Hi. My name is Dean McDonald, and I am a professional portrait photographer based in Bamber Bridge, Preston, Lancashire.


I’ve been making professional portraits for well over 33 years now but my interest in photography came early in life – at around 10 years of age.  I grew up in a family where one of my grandad’s hobbies, other than fly fishing, was photography and I remember he used the downstairs bath to develop his black and white negatives (remember them?).  I also remember the grief my granny gave him over the yellow stains he left in the enamel from the developing process!

I became really into portrait photography as a teenager, often photographing friends for amateur and practical photography magazine competitions and, after having some success, I enrolled at my local camera club, Preston Photographic Society.

I worked for a large textile firm back in the early eighties together with my friend Steve, the firm’s chief mechanic. We created the firm’s first photographic club. In 1984 I was headhunted to be a wedding and portrait photographer for a now-defunct professional studio in Church Street, Preston town center. Here I was given my professional photography training and also excelled in the studio's own photographic lab as a darkroom technician. One year later I went professional on my own – setting up my Studio in Bamber Bridge. And I have been here ever since.

Today, together with my wife Sally we are the proud owners of Bamber Bridge’s first and only professional photographic studio and for the last 33 years, our ground-floor high street Studio has been the go-to studio for easy access for disabled people.

My profession is the best profession in the world, I get to FREEZE TIME!  I capture forever memories you’ll be proud to hang on your walls for years to come.





The quality of my work will literally last a lifetime

I guarantee it.