I work as an architectural photographer on behalf of clients who care about showing off the developments they have been involved in creating, and who want the imagery they receive to form an important part of their brand and their marketing. I place great emphasis on the importance of light and composition, often making repeated visits over a period of weeks or even months to capture the scene at its best. For examples please view the portfolio section of this site.
If you would like to discuss a project with me or get a quote please do not hesitate to get in touch.
I have always struggled to find a succinct phrase that summarises what I do, and architectural photographer strikes a good balance between accuracy and clarity. But it’s not quite on the money. I am interested in places, really. Locations. I undertake landscape photography and sometimes work at larger scales such as city skylines. I often work on construction sites or in heavy industry. ‘Architecture’ doesn’t always seem quite the right word, but I’m sure you get the idea!
My work varies from creating artistic portfolios of architecturally-striking buildings to documenting the landmarks of a city or region to capturing a shopping mall on a busy weekend. Whilst I often use people to give a sense of use and scale, the subject matter of my photography is always the space itself.
I do not photograph: weddings, events, products, people, animals! It is not where my passion lies.
I’m based in the North East of England, from where I undertake work throughout the UK and on occasion overseas. I’ve been in business for over ten years, weathered recessions and dealt with the challenges of requiring good light and weather for nearly every project. I was awarded an Associateship of the British Institute of Professional Photography in 2009, and I’m currently working towards my Fellowship. I’ve won various awards for my photography.
My interest in photography is narrow – architecture, the built environment, landscapes, construction, cityscapes. That is all I work on, and that means I can dedicate myself to being as best as I can in that one area, rather than spreading myself thinly across all sorts of sectors. I understand clients’ needs, and what they require from the photography they’re investing in. I understand how to work to a brief and how to plan a successful trip. I understand how to convert raw photography files into perfect images through post-processing techniques. I understand deadlines. And I understand how to make my subject matter shine.
I am an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography. The BIPP is the official qualifying and governing body for professional photographers in Britain. Their award structure involves the presentation of a range of prints in a specific area of photography, reviewed by a panel of peers. I was very pleased to be awarded my Associateship as an architectural photographer in 2009. I am currently working towards my Fellowship.
I am CRB-checked and hold a CSCS visitors card for any work on construction sites.
“The pictures are absolutely brilliant – I am really pleased with them and I have already had lots of very positive feedback from others in the office too. Exactly what we were after. We had a meeting today and have come up with a number of projects that we need photographed and from the shots you’ve taken, we’ll definitely be asking you to help us with that”. (Wendy Waters, Arup).
“The images are fantastic. Exactly what I had in mind only better!”. (Tori Goodall, Rokeby Developments).
“Steve has been covering our North of England projects for a number of years now, and the images he supplies always do our buildings great justice, providing us with a set of images that we are proud to use in the marketing of our services. He is easy to work with and we are confident he will approach each project with professionalism and a dedication to capturing the perfect shots.” (Philip McGuiness, Atkins Global).
“Optima approached Steve Mayes in 2009 to carry out photography at Newcastle University and Open University, Gateshead. We obtained exceptional photography from Steve on both jobs he’s carried out for us. At every stage, communication has always been superb between Steve and Optima and we would most certainly hire him again for any projects based in the North of England.” (Laura Jameson, Optima).
“Steve has carried out several jobs photographing office buildings across the north east region. Steve has provided some excellent and innovative material that has been very important for promoting various office developments”. (Aidan Baker, BNP Paribas).