sarah Dark
2 months ago

Ryan was recommended to me when I required headshots to be taken for marketing purposes and I’m very glad he was. He was a pleasure to work with and made the photo session fun whilst remaining professional throughout. Ryan gave superb direction (I loved the tip about ‘squinching’) and at the end of the shoot produced several photos that achieved the ‘look’ I was aiming for – professional and approachable. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Ryan to anyone looking for a commercial photographer.

Sarah Dark
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Rory Chaplin
4 months ago

Ryan has photographed our events for many years now with stunning shots of our guests enjoying themselves which makes for very happy clients!

He's always in the right place at the right time to capture the moment as well as being on time and being willing to stay well past his contracted hours if things run over.

I would highly recommend him!

Rory Chaplin
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by John Lee
4 months ago

Ryan has taken great, really professional photos of our team, was a pleasure to work with and understood our requirements exactly. We have worked together for a while and the results of his work are always fantastic.

John Lee
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Dom O'Keefe
4 months ago

Ryan took beautiful photos for our improv theatre group and could not have been more fun or professional to work with.

Dom O'Keefe
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Kiran UPS
5 months ago

Ryan was very professional and worked according to our brief, offering helpful suggestions when needed.

Kiran UPS
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Eugene Kolychev
1 year ago

Ryan did business headshots for us, that we needed for German CV and LinkedIn, and we couldn’t have made a better choice of a photographer! We were thoroughly impressed: he is very easy-going, extremely professional, talented and very experienced. Ryan knows how to put a person in a right position, help to ease nerves in front of the camera and to create the right mood for a shoot. He also cares to have the best possible result in every case.

Thank you Ryan for the amazing pictures! They surpassed all our expectations! We couldn’t have been more pleased with the result and we would definitely recommend you to others.

Eugene Kolychev
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Kayleigh Hilsdon
2 years ago

Ryan was incredibly accommodating when photographing some artwork I brought to him. He prepared the images for web and never lost patience with my lack of expertise. Beautiful photographs and really professional service, I highly recommend his skills.

Kayleigh Hilsdon
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Eugene Kolychev
1 year ago

Ryan did business headshots for us, that we needed for German CV and LinkedIn, and we couldn’t have made a better choice of a photographer! We were thoroughly impressed: he is very easy-going, extremely professional, talented and very experienced. Ryan knows how to put a person in a right position, help to ease nerves in front of the camera and to create the right mood for a shoot. He also cares to have the best possible result in every case.

Thank you Ryan for the amazing pictures! They surpassed all our expectations! We couldn’t have been more pleased with the result and we would definitely recommend you to others.

Eugene Kolychev
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Kayleigh Hilsdon
2 years ago

Ryan was incredibly accommodating when photographing some artwork I brought to him. He prepared the images for web and never lost patience with my lack of expertise. Beautiful photographs and really professional service, I highly recommend his skills.

Kayleigh Hilsdon
Review of Ryan Cowan - Photographer by Toni Kendall-Troughton
2 years ago

An exceptional service that made everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera. Very happy with the outcome and Ryan will be our first stop when we need more photo's.

Toni Kendall-Troughton
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Woodstock, UK

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What’s the secret to taking a great photograph?

When I began working as a photographer as a teenager, digital was not yet around and film was a great expense to me.
We were limited to 36 exposures per roll of film at a fixed ISO light sensitivity. No shot could be wasted.
There was no way of checking to see if you had got the right result until your images had come back from the lab a week later.
The first thing I remember learning, and I wish I could remember who from, was to think carefully about the shot.
Anyone can point a camera and hit the button.
Not everyone takes the time to imagine first what the subject would look like from another angle for instance.
For every second that you spend considering the possible angles you could shoot from and how your subject is being effected by the light, the better your resulting image will become.
Take your time, be patient. Use your imagination and then get close to what you envisaged.

What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?

I like to meet with my clients in person, and actually talk about them and their business.
Its extremely difficult to get a feel for a person or company via an email or website and I like to find out why they do what they do.
I like to listen to the ideas that have been thrown around in the lead up to looking for a photographer/videographer and then provide some input and insight into how these ideas might be executed.
Every project is different but most people have general idea of the kind of style or feeling they wish to have for their business imagery.
I usually ask if there are any images you might have found online in doing research, that have caught your eye and you've found inspiring. Mood boards and collections of images from Google searches can help a great deal in showing me what your intentions are.
I will also show you images, I have found or produced myself, that perhaps come close to representing our ideas.

What do you love most about your job?

Being a photographer introduces me to awesome people and interesting places that I'd never ordinarily have the pleasure of experiencing without invitation. As a Commercial Photographer, I have found no two projects the same. Every job I'm called to do has its own unique challenges.
The locations are very rarely convenient for a picturesque scene but I absolutely love troubleshooting until we´re left with great lighting and engaging subjects.
With all of that, I'm never bored. I'm excited by every project that comes my way.
Quality is definitely more important to me than money, to my financial detriment, but I love the entire process.
Supporting other small businesses in our area is the best thing we can do to help make our local economy stronger.
I am really passionate about photography, and having the ability to empower others with it.
Not only in capturing and celebrating the most important moments in my portrait clients’ lives, but also in showcasing the wonderful small businesses I get to work with in our community.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I realised that photography was something I would never be able to stop doing.
I thought to myself, "If I was told that I'd never earn a penny from photography again, would I continue to do it? YES. If I was told I had £1,000 000 in the bank and I'd never need to work again... would I still do this job? YES!

Why should our clients choose you?

I am a people person. I think my clients stay with me because I am interested in them and we form a friendship.
Business is just as much about people as it is about money.

Services provided by Ryan Cowan - Photographer

Services

Portraiture

Environmental Portraits, Corporate Portraits & Headshots. Please contact me with your specific request so we may discuss ideas and arrange an appropriate style and location for your portrait to be made.

Architectural Photography

Architectural Photography includes the exterior and interiors of commercial & industrial buildings and complexes as well as fine residential real estate. There is an artistic approach toward making the buildings and their assets stand out in the best possible way. Colour correction and compositing techniques help in accomplishing the highest quality images.

Event Photography

Corporate and Party Events can be accommodated for. Please get in touch with details of your event.

Product Photography

Commercial & Industrial Photography

Company branding and image stock portfolios for all business marketing uses

Video Production Service

Marketing, interviews and product video production. Lighting, Filming, Video editing and processing.

Real Estate Photography

Projects

B-Cam Ltd

Provided a full product portfolio as well as marketing video for B-Cam Ltd. All product and marketing images and video for www.b-cam.net

Kingerlee Ltd

Provided a full portfolio of images showing Kingerlee´s workshops and employees at work. Provided upwards of 50 portraits of employees and directors. Continue to provide regular architectural photography of Kingerlee Ltd´s construction and development projects around England. www.kingerlee.co.uk

Ducker & Son Ltd

Provided a full online product portfolio for Ducker & Son Ltd. All product and marketing images for www.duckerandson.co.uk Bespoke shoe makers of historic heritage in Oxford - Turl Street.

The Marlborough Arms Hotel

Foxstow Joinery

Scriptum - giftwares

Millstone Mills

Glympton Estates

Lansdown Country

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