As an established Wirral based photographer, our modern studio occupies a unique position within the grounds of The Poulton Hall Estate. The Manor House was built over 500 years ago. It is part of a beautiful barn conversion with Grade 2 listed status.
The studio has changing and washroom facilities all designed to make your family visit a very pleasant experience. Allocated parking spaces are also available in the courtyard area.
We have a range of backdrops which gives flexibility of choice for every occasion. Occupying a large space means we have the ability to create a fun, playful environment, particularly for young children.
Situated only 5 minutes from J4 on the M53 and only a couple of junctions away from Cheshire Oaks, we are ideally placed as one of the Wirral’s easiest accessible photographic studios.
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Fabulous what else can I say
Thank you Simon and Mariela for our amazing photo shoot and pictures I collected yesterday. It may be the last family pictures we get so loved making these memories. Even Stanley loved it by showing his appreciation to Dave. Thanks again Nicky, Dave, Shaun, Ben and Stanley xx
Totally approachable and professional!
I had my show dog who is a bedlington terrier photographed. Simon was professional and really welcoming and put my boy at ease from the word go! He got some fabulous images which we were made up with considering my dog can be difficult to capture his personality as his haircut can hide his eyes… Read more “Totally approachable and professional!”
Photos to treasure
I took my collie Dusty for a photo shoot at the studio & we both had an amazing time. Simon was so clever at getting Dusty to pose on the various props & it was a very enjoyable session. I went back a week later to view the photographs on a big screen & wow… Read more “Photos to treasure”
I organised a photoshoot to mark my wife’s 40th and the whole experience from start to finish was fabulous. All the kids had a great day and my wife and I have now got some beautiful images to remember this special occasion. Thanks to you both for making it a memorable experience.
Absolutely fantastic photo shoot.
Absolutely fantastic photo shoot. Simon was fabulous with Milo and really put him at easy with toys and treats. Wow, what can I say the photos are amazing and so many people have asked where they were taken. Can not recommend Simon highly enough. We’ll be back and thank you once again. A beautiful pup!
Family Box Photoshoot
What a fantastic experience we had with Simon in the studio for our family photoshoot! So professional yet relaxed and personable, Simon is clearly an expert at what he does. The time there and the final product are absolutely incredible! Many, many thanks from us all.
My sister and I and our 4 children went to Simon & Mariela as we wanted a special gift for our mums 70th birthday. We had great fun on the photo shoot – with two teenagers in tow I was little worried how they’d react. We all loved it and the photos show that. The… Read more “Surprise Photobox!”
Thank you for a lovely experience with our star of the shoot, Bonnie, the golden retriever. Bonnie was made to feel extremely relaxed and content by Simon and he went at her pace so that she didn’t feel flustered. We humans had a lovely experience too and it was great to see how the photographs… Read more “Dog Portrait”
We had a great time at the studio. The experience of going through all the photos was so enjoyable. Beautiful Chow Chow Chewie posing so elegantly
Fantastic fun experience
We received a voucher for Christmas to attend the studio for a photo session of our lively 11 month old puppy and it was a very fun experience for both us as a couple and our pup. Simon made us feel really comfortable and was incredibly patient with our lively little puppy,meaning we got lots… Read more “Fantastic fun experience”
We won Otto’s shoot as part of a Christmas competition package, I was nervous bringing Otto (17 month old German shepherd) to the shoot as he’s an overgrown puppy!! But Simon made us both very welcome ! He was very patient with Otto both in his meet and greet and at the actual photo shoot!… Read more “Otto”
We loved every minute!
As soon as I saw an example of the Family PhotoBox I knew that it was something I wanted to do for my family. I’d had family photos on my to do list for months but had not seen anything that really grabbed me…until I was introduced to Downing Lifestyle Photography. I wanted something unique,… Read more “We loved every minute!”
I was lucky enough to win a photoshoot for my dog Heidi at Downing Lifestyle and I am so happy as I’ve ended up with some absolutely fantastic photographs. The experience from start to finish was amazing at the studio and Simon was patient and great with Heidi whilst doing the shoot. So pleased with… Read more “Fantastic”
I had wanted some professional photos of my puppy so was really excited about the ‘watch me grow’ option. Jasper has been for all three visits as part of this shoot and the end result is amazing! Being able to see side by side the growth of my puppy is brilliant. The whole experience was… Read more “Brilliant Experience”
Family box with a difference
I was lucky enough to win a family box photo shoot and our family is not the usual adults and kids but adults and three dogs (15yr and 9yr Border Collies and a 22mth old working cocker spaniel) Simon was great and listened to my ideas and made the experience fun. The end products is… Read more “Family box with a difference”
..the most amazing photographs…
A Happy Grandma! I have the most amazing photographs of my family. The photoshoot was a retirement gift. At first i was apprehensive of having photos taken but the day was a lovely experience. The result was amazing photos and an amazing piece of wall art.the session was made really relaxed. Simon and Mariela made… Read more “..the most amazing photographs…”
Thinking of capturing the moment and looking for some special photos, whether it is for yourself or a special occasion I would defiantly recommend Downing Lifestyle Photography. We attended a photo shoot at Downing Lifestyle photography and what can I say, AMAZING. I am not really a photogenic person and would normally hate having my… Read more “…Amazing…”
Beautiful baby face experience
When we booked our little girls photoshoot we did not know what to expect, not only were we worried that as a 3 year old she may not ‘perform’ on the day, but with the pandemic we were also apprehensive about being in the studio with her. That soon changed when we arrived. We were… Read more “Beautiful baby face experience”
..I am in love! …
We recently got our photos from the photoshoot and I have to say I am in love! The session in itself was fantastic, the studio was great, Simon and Mariela were really welcoming, they made us and the kids feel at ease (which is a hard thing to do with 3 kids under the age… Read more “..I am in love! …”
Fun filled morning
Can’t thank Simon and Mariela enough for the beautiful photos they took for us. We had a fun filled morning,very relaxing, nothing was to much trouble for them .If you want to remember a special occasion,or just to have a wonderful photo to hang on your wall, l couldn’t recommend Simon more highly. We had… Read more “Fun filled morning”
Maki cat portrait
We recently visited Simon at Downing Lifestyle Photography with our cat Maki. Wow what an amazing experience with so many memories made i will never forget. The studio is very safe and secure. Simon made us feel very comfortable and at ease from the moment we arrived. Maki was given time to explore his new… Read more “Maki cat portrait”
Highly recommend Simon. He’s so friendly and patient and got the most amazing photographs of my two dogs. Amazing service and really captured them beautifully.
Amazing Box Photoshoot
I can’t recommend these lovely people enough. We had a family shoot arranged for my mums 70th birthday of her grandchildren. Unfortunately Covid delayed proceedings for a while but once back open there was nothing to worry about. We were all temperature checked upon arrival, hand gel is available and encouraged to use as well… Read more “Amazing Box Photoshoot”
Great experience with Simon at Downing Lifestyle Photography. Great mix of professionalism and friendliness on the day of the shoot, leading to some great pictures of my Dachshund! This great service also carried on after my photos had been taken. With clear communication and prompt responses from Simon to answer any query I had –… Read more “Review”
Simon was fantastic, from first communications all the way through the process! When we arrived at the studio for the session we had a little chat & de brief on what would happen, we had high expectations for Chester as he is usually really good with his demands but as a 10 month old puppy… Read more “Doggy Photoshoot”
Stella’s 14 weeks Puppy Photoshoot
The Studio is in a beautiful setting near the Ellesmereport Boat Museum. Simon greeted us at the door. Stella was a little shy at first but was given plenty of time in the waiting area to settle and get to know Simon before going into the Studio. Here she was curious and Simon created different… Read more “Stella’s 14 weeks Puppy Photoshoot”
Amazing photoshoot, highly recommend!
Me and my dog Twm really enjoyed our time during our photoshoot. Simon was very patient with Twm and was able to capture some amazing photos of us both. Amazing experience from start to finish and the photo results are much better than I thought they would be! Would highly recommend Simon to anyone. Thanks… Read more “Amazing photoshoot, highly recommend!”
Truly Amazing Family Photo
I wanted to say a huge thank you for a truly amazing family photo. The box photo was a surprise present for my Mum’s 70th and it did not disappoint. We had 4 teenagers and a 9 year old whom you made feel completely relaxed. They had such a good time at the photo shoot… Read more “Truly Amazing Family Photo”
Large family shoot
Simon was amazing. We had a very rare opportunity to get the whole family together, for one day only. With 12 of us, and a dog, it could have been a nightmare, but Simon was calm, collected, and able to keep the under 1s and the over 90s equally entertained! The photos he took are… Read more “Large family shoot”
Our Family Box photoshoot
We recently had a family box-shoot with Simon and Mariela. Absolutely brilliant. They made our girls feel very welcome and exciting about the whole shoot. We adults thoroughly enjoyed it too! The end product was of superb quality in terms of the photos and the wood it was printed on. It really is a novel… Read more “Our Family Box photoshoot”
We had a brilliant time at the photoshoot! Simon was great with our rather lively dog Marnie; we now have many, really lovely photos from the shoot on our walls. I’m certain we will be back for further photoshoots in the future.
Dog portrait wonder worker
We had a fantastic time at Simon’s studio. Bailey thought it was a great day out to play. With Simon’s experience and professionalism he was able to work his magic and get some fantastic photos. Thanks to Simon we have a beautiful piece of art work.
I would like to say a huge thank you to Simon and Mariela for our toddler box photo shoot! We were met by Simon who sat with Isla and made her feel at ease straight away. He showed us round the studio and had a big box on the floor for her to play with… Read more “Lovely Experience!”
Family hex photo shoot
Absolutely thrilled with our hex family photo shoot and finished product. Simon did a brilliant job and was very patient and professional from start to finish 😀 I couldn’t recommend Simon enough.He is very friendly, helpful and professional. There were 7 of us in total – my partner & myself, then 5 children ages 18,17,12,… Read more “Family hex photo shoot”
5 ****** Amazing Amazing Amazing
If I could give more than 5 stars I would!! I had a photo shoot with my 4 year old grandaughter and 8 month old pup, I now understand the saying ‘never work with children and animals’ Simon on the other hand was brilliant, totally professional, made the session fun for everyone and managed to… Read more “5 ****** Amazing Amazing Amazing”
A stunning reminder
I can’t recommend Simon enough, especially for his portrait photography. With his patience and skill he managed to capture the gentleness, wisdom and maturity of our 13 year old black Labrador at his studio shoot. Sadly only weeks later we had to make the difficult decision to say goodbye to Bailey and now, thanks to… Read more “A stunning reminder”
A Happy Nanny and Dandy
We booked a sitting to get a photograph of 6 grandchildren as a present for their nan & grandad. The picture we got is fantastic. Simon & Mariella worked really hard to get what we needed and we couldn’t have dreamt that the finished article would be as good as it is. Thank you so… Read more “A Happy Nanny and Dandy”
Fabulous photo shoot for dog lovers
What a wonderful experience from start to finish . The whole studio experience with Bertie was great fun , Simon was great at putting us both at ease and we both enjoyed the whole experience. Spoilt for choice in choosing photos and ways to display them , however I do love the photo book that… Read more “Fabulous photo shoot for dog lovers”
We recently had two shoots with Simon, one for the baby photo and the second for a dog portrait. On both occasions we felt completely relaxed, Simon was very patient as I’m sure working with children and animals can’t be easy! The pictures from the baby photo shoot are excellent, I can’t wait to see… Read more “Excellent service”
Our family photoshoot
What an experience!! We have always been too nervous to have a photoshoot as the children have always been too shy. Simon was amazing from start to finish and all the children loved it, I even think Rosie our dog loved it too. When I received my order I was shocked at how perfect it… Read more “Our family photoshoot”
Golden Oldie photos
I was lucky enough to win a photoshoot with Simon for my labrador Amber! Thw whole experience from start to finish was a pleasure. Simon was very patient with Amber who sometimes didn’t want to play ball! The photos he produced were absolutely stunning and tailored to my own taste. I highly recommend Simon to… Read more “Golden Oldie photos”
I had a feeling my pictures of myself and my 2 dogs would be good but I was not prepared at all for what I got. They are that good it reduced myself and my dad to tears. We could not believe how outstanding they turned out – the entire experience was amazing my dogs… Read more “Unbelievable”
Most incredible experience with an amazing photographer
I won a competition for the photography session with Simon for my pup. He kindly also let me bring my mums dog with me which meant the world to my mum, she’s over the moon with the outcome of the photos of both dogs. My pup was 8 months old at the time and Simon… Read more “Most incredible experience with an amazing photographer”
..could not have wished for a better session…
We happened to win a session with Simon and Mariela at a charitable auction that they had kindly donated to at Childer Thornton Primary School. I was not sure what to expect having 5 children and us. When I spoke to Simon I was reassured that all would go smoothly. I could not have wished… Read more “..could not have wished for a better session…”
Archies fun Photoshoot
Our 6 month pup Archie had a great time at the studio today. I was amazing he behaved so well. We came armed with plenty of treats which did the trick. The studio is so relaxing and Archie felt quite at home. Simon is very patient and received lots of sloppie kisses ,off Archie of… Read more “Archies fun Photoshoot”
A really wonderful day…
We had a really wonderful day with Simon and Mariela. We had lots of photographs of our first child but none of us as a family and with our second child. The day was amazing and we received lots of help keeping our children interested who are 4 and 1. A really wonderful day with… Read more “A really wonderful day…”
Box & Bubble Fun !
What a great fun experience we had in the studio shooting the box! Our first family shoot together & memories captured for life . Simon & Mariela are so welcoming & friendly. They also did a great job looking after a bouncy boxer in between the shoots with our daughter. We Highly recommend going to… Read more “Box & Bubble Fun !”
Family Memories for a lifetime
Our family box photoshoot was an amazing experience from start to finish. Our group aged between 6 months and 75 years old and we all had the best time during the shoot, Simon ensures everyone is involved in the process and has fun. The results are amazing, we absolutely love our print, it’s brilliant quality.… Read more “Family Memories for a lifetime”