After a successful music career, Mick Kirton decided to turn his passion for photography into a profession. College followed, giving Mick a firm grounding in photographic technique, and a placement with a busy Bristol industrial photography studio. After gaining his qualifications, Mick continued working at the studio, and gained experience in PR, product, and food photography. After 18 months, Mick became studio manager, and his time there afforded him the opportunity to photograph many celebrities, politicians and even royalty, as well as to forge many of the business relationships with suppliers etc that he still has today.
The recession in the 1980s hit PR photography hard, and redundancy followed. This led Mick to pursue social photography. Mick's portraiture quickly won acclaim, and he was the first photographer in the Bristol region to be engaged in Kodak's Promise of Excellence scheme. He also gained Licentiate membership of the Royal Photographic Society.
In more recent times, Mick has developed a passion for landscape work also. Conversion to the digital age has enabled him to keep abreast of current styles of photography, and Mick was proud to become a Licentiate of the Master Photographers Association, and pick up a couple of awards during 2010 (see awards page). His ongoing commitment to personal development has seen him recently get awarded a Diploma in Photographic Practice by the Master Photographers Association (July 2011).
Mick has a quick-witted sense of humour; couple this with his complete commitment to customer service and his years of photographic experience, and you get the unique service that only Photography by Mick Kirton can offer.