About us

Studio G is a family-friendly photographic studio located in Oldham, just a couple of minutes from Junction 22 of the M60 and within walking distance of the Hollinwood Metro stop.

We opened our doors to friends and clients in May 2015, with a clear and distinctive vision for giving everyone an opportunity to experience  extraordinary photography. We are also here to help businesses large and small to use photography to its maximum potential. Our values are very important to us, and we wrote this blog about them. You can read it by clicking HERE

We offer the highest quality creative portrait photography with an emphasis on artistic children's portraiture, but including pictures of new-born babies, formal and informal studio portraits of all members of the family young and old, celebrations of special occasions and recording business and corporate events. Under our Pamper and Pose brand, we also host great children’s photoshoot parties and provide photobooths at parties in your home or at a suitable venue.

You’ll want to know who you’ll be meeting, so here’s a bit about us:

 

Lisa Marie Gee

Lisa is a specialist children's photographer and is Studio G’s co-founder and our Artistic Director and Principal Photographer. This is what she says about her passion for photography:

I am a self-confessed photography addict. I love absolutely everything to do with photography. Documentary on a famous photographer? Better add it to my queue. A giant, glossy coffee table book loaded with stunning pictures? Oh, my heart! A local meet-up with fellow photographers? Count me in!

Whether I'm snapping pictures, editing photographs from a session or chatting over a coffee with clients old and new, my life absolutely revolves around my camera (and my family, too, of course).

It all started in 2009, when I upgraded from a point and shoot to my first, second hand DSLR camera, shortly after the birth of my son. It revolutionised my photography and I was instantly hooked. I devoured photography books and watched countless YouTube tutorials in my quest to learn as much as I could. Within weeks I was saving up for a brand new camera.

From that moment onward, I was 100%, hooked on photography. It turned out I was quite good at it, especially after I joined and threw myself headlong into attending as many events and workshops as I could. With my husband's insistence and a healthy urging from family and friends, I took my first tentative steps into the world of professional photography, working with a portable studio kit that fit into the boot of my tiny Ford Ka. A bigger camera and then a bigger car followed (the former costing more than the latter) as I took on more and more jobs and grew in confidence.

In March 2015, on my birthday in fact, I took a massive leap of faith and decided to take on my own photography studio with the backing and support of a new business partner and old friend, Robert Cragg (a fellow photography addict).

Since then our lives have taken a major turn for the amazing. We spend our days meeting with incredible clients, planning fantastic photoshoots and then editing the pictures that we took. My favourite part, though? The reactions of my clients when they get their photographs. Knowing that I helped them preserve a moment in time -- for the rest of their lives and for future generations -- is a feeling that will never, ever get old.

Children's photography is my absolute favourite thing. I'm never than when shooting child portraits, either in the Oldham studio or out on location, and I am working hard on taking a fine art direction with my work, creating fantasy and composite works of art for my young clients.

I hope that after looking at this website you will decide you would like to work with us at Studio G and we can get on with creating some everlasting memories for you.”

Robert Cragg

Robert is Lisa’s Business Partner and the Commercial Director of Studio G.   This is what he has to say:

Photography is my second career, having spent 30 years in Human Resources. Two of the things I most enjoyed about that job were the variety - no two days were exactly the same - and the fact that I was meeting and working with all sorts of people. The same is true of photography, and perhaps that's what attracted me to it.  Like most people, I had taken holiday photographs and pictures of my children over the years without thinking too much about the quality of the pictures I was taking. With the advent of digital photography, I had a reasonable quality camera but it was almost always set on ‘automatic’, because I had no idea what the other settings did and it seemed too difficult to learn. Looking back on some of those photographs now, I wish I’d known more about what I was doing. Apart from the family, my main interest was bird-watching, and when I started using my camera more to take pictures of birds and wildlife, and I realised that 'point and shoot' just wouldn't do. The turning point for me was when I took early retirement in 2010. As one of my leaving gifts I received a voucher for a one-day photography training course. It was a revelation. Suddenly the camera controls made sense, and I made every effort to stay away from ‘automatic’ and to take control of my camera.

I would probably have pottered along like that but I met Lisa, initially on Twitter and then in real life, and we became good friends. She encouraged me to take my photography further, and with her support and proper training, I experienced all types of photography and techniques and, like Lisa, I was hooked.

When the opportunity came along of starting our own business in a studio, it seemed like an obvious thing to do. Working with Lisa, and leading on the commercial side of the business including headshots, corporate events and product photography,  I’m still learning - and I hope I always will. Working as a professional photographer - bringing quality images to individuals and businesses - is very satisfying, and great fun.