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!
Our staff are not only product experts, but also keen photographers in their own right, with a passion for their hobby. We decided to ask our team about what inspires them in photography, how they got into this fabulous pastime and what their choice of camera equipment is currently.
In March 2021 Park Cameras made the transition to an employee ownership trust. An employee ownership trust is essentially a company which is partly or wholly owned by the staff of that company (in our case, we are 100% staff owned). What this means for our customers is an ever improving service, with keener staff who feel a shared sense of responsibility. Our business is all about providing great service and making sure each and every customer wants to come back time and time again to get their photo and video gear from us.
Andrew said that landscape photography is his passion having been inspired by his uncle who was also a keen photographer. During this pursuit he captured his favourite shot of a scene in the West Coast of Scotland.
Gear: Sony A7R IV, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, Sony 85mm f/1.8, Sony 16-35mm f/4, Sigma 35mm f/1.4, Samyang 35mm f/2.8, Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3
Martin is also a landscape photographer after he fell into the hobby. Landscapes have always appealed to him so he followed his passion by finding a related job and has been immersed ever since. Being a local landmark, his favourite photo is one of the West Pier in Brighton.
Gear: Nikon D810, Nikon 16-35mm f/4G, Sigma 50mm f/1.4, Sigma 65mm f/2.8, Nikon 200-500mm, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 85mm f/1.8
Ever since Ben's dad inspired him with his love of photography, Ben has found street photography compelling. His favourite image is of a cityscape captured in Porto in Portugal
Gear: Fujifilm X-T2, Fujifilm X-H1, Fujifilm 23mm f/1.4, Fujifilm 16mm f/1.4, Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2
Whilst studying Graphic Design Mike found that he was more interested in images than design and tells us that his next photo is his favourite style of shooting! He captured a long exposure using a Lee Big Stopper in B/W - 13:00 Oxford Street, which may be his favourite ever.
Gear: Olympus O-M1, Olympus OM Zuiko 55mm f/1.2, Panasonic GX9, Panasonic 20mm f/1.8
Chris enjoys being creative with studio lighting. He was given his first camera (a film camera) at the age of around 10 years old and has loved photography ever since. One of his favourite pictures was made on B/W film and was a grainy studio shot of a father and baby with a dark background. He’d used the wrong film in the camera so had to process it using reticulation to make it grainy. Experimentation leads to innovation!
Gear: Fuji XT-1 and X PRO 1, Fujifilm XF18-55mm f/2.8-4
Andy enjoys making portraits of his daughter as well as getting out for landscape photography. He was given an Olympus Trip35 when he was 10 and has been hooked ever since. Andy told us while recounting his favourite photo, that it was taken through an arch at McCaigs Tower in Oban, Scotland when he was on holiday at the age of 17.
Gear: Nikon D3200, Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G
Alfie was given his grandads old film camera when he began working at Park cameras, which lead to him trying out different film types, until he got the bug! He enjoys heavily staged portrait photography and said "My favourite photo is a black and white picture of a Finnish church from the Helsinki Skywheel shot on HP5, it was the first photo I took where I thought 'that's actually quite good’!"
Gear: Canon AE-1, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 and Canon EOS M100, Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3, Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3
Aaron uses a flashgun for his strobist style of product and sports photography. He embarked on his hobby whilst studying at college and has a personal project which consisted of a mock-up Nike campaign for football clothing.
Gear: Nikon D810, Nikon 28mm f/2.8. Fujfilm X-T1, Fuji XF 18mm f/2, Nikon F3, Nikon 28mm f/2.8 AF-D. Olympus O-M1, Olympus 28mm f/2.8
Andy is following in the footsteps of his family, having been inspired by his dad, brother and nephew. He enjoys capturing unique moments in street photography, which is where he snagged a winning shot of a characterful old lady in London, that appeared in B+W Photography Magazine!
Gear: Sony A7 II with Samyang 35mm f/2.8, Panasonic LX100
As a child David borrowed his mothers camera and people liked the results so he went on from there. For work David shoots weddings and emotional moments, but as his hobby he gets out into nature to make landscape and woodland photography. His personal favourite is a photo of Penniver Beach as the sun rose over the Isle of Arran.
Gear: Nikon D750 with Nikon 24-120mm f/4, Nikon 105mm f/2.8 G, Nikon 50mm f/1.8G
Having studied photography at school and continuing on with his passion, Tony Hill can often be found out photographing landscapes or wildlife. He recalls a panorama he made in Yosemite Valley, USA, which is a personal favourite.
Gear: Canon 5D Mk IV and 7D Mk II, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8, Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3
Gosia enjoys street photography and portraiture. She got into this hobby after her brother came back from a trip to Nepal. He captured amazing photos with his old Lomo camera and Gosia knew this is what she want to do too, catching moments of people’s lives. Her favourite photo is of her grandfather in his garden, capturing precisely what sort of character he was.
Gear: Fuji X-T10 + 18-55mm lens + 27mm pancake lens
Nick loves nature and travel photography (when he is able to get away). He caught the photography bug after borrowing his brothers 35mm SLR at 12 years old. His favourite capture is a lucky macro shot of a damselfly's head.
Gear: Olympus E-M1 with various old manual focus lenses
Shaun shoots street, having started at the age of 14 with a Praktica B100 film camera. He won several photography club events and moved over to a Canon EOS 620. Romantically, his favourite image is of him and his wife taken in a booth on their very first date.
Gear: Panasonic GM1 with 20mm f1.7, Samyang 7.5mm fisheye. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and 45mm f/1.2 M.Zuiko.
Kyle shoots cars and portraits. His stepdad was a photographer, which interested Kyle, and got him into the hobby. His favourite shot is a portrait of a girl with her horse in black and white.
Gear: Fujifilm X-T3 + Fujinon XF35 mm f/2.
Gareth is a cinematic videographer who also loves landscape and portrait photography. Having worked in music production Gareth ended up becoming more interested in making videos and decided to buy a camera after which he fell in love with video and photography. His favourite photo is yet to come however a shot of the Dorset coast at sunset overlooking the sea and cliffs is a pleasing image in the meantime.
Gear: Sony A7 III + Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM lens + Sony 85mm f1.4 GM lens + Sound Recorder + Hoya Variable ND Filter
Andy enjoys travel photography having found his hobby through family holidays as a child. His favourite images are from a trip to Iceland and Finland.
Gear: Olympus OM-D-E-M10
One of our London resident experts David has been a lover of theatre and performing arts since a young man attending theatre studies. This has naturally lead onto photographing stage events, with a specialism in theatre photography around some of the best known theatres in the UK. His favourite shot to date has been of a West End production with his image being used as for publicity purposes on numerous posters and flyers.
Gear: Fujifilm X-T3 camera, Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 WR OIS, XF 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR and Fujifilm EF-60 Flash.
Dan is born and bred in London and has a lively interest in the capital’s architecture. He has spent many of his spare days actively seeking out street photography images which capture the essence of the city. He looks for striking, high contrast scenes which are from lesser known parts of the city. One of his favourite shots is from around Frying Pan Alley where he enjoys capturing scenes which could be taken from any century.
Gear: Leica SL2 mirrorless camera with two primes: Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN and Sigma 24mm 1.4 DG HSM Art lens
Neville is one of London’s finest photography experts and has been interested in taking pictures since working in the darkroom whilst at college studying graphic design. His passion lies in portraits and he has been making images of families and newborns since well before digital photography was introduced. His favourite image was taken of a family friend who had asked him to capture the birth of one of their children who was born at home. He specialises in monochrome images and loves to shoot in natural lighting conditions.
Gear: Nikon D850 DSLR, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G and his personal favourite the Zeiss Milvus 25mm lens for Nikon F-mount.
Lucia studied art whilst at college and has a rich history producing fine art photographs. She can often be found at the beaches on the South coast where she captures long exposure images as well as capturing huge waves during winter storms. She also loves to take long exposure photographs of London skylines, with her favourite photo to date being of a riverside view from near the Embankment. She is drawn by composition, tone and light and experiments with double exposures and other techniques.
Gear: Sony a7 II, Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 RXD lens, Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS lens and her favourite tripod is the 3 Legged Thing’s Ray tripod with AirHed Vu precision-engineered ballhead.