About Me


My very first camera was an old Kodak ‘Instamatic’ 104, given to me by my grandmother on my tenth birthday. As much as I loved being able to take my own photos with it, I hated having to send the film cassette away and wait for a week to see the results! This is where it all began, but…

I have art college to thank for my love of photography!

dave johnson | commercial photographer | carlisle | cumbria | ukBlack and white film and paper were cheap to buy, processing was free and, best of all, I could see the end results within an hour! I was encouraged to carry my camera everywhere, photograph anything which caught my eye, and then ‘fine tune’ the results in the darkroom – habits which I still practice to this day – though film has been replaced by the latest digital technology, and Photoshop has replaced the darkroom.

My first ‘serious’ camera was a Pentax MX SLR – a film camera with a cracking little ‘nifty fifty’ (50mm) prime lens – which I owned and used right up until 2005, when I invested in my first DSLR kit. Today’s equipment offers the very best in stunning detail.

I graduated from college as a graphic designer, but photography has always been a passion and a key part of my work. Over the years I’ve been asked by countless clients to take photos for their projects, so I bring many years of experience to each and every shoot.

I love to get my teeth into a challenge, and enjoy working with people on different project types. I’m based in Carlisle but, having easy access to major roads and motorways, I’m very happy to travel.

If you’re interested in working with me, or using any of my images, then please do get in touch 

A website of few words – a picture paints a thousand words…

Dave Johnson Photography | Commercial Photographer | Portrait Photographer | Event Photographer | Carlisle | Cumbria | UK