Clients and testimonials


Sarah Bird

Director, Wild Rumpus

"Chris has been snapping the performances and audiences at our festivals and events for years, he does an amazing job of capturing the essence of things, the smiles, emotions and energy of the festival goers and the artists shine through.  And the photos he takes are used across all of our marketing channels driving ticket sales year round. It also helps that he’s a bloomin lovely chap."

Catherine Braithwaite

Freelance Arts Marketing & Consultant

"I have commissioned Chris to take photographs for a couple of clients and I am always confident that he will always understand the brief as well as deliver exactly what is required and more. I commissioned him in 2016 to photograph a complex art commission over a number of days for Super Slow Way - Suzanne Lacy’s Shapes of Water, Sounds of Hope, He produced portraits, documentary photographs and images that I could use for critical reviews for the art press. He worked tirelessly and imaginatively on the wide range of photographs we required and they were delivered quickly as we were on a tight turnaround.

His work is always creative without being overwhelming to the subject matter he is capturing. His good humour, hard working attitude and technical abilities are second to none. He is able to put both artists and the public at ease on each job he has done for me. I appreciate the fact that he is a photographer that needs little over-seeing once he has started a job. I recommend him to other clients and I always look forward to the next time I can commission him."

Denis Donoghue

Research Director, Hall Aitken

"We’ve used Chris for professional marketing images several times and would not hesitate in recommending him.  He communicates well with both us as the client and the people we work with.  

He always makes sure the brief is clear and that those he’s working with feel at ease when he’s photographing them.  

The ultimate quality of the images have impressed us and are testament to his skills and approach.  We will certainly being making use of his services again."

Alex Winters


“Chris is a dream to work with, he’s a true professional.  He’s flexible and willing to go that extra mile to get the best pictures for us.”

Janneke Geene

Acting Director, People's History Museum

"I worked with Chris Payne when Sir Ian McKellen and Michael Cashman opened the "Never Going Underground" exhibition.

Chris created an invaluable visual legacy of this once-in-a-lifetime event for the museum.

Chris was present, camera at the ready at all the important moments, including the small ones, yet it never felt like we had a photographer hovering. His quiet and professional presence really made a difference."

Jonathan Harper

Executive Producer, No Boundaries

“No Boundaries is an international conference that showcasing thoughts and provocations from over 33 brilliant speakers across two days (and two venues). Chris worked with us and managed to brilliantly document all elements of the programme, giving us an exceptional portfolio of moments from within the main sessions, the breakouts and the entertainment. He captured our delegates sheer joy at being part of this event!"

Howard Buckley

The Audience Agency

"Trying to get warm and professional head shots for any company is never easy, but Chris was an absolute professional, making everyone feel at ease. He produced photographs that bought into our ethos, fitted the brief and importantly that the team were all happy with!'' 

Bren O'Callaghan

Programme Manager, HOME Mcr

"His photographs are amazing - astonishing documentation for projects that I worked so hard on, and to have them look as magical as they felt."

Tom Warman

Walk The Plank

"Chris has worked with Walk the Plank helping us capture the spectacle of Manchester Day and our autumn Diwali performances. He has a really strong flair for documenting the narrative of an event, telling a story and capturing those ephemeral fleeting moments that often define a significant point in a performance.  His photos show that he has an intuitive understanding of how and what to capture, and when."

Siobhan Illidge

Senior Marketing Executive, CityCo

"CityCo has worked with Chris for several years, covering many varied events and city-wide festivals.

Chris always works to the highest standard, and is flexible and willing to go above and beyond. The quality of his work speaks for itself."

Victoria Robinson

CEO, The Met, Bury

“The Met has worked with Chris for a few years. His work is great - he captures the atmosphere at events as well as the artist. We use his shots on most of our publicity for events.”



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