About meEverything you ever wanted to know about Studio G Photography but were afraid to ask.
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).
I first fully understood the value and importance of family portraits when I was just 19 years old and my Dad died. He had always been the one behind the camera, so although we had many many family photographs, he was hardly in any of them. Now that I have a family of my own I make a concerted effort to be in photographs so that I can leave behind tangible remonders for my children if anything happens to me.
I have always been a keen photographer, but my journey to professional photography 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). We had a fantastic five yhear adventure working together, but now Robert has decided it is time for him to retire, so I am back to working by myself and looking forward to an exciting future.
I spend my days meeting with incredible clients, planning fantastic photoshoots and then editing the pictures that I 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 me at Studio G and we can get on with creating some everlasting memories for you.
Studio G Ethos
The values we agreed on when we first set Studio G Photography up, and which I still try to adhere to every day.
- We believe in the power of photography to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities, by creating and sharing memories, and building self-belief and confidence.
- We will always treat everyone we work with, in any capacity, with respect and dignity, and we will expect the same in return. We will continue to develop and nurture the ‘Studio G family’.
- In our working practices, we recognise the conflicting demands placed on our clients, our colleagues and ourselves. We will always work as flexibly as possible to accommodate those demands, and will always put our own families first.
- We are a family friendly business, and this will be reflected in the work we are willing – and not willing – to do. We do not do work that involves nudity, although we will not judge those who do.
- We recognise that women in particular are often portrayed disrespectfully in photography, and our work will never show women in a less than positive way. Rather, we will strive to portray women as strong and independent and endeavour to use photography to help them feel good about themselves.
- We are supportive of local businesses, particularly SMEs. We will, whenever possible, choose to work with and encourage local businesses.
- We are firmly rooted in the community of Oldham, and we will give what support we can to local community groups and organisations.
- We will do our best to ensure that our pricing is fair and reasonable. We believe in quality over price, and will always produce the best quality we can at the best price we can offer.
- We will seek at all times to conduct ourselves and our business in a professional manner that reflects positively on our industry as well as ourselves.
Make it fun
Values aside, the number one rule at Studio G Photography is that portrait sessions should be fun. I want everyone to have a good time. Everyone I work with on shoots shares that philosophy.
Multi-talented Kaylie runs her own dance school, Ultimate Dance, in Shaw, when she is not choreographing Pop Diva parties for us. Kaylie can play the role of several princesses, is a charming children’s entertainer and can also turn her hand to hair and makeup when needed.
Sharon has been a make-up artist for 7 years and a further education tutor and assessor for the past 4 years. She was a MAC artist for 3 of those years, attended Val Garland’s School of make-up and continued to maintain links with artists and industry whilst teaching. She wandered in to an open day at Studio G three years ago and has been a vital member of the team ever since. She understands the way we work instinctively and contributes some excellent creative ideas.