Guy Channing was born in Cornwall and educated in Plymouth, where he now lives with his wife and family. He is a familiar face for many in the city, as a former Herald photographer and Western Morning News Company deputy picture editor.

   He discovered his love of photography after leaving Sutton High School, when an offer of work experience at the Sunday Independent newspaper turned into a three-year freelance placement.

   In 1993, Guy joined the Western Morning News Company as a photographic printer before accepting a position as a trainee photographer on the then Evening Herald.

   These three hectic years of training included a number of high profile foreign assignments, including coverage of the famine in Somalia alongside the charity Save the Children, visits to Northern Ireland, the Balkans and France.

   On completion of his NCTJ certificate in 1996, another foreign assignment – in Russia – added to Guy’s growing portfolio. To see some of Guy’s Somalia pictures, please click here.

   Keen to broaden his experience, Guy began a successful two-year period as a freelance photographer, supplying pictures to national newspapers and working in the corporate sector, before he was invited to return to the Herald as deputy picture editor. In the 14 years Guy spent in this role, the picture desk gradually expanded – initially responsible for five city-based photographers, it grew to cover the entire South West region.

   Having acquired a range of practical and technical skills alongside his photographic experience, and with an eye on changes within the declining newspaper industry, Guy grew  keen to return to freelance work. He launched Guy Channing Photography in 2010, encouraged by an existing client base, which has continued to widen.

   Customers include Deborah Clark Associates (Wolf Minerals, Imerys, Plymouth Science Park, Cornish Mutual and St Austell Brewery); Lee Peck Media (David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes); Plymouth City Council (Corporate Communications, City Museum and Art Galley); Marshbank PR and Marketing (YMCA, All Saints Academy Plymouth and The Children’s Society); David Reynolds Associates; The Defence Picture Library; The University of Plymouth; Balfour Beatty and Cornwall College. 

   Guy’s aim is to combine adaptability with professionalism for every commission, within each image and during all contact with his clients and his clients’ clients – and this close attention to detail really is effective. 

   Guy says: “It has proved to be a short, intense period of growth for Guy Channing Photography, reflected in a multi-skilled spread of imagery, right across the spectrum.


   “Daily commissions now include PR shoots, portraits, advertising, architectural, press, technical and commercial stock imagery with the business recently expanding to include Professional in-house photography training for companies wishing to self-fulfil their photography needs.

   Guy Channing Photography supports The Royal British Legion locally and nationally, and St Luke’s Hospice, Turnchapel, as its chosen charities, as well as the Wranglers Theatre Group, which works with children and young people from the Plymouth community.

   Guy says: “Working throughout the South West, GCP offers a professional photography service – a unique blend of high quality imagery, competitive pricing and exemplary customer service.

   “I am always delighted to talk to prospective customers: it’s a matter of pride for me to give good advice, no-nonsense quotes and an honest opinion of what I offer.”




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All images copyright © Guy Channing Photography 2010-2014