13 Mar Paul & Adam’s Business profile in the Huddersfield Examiner
Last week Paul & Adam have had a full page article in the Huddersfield Examiner. What a great write up, have a read below……….
PHOTOGRAPHERS Paul Goddard and Adam Spencer aim to put their commercial photography business in the frame following a move to Huddersfield.
The business partners who both live in the town and met when working for Lepton firm Fraser & Heron, have launched HDTWO commercial photography with premises at Queen’s Mill Industrial Estate, Old Fieldhouse Lane – after deciding to call time on their jobs with a Leeds-based firm of photographers.
And they believe they couldn’t have timed the move better.
Says Adam: “We wanted to come back to Huddersfield and at Queen’s Mill Industrial Estate we have a great location.
“We have customers all over the UK, so having good transport links to Leeds and Manchester is ideal.
“We have worked for a lot of companies in Huddersfield, so there is something nice about coming back to the town, especially with all the development that has been going on – the Trident Business Park at Leeds Road, the university’s 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and the new Kirklees College at Chapel Hill. It really feels as if things are taking off.”
Paul, 46, who lives at Kirkheaton, says: “It’s great when your journey to work takes 10 minutes rather than an hour!”
Their company specialises in photographing products ranging from furniture to food for catalogues and websites.
The 4,300sq ft unit they have taken provides plenty of space to build room sets to photograph beds, sofas and chairs as well as a kitchen for food product shots.
Paul brings a wealth of experience to the partnership. A former pupil at King James’ School at Almondbury, he took a foundation course at Batley Art College, where his initial interest centred on graphic design – until he realised how many people seemed to have the same idea. He opted for the photography course instead and discovered he enjoyed it.
“I left college and within a week I got a job at Fraser & Heron,” says Paul.
“I started as assistant photographer and took things form there.” Paul worked at the firm from 1985 until 2006 when he moved to the Leeds company.
Adam, 30, who hails from Harrogate and lived in Southport and Dewsbury before moving to Huddersfield, says: “When I was young I got a camera for my birthday.
“While everyone else was taking pictures of people, I was taking pictures of insects on a wall! I was photographing anything and everything.
“I later found out that my great-grandfather had been a press photographer. He worked for the Blackpool Gazette during the war years and photographed people such as Winston Churchill and Stanley Matthews.”
Adam completed a two-year national diploma in photography and a three-year degree course at Dewsbury College before joining Fraser & Heron in 2003, where he met Paul. He also moved to Leeds in 2007.
Explaining the decision to set up their own business, Paul says: “We wanted to do something for ourselves. Having our own business means we can take control and make sure the customers get exactly what they want.
Paul and Adam have invested significantly in the latest equipment, a move which is already paying off with clients as it enables a faster “turnaround” of images.
“Website business is growing,” says Paul. “Businesses are investing heavily in their sites because they realise it is a big sales tool for them.”
While setting up the business has been time-consuming, both Paul and Adam also have busy family lives.
Paul and his wife Nicola have two children, Liam, 16, and Danielle, 14. When he isn’t driving “dad’s taxi” for his teenage children, Paul enjoys watching sport and supports Huddersfield Giants.
Adam is married to Janene and they have two young children, Ivy, aged two and 11-month-old Toby.
The couple bought the former post office in Clayton West in 2011 and Adam has spent many hours renovating the property to turn into a proper family home. I’m now a dab hand at plastering and painting,” he says. “That’s been my project for the past year-and-a-half. It’s been a lot of hard work, but well worth it.”
Meanwhile, Paul and Adam hope that – as their new business grows – they can put something back into their industry.
“We would like to offer work experience” says Adam. “I enjoyed work experience when I was at college.”
Paul adds: “We would certainly like to employ someone in time, much as Fraser & Heron gave us our opportunities. We would want to bring someone up in the business to share our ethos and values.”