dug wilders – architectural and commercial photography

Who am I

I am a professional freelance photographer dedicated to producing the highest quality architectural, commercial and interior property photography. I have been fortunate enough to be involved with thousands of varying projects across the globe. Below is a selction of recent work.


{22.11.18 – Superdrug}

Superdrug’s flagship store now offers treatments and they got in touch to ask me to go and show them off… Anyone who knows me well knows I’m not into shopping (unless it’s outdoor clothing, lenses or overpriced bottles of craft beer), and my knowledge of grooming is very limited, having said that I did my best to understand the brief and deliver what the client wanted. The feedback’s been great and I now know what threading is.

(14.11.18 – Chiles Evans + Care Architects}

This really was a great project to be part of, an unusual build linking two historic buildings in Sheffield city centre. The building had been designed with great care as to keep the over all feel correct for a religious area but also keeping it light and modern. So much attention had been delivered to the details which really showed – the views through the sky lights keeping sides of the Chapel still visible for example. Three happy clients later and I look forward to the next project I’m asked to shoot for them. 

 

{9.11.18 – SSK}

Another great looking and this time big kitchen designed and built by Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens, this one out in Aston 30 mins east of Sheffield

{Oct 29th – Frank Shaw Associates Cambridgeshire}

The 5th shoot for the architects based in Cambridge, this time it was schools. I had a variety of shot requests and so set off at 5am with a thermos and a good audio book. I arrived to grey dull sky, very disappointed I got on with the internals. Shooting the externals after lunch and I saw a glimmer of blue, after a little wait it all cleared…

school, commercial photography, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture

school, commercial photography, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture

school, commercial photography, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture

school, commercial photography, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture

school, commercial photography, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture

{Oct 20th – SSK Kitchens}

Another kitchen for these guys in Sheffield…

kitchen photography, modern kitchen, sheffield, south yorkshire, interior photography, sustainable, ssk

kitchen photography, modern kitchen, sheffield, south yorkshire, interior photography, sustainable, ssk

kitchen photography, modern kitchen, sheffield, south yorkshire, interior photography, sustainable, ssk

kitchen photography, modern kitchen, sheffield, south yorkshire, interior photography, sustainable, ssk

{4th Oct – H Boutique Hotel, Bakewell}

CW2 Solutions called and asked if I’d be happy to do a full shoot for a new website they were building to show off the equally new Hotel recently opened in Peak District. They wanted everything photographing, including food, the bakery and all the various area’s a hotel has. It was a long day, but with 2600 images shot I was happy I’d have a good selection…

hotel, interior photography, architectural photography, interiors, property, sheffield, peak district, H Boutique, holiday

hotel, interior photography, architectural photography, interiors, property, sheffield, peak district, H Boutique, holiday

hotel, interior photography, architectural photography, interiors, property, sheffield, peak district, H Boutique, holiday, food photography, food, restaurant

hotel, interior photography, architectural photography, interiors, property, sheffield, peak district, H Boutique, holiday

hotel, interior photography, architectural photography, interiors, property, sheffield, peak district, H Boutique, holiday, coffee, cafe

hotel, interior photography, architectural photography, interiors, property, sheffield, peak district, H Boutique, holiday, food photography, fine dining

hotel, interior photography, architectural photography, interiors, property, sheffield, peak district, H Boutique, holiday, restaurant, fine dining

hotel, interior photography, architectural photography, interiors, property, sheffield, peak district, H Boutique, holiday, restaurant, fine dining, food photography

{16th July 2018 – Paul Testa Architecture}

This is the third stunning property I’ve photographed for Paul and his team. For this property there were also 4 other companies who had purchased licenses in advance, this meant a lot of images! I spent a good few hours exploring the property shooting all the interesting architectural features. Who would believe a 2 bedroom property could offer so much…

sheffield, architecture, interior photography, architectural photography, self build, new build, contemporary architecture

sheffield, architecture, interior photography, architectural photography, self build, new build, contemporary architecture

sheffield, architecture, interior photography, architectural photography, self build, new build, contemporary architecture

sheffield, architecture, interior photography, architectural photography, self build, new build, contemporary architecture

sheffield, architecture, interior photography, architectural photography, self build, new build, contemporary architecture

sheffield, architecture, interior photography, architectural photography, self build, new build, contemporary architecture

sheffield, architecture, interior photography, architectural photography, self build, new build, contemporary architecture

 

{July 4th – SSK}

Another Kitchen photography shoot for SSK, as per usual I turned up to a great looking kitchen, tastefully staged. Always a pleasure working for companies on a regular basis, knowing exactly what they want.

kitchen photography, kitchen, sheffield, interiors, interior, blue kitchen, architectural photography

kitchen photography, kitchen, sheffield, interiors, interior, blue kitchen, architectural photography

kitchen photography, kitchen, sheffield, interiors, interior, blue kitchen, architectural photography

kitchen photography, kitchen, sheffield, interiors, interior, blue kitchen, architectural photography

kitchen photography, kitchen, sheffield, interiors, interior, blue kitchen, architectural photography

{June 22nd  Belton House – Deboer Structures}

My second photography shoot for Deboer, a German based temporary structure company was at Belton House near Grantham. I had to delay for weather, but early on a cloudless Friday morning I arrived at the stunning National Trust property, Belton House to see what Deboer had produced. A temporary cafe was whilst a building on the site was being renovated was the subject. Deboer had a specific brief they wanted fulfilling so I set out to tick off each request. Again another nice shoot, and a company I look forward to working again with in the future.

Deboer, Grantham, Cafe, Interior photography, architecture photography, temporary structure, Midlands

Deboer, Grantham, Cafe, Interior photography, architecture photography, temporary structure, Midlands

Deboer, Grantham, Cafe, Interior photography, architecture photography, temporary structure, Midlands

Deboer, Grantham, Cafe, Interior photography, architecture photography, temporary structure, Midlands

Deboer, Grantham, Cafe, Interior photography, architecture photography, temporary structure, Midlands

{June 21st 2018 – Frank Shaw Associates}

Logistically this was a tricky job, I had 4 locations to visit, 3 schools and a fire station. The fire station was unmanned, the schools all needed to be photographed when the kids weren’t there, some suited afternoon other’s early morning. After the weather cancelled two planned shoots finally everything came together and the Great British weather turned out to be… great. If only my school had looked like these.

school photography, fire station, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture, modern architecture, design, modern design, contemporary, interior photography

school photography, fire station, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture, modern architecture, design, modern design, contemporary, interior photography

school photography, fire station, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture, modern architecture, design, modern design, contemporary, interior photography

school photography, fire station, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture, modern architecture, design, modern design, contemporary, interior photography

school photography, fire station, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture, modern architecture, design, modern design, contemporary, interior photography

school photography, fire station, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture, modern architecture, design, modern design, contemporary, interior photography

school photography, fire station, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture, modern architecture, design, modern design, contemporary, interior photography

school photography, fire station, cambridgeshire, peterborough, architecture, modern architecture, design, modern design, contemporary, interior photography

 

{5th June 2018 – White Meadows}

Being asked to photograph furniture for White Meadows was one job I didn’t automatically accept. I usually work mainly with natural light so to do studio work took me back to uni days, the last time I was doing studio work. I like working outside my comfort zone and was confident I could deliver what they wanted. In two days we shot a large selection of furniture in a small studio near Nottingham. Keeping everything uniform is the opposite to my normal work but it was a great change to spend the time making everything perfectly straight, and plumping cushions!

furniture photography, studio photography, artificial light, still life, product photography, backdrop, sofa, chair, armchair, chaise longue, white meadow

furniture photography, studio photography, artificial light, still life, product photography, backdrop, sofa, chair, armchair, chaise longue, white meadow

furniture photography, studio photography, artificial light, still life, product photography, backdrop, sofa, chair, armchair, chaise longue, white meadow

furniture photography, studio photography, artificial light, still life, product photography, backdrop, sofa, chair, armchair, chaise longue, white meadow

furniture photography, studio photography, artificial light, still life, product photography, backdrop, sofa, chair, armchair, chaise longue, white meadow

furniture photography, studio photography, artificial light, still life, product photography, backdrop, sofa, chair, armchair, chaise longue, white meadow

{25th April – Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens}

Another shoot for SSK, always a pleasure…

kitchens, sheffield, sustainable, interior photography, white room, property

kitchens, sheffield, sustainable, interior photography, white room, property

kitchens, sheffield, sustainable, interior photography, white room, property

kitchens, sheffield, sustainable, interior photography, white room, property

kitchens, sheffield, sustainable, interior photography, white room, property

{Fri 13th April – RIBA architectural event in Leeds}

Back to work with a thump, and this week’s friday night was spent in Leeds shooting for RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). It has a new premises in the stunning new Victoria Gate, designed by London firm ACME, as with all there work, it looks good and good looking buildings make my life easier. I was there to show off the signage, the building both inside and out, as well as some lifestyle shots to show people using the space.

{26th March – Travels in India}

Hot, dusty and lots of travelling makes photography difficult, but I’m glad I carried my equipment around with so much to shoot. From the foothills of the Himilaya to the wild tigers in Ranthambore national park, I probably should have spent more time behind the viewfinder, but I’m happy with what I’ve come home with…

Wildlife – with a brand new Canon 100-400mm Mark II in the bag I was hoping for improved results on my previous set up (70-200mm + 2x converter = slow focusing!), and what a lens it is. Spoilt with a great selection of animals both big and small here are a few.

We travelled to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur and Udaipur, here are just a few from the trip…

{March 14th – Kirklees Council ‘Locate Here’ project}

This was a bit more of a challenge, after putting forward my proposal for the job (something I’ve not had to do before…) I was the offered the commission against a selection of other photographers, and then came the wait for some good weather… I only had a three week window to get the required shots, unfortunately winter arrived with a vengeance! First we had the snow, and this wasn’t your Daily Mail snow, this was the real deal. After this I was playing catch up from all delayed work. This week I had to head out and make the most of the two days that didn’t rain. I was new to the area, and it was a baptism by fire, I feel like I really know the area now! Walking down all the streets I could, looking for little architectural gems, trying to show off the modern and developing region, rather than the stereotype the majority of people might have (Happy Valley C4 was shot in the area…). It was a tiring but rewarding project and the locals couldn’t have been more friendly, especially the free beer from Magic Rock Bewery!

kirklees, huddersfield, dewsbury, made.com, west yorkshire, council, local council, yorkshire, the north, exterior photography, architectural photography, shop photography

kirklees, huddersfield, dewsbury, made.com, west yorkshire, council, local council, yorkshire, the north, exterior photography, architectural photography, shop photography   

kirklees, huddersfield, dewsbury, made.com, west yorkshire, council, local council, yorkshire, the north, exterior photography, architectural photography, shop photography

kirklees, huddersfield, dewsbury, made.com, west yorkshire, council, local council, yorkshire, the north, exterior photography, architectural photography, shop photography

kirklees, huddersfield, dewsbury, made.com, west yorkshire, council, local council, yorkshire, the north, exterior photography, architectural photography, shop photography

{March 8th – Desso Carpets}

Sara from Hattrick a marketing agency based in Manchester got in touch to ask me to shoot some offices to show off carpets produced by Desso. A commercial interior design company’s office was the location, and as office’s go these were pretty good looking. It wasn’t a large shoot, but I came away with a nice selection of images which hopefully showed the carpet off as much as is possible!

carpet, desso, interior design, commercial build, office interior, sheffield offices, uk offices, commercial interior design

carpet, desso, interior design, commercial build, office interior, sheffield offices, uk offices, commercial interior design

carpet, desso, interior design, commercial build, office interior, sheffield offices, uk offices, commercial interior design

{Feb – Norrsken Ltd.}

This was quite a big project shooting the portfolio of bespoke window company based in the South West. Travelling to Staffordshire, Oxford, Devon and Dorset took up a few good audiobooks, but the properties were well worth the driving. They were stunning, some great architecture and with some being passive houses (zero energy consumption from the grid) had some really clever mechanics. It took a while to edit up, but the client was really happy with the lot and so was I.

 

 

{November 17th – Edward Parsley Associates}

Back in Essex to finish off shooting the architect firm’s portfolio. There were three more properties to visit, all completely different, and with some stunning blue skies (which create their own unique set of complications) I drove around the county gathering the shots I wanted.

{9th Nov 2017 – Nottingham, Terry Huggett Developments}

Having worked on one of Terry’s properties before, I knew 2 Ogle Drive was going to be good looking, and I had reason to as it was being featured for an episode of ‘Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke’ (16th Nov 17′). What I wasn’t expecting was working around a production company in a very small house… It all worked out in the end, I managed to get what I wanted, the grey skies contrasted well against the bright and bold interior of the build. Hopefully the images do the project justice.

{13th October 2017 – Paul Testa Architecture & Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens}

This house, on the edge of the Peak District was designed by Paul Testa Architecture but then a lot of the work was built by Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens, so I shot for both their needs, detailed shots of the kitchens and wood work, then lots of nice wide and lifestyle shots for Paul Testa. The house has views to die for, and the house couldn’t have been designed better to incorporate them. I found myself staring out of the windows for long periods of time, which might have explained why I spent 5 hours there. Beautiful light, with a very high quality finish meant I was spoilt for choice with what to shoot.

{10th October 2017 – Edward Parsley Associates Ltd.}

I was asked to create a professional portfolio for Edward Parsley Associates, an Architects firm based in Essex, an area I know quite well, but was about to get to know a whole lot better with 12 properties needing a full shoot. It took two full days to drive across the county, meeting the clients they’d worked for, some very recently others from further back. The builds were mostly listed buildings that had been modernised,  carefully so as not to lose any character. The weather was pretty useless for architectural photography, very flat, so I had to be creative.

{Oct 2nd 2017 – Fasciato Architects}

Ian from Fasciato asked me to head over to a nice village near Blackburn to shoot a new restaurant – Artisan Ribble Valley to create a selection of images for some competitions and marketing purposes. It was an easy place to photograph with clean lines, and some great use of light.

{Sept 21st 2017 – Octopus property}

London based financial lenders Octopus Property asked me to travel the U.K from Brighton to Edinburgh and everywhere in between to shoot some of the properties they’ve helped on there way to fruition. Not all “Foster’esque” beauties, but all offering a challenge in their own way.

{South Africa August 2017- Honeymoon}

I don’t often put my personal photography up, one reason is I don’t do a huge amount anymore. When I was younger and starting out I carried my camera everywhere, but as my Iphone has got better and my photography equipment more valuable it has become less regular. One place where I definitely wanted more creative control a camera-phone could ever offer was for my honeymoon to Cape Town and Sabi Sands reserve in the north of the country, I took a 140-400mm Canon Lens and shot away. Wildlife photography is not something I’ve done a huge amount of, as most of my time spent outdoors is spent running, which isn’t easy with a full frame camera in your pocket… but I’m happy with the results, and now just need to book another trip out to capture some big cats!

{14th July 2017 – Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens}

Zoe from the SSK got in touch a while ago after hearing about me through an architect we both work with, and I was more than happy to help out. I really like the quality of their work and the ethos – which is pretty self explanatory! This is no high street kitchen, the work surface in this particular kitchen was made by compressing used paper at enormous pressure – it looks amazing, and has the feel of a tough smooth resin… I want a new kitchen.

{7th July 2017 – Sterling Property Advisors}

Being asked to showcase the city you love is never going to be a bad project. The weather took a long time to work out for me, but eventually the skies turned a blue, I spent an afternoon wandering around Sheffield’s highlights. Hopefully the London based firm are as happy as I am with how the Steel city looks…

 

{5th April 2017 – Restaurant fit ABR Projects Ltd.}

Nice shoot for ABR, two visits one to show progress, and work force in action , the second to show case the finished product, which looked great. Some nice craftsmanship, producing some interesting furniture and surfaces.

nottingham, street food kitchen, restaurant

nottingham, street food kitchen, restaurant

nottingham, street food kitchen, restaurant

nottingham, street food kitchen, restaurant

nottingham, street food kitchen, restaurant

nottingham, street food kitchen, restaurant

{20th March 2017 – Mail on Sunday}

I received a last minute commission this week to shoot a brand new restaurant in Sheffield that has had quite a buzz around it. Sheffield’s not known for it’s modern cuisine, we have great authentic restaurants but nothing pushing boundaries, that is until Joro made itself known. I met the young head chef and co owner Luke French, who showed me around the small but very well designed restaurant, made out of three shipping containers in the most fashionable part of the city – Kelham Island. I was on a very tight schedule to get the shots back to be printed, but here are some of the images obtained.

{24th Feb 2017 – Intrepid Development Stamford}

Alan from Intrepid Development got in touch wanting a selection of shots they could use for entering a property they had designed in Stamford into some architectural competitions. Seeing it through from concept to build they produced a stunning contempory space that I think works perfectly. They were lucky the clients gave them free reign, an architects dream job I’d guess…

{28th January 2017 – Sweat Gym Manchester}

Again, I was back to shoot a third new gym for Sweat, and I was more than happy to oblige. The buildings always have lots to go at, with some great design features and good use of light and colour. It’s always nice working for a client on a more regular basis as you get to know exactly it is that they’re after, how to get it, then after those shots have been taken I can experiment.

{Oct 30th 2016 – Qila Energy}

Anaerobic digestive plants were new to me a month ago, but having visited two in the Midlands and having a tour of all the workings I feel like I could sell them, or atleast give it a good go. I was shown round two of their plants by the operations manager, got up close and personal with the workings of the plants, and I found it surprisingly interesting. With a full day spent with the drone and my camera equipment I managed to get a good range of shots of two of the plants, and I’m looking forward to working more with the company in future.

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Portfolio Part Two