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Park Cameras was founded by Reg Atkins in Burgess Hill in 1971. Now over forty years on we have forged a reputation across the photographic industry as one of the top independent photographic retailers in the UK, serving the needs of all photographers from enthusiasts to professionals, through the very highest level of customer service. Together our devoted team has over 400 years' experience within the photographic industry, which we are pretty proud of!

Here you can see some of our employees profiles, from our staff you might speak to if you call our dedicated sales and advice line, to the team in our Burgess Hill store and our brand new London store!.

Watch this space as more staff profiles will be added shortly!
 

  Tell us about yourself
I left school in 1976 and having been a keen amateur photographer I focused on working in the photographic retail sector in London. I joined Park Cameras 20 years ago as they were innovative in their approach to the latest technology as they are now. With 20 years' experience at Park Cameras, it has been fantastic seeing the business evolve with the highlight being the move to our state of the art showroom a few years ago. Here customers can touch and try a huge number of the products we sell. We cater for both professionals and amateurs of all ages.

Chris, what does your role involve?

My job involves the overall management of the store, so the look and feel as well as the team of staff in the showroom. It's my job to make sure we offer the best possible service to our customers and to ensure that my team receive regular training on the products we stock.

What's your favourite photographic product at the moment?
I really like the Panasonic range of Compact System Cameras. They are the closest thing to a Digital SLR but are of a lighter weight and are smaller. They have a great range of lenses and accessories too. Their cameras are built well and are extremely reliable.

Tell us an interesting / funny fact about yourself
Well, I've been selling Cokin filters since they launched in 1978 and I know all their 200 codes and effects. My team regularly test me and I have wondered whether I should make it my 'Mastermind' subject!
 
     

     
 

Tell us about yourself
In 1988 I started working in a small shop in Hove that specialised in selling new and collectable Leica equipment. After six years I moved to a company in Worthing selling mainly Minolta cameras.

Whilst working there I became very good friends with Anthony Sinfield, who is our resident Training Manager here at Park Cameras.

In 1997 I teamed back up with Anthony and started working for Park Cameras and I've been here ever since. Digital was still in its infancy but we embraced this and the market has grown ever since. In just this short period of time we have seen a lot of changes in the photographic industry and it's great to work in such an evolving market. It really makes my job very exciting.

Martin, what does your role involve?
My job involves the smooth running of the showroom floor on a day to day basis, keeping our staff well informed of sales promotions and special offers that our customers can benefit from. Training our staff is key to the success of Park Cameras, so I ensure that the team are kept up to speed on the latest products by delivering training and coaching them. We continually strive to make the Park Cameras experience pleasurable, informative and worthwhile every time.

What's your favourite photographic product at the moment?
To be very honest all new products are exciting, but the new Nikon D4 camera is my favourite product at the moment.

Tell us an interesting / funny fact about yourself
Well not funny but strange! Being in the trade for so long I have a habit of naming a camera, brand and model number, just by the sound of the shutter, and not by sight!

 
     

     
Andy West - Assistant Manager - London   Tell us about yourself
I have always been interested in photographs, art and media in general but it wasn’t until I ran my own small web design business from home that I found a passion for photography and image manipulation. I was also keen on building and restoring cars but decided to switch over to photography as my main hobby. After selling the last car I had built I bought a new Canon EOS 40D and various lenses. I also found that trying different camera systems and lenses was also fascinating so my photography interest is quite broad.

Andy, what does your role involve?

I have been a sales assistant for two and a half years at our Burgess Hill store looking after the customers needs and taking care of both the Panasonic and Fuji brand areas. Shortly after the announcement of the London store to staff I was asked to help set up and be an assistant manager at our new shop in the heart of London. As well as getting the shop ready for business there will be the staff to train and hopefully we will have a retail store that will have the same customer experience as the Burgess Hill store. Once up and running I will be responsible for the smooth running of the shop floor and keeping the staff informed about the many brand promotions in this fast moving industry.

What's your favourite photographic product at the moment?
I find the Micro Four Thirds system an excellent and interesting photographic tool that fulfils many criteria for me but if I had to pin down just one product it would have to be my Canon EOS 6D. It’s light, very good in low light and produces superb image quality when matched with good lenses. For me Image IQ is everything and Full Frame cameras excel in this area.

Tell us an interesting / funny fact about yourself
Apart from nearly blowing up a Police station in Surrey! (Long story) I run a paranormal investigation team. We have been running for over 3 years and have been to many interesting places and experienced many strange events. It’s a subject that I find fascinating and we have a lot of fun when out on investigations..
 
     

     
  Tell us about yourself
I’ve always been interested in Photography from a young age, but my passion for macro photography began 6 years ago as I started work at an orchid nursery. I became fascinated with the intricate details and colours of the orchids and developed my knowledge and skills at using macro lenses and equipment to capture the flowers in all their glory. When seeking new work it seemed obvious to choose a career in the photographic industry – developing my passion for the art.

When I started work at Park Cameras three years ago I had to learn to keep up with our fast-paced industry, with constant new releases and promotional offers. It’s a very different world to that of an orchid nursery where watering was of the highest priority! I’ve been lucky enough to experience various roles at Park Cameras and I have to say that working in the mini lab, showroom and contact centre has been a fantastic and varied experience.

Sarah, what does your role involve?

I manage and oversee the day to day administrative duties in our contact centre, which entails responding to incoming emails, keeping on top of the department’s administrative duties as well assisting with the sensor cleaning service we provide. I also administrate our School of Photography courses and 1-2-1 training sessions.

What's your favourite photographic product at the moment?
A very recent favourite product of mine is the brand new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens. This lens is the perfect alternative to the Canon 24-70mm lens which has recently been discontinued. This is the first 24-70mm lens build with an Image Stabilisation system (VC), which to me is by far the best currently available. I was so impressed with the quality of this lens that I would buy one myself.

Tell us an interesting / funny fact about yourself
I was once photographed making-up a decorative orchid display, which was published in a book written by a very famous orchid grower and author. The photographer in question was the world famous Clive Nichols.
 
     

     
Meet the team   Tell us about yourself
After leaving college, I joined Park Cameras in the year 2000 and have since worked on the shop floor, in the mail order centre and now for a number of years as part of our marketing team. It’s been very interesting to see how the ‘digital age’ of photography has really changed over the last 10 years or so.

In my spare time I enjoy playing 5-a-side football every week, various racquet sports and am a keen follower of Formula 1.

Andy, what does your role involve?

My job involves creating many of the adverts that we run in various different publications including the specialist photo titles as well as the local papers. In addition to this I manage and organise the instore events that we run at Park Cameras at various times of the year including the annual Imaging Festival, where at the 2013 event we had over 1,200 customers visit the showroom to take advantage of our special offers and free ‘bitesize’ photo seminars.

In addition to this I also help maintain our website on a daily basis, and as part of the team look at ways to improve the website adding features that hopefully improve the customers shopping experience – most notably we launched a brand new website in April 2012 and continue to develop it even now!

As part of my role at Park Cameras I also manage our social media pages including Facebook, Twitter and Google +. This is a great way for us as a business to keep in contact with our customers and hopefully make their shopping experience with us a little more personal. We always love to hear what people think about either the product they’ve bought, the service they received from us, or the shot they’ve just taken.

What's your favourite photographic product at the moment?
With so many good products available at the moment for a variety of uses, it is difficult to choose just one. I think that the new Samsung GALAXY NX that is due in July 2013 is certainly very interesting with it being the first interchangeable lens camera with 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connectivity. I wonder as to whether this sort of camera is going to be how we see cameras in the future, mixing the functionality of a smartphone with the high quality of a digital camera?

Tell us an interesting / funny fact about yourself
At the London 2012 Olympic games, I was lucky enough to be selected as one of 70,000 ‘Games Makers’ (from over 240,000 applicants) and as such was right at the heart of the sporting action for just over 2 weeks in the summer of 2012.
 
     
     

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