Ryan Cowan - PhotographerCertificate of Excellence 2015
Oxford, 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.
Ryan Cowan - Photographer
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.
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 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.
Corporate and Party Events can be accommodated for. Please get in touch with details of your event.
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
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
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.
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