The Big Ladder Photographer ™ 

Internationally Acclaimed Aerial Drone Photography and Film Making

Widely regarded as the UK’s leading drone photography specialist, Chris Gorman represents many of the country’s leading  organisations including The National Lottery, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Nyetimber, The Royal Horticultural Society and many more.

Featured by The Daily Telegraph and The Times as the best drone photography of 2023. The Big Ladder™ has over 25 years experience working around the world as both a picture editor and photographer.

Described by many as a pioneer of drone photography and film making, Chris has set a benchmark in photographic creativity harnessing drone technology to produce results that have become a template for many photographers today.

New for 2024 : One on One Drone Photography workshops in conjunction with DJI teaching photographers how to fuse drone technology with creativity.



Chris’ unique background as both a picture editor and Photographer gives him an exclusive insight into capturing images that stand out to editors who are used to seeing upwards of 40,000 pictures a day.

Clients include The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The National Lottery, The Royal Horticultural Society, The Royal Mail, The Daily Mail, The BBC, Sky News, The Guardian and many more.

The Big Ladder™ has been featured widely in media around the world throughout the Covid 19 Pandemic for our groundbreaking images documenting the crisis from the unique perspective of a drone.

Fully CAA Certified (GVC) and insured, operating with both conventional and FPV drones capable of extremely high resolution stills and up to 5.1k video footage.



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Regularly published and his work selected for prominent exhibitions, Chris has more than 30 years’ experience across editorial, event and landscape photography – working amongst the best of the British and New Zealand industries.

High End Drone Photography and Video  

Images of the land, taken from the air by an award-winning photographer

Extensive global travel and residence amongst unique New Zealand landscapes has helped Chris hone his craft.

Working alongside the best in the industry, he knows how to push the boundaries of creativity to get the shot: Chris knows how to capture moments as monumental images.

What they say :

“On behalf of Lord Puttnam I would like to thank you for the wonderful picture you took of him and Sir David Attenborough. It captures them both perfectly, and is definitely one for the album! Lord Puttnam is very grateful.” – Office of Lord Puttnam, The Houses Of Parliament.

Regularly published, his work has been selected for prominent exhibitions.  Working amongst the best of the British and New Zealand industries. His drone work has recently appeared in:

  • The Times
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Guardian
  • The Daily Mail
  • London Evening Standard
  • New Zealand Herald
  • Sydney Daily Telegraph
  • CNN
  • BBC Breakfast

“A beautiful image. (Glenfinnan Viaduct) Beautifully timed.”

Charlie Waite: Founder Landscape Photographer of the Year.
Charlie Waite: Founder

“Chris is great to work with and super friendly. His drone photography is easily the best we’ve seen.
His ability to land images in the national press is a major reason we love using him.”

Edward Horne, Head of Communications: Royal Horticultural Society
Edward Horne, Head of Communications:

“Chris Gorman has set a new Standard for Drone photography in the UK and the
Telegraph have had the pleasure of collaborating with him on numerous successful projects”

Matthew Fearn: Picture Editor Daily Telegraph
Matthew Fearn: Picture Editor

“The Big Ladder has fast established itself as the UK’s leading drone photography experts.”

Evening Standard

Elliot Wagland

“Its been a pleasure working with Chris as Dronepreps Pilot in residence.
His ability as the UK’s leading drone pilot to capture beautiful images in complex airspace is unrivalled”.

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