Commercial Photography Commercial photographer Edinburgh, commercial photography ScotlandBusinessEdinburgh based photographer Scotland, UK.


View selected examples of commercial images; this collective is one element that sits aside other examples of photography. A sample gallery that offers extracts from past commissions, an outline that illustrates industrial, corporate and business images. Created as a general overview, you can view the gallery here in the commercial photography portfolio.

As always, when photographing business, it’s expected that graphic examples be showcased as reference material to satisfy expectations. By showcasing samples of commercial photographic assignments it means I can take the art of capturing and promoting photographs to a wider audience. Here, illustrations are not limited to any particular business; photography subjects are themed on various aspects of commercial work that touch on several industries.

Client Area

Managing key clients’ accounts, photography solutions for local and worldwide industries requires a client area for the proofing and delivery of images. Access to the gallery viewing area is restricted or by invitation only, restriction to full access is to be expected. Content includes proofing galleries and a product distribution area containing project images from recent commercial assignments. Here you will find links to client business photos. Our client experience includes companies and organisations from a verity of industries. View our client projects in-pictures, please enjoy a sneak peek of past work that we think you may like to visit. View proof files, final edits and a shortlist of image highlights.

24/7 client access area, galleries and case studies.

Note to existing clients, contact John Gilchrist photography for access details, you will have a unique URL assigned for direct access. Tel: 07718906614 for details.

I’m in the dark, what does a commercial photographer photograph?

Some examples

  • Editorials
  • Social Media & Marketing
  • Corporate Headshots
  • Conferences, Seminars & Meetings
  • Proms
  • Balls & Functions
  • Industrial Infrastructure
  • Fashion
  • Location
  • Construction
  • Architecture
  • Structures
  • Exteriors
  • Interiors
  • Design & Decoration
  • Civil Engineering Projects
  • Bridges
  • Product: Packshot & Stills

For simplicity, I have classed all of the above under the commercial photography umbrella.

What is my definition of commercial?

Okay, here it is in a consolidated form as I see it, commercial photography explained. What it is, who uses it and why. CP is detailed creation designed for commercial intentions, such as on-line advertising, corporate reports, promotional material, food menus, etc. To keep it uncomplicated, commercial photography needs a client that wishes to publicise something for which they require images taken. Commercial photographs come into various categories: Images may be taken of services a business is trying to promote, such as hairdressing or a piece of specialised equipment that a business uses in production. Some businesses, like farmers or civil engineering firms, may need aerial photography to show their land or property from an interesting perspective.

Suitable photography will significantly improve the profile of your industry,

both to your clients and business partners equally.

Architectural photography, precision images may be required by a commercial builder or architect to convey building dimensions and structural detail. Photographs of food are all over the place from convenience food menus to adverts in cooking mags and there is no escape from fashion photography, which appears in the glossies, on billboards, on TV, and many other places. To offer more examples, a restaurant wishing to develop fantastic photographs to complement a menu of food offerings would involve the services of a commercial food photographer, to convey a good image it’s important that the image portrays the right sentiment for that food group. Property managers, estate agents would work with an architectural photographer for creating beautiful shots that serve their business needs.

That’s my account, please consult other sources; I define commercial photography as a creative photographic service sought and licensed for commercial use. Bottom line, it’s about conveying the right image to the right people.


Purchase rights and image licensing, your commercial images explained.
You can purchase exclusive rights for short periods if required, a year being the minimum period. Contact me to discuss further. Basic info such as image size, publication type or size of the print run will help towards licensing arrangements. You may wish to buy images or use photos within the portfolio for use, if so please contact me as I will require your project information to quote for intended use.

Dare to be different, if your industry is in need of eye-catching, promotional materials or advertising, professional photography services may be an option.
Ref:  Creative professional photography services for the commercial sector

Further Reading


Choosing the best commercial photographer