About - philip hatfield

About me

For those of you old enough to remember film cameras I began taking photographs at senior school back in the 1970s, mainly portraits of my fellow pupils and developed and printed black and white films in my Grandparents’ coal cellar- (that being the only place which could act as a darkroom.) I started work at age 16 as apprentice trainee photographer on the local newspaper the “News and Mail” based in Barrow in Furness where I learned to photograph everything from baby shows to royal visits. I achieved my National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) certificate at age 19.

 Several years later I left and went freelance. During those early years I had photographs published in many national newspapers, magazines, and on television amongst them (deep breath) The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, BBC television, Granada Television and many, many others.

I also began to photograph my friends’ weddings. I spent some time photographing in northern Ireland during the period of “the troubles” to document the struggle from all sides after which I worked in America and Europe. I finally decided to stop wandering around and settled back in the north of England where I again took up photographing weddings and commercial assignments. I won several awards including a Fuji regional prize for wedding photography. My regular commercial clients included GlaxoSmithKline, BAE systems (Submarines), Furness College, Barrow in Furness, Furness Enterprise Agency and many others. So, I think you’ll agree I have had more than a little experience in the world of photography. I certainly didn’t just buy a shiny new camera yesterday and call myself a photographer today.

What’s the difference  between me and other photographers? Well, other than my pedigree outlined above I aim for 100 percent satisfaction – actually that you will be delighted not just satisfied! Every image I create is adjusted for colour balance on a photographic industry calibrated computer and Eizo colour profiled monitor so skin tones are as pleasing as possible. I guarantee most “photographers” will have no idea what I am talking about here but you will see the difference in my print products. Every image is enhanced by removing any minor blemishes and imperfections.

Digital cameras with their inherent over-sensitivity to the colour red tend to make minor skin imperfections actually WORSE than in real life. Where necessary I am fastidious in removing or reducing such blemishes so you look your very best.

I am also used to the old fashioned concepts of good service and politeness. If you've any questions please use my contact page. I aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours with the exception of holiday periods. In the unlikely event of not receiving a timely reply please telephone 01229 476000 or text my mobile number 07527 178229. Thank you. Phil

email hatfieldphoto@yahoo.co.uk  



tel 01229 476000

Island Portrait Studio, 22 Douglas St. Barrow in Furness LA14 3QQ tel 01229 476000 / mob 07527178229

Historical documents!

Historical Photographs: Phil with Ken Dodd "Dickie Mint" and Dr Patrick Moore

Virginia McKenna takes a break at Coniston lake during the filming of Swallows and Amazons, taken by me in 1974. I didn't really know that she was such an acclaimed actress at the time, although I'd seen her in the film "Born Free" with husband Bill Travers. I asked her if I might take a photo for the newspaper and she gave me this lovely smile.

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