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About Our "Tail"

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

Graham: Principal Photographer & Director

 

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

Hannah: Finance Director

 

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. Hannah moved to Belfast in 2010 and they wed in 2016. Hannah has her own successful career outside of the business, but is often dragged in to fix Graham’s mistakes! 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 is also back at the books and studying for a degree in Business Management & Accounting at the OU..

Jasmine: Marketing & Sales Co-Ordinator

 

Jasmine, who hails from Manchester, England, heads up the marketing and sales at the studio. A new addition to our team, but she fits in perfectly. You’ll more than likely speak to Jasmine when you give the studio a call and certainly see her making reels and videos when you are in.

Glyn

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.

Our journey

We’ve been doing what we do a very long time – this is how it all started…

2004

Got my first digital camera and started taking photos while working as a stage manager in London

2006

Photographed Elaine & Steven’s wedding… my first ever wedding!

2006

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!) 😉

2007

Met Hannah while photographing Andrew & Pauline’s wedding – Hannah was the bridesmaid 😉 Ask us about it… it was very romantic!

2014

Glyn the Dog joined our little family!

2015

Opened our portrait studio at Portview – and we’ve been there since!

2016

Boo yeah! Awarded NI Wedding Photographer of the Year (we won a bunch of awards over the next few years for our portraits too!)

2016

Graham and Hannah got hitched over in Wales in the little Welsh village, where Hannah was from! Even the cake was in tiers! 😉

2019

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!)

2021

Skipping over Covid… ahem… Thanks to the kind support of our customers, we’ve grown and taken on a new team member, Alex joined the team.

2022 & Beyond

After 7 years in our little East Belfast studio at Portview Trade Centre, we are expanding and moving in to a much bigger dedicated studio on the Castlereagh Road. Brandy also joined the team to head up sales development & client experience. She loves dogs too!

We tell tails.

 

Graham Crichton Photography Limited,
276-278 Castlereagh Road
Belfast BT5 6AD,
Northern Ireland.

 Phone: 02890 99 77 98

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