The best thing about commercial photo shoots is that I get to see things before they’re launched, or in this case relaunched. But then I have to keep them a secret until the big reveal! This was the case with Cliveden National Trust.

Having worked with them for several years, they asked if I could photograph two newly refurbished holiday cottages on their estate. The images were to be used on its website and social media pages to attract new holiday makers.

Interior and exterior images of commercial photo shoot of holiday cottages


Interior images of holiday cottages including bathroom, bedroom and sitting room

To ensure the unique charms of each cottage were captured beautifully, I arranged a quick site visit prior to the actual shoot. This enabled me to make a long list of photos I wanted to capture on the day. As you will see, it ranged from the stunning bathrooms and chilled interiors, to endless home comforts.

Detail shots of holiday homes including flowers, books, magazines and wooden ducks

Both the cottages were located a stones throw from the banks of the River Thames. So what better way to showcase this but from aboard the National Trust’s very own boat!

Riverside view of two holiday cottages located on The River Thames


Having moored the boat, we greeted two families who’d agreed to be photographed for the cottages’ new marketing campaign!

This was quite a departure for the National Trust as traditionally their holiday cottages were photographed without people. So I wanted to ensure my images inspired the ‘powers who be’ to adopt this lifestyle approach nationwide.

Marketing photos of holiday makers enjoying Cliveden National Trust Holiday Cottages

I couldn’t have asked for a nicer group of people to work with, especially considering the scorching temperatures that day. They willingly posed in a natural and relaxed manner which hopefully doesn’t look staged or out of place! What do you think?

Marketing photos from a commercial photo shoot showing holiday makers arriving at cottages and enjoying lunch

I’m glad to report that the lifestyle images were approved for Cliveden’s website. Why not take a look at them here: New Cottage and Ferry Cottage and even book a holiday! The images also appeared in The Guardian’s Sunday Supplement showcasing the best waterside boltholes! Fame at last!


You can see a selection of my other work for the National Trust by clicking here

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