It is never easy describing yourself when the motive is to give others an insight into the real you. I am passionate about the photographic industry, business, and education. My areas of expertise are in the creative industries, in business development, marketing, mentoring and coaching. I am also passionate about the consumer – the market place is the platform from which I thrive. I am an avid reader, not many moments pass without the pursuit of a new learn or a thread of inspiration. I can’t keep still for a moment, my mind never stops, I make no apologies for loving life!
My handbag tells it all. I always keep a pen to scribe, a notepad to sketch ideas and a business book is never far away. My iPad mini is always close to hand to keep me, the queen of social media, engaged. I believe the world is a rich landscape to build your dreams upon. This is my motive for others too.
Beyond Aspire I also co-own Lovingly Artisan, an award winning artisan bakery with my partner, Aidan Monks. We share the same viewpoint within both businesses, we seek perfection in everything we do. Hospitality and customer service is important, craft is vital, product is king. We both work continually on the recipes for our businesses. I also have the most beautiful step children, Ailish and Niall, who have also both pursued creative careers. Many who attend Aspire will meet Ailish as she plays a significant role at Aspire HQ. Alongside this groovy gang is an over-indulged border terrier called Wesley. We adore him!
I often say I would slay a dragon for Aspire, walk over hot coals in my best heels. We all face business challenges, those are the moments that give us clarity of mind.
Creating Aspire Photography Training is the best thing I have ever done. I don’t regret a minute of it and neither will you. I often say that I would slay a dragon for Aspire, walk over hot coals in my best heels. We all face business challenges, those are the moments that give us clarity of mind.
As the founder of Aspire, I live and breathe the business everyday. I am so proud of the award winning reputation the business has developed, I have passionately created a world ‘ world Aspire’ to encourage people and businesses to flourish. My concrete belief in our educational programme maintains my motivation and commitment to serving the best educational experience in the photographic Industry.
For those about to get started in business, tap into your vision as cash will always be limited. My mantra is don’t throw money at your business just a bucket of creativity and imagination.
YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW…
- I OWN AN ARTISAN BAKERY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT
- I CAN’T SIT STILL FOR A MOMENT
- I’M A LOVER OF MIDGET GEMS
- I AM DYSLEXIC BUT IT HAS NEVER HELD ME BACK
- I LOVE READING
- I’M OFTEN FOUND IN CHARITY SHOPS RUMMAGING FOR PROPS
What do I bring to the party? Over two decades of experience in the photographic industry and a no-nonsense, jargon free approach to marketing and sales training. It’s fair to say that I have been instrumental in the training and development of some of the best and most influential photography businesses in our industry. My mission is to develop confidence and to arm you with all the information, knowledge and skills you need to succeed on the business front and to liberate that creative mind. I am the voice of reason, sense and sensibility, with a razor sharp wit. A good listener, counsellor and mentor, I recognise that you and your business are one and the same and the emotions and commitment are inseparable. My sales and presentation skills have been described as world class but I am far too modest to say that out loud!
My mission is to develop confidence and arm you with all the information, knowledge and skills you need to succeed on the business front and to liberate that creative mind.
YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW…
- I’M AN AVID TOLKIEN FAN
- I CAN READ TAROT CARDS
- I’M A SUN WORSHIPPER
- I’M A TOTAL CHOCAHOLIC
- I LOVE TO GOSSIP WITH FRIENDS OVER PIZZA
- I OWN FAR TOO MANY FLIP FLOPS
I‘m a happy-go-lucky gal with a love for photography, education and enriching people. I am the photographer in residence at Aspire Photography Training. This incredible position has given me many unique opportunities and experiences to share whether it is capturing the moments that matter through my own lens or through training other photographers to do the same. My aim as a photographer is to create beautiful images that will last a lifetime and will be treasured for generations to come.
Weddings, portraits and food photography are my main areas of expertise. I find supporting and training photographers in these areas particularly rewarding. My inspiration comes from finding out what makes people unique, what makes them tick! I understand and deeply respect all those who pursue their dream to become the best photographer they can be.
My inspiration comes from finding out what makes people unique, what makes them tick! I understand and deeply respect all those who persue their dreams to become the best photographer they can be.
I really love the countryside and all its delights, including a fabulous country pub and a tipple at the end of a beautiful walk in the Lakes! I believe that life is all about great food, great drink and fabulous company.
YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW…
- I WAS BOUGHT UP IN FRANCE
- I LOVE LAVENDER
- I AM A HAND HOLDER!
- I HAVE A LOVELY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH MY LITTLE SISTER
- I WORKED IN AFRICA, TEACHING ENGLISH TO CHILDREN
- I AM A HOPELESS ROMANTIC
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERBespoke graduate. Lisa is a true romantic at heart who genuinely loves weddings. This passion shines through and is a huge influence in the way she teaches her craft. Her beautiful and emotive work regularly features on the front covers of bridal magazines and on wedding blogs.
MOVING IMAGEBespoke Graduate. Wedding Photographer, Lightroom guru and specialist in moving capture.
Phil has developed his highly successful business in many different directions, beginning with weddings and branching out into moving capture which has taken him into music videos and promotional films for major sporting events. His experience across the board has allowed him to develop efficient and effective workflow processes which in turn allow him the creative freedom he requires.
CHILDHOOD & BABY PHOTOGRAPHERBespoke Graduate. ‘Whimsical in style, gentle in approach’ is the best way to describe Kay’s photography and her training style. She is very thorough in her desire to ensure that her student’s really learn a significant amount. Kay will gently encourage you to push the boundaries of your creativity and your photographic experience.
BRANDING & WEBSITESMelissa is a graphic designer and website developer who specialises in working exclusively with photographers. Her specialist knowledge enables her to expertly guide our Bespoke students through their branding and website process. She is also the creative brain behind our very own website.
As well as working with custom clients, she is the founder of The Design Space, which features ready-to-install website designs.
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER & WRITERJoan has a BSc in Food and Nutrition and an MMedSc and PhD in Human Nutrition awarded by the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds respectively. Lectured in Nutrition at the University of Leeds for many years and retains the title of visiting lecturer in the Department of Food Science. Joan’s credentials speak for themselves and her passion and interest in food and photography has combined to create the most inspirational food photographer with an experienced and engaging style of teaching.
LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHERBespoke Graduate. Andrea’s zest for life and her contagious enthusiasm is a major part of her generous teaching style. Her depth of knowledge and appetite for photography is inspirational, she manages to ensure you leave with buckets of confidence to allow you to pursue your passion for photography as far as you want.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERMelissa runs an international, destination wedding business, a business packed with experience, knowledge and know how. Melissa has a unique and stunning style of photographic capture, it is elegant, timeless and captivating. It ensures she always records the all important details of the wedding and the essence of the occasion.