Let me help you get the most out of your photography.

With over 35 years experience, whether  you are a beginner or a professional I want to help you achieve more from your photography. Let me get you started on your photographic journey, or help you take your business to the next level, together we can achieve great things.
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About Damian

A working commercial and Portrait photographer for over 34 years, McGillicuddy shoots all genres from fashion to footballers, products to politicians and musicians to motorsport.

Damian has amassed over 890 international awards, 16 Photographer of the year titles, 17 fellowships, including the first ever Fellowship awarded for photographic training, 1 honorary fellowship and a double Masters, and a Grand Master with Double Bar.  in 2018 McGillicuddy was honoured with a Life time achievement award from the Societies of Photographers, aged just 47.

In 2013 Damian achieved one of his own personal dreams, he followed in the foot steps of his photographic hero, Mr David Bailey, as Olympus UK principal Photographer and educator.  A small town boy from the industrial North West of the UK, once thrown out of art school for not making the grade, drove his career to that and more as eventually Damian became a "European Ambassador for Olympus as he was given the title of "European Visionary".

Privileged to shoot all over the world for major brands such as L'oreal, ITV, BBC, Burtons, Miss Selfridge, Aston Martin Racing, Nippon Express, ,Indy days, John Lewis, Hahnel Industries and Olympus to name but a few, you can say Damian has "Been there and done that".

Having exceeded his own expectations and achieved many of his own goals, Damian set out to help others gain their own success. In doing so McGillicuddy became one of the industries premier photographic trainers, with his students achieving similarly prolific success in very short order - 47 Photographer of the year recipients in just 13 years!

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What our learners say about us

Just attended Lighting 101 today. A fabulous course which was full of really good information both theoretical and practical but mixed in with a lot of humour too. Damian is a truly excellent teacher and gets the information across in a clear and concise way, and I would highly recommend this course to both novice and experienced photographers.-JTThanks, I had a great time on the Speedlight 101 workshop yesterday.
Do it, do it, do it. There’s nothing else like it in terms of live training and you won’t find it in books, magazines, DVDs or on the internet. It will mess with your head a bit, but it will make you think and inspire you to try new things. Your photography and hopefully your artistic sensibilities will benefit and it’s more than worth the cost, travel and time.-GCContinuous Professional Development, just like any profession, photography requires continuous development and improvement.  
Having been on previous courses with Damian I was of course expecting another excellent training day and I was not disappointed. Pound for pound (and I’m not talking about Damian’s weight here) there is simply no better value for photography training out there both in terms of course content and quality. It was a brilliant day. If it had been in Scotland, it would of course have been Pure Dead Brilliant.
I did the Baby whisperer workshops, and can highly recommend it to anyone looking to get into this field of photography. Ably assisted by Jos and Karen, Damian took us through the business side of things, then the props and the setting up and staging of lots of different poses were demonstrated. The whole course was very relaxed and easy going and full of great advice. The studio is fab, and we were well looked after with refreshments, lunch and cake as needed. Just brilliant!-SE
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