Limerick photographer in Google deal

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A THOMAS Street photographer has won the right to take photos across the region on high-tech firm Google’s latest venture.

A THOMAS Street photographer has won the right to take photos across the region on high-tech firm Google’s latest venture.

The Silicon Valley giant has just launched Google Business Photos, which allows customers using the firm’s popular StreetView application - which gives a virtual ‘walk around’ of any street - the chance to take a virtual tour of the interior of a business premises.

At the moment, Streetview only allows a sighting of the front of a business premises.

After a low-profile launch of the service last week, Google approached Theo Hayes, founder of Munster Images, based in Thomas Street, to take pictures of the interior of businesses across the Mid-West region.

“This will allow people to literally come in the door, and enjoy a 360 degree tour of the business premises. It allows for better promotion of your business on Google,” Ms Hayes explained.

Unlike Google StreetView, businesses have to opt in to be a part of this scheme. In a bid to get the ball rolling, Ms Hayes is offering a discount to the first ten businesses which sign up.

Theo will then visit the business and decide with the client how many 360 degree panorama shots are required for the business.

A date and time is then arranged for the shoot, and then a series of images are taken with a high-tech 360 degree camera supplied by Google.

Ms Hayes said Google approached her to carry out the photography in Limerick and its surrounds.

“I asked how they heard about me. They said they Googled event photographers and we were top of the list. They wanted someone who could promote them well, who has a reputation like Munster Images. They know our reputation, we can constantly deliver: It is good for us, but it is also good for Limerick,” she said.

More information at www.munsterimages.ie.