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What do my customers say about their experience

Sunshine Canine Trainers Camp

Mandy is a supremely talented photographer. She recently covered a dog training camp for professionals which I hosted. Her tireless enthusiasm, professionalism and obvious interest in her subject matter, resulted in an astonishing 7 day portfolio.
It was so hard to choose my favourites – so I may have purchased a ‘library’ rather than a keepsake 😂
Thank you Mandy and the Darkroom for your support and brilliance 🌟🌟🌟🐾
Highly recommend!!

Sunshine Canine Trainers Camp

Mandy from The Darkroom has taken pictures of half of my pack of dogs, she was the photographer in residence on a course I attended recently.
All of the pictures were absolutely fantastic and caught the true essence of my dogs. I feel truly privileged to have been able to have Mandy work with my dogs. She puts them at ease and takes the time to get the best from them.
Thank you is not enough.

Four At Hembury

We booked Mandy for a mini photoshoot. 3 dogs (incl a puppy & a lunatic Sprocker). TBH was panicking about how well they would pose/behave, but we had a lovely morning walking through the bluebells & along river at Hembury Woods with Mandy clicking away and with us encouraging the furbies. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves & best of all we absolutely adore the finished pictures!! Mandy did an awesome job & we would & do happily recommend her to anyone who would like a beautiful keepsake/memory of their much loved pets – thank you so much Mandy.


Fun At Fingle

Loved our shoot, Mandy is amazing and defo got the best out of my fur babies. My only regret is not knowing about her before I lost my Alfie 18 months ago, as I know Mandy could have left me with precious pictures that I would have had forever. Would highly recommend her, she is not only fabulous at what she does but really puts you at ease and loves all fur babies.


Fun At Fingle

Mandy was absolutely amazing with our dogs and we got the most beautiful pictures despite some dodgy weather! We had 4 dogs between us who, although very well behaved, aren’t the best at sitting still, and it made no difference to the outcome of the photos so definitely don’t worry if your dogs aren’t super models! Mandy also edited a special picture for my Mum with some magical butterflies as she had seen another magic edit and wanted one of her dog.. Mandy did this straight away for us which was so lovely of her. Would 10000% recommend to anyone who is looking for some everlasting memories of their fur babies.


Six Rescues & Not Enough Leads

Brilliant experience. Mandy was so approachable and professional from the very first phone call. I wanted a shoot for our 6 rescue dogs so I knew this was a big ask, but she assured me this would be doable. The dogs all adored Mandy and Alex, so this meant all the dogs were super relaxed and happy during the shoot – even my nervous reactive girl!

All 6 dogs are very high energy but with help and direction from Mandy they all posed well and everyone had a brilliant time on the shoot. It was like a fun dog walk with cameras. The photo’s I’ve seen so far are breathtaking and I couldn’t have asked for more. I am so excited to receive the final print!

Mandy went above and beyond with small little extras so that I can make this an extra special Christmas gift for my partner. I cannot rate The Darkroom enough and I am sure we will be back when our next dog arrives next year.


Fun at Foggintor

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

Wolf in the Woods

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.

Polly Coates

Father Cruzmas

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

Keeping it clean

a brilliant experience, i was worried about the logistics of the photoshoot having such a small, white dog in a muddy woods but the photos were outstanding and we had a brilliant time! thank you!

Saskya Liney

Lost in the same place

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

Magic at Bellever

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

Time to shine

Mandy and Alex were absolutely amazing with both the horses and the dogs. I was nervous about the photo shoot, worrying the animals had to be so well behaved and stay totally still, or wouldn’t be able to get a shot of them. boy was I wrong. the horses could chill have a munch, got lots of treats and fuss and it was very relaxed. the dogs I was also worried about as one is very nervous, but because the whole shoot was relaxed he chilled out to, got extra fuss and treats and both were able to calm down and just chill. it was me that was worried and a nervous wreck, and I was worried for nothing. the whole thing, after I got over my nerves was fun and relaxed. you can kelp out if you want to and be involved pr just stand back and watch. would I recommend them, absolutely, calm with animals, calm with the owners, you didn’t feel rushed. it was a great experience. And the photos I’ve seen so far, breathtakingly beautiful, I’ve been in tears, and can’t wait to see the rest. I can’t recommend the darkroom Mandy and Alex enough ,thank you so much. Mandy is very talented and has an amazing eye and speed for capturing every detail and those special moments you can treasure forever. if you want professional photos of your beloved furbabies, to capture that special moment in time you can treasure. Please dont think about it, or shall i shant i, get hold of Mandy, get a booking, and enjoy the day, just let Mandy do her thing. best thing I’ve done in a long time. And I have pictures to prove it. xx

Sarah Veale

Farm Fun

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 xx

Helen Kirby

Farm Fun

Had the best experience with The darkroom photography. Very professional and friendly. I was worryed my little pooch wouldn’t pose but my gosh, Mandy knew exactly what to do to get the best photos! I would highly recommend Mandy, her photos are incredible! Thanks again!

Tracey Kirby

Family affair

Mandy was extremely efficient from start to finish. We arranged to go for a lovely walk in Shute to take photos of our puppy Mabel. The photos were taken in a very low pressure and relaxed way whilst just we gently strolled around.
The results speak for themselves.
Would highly recommend. Mandy was a delight to spend the afternoon with, she even took a couple of bonus photos of our children.
Thank you

Michael Hodges

Penny's husband to be

Well never did I think a photo shoot would be so much fun. Mandy is amazing at her job, not only at taking incredible pictures but the connection she had with our Dog Dave. When the first picture came through, I was so surprised that Mandy could capture a wizzing 9 month cocker spaniel in such a beautiful way. We are so thrilled with every photograph. Thank you Mandy, I’ll be showing all my dog owner friends your work.
Thank you

Charlie Roach

The perfect poser

Mandy was a joy to work with. Instantly she made us all feel comfortable, Percy too. We had a photoshoot with our young GSP dog, Percy, and the results were spectacular. Our boy was captured beautifully amongst a stunning Devon landscape. Mandy never asked too much of us or Percy and picked some fab spots to get the best photos. She replied quickly to messages and could not have been more helpful at all 🙂 her passion for dogs and what she does is very clear to see in the brilliant images she produces.

Janice Richards

The Naked Whippet

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

Haldon in the fog

Mandy was so wonderful from beginning to end. She responded so quickly to all my messages. The actual shoot was so enjoyable for both myself and more importantly Alfie (my dog). Not only was Mandy friendly with me she was wonderful with my dog too. The results of the shoot came through very quickly and the quality of the images are phenomenal. I am so thrilled with the results. I would highly recommend The Darkroom Photography to any pet owners.

Elizabeth Beckett


International Illustrative Photographer Of The Year 2021