This is our story
Throughout time, stories have been told. We see them told generation after generation. We see ourselves as storytellers. Since Graham started taking photographs in 2005, we have told thousands of stories. We started off with small beginnings in a spare room at Graham’s house, originally photographing weddings and engagements. We opened our first portrait studio in 2015 at the historic Portview Trade Centre. It was small, it was cramped, but it was ours. In that time, we captured so many stories of families, people and their pets. In 2022, we took the plunge and moved from our little studio to the now current location. Investing nearly £100,000, our dedicated people & pet photography space now allows for an even better customer experience. It’s much bigger, but we haven’t forgotten where we came from. Our story is unique to us, but your story is the one that matters.
We have the capability to print your images in-house. This is why we take great pride in our digital print lab, housing the very best printing industry equipment. This investment produces results that we and our clients can be proud of for generations to come. We don’t produce photographs, we produce heirlooms.
We have grown to become one of Northern Ireland’s leading people & pet portrait studios – thanks to our customers and their trust in us to tell their stories – Beautifully. Timelessly.
Our little superhero team...
Graham: Principal Photographer & Sales
Graham is the main person you’ll meet when you come in to have your photos taken. He’s a big nerd and has always wanted to be his own boss, originally starting out writing computer software when he was 5 years old. He broke away from this nerdiness in a fit of rebellion and went to drama school in London, before working in theatre as a professional stage manager for a number of years. But it was this drive to be his own boss that made him come back to Northern Ireland and start his journey as a photographer many years ago – now one of Northern Ireland’s most popular. When not working (which trust me, doesn’t happen often!), Graham loves walking Glyn the Dog, is obsessed (like properly!) in the story of the Titanic, loves karaoke and cooking! (You’d know he’s quite the Gordon in the kitchen by his swearing everytime he burns something!)
Hannah: Marketing & Accounts
Hannah isn’t from Northern Ireland. She’s a blow in (with now quite a discernable ‘faux’ Belfast accent!). Originally from the small village of Ynysybwl in Wales, Graham and Hannah met when he was photographing a wedding she was attending in Italy. It was instant love across the first dance dancefloor. Originally Hannah studied Archaeology at the University of Reading, but being quite OCD gave it up for the less mucky degree of Medieval History. Hannah moved to Belfast in 2010 and they both wed in 2016. Hannah has recently left her own successful career outside of the business in finance, to join the business full-time and head up marketing. Hannah is also back at the books and studying for a degree in Business Management & Accounting at the OU.
Glyn: All Round Good Boy
Glyn is a dog. To be particular, he is a seven year old Lhasa Apso with roots in Tibet – allbeit he is from North Belfast. He’s unusual in that he goes to work every day with Graham and can often be seen (and sometimes heard!) in the studio. He likes longish walks, food off your plate, fancy threads from Don’t Forget the Dog and old episodes of Blockbusters. When he grows up he would like to pursue a career on stage, possibly appearing on The Rex Factor or Britain’s Got Tailant.
We’ve been doing what we do a very long time – this is how it all started…
Got my first digital camera and started taking photos while working as a stage manager in London
Photographed Elaine & Steven’s wedding… my first ever wedding!
Left my career as a professional stage manager to start my photography career (Fun fact, I once worked on the panto Cinderella in London… I know what you’re thinking, but oh yes I did!) 😉
Met Hannah while photographing Andrew & Pauline’s wedding – Hannah was the bridesmaid 😉 Ask us about it… it was very romantic!
Glyn the Dog joined our little family!
Opened our portrait studio at Portview – and we’ve been there since!
Boo yeah! Awarded NI Wedding Photographer of the Year (we won a bunch of awards over the next few years for our portraits too!)
Graham and Hannah got hitched over in Wales in the little Welsh village, where Hannah was from! Even the cake was in tiers! 😉
After shooting over 1000 weddings, we took the (very scary!) decision to stop photographing weddings, and just focus on our growing pet & people portrait business instead… (In 2021, we’ve now photographed more pets that weddings!)
Skipping over Covid… ahem… Thanks to the kind support of our customers, we’ve grown and taken on our first ever staff member.
After 8 years in our little East Belfast studio at Portview Trade Centre, we expanded and moved to our much bigger new studio on the Castlereagh Road in Belfast. The new studio is much bigger and has more advanced facilities, allowing us to really grow the business.
Hannah left her successful career in finance and joined the business full-time to head up marketing & accounts. The dream team!
We tell tails.
Graham Crichton Photography Limited,
276-278 Castlereagh Road
Belfast BT5 6AD,
Phone: 02890 99 77 98