24 years a Photographer in Newcastle!

There is a lot to celebrate this month! I took the leap to set as a Newcastle Photographer with my own Photo Studio in March 2011 servicing Product e-commerce photography and Business Headshots and despite the crazy ups, downs and storms ridden with topics such as bereavement, client restructuring, a recession and a pandemic, I’m here fighting fit, always progressing and most importantly still loving it!

Newcastle Portrait Photographer

I graduated from Camberwell College of Art in the millennium so this year I celebrate being a professional photographer for 24 years! This feels like a major feat together with my city centre studio business at Clavering House Business Centre turning 13 years old this month.

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On reflection I think one of the successes is my passion for my work, always wanting to improve my photo shoots here in my Newcastle Studio, always aiming to enjoy shooting and keeping client happiness at the top of my goals.

Multiple Awards!

What better way to celebrate your own achievements in business than awards? Last month I went to meet with Prestige Awards at Blackwell Grange and receive a gold ‘Multiple Award’ for best Portrait Photographer North East having won this for 3 years running! I took Dan, my assistant so that we could celebrate together as he has been integral in supporting my studio in the last year. It was interesting to be interviewed about my Portrait photography and my new Photography Tutorial products too. The very first Photography Award I achieved was in 2007 when I managed a Portrait Studio for Venture Photography at their studio in Gosforth. It’s wonderful to reflect on the 17 year span of awards won.


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Photography Courses here in Newcastle

With all this experience in mind and to keep my work varied and my product offerings diverse, this spring I launched two new products to my portfolio of services to the general public. Whilst I capture images for businesses such as Meet the Team Staff Headshots, Office Documentary Photography and Interior Design Shoots, I also offer Headshot Portraits, Portfolio and Press Shoots to the general public.

The one question I’ve been asked regularly as a Newcastle Photographer over the years is do you teach photography?’ and now I can answer a solid YES! My vast experience working in studios such as shooting freelance projects in London 2000, managing Venture Portraits in Gosforth 2002, shooting in house for advertising Agency NDC Marketing Communications 2008, then my own business in 2011 has led me to a point where I feel a desire to share what I’ve learnt.

So this month I’ve launched two new products! I’ve designed two Photography Courses in Newcastle, here at my city centre studio, teaching you in my cosy space at Clavering House. I can teach you all about how your camera either a Phone camera, DSLR or mirrorless works in a simple two hour course. You might be a business wanting to capture better shots at your events on your phone, or you may be a hobbyist who’d love to learn the ropes in a studio whatever the requirements, you may even want to understand what makes a good portrait and how to shoot them in a studio. I can tailor the session to your needs and design a course that means you leave confident and full of knowledge.




Below is a snapshot of a ‘Shoot like a Pro’ article that featured in Digital Photographer Magazine with the type of tips I can share with those who want to learn studio skills in Newcastle! You may also like this link to another blog telling news of an article featuring me as a photographer and my professional CV here

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Newcastle Portraits Behind the Scenes!


Photo shoots at my Newcastle Photography studio often end with my visitors saying

“That was so fun….. but I didn’t know what to expect!”

This is what so many of my clients say to me when visiting my portraits studio for the first time. Maybe you also have wondered what getting a new headshot photo would involve. maybe you want a new online profile photo but don’t know where to start looking!

So here is some help! The full finished video my assistant Dan and I have put together for exactly this purpose. It’s a thorough look behind the scenes at a relaxed hour long Portfolio shoot in my studio in Clavering House. The hour long shoot allows for a multitude of image types, so some for Corporate Headshots some for online profiles and for keepsakes. So this video documentary will give you an insight into how my Headshot Shoot, Portfolio Photography and Press shoots work. Some people come to me for business shots for conferences, social media or a website, but also want to tag on another requirement like a dating website profile or a celebration be it a birthday, special occasion or hobby.

Gurminder Marwaha came to me for 2 requests, some corporate headshots together with some story telling portraits having been a DJ since a teen. He was kind enough to let Dan film him during our session from arrival to completion! The hour allows for time discussing accessories, colour schemes, creative lighting and ideas that you might have seen online. My client Gurminder sent me a Pinterest board of shots he’d seen that he liked and I mimicked the lighting styles of these images so that he got exactly what he came for!

I used creative lighting for the headphones and vinyl props using coloured gels and spot lights. Then a simple white backdrop for an alternative smart corporate approach for business use. The Portfolio shoot allowed Gurminder to try out both types of portrait photography- for business and for fun!

The video is aimed at anyone thinking about a new headshot and yet no idea what is involved. This video demonstrates what happens in my magical cave at Clavering house! It’s meant to break down any apprehensions, showing you are guided through the whole process: from booking and preparation to final edit and delivery.

Please do get in touch if there are questions you may have and check out my Studio Portraits page for more info here.  Or if you’d like to see the various types of Portrait Shoots I offer go to my Portrait Galleries  here 


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Introducing Emma!

Wowee! 2018 has been absolutely phenomenal! I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I have amazingly lovely repeat clients who are such a delight to work with such as Centre for Life, John Lewis, RTC North, Guide Dogs for the Blind and AHSN NEC and not to mention fab new relationships with Millie’s Cookies, Fentimans, The Helix and last (but certainly not least) Greggs (oh yes, oh yum)! There is not a day that goes by where I don’t thank my lucky stars for the success of this biz. Pardon my French but I bloody love it!

So with all this busy biz as you can imagine I have seriously needed a helping hand. When Emma Cheng, a Photography graduate from Leeds Arts University, returned to her native city of Newcastle this summer she got in touch asking for a intern position at the studio. I was delighted! Emma’s photography work is fantastic, beautifully executed with creativity, sharp graphic compositions and superb retouching and edit skills. Her work really stood out amongst the many emails of requests for work experience I receive from students and graduates.

Emma specialises in product photography and her eye is a fab match for mine. This studio in fact now has not two but FOUR very arty eyes!! So after a few months of training and learning the ropes over these Summer and Autumn months Emma has recently become my assistant on a regular freelance basis. Emma’s role currently supports me behind the scenes, helping edit my shoots turning around hundreds of raw images a day, as general studio assistant and will be supporting my clients when I take two weeks off in January 2019.  As Emma’s role develops we plan to progress and promote the studio’s product photography together so please watch this space for updates and new work. You see now she is held captive in my basement studio at Clavering House in Newcastle city centre and I am certainly not letting her go!

Emma and I are having a great time getting to know one another, sharing a silly sense of humour, educating each other on ‘good old’ and exciting new editing techniques (I am a dinosaur) and old and new music and radio while we work- yes I like radio 4 Woman’s hour and she likes Kisstory and Radio 1! Emma is of tremendous support to me and and this year it feels celebratory, I’ve worked so incredibly hard on building my photography business, celebrating 8 years this spring, that she is the winning prize! I can’t tell you what a relief it is to be out shooting on location knowing my clients work is being edited with skill and care back at the studio by Emma. I am excited to see her how her skills excel, her role develops and how my business grows, so here she is….. introducing the delightful Emma, please give her a big wave and a giant smile!

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Staff photos taken in a Photo studio in Newcastle

Staff photos taken in a Photo studio in Newcastle

Internet Headshots Offer

This December I am promoting my head-shot portraiture deal to small businesses and sole traders in Newcastle who would like to update their profile photo for social networking and company websites. It’s often a job we put to the bottom of the pile, particularly as VERY few of us enjoy having our picture taken!

If you bite the bullet and book in to my studio for a January 2016 appointment the first ten enquiries will be rewarded with a 50% discount on the Studio Profile package. Just please quote the code CLAVJAN and you will receive the package for just £50.

The Studio Profile package gives you a relaxed and enjoyable half hour studio session with the option of various backdrops at the studio. Or you can choose to be captured in your office or outdoors at a location relevant to your business if you prefer. Around one week later you then choose 10 images from around 30 finished and retouched portraits. These are then supplied as digital files ready to upload to social networking sites LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc or website team/about pages and high quality versions for printing too.

It might be helpful to see what my past clients wore, the variety of backdrops we used and various lighting styles for corporate and social media portraits so please visit this page on my website

Please call 07960 338357 or email me at and I can give you more information on the studio’s offer and discuss availability for January.

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