Aaron Geis Photography - Commercial and Advertising Photographer - Bristol proudly serves small businesses, corporate and hospitality clients with top quality commercial and advertising photos in Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Swindon, Salisbury, Yeovil, Taunton, Exeter and throughout the UK. Recent testimonials include - 'Aaron is a talented photographer. I was impressed with his capacity for creativity with the shots he took of the team-building day I delivered. Absolutely delighted with the results of his work. I hope we collaborate again together in the New Year.' - 'Aaron always provides an excellent service, his photography captures character and his style is elegant and unique.' - 'Working with Aaron was a pleasure. His knowledge, experience and patience ensured he captured exactly the look I wanted. His communication was excellent and I''m delighted with the results of our shoot. I recommend him wholeheartedly.' - ‘Thanks Aaron for making our wedding so lovely. It is the best feeling to look back on a beautiful day that you captured. So relaxed and easy. Thanks again’ - ‘Aaron is a great teacher and has always been very helpful and willing to share his considerable expertise as a photographer. I would gladly recommend him as a 360/Panoramic photographer & consultant, though his skills extend to all areas of photography and he is constantly learning new technologies.’ - ‘We hired Aaron professionally to shoot several of our branded hotels Google tours. Feedback has been fantastic and I would definitely recommend his services.’ - ‘Aaron always provides us with an efficient and flexible service. We are continually impressed with his charming photography style and would recommend him to any hotelier or restauranteur who is looking for high-quality captivating photographs. Photographs expertly edited and ready to use within a few days.’ = ‘I've worked with Aaron on a couple of projects over the years and have always found him to be professional, very helpful and courteous. The quality of his work is excellent and it helps that he's a really nice guy.’ - ‘I recently worked with Aaron on a 5-day shoot. He was excellent and very fun to work with. I would definitely work with Aaron again and would recommend him to anyone.’

Going Pro in 2020

Going Pro in 2020 - What does it take to become a Professional Photographer


To give any kind of useful answer to the question, 'What do I need to get started as a professional photographer in today's market?' I would start by asking, "What type of photography are you interested in?'.

A young photojournalist applied to and was accepted into Magnum Photos, the premier press photo agency in the world, on the merits of a portfolio shot entirely with an iPhone. 

So if you are interested in photojournalism you may not even need a camera anymore. I would say that in addition to a phone you would also need a business plan of some sort, insurance and for photojournalists, a passport.

If you are more interested in becoming a commercial and advertising photographer or a portraits and wedding photographer or a sports photographer you would be looking at spending some money on cameras with interchangeable lenses, a tripod, possibly some lighting equipment and maybe a background system. 

Which exact tools you need depends on your own personal style and what types of jobs you plan to encounter.

As a commercial and advertising photographer I will usually take a selection of lenses, two zooms and a prime, covering from 16mm to 85mm in and 2 camera bodies in a shoulder bag  and another large case full of lighting gear and some additional lenses that I only rarely use.

A wedding or events photographer would possibly bring pretty much the same amount of gear.


One young portrait photographer whose progress I have been following uses an original Canon 5D and just a few of the less expensive Canon prime lenses. Only recently he has started to use one inexpensive flash unit. His work is stunning and for me, he is really proving it's not necessary to have a mountain of expensive kit do get started.

In my new Apprenticeship program I will be helping people work out which tools to invest in first to maximize their chances of success but one thing I could say is that Canon, Nikon and Sony all make great mid-range zooms with Image Stabilization, 24-105 f/4 for Canon and Sony while Nikon's is a 24-120 f/4. Paired with a full frame camera any of those lenses would be a great stating point for a new professional photographer.

If you are interested in joining my Apprenticeship program please use the form on this page to contact me - http://www.aarongeis.com/associates 

Aaron Geis Photography - Commercial & Advertising Photographer - Bristol - Camellia - Lower New Road - Cheddar - BS27 3DY - mobile 07583 411 876