Timeline

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Our story

From the start, it was a love of photography that inspired Bob to leave the Police Force (CID) and set up Crown Photography back in 1977.

Crown Photography quickly became the leading Portrait and Wedding studio in the North East of England. The business grew to new heights, with Bob becoming Chairman of the Master Photographers Association (MPA).

In 1984, David joined the business and helped the relocation of the business to Chester Road, Sunderland. Crown Photography has been there ever since.

The next 16 years would see the continued growth of the business with great success with one of the highlights for David was winning Fuji’s ‘UK Photographer of the year’ for his outstanding work.

David and his team have since gone on to winning over 200 photography awards.

With the Millennium closing in, David took the next step in securing the businesses future by rebranding as David Lawson Studios. The company has now become a household name in the North East, known for excellent customer service and award-winning photography.

This family-run business, has been recognised for outstanding attention for detail and creativity, that has lead the team to photograph members of the Royal Family, football and sporting icons and world-renowned celebrities, musicians and artists.

It hasn’t been the easiest of journeys. David’s son Josh joined the business on a short-term basis to help David to refocus on the business after the sad loss, from terminal cancer, of his partner and Josh’s mum Debbie in 2015. 2 years later, David’s dad Bob also passed away unexpectedly.

Josh has since become a key part of the family business. Together with his dad, they are taking their skill and talent in a new direction, ensuring David Lawson Studio is around for generations to come.

There’s nothing like getting thrown in at the deep end to learn your craft!

Josh, David and Bob are all self-taught.

Together, David and Josh’s bond is stronger than ever, strengthened by the tragic losses they endured together.

The Lawson team work hard to ensure that clients are well looked after, treating them as if they are valued family members.

Joshua & David Lawson

The introduction of digital cameras into the world of photography is a double-edged sword.

In my introductory years in the World of Photography, life was a lot different. A photo session was carried out on good old film and a camera that you have to focus yourself and calculate the right exposure to use to achieve the perfect results. The margin for error was slim, and you always spent a nervous few hours or days in some cases awaiting the results of your shoot to come back from the process lab to make sure the results were up to a the usual high standard.

You learned to take care to compose – and pose – your shots before clicking the button!

But what made a photographer stand out was his or her ability to be creative and to push the boundaries of the equipment available and also be an extraordinary people manager at the same time.

A roll of film for a high quality shoot such as a wedding or portrait session held 12 shots.

The data contained in a single shot in a roll of film is vastly higher than the data contained in a digital photograph taken with the average prosumer digital camera, but these 12 shots really had to count, unlike the machine gun approach to photography adopted by many digital converts today.

After all, if you take a couple of hundred shots, you may just find one that is good!

The point is that true professionals produce good results because they are trained and are experienced enough to be able to cope with the mini disasters and stresses that do occur during important events.

I consider myself a true professional; just as I mastered film-based photography, I have now mastered the art of digital photography and am creative enough to turn the mundane into the magical – and turn potential disasters into triumphs.

I make no apologies for my claims; in my 30 years in the business of photography, I have seen it all – well most of it anyway – and have the awards –and the T-shirts to prove I have done it.

In this life you do get what you pay for, and I believe that the images produced by my Studio are second to none in quality, substance and style, which is why my fees are a little higher than average here in the North East.

In London and other areas I could charge much more, but I love the North East and this is where I choose to live and work.

If you want outstanding results and platinum-level, customer service, give me a call and I will gladly arrange a no-obligation sit-down over a coffee in my studio.

ITS BEEN A WOOF FEW WEEKS ! 😎
Our favorite picture of the day HOW CUTE.

Dont they say its a DOGS LIFE ? i am sure it must be less pressure than being human 🙂

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ITS BEEN A WOOF FEW WEEKS ! 😎
Our favorite picture of the day HOW CUTE.

Dont they say its a DOGS LIFE ? i am sure it must be less pressure than being human 🙂

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SAFETY in the STUDIO - with DAVID & JOSH.
David doing his weekly heath and safety checks.
Its real important to us with regards to checking our equipment to keep clients safe, as you can see David likes to make sure the Hi-Glide which holds the studio lights off the ground so there are no stands to get in your way on the floor.
They are kept up with tension springs so the feel weightless when moving them around.
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SAFETY in the STUDIO - with DAVID & JOSH.
David doing his weekly heath and safety checks.

Its real important to us with regards to checking our equipment to keep clients safe, as you can see David likes to make sure the Hi-Glide which holds the studio lights off the ground so there are no stands to get in your way on the floor.

They are kept up with tension springs so the feel weightless when moving them around.

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Its REAL WINDY INSIDE the STUDIO with JOSH TODAY !

A little light hearted humour with our wind machine at the stuidio today.
I think Joshs EXPLINATION sums it all up HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS.

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NEEDING A NEW Instagram or Facebook PROFILE PICTURE 📸

We can create something SPECIAL 😍 that can reflect your PERSONALITY
if you have an idea we can BRING IT TO LIFE.

We have many years EXPERIENCE helping our clients stand out in a crowd or be notice communication is the KEY give us a call ☎️ 01915656464 or send us a message if you need to know more.

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How hard has this year got to get with COVID ?

OUR STUDIO is still OPEN as USUAL and we are getting creative shooting our larger FAMILY PORTRAITS SESSIONS.

With the new restrictions of not mixing two house holds we have been booking our large family groups in at different times or days then creating one final portrait with our PHOTOSHOP skills of EVERYONE together as David explains in this short video.

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Joshua Lawson 😎 ON ONE OF OUR
PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING DAYS 📸

We thought we would share one of our images with you from one of our recent PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING DAY SESSIONS.

There is a lot of time that goes into creating Stunning Images like this one of JOSH and not everyone can appreciate that.
From finding your location, then deciding what your going to put in it or what subject you want portray.

Then there is lighting which is a MASSIVE part of the image and then EDITING time of how you want your final portrait to look.
This one image from start to finish could have taken 5-6 hours of time.

If you think you could benefit from one of our training days email david@davidlawson.com

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Josh at his Wedding at Lumley Castle📸😎

Weddings are still going ahead but with smaller guest numbers limited to 30 max.

The weather has held and the couple having a great day 🎉🎉

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@lumleycastle Josh at his Wedding at Lumley Castle📸😎

Weddings are still going ahead but with smaller guest numbers limited to 30 max.

The weather has held and the couple having a great day 🎉🎉

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ART WORK FOR YOUR HOME 📸😊

So you have gone to all the trouble of re decorating changing your front room or home and then you needing a centre piece for the wall.

What better way than a creative portrait of you guys together.
We have some AMAZING Designer frames to finish off your perfect portrait.

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AMAZING TIMES BRINGING LIFE INTO THE WORLD 😍

Bump photography or Fabulous pictures of your wife or girlfriend being PREGNANT is a VERY SPECIAL TIME😍 an NEW BABY wow what an incredible achievement so two people.

Time you cannot get back so STOP let us take a few AMAZING portraits 📸
of you so you have something to look back on and cherish forever.
😊

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'IF A PICTURE CAN PAINT A 1000s' 📸😀

We I never could paint but I guess we all have our owns ways to express our creativity and thankfully Joshua and David way is with a CAMERA .

Check out some of our work ONLINE at www.davidlawson.com

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Mum and Daughter TIME 😍📸

Okay its NEW RULES new lock down rules so time for A NEW LOOK !
Just leave the rollers in all day or Go ONE BETTER 😎

Go To WORK I bet your colleges would be AMAZED just how good you look in rollers and SING this makes everyone HAPPY in the Office, good luck keep me informed 😀

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One Moment in TIME ! 😍

Capturing the PERFECT picture 📸 freezing TIME itself is something we hope we have became experts at.

They say 'ITS NOT THE TOOLS YOU have but WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THEM'

This must be true we have very expensive cameras which are amazing but if I stopped someone in the street and asked them to take a picture of me its not going to take a great shot.

If on the other hand you gave me an old camera film or digital a 100 years old or brand new I would create the same picture every time its what's in my mind what I see when I look through the view finder.

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David & Josh 📸 OUT Supporting LOCAL BUSINESSES.

THE STACK at Seaburn SUNDERLAND 😎
Well lunch time came and we thought for a change we would pop out for lunch and headed down to the recently open Stack along at Seaburn on the sea front.

Only 5 minutes in the que for the track and trace then taken to our seat.

The menu choice is great with different cuisines from Steak to Thai etc almost everything for everyone.

The Beaches down there are the BEST worth the drive down alone.
We have to support local businesses where we can everyone or they are not going to see 2021 ' STAY SAFE STAY LOCAL ' 😎

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An Exhausted Joshua - 😎😁

It’s been a real busy few days thankfully, and now time for a cup of tea and chill.

Well done Josh it’s been a hard year you have been Amazing , Dad xx
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Albie's Newborn Shoot 😍

A huge congratulations to Gordon & Alex who celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary and Albie turning 1 month old at the weekend 🥳 Thank you both for coming into the studio, we cant wait to see how big he's going to be for the next shoot! 😄

Here's what Alex had to say about her experience with us:

"Josh was amazing with our newborn Albie and I sobbed (happy tears) when we saw the beautiful photos he had captured. We can’t thank him enough for capturing precious moments of the 3 of us as a new family. The studio is gorgeous and we had lots of fun during the shoot. Josh was so patient, even when we had to stop the shoot to change Albie’s nappy and then again when he wanted feeding. I would strongly recommend David Lawson studios to anyone who was considering a newborn shoot!"

Newborn & Baby Photoshoots from just £49 and My 1st Year which is our most popular package for £99!

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Marlon & Kelly's Couple Session in the Studio 😍😎

These guys knew what to do in front of the camera, you could tell they must have practised before they came in 🤣

We have had more and more couples coming to us to capture the special bond they share with each other. From the "Fun & Natural" shots to the ones you see on the front cover of a high end fashion magazine, we can do it all 📸

Book your session today for just £75!

Call us on 0191 565 6464 or DM us for more information 📞

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David on one of his many Motorbike Adventures 😎🏍 Can anyone guess where in the world he was at on this picture?

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Wedding Photography at its Best 😍

We are so fortunate to have so many amazing and historical landmarks across the north east and Durham cathedral is definitely one of them!🕍

What is your favourite North East Landmark? Leave us a comment down below ⬇️⬇️

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Dropping off Cara & David's Amazing Guest Signature Frame! 😍

Cara and David aka Mr & Mrs Barella had their Wedding taken by Josh earlier this year before lockdown at Rockliffe Hall 📸

Enjoy hanging this beautiful picture in your home and we will catch up very soon! P.S Sorry for asking you to have your picture taken when you had just finished work 🤣 You guys still look great!!

I also love the fact that one of your rabbits photo bombed the picture 🐰

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Rockliffe Hall

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A young David Lawson doing what he does best 😎📸

From an early age, David has always been interested in photography and has always gone the extra mile to get the perfect shot!

Has anyone got an old picture that David took? If so please send us a picture in the comments below ⬇️⬇️

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August was full of Newborns & Babies in the Studio, just look at this beautiful shot of Haitham and his Dad 😍

The bond between a father and his son is something special, let us capture those precious moments..

Newborn & Baby Sessions start from £49 or check out our "My 1st Year" Package for only £99 🤩

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The Gajananan Family came to the studio all the way from Harrow, just outside of London 😄 They were recommended by another family member who Josh took some pictures of last year!

For their first professional family portrait session, they were naturals in front of the camera 📸

From just £49 you can book a session with Josh or David in the Studio😎

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Another awesome Couples Photoshoot in the studio yesterday with Marlon & Kelly 😎📸

They are due to get married later this year at Gretna Green but not before they came in to have some pictures taken with Josh! We all laughed from start to end 🤣

All the best to you both and see you on Saturday to show you the pictures!

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Look at these Awesome Pictures of the Ord Family in the studio 📸😎

Thank you for coming in guys, the shoot was so much fun and we hope that you enjoy the pictures for many many years to come! Until the next time, stay safe and see you all soon!

All the best,

Josh & David 😄

I think it had been over 10 years since their last family portraits and the family has grown so much since then. Don't leave it too long to have your family portraits taken as we all know how important family is during these difficult times.

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Can we all wish Mr & Mrs Johnson a huge congratulations for getting married yesterday! We should have been in New York getting pictures in Central Park but instead had the ceremony at beautiful Eshott Hall 😁🥰

We just had to get shot in front of the studio yesterday and don't worry its just a hire car, they did't actually get locked up 🤣

All the best to you both and see you very soon!

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JOSHUA LAWSON - FLYING HIGH 📸😀
Its not everyday you get to photograph FROM THE SKY 😁

Shooting pictures from a HELICOPTER you will need a fast shutter speed SEE THE CONCENTRATION ON JOSHS FACES you need to be FOCUSED 😀and ready to respond.

Our job at times does get us around and there is NEVER a dull moment, we are lucky and appreciate all our jobs that our FABULOUS CLIENTS BOOK US for as we are up for any challenge.

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OUR WINNER Hazel COLLECTING 🥇 her WINNING Prize from our FAMILY PORTRAIT 📸 COMPETITION WORTH OVER £600.

Hazel called in yesterday and was over the moon 😀 to have won saying she never wins anything so it just goes to show never give keep trying.

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** CALLING ALL PARENTS **

Don't miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime to have your newborn baby photographed, in our Award Winning Newborn Studio 💞

We have so many customers who wish they could go back in time and have their children's pictures taken when they were a baby.

Over the coming weeks and months they will continue to grow but don't forget to capture those precious moments with a fantastic studio photoshoot with David & Josh 📸

Packages start from just £49! This could be used for yourself or to give someone you know who is due soon 🥳

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