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Seven Springs Studios - Andy Whale (Owner and Photographer)

Andy Whale – FBIPP

Owner and Photographer

Andy is a Fellow of The British Institute of Professional Photographers with over twenty five years experience in portrait photography.

You can see his commercial work here: Andy Whale Photography

After moving back to Dorchester eight years ago with his family, Andy set up Seven Springs Studios in the beautiful village of Charminster. The fully equipped ground floor studio, named after a spring Andy used to play near in Poundbury, provides the perfect, relaxed and fun environment for creating beautiful photographs that you will enjoy forever. 

Andy has worked for some of the biggest companies in the UK and abroad; The Royal Ballet, Mercedes, Dyson, Fortnum & Mason to name but a few.

 

Seven Springs Studios - Sophie (Studio Manager)

Sophie Dodd

Studio Manager

Sophie has been working at Seven Springs Studios for over three years now.

Sophie Graduated from Bath Spa University with a Degree in Fine Art, specialising in Photography. After Graduating, Sophie worked as a school portrait photographer for two years, meaning every child, no matter what age, doesn’t leave without a big smile on their face.

Sophie loves dogs and has a natural way with them, big or small they seem to know exactly what she’s asking them to do!

Which is why Pet Photography Sessions are one of her favourite, as well as our Baby Photography Sessions; as Sophie loves the creativity involved, not to mention the cuteness factor plays a large part too!

 

Seven Springs Studios - Aicha (Photographer)

Aïcha Thompson

Photographer

Aïcha has been working at Seven Springs Studios for over a year now.

Upon graduating from Arts University Bournemouth with a Degree in Commercial Photography, Aïcha spent her time touring with several bands and musicians as their in-house photographer before moving towards freelance portraiture work.

Being at ease with children and large families comes naturally to Aïcha as she is the youngest of five siblings and now has ten nieces and nephews, meaning no family size is overwhelming.

Aïcha looks forward to our Pet Photography Sessions the most as she absolutely adores animals of all sizes. In her spare time, you’ll find her riding her pony Rosie with her two cheeky Collies alongside.

 

 

 

 

The ideal place for the perfect portrait.

 

Seven Springs Studios specialises in creating beautiful portraits of your Family, Children, Babies and Pets. As well as offering limited availabilty Fashion Makeover and intimate Boudoir Photography Sessions.

Seven Springs Studios is one of the South West’s leading Portrait Studios with over 250 5* Facebook and 150 5* Google Reviews from very happy customers.

 

With a fully equipped, ground floor, wheelchair accessible studio with unlimited free parking in Dorchester, Dorset. Seven Springs Studios provide a relaxed Family and Pet-friendly environment where they guarantee to capture beautiful Photographs that will be treasured for years to come.

Facebook Reviews

 

With over 300 5* written reviews on Facebook, Andy is proud to say that he has many happy customers around Dorset who love the relaxed and fun way he works and the stunning images they have on their wall.

Google Reviews

 

With over 400, 5 star reviews from happy customers, see what others are saying about our services!

    5 star review  Had a photo shoot for myself, husband, and 2 children. After it being postponed twice, due to covid lockdowns, I was starting to feel anxious about it. However, I needn't have worried! We were instantly made at ease once we arrived and my eldest (2yo) thoroughly enjoyed herself. Andy seems to have a way with children and even the 5mo behaved! The pictures he got were amazing and even made my husband well up. I'm glad we did the photo shoot as there are pictures we will now have forevermore and they show the true bond we have with our children.

    thumb Laura Vane
    May 2, 2021

    5 star review  Not just for girls! Prior to booking, I'd been a bit unsure whether I'd be a good fit for a fashion makeover photoshoot, but I needn't have worried. Andy went above and beyond to accommodate me and my wishes, using and embracing all the outfits I'd brought along with me, including those I'd just brought as back-up options. His assistants were a joy to work with too. More than anything, I just enjoyed being pampered and feeling important for a couple of hours - the photos were just a bonus … but still a very pleasant bonus - amazing, high-resolution digital images in a variety of contexts that I will treasure for years to come.

    thumb James Gordon
    December 21, 2020

    5 star review  What wonderful experience. So welcoming and friendly, nothing too much trouble. Took our dogs for a photo shot and both Andy and Sophie were absolutely brilliant with both of them. If you’re looking for a professional photographer, I would definitely recommend Seven Springs Studio

    thumb Dee Knill
    August 13, 2020

    5 star review  From start to finish we had a fantastic experience. Such care was take to make sure that everyone was relaxed and enjoying them self making the end result breath taking. Must have a huge thank you for fulfilling a truly strange request which lead to a meaningful and perfect picture. I would recommend SSPS to anyone looking to capture a special moment with their family.

    thumb Bryony Jayne Bell
    August 6, 2020

    5 star review  I had a great experience with Andy for a photo shoot for my dog. It was so easy to book a shoot, the shoot itself was seamless and both Andy and his assistant were great with our dog and got some great, diverse shots. Couldn’t be happier with the results, I really recommend using Andy.

    thumb Ruby Neville
    January 31, 2021

    5 star review  I recently went for a photo shoot for my 60th Birthday. Andy & his team put me totally at ease & the results were fantastic !! My Husband & I are really pleased with the beautiful photos he has produced to such a high quality & totally professional. I would really recommend this studio if you want photographs for a special occasion or for a portfolio. Many thanks again & I'll be back again, maybe for our Ruby Wedding Anniversary.

    thumb Beverley Moore
    September 20, 2020

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