I set up Copper Mango in 2009 after escaping the world of IT to pursue my dream of being a professional photographer. I’ve been interested in photography since childhood when I used to take pictures of my Action Man in various scenes I had set up - much to my mum’s confusion when she got her holiday snaps back! 

I bought my first ‘proper’ camera aged 15 with some money left to me by my granddad and used it to take promotional shots for the band I was in at the time. I initially saw it as a hobby – who knew you could have a career doing the thing you loved? – but then I held two successful photography exhibitions which were the catalyst for me to take the leap and switch careers. So I guess you could say I’ve finally found my niche in life, if a little later than planned. 

As a huge food fan, I was drawn at first to food photography and then gained experience in portrait, architectural, garden and product photography. I understand what makes a great photograph and will happily discuss my versatile approach beforehand to ensure clients get the results they are looking for. I always research ideas in the lead-up to a shoot and clients can have as much or as little creative input as they wish. My work has appeared in a range of regional and national media including newspapers and lifestyle magazines.

When not working, I love eating out, music, film and exhibitions as well as enjoying the great outdoors, especially on long walks with my wife Mary and Bailey our Cocker Spaniel. 

If you would like to discuss your particular project or find out more then please get in touch.


  P aul Johnston

Paul Johnston