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Winning Image for Lilly and Barrett & Coe Lichfield

We’re pleased to announce photographer Matthew Preston (Barrett & Coe Lichfield) has achieved a winning entry in October/November/December 2022 Baby of the Month competition!

His image of baby Lilly was popular with both our Sponsor and Photographer judging panels, and as a winner, she will receive a £100 Boots voucher, plus the chance to win £5000 in the 2021/2022 Baby of the Year competition.

Matthew, who achieved several winning entries, opened the doors to his studio in May 2018 and has established a reputation for great photography and customer service in his local area. Originally from Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, Matthew first moved to England in 1987 and spent over 25 years in management roles in the distribution/logistics industry, managing large vehicle fleets and warehouses. Matthew has since been married for over 25 years and now has two teenage sons but in 2018, Matthew decided to pursue his ambition to run his own photography studio.

Matthew told us “My previous career had a number of downsides – long commutes and being on call twenty-four hours a day seven days a week, for example. By contrast, I now live less than five miles from my studio, and although I am in the studio six (and occasionally seven) days a week, because I am doing something I really enjoy, it genuinely doesn’t feel like work!

The variety of customers coming in the door is great and I want them to feel comfortable and relaxed and to have fun. No two days are the same, and that’s what makes it exciting. I love the reactions of customers when they see the images for the first time and I look forward to welcoming them back when they next need some photographs taken.”

After an ‘opening night’ at the studio he also began life as a photographer with great feedback from his customers including “We recently had a family photography session and Matthew was really friendly and put us at ease immediately. He was fantastic with our little girl and really brought her out of her shell. He also knew exactly how to get the best from our dog too! When our finished products arrived, we were so pleased and have had many compliments! We would definitely recommend him to other families.”

Matthew’s family-friendly studio is based on a business park on a farm just outside Lichfield, with a farm shop on site selling freshly picked fruit and vegetables and there is always plenty of parking space available. The studio is a short drive from Lichfield, Tamworth, Fradley, and Burton and has baby-changing facilities too.

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Matthew made our whole family photoshoot experience relaxed. considering my partner doesn’t like his pictures being taken but the outcomes of the pictures you would never tell. Thank you Matthew for making our first family shoot a great experience.

Leanne Sutton

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