Being a professional photographer is more than having a decent camera – after all, a scalpel and needle and thread don’t make you a surgeon. These days it is important to be prepared, and Michael Cockerham takes preparation very seriously. Aside from research and ongoing training in all areas of photography, Michael carries full public liability, employer’s liability and professional indemnity insurance; holds a certificate of environmental compliance for the onsite lab; and has enhanced CRB clearance for working with children and vulnerable adults.
If you need further convincing about his suitability for a job, perhaps reading the comments of existing clients will help:
Hi Michael, Just wanted to say thank you for the fab photos you dropped off the other day, we all love them and I’m looking forward to incorporating them into some new adverts and promotional material.
– Paula Johnson, Product Development Manager, Marina Mill
Thanks again for taking such fantastic photos of our wedding day. You were the perfect photographer; sensitive, helpful, and a pleasure to have around but never intrusive.
– Vicky and Al Long
I have to say what an amazing job you have done with the photos, they are absolutely brilliant and have captured our day in a way we never thought possible… your reputation is well deserved.
– Sue and Dean Ryley
Thank you massively for performing an outstanding job at our wedding in the summmer. From start to finish, nay, even before we booked you in, you treated us and the event with flawless care and professionalism. We always felt we were in safe hands, and we honestly couldn’t have asked for a higher level of service than the one you provided. The photos were all superb… Quite simply, both the memories and the day itself just wouldn’t have been the same without you!
– Alex & Hannah Cleater
Just ringing to say thank you so much for that beautiful book! It’s a stunning, stunning piece of work. It’s lovely. Beautifully put together. Just lovely and a wonderful memory. Just wanted to say how delighted we both are. Thank you very much!
– Jo & Rob Hunt (Phone message)
We just wanted to thank you once again for your wonderful expertise at our wedding, you really made us feel at ease and it helped it be such a special day. Everyone commented on how good you were too!
– Zoe & Terry Wright
Just wanted to say a massive thank you again for the shoot yesterday – we were all very pleased. Your creative input was hugely appreciated and your easy going manner a pleasure to work with!
– Tandine Rawkins, Design Director, Marina Mill
We just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your amazing work at our wedding. You did an incredible job and we absolutely love the images. We’ve had heaps of compliments about your work.
– Claire Noonan & Bruce Warner
Michael, Jude and I just wanted to say thank you for taking the photos at our wedding. It was really helpful to have you around on the day and your jokes and easy-going nature made everyone feel at ease (especially the smiling face!). The photographs you took were stunning and are the perfect record of our special day. Thanks again.
– Simon and Jude Baker
Thanks for the photos – as ever, you’ve done an excellent job.
– Andrew Mitchell, Marketing Manager CIPS Newham College of Further Education.
Thanks for your excellent help… the photos are great.
– Hilary Greenwood, Dover Corporation International
Excellent job. Thanks.
– Graham Baigent, Pinnacle Publishing
The photos are amazing, thank you so much!
– Stuart and Patricia Little
Thank you so so much for our wedding album, it’s fantastic, we love it, it reflects our memories of the day perfectly.
– Matthew and Claire Wheeler
Just a short message to express our thanks for the wonderful photos of our day which we have enjoyed showing to family and friends.
– Paul Smith & Stewart Whalley
I would like personally to thank you for your commitment to organising the WorldSkills UK Photography competition over the past year. We have received special mention of your efforts from the national competitions team, who particularly mentioned your professionalism and ongoing passion to increase the quality and service provided to stakeholders. Again, thank you for your time, commitment and hard work.
– Eugene Incerti, Director of Skills Competitions UK Skills
Thank you so much for making our day memorable. The photos are brilliant.
– Mark and Nicola Belcher
Just wanted to say a big thank you for sharing my special day and making it even more wonderful with your work!! Everyone complimented me on how good you were. My sister-in-law wants to book you for her church blessing next year! Thanks again Michael, I am really glad that you were my photographer.
– Lucy De Caires
Many thanks Michael. These are great images.
– Beverley Southward-Bruce, Department for Children, Schools and Families
It has taken us this long to decide [on the photos for our album] as we really wanted all the pictures, they are so fantastic! We have such wonderful memories and your superb photography has guaranteed that the day may be over but we have picture records of the day’s events, your pictures really do tell a story and you have captured special moments throughout the day that will remain in my heart forever.
– Amanda Stevens
Thanks so much for your patience and beautiful photography.
– Lisa and Edward Solomon
Thank you so much for the beautiful wedding photographs. Adam is so protective over them he won’t let me take them out of the storage boxes, let alone the flat!
– Emiko and Adam Caerlewy-Smith
Everyone is loving the pics! Thanks.
– Brett Marino and Tim von Werne
Thanks a lot, you’re a star!
– Judith Fane, Interior Designer
Thank you again for the excellent work supplied.
– Colin Humphries, Operations Manager Classic Interiors Contractors Ltd
Just a quick note to say the Gala photographs are truly stunning – you have captured the evening perfectly. Many thanks!
– Brendan May, Chief Executive, Marine Stewardship Council
This man is a star, and he makes you feel like one too.
– Mark Sitwell, Director Marwell Systems Ltd
You coped with everything fantastically and everyone is totally blown away by the photos.
– Caroline Woffenden, Communications Manager, Marine Stewardship Council
We thought it was important that we said a huge, traditional (i.e. written) thank you for all your hard work at our wedding – and for the fantastic prints. We love them all! You obviously thought so carefully about every single shot and have taken so much time to do a perfect job and we really appreciate it. You are also excellent at dealing with a range of wedding guests and herding them around into appropriate groups with the utmost respect and grace… a rare skill! Thank you so much.
– Simon Roberts – multi award winning international photographer
I would like to thank you once again for allowing me to join you for my work experience. I have learnt so much in just a week, and I thank you for finding the time to get to know me and teach me. [I can’t] put my experience into words, because it was so amazing, and I learnt from the best photographer. You take incredible photos and it is a shame that I didn’t get the chance to spend more time learning more about the overall industry.
– Emma Frost, Student on work experience
I would just like to say a big thank you for taking me on work experience for a week. I really thought that it was an eye opener to what working life really is like and I thought it was fantastic. I thought it was wonderful to go to all the different places. I would have never had the opportunity to see them if it wasn’t for you. I have learnt a great deal and I’m glad to say I’m looking forward to work in the future rather than dreading it like a lot of people might! It was a shame that the week flew by so fast! If I had the chance to work with you in the future, I would definitely do so.
– Stephanie Killgallon, Student on work experience
I am sure you’re already aware and, please excuse my French, but you are fucking excellent at what you do.
– Dan Norman, Creative Director, Court Three Graphic Design