Meet the Team
Paul Brook BA(Hons), ARPS
CEO of First Point Photography
Paul Brook studied at the prestigious Arts Institute, Bournemouth, and Sinar in Switzerland. As well as a degree in photography Paul also has his professional qualifying examination (PQE) from The British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP). Paul opened the studio in 1995 and built the business up to be a successful high street studio, establishing his style as a contemporary portrait and wedding photographer as well as in advertising and editorial. In 2002 the studio expanded and started photography seminars. The seminars were aimed at the keen amateur looking to develop their hobby into a full/part time business. Over the past 6 years the demand for the seminars has expanded dramatically, resulting in the opening of the photography school to run alongside the successful commercial studio.
Stacey Jones, LRPS, ACA
Stacey is responsible for the day to day running of the company, as well as one of the main tutors and assessors for the photography and manipulation courses we run. Stacey also works as a main photographer both in the studio, on location and for weddings. Stacey started at First Point Photography in 2006. After serving her apprenticeship with day release at Poole College she has achieved her City and Guilds certificate in Photography, NVQ in Business and Administration, C&G Level 3 in understanding the principles and practices of assessment and her Licentiateship with the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS). Stacey also is an Adobe Professional who has achieved her ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) in Photoshop.
Geoff has over 40 year’s professional experience in photography. From college his career started in 1963 working in fashion, advertising and editorial photography in London. This included working as first assistant for Michael Williams, a leading fashion and advertising photographer as well as Madame Yevonde Middleton, a society portrait photographer in Knightsbridge, where he worked on his own editorial and advertising commissions. From 1965 he continued as a freelance photographer working for many London clients. In 1986 Geoff joined the staff at The Arts Institute, Bournemouth as a Senior Lecturer in Photography until his retirement in 2008.
Here at First Point Photography, Geoff will give advice on what creates a strong image, including the technical and aesthetic aspects and guidance with the assessment process.
Toni has been with the company part time for the past two years, being involved with several aspects of the company including modelling, styling, administration and course organisation as well as all general office duties. Toni is the first point of contact for students and deals with all bookings and enquiries.
Jo is the first point of contact for students at First Point Photography and is responsible for the organisation, planning and logistics of the courses, as well as being involved with the day to day running of the company.