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Silver Cloud Photography

Reading, Berkshire

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3 hires on Bark
‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020

About

Hi! I am Duncan MacBrayne, professional photographer and proud owner of Silver Cloud Photography and have over 30 years experience working in the industry.

I am based near Reading on the borders of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire.

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Reviews (6)

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D
14 October 2020

Duncan has worked on a number of projects with me from headshots, website material, funeral memorial service sheet design and home photos for Spare Room. Duncan always delivers what he said he would. His calm, creative approach with his keen eye and bit of quirkiness for the unusual is the reason Duncan is my go to photographer. More...

A
17 August 2020

Duncan came to photograph our house, which is a large property in Maidenhead. He took some fantastic photos and his attention to detail was remarkable. The photographs truly reflected the character of the property and his work ethic was outstanding. Nothing was too much bother for him and the day he shot the photos was particularly hot so all the more praise for his work ethic. I would definitely use him again and highly recommend him. Anne More...

J
22 June 2020

Duncan was a pleasure to work with: professional and thoughtful. The resulting photography was outstanding. I would absolutely work with him again.

S
18 June 2020

Working with Silver Cloud Photography was a smooth experience from start to finish. They brought a great creative outlook which really made the images stand out. I couldn't recommend Silver Cloud Photography more. Excellent skills, very personable and highly professional. More...

G
18 June 2020

A brilliant approach to our photography needs. Provided inspiring images which have revitalised the website and is already attracting new clients.

L
18 June 2020

My experience with Duncan was great from start to finish.
His price was very competitive.
He was very professional and photographed the whole house and garden, he went to every effort to make sure it was looking it's best.
The photographs were fantastic, I am so so happy with them, they couldn't be better.
He has really captured the house well and made it look big, bright and welcoming. Perfect to attract guests through my website.
He also had all the great kit for photographing houses and made helpful suggestions about how to arrange ornaments etc. to really get the best out of the house. He also touched up some photos and was even able to edit a car out of the shot seamlessly.
Last year I used a different photographer and the photos weren't nearly as good.
I will definitely use Duncan again, his photos will add a lot of value to my business.
I understand he also does different types of photography too.
I highly recommend Duncan and he was very nice to work with as well as prompt responses and photo delivery. And most importantly fantastic photos.
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Q&A

The secret in taking a great photograph really begins with the training, the amount of experience and the creative flair a photographer possesses. Creating a stunning image from an incredibly mundane subject is an art. Making the most of a product or a place or portraying a person which truly represents them comes down to a genuine empathy for who or what is being photographed combined with great composition and lighting.
When I started out, I had the best tutors - all skilled, creative photographers themselves - so I learned from the best. Combining over 30 years working and living in the business of photography; having photographed just about anything you might care to think; in many different parts of the world all adds up to delivering the secret every time.

The most important questions I always ask my clients fall into two categories, namely purpose and the practicalities involved.
PURPOSE:
Precisely what are their photographs going to be used for?
Where are they planning to display them?
When are they needed?

PRACTICALITIES:
Where are the photographs to be taken ?
When?
Have you a budget?
Is quality more important than budget or are both equally as important?

It's the endless variety and stimulation that I love most about being a professional photographer. I was never going to be suited to a routine 9-5 office job. I love working in different environments, meeting new people and rising up to the challenge of creating the images my clients love. Creating great imagery out of challenging situations where there are no obvious solutions. When clients tell me how much they love the photographs I create for them - the buzz I get is second to none!

I turned pro at the age of 19 and have never stopped working in the industry. My profession has, over the years, given me opportunities and experiences I could never have imagined. From working in the Ministry of Defence photographing all sorts of weird things military in the west of Scotland; to running my own photography studio in London; to working all over the Caribbean, Scandinavia, Russia, South Africa; the West Coast of America, Hawaii and Alaska, these experience all came about due to my love of photography. For me, it's the best job in the world!

It sounds like an obvious cliche but in my case, it is true to say that photography has always been in my blood. I first picked up a camera when I was just 14 years old. My first camera was a Kodak Compact 126 format film camera. Those were the days when you had to post your film away to be processed and printed. That would take over a week in many cases. How things have changed! Back then the changes that have happened since were beyond our wildest dreams, fantasies or our imagination.

The3 inspiration? ...The enjoyment and pleasure that I have always had creating exciting images. I started my formal education in photography at the age of 16 joining a Saturday morning class at The Storey Institute in Lancaster, Lancashire. That was followed by taking Photography as an GCSE at school. Following my A Level's, I was delighted to be accepted by the prestigious Blackpool & Fylde College of Art to undertake a 3 year Professional Qualifying Examination in Photography, graduating with Merit.
That feeling has ever left me - even after more than 25 years. Once a photographer - always a photographer!

You’ll find me friendly, with an optimistic outlook, and a sense of humour where appropriate. I work swiftly, with a confidence that comes from having been in most of the scenarios a pro photographer can find themselves in. Distance is not an issue. I have had assignments that have taken me all over the UK, Ireland, and most recently Amsterdam. I particularly enjoy working in environments where the opportunity to create great, creative photographs don't appear to exist - in other words pulling photographic rabbits out of the hat and making a kind of magic happen. I take great pride in my work and no job is too small or too large, so whatever your budget, give me a call or send me an email to make some great photography happen.

Clients include and have included, Ford New Holland, Lever Brothers, Skanska, Unigroup USA, Bournes of Rye, Carillion Communications, WJ Group, the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), the All Around Agency, McMillan Nurses and Clement Windows to name but a few.

​Famous people and celebrities? There have been a few. I have been very fortunate to photograph the late HRH The Queen Mother, Sir Richard Branson and the great British Explorer, Sir Rannulph Fiennes, not to mention the late ex British Prime Minister, Lord 'Jim' Callaghan, ex French President, Valerie Giscard-d'Estaing and the late German Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt.

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Services

Full creative photography and post production services working for Commercial, Marketing & Advertising companies and agencies. Creating original eye catching images for use in all media outlets and applications.Using additional lighting and other creative techniques to the best visual effect. Full post production in the editing and delivery of final images using the latest software and techniques such as Photoshop and Lightroom. Recent clients include UniGroup USA; Data Logistix Milton Keynes; Fisher Investments International; WJ Groundwater; Carillion Communications; Bournes of Rye and Clement Windows Group. Past clients include Ford New Holland, Legal & General and Skanska.

Interior and Exterior photography of residential properties aimed specifically at the rental and agency markets - in particular Private Landlords; Estate & Letting Agencies; Property Developers; Hotels as well as AirBnB accommodation. Creative imaging aimed at showcasing the properties photographed to look at their very best utilising the very latest and best in lighting, composition, cameras and post production techniques. Fast, efficient and cost effective service, electronically delivering images as quickly as possible in order to speed up the process of marketing and sales.

Everybody needs great, high quality headshots for both business and personal uses. I take portraits of people who need them for Social Media Profiles, Personal Marketing materials or for company websites. My headshot and portrait photography service is quick, simple, easy, very convenient and above all very attractively priced. I specialise in photographing individual employees or in teams and make it convenient as I come to you! I offer both environmental style and studio style portraits. Option 1: You, your colleagues and teams are photographed environmental style. Option 2: Studio style portraits using my pop up studio carried in using just 3 bags and assembled in 30 minutes or so. Photographs are delivered quickly and simply using electronic transfer platforms and images are individually corrected and perfected using the latest software services and techniques.

Another of my specialities is Event Photography. I have many years of experience photographing all sorts of events. From Corporate Functions and Conferences, Product Launches to private events like Christmas & Birthday Parties. Event photography needs to concentrate on making sure that all the VIP’s, speeches and presentations are covered. It is equally as important to record the impression of an event as well as the people involved. Whatever the event photography needs, I work hard to be creative and adaptable to meet your requirements on the day. I ensure that the entire “feel” of your event is captured perfectly. For more information on any of my event photography services, please click the links below.

Whatever your product or your delicious food item; wherever you need your food and or drink photographed; you can be absolutely certain that I will photograph it beautifully. Working to an open brief or to your particular requirements, I will create exciting and mouth-watering images that will have your customers lining up to feast on! Lifestyle Food & Drink Photography on location is a particular speciality and favourite of mine! In studio? On location? Not a problem. My photography of food and drink are ideal for Pub and Restaurant Menu’s; websites for Hotels, Bed & Breakfast establishments, Clubs as well as AirBnB establishments. Based close to Reading, I am ideally situated to work throughout the South East of England; the London region as well as Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Surrey.

It’s your wedding day. You have been planning it for many months – maybe for nearly two years! Your once-in-a-lifetime day. A day that is to be magical and a day where you have planned every detail to perfection. These then are the reasons why your choice of wedding photographer is crucial. A photographer who is very experienced. A professional who makes sure that every emotion, detail and moment of joy is captured perfectly. A photographer who is unobtrusive but misses nothing. A photographer that makes being photographed effortless and fun. A photographer who, above all, is fun to have around. More than anything, a photographer who delivers you a fabulous collection of photographs. Photographs which transport you right back to that magical day. Photographs where you can relive your magical day for many years to come. Your wedding is unique. It is your story and your photographs will be as unique as you are. Photographs that will make you laugh; photographs which will leave you with a warm fuzzy glow inside. Photographs that might even make you cry a little. I have been privileged to have photographed many couples’ wedding day ( over 200 at the last count). It has always been my greatest honour and still is a great joy to do so. I am based near to Henley-on-Thames, one of the loveliest towns to be married in. I have photographed couples marrying in most of the best venues around. For example, Temple Island; The Leander Club; Greenlands and Badgemore Park to name just four. I also work regularly throughout Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire & Surrey. I have also worked in the west of England, The Lake District and at even at an 18th Century Chateau in South west France. If you have booked your venue and are looking for your ideal photographer, contact me today. Find out how I can create a wonderful collection of wedding photographs for you. We can meet informally for a chat and a coffee or by video link in these socially distant times. It’s free and there is absolutely no obligation. Just call me on 07917717567 or follow the links below.