how we operate :

A small, private, select studio, we aim to provide the best models we can!!

Photographer satisfaction : please read


Studio days :

Developing your style – the downfall of learning photography is that everyone insists that their way is the right way, well, it isn’t! Do you want your images to look like everyone else’s or do you want yours to stand out? Obviously you need a grounding in all the technical aspects to enable you to get the result that you’re after, but don’t let that get in the way of creativity with all the ‘rules and regulations’! I show you how I do things – be it right or wrong – not so that you can copy me, but so that you can grow your own style from that grounding. The only person you need to impress is yourself (of course your model’s opinion is very important too). For example, in landscape photography you must have the obligatory falling down pier, cotton-wool sea and fluffy clouded sky! With glamour you must have the girl on the bed with her bum up in the air! With portraits it’s main light, fill light, side lights, hair light and background light – do something different, I’ll help!! 

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, in your own style! Our aim is to provide the means for you to get your best images ever! 4 photographers and a model (of our usual high standard of course!) 10am-4pm with 1 hour lunch, this allows more shooting time and individual assistance. All studio days incorporate timed one2one’s with our model to ensure equal opportunity per photographer. Enjoy the social learning advantage too, chat to others about camera’s, lighting, get tips from how others work etc. etc! With top models, studio facilities, lighting equipment, locations & assistance, we arrange studio days, workshops and private, assisted one2one and two2one events 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! These events are aimed at the serious photographer looking to progress and work with top models, assistance available when required. We use Profoto and Elinchrom lighting, the former allowing shot’s such as freezing water in motion, multiple burst rate etc., the best studio flash available. The best events for photographers! You provide lunch yourself, we’ll provide tea & coffee!

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 – although I can see the attraction in editing and can assist with this – my main aim is the photograph. The best models are not the cheapest, however, our prices are still competitive! If asked, I won’t tell you how to do shots – I’ll tell you how I do it, be it right or wrong.

The studio : I concentrate mainly on fashion (with a bit of art nude too) where the model and/or clothes are the focal point entirely, for sets like bedroom etc. you want one of the big studios, whereas I keep my premises to something that everyone can adapt – such as a converted double garage, which is easily enough room to work in if done right. For me it’s the thrill of a  strong, edgy fashion shot in black and white, so that’s what I point a lot of the studio days towards. Have a look at my fashion gallery on the website, the studio shot’s were all done here.

Of course this is down to each persons needs and requirements, for example people wanting bedroom glamour wouldn’t come here. We also have the Welsh country side and 2 small towns to use too.

There’s a different approach to shooting art and awards/competitions – one has rules, the other doesn’t, art is in the mind of the creator only, no-one else can judge the result except to like it or dislike it. I lean towards the art side, however, we have had many global competition awards earned by our attendees!

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


studio days vs slot bookings


Please note :

1/ if you want someone to set up the lighting, a model to do all the posing, and then you just press the shutter button without any input to the image, you need slot bookings….  read on ....

2/ we don’t do slot bookings, we are there all the time to assist you – by request – to get your best images. Look at the comparison here : studio days vs slot bookings We do provide 4 hr assisted one2one and two2one’s though!

3/ we don’t rent a massive studio – how much room do you really need for a 9ft backdrop and a model? We use facilities and equipment that you can apply at your own home! So if you want a cold aircraft hanger and 20 lights – go somewhere else.

4/ we don’t use unnecessary props – your model should be the focal point of an image! The girl in underwear playing a musical instrument, wearing a trilby, surrounded by smoke – is really not what we’re about. Accessories are a different matter, a good fashion shot with correct accessories is cool! A fitness shot with minimum accessories – hand wraps, maybe a punch bag – is cool.


my message to you :

I do my best to provide a quality experience on my events, I’m not God with a camera but after 38 years of professional photography I have a few tips and tricks to pass on. I have my own way of conducting these events and will fit in with your needs as best I can to assist you to get your best images ever! During my assistance, I will take a few images to further the progress, by way of illustrating lighting setup or for a practical demonstration, such as working with your model, to help you to get your best results – it’s part of how I assist!

Let me just point something out – I can demonstrate a point in approx 3 minutes, where it would take approx 10 minutes to explain, this gives you more shooting time, (do you learn better by reading instructions or by practical, hands-on demonstrations?) With this applying to lighting, exposure, framing, working with your model etc., etc, work this out for youself over a period of 4-5 hours – a lot of time saved and the demonstrations made in a more useful way!! This time saved is for you to use to take more pictures!!

However, the images I may take – if I do post any – will NOT be posted to social media or PurplePort until enough time has passed for you to use your own images. If you would prefer that I don’t take any images – JUST SAY, I have thousands already!  If you don’t like how my working methods sound – then you don’t have to come here, it’s your choice. I can’t be any more open that this.

I will allow your pictures on my social media to give you more coverage – I have over 2,500 friends – but remember that it’s my social media, not yours, so don’t complain.

Note to models : In response to the recent trend of using our workshops to promote your sponsors/ brands, this practice is not allowed in our terms and conditions, you are being paid for your time and you may not use images from these workshops to promote sponsors and brands without my permission – let them pay us for use of images like everyone else does.

please note : we don’t do adult, soft porn, or any distasteful images, we promote a high standard of behavior and respect to everyone.


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 …….



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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! 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, have a look at my image galleries 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!

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.


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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.”