Agricultural Photography

I had the good fortune of growing up on a dairy farm in Pembrokeshire so love the opportunity to put my wellies on and take pictures down on a farm.  I was introduced to farm photography at an early age. As a toddler I appeared in a story about my parent’s farm in the Farmers Guardian.  Over the years, I have photographed most aspects of farming life. Below you will see a range of images I have taken on farms and markets across the UK.

Going through the shooting brief with my subjects - cow photography

Going through the shooting brief with my subjects

Lifestock

Cows make great subjects, they are naturally curious and with little encouragement will come right up to you in a field. While this makes close-up shots easy, you cannot put your camera bag down for long or their curious noses will leave a trail of drool over all of your kit.

Brown Swiss Cattle, Rancourt Farm near Swindon

Brown Swiss Cattle and Friesians , Cancourt Farm near Swindon, for National Milk Records

Free range hens

Free range hens

ewe and lamb in field

Ewe and lamb in field

Brown Swiss Cattle, Rancourt Farm near Swindon

Brown Swiss Cattle, Cancourt Farm near Swindon for National Milk Records

Farm portraits

Every visit to a farm requires portrait images of the people behind the enterprise. I always try to provide atmospheric images that give a sense of the day to day working environment though the shot might be taken in the farm kitchen or in the middle of a field.

Free range hens

Ben Reynaldo and his free range poultry unit

Portrait of tractor driver

Portrait of tractor driver

Portrait of farmer

Portrait of Tim, Kingsclere Estate

Rob Addicott - Manor Farm near Wells for Farmers Guardian

Rob Addicott – Manor Farm near Wells for Farmers Guardian

James the Herdsman

James the Herdsman

Will and Dawn Hawking, owners of Marshfield Farm Ice Cream

Will and Dawn Hawking, owners of Marshfield Farm Ice Cream

Farm Profiles

If I am asked to photograph a farm profile, I normally try to document every aspect of the farm to provide an in depth record of the business and the people behind it.  Agricultural photography

Golden labrador from above

Gwen the farm dog

Market

Market photography is very different to farm photography. The pace is fast and there are normally people and animals everywhere. Moving around the market quickly is difficult so you often need to find a few good spots to work in before the auction starts, and introduce myself to the auctioneers well ahead of the main event.

An auctioneers gavel (hammer) at Frome Lifestock Market

Frome Lifestock Market – auctioneer

Sheep at the market

Sheep at the market

Diversification

Quite a few of the farms I have worked at have diversified into other product lines or services from ice cream and cheese to clamping pods. While I am on the farm it is normally quite easy to pull out a set of lights and set up a temporary studio in a barn or farmhouse kitchen to get some product shots or portraits of the staff or owners of the farm.

Product shot for Marshfield Farm Ice Cream

Product shot for Marshfield Farm Ice Cream

Strawberries growing in poly tunnel

Strawberries growing in poly-tunnel

Community Garden - part of Elims Direct Access Community (DAC) for rough sleepers at Manor Farm near Wells

Community Garden – part of Elims Direct Access Community (DAC) for rough sleepers at Manor Farm near Wells for Farmers Guardian

Farmhouse kitchen studio

Temporary studio set up on the farmhouse kitchen table

 

More information on agricultural photography

If you would like to know more, give me a call or drop me an email

Agricultural clients include; Dairy Farmer, Farmers Guardian, NMR, Cow Management Magazine, Marshfield Farm Ice Cream.