The Balvenie Whisky Distillery
Water of Life
I was recently commissioned to shoot portraits and documentary details for a drinks industry client. They had a specific shot list of classic Scottish distillery images which thrilled me to bits. I do love a whisky shoot!
I have done a lot of work with the whisky industry so when they asked if I knew of a more traditional distillery I had no hesitation to recommend The Balvenie Distillery in Speyside. I have shot with The Balvenie on several occasions and their methods of distilling are more hands on than any distillery I have been to (to date). It's the classic postcard distillery. If you are in Scotland I highly recommend you seek them out.
There are LOADS of health and safety issues shooting in a distillery, not least that the dust in the air can be so soaked with alcohol that it becomes explosive! So armed with out vapour alarm and our health and safety vest, boots and expert we shot all stages of the distilling process. The first portraits were shot in pitch black warehouse with 3 elinchrom elb's. The Details were available light with colour balancing tweaked in post.
Jo is an Edinburgh based photographer specialising in portrait photography for corporate, editorial and advertising clients worldwide.
Working out of Scotland, Jo produces work for publications, corporations and campaigns, on location and in studios across Britain and internationally.
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