Since we started we have been busy, so Jim Poyner Photography is more than one person. We learn from each other, swap ideas, experiment and we're genuinely competitive about doing the very best job possible for our clients.
I have been taking pictures since I was 9. I had my own darkroom from age 11 then started dabbling in digital when living in the Scottish Highlands and all the darkroom chemicals kept freezing.
Prior to full time photography work, I was a regional Arts Officer in the Highlands, and a Community Action officer (arts) in Glasgow using the photography and visual arts to address community issues. I have been running Jim Poyner Photography in York for 13 years and apart from Fencing and poor attempts at gardening, photography is my only hobby and I bloody love it. As well as our digital beasties (Now all Fuji X Cameras) we use for work, holiday snaps are collected via my trusty medium format Mamiya 330 and a well used collection of rare Polaroid cameras.
As well as our weddings, portraits and commercial work, I teach at out of school clubs for hard to reach / excluded children, offer subject specific master-classes to 6th form students and am a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) Ambassador for NYBEP, helping school children engage with science through having fun with photography
I live in York with my wife and 3 children, the eldest of which, at age 12 is becoming a very good, if bossy photographer.
Katie won the photography prize at Lincoln University and has been with us ever since. Her knowledge of American teen dramas and Harry Potter movies is endless. She loves good shoes and only occasionally cries at weddings - though she can still take wonderful pictures even so. Katie is married and has a daughter called Grace who is TOOOOO CUTE for words..
A charming film stills, product and commercial photographer, has joined us, bringing new skills, a Landrover and a very organised big box of tricks. He can light anything, anywhere beautifully and is a fantastic addition to the gang.
Brodie, at 18 has just finished 2 years with us , nailed an Astar at his photography A Level and is doing a media foundation course before jetting off to Uni and getting up to no good. He has more wonderful ideas than Iv had chips and he often forces me to play online games when we should be workin, Tsk!
Chris and I met when I had the pleasure of shooting his wedding. From the start it was clear he was totes into photography and after a few beers and chats he came to a wedding with me as a second photographer. Turns out , he's very good at it, is great fun to work with and being a computer techie type, is good for advice when I'm buggering up my laptop / desktop / phone etc etc.
His fave things are taking piccies, cars, climbing, curry and being beaten by his wife on the badminton court (she's a bit violent, bless!)
Joe runs his own company but works for us when we need extra skills on the job or if I feel I need someone around to wind me up all day and be very cheeky to my wife. He claims to have invented photography, loves designer socks and runs 10k in the time it takes me to run 5. His girlfriend is also waaay out of his league.
Natalie is now heading up the admin front, working from Castle Poyner usually with an earl gray in her hand and is adding extra elegance and local gossip, which we love. Her favourite things are mini Snickers bars, Moomins, Byzantine pottery and BBC Radio 6Music.
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