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Hi I’m Lee Smith or Shutterchip Photography. I live in the North East of England. I was born and raised in a little village on the coast called Whitburn. Living in such a beautiful location, gave me an interest in Photography from an early age. I am now a full time photographer after over 20 years experience working with adolescents and adults coping with disabilities, addiction, depression, mental health issues and supporting patients back into the community.

As well as photography I am a family man, I live with my wife Leanne, sons Luke and Jake and daughter Olivia and my photography companion Jessie the dog !

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I established my photography business about 10 years ago while working as a residential officer, a friend asked me to shoot her wedding day for her, although a bit nervous at first to do so, because of the responsibility that it brings; I said Yes, it led me to where I am today. I found that I enjoyed the day so much I decided to put more time into my wedding photography and can honestly say I have never looked back.

Experience over the years has allowed me to identify the key factors I like to focus on while taking photographs; fun, stress free, good preparation and most important of all listening to my clients needs.

In my free time I like to spend a lot of time walking with Jessie and this allows for lots of photo opportunities I have a particular interest in Street Art, Abstract and Fine Art Photography.

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Since leaving my post as a residential officer, I have been training to become a Mindful and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Coach. This will allow me and Shutterchip Photography to offer Mindfulness Meditation with Photography Workshops. Discovering, how expressive photography can work hand in hand to help you form a deeper relationship with yourself and your world allowing you to create images of personal meaning.

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“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of Happiness and just be Happy!”


In September of 2015 i was given a fantastic last minute opportunity to be part of the Great North Run in the media area at the start line. It was an early start and a very hectic busy journey on the metro but all worth it here is a selection of my favourite images of the day see if you can spot anyone you know ? Enjoy looking !!

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If you would like to browse through more of my work please take a look at :

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Thank you !

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At all my weddings I work calmly and naturally without intruding into the day. I’m quiet and discreet during the ceremony, following this a few group shots will be taken and of you both together, not stiff and formal but relaxed and spontaneous – you’ll be chatting and laughing together, and I’ll make it quick so you can get back to your guests. Back at the reception I don’t ask guests to pose, I prefer to capture their natural reactions and emotions. Although I focus on capturing the emotion and the human moments of the day. I love the details that are special to you, the special touches you’ve spent ages planning and working on. They won’t go unnoticed.


Every package that Shutterchip Photography make, are unique to each client, carefully gift wrapped to represent the special day presented on a bed of biodegradable rose petals in a handmade box, with a framed 7″ x 5″ photograph. We do not supply photo albums but we offer a service where photobooks can be ordered. All of our printed photographs are on diamond cut paper. I offer a choice of three packages Bronze, Silver and Gold .

If you like what you see please drop me a line for my current pricing guide and I will be happy to send one out or visit you for a no obligation chat to tailor a package to your specific needs.

I would be thrilled to hear from you and be part of your amazing day ! Cheers Lee.

“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale !”




Studio 21

Shutterchip Photography are pleased to announce the opening of Studio 21.

We will still continue to offer our unique wedding packages, parties and celebrations covering all events.

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What does the opening of Studio 21 offer you ?

The opening of Studio 21 allows us to extend the current photography services we offer. We now have the space to create fun, stress free relaxed photo shoots for all the family.

We can now involve larger items in our product photography range. We are now able to start our Phototherapy Workshops, Photography Training courses and Model Shoots.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on 07735581434

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” I will look after you every step of the way, from the first idea to the final edit” Lee

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Shutterchip Photography @ Studio 21 are now offering Photography courses. Our Studio is fully equipped with Learning space.

These courses are bookable in advance and each course last six weeks.

Each session lasts for two and half hours hours 6.30 -9 pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings.

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  • Fully explore the cameras and equipment
  • Use of manual settings
  • Understand ISO, F numbers & more
  • The use of a full working studio, learn lighting techniques, also allowing the opportunity to have photo shoots of models, animals & product photography
  • 1:4 Teaching (maximum of 4 students per class.

Weekend courses may also be available, Please contact us on 07735581434 for more details.

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What is Phototherapy ?

These workshops combine Mindfulness with Photography .

MINDFULNESS; the quality or state of being aware of something, a mental state achieved by focusing ones awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Photography is all about focusing and capturing the moment.

If we train ourselves to become more aware of the present moment the ordinary can become extraordinary.

Mindfulness is not difficult, it just requires practise and the most satisfying and creative way is through Photography.

What can you see that no one else can ?

Looking through a camera lens encourages us to view the world in which we live !

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The full course lasts for 6 weeks one day per week.  11am – 3pm

During this time you will :

  • Learn Mindfulness Techniques
  • Learn how to use a camera
  • Learn how to use photography software to edit imageszmind2
  • Full use of Studio equipment, learning to use the lighting
  • Enjoy days out taking photographs
  • Produce a journal of your work
  • End of course exhibition

Both Courses are £125 for 6 weeks.         Drop in sessions are available £25 Daytime   £30 Evening


                                 “We are constantly surrounded by beauty and incredible moments”                                

For Further details please give me a call;

Lee  07735581434

Look forward to seeing you on my courses !

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Music Collection

Over the past year I have had the opportunity to work with and photograph some fantastic musicians and bands.

Feel free to give me a call, I am happy to shoot at gigs anywhere in the country or pop into Studio 21 for a relaxed photo shoot.

Look forward to hearing from you !

Lee 07735581434.


Here is a sample of my work :

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Price List


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Start from £60          1 – 2 hours in a relaxed studio setting                                                                                                    

 All Images are delivered on a disc.

Prints and Photo books of all sizes and styles can be ordered.

All packages adapted to what you require.

We can also come to your home with our mobile studio if you wish, Please ask for more details.



From £60

Photographer Only £60 (2 hours)

Photographer plus White Background and Dress Ups  £100  (2-3 hours)

DVD Photograph Slideshow played to music of your choice.


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From £125 All Day

£25 – £40 Per Hour  (More users hourly rate goes down)


Photography Courses

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Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Evenings  6.30pm – 9pm

Drop in Sessions £30 per Class

Course bookable in advance.


Phototherapy Workshopszmind3

6 week course (1 Session per week)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  Daytime  11am – 3pm

Drop in Sessions £25

Course bookable in advance




Studio 21 shoot from £60

At the Gig !  From £25 per hour





Packages start from £450IMG_2029

Bronze £450, Silver £650, Gold £825

All packages can be adapted to the clients choice.

With optional extras : Photo books, White Background with Dress Ups and Photo enlargements.

Please call us on 07735581434 for further details on any of our packages. Thank you for looking.

We look forward to hearing from you.

“Capture everyday, there will never be another like today!”




Lee Smith                                                                                                                             lee

Shutterchip Photography

Studio 21

Unit 21 Stanfield Business Centre

Addison Street

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“The very best Memory Maker” – Carol Doyle Birthday Celebrations.

Christine Dowling, Ginger Music Company  – “Shutterchip have done lots of work for us at Ginger music Company. An excellent Service, Lee manages to capture exactly what I ask him to do. Just received some shots from our Ginger Parties and they are amazing. Thanks Lee.”

“I had Shutterchip for my wedding. Lee did an amazing job capturing our day, he almost went unnoticed so the photos are of a relaxed happy atmosphere! Thank you I would recommend you for any couple.” Laura-Ann Imeson

“Thank you Shutterchip for our beautiful engagements photos and the video… everything was beautifully packed and presented too. Friendly fast excellent service :-)” Di-Rose.

Karen Potts – “Lee took photos for my daughters 21st Birthday party. Some at home and then at the party. Absolutely love all of the photos and the DVD. Would highly recommend him to friends and family. A great service. Thank You “

“Just received our wedding photograph ‘package’ from lee. I have to say it is fantastic. Lots of nice little touches to make it extra special, and the photos themselves are amazing, very stylishly done and really telling the story of the day. Lee and Leanne were both fantastic on the day, not intrusive at all and a pleasure to work with. Can’t recommend highly enough. ”                        Thanks Ian & Corinne

“Eeekkk! We have just revived our wedding box and WOW! What can I say it’s bloody amazing so personal and loving. We have been totally blown away and can not thank you enough! Amazing photographer could not of wished for anything better! Thank you so much for being part of our special day and helping make our memories even better! X” Natasher & Craig

“Lee, Thank you will never be enough! We have had goosebumps, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried and fallen in love with our big day all over again. You are hugely talented and have captured everything. We know how much work you have put into what you have done and we will be forever grateful. Would you also thank Leanne for the beautiful presentation box. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. xxxxxx ”  Julie & Adrian

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“Photography takes an instant out of Time, altering life by holding it still.”