Stand out as an expert in your field

Your headshot can be used for your social media, websites, company brochures, conferences, and email signatures.  You’re a professional. Your image matters. Stand out from the crowd with a great headshot.

Make a powerful first impression

These days first impressions are usually made online. At some point somebody is going to Google you. It could be a headhunter, an HR Manager or a potential client. Take control of your first impression by having a great corporate headshot.

Gain credibility and likeability

A good headshot photo will make people more likely to trust and like you. People do business with people they like and trust. How do you want your clients and colleagues to view you… That cropped wedding photo, or that holiday snap on your LinkedIn profile needs to go!

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Your online image matters

  • Headshots aren’t just for actors. Business cards were great back in the 90s. These days people will search online for you before they meet you.
  • Look at your current LinkedIn profile photo. Does it represent you as a warm and confident professional?
  • Whatever industry or field you work in, you will be judged by your online image. In a recent study, it was shown that most people form an opinion about a person’s trustworthiness within just 1/10th of a second and that impression can last up to 6 months… even AFTER they’ve met you!
  • We are visual by nature. Great headshots convey trust and friendliness.
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You’re in safe hands!

I completely understand that some people would rather have a root canal that have their photo taken. Either that, or you might think you’re not photogenic. Or you might think you always look bad in photos.

Don’t worry about ANY of that. I’ve created headshots for hundreds of clients over the past 10 years. I’ll coach and direct you all the way through your headshot session. At no point will I ask you to smile for the camera because fake smiles look… well… fake! Instead, I’ll teach you some brilliant techniques that will make you look confident and approachable in your headshots.

And here’s the thing – you’ve got nothing to lose. I’m so confident that I can create a headshot that you’ll love, I’ll give you your money back if you don’t!

Darren Irwin – Owner & Photographer

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1. Book online

Click on the “Book online” link below to access my online scheduler and avoid the hassle of going back and forth by email.

2. Prepare

I’ll send you lots of information about hair, make-up and clothing choices so you can get the most out of your session.

3. The Shoot

This is the fun part! I’ll direct you all the way to ensure you look confident, professional and approachable.

4. delivery

After the shoot, we’ll choose the headshots you want and they’ll be sent off for retouching. You’ll have them within 3 days.

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Kathryn’s Story

As a new author, I had no experience of headshot photos and was unsure what to expect.

“Darren put me completely at ease. He arranged the makeup expert, whose light-touch was perfect for the job. 

Not only did he make the session a pleasure, he also gave me a Masterclass on how to have my photo taken and how to present myself.

The photos were superb: it was tricky to narrow down the choices.

If you need professional headshots, then I’d thoroughly recommend this charming, talented photographer.”

Kathryn Mannix, Consultant Physician and Author.

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coaching and direction to make sure you look confident and approachable.

Being photographed is not everyone’s idea of fun. I get that. But don’t let that hold you back from getting a great headshot. I’ve coached and directed hundreds of people in their headshot photoshoots and I know loads of very cool tricks to help you with your expression and body language.

Not only am I going to take the best headshot you’ve ever seen of yourself (guaranteed!), I’m also going to teach you some techniques about how to present yourself to the camera that you’ll use for the rest of your life! You don’t need to be a professional model to look good in a photograph, and everyone can look better than they think they can!

My process is designed to put you at ease and let your personality show in the images. Most headshot shoots last around an hour, but there’s no time limit because I don’t want you to feel at all rushed.

Whether it’s an actor’s headshot session, a corporate headshot job or an executive portrait, I always shoot with my camera connected to a large screen so we can review the images in real time, taking regular breaks so I can show you what’s working.

By the end of the shoot, you’ll be an expert at presenting yourself to the camera.

I guarantee you’ll love your new headshot … in fact if you don’t, I’ll give you your money back.

And you never know… you might just have a little fun along the way…

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Gary Shaw

Darren’s professional knowledge and passion for his work was evident during the shoot, and the resulting pictures look great.
I learned a lot during my afternoon in the studio and the headshots are some of the best I’ve had in my 22 years as a model.

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Mark Runkee

Darren was excellent in his approach, he made us all feel really at ease which made the whole shoot a pleasant and relaxed experience.
We are really impressed with our new company head shots.

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Kirsty Lowe

I cannot recommend Darren highly enough. I needed head shots. Darren put me at ease, helped me get the best angles and took photos with different clothes and backgrounds. I’m really impressed with the results. I genuinely don’t think I could have asked for more!


These are some of the most frequently asked questions, but if you’d like to know anything else, please give me a call on 07473 765 833.

Where is the studio?

My studio is located in the heart of Newcastle city centre on High Bridge. The full address is: Studio 7, Baltic 39, 39 High Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 1EW.

There’s plenty of parking nearby, it’s a 10 minute walk from Newcastle Central train station and just a 3 minute walk from the Monument Metro station.

It’s also conveniently close to some of the best bars and restaurants in town!

How long do the headshot sessions last?

There’s no time limit to the shoots. Usually an hour is ample time. Sometimes a little longer, sometimes a little less. If you want to bring along a change of outfits, that’s no problem. I also like to shoot on a range of backgrounds so you’ll have lots of choice for your final images.

What about hair and makeup?

For a small additional charge, I can arrange professional hair and make up. It makes a huge difference so I generally recommend it. That said, it’s not essential and I’ll send you lots of tips before your session if you’d prefer to do your own.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Payment for your headshot session is done online when you book. If you purchase any additional images, products and services on the day of the shoot, I accept credit/debit cards and cash in the studio.

What should I wear for my headshots?

Generally dark and non-patterned shirts and tops look best. Fitted is better than loose and baggy. Bright colours can work well, but not many people photograph well in red so that’s best avoided.

Jewelry should be small and simple.

If in doubt, bring along extra clothes and we’ll see what looks best on camera.

Do I really need a professional headshot?

Yes, you do!

I’ve created headshots for doctors, authors, accountants, sales executives, actors, singers, dancers, TV presenters, estate agents, solicitors, barristers, managers, CEOs, CFOs, entrpreneurs, students, academics, PhD candidates, small business owners, data analystics, models and even headshots for dating apps. The list is ended, really.

Whatever field you’re in, raising the quality of your personal brand will open doors and lead to more opportunities.

How do I book a headshot appointment?

Easy! Just click here or on any of the “Book Now” links on this page to access my online scheduler. Find a date and time that works for you and book it.

You’ll then receive a confirmation email with lots of information about how to get the most out of your headshot appointment.

Will you come to my office?

Yes, of course. Please contact me for full details of office and team headshots.

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