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Filming for Channel 5

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Channel 5 recently aired an insightful documentary called The Great British Benefits Handout, which saw three unemployed families given £26,000 in cash in return for coming off benefits. What happened next was up to them, with the viewer following their journeys in the hope that the recipients plan well, apply themselves and really turn their lives around.

We were commissioned to provide aerial shots for the four-part series of 60-minute episodes. This involved long days of drone filming in our hometown of Hull and the striking city of Liverpool: places filled with incredible juxtapositions of investment and dereliction, no-nonsense trade and polished high street flair. As well as dramatic shots of numerous industrial, commercial and residential areas, we also provided specialist filming to really bring the cut-away shots to life.

Working on a Channel 5 show requires immense dedication to house styles, strict deadlines and collaboration with various members of the production team and crew. Meanwhile, we got to work with some lovely families and amazing media experts, resulting in a job that offered multiple types of benefits.

The series ran from February-March 2016 and can be viewed online until March 2017 at

To find out more about our services, please visit our Aerial Filming section.

Filming the people that feed the people


We work with multiple clients across Yorkshire to capture agriculture from above. This project was for a farm in Pocklington to show the scale of operations, as well as the skill, patience and dedication that goes into preparing land for growing the food that we take for granted. Visiting farms is always a pleasure, as getting a glimpse into the process is absolutely fascinating. The people we meet are honest, tireless folk with a work ethic that would burn out the best of us, yet they keep going until the job's done because their mission is to feed households across the UK. 


This aerial video keeps the viewer interested in what is actually a very repetitive job by layering strategic shots, focusing on visual details and expertly directing movement to achieve a smooth, transitional journey across the field. What the farmer considers commonplace, we see as beautiful curving patterns in the soil, which are then replaced by geometric perfection.


Every business has details that may go unnoticed by staff, yet which the outside viewer will find interesting and insightful. We're here to find these details and present them from a whole new angle, helping you to promote your brand in a way that's as much an art form as it is an advert.

Whether you work with tractors or protractors, get in touch on 01482 420788 or use our contact form and book an aerial photography and drone filming package today.

Old School, New Technology


We recently supplied aerial filming to Pocklington School. An independent institution providing day and boarding education to children and young people aged 4-18, we were amazed by the range of environments on campus, from the Tom Stoppard Theatre to the cricket pavilion and rugby pitches. After a walk around the historic grounds (the school itself was founded way back in 1514 and the last few decades have seen major developments), we took to the bright Yorkshire skies to capture footage from above. 


Due to the location of Pocklington School, which is surrounded by the market town on one side and wide green spaces on the other, our drone was treated to a combination of ivy-covered brickwork, perfectly mown lawns and beautiful Georgian doorways. The result was a range of shots that are ideal for the school's PR coverage, website, digital media, prospectuses and wall graphics: an excellent long-term return on investment.


Bakehouse Aerial works with a huge range of clients, from the energy industry to the retail sector and farms to museums. High quality aerial photography and drone filming caught by technical specialists with an artist's eye can reinvigorate your branding, so get in touch on 01482 420788 or use our contact form

And yes, we wish that we had a chance to get school dinner whilst we were there, mint custard and chocolate crunch cake!

Aerial Film & Photography for Eagle Electrical

When it comes to solar panel systems, the best way to show the quality of workmanship is to do so from high above.

We were hired by Eagle Electrical to capture aerial images of their sustainable energy installations, a job that included beautiful views of rolling Lincolnshire countryside on a perfect day for flying. 

aerial photograph of a solar installation taken with a drone

These shots were combined with commercial photography of the team at work, all of which are being used for digital marketing on the client's website and social media channels. Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular with businesses, farms, public buildings and private households across the UK, helping premises and homes to lower their carbon footprint whilst delivering a sound return on investment over the years.

Eagle Electrical appreciate the importance of high quality photography, taken by technical professionals that approach their work with artistic direction. The result is a series of striking and informative images that are ideal for asset-led marketing and effective digital engagement, paying for themselves in no time at all.

Benefits of Video for Promoting Your Brand

Do you know what happens every time someone begins to explain something to me?

I stop them and say "show me" - it sinks in better that way. It turns out that about two thirds of the population are the same: we're visual learners.

That means 65% of your target market would benefit from SEEING your product or service in action. That's why you need to use video to promote your brand or company. At Bakehouse we provide aerial filming services which can elevate (see what I did there?) the production value of your video and increase the likelihood of people sharing and engaging with your content.

One thing, like 2Pac said, "keep it real" - no cheese, no gimmicks - just authentic, well produced short videos! Easy eh?

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Benefits of video to promote your brand

Aerial Photography at Goole docks.

This job required a morning start so early that there weren't any birds in the sky, the idle layabouts!

Working at Goole docks for Fast Shipping (part of the FastHerco Group), we caught the rare event of both boats docking together and captured some excellent aerial photography. Set against their working environment, these unique shots will be used for Fast Shipping's marketing and PR, visually communicating their standing as a highly professional and efficient delivery company.

Flying over an active port is a fascinating and valuable experience, as incredibly strict health and safety regulations must be followed at all times alongside our own adherence to the rules of the Civil Aviation Authority.

If you need aerial footage of your shipping company, or indeed any kind of haulage vehicle, get in touch on 01482 420788 or use our online contact form.

Fast Shipping Recommendation for Bakehouse Aerial

Aerial filming at Ferrybridge Power Station

Our recent aerial filming project at Ferrybridge Power Station in West Yorkshire saw us working amongst cooling towers, coal heaps and heavy plant machinery.

This job was highly technical, requiring extensive risk assessments and method statements, which we already had experience in supplying for the power sector.

Filming took place on a very windy day but, thanks to expert flying from Cairn, we gathered some brilliant footage without causing a meltdown. Phew.

Ferrybridge power station filmed by a drone

This footage will later be used in a TV documentary about energy, so it was essential that every moment be used efficiently. With the power industry rapidly evolving, sustainable solutions on the rise and high-profile activity in Yorkshire such as the Green Port Hull collaboration, we believe that drone imagery is a crucial tool for the energy sector. Plus we get to wear hard hats, which is always a bonus.

Bakehouse Aerial drone photography in an industrial area

Bakehouse Aerial filming services can be used for inspection, safety checks, planning, marketing and PR. If you need to view your site from above without having to hire a helicopter or Superman, give us a call on 01482 420788 or use our contact form.

Hiring an Aerial Photographer?

Check out this slidedeck for some pointers on hiring a drone photographer.

Any professional company should be able to offer sensible answers to these questions (we can, for our aerial photography services). If they can't then shop around until you find the right team. Just because it's new technology does not mean you have to compromise on image quality or safety!

3 Aerial Photography Essentials to Check

Piloting a drone is a great skill and the backbone of any aerial photography company, but the drone is just a vehicle to get a camera in to the air; the real magic happens when professional piloting meets professional aerial cinematography and photography. That's why it's essential that you pick an aerial filming partner with a qualified pilot and a qualified creative image maker.


Are you a commercial photographer / filmmaker?

Bakehouse Aerial is part of Bakehouse Studio Ltd, a successful commercial photography company. We're qualified photographers with years of experience.


What choice of cameras can you offer?

Pro-photographers rely on a range of cameras to help bring their vision to life. Bakehouse Aerial use a variety of pro cameras: Canon 5D3, Panasonic GH4, Sony FS7. We can also fly custom payloads such as RED’s or Blackmagic Production cameras. 


What choice of lenses can you offer?

Photographers and Cinematographers create their images through a combination of lens choice and compositional skill. Lenses are critical to the look and feel of the final image.  We use a variety of Cine lenses, Canon L lenses and Micro Four Thirds lenses, offering focal lengths from 16mm (wide angle) to 200mm (telephoto). We choose the best lens for the specific composition required.

4 Things That You Need to Ask a Drone Pilot

Aerial photos and film footage have become a lot more affordable with the advent of drone technology, here are four things that you need to ask a drone imaging company before you consider hiring them.


Do you have a current permission for aerial work from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)?

Permissions are granted anually by the CAA. Without a current permission it is illegal to fly. Bakehouse Aerial's current permission is valid until 24 February 2016.


Do you have full CAA permissions in both weight categories, or are you only allowed to fly lightweight aircraft?

Both permissions allow a pilot to fly craft up to 20kg in weight, that means a greater level of flying skill, better cameras and therefore better film footage and pictures. Bakehouse Aerial is one of a small number of UK companies to hold a full permission. We can fly aircraft and cameras up to 20kg.


Do you have specific drone insurance?

Commercial insurance, or photographic insurance does not cover drone use. Any operator needs separate insurance from a specialist provider. We have £5m Public Liability insurance arranged via John Heath's Coverdrone.


Do you have permission to fly at night?

Most drone operators are not able to legally fly at night, the CAA state that drone operations can start up to 30 minutes before sunrise, and 30 minutes after sunset. If you need night time images, check that your pilot is legally allowed to fly. Bakehouse has CAA permission to fly at night.

Bakehouse Aerial provide aerial filming services in the UK, if you would like to find out how we can help, please get in touch.

Show off your golf course with stunning aerial photos.

The angle of approach

Many golf clubs use video marketing to attract new customers and raise their profile. Taken using anything from a golf cart to a GoPro and covering prized areas and secret hideaways alike, these promotional films are often missing a critical feature: aerial footage. Without this, your audience never really gets to see what you have to offer. All it takes is for another club to wow them with tee to green flyovers, and you’ve lost yourself a potential new member.

Got it? Flaunt it.

Think of the many features your golf course boasts, the things that make you unique. The first feature that comes to mind will no doubt be the expertly maintained rolling terrain, offering a professional, attractive and serene environment for your members to practice their game and compete in tournaments. Add to this your clubhouse, accommodation lodges, function venues, equipment shop and any other amenities, and you have yourself one incredible visual opportunity. If people can’t see what you have to offer they’ll never know it’s there. That's where drone golf course photography can help!

Broadcast quality images

Using specialist ‘helicam’ filming equipment mounted to our drone, we can shoot your environment from as high as 400 feet with total manoeuvrability and minimal noise. Offering either complete promotional videos or insert shots to be used with pre-existing footage, we can even work with your marketing team or external agency to create an amazing marketing resource that you can use time and time again.

Don’t neglect your brochure!

Aerial photography is just as useful as video to revitalise your promotional materials, which we’re confident will help you to gain the attention of new members and corporate sponsors. We will create a set of professional photographs that can easily be applied to printed materials, websites, social media, blog posts, advertising or even framed pictures on the club house wall.

Insured professional photographers

Any aerial filming or photography requires a specific permission from the Civil Aviation Authority. Bakehouse Aerial are fully insured, with CAA permission, skilled and ready to capture your magnificent facilities from the air. A far more versatile and affordable alternative to hiring a helicopter for the day, we’re also experts in photography and film production.

Designed specifically for you

In a single session, we can supply you with a wide range of online media that perfectly represents not only your land, but also your brand. We’re ready to design a tailored package and offer a quote to suit your budget, with legality, safety and quality as standard. Call Ben on 01482 420501 or get in touch through our contact form.

Aerial Imaging for Agriculture

A view from above

In the case of agriculture, aerial photography and filming offers high quality footage that can be used for major decision-making and forward planning. Aside from having a minimal physical and audible impact on its surroundings, the specialist ‘helicam’ filming equipment mounted to our drone offers a range of applications to farmers and rural landowners.

aerial photography for farmers

Unique benefits for landowners

Our footage can be used for terrain modelling, land audits and up-to-date crop checks that can't be matched by satellite imagery. This visual media is also very useful for PR, marketing and promotion, perfect for everything from press coverage and printed brochures to websites, social media and advertising.

Insured professional photographers

Any aerial filming or photography requires a specific permission from the Civil Aviation Authority. Bakehouse Aerial are fully insured with CAA permission, skilled and ready to capture your agricultural operations from as high as 400 feet. A far more versatile, manoeuvrable and affordable alternative to hiring a helicopter for the day, we’re also experts in photography and film production.

Aerial imagery, delivered how you need it

Whether you require panoramic views or close-up inspections, individual images or a high-resolution mosaic map, we’ll provide precisely what your business needs to run smoothly. A single day session can help to improve yield, prevent crop damage and allocate land usage, saving you time, money and effort in the long-term.

Bespoke agricultural aerial photography

In a single session, we can supply you with a wide range of online media that perfectly represents not only your land, but also your brand. We’re ready to design a tailored package and offer a quote to suit your budget, with legality, safety and quality as standard. Call Ben on 01482 420501 or get in touch through our contact form.