Professional Portrait Photographer Testimonials

It’s not just about having a few pictures taken, it’s about a relaxed experience and fabulous service, but don’t just take my word for it… 

“Took my granddaughter for a cake smash for her 1st birthday. Lovely experience, Gaynor was wonderful with Delilah and I cannot wait to see the photographs.Thank you xx.”
Deborah Seddon, October 2018
“I’ve just had a cake smash for my daughter’s first birthday and I couldn’t be happier with the photographs. The photoshoot didn’t quite go to plan as my daughter decided she really didn’t like the cake and wouldn’t go near it but Gaynor was fabulous with her and changed the plan so we got lots of other shots which are just amazing. I would definitely recommend using @ShyVioletPhotography to friends and family and will use Gaynor again in the future.”
Alex Collins, October 2018
“My daughter had a first birthday cake smash and we enjoyed the session from beginning to end. She was teething and a little grizzly but as soon as the cake came out everything changed. Gaynor was very patient and made the session fun and relaxing and now we have wonderful memories of her first birthday captured in some brilliant photos. Thank you Gaynor.”
Kate Clayton, September 2018
“Had the best experience with Gaynor for my little girls cake smash. Lorena didn’t like the cake and was cranky throughout, but Gaynor was so patience with her and tried her very best. I didn’t think I would of got the best photos but when I received them I was so impressed. Gaynor managed to get some amazing shoots of Lorena. I will definitely be returning and wouldn’t go anywhere else for a cake smash. Thank you so much lovely lady! You made us all feel so comfortable and welcome.”
Lauren Cornwall, August 2018
“Absolutely fantastic. We went to Gaynor today for my daughters first birthday shoot. We had to cancel twice due hospital admission and Gaynor was fantastic and rearranged super fast both times. She also allowed both my boys to have some pics prior to the cake smash which was great having them involved! She made us feel so relaxed and improvised when my daughter didn’t like the ‘cake smash’. Thank you so much! Xxx”
Ashleigh Hubbersty, July 2018
“Even though Archie was a bit wingy on the day it was no trouble for Gaynor. She is such a good photographer and got alot of amazing photos of Arch. Will definitely be returning.”
Zoe Buckley, June 2018
“We did the 3 in 1 happimess for my son’s first birthday, what a great experience! Amazing photos! Gaynor is really lovely, definitely a 5.”
Phillipa Brabon, June 2018
“We had a fantastic cake smash photo shoot on Tuesday for Ellie. We really enjoyed it and Gaynor was very patient. We can’t wait to see the photos now as we know she got some good ones of our little girl. Lovely little studio. Would really recommend and definitely go back for other photo shoots in the future.”
Stephanie Davies, March 2018
“Gaynor is a fantastic photographer, nothing was ever too much trouble & we have some gorgeous family shoots. Would highly recommend shy violet.”
Lucy Buckley, October 2017
“We have just returned from our first birthday cake smash. I would love to say my little girl enjoyed it, but she was terrified of the camera flash. Gaynor was so lovely and patient with her and went out of the way to make all of us, especially my little girl feel more comfortable! She couldn’t have been more accommodating and friendly! My daughter finally settled and had a great time smashing up her cake and splashing in the tub! Would definitely recommend!!”
Maria Ibbotson, August 2017
“We have been for my little girls 1st birthday cake smash today and it was an amazing experience. I can’t wait to see all her pictures but I know Gaynor got some beautiful ones of our princess. Daisy loved the whole experience, she had so much fun and it was so nice that we got to do it on her actual birthday! Would defiantly recommend and I’m sure we will be back.”
Charlotte Fletcher, August 2017
“Had my son’s first birthday cake smash. Gaynor was amazing and made us all feel right at home. Great experience had by all and would definitely recommend. The pictures are amazing. We will be back am sure of it.”
Kez May, July 2017
“We booked in for a newborn photo shoot for my baby girl when she was 10 days old, and took our 7 year old to join in. Gaynor did an amazing job on the day, it was a lovely relaxed atmosphere and nothing was rushed. Lots of great ideas and outfits were tried on, and the end pictures blew us away, they’re absolutely amazing, we love them. I can’t recommend Gaynor enough, I’m sure we’ll be back for more photo’s in the future!

Thanks again Gaynor – and apologies once again for my son saying you resembled a much loved soap star (I won’t mention who it was!!!!)”
Tony Elmore, June 2017

“I have had loads of sessions (about 10 sessions) with Gaynor for my children and family shoots and she is just brilliant!! Had excellent results every time I have been, would highly recommend her xx”
Carla Hlm, June 2017
“Been to see gaynor at shy violet 3 times now, such a fun laid back photoshoot with amazing pictures to show at the end 🙂 cannot recommend enough! Xxx”
Sam Ogden Constantinou, June 2017
“We booked the 3 in 1 happimess package for my sons first birthday, and we managed to actually do the shoot on his birthday. Have to say we had a lovely time and we have lovely photos to remember the special day. There was a slight mix up with one of the prints, but Gaynor was so fast to correct it, definitely a 5* service. Highly recommended.”
Melanie Darraugh, April 2017
“I booked my son Harvey for a cake smash for his first birthday. He was more interested in eating the cake than the camera but Gaynor managed to capture some beautiful & comical photos of him. He was tired and cranky come bath time but managed to get one smile while in the tub. She is an amazing photographer and also such a lovely lady, she gives off such a warming and caring vibe. I will definitely be booking a family photoshoot soon. Thankyou Gaynor x”
Laura Nutter, February 2017
“My husband and I bought the i am one, cake smash and rub a dub tub session on the 10th of feb for my daughters 1st birthday, gaynor was so lovely and my daughter felt so at ease with her in front of the camera. We bsolutely loved it and can not wait to see the pictures that were taken. Thank you so much xx”
Lyndsey Wheeler, February 2017
“Thanks Gaynor for such a fab day, you were amazing with Maisie for her newborn shoot! We can’t wait to see the prints and will be defo coming back for smash the cake!! Xxxx”
Lilah Murphy, January 2017
“We were extremely pleased with Shy Violet, Gaynor was fabulous with our girls especially our 3 year old.. photos are fabulous and they are going to make family and friends some lovely Christmas gifts.. thank you and see you in the summer for another shoot xx”
Gemma Wardil, December 2016
“Just amazing! Can’t thank Gaynor enough, we had such fun at our little boys 3 in 1 cake smash & the pictures captured all the laughs & fun we had! The pictures are amazing, such amazing memories created for us to treasure forever. Thank you so much x”
Stacey Dunlop, December 2016
“Recommended by a friend and so glad we went. Had a baby Christmas photo shoot. Gaynor was lovely and patient. Able to do different poses and Christmas outfits even though we only had 30 minutes. The photos are so cute and we can’t wait to use them for Christmas cards.”
Lucy France, November 2016
“We went to shy violet for our son Noah’s 1st birthday cake smash he absolutely loved it he had so much fun and really enjoyed his cake (it was delicious). Gaynor is such a lovely lady and also an amazing photographer I’m so pleased with the pictures.”
Angela Johnson, November 2016
“We went to Shy Violet on Sun 11th September for a cake smash shoot for my daughter’s 1st birthday. Sophia was a little unsettled due to teething & being tired but Gaynor was so patient & understanding. We still managed to get some fab shots in between tears! Sophia soon cheered up in the bath! & her pics are amazing! So very pleased with them! Thank you once again Gaynor! Can’t recommend her enough, even one of my friends has booked for December!”
Chantelle Hubbard, October 2016
“Can’t thank Gaynor enough for my newborn photo shoot! She was absolutely brilliant with my little girl 🙂 She was extremely patient … It took us about an hour and a half to get my daughter to sleep ready for her shoot but I didn’t feel rushed in any way what so ever! The communication regarding when my prints will be ready etc has been fab! I am in love with my canvas ~ Such great quality 🙂 And I am privileged that Gaynor has requested one to put up in her studio! 🙂 I would definitely recommend ShyViolet Photography xx”
Katrina Gnandt, October 2016
“Fantastic service! This lady knows how to get a smile and takes beautiful photographs. She makes you feel so comfortable and adapts to any situation … nothing is forced and we all enjoyed it. Thanks.”
Gemma Parry, October 2016
“Such an amazing lady. I have three very mischievious boys and a baby and i was dreading it to be honest but gaynor made us feel at ease and didnt mind that my boys were not in particularly good moods that day. Laughed it off in the end! And then baby mias cake smash was just wonderful! Had fun laughed smashed cake whats not to love about that!
Would highly recommend gaynor to everyone.”
Sarah Dugdale, January 2016
“Would highly recommend Gaynor, she’s professional,warming& makes you feel at ease. She didn’t hesitate when I said I wanted to bring my 3 dogs& cat over to her studio for a photo shoot! We’re over the moon with our fabulous pics that we picked up today& look forward to getting our fantastic 40″x24″ digital art pic once it’s framed. Would just like to say Gaynor has been consistently in touch throughout& with any little adjustments we wanted with Gaynor’s expertise& guidance was dealt with extremely efficiently.”
Linda Galsworth, January 2016
“Had a cake smash photoshoot for my sons birthday and can not recommend Gaynor enough. The photoshoot was fun, the pictures are amazing and Gaynor has been fantastic dealing with our queries and arranging for the picture to be framed at a reasonable price. I now can’t wait to get the pictures and put them up! The pictures are a lovely memento for our sons first birthday!”
Louise Allen, Aug 15
“Can’t recommend the cake smash enough! We had an amazing afternoon and laughed so much. Gaynor is lovely and we are so happy with our pictures.”
Angela Nuttall, Jul 15


“We love our pics of our gorgeous boy so glad we got them while he was still new to the world – he was only 9 days old.  Gaynor is so professional and I would recommend to all my yummy mummies, Thank you Gaynor”
Trudi Walton, Jul 15


“Had a great time with Gaynor for our Sons 1st birthday cake smash shoot , what fun! Gaynor is lovely, friendly and very helpful , we plan to use her again for our other children. So many brilliant photos to choose from :)”
Tracy Palmer, Jul 15


“Amazing cake smash with my Harry. A definite “must do” in my opinion. Will be back with the rest of the family soon”.
Christina Revill, Jul 15


“Excellent family shoot today. Made us all feel relaxed and had so much fun with the kids. Enjoyed every minute and the pictures are amazing … we love them all so don’t know how we are going to choose!”
Lisa Worsley, Jun 15


“I cannot recommend the cake smash with Shy Violet Photography enough…it is just so much fun. Great pics to be able to keep and Gaynor is fab!”
Kailey Schofield , Jun 15


“Gaynor, Icannot thank you enough for today, the shoot was brilliant from start to finish and the kids really enjoyed it, can’t wait to see the pics now!” Lindsey Lomas Marsh, Jun 15


“Had a brilliant day for Freddies 1st birthday cake smash. Gaynor is great. Made his 1st birthday very special and he absolutely loved the cake smash. Had so much fun would recommend to anyone. Thank you Gaynor. And its hard to pick his pictures they are amazing!”
Ayelsa Smithy, May 15


“I have been going to Shy Violet for over 4 years now and absolutely love my photos!!! My wedding pics and photos of the family are always a focal point in my home.”
Nicola  Watts, May 15


“We had such a fun day at our daughters cake smash, she loved it and so did we. The pictures are amazing, a lovely memory from our girlies special 1st birthday. Thanks Gaynor.”
Suzanne Fisher, April 15


“Gaynor is a fantastic photographer as well as a great person – she makes you feel at ease and nothing is to much for her and may I add she is very truthful and patient as this is so needed in this line of business.”
Joanne Morton, Mar 15


“Fabbbbbbbbb photographer , amazing images /photos .. Would definitely recommend gaynor !! Very very nice and friendly lady.”
Lisa Taylor, Jan 15


“Gaynor from Shy Violet Photography is one of the best photographers that I know. I hate having my photo taken, but she immediately puts you at ease and makes you laugh, which helps her to capture the ‘real’ you. I’d recommend Gaynor from Shy Violet until the cows come home! Thank you Gaynor.” x
Frances Day, Morley, Nov 14


“Truly unforgettable experience for our sons first birthday cake smash shoot x so happy with the results, Gaynor was fabulous with our boy and made us feel very welcome, felt like we had known her for years. Thank you”.
Louise Moriarty, Manchester, Nov 14
“Gaynor is absolutely fantastic- very professional, accommodating and helpful! She has very kindly taken all the photographs for our charity calendar and has spent a massive amount of time discussing the idea with me, making suggestions as well as recommending printers and promoting the calendar! Can’t thank her enough- highly recommended” xxx  Stephanie Brown, Oldham, Nov 14
“Had a fab time at Shy Violet today the kids had a ball highly recommended can’t wait for the pictures….thanks Gaynor” xx
Leanne Brown, Oldham, Oct 14


“Fabbbbbbbbb photographer , amazing images /photos .. Would definitely recommend Gaynor !! Very very nice and friendly lady”
Lisa Hester, Oldham, Oct 14


“Absolutely amazing photos and wonderful customer service. I honestly cannot recommend Gaynor enough I was so happy with my family photos, these are my pride and joy and precious family memories captured” xxx
Sarah Blackhurst, Oldham, Oct 14


“Beautiful lady, very kind and helpful. The pictures I had done were amazing, just wish I could of bought them all. Hands down the best photographer I’ve ever been to and can’t praise her enough. Thank you Gaynor” xxx
Gemma Wild, Oldham, Sept 14


“Had a cake smash shoot for my girls 1st birthday today, she absolutely loved it, and so did I…we had lots of fun! And Gaynor was lovely.”
Jody Taylor, Oldham, Sept 14


“Such a fab experience for my little boys first birthday.  So nice friendly n relaxed. I highly recommend.  The pictures are amazing, so quick n professional, Would book again!”
Andrea Gander, Manchester, Sept 14


“Amazing….. Just absolutely amazing. Lola-Rose loved every minute of her shoot and was treated like a princess. No shyness at all. Was made to feel really relaxed throughout” x
Beverley Stirrup, Springhead, Sept 14


“So thrilled with the photos Gaynor shot!! Actually shed a tear when I saw them!…thoroughly enjoyed the session, she is an expert at putting you at your ease and capturing your personality…..I’m so pleased…I want them all !! ”
Sara Gartside, Mossley, Sept 14


“Me and my little boy had our pictures done and it was brilliant very welcoming and friendly and was brilliant with my little boy had so much fun during the shoot. Next time I need more pictures done i am going here !!!!!! Very very happy and suggest everyone go”
Samantha Pilling, Royton, Aug 14


“As a birthday/Mother’s Day present from the hubby and kids we had a family fun photo session. We all had a great laugh at each other and the kids loved every minute, giddy is an under statement. The kids asked if we were going back the next weekend and were extremely disappointed when told no. The results were fantastic!Some can been seen on this page. Thanks for great memories Gaynor” x
Carrie Walker, Oldham, Aug 14


“Had my son’s 1st Birthday captured with a cake smashing shoot! He loved it & so did we! The photos are fab… Would definitely recommend to everyone & anyone!”
Samantha Harris, Oldham, July 14


“Took my daughter and her friends here for a 13th birthday shoot..and the results were amazing..they had a fantastic time and couldn’t stop giggling..and then when the photos went online in the gallery..she couldn’t stop looking at them..she was so happy and pleased with them..I’ve already booked a cake smashing session for my sons first birthday..I would highly recommend shy violet photography to anyone :)”
Rebecca Dougal, Manchester, July 14


“I would highly recommend ‘shy violet’ to EVERYONE I had a photo session here only 3hrs ago… my chap got me this as 1 of my xmas prezzys which i dreaded wen i opened it , the photographer (Gaynor) put the voucher in a very posh ‘envolope’ which was beautifully ‘blinged & ribboned’ out he didnt even have 2 wrap it it looked lovely as it was she’d even put a tag on which instructing me 2 not open til 25th! Haha She went out of her way 2 open 2day JUST FOR US, shes absolutely great & made me feel reeeeeally comfy from the moment i walked in, very patient & gets involved in ur shoot very very profesionally but has a giggle also (which again makes u feel very much @ ease) & am very very excited to see my pics in the nxt few days!! :0) THANKYOU GAYNOR IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE!!! ;0) Xx”
Vicky Froggatt, Manchester, May 14


“Well some of my friends told me about this great photographer, that was great with kids, had loads of patience and nothin was too much trouble for her……her name is Gaynor Wilson …… how right they were! ive struggled for 2 yrs to try and get a photo of my 2 little boys, together and smiling and lookin @ the camera…..and Gaynor managed it my little dudes hav severe autism….this didnt phase her, the fact they were runnin about her studio, touchin everythin in sight, not cooperatin and were wreckin her props…..didnt phase her she even arranged a longer time slot so my boys could get used to the new surroundings! Gaynor was a pure professional such a luvly lady! thank u soooo much for all yr hard work, u hav made me so happy and we will defo be back in the future x x x ”
Marie Carslaw, Oldham


” I had a brilliant time, very professional but fun. I hate having my picture taken but Gaynor made this a fun family time and as a bonus the pictures were fabulous, found it difficult to choose the best ones. Liked the way we could choose and share with our family in our own home. Have spent thousands on similar pictures from a big company and felt a pressure to buy. But no pressure from Gaynor and better pictures in my opinion. Thanks Gaynor would definitely recommend ”
Joanne Thomas, Greenfield


“My children hate having their photographs taken, but Gaynor managed to really connect with them almost immediately and made it such fun for them – the photos were fantastic.”
Amanda Doyle, Greenfield


“I have wanted family photos for so long, but my husband and I always look awkward in photos. Gaynor was reccommended to me by my sister and I couldn’t believe how relaxed she made us all feel and how good the end result was.”
Angela Mayhew, Grasscroft


Hi Gaynor, We just wanted to say a massive thank you for our fantastic wedding photos and beautiful portrait book. We had a brilliant day and you helped make our day special – you were fun, very professional and as we can see from all the photos, everyone was having such a good time. We would highly recommend you to anyone wanting the fun style of photography that you offer for weddings, rather than the more traditional approach, and I would ask anyone to look at our wedding pictures to see how much fun our day was. Everyone who has seen our wedding book has commented that it is the best wedding album they have seen and that they have never seen anything like it before. For any bride and groom looking for a photographer who is very professional, full of fun, offering something a little bit different, and also one who makes you feel relaxed and gets your guests to have a good time – We would definitely recommend Gaynor from Hitched By Shy Violet – as you will not be disappointed. Thanks again for everything.
Eddy and Vicky Benedek


“Lovely studio – has a great feel – as did the shoot – we really enjoyed ourselves and got some brilliant photos.”
Sarah Paul, Grasscroft


“I booked Gaynor for a charity fundraising event – a black dinner affair. Everyone said how Gaynor added to the event and the photographs were just wonderful”.
Aine Duncan, Greenfield


“WOW, cannot believe how Gaynor captured us all so naturally – never have we had photos like this that we are proud to display on our walls!”
Keith & Molly Price, Oldham


“So much done in an hour – and we all look like we’re having a good time in all our pictures, Gaynor made us feel so good at the time.”
Chris & Kelly Whalley, Oldham


“The best thing, apart from the images, was Gaynor’s knack of making us all feel so welcome and relaxed. This made for great piccies”
Lisa Morton, Oldham


“Shy Violet’s studio is a little picture paradise in Woodend Mills – tucked away where nobody knows they’re there. We are so pleased we found her – the shots of our children are beautiful. We will definitely be going back alot!”
Jane Green, Lees


“Gaynor’s ability to understand us all and our fear of the camera made us all relax and we achieved wonderful photos.”
Sam & Bill Priestly, Shaw


“We gave Gaynor free reign to make an album for us as we loved every image on our gallery. The album is a masterpiece and we are thrilled with the result.”
Paul & Jo Bamforth, Uppermill