The Big Ladder Photographer

Highly Acclaimed Aerial Drone Photography

Selected to appear in the Landscape Photographer Of The Year exhibition over the last 4 years consecutively and a judge of the 2023 awards.  The Big Ladder is owned by photographer Chris Gorman.

Featured by  The London Evening Standard as the best drone photography of 2022. The Big Ladder has over 25 years experience working around the world as both a picture editor and photographer.

New for 2023 : Drone Photography workshops teaching photographers how to fuse drone technology with creativity. 

Recently asked to exclusively test fly the Mavic 3 by DJI. As well as being hugely in demand by many of the UK’s highest profile commercial organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, The BBC, The Royal Mail and The Discovery Channel.


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.

Currently offering exclusive one on one drone photography workshops covering both drone legislation and flying techniques to photographic tips and tricks to make your images appeal to a wider audience. Enquire for details

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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