workshops, one2one & two2one events, for photographers, with top models!

Mick Payton Studios – Presteigne, Powys


Constructing an Image – we can supply all the pieces of the puzzle, we can assist you to put them together – but it’s down to you to provide the end result for yourself! Our aim is to provide the means for you to get your best images ever! With workshops and private, assisted one2one and two2one events with top models, studio facilities, lighting equipment, locations & assistance! Our events are centered around the model and atmosphere being the whole product, so as we’re not big fans of loads of unnecessary props make sure our purist style suits you before you book an event!

To support these aims, I do my best to supply models that are capable of expression and can deliver an image with atmosphere. I also try to hire models that take very little post-processing as I see the art being in the photography – not in the post processing, which I can see the purpose of in some applications – however my main aim is the photograph, you can do as you wish with the images you take.

For : photographers of all levels of skill and experience, beginners – we’ll help! Pro’s – we’ll assist you!

Private One2one & two2one assisted workshops

The quickest way to learn, the best value for money – a two2one is just £31.25p per hour for 4 hours with a top model!!! With one2one and two2one assisted workshops we proceed at your pace – there’s no better way! Read about how I conduct these events to make sure you like the way I work  read on …….

Assisted workshops

4 photographers and a model (of our usual high standard of course!) 10am-4pm with 1 hour lunch – which you would provide yourself, we’ll still provide tea/ coffee/ biscuits – this would allow more shooting time and also more individual assistance. Timed one2one’s to ensure fair equal opportunity with your model. Also incorporating the social learning advantage, you can chat to others about camera’s, lighting, get tips from how others work etc. etc!

Price is £120 per person.

Just imagine – a top model with just 4 of you photographing her, for over 5 hours for just £120.00!!! That’s less than £22/hour!! Including assistance if requested!

more info here

Who am I? A lot of new subscribers to Mick Payton Studios are not aware of how long I’ve been a photographer, or anything about me really! So, click this link to see a gallery (other galleries too) with a quick review of some of my images to enable you to determine what we have to offer you here at the studio. I’m not god with a camera but after 37yrs I may have a few tips and tricks to help you along!

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Who am I? : I’ve been a pro photographer for some 30+ years and worked for most model agencies in the UK. All my time has been spent working with models, whether doing portfolio shoots or commercial bookings. This has given me an understanding of the needs, wants and problems with trying to make your portfolio the best you can, after all it’s where all my work came from!

Our aim : We’re building Mick Payton Studios around the idea of providing male and female photographers with the means to enjoy your camera, build your portfolio, try out commercial ideas etc. without the hassle of organising it yourself, whether amateur, semi-pro, hobbyist or pro.


We use The Flash Centre Birmingham!

sales : 0121 327 9220


Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer. Fine art photography stands in contrast to representational photography, such as photojournalism, which provides a documentary visual account of specific subjects and events, literally re-presenting objective reality rather than the subjective intent of the photographer; and commercial photography, the primary focus of which is to advertise products or services. Wikipedia.

Definition of fine art: “a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic and intellectual purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, graphics, and architecture.”

Say what people want to hear, if they believe it, you have done a good job. But this doesn’t make you feel like you have achieved what you wanted to.

If there’s no-one you need to believe you – you’ve achieved your goal, you believe yourself.


I booked with Mick a 4 hours assisted one-to-one model shoot at/around his place, we agreed it would be using natural light without/with modifiers and for most of it to be outdoors in the rear garden and around the local neighbourhood. Scarlett Jane was the model, stunningly gorgeous and with superb modelling talents. Outdoors we shot a range of shoot sets - lifestyle, portrait/beauty and fashion, and indoors we shot very natural/elegant boudoir. My objective was to learn more about how to use natural light and modifiers for the best results and this was certainly achieved, I feel I made good strides with Mick's input and guidance and what particularly thrills me is that having looked through all the images from the shoot I consider we achieved my highest ever proportion of what I'd rate as 5 star images. How will I reduce to about 10 or so very best favourite images from the 80 or so I've presently rated 5 star! It's by far the highest 'success' results I've achieved since starting out shooting with models more than two and a half years ago. I'm sure this is due to Mick's excellent tuition input as well as Scarlett Jane's stunning looks and modelling skills. Very highly recommended photographer/tutor. Scarlett Jane is a very highly recommended model as well of course.

Tim DC reviewed Mick Payton Studios – 5 star!Assisted one2one

Mark Cort

I've been going to Mick Payton for a few years now. It's the one single studio I have ever returned to time and time again and for good reason. This is my go-to studio and I'm always happy to recommend it despite being an 80 mile round trip. It is discretely located, with all the facilities that I need and it is priced right.There is a long list of well-established photographers and models that have been through his doors, sometimes with guest tutors with a different style to Mick. Mick always picks excellent and experienced models for us to work with and I've had the fortune to photograph some absolutely lovely girls there. I really like how everyone (max 6 photographers!!) gets a fair chance at getting their own images too. Everything is done fairly so you all get the same time with the models. Mick is always very well organised, professional and is very knowledgeable (I wish I knew a 100th of what Mick knows). His wife, Sue, always provides a lovely lunch too...often enough to feed 10! I've never had a bad experience there yet.

Very highly recommended.

Mark Cort reviewed Mick Payton Studios – 5 star!Portfolio builder

Mick Payton Studios is an Aladdin’s Cave of knowledge and learning. Mick himself has many years of global photography experience which he shares with great passion and well earned conviction. It is always an amazing pleasure working at Micks Studio where one always comes away knowing far more then when you arrived.

Ivan Marsh reviewed Mick Payton Studios – 5 starPortfolio builder

I attended one of Mick's workshop today and have learned so much. His method of teaching is so addictive it leaves you wanting more and more . Every time I visit Mick's studio ,either on a workshop or a studio day, I came away with some of the most valuable knowledge I have learnt to date .

His model choices are always first class with posing attitude, friendliness and willingness to help you get the best images on the day. It's just an incredible atmosphere. The experience really is top knotch and there's not a single second your either not learning some new or creating beautiful images.

darkside said...

This was my second time at Mick's Studios and I was so thrilled with both Mick's informative style and the model whom we worked with @kiraharper. Mick's got a superb eye and it's personally amazing to see his mind at work, noticing things that others like myself would take ages to learn and master. Thanks Mick for a fun evening. I'll definitely be back again and again.

QuirkyBright said...

Third time I have got to work with both Mick and Karen for a Workshop. They always give me a lovely warm welcome! ( as it was easter Sunday I got treated to an easter egg which I enjoyed very much so thanks!)

Karen booked me for the workshop which worked really well.

The workshop sold out and everyone who turned up was lovely.

Everything ran really smoothly. I felt extremely well looked after and can't thank them enough for having me.

On the evening Mick gave some great guidance and assured all photographers would leave with great images! Which they did. I can't recommend this studio enough. Relaxed, easy going and fun!

I will be working with Mick and Karen again in June so please keep your eyes peeled!!

Thanks again guys see you soon!

Gracieuxlove said...

Another great workshop at Mick's yesterday.

Both Mick and his model (Cally) were supportive and I learned a lot about using off camera flash.

I look forward to other workshops and studio days.

David5 said...

My first time at Mick's studio tonight for his Wicked Wednesday.

The evening was both fun & informative, Micks model (Kira) was fabulous. Mick was on hand to offer both advise & encouragement to ensure that we all got the shots that we wanted.

I recommend Micks evenings & look forward to a workshop with hime in the future.

66phil66 said...

I've shot at Mick's place a few times now and have always come away with fantastic images. Mick has a great set up at his place and a great studio that I covet!!

His Wicked Wednesday evenings are always fun and the models are always top notch! His lovely assistant Karen is in hand to make sure the events go smoothly and Mick is always available to help with good advice on lighting and working well with models. I've seen loads of other togs learn a great deal from Mick during the shoots. And after there is more fun to be had at Mick's bar where he regales guests with war stories from his time as a top motorsports and fine art photographer over tea and biscuits.

Mick's gaff is the best studio in Walsall and he works with top models. I highly recommend trying out one of his events!

Ramzi said...

The first time I met Mick he said "turn the dial to manual" then on subsequent visits has helped me keep it there and begin to produce photographs I enjoy.

He's always there to offer advice and endless stories based on years of practical experience. Don't expect hi-tech, don't expect lots of lights, you don't need them. Listen to the tips and tricks, take a notepad and enjoy your camera, I do.

See you soon Mick, I need to learn how to use my speedlights.

BobM said...

It's difficult to know where to start. What you get with a Mick Payton workshop is a mixture of his experience, knowledge and skill combined with access to his excellent facilities. If you know Mick's work then you'll know a model he'd have booked for a workshop will be of the highest standards and then he gives you a steer (but not control) on how to best approach the scenario he presents. Thus an excellent learning and improving environment. I can say that under his guidance I have achieved some of the best pictures of the genre I have ever taken. I will return.

Iain Geddes said.......

I stayed with Mick and Sue last weekend. Mick was highly accommodating throughout the weekend, friendly and funny.

His studio is well equipped and a great size to work in, with plenty of heaters.

I loved his place to work in too with the natural light available. Everything was beautifully aesthetic, making each part of every room a great place to work in. Highly recommended by me and i look forward to coming up again.

Angel. said...

Evman52 said...
I had my 1st shoot at Mick Payton's studio and have to say it won't be my last. Mick is an absolute gent and made me feel welcome the second I walked through the door,mick is the type of guy
that makes you want to step up your game as a photographer. The studio has everything you need for either natural light photography and studio work, and Mick is at hand to help should you need it.
I just wish I lived nearer to Walsall as I would definately be taking advantage of the superb models he has on his Wednesday shoots and his 2 for 1 Sunday's.

Keep up the good work Mick and see you on the next shoot.

Evman52Coming back ...

" I've visited Mick's studio a few times, he is a great tutor, very knowledgeable, and consistently dazzles me with incredible models!"

NileshAmazing models!

Another great portfolio builder day at Mick's place - this time with the lovely Helen G. The reason I keep going back for more of these shoots is that they are always so well organised and there are lots of great options for shooting with both natural light and studio lighting. Mick is incredibly easy to work with and is always on hand to offer advice to make sure you come away with brilliant results. And then of course there is the legendary lunch - worth the admission fee on it's own! Highly recommended - thanks Mick builder

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