I’ve had the pleasure of working with Phil Punton Photography several times over the last few years. As a full time professional musician, I need great images that help promote what I do, and also capture the moment. In that capacity I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great photographers over the last twenty years. Phil is a superb. He puts you at ease, with a brilliant eye for capturing the moment. His images are amazing. His use of light is beautiful. I’ve used his photos again and again. He’s the first person I would call to do my wedding, event, gig, portrait, promo work; pretty much anything.
I highly recommend Phil as a photography teacher. I learnt basic camera techniques, lighting and composition at his 6 week course at St Mary’s Heritage Centre. But he didn’t stop there, he’s arranged workshops and outdoor shoots, improving my photography skills so much. He goes beyond teaching and becomes a friend, always approachable for advice on all photography matters. A highlight for me was an invitation to attend a Historic and Mythical Imagery event at the Hatton Gallery which was amazing.
Phil is a brilliant photographer and an all-round great guy. He is so passionate about his work and has a natural way of putting people at ease. Every job he has done for me has been so professional, resulting in stunning pictures, every time. You can always rely on him to do a fantastic job and I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
Phil is a brilliant photographer and provided the Poster photo for my documentary film “From Pit To Parliament “ as well as photos for publicity and for the web site for Hadrian Films. Will definitely be using him again. Have lost count of the number of people who have asked for copies of the film poster photo.
Fantastic photographer and service. Used Phil now a few times and would not go anywhere else. He is so good at making you feel comfortable and really welcoming and friendly. The images speak for themselves but are absolutely fantastic every single time. Thanks Phil always a pleasure to work with you.
Phil’s images are simply stunning. He strives for perfection, and achieves it through hard work and innovation, constantly trying out new techniques and fine-tuning established ones. He is very friendly and does his best to put everyone at ease. I attended one of his 10 week courses 3 years ago, and am really enjoying using what I have learned from Phil, to improve my own photography and develop my interest. He has continued to give our group support and encouragement and I’m really grateful to him for all he has done for us.
Phil is an outstanding photographer and has the ability to capture the most amazing and stunning images in a variety of settings. I have worked closely with him on weddings and have seen the results of his work. He is very friendly and helpful and makes everybody feel at ease. I was so impressed by his work I enrolled on one of his outstanding photography courses and he has inspired me to take my own photography to another level. Highly recommended.
I’m looking forward to seeing you later in the week and astonished by your continued modesty. You are a friend of mine (I hope) and I would find it difficult to provide negative feedback for that reason.
However, the overall quality of this portfolio absolved me of any accusation that I’m being kind to you.
Matt and Anouski are delighted by every new wave of images, which is what matters more than everything else. You have brought out the best of a very pretty bride and a stunning dress and made her look beautiful on a very important day. You have also captured the essence of a great weekend, one of the best of my life, with all of the wedding and group shots.
I can’t thank you enough for fulfilling my trust in you and producing such a great set of images. You’ve made a number of the most important people in my life very happy and that makes me very happy. A thousand thanks.
When the project is over and you have completed the portfolio, can we talk about producing a bound album, for Clare. With your permission, when all is done and dusted, I’d like to post a recommendation on the “Which Local” website, which I mentioned to you. This is endorsed by “Which” magazine.
Anybody can access the website and if they look for wedding or portrait photographers within a number of miles of their postcode they find recommendations from “Which” members. As I say, when you’ve finished the project, I’d like to post philpunton.com, but only with your permission can we talk about it?”
Lush night with WCC photographing Tom, the man in the hut! Big thanks to Phil Punton for the masterclass xxx
I did it there with Phil a few weeks ago he’s a great character to photograph and Phil is a top guy.
Yesterday I went through all the photos I took on our boat trips in America since 2014 as I wanted to make a collection of images of the boat itself in different locations.
What struck me was the difference in quality in the photos I took back in 2014 when we started, and the sort of thing I’m doing now, and the progression I’ve made since coming on the course with you in 2016, and all the things we’ve done since.
I enjoy our little group so much and get so much more enjoyment out of my photography. I’ve learned so much from you and you’ve given us all the tools to carry on learning and improving.
Just wanted to say a big thank you.
I left the course yesterday quite jubilant. I learned more in the last half an hour than I had with my camera over the
Last 7 years.
The first two sessions I was quite comfortable with the subject matter. Yesterday was inspiration to me. It brought together many fragments of conceptual understanding which I had not actually used or experimented with. The course in general is a great amalgam of theory, concept and practice and I am picking up so much practical photographic knowledge. Each session is a delight.
I really mean it! I’m still not 100% sure how I managed to pull it off but I’m massively proud of this pic and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without your tuition. ? I haven’t forgotten about getting you into the hospital to do some pics. There’s a lot going on at the minute and I just need things to settle down so I can sort it out properly. See you next week!
I had owned a digital camera for about two years but never really knew how to use it to its full extent. Phil has opened my eyes to the delights of digital photography. His genuine enthusiasm and willingness to help all attendees, irrespective of photographic knowledge, really drives the course forward. He also explains the techniques that are part of his professional toolbox, and is in my mind, the measure of a true teacher/instructor.
It is not easy to cover all aspects of digital photography in a few one hour sessions but Phil seems to have the right balance between explaining the photographic techniques and practical exercises in each session. I believe that he has whetted the apatite and generated enthusiasm for digital photography of all that take up his lectures.
I really enjoyed Phil’s 10-week course and feel I have learned a lot about how to use my camera effectively. The sessions are a good mix of tutorial and practical work and Phil quickly made everyone in the group feel relaxed about contributing to the sessions. I can highly recommend his course for anyone wanting to go beyond the auto settings on their camera to improve their photography and to produce images to feel proud of.
Phil has been our photographer at David Harvey Hair for about 4 years now. He has produced some great work, from photographs of our staff and the salon for our website and printed booklets to superb images of models for hair competitions. He is totally professional, has a knack for lighting, which coupled with his attention to detail, makes him the perfect choice as a photographer.
It’s always a great experience working with Phil he is very knowledgeable and creative, and takes a great deal of pride in his work. I can alway rely on his expertise to get the results I am looking for.
An excellent service for our corporate rebrand. Phil was very accommodating to our needs and discussed different options with us when we were not sure. Very easy to work with, friendly and made staff feel comfortable and relaxed during the photo session. We were delighted with the fast turnaround and the quality of the images supplied.
After just one session I am off auto function and capturing some great memories. I am using functions and buttons I didn’t even know existed. Phil has a great knack of turning complicated into simple. His love and passion of photography rubs off on you so be prepared to not want to put your camera down afterwards! If you are looking for somebody to teach you how to use your camera properly then look no further.
Phil is a first-rate photographer who has great enthusiasm for sharing his considerable knowledge and expertise in all areas of the art. His ability to use light, both natural and studio, is very impressive. I would be thrilled to be able to produce images half as good as his.
My name is Craig Jose and I am head coach and owner of Northern Kings Gym in Newcastle. We have used Phil Punton for sports photography on a number of occasions. He is very easy to work with and always delivers quality images of our Muay Thai technique in practice and also action shots from our shows through our sister company Victory Promotions. I would highly recommend Phil for any sports photography.
Phil worked tirelessly throughout the afternoon, coping calmly he quietly directed proceedings whilst dealing with short hair, long hair, blonde hair, extra long hair etc., conducting himself throughout with good humour, shooting images of seven or eight models, all with different skin tones and ages. Despite the distractions and activity in the salon around him he coaxed the best out of the models, and I am delighted with his results.
Ive been doing photography for years but have never got to grips with speed light flash. I always knew when I hadn’t got it right but, not being very technical,
I didn’t know how to make it any better.
Phil Punton has shown me a way where I now know how to rectify my mistakes and can practice in a meaningful and useful manner instead of going round in ever decreasing circles. I can recommend his teaching style which is clear, friendly and accessible for all levels of photographer.
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I attended a photography beginners tuition course with Phil Punton over six sessions (and a couple of field trips), Having acquired a camera some months before I had tried to learn myself from books – but I really didn’t get a decent understanding this way.
The course which Phil put together (of which I retain a copy and use for reminding myself of things from time to time) was ideal as it demystified the various controls on the camera and identified how to use these; and the most appropriate settings for different conditions.
Phil is so enthusiastic and committed to ensuring you understand how to use the camera and enjoy doing so. He doesn’t disappear at the end of the course; and offers to stay involved if you have issues you need to discuss with him. I would recommend his tuition to anyone.
Phil is such a personable guy and an amazing long established photographer . I am so so pleased that I attended his speed-light tuition session.
Over 3 hours , in a small group, Phil very clearly taught us what I consider to be the a-z of using the speed-lights in an extensive range of situations both indoor and outdoor .
Prior to attending the training session I had absolutely no confidence using my speed light. Now I am totally confident .
Thank you so much Phil . It was such an enjoyable session and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending your teaching .
I have been taking photos for about a decade, always on Auto mode, it just seemed the easiest option. I’ve tried in the past to watch youtube tutorials to take myself into manual mode, but nothing ever really stuck. Then I met Phil and hand on heart, it’s been the best thing for me in moving forward with what I love to do, and that is to take photos. His course has shown me a whole new side of photography which is presented in a way that is both detailed but also easy to understand and follow without all the gobbledygook that can sometimes be overwhelming and send many of us back into Auto mode. With practical guidance and actual field work, it’s made me really think more about the actual photo and what I want it to say, instead of just a “point and snap”. Phil is an enthusiastic, highly experienced photographer and his creative flair feels contagious. I can highly recommend this course for anyone who is looking to get to grips with their camera and really see what it’s capable of and to start taking beautiful photos that you can’t wait to show off to people.Yvonne Kerrigan – Newcastle – March 2023
Phil – I thought I’d let you know that I have won my Photo Club’s 2022/23 Colour Print Competition, and was joint winner of the Mono Print Competition.
I’ve been in the club for 4 years now and haven’t previously won anything.
The reason I’m telling you is that my success leaned heavily on 4 excellent images I took at the Dance Shoot at Stanley under your guidance.
One of the prints also won a place in the NCPF International Salon.
I’ve had quite a successful and really appreciate your assistance. Thank you.