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The Darkroom Photography

International Illustrative Photographer Of The Year 2021 | Equine Photographer Of The Year 2022 | Dog Photographer Of The Year 2022

Hello, my name is Mandy Newby and I am the owner (and a qualified Fellow of the Master Photographers) at The Darkroom Photography. I have always enjoyed taking photo’s, especially of our own dogs, from way before I started doing so professionally. After leaving the world of online marketing, I wanted to make sure I did something I loved and was passionate about. I am absolutely a dog lover at heart (as my clients will attest to) with many commenting on my connection with their four legged best friend and my understanding of what they might be capable of during a shoot. The photo shoots are super fun for your dog, as it should be. Their happiness and safety is of the highest priority at all times. Lots of praise and lots of attention ensures we can get the very best out of your session, for the most beautiful results. Fully insured and with plenty of patience your pet photo shoot will be something you cherish and remember for all time.


What do the humans have to say?

What an amazing experience. My dog and I went for a lovely walk, both enjoying the woods and the company, whilst Mandy snapped away with her camera. I have been kept up to date with all the editing and received sneak previews of what’s to come. Thoroughly professional and enjoyable. I would highly recommend to anyone that wants a beautiful keepsake. Thank you Mandy

Polly Coates

We had such an amazing experience with Mandy. We were recommended her by a friend and certainly were not disappointed. We were truthfully a little nervous about the shoot as our husky was only 9 months old and we worried she would not be able to get any usable photographs. She was so friendly and approachable it just felt like a lovely walk on Dartmoor. Our dog was so comfortable and really enjoyed it. We were absolutely shocked at the results they are so beautiful. Her editing is outstanding and the whole experience was amazing. We 100% cannot recommend enough and have already told our dog friends all about it and showed them the amazing pictures! Thank you so much!

Martin McClaughlin

A lovely walk in a beautiful location and in good company. Mandy was professional and friendly from the time of booking and throughout the whole experience. Cruz loved the attention and Mandy captured some wonderful photos of him, the images she has edited speak for themselves. Memories of a very special occasion and images to last forever. Thank you so much.

Tracey Mingo

What a brilliant experience with this very talented lady! Mandy immediately put me at my ease as she is friendly, relaxed and totally non-demanding. I have to admit to being a little anxious that I might be wasting her time since Sooty is normally pretty camera shy, preferring to look away from any camera pointed at him. However, I needn’t have worried, since she is quick to catch the right pose in the right moment and the right light - and the results are stunning! If you want a ‘wow’ photograph of your dog, then I absolutely recommend The Darkroom! Thank you so much Mandy!

Sue Halse

I was lucky enough to go out on a shoot with my 2 dogs at Burrator. Mandy had such an amazing rapport with both my dogs, but there was also an instant connection with her and my collie - i would say that they had met before! She was such an easy person to talk to, it felt just like a walk with a friend. And then there are the images - Oh my days!! They are magical!! She has really captured their personalities and produced such stunning works of art. I cannot stop looking at the pictures and smiling!!

Georgina Davies

We have had the pleasure of working with Mandy at The Darkroom on a couple of occasions now and have been blown away by not only her professionalism, but the standard of her work. We are absolutely delighted with the photos that we have received and we are extremely excited to be working with her more in the future to create some fantastic images.

Alice Lily

We had a blast with our recent photo shoot! Mandy is lovely and quickly made our dogs feel at ease. She wasn’t bothered having two over enthusiastic Rottweilers bounding at her when she arrived either, which was a plus! I was amazed how well the boys and Itchy posed for her! Mandy was so good with our pups and they loved being centre of attention (as always!) The photos are stunning and I would definitely recommend her photography. Thank you Mandy

Helen Kirby


Expert editing in Photoshop

Why The Darkroom?

Personal and unique artwork for your home

Why choose a professional dog photographer?

Haven’t times changed? Nearly every single one of us has around a six hundred pound camera sat right in our pocket everywhere we go. We have access to online editors, filters and with a pretty hefty amount of mega pixels too. So with all of this tech at our finger tips why would you want a professional photographer? It’s because we can produce something really special that a camera phone or even an entry level camera simply cannot.

At the Darkroom Photography we use state of the art camera equipment, to create pin sharp imagery that can be printed in a large format. We can produce spectacular wall art, fine art photo books and beautiful prints. The images are professionally edited using industry leading photo editing software Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. A professional photographer is here to create a high quality, professionally executed, piece of artwork to take pride of place in your home with your dog/four legged best friend as the star.

How do I know that you are a professional photographer?

I am a certified member of an elite association of Photographers called the Master Photographers Association (the MPA). As a certified professional  I have all of the relevant insurances (including public liability insurance) and health and safety practices in place, all of which have been checked and approved by this internationally recognised independent body. I am qualified to Fellowship standard which is the pinnacle of professional photography.


MPA Certified Professional Photographer

Why would I choose you over another local photographer?

It’s all down to personal preference. If you like my style of photography then I am the person for you. If you like someone else’s, please give them a call you will absolutely make their day. The thing about photography is you could get a group of photographers together, with the same kit, same editing software, same models and location and each of them will come out with something different. Do your research, pick your favourite and enjoy the process. Afterwards you will have a lifelong keepsake of a much loved family member.


Booking a professional photographer is the height of luxury, book an artist you love to create your personal and unique piece or pieces.



International Illustrative Photographer Of The Year 2021