Phil Sproson Curriculum Vitae
Professional Photographer

Enthusiastic Published Photographer committed to delivering promised results. Successful at experimenting with new approaches, techniques, and software to deliver top of class imagery to clients. Thrives under pressure and is inspired by an artistic challenge.

Experience & Qualifications
Phil Sproson Photography
Director of Photography
  • Business originally setup to facilitate property photography and the sale of landscape photography products, expanded into portrait photography, pet and equine, product and commercial
  • Property photography: Working with Peak Cottages Ltd on a freelance basis to refresh their 200+ property portfolio over the last 3 years. Often replacing owner taken photographs with professional imagery. *Professional photography has increased booking rates
  • Worked with Milano Home development company creating marketing imagery
  • I have also worked with.:
    The National Forest; Visit Peak District; Buxton Mountain Rescue Team; Friends of the Peak District; Buxton, Leek, Macclesfield, Chesterfield, Castleton, Edale, Upper Derwent Tourist Information Centres; Haddon Hall; Chatsworth House; Derbyshire Life; BBC Countryfile Magazine; Photography News; BBC Introducing Manchester; Peak Walking Adventures; Blue John Cavern; Buxton Opera House; Buxton Civic Association; Adventure 001 and numerous others
  • Collaborated successfully with a variety of personalities and work styles
  • Define requirements with customers and plan out photographic commissions
  • Create, market and distribute my own range of greeting cards, postcards, prints and other gift items
  • Founder of the High Peak Photography Society, teaching photography to others
Qualifications
  • NCFE Diploma in Photography
  • Social Media Marketing and Online Reputational Management Diploma
  • City & Guilds Qualified Web Author in HTML, CSS. WordPress expert
  • BSc (Hons) Geography & Environmental Science
Publications
Peak Cottages 2016 brochure
January 2016
Peak Cottages Brochure 2016The cover photograph for the Peak Cottages 2016 brochure, the image itself being “Taking in the View”. Numerous double page section photographs which were made up of landscape and lifestyle photographs, then many of the holiday properties featured in the brochure I captured.
Derbyshire Life
August 2015
Derbyshire LifeA cover photograph of Ivy Cottage, Aldwark
BBC Countryfile Magazine
September 2015
BBC Countryfile Magazine August 2015Commissioned to capture images of the beginning of the Pennine Way from Edale railway station to the Downfall on Kinder Scout. Accompanied by the walking writer, program maker, broadcaster, Andrew White
BBC Countryfile Magazine
August 2014
BBC Countryfile MagazineMy images were used in an article about the hidden gems of the Peak District, part of the ‘off the beaten track’ series of articles looking at the hidden gems of the Peak District National Park.
BBC Countryfile Magazine
July 2014
BBC Countryfile Magazine

A teaser photograph for an article that will run in the COUNTRYFILE August 2014 issue of the magazine entitled ‘Taking in the View’ on Curbar Edge from the sunsets gallery.

This is part of the ‘off the beaten track’ series of articles and will look at the hidden gems of the Peak District National Park.

Visit Peak District 2014
January 2014
Peak District Guide 2014The 2014 Visitor Guide is the official destination brochure which is designed to inspire visitors to choose the Peak District as a destination for holidays and short breaks.

It has a circulation of over 30,000 copies.

The cover photograph in question was taken on the August Bank Holiday at sunrise from the amazing gorge that is Winnats Pass and takes in the view of the Hope Valley.

Recommendations

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and read my recommendations from emails I have received:

I had a lovely family shoot with Phil the other day... I was extremely impressed with the results
Heather and Little Jamie Family Portrait Customer
Heather and Little Jamie
I had a lovely family shoot with Phil the other day, pre-shoot communication was great and Phil arrived on time and ready to shoot. He is extremely patient and professional when it comes to shooting children, my two year old is very active and hardly ever stays still! which I am sure many parents can relate to. But Phil was brilliant in capturing him at the right moments. We had a great day shooting, the time flew by and I was extremely impressed with the results. The pictures were professionally edited and arrived in good time. I can highly reccomened Phil to anyone, thank you, Heather and Jamie x

He is fun, sociable and friendly with a great eye for a cracking shot.
Jen Brook Writer, Artist, Creative
Jen Brook
Phil and I worked together two days ago and I would absolutely love to work with him again. He is fun, sociable and friendly with a great eye for a cracking shot. He is also extremely respectful with a great sense of humour. I wouldn't hesitate in working with him again. Highly recommended

Phil captured them doing what they love doing - messing around in the water
Liz Wilding Dog Photoshoot Customer
Liz Wilding
Had a great photo shoot with our two Chocolate Labs & phil. They are not the most co-operative dogs when it comes to posing for a photo but Phil captured them doing what they love doing - messing around in the water

I would recommend Phil for any form of Landscape, Commercial and Lifestyle Photography
Richard Weston Peak Cottages Ltd
Richard Weston
Having worked with Phil on a regular basis, I have been consistently impressed with his attention to detail in his photographs. Phil is efficient and very organised in his work and I would recommend him for any form of Landscape, Commercial and Lifestyle Photography.
www.peakcottages.com

Thank you for your excellent and amazingly quick work!
Luca Cataluffi Milani Home London
 Luca Cataluffi
The Brief: These are modern, stylish flats that aim to bring London’s high end atmosphere to Manchester so the job is particularly important! The Feedback: "Thank you for your excellent and amazingly quick work!"
www.milanihome.co.uk


I would highly recommend Phil Sproson Photography to anyone looking for beautiful, natural family portraits
Suzanne Best Family Portrait Customer
Suzanne Best
I would highly recommend Phil Sproson Photography to anyone looking for beautiful, natural family portraits. Phil is hugely knowledgeable and totally professional but makes the whole process fun - which is what it should be! He knows how to get the best from his subjects and how to use the fabulous locations of the Peak District as a perfect backdrop for the photographs

Absolutely amazing photographer! ... Will definitely be using you again!
Natalie Wright Pet Portrait Customer
Natalie Wright
Absolutely amazing photographer! Cannot thank him enough for capturing my gorgeous doggy! Will definitely be using you again!

Talented man with a camera and also rather nifty website developer
Zara Watson Zara Watson International Model
Zara Watson
Phil designed and built my website! He is absolutely amazing, he is fast, talented, knowledgeable, helpful, his work is 110% top notch! I love the website, and he has added extra elements along the way, just to make it even better that I would not even have thought of! He is absolutely brilliant! I can also highly recommend Phil's Photography, I have shot with Phil myself and he is a lovely genuine friendly man, who creates stunning images. He is kind, respectful and a real pleasure to work with. Phil is also one of the best landscape photographers I have ever seen, he is superb!! I really cannot sing his praises enough!! Thank you so much Phil for everything!! If you are looking for somebody to build your website, or do your photography, I cannot recommend this man enough
Phil creates engaging and inspiring images
Anete Lusina Photographer
Anete Lusina
Phil is a very talented photographer whom I had an opportunity to work with on a location shoot outdoors. First and foremost, Phil is very friendly and thus makes you feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera should you ever be his client. This allows for the photographer and the client to bond, which in return translates in engaging and inspiring images. Phil delivers those in high quality and has an eye for detail to have them beautifully finished and edited. I would certainly recommend Phil for any type of photography!

The actual images and photography are superb! The photographer is clearly amazing at what he does!
An Amazon Customer
An Amazon Customer
Absolutely stunning calendar! I was more than happy with my purchase. The quality of the calendar was brilliant and it was delivered in perfect condition. The actual images and photography are superb! The photographer is clearly amazing at what he does! Each month is different in theme and beautiful. They make great gifts too! Thank you so much, very happy customer.. Highly recommended

Phil is truly passionate about photography
Jen Francis Founder, Explore Buxton Derbyshire
Jen Francis
As soon as I met Phil at a friends studio shoot last year, it was immediately clear that Phil is truly passionate about photography; he has a deep understanding about the technical aspect of such, obviously built up over a number of years and I found him incredibly professional but also easy to talk to when asking questions – given that I am a newbie to photography really. Phil is highly experienced in studio shoots and what is required as well as being a fantastic landscape photographer, capturing shots that make you want to look into them and stare and its obvious he has a natural talent and eye for it. I would highly recommend Phil if you are looking for a photographer that goes that extra mile with attention to detail.

What an awesome guy! Brilliant photographer and great company
Robyn Brooke Professional Model
Robyn Brooke
What an awesome guy! Brilliant photographer and great company. I had my first of hopefully many shoots with Phil yesterday morning and I could not recommend him more. Phil is very patient (as I was very ill the first time we arranged to shoot), so second time round I think we aced it. Phil is extremely polite, friendly and easy to get along with. Made me feel comfortable throughout the shoot. Direction given was good and we had some basic ideas to work from. Our shoot flew by and it was a great first shoot back for me from some time off. I was looked after with plenty of coffee and a couple of breaks in between sets and even treated to a pub lunch afterwards. All round, a flippin awesome shoot and we are both pleased with the results we got. Also... he was armed with smoke bombs!! That's a big bonus for me! Thank you for being patient with me and a smashing shoot Phil, I hope we shoot again very soon! Robyn xx

Amazing photos. You must have the patience of a Saint to get such magnificent shots. Thank you
Sue Hodgkinson Pet Portrait Customer
Sue Hodgkinson
Absolutely gorgeous Christmas present off our daughter of Bramble our little Jack Russell. Amazing photos. You must have the patience of a Saint to get such magnificent shots. Thank you

Phil produces wonderful photographs of the Peak District
Mair Oliver Gallery Owner
Mair Oliver
Phil produces wonderful photographs of the Peak District, one of my favourite parts of the country. I am always impressed by the way he captures the light effects, particularly in the misty early morning shots. He has a very creative approach, and it's clear to see his love of the countryside.

They are such amazing pictures I'm going to use them for the website
Julia Pryor Little Rascals, Buxton
Julia Pryor
Phil came to Little Rascals to take a photo shoot of my daughter and other children.. He then took pictures of the children on the equipment. They are such amazing pictures I'm going to use them for the website. Thanks Phil

Phil is genuinely a wonderful man and extremely talented in photography
Jade Price Entrepreneur
Jade Price
Well all I can say is I truly love this guy as a dear friend and very talented photographer... Phil is genuinely a wonderful man and extremely talented in photography and definitely knows his stuff Thank you for yesterday and till next time Jade xxx

and the kind words that have been left as reviews on Facebook:

 

Phil is a great photographer whether you are looking for a fabulous print of a local landscape or a family photoshoot. He is professional and very well priced for the standard of work he offers.

Posted by Jason Cornish on Tuesday, 9 February 2016

I would highly recommend Phil Sproson Photography to anyone looking for beautiful, natural family portraits. Phil is…

Posted by Suzanne Howard-Best on Monday, 8 February 2016

Had a great photo shoot with our two chocolate labs & phil. They are not the most co-operative dogs when it comes to…

Posted by Liz Wilding on Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Absolutely amazing photographer! Cannot thank him enough for capturing my gorgeous doggy! Will definitely be using you again!

Posted by Natalie Wright on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Amazing photographer and very helpful. Would love to shoot with him.

Posted by Sarah Walker on Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Beautiful landscape photos from the Peak district. Plenty of space for notes/appointments. Excellent quality. Ideal Christmas present. Xx

Posted by Dawn Bebbington on Monday, 16 November 2015

I have only worked with Phil the once and wow what an absolute amazing experience, he put me at ease all the way through…

Posted by Stephanie Bebbington on Monday, 16 November 2015

Phil is a really great local photographer who captures stunning images of landscapes, people and events.

Posted by John Moss on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Phil came to Little Rascals to take a photo shoot of my daughter and other children.. He then took pictures of the…

Posted by Julia Pryor on Monday, 17 August 2015

Fabulous photography and a great guy to deal with.

Posted by Vanessa Wells Holland on Sunday, 9 August 2015

Phil is a great photographer with a wealth of knowledge. I’d highly recommend him to anyone! His range of photography whether landscapes or portraits are exemplary

Posted by Nic Lockwood on Sunday, 9 August 2015

Phil took some photos of my children at the Little Rascals event – great shots that captured their personalities brilliantly!

Posted by Sara Oberland on Saturday, 8 August 2015

I have worked with Phil on numerous occasions and he’s been ever so experienced and knowledgeable in his field of…

Posted by Anete Lūsiņa on Friday, 7 August 2015

Property Photography

150+ property assignments completed in the Peak District and Manchester, inclusive of external and elevated photographs and all interiors. The creation of lifestyle imagery to market holidays in the Peak District.

Landscape Photography

I am a Nationally Published Landscape Photographer, please see publications below. I am an Official Destination Photography Partner for Visit Peak District (the tourist board)

Photoshop CC

Professional Photoshop user producing high standard finished images

Lightroom

Expert user of Lightroom to index and edit photographs

Portraits

People, pet and equine portrait photographer with many positive reviews and recommendations

Photo Restoration

Experienced and maticulous restorer of old and damaged photographs

Web & Social Media Savvy

Qualified as a web author and social media marketing expert with an eye for the aesthetic and deep knowledge of how to engage positively with people