By Nick

September 3, 2017

aerial video, commercial photography, commercial video, Freddie Mercury, Montreux, Queen, Switzerland

A Queen Pilgrimage and Road Trip to Montreux

Shooting stock photos and video in Switzerland

A Pilgrimage and Road Trip to Montreux

Montreux is a stunning town in a sheltered bay on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Surrounding the town is a mix of vineyards and the breathtaking snow-capped Alps. The area has a relatively mild climate and has been home to various famous people such as Charlie Chaplin and Freddie Mercury.

You can even take a free tour of the superb Queen Studios which is where they spent many years creating their music.

I love my job! Especially when I get to spend a week in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Switzerland. It has been on my bucket list to visit Montreux for a number of years. To visit:

  • The ski resort I went to as a child (Leysin, skiing with my school)
  • The Queen Studio Experience
  • To see the statue of Freddie Mercury

Montreux also holds a special place in my heart for one of my favourite songs “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple. The song is about a Frank Zappa fan burning down the Casino after a flare they fired went AWOL. Deep Purple then wrote a song about the event which went on to become one of their biggest hits.

A Pilgrimage and Road Trip to Montreux

Road Trip to Montreux and a Busman's Holiday

The main reason for going there was to shoot a ton of stock images and video. This is to add to my portfolios on the many libraries that I am a member of. I still have a ton of work to do! The plan moving forward is to visit a lot more cities and locations like this in the future whilst shooting stock.

If you are a fan of Queen or Freddie Mercury...or you would like to get a taste of what Lake Geneva and Montreux is all about, check out my vlog above (and watch out for those damn Swiss Army helicopters ; )

A Pilgrimage and Road Trip to Montreux

If for some brilliant reason, you would like to send me abroad to shoot stock, please get in touch. Please. There is nothing I like more than hitting the open road to somewhere new with a bagful of cameras and lenses. Shooting stock is a passion of mine so call now : )

About the author

Nick Stubbs is a professional photographer, filmmaker and drone pilot with over 35 years experience in the imaging business. Still as passionate about his work as he was aged 13. Married with two kids and living in the beautiful town of Weymouth in Dorset.

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