If you are a photographer the Guild can help you to get the most from your camera, for a key fact, is that what matters most to the Guild, are the people behind the camera!
The Guild of Photographers was originally established as the Guild of Wedding Photographers in 1988 and over the years has grown much wider to become an association for all individuals committed to the art of photography.
DIRECTORS -LESLEY & STEVE THIRSK
Lesley was awarded the ultimate 'Master Craftsman' status by the previous Guild Director some years ago and operated a very successful wedding photography business for nearly 20 years. She is a highly experienced, passionate & creative photographer and her relaxed training and mentoring approach is highly acclaimed
Steve is a former policing commander whose problem-solving approach was acknowledged by the Home Office. He is best known for his marketing flair and 'out of the box' creativity so can be of great assistance in helping you to promote, even diversify, your business. He is also a fully qualified Trainer's assessor and a skilled advisor to those facing customer disputes.
Together they created and organised their regions Premier Wedding Shows, and have been UK advisors to Italian Album suppliers. Both are trained judges and act as 'expert witnesses' in photography based legal cases. Their combined wealth of experience is hard to equal, but most importantly they are very 'genuine, ethical and likeable' people who will always give 100% to help and support you!
OUR INCREDIBLE GUILD PANEL JUDGES & MENTORS
Gavin is the only 3X Master Craftsman Qualification holder in the world, and a photographer who loves to create images with a narrative, giving his viewers reasons to ask questions. Gavin specialises in all genres including weddings, newborns, portraits and commercial. He is also an internationally respected Judge. He has a passion for using black and white film. "With a colour image I feel you can sometimes be distracted by the different sensations on the eye whereas with black and white your focus is purely on the subject of the image" (his own words). Gavin lives on the East Yorkshire coast and loves to spend time capturing his surroundings, be it the landscape surrounding him, the beach or even the people! Gavin is also an excellent trainer who has run many online Webinars, featured in photography magazines, and published his own book which sold out in days. In short, he is a well renowned and likeable photographer.
Saraya Cortaville is an award winning portrait and social documentary photographer who has received 2 Fellowships (one of only two women in the UK to have achieved this). One was for Studio portraiture and most recently one Social Documentary based, for a project she completed whilst living in Africa. She was awarded the Peter Grugeon award for the best Fellowship portfolio of 2015, and a Gold Award in Visual Arts in the professional photography awards 2016. She is also a Guild Master Craftsman. Saraya's passion for travel and people has pushed her career in to a more adventurous phase and she has recently lived and worked abroad for various international NGO's documenting social issues in countries as far as Tanzania and Nepal. Saraya skillfully manages to draw out her subjects emotions and feelings, in a sensitive and empathetic nature, her portraits are an observation and moment of connection, between two people, rather than photographer and subject. She is also an excellent Judge and Mentor!
Scott is the only person to hold 2 Fellowship Awards with the BIPP and 2X Master Craftsman Awards with the Guild (one being Documentary based and one for his outstanding and creative Wedding photography)! He is also a SWPP Master. Based in Essex, He is an internationally recognised, award-winning photographer who has photographed weddings all over the world. Known for being fun and energetic, Scott also travels the world as an judge, educator and mentor. His documentary Fellowship on the Auschwitz camp in Poland taken entirely on film has received plaudits from across the globe. A former 3x winner of the MPA Wedding album of the Year, as well as 'Wedding image of the Year' winner with The Guild, as well as overall Wedding Photographer of the Year in 2018. In 2019, he slso won the SWPP Natural World category in the SWPP print competition showing his all-round versitility.
Gary is one of the best known Trainers in the UK. A full time professional photographer, portrait artist and educator, he is a Flash Centre and Elinchrom Visionary, a Digitalab Ambassador and Click Props Background Producer. He is a Guild Master Craftsman and a Fellow with the SWPP. He is a highly sought after Trainer, typically delivering talks to over 1500 photographers a year, as well as via Webinars - plus he is a highly respected Judge. His Awards include 'Child Photographer of the Year', and over 75 Gold Awards in various Competitions. He is widely known for his use of available and additional light, plus posing techniques for adults, children and families
Claire studied graphic design, photography and fine art before finally deciding that photography was her calling. She turned professional in 2001 and her exceptional skill as a photographer of Newborn's, Toddlers and Families soon became obvious. She is a Master Craftsman with the Guild and has achieved one of the highest scores to date in the international Image of the Month competition. Her natural capability to get young people to engage with her is her 'trademark' - indeed her gift! She is a sought after Trainer around the UK, an established Judge and a Mentor. Claire is by nature, one of life's giver's, and she genuinely wants to help others to fulfill their dreams through photography, just as she feels she has!
Panikos specialises in capturing beautiful images of newborns, babies, couples, families, friends, loved ones, and pets. He has 3 photography Fellowships and is a Master Craftsman with the Guild. He also has won UK Master Photographer of the Year. Other awards include the Guilds Black and White Image of the Year winner, Click Group Photographer of the Year 3x to name but a few. He is an exceptional Trainer and Mentor, as well as a highly respected Judge.
David is a wedding photographer covering events in Essex, Suffolk & surrounding counties. He works with his wife Sandra, and they guarantee a relaxed, polite and friendly service! The combination of nearly 2000 weddings of experience combined having obtained a Fellowship in Wedding Photography, as well as being a Wedding Master Craftsman with the Guild of Photographers, ranks him amongst the best UK wedding photographers. The multiple WPPI International Awards of Excellence also speak for themselves. He is also a well respected Judge and personal Mentor.
Heather has achieved two Master Craftsman awards with the Guild and is predominantly regarded for her Gothic images, created using composites and textures. She fell in love with photography whilst engaging in her other passion for music and she began to explore the creative side of combining multiple images to produce artwork for albums and posters. Over time, her love for storytelling and creative work completely over took the music and she uses her influences including HG Wells, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelly and Conan Doyle to inspire her imagination with tales of shadowy darkness, brilliant detectives and medical experimentation, media which are reflected in many of her images. Heather is passionate about inspiring others to ‘think out of the box’ and push their photography as far as their imagination will allow.
Mark is a hobbyist photographer who started his photographic journey at the ripe old age of 48, but since then has embraced it passionately. He is a Master Craftsman with the Guild and during his 6 years of entering the Image of the Month competition, his most notable achievements were 'Photographer of The Year for 3 consequitive years' (the only person to have achieved this) and 'All Round Photographer of The Year twice'(the only person to achieve this too). He was also the Open Category Winner 4 times, and an Image of the Year winner in the Action category. His main photography passions are modern military aviation and wildlife and likes nothing more than being outside the fence at an airbase or taking walks at nature reserves.
Lesley's award winning travel and fine art images have been both exhibited and regularly published. However, the primary day-to-day element of her acclaimed reputation is her commercial work and her unique insight into the commercial world of photography. Through her previous corporate career she totally understands how good photography is a great asset and powerful communication tool for businesses. A Guild Master Craftsman, she works mainly with travel, service and property companies within the UK though she also undertakes high profile commissions in Europe. Instinctive and creative, Lesley's love of art creates a unique style of powerful and striking images.
Gordon is a Scottish Photographer based near Loch Lomond, whose unique style of photography has earned him a worldwide reputation as one of the most innovative an imaginative Scottish wedding photographers working today. If asked, Gordon will tell you that his inspiration and creativity can be sparked by a variety of sources including watching music videos, or even fashion magazines. Years ago he fell in love with the photography of Brian Aris. At the time his use of lighting when photographing celebrities, made him stand out from the crowd. Gordon is a multiple MPA winner in many categories.
Hamish has a rich history in the professional photography industry, having first studied Photography at the prestigious Bournemouth Art College in the 80's. He then worked in London assisting many famous names in the fashion photography world. Now a double Fellowship holder (FMPA & FBIPP), RPS Associate and Guild 'Master Craftsman', winner of the BIPP's celebrated annual 'Peter Grugeon Award', his work now takes him around the world on workshops from London, to Ladakh, Vietnam and beyond with his overseas photography workshop business. His CV also includes 10 years as Principal University Lecturer, finally completing an MA in Photography in 2010. A self confessed 'adventure junkie', his real passion is teaching, exploration, travel & social documentary portraiture.
Jo is a Master Craftsman with the Guild and was awarded the title of Newborn Photographer of the Year 2018. She runs a thriving newborn photography business in Chelmsford, Essex. Her creative approach to newborn photography saw her awarded a place on the Essex Innovation Programme in 2016 and she has recently been featured on BBC News after becoming the first Photographer to achieve Master Craftsman status in newborn photography. Jo's journey in photography began with travel photography when living and working in the Middle East. She continued to develop this new found passion once back in the UK, working in many different areas of photography including lifestyle and fashion before falling in love with newborn photography. As an ex teacher Jo is passionate about ongoing learning and has a real desire to help and inspire other photographers through training and mentoring.
Rob has been a photography enthusiast all his life and, while much of his work is studio-based, he enjoys the diversity of shooting many different genres of photography. Despite a background in electronics/technology, Rob is often happiest working with old mechanical cameras to create images. He is a Guild 'Master Craftsman', a Judge and a Mentor. He is also a former 'All Round Photographer of the Year' and 'Image of the Year' Award winner for his commercial imagery. Most recently he was also named 'Fashion Photographer of the Year 2017' by SWPP showing his versality. He has also had many articles published in magazines.
Charlotte’s photographic journey started with portraits and weddings over 10 years ago. However, in the last 5 years she has developed a specialism in ICM and creative landscape photography. She was awarded her Master Craftsman qualification in 2018 and has been a consistent award winner for over 5 years, including two ‘All Round Photographer of The Year’ titles and an Image of The Year award. Charlotte has lived in the Netherlands since 2012, photographing, offering workshops, mentoring and carrying out photographic tours. She loves to share her experience and knowledge with others. Her motto ‘take a moment to look at the normal; you might just see the incredible’ sums up her love of creating images that embody the use of all her senses, not just what she sees in front of her through the lens.