Islay Whisky Photography

From bottle shots of Islay whisky, social media content, to distillery and commercial events - Ben Shakespeare Photography can provide everything you need right here on Islay.

With all editing and digital storage provided, you know you can get what you need on your island doorstep.

Capture the Islay Spirit

The Whisky is born on the island.

Your imagery should be too.


Impactful images to fit your brief.


Capture the heart of the whisky experience


Capturing from barrel to bottle


Your Islay event, covered.
A local photographer... Really?

Of course! Why wouldn't you hire someone who is as ingrained in the Islay spirit as the whisky itself!

Wouldn't it be great not to worry about...


No travel costs, no delays, no cancelled ferries. Everything you need, already here.


Photographing your whisky where it was born, and where it was born to be photographed.


Knowing the locations you've never even thought of, and where to go in the most 'interesting' weather.

Did someone say

social media?

I understand how important social media is to brands, but it's not always about having that huge ad campaign. Hiring someone local means you can have a constant stream of content that is fresh and up-to-date. Shots that reflect the weather and the seasons. Videos that capture what it's like on the island - with your product front and centre.

How I Work

I like taking a lot of shots. The light changes quickly, and I like working quickly with it. Depending on what I'm working with, you'll always have a good choice of images and edits to suit your needs.
Laphroaig Cairdeas PX Whisky
Bowmore Islay Whisky 25 Year Old


Whisky bottles are whisky bottles, right? Well, no. I always  find a fresh angle on each project. This is born out in shots like the camera buried under the combine as it harvests, or the camera in the cask as it's being filmed. Whisky is no ordinary product, and it shouldn't have any ordinary media.


Need Stories for your Instagram feed? No problem. 4K FB? Fine. Images delivered, optimised and sized for the social feeds you use, that's fine. I can do that. You let me know what you need, and we can work together on how to achieve it for you.
Lagavulin Fèis Ìle 2022

Trusted by Islay's Finest Whiskies

Many  of Islay's major brands have entrusted me with their whisky photography. Plus, many mainland companies have helped establish their Islay links by having their photography projects shot here. In the past two years I have worked for:
Bowmore, Kilchoman, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Islay Mist, Caol Ila, Cask 88, Ardnahoe, Dramfool, Douglas Laing (Big Peat, Rock Island, The Gauldrons and Scallywag) plus the Islay Whisky Academy and more.
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