LVIA and Viewpoint Photography

Wind farm photography - panoramic image of white wind turbines on a wide hill summit with a vivid blue sky overhead

If you need LVIA viewpoint photography for a wind farm or another development, I’d love to get involved in your project.

It’s not that difficult to find a photographer. However, I know that it is a challenge to track down a photographer who understands the industry guidance, the planning process, and the needs of the client. I understand all of this, and I’m very experienced in undertaking viewpoint photography for landscape and visual or cultural heritage assessments.

Extensive Viewpoint Photography Experience

I worked in the renewable energy industry for nine years between 2008 and 2017. As a project manager, I was responsible for five onshore wind farm projects, ranging in size from seven to 30 megawatts, and I managed consultants, deadlines and budgets. I also provided support on many other sites. 

Since becoming self-employed as a professional photographer in 2017, I’ve captured photographs for several proposed wind farms and numerous other developments, including battery storage sites, overhead power lines, mobile phone masts, waste water treatment works, an aluminium smelter, a primary school, and a visitor centre.

“Karen is great to work with and reliable. Given her background, experience and location, we will use her time and time again and I have no hesitation in recommending her.”


Wind farm photography showing wind farms in Caithness in the Highlands in relation to a power line and the A9 trunk road

Compliance with Industry Guidance

I’m sufficiently clued up on the industry guidance produced by NatureScot, Highland Council and the Landscape Institute. My photographic equipment complies with these standards. I produce my own risk assessments and am fully insured.

Not every photographer understands the industry guidance! I’ve previously been drafted in to rescue a submission deadline, when another photographer’s work failed to comply with the guidance. Also, I know how best to microsite VPs. Often when I’m out in the field, I find some VPs are fully or partially screened. I understand how to pick an alternative location that will still be representative of a particular receptor.

Recent Commissions

I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the ‘big names’ in this industry, including ASH Design + Assessment, Muirhall Energy, RSK, Stephenson Halliday, The Paul Hogarth Company, True View Visuals, and Wood. Drop me a line if you’d like a reference or would like to see example photographs of projects that are in the public domain.

“Karen, thank you for all your hard work on this job. Your flexibility and timely correspondence has made my job much easier. I will certainly come back to you if I have another job in the Highlands that requires photography!”


Flexible and Responsive Approach

I’m based on the Black Isle near Inverness; an excellent ‘launch pad’ for the Highlands and Islands, and Moray. I also have a base in Perth (my mum’s house). I’m happy to travel further afield, throughout Scotland, and have worked on projects in Perth and Kinross, Stirling, Orkney and the Western Isles in recent years.

I’m comfortable with lone working in remote areas, undertaking night-time photography where required, and working on hill or mountain summits. Furthermore, I have a buddy (my husband) who I can call on, if required. Finally, I totally appreciate the need to be flexible and responsive to suitable weather conditions.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss a project or to request a quote.


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