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“Becoming part of the Barrett & Coe group was always going to be very different from my last employment as a Company Secretary for a Group Charity, and prior to that, 24 years in banking!

I decided to go down the photography franchise route because, whilst a keen amateur photographer, I felt that it was important to be part of a recognised brand. The training for the franchise is comprehensive and there are always regular development meetings which are really helpful for developing both studio and post production techniques.

I’m really enjoying all aspects of running my own business and every day is different now! My day is anything from managing bookings, managing the photo shoot, post production, viewings, marketing your business locally; networking with other local businesses, and actually managing your business (accounts, VAT, orders, bank reconciliation’s, sourcing supplies).

I’m really enjoying all aspects of running my own business and every day is different now!

In the past few months I’ve met many families and enjoyed capturing moments in their lives which they will treasure forever. Every shoot is different, which is what makes each one enjoyable. Although I have only relatively recently opened my studio I have been passionate about photography for over 30 years! I’d also been out of a sales environment for almost 15 years and had forgotten what a buzz I get from showing people different products, but more so when clients can’t choose between the pictures I have taken! I am committed to the highest levels of customer service and whatever customers photography needs are.

My plan for the future is to grow the business enabling me to have the lifestyle approach to my working life and giving me some flexibility to have time to support my family when needed. Not to mention doing something which I love! I am keen to develop the reputation of the business locally and to become known as a premium service provider, backed up by high quality products.”

To view Mike’s work please visit www.barrettandcoe.co.uk/northampton

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