Ashley Coombes, | Commercial & Editorial - my approach

Ashley is a professional photographer with wide ranging experience across editorial, PR, business, corporate and commercial photography.

He has a varied client base throughout Scotland and the UK, particularly, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

With an impressive client list of national and international press, PR companies, corporate and public sector clients as well as SMEs Ashley provides a professional, efficient and value for money service which is second to none.

He works across all business and editorial sectors providing photography for: web sites, brochures, company reports, PR & advertising campaigns, newspapers and magazines.  He is frequently chosen for jobs where his clients appreciate the need for a safe and experienced pair of hands.

See "case studies" for examples of his images in action.


Ashley's approach:

"Photographing for a business or editorial client is less about my style - it's all about yours.

Any commission starts with your brief - how and where you want to use the pictures - and what the pictures need to do for you. What is the style of your publication? What is the story you are telling? What is the message you want to get across to your customers?

My job is to interpret that and get the best images possible within the constraints of the time and budget available, delivered to you on time, in a format in which they can be used appropriately.  And whether it is a wind turbine, a Chief Exec, a china mug, or a cashmere shawl ... the images need to be of great quality, creatively composed  - and useful.

In a world crowded with visual imagery - in the press and on the web - yours really need to stand out. People want to see pictures - web sites with meaningful images consistently out perform those without.  Magazines want high quality images if they are to feature your product. With the right picture a business story can be transformed from a side column to a page lead.

Arabella Dymoke, editor of the Good Web Guide casts her critical eye over thousands of sites every year and says that  "high quality, professional and seamless photography is of vital importance when creating a new website  - as are a good, fast search engine, good archive retrieval, interactive commentary and all social media channels." It's interesting that she mentions photography first!

I understand that delivering the images to you is not necessarily the end of the story and I have developed long term relationships with many of my clients - especially the smaller ones who may not have a dedicated marketing or PR department - where I can work with the client on a range of issues to get the most value out of the images. I can also consult on such issues as setting up a mini studio for clients to take their own product shots or managing an image database.

Please do get in touch with any enquiries - and see the testimonials page for some kind words from previous clients."


Recent clients include:


The Times  The Independent  The Mirror Group  Times Educational Supplement   Financial Times   Sunday Times   Newsweek  Daily Mail  Time Magazine  The Guardian   Nursing Standard   Der Spiegel    Die Zeit    Independent Saturday Magazine 


Scottish Friendly Assurance   National Bank of Australia/Clydesdale Bank    Barclays Wealth     Lees Foods   Irn Bru   Highland Spring   Sothebys   Whyte&Mackay   Merck Sharp and Dohme Ltd   Glacier Energy Services   Verdo Renewables   Nick Nairn Cook School   Mclaggan Smith Mugs   VF Designs    Peel Ports   Forth Ports   Centre for Contemporary Arts ( CCA)   Outreach   Scotcall   Haynes Watts Glasgow Ltd    Martha's Sandwich Bar     Jo's Vintage Cashmere   Thomas Robinson Architects    McClure Naismith LLP    Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd    News International Corporate     Sir Tom Hunter / West Coast Capital & the Hunter Foundation     Sally Beamish Composer     Wiseman Dairies     John Lewis Partnership/ Waitrose


NHS 24   NSPCC   Childline Scotland    Scottish Funding Council   Education Scotland    Glasgow Royal Concert Hall  Medical Research Council  Scottish Information Commissioner   Quarriers (epilepsy charity)    Wild Hearts in Action   Glasgow Life


Stripe Communications   3x1  The Lane Agency  The BIG Partnership   Consolidated Communications  The Bridge   Tricker PR   Smarts Communications    Budge PR   Peppercorn PR  Fission Creative