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Evman52 said…

I had my 1st shoot at Mick Payton’s studio and have to say it won’t be my last. Mick is an absolute gent and made me feel welcome the second I walked through the door, mick is the type of guy that makes you want to step up your game as a photographer. The studio has everything you need for either natural light photography and studio work, and Mick is at hand to help should you need it. I just wish I lived nearer to Walsall as I would definately be taking advantage of the superb models he has on his Wednesday shoots and his 2 for 1 Sunday’s.

Keep up the good work Mick and see you on the next shoot.


Simian said…

Attended one of Mick’s Studio events, the Studio is brilliant, loads of natural light and plenty of space to shoot in. Mick himself has a wealth of knowledge and all you need do is ask and he’s more than willing to share.

The event ran smoothly with plenty of time for shooting and i came away with some great images.

I’d recommend in a heartbeat.

Shot yesterday


Iain Geddes said…

It’s difficult to know where to start. What you get with a Mick Payton workshop is a mixture of his experience, knowledge and skill combined with access to his excellent facilities. If you know Mick’s work then you’ll know a model he’d have booked for a workshop will be of the highest standards and then he gives you a steer (but not control) on how to best approach the scenario he presents. Thus an excellent learning and improving environment. I can say that under his guidance I have achieved some of the best pictures of the genre I have ever taken. I will return.


darkside said…

I attended one of Mick’s workshop today and have learned so much. His method of teaching is so addictive it leaves you wanting more and more . Every time I visit Mick’s studio ,either on a workshop or a studio day, I came away with some of the most valuable knowledge I have learnt to date .

His model choices are always first class with posing attitude, friendliness and willingness to help you get the best images on the day. It’s just an incredible atmosphere. The experience really is top knotch and there’s not a single second your either not learning some new or creating beautiful images.

Shot yesterday


QuirkyBright said…

This was my second time at Mick’s Studios and I was so thrilled with both Mick’s informative style and the model whom we worked with @kiraharper. Mick’s got a superb eye and it’s personally amazing to see his mind at work, noticing things that others like myself would take ages to learn and master. Thanks Mick for a fun evening. I’ll definitely be back again and again.

Shot 5 days ago


David5 said…

Another great workshop at Mick’s yesterday.

Both Mick and his model (Cally) were supportive and I learned a lot about using off camera flash.

I look forward to other workshops and studio days.

Shot last week


66phil66 said…

My first time at Mick’s studio tonight for his Wicked Wednesday.

The evening was both fun & informative, Micks model (Kira) was fabulous. Mick was on hand to offer both advise & encouragement to ensure that we all got the shots that we wanted.

I recommend Micks evenings & look forward to a workshop with hime in the future.

Shot last week


Ramzi said…

I’ve shot at Mick’s place a few times now and have always come away with fantastic images. Mick has a great set up at his place and a great studio that I covet!!

His Wicked Wednesday evenings are always fun and the models are always top notch! His lovely assistant Karen is in hand to make sure the events go smoothly and Mick is always available to help with good advice on lighting and working well with models. I’ve seen loads of other togs learn a great deal from Mick during the shoots. And after there is more fun to be had at Mick’s bar where he regales guests with war stories from his time as a top motorsports and fine art photographer over tea and biscuits.

Mick’s gaff is the best studio in Walsall and he works with top models. I highly recommend trying out one of his events!

Shot last month


BobM said…

The first time I met Mick he said “turn the dial to manual” then on subsequent visits has helped me keep it there and begin to produce photographs I enjoy.

He’s always there to offer advice and endless stories based on years of practical experience. Don’t expect hi-tech, don’t expect lots of lights, you don’t need them. Listen to the tips and tricks, take a notepad and enjoy your camera, I do.

See you soon Mick, I need to learn how to use my speedlights.

Shot last month

Aatish Ramchurn said…

Really enjoyed my first workshop at Mick Payton’s studio. All the people I met were great and friendly, and picked up some very useful tips from Mick too. Will definitely be visiting again.

Shot last month


Gracieuxlove said…

Second time I have got to work with both Mick and Karen. Always a lovely warm welcome!

Karen organised for me to do a wicked Wednesday for the studio which worked really well.

The evening sold out and everyone who turned up was lovely.

Everything ran really smoothly. I felt extremely well looked after and can’t thank them enough for having me.

On the evening Mick gave some great guidance and assured all photographers would leave with great images! Which they did. I can’t recommend this studio enough. Relaxed, easy going and fun!

I will be working with Mick and Karen again in the near future so please keep your eyes peeled!!

Thanks again guys see you soon!

Shot last month


Angel. said…

I stayed with Mick and Sue last weekend. Mick was highly accommodating throughout the weekend, friendly and funny.

His studio is well equipped and a great size to work in, with plenty of heaters.

I loved his place to work in too with the natural light available. Everything was beautifully aesthetic, making each part of every room a great place to work in. Highly recommended by me and i look forward to coming up again.

Shot 2 months ago


LottiiRose said…

I yesterday met Mick with Karen Styles at his lovely home for a quick test shoot, I had such a laugh!

They make a great team, bouncing ideas off eachother and they also care about the model, bringing them in asking their opion etc. I organised the shoot with Karen so didnt get to speak to Mick until the day. He was just fab, so friendly, and considerate.

Couldnt recommend any more.

This guy knows his stuff!

Looking forward to next time!


Shot 2 months ago


RyanJHarris said…

Had a fantastic couple of shoots with Mick, and learnt so much, models were both fantastic with fantastic studio and facilities also, I highly recommend these, as a new photographer it was a pleasure to work with and meet such a friendly team. I look forward to attending more shoots in the near future RH x

Shot 3 months ago


Dean David said…

Had a great shoot at Mick Payton’s studio last month working with two amazing models. Mick was exceptionally welcoming and helpful. The set up he has is amazing and the different areas around his property provide so many opportunities to create a variety of looks and themes. I look forward to shooting there again. Thanks Mick!

Shot 5 months ago


Dana Cressida said…

I applied for one of Micks castings and was so pleased to be invited to attend his studio for some test shots. Mick has a great sense of humour, I had so much fun working with him! In the short time that we shot we got some great images. I can’t wait to work with him again!

Thanks again,

Dana Smile

Shot 3 months ago


Immogen Claire said…

Really enjoyed working with Mick, he made me comfortable from the get go and we had a laugh which is important when working together. We got some cool shots and I hope to work with Mick again soon

Thanks again,

Immy x

Shot 3 months ago


Mac Mac Photography said…

Booked Mick’s studio today, had an amazing shoot, superb facilities and as always Mick is very helpful and encouraging. I will be booking the studio again very soon.

Shot 4 months ago


Elle Model said…

I love working with Mike at his studio. Iv worked with him about 4 times now 1-1 on a group evening and I have a studio day booked next Sunday. He is a pleasure to work with. 110% recommend. He is so easy going, down to earth, friendly, funny, helpful and professional. This man sure knows his stuff and even let me watch in while doing a few quick edits which I love. The studio is great has lots of rooms and different places to use you are spoils for choice. He is also able to give great tips to models. And does not push levels and has always respected mine. I can not speak highly enough of him… I will shut up now haha!! Thanks so much Mike much luv Elle x

Shot 4 months ago


darkside said…

Just done my first wicked Wednesday with Mick what can I say amazing from start to finish. Had some fantastic advice,learnt some new tips on photography, also got some stunning images, what more could you ask for.

Mick is extremely friendly and his knowledge on photography is endless. Mick has a way of explaining things so it’s easy to understand and is very professional

Shot 4 months ago


jennyosullivan said…

So I went to a casting with Mick and Karen which went really well, we got some awesome images! They then went on to book me for a studio day at Mick Payton studios which was the Sunday just gone which also went really well. I had a top day, really enjoyed myself and was made to feel more than welcome. Thank you for everything! Highly recommended. X

Shot 5 months ago


Tylvh said…

I attended an unpaid casting hosted by Mick and Karen. I spent just over an hour with them, shooting a few quick sets, both inside and out. Both photographers were fun to be with and full of knowledge. They were open with directions, and great with expressing what they wanted. I can’t wait for my next shoot with Mick (and/or Karen!). For anyone unsure if they should attend an unpaid casting, I would thoroughly recommend doing so!

Shot 5 months ago


karrie-anne said…

I shot with Mick a few days ago and may I just say how amazing mick is with directions and the way he explains things (very good for those who want to learn)

I would recommend mick anyday!

I was made to feel so welcome and comfortable, I can’t wait to shoot again soon!


Shot 5 months ago


Miss Rosie Lea said…

Lovely as always to shoot with this studio! And I can vouch for ‘Mick Payton Studios’ and their determination get you work. I’ve been to a few ‘unpaid casting calls’ and Mick’s one of the few who have followed through on the promises and booked a date straight after. I’ve had some studios/photographers who have fallen off the face of the earth after a casting sadly, despite being very happy with the images taken and using them all over their websites and Facebook. Not these guys… If you impress Mick and Karen, they’ll do right by you! Thanks again guys xx

Shot 8 months ago


Sammii92 said…

I had a shoot with mick and Karen on Tuesday to do some test shots.

He’s very straight up front and knows exactly what he wants from a shoot and how he’s going to achieve it Smile

Mick is very laid back and always gives good feedback throughout the shoot to keep us both on the same page of how’s it’s going.

We got some great images and can’t wait to see some more! Oh! He sent me edits the same night too which is brilliant!

Had a lovely time, got some great photos and look forward to working with him again at his studio Smile

100% recommended ?

Sammii x

Shot 5 months ago


Myk G said…

I had a great time at Micks studio yesterday working with two terrific models. Mick is a great host and i came away with some awesome images and had a really fun relaxing day. The set up he has is brilliant and i will be returning to use them again soon. I cant recommend him and the studio enough. Thank you Mick I had a great day and look forward to visiting again.

Shot 6 months ago


Scarlett Jane said…

I worked at Micks Studio again on the 4th october, had a great time, constantly getting to meet new people i’m very comfortable when working on tutorials at Micks and we are always having a laugh, can’t wait for the 8th november with Jenny Smile

Shot 6 months ago


Mac Mac Photography said…

I have attended two sessions both of which were superb. A friendly supportive atmosphere which really helped develop confidence to experiment with your camera. Both sessions were well organised and both with outstanding models. Will be using this studio a lot in the future.

Shot 6 months ago


BubbaNZ said…

Thanks, Mick for being the photographic Jedi Master to my Luke Skywalker. I asked to be pushed and you delivered. I learned more in a day’s one-on-one workshop about lighting, model direction and many aspects of photography than years of books and other workshops. And also thanks for organising to shoot with the amazing Keira Lavelle. It was a privilege. I didn’t expect to laugh so much, either. See you again next time I’m over. Wink

Shot 7 months ago


Scarlett Jane said…

Ive been modelling at micks studios for about 2 months now and i really enjoy it! i only live 10 minutes away so its very convenient for me, everything i need is provided for me, and the photographers who attend are brilliant, i always feel very comfortable when i go round and i’ll be seeing mick soon on the 30th for another wicked wednesday! Smile

Shot 7 months ago


Zoom Out said…

I have attended two group shoots at Mick Payton Studios recently, and have really enjoyed them. Not only have I come away with some great images, but have received some invaluable advice from Mick on techniques and settings. The shoots are very well organised and there is always a friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of places to shoot around the house with great natural light, but you also shoot in the studio so there’s so many options. And you even get lunch!

All in all, the shoots are well worth signing up for, and good value for money. I definitely will be attending more in the future. Highly recommended!

Shot 7 months ago


Sara’s Eyes said…

I had my first 1 and one shoot at mick payton’s studio. I have to say I had a brill time. yet again everyone was friendly, considerate and a joy to work with.

I would love to work with mick and everyone else anytime your all great and a pleasure to be around.

thank you



Shot 8 months ago


syd.miles said…

Attented a group2one event at Micks studio, friendly atmosphere plenty of great shots and locations. As usual plenty of food and drink laid on.

I Really recommend the group2one shoots.

Shot 8 months ago


DJBPhotography said…

I attended this event for the first time hoping that I would get to learn different aspects of photography while also working in a fun, relaxed, friendly atmosphere. I was not disappointed. Mick is a very knowledgeable photographer and although not looking over your shoulder, was always on hand to offer advice when it was required. His home is very versatile and there are photos in abundance to be captured throughout.

I would highly recommend these events to any tog who is looking to improve their photography while working in a warm, friendly environment.

Shot 8 months ago


KiraHarper said…

I’ve worked on a couple of the workshops in the past and had such a good time. Felt relaxed and comfortable. Thanks for having me! Smile

Shot 8 months ago


Nicky Phillips said…

I got the chance to work at Micks studio on a Group2one shoot last Sunday. Micks studio is ace, loads of natural light, a brilliant Garden for outdoor work. The atmosphere is great very relaxed and welcoming. The Group2one is different from what I usually do in the way that photographers get more one2one time with the model and the togs learn so much. it was great to know that everything I put in was part of a team effort. I cant wait to go back.

Thanks again for having me Smile


Shot 8 months ago


syd.miles said…

Attended a Group2one shoot on Sunday at Mick Payton studio, very friendly relaxed atmosphere. A wide range of locations, utilizing natural light as well as studio. Plenty of advice given when requested, great model. Took awesome photographs throughout the day. Thoroughly enjoyed myself, nice lunch provided, with refreshments throughout the day.

Highly recommend the Group2one session, as its a chance to meet like minded individuals and opportunities to bounce ideas of each other.

Many thanks

Shot 8 months ago


syd.miles said…

Attended a Wicked Wednesday shoot at Mick Payton’s studios, plenty of natural light shooting opportunity, studio well equipped with several lights, on hand help setting up lighting is available, many different locations including an awesome corridor and bar area to shoot as well as a bedroom.

Very friendly atmosphere, with plenty refreshments available, an opportunity to socialise with like minded individuals and an opportunity to take great pictures.

Mick always gets great models in, who are timely and friendly.

Can’t wait for the model mayhem event.

Shot 9 months ago


Keira Lavelle said…

Mick and I have worked together more times than I can honestly remember to give you a figure! He is incredibly epic at what he does, not only as a knowledgeable tutor but when he works 1 on 1 with models too – immediately forming a productive alliance with them for a rapport that you value so greatly as a subject wanting to give the best you can. You will quite certainly struggle to meet anyone more quirkily positive and delightfully encouraging than Mick – his methods and etiquette is just a built in quality providing the means to get the very best quality of work from the models he books with very little effort at all. Professional in every angle, bearing a beautiful stamp of awe to his images and genius lighting techniques… His art nude work always portrays a look of wow, but his broad skill covers a wide range of styles and we have shot all manner of ideas bringing inspiration on every occasion. Smile

His workshops are run stupendously effectively …ten out of ten as host as well as a tutor and the smiles on everyone’s faces as they enjoy a fun, yield-packed day/half day just says it all. The studio in which he routinely runs said workshops is clean, warm and comfortable… not to mention well equipped; locations are sourced too for added diversity so students really can learn in different environments – or just take some lovely photographs in a chilled out, helpful environment offering fantastic atmosphere and creativity.

Comfortable accommodation has always been offered to me on the many times I have popped down to work with Mick. Him and his partner Sue look after models so well, it really is like a homey atmosphere away from home! He respects models outstandingly, whether one to one or on one of the workshops, he keeps our best interests at heart from start to finish.

Happy to recommend Mick to the stars and further! I have modelled many workshops/events/group days and even one to one tuition too… Mick’s are certainly up there with the most enjoyable. Get yourself booked on, it’s just a no fuss, no pressure blast to get fantastic shots and gel with us creative little creatures in an awesome environment! Smile

Shot 10 months ago


Sara’s Eyes said…

I modelled for Ilearnphotography Sunday and I was made to feel very comfortable.

All the photographers that attended was very respectful, kind and polite. They were all a pleasure to work with. I hope they all enjoyed it as much as I did Smile

mick and his wife prepared lunch and had tea/coffee provided no1 could ask for anymore. It was a great laugh and a perfect day. I loved every minute!!

Thanks to all I hope to see you all again at some point.



Shot 10 months ago


karen styles said…

I have attended many Ilearn photography days and they are all excellent I love every minute – my images from the pin up workshop on 24th May are amazing!

Shot 11 months ago


Miss Rosie Lea said…

I will be modelling for iLearn photography’s upcoming pinup workshop and I recently had the pleasure of working with them on a promotional shoot. I have nothing but good things to say about my experience with Mick and his team.

Communication throughout the whole process has been excellent and they go out of their way to answer any specific queries you may have.

Mick is on hand at shoots and has a wealth of knowledge to share due to his years of experience… and a funny anecdote or two Wink

All in all, shooting with iLearn is a comfortable, enjoyable and educational experience for all parties involved and I highly recommend them to beginners and professionals alike.