Welcome to the website of professional photographer Sam Atkins. Based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, he is ideally located for editorial, school prospectus, conference and wedding assignments throughout the north of England and the UK.

Since studying photojournalism at the London College of Printing, Sam has undertaken a wide variety of commissions for national and regional newspapers and magazines, has covered high-profile conferences, festivals and events and is a specialist in school and education photography.

He is the official photographer at the spring and autumn Harrogate Flower Shows, regarded as two of the most prestigious national flower shows in the gardening calendar and has been the official photographer at a wide range of events including the BBC Good Food Show, the Cake and Bake Show, the Harrogate Comedy Festival, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, the British Craft Trade Fair, the WI Centennial Fair, the Homegrown Food Festival and the Great Yorkshire Show.  He has also covered the Church of England General Synod in York for the Church Times newspaper for over fifteen years.

Drawing on years of experience shooting educational commissions for titles such as the Times Educational Supplement, Times Higher Education, The Guardian and Nursery World, Sam now specialises in school prospectus and education photography.  Schools are busy and vibrant environments and he is able to work quickly and creatively to get the best out of the pupils and keep the shoot on schedule.  He has worked with nursery-age pupils through to higher education in both private and state schools.

Sam also offers ‘reportage’ wedding photography capturing the day in a relaxed style allowing the bride and groom and their guests to enjoy the occasion with the minimum of fuss and intrusion.

He has also undertaken extended projects for a variety of clients including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, (some images are reproduced with JRF’s kind permission) and Harrogate Borough Council.

With more than twenty-five years experience in editorial photography Sam has worked in all sorts of locations with all sorts of people.  He is able to work to a brief, deliver on a tight schedule and most importantly produce eye catching images that ‘tell the story.’

He is CRB checked and a member of the British Press Photographers Association (BPPA).

Sam can be contacted on 07836 266412, Harrogate 01423 871125 or email

Up to date work can be viewed in the ‘Blog.’

Please enjoy the pictures and hope to hear from you soon!