Loud and Flashy Photographic Studio Northumberland

Loud and Flashy Photographic Studio Northumberland
Images taken in the Loud and Flashy photographic studio in Ashington, near Newcastle upon Tyne.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Our Guide Dog Amber.

If you've visited the studio this year you may have met our Guide Dog Puppy Amber.  

She's been with us since January for her basic training and socialising and last week celebrated her 1st birthday, so we had a little photoshoot with her and her best friend, Willow, who is just 13 weeks old.

She really is the most perfect dog you could ever meet, with the best temperament - totally soppy and affectionate!

She'll be leaving us in February 2017 to go to her advanced training and we'll be so sad to see her go, but also so proud knowing she's going to radically improve someone's quality of life, giving them more freedom.

If you'd like to find out more about puppy walking, sponsoring a dog, or just Guide Dogs in general have a look here - Guide Dogs UK

Nearly Christmas!

Where has this year gone?  Surely it's only still Easter!

Anyway, it's been a month since we last posted as we've been so busy in the studio. And as we're still so busy we just wanted to post briefly to say we still have AMAZING offers running up until Christmas, but hurry, as there aren't many slots left! So if you want FANTASTIC family photos as presents for loved ones get in touch NOW!

Here's where to find our Flash Deals (they don't stay online long, so don't hesitate!)


Remember to check every day, there are lots of great deals coming!

Monday, 31 October 2016


I shot some more images recently for the Eliot Smith Company's latest production - Pitman.

This dance piece is based on the work of The Ashington Group, more commonly known as the Pitmen Painters. 

This time Eliot arrived with various props including Davy lamps, pick axes and miners helmets. So just a regular day in the studio!

He then showed me some of the original paintings that he wanted to reproduce as publicity images for the production. They were set down a coal mine.  

Now obviously the studio doesn't look much like a working coal mine so I knew I'd be putting backgrounds in with Photoshop. 

The challenge was to get the lighting right on the dancers in a bright white studio, so that it would fit in with the chosen background later. I used a Lencarta Elite Pro 300w studio light on a low power setting, fitted with a beauty dish and honeycomb grid. I positioned it at the same height as the miner's Davy lamp and as close to the models faces as possible without it being in shot.

Below is one of the images as it was shot.

And here is the final edit, with added coal mine! (click to enlarge)

I have to say I'm really pleased with how they all turned out.
If you'd like to see more of them check out

If you'd like some great, creative commercial photography
get in touch it costs a lot less than you think!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Amazing Special One Day Sale Offers!

Between now and Christmas we'll be doing lots of flash sales!  So far we've had cheap family shoots, cheap canvases and cheap school photos!

The school photo sessions have been so popular that we're keeping them going. So if you want a HUGE 18"x12" print, a LARGE 12"x8" print and FOUR 6"x4" prints of the same pose for just £15 get in touch now!  It would cost you a lot more through your school AND you can make sure their hair and uniform are straight!!

Anyway, back to the Flash Sales!

They change daily so bookmark the page and keep checking. If you like what you see click to buy the voucher, then you can take your session at any time that suits you, there's no expiry date.

Click here for the flash sales

Don't forget to bookmark the page!

Affordable Priceless Memories.

Monday, 26 September 2016

It's been a busy weekend....

Along with shooting a wedding (Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Ullock) we've had family and baby shoots in the studio and we also had world renowned choreographer Maurice Causey in with the Eliot Smith Company of dancers. He'd flown in specially from Amsterdam to choreograph a new work with Eliot and his team. 
Nothing like a bit of variety to make the time fly by!

Here are a few images from the last week.
Mr & Mrs Ullock

Maurice Causey (2nd from right) with the Eliot Smith Company. 

Isabella's school photo shoot.

We still have places for school photos, so get them to the studio before they trash their uniform!

If you'd like great family or commercial photography get in touch, it's cheaper than you think!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

It's nearly Christmas!

Well, if you listen to the supermarkets it is!

However, while it may still seem a way off, if you want a photo of the family as a present for someone it's time to think about booking!

This time of year we get very busy and the slots fill up quickly.  If you want to bring your family in for a photoshoot email the studio now with the best days and times for you and we'll get back with some dates.  

We have some great packages over on our website and if you quote 'BLOG' when booking we'll give you 10% off anything you buy from your session.

To get you in the mood, here's one we shot previously!

So what are you waiting for? Christmas? Get booking!

Friday, 12 August 2016

What a lovely day!

Wednesday I had the pleasure of shooting the wedding of Jacqueline and Stan. The weather in Morpeth was glorious, the bride was beautiful and the groom was a bag of nerves. It's amazing how the simple act of getting married can turn a tough 6'4" bloke into a nervous wreck!

However, he coped admirably and it was an amazing day.

So congratulations to the Swiateks, enjoy the honeymoon!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Spectacular Summer Offers!

We have some AMAZING deals on over the summer holidays!

Firstly, bring the family for a photoshoot for just £15 and we'll fully retouch the image of your choice and frame it as well!

Secondly, why not bring the kids for their school photo before they trash their new uniform?!

You pick your favourite image and we fully retouch it and have it printed in a variety of sizes.

All for just £15! Compare that to Tempest's fees! And you get to brush their hair and straighten their ties before the photo!!

To book your session in the studio email us now - info@loudandflashy.com or call 01670 813007.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Pitmen Painters!

Having previously created award winning photos for the Eliot Smith Company, they came back today for some more!

Their new work currently in rehearsals is called PITMAN and is inspired by the world famous Pitmen Painters who just so happen to come from a mining town in Northumberland called Ashington, also home to Loud and Flashy!

The following information is from Wikipedia:

The Ashington Group was a small society of artists from Ashington, Northumberland, which met regularly between 1934 and 1984. Despite being composed largely of miners with no formal artistic training, the Group and its work became celebrated in the British art world of the 1930s and 1940s.

The Group began as the Ashington branch of the Workers' Educational Association (WEA), which first advertised a class on 'Evolution' in 1927; after a further seven years of evening classes in various subjects they turned their attention to art appreciation. The WEA and Durham University organised for a tutor, the painter and teacher Robert Lyon (1894-1978) to come and instruct the group, but its members, mainly miners from the Woodhorn and Ellington Collieries, quickly grew dissatisfied with the course. Lyon suggested that the group members instead try creating their own paintings as a means to develop an understanding and appreciation of art.

By 1936 the group - many of whose members were committed to the principles of the Independent Labour Party - had drawn up an extensive list of regulations, by which all members had to abide, and named itself the Ashington Group; it also held its first exhibition at Armstrong College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. A further exhibition was held in 1938 as an extension of the Mass Observation project.

By the early 1940s the Group had exhibited in London, and continued to thrive after Lyon left to teach in Edinburgh, though he remained in contact with the Group's members. Over the next few years the work of the Group was noticed and praised by a number of prominent British artists and critics, such as Julian Trevelyan and Henry Moore.

After World War II, critical interest in the Group waned, but they continued to meet weekly, producing new art and taking on new members. The critic William Feaver met one of the Group's central members, Oliver Kilbourn, in the early 1970s, and began a renewal of interest in their work, which was restored and featured in several touring exhibitions. In the 1980s, the Group's "Permanent Collection" became the first western exhibition in China after the Cultural Revolution!

The Group's meeting hut was finally demolished in 1983; Kilbourn, the last of the Group's founder members, arranged for the paintings to be put in trust prior to his death in 1993, and they are now kept in Woodhorn Colliery Museum. Feaver's book about the Group, Pitmen Painters: The Ashington Group 1934-1984, has been adapted  into a successful play by Lee Hall.

The paintings are viewable free at Woodhorn Museum near Ashington, Northumberland.

'The Bowler' by Len Robinson was chosen by Eliot Smith Company to be the inspiration for their promotional artwork after Eliot visited the collection at Woodhorn.  Yamit Salazar tried his best to look like the character in the painting! Arriving with a child's soft rubgy ball for a prop that needed to look like an antique bowling ball certainly gave me a challenge in Photoshop!

Below is the original painting by Len Robinson along with the image created in the studio, both before and after photoshop!

The full set of images will be shown as soon as they've been edited.

Len Robinson - The Bowler

Yamit Salazar of the Eliot Smith Company with photoshopped bowling ball!

If you'd like some commercial or personal photography, get in touch, but go and see some amazing art and social history at the Woodhorn Museum first!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Award Winning Photography!

Today I received an email from Lencarta Lighting informing me I'd won their monthly photography competition for June!  Obviously I was rather pleased considering the standard of images that get entered from all over the country. However, when I looked on their site I was even more pleased. Not only had I won the June competition, but I'd also won the May competition as well and hadn't realised!

The two images are below, but do check out the other great winners form this year on the Lencarta Web Site 

Imprisonment (June Winner) - an image commissioned by the Eliot Smith Company.

Bobbi (May Winner) - from a shoot for a model's portfolio.

If you'd like some award winning images for your business, get in touch! ;)

We're a lot cheaper than you probably think!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Bump Shoots!

A bit of variety in the studio today.

As well as some family shoots we've had Eliot Smith in for some promotional head shots. He's an amazing dancer based in the north east, but working all over the world. We've worked together a few times now shooting his various works and look forward to more!

We then finished the day with a bump shoot for a lady that's due in the next few days. We were only a little nervous that she might give birth in the studio!

Here's a quick edit from the last set of the day.

If you'd like some amazing images for your business, or treasured memories of your family, get in touch.

The good news is it's not as expensive as you might think!
Our full price list is on our website - www.loudandflashy.com

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Creative Nights

We run a monthly Creative Night at the studio in Ashington for Models, Photographers, Makeup Artists and any other like minded types to get together.

It's a great chance to network and shoot images for portfolios in a safe welcoming environment, ideal for new as well as more experienced image makers.

Here's a picture from last night's shoot. Click to see it full size.

The model is Yazmin, MUA is Nichola Hunter-Handysides.

Our next Creative Night is Thursday 16th June,  7-11pm.

It's FREE for models to attend and just £20 for photographers (limited number).
Free refreshments!

If you'd like to add some amazing images to your portfolio, or just want to try your hand at modelling come along!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Boudoir Workshop

Limited to just 6 photographers, join us this weekend to learn how to pose, light, shoot and edit your model!

This 6 hour workshop is suitable for all levels of ability and requires no special equipment. Learn how to use what you have to shoot great boudoir photography in any location!

As well as the theory you'll get plenty of shooting time to add amazing images to your portfolio.

Cost is just £55 including refreshments.

To book your place email the studio - info@loudandflashy.com or call 01670 813007

Monday, 28 March 2016

Lighting Workshop

We have the amazing Yazmin modelling for us at this workshop which is designed for all levels of ability.

Come and learn how to get the lighting effect you want in your images to make your photography stand out!

Places are limited to ensure lots of 'hands on' time shooting so book now. Just £30 per person including refreshments.

Sunday 8th May, 10am-2pm at Loud and Flashy Photography, 92 Station Road, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 8RN.

email info@loudandflashy.com to book your place now.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Model Group Shoots at Loud and Flashy

We have some model shoot days coming up at Loud and Flashy, so if you're a photographer interested in building your portfolio CLICK HERE to see the full list. Below are some highlights!

Sessions run 10am-2pm and 2:30-6:30pm. Each session is for just 4 photographers and Simon (studio owner) will be on hand to give all help needed with lighting, camera settings etc.


On Saturday 9th April we have top model Rachelle Summers in the studio.
Cost per session is £45

On Sunday 10th April we have Rara Goes Roar in the studio!

Cost per session is £40

To book your place on any of these shoots email the studio - info@loudandflashy.com