I first met Craig when he was taking rehearsal photographs for a show I was directing, the results of that shoot revealed the ability he has in capturing the nuance and detail in the process of creation. He has such a great warm and positive approach to his work, I asked him to take some head shots for me.
Not only is Craig a wonderful instinctive photographer, he has such an easy manner. The session felt more like a trip to meet up with a friend to put the world to rights than a photoshoot. The results didn't disappoint and his choices were spot on, really happy. Cannot recommend strongly enough!
Michael Gynge Theatre Director
“I have had the pleasure of working with Craig for over 15 years on a huge range of projects both big and small - a true professional whose adaptable and friendly approach makes him a first choice to work with industry professionals and talent. With a enviable creative eye and attention to detail Craig always delivers first class work delivering on the creative brief first time every time.”
Alain Airth AKA Promotions MD
"We love working with Craig. He gets the best shots while never being in the way. He has become a real part of our team. I would recommend him... unless we need him her day. Then back off."
CO/MD of Fulwell 73 ProductionsExec Producer of The Late Late Show with James Corden
"Craig is such a fantastic photographer but more than that, he's such a great presence on set. Everyone loved having him around, so much in fact that we gave him a role in the film! Would work with him again in a heartbeat.”
Adam RandallFim Director
“Craig’s Stills work on I AM BOLT was iconic and we are grateful for all his work on this project.”
Erica S. Anderson Marketing ManagerUniversal Pictures International
“The team at Luke Shires Marketing LOVE working with Craig! Craig immediately feels like part of the team and adapts to whatever is thrown his way in the moment. Always really easy going with actors and talent, making them feel comfortable and relaxed. Whether it’s climbing up a ladder in the middle of Charing Cross Road to get the perfect snap, creating a fabulous backdrop from a tiny corner of a shabby rehearsal room, or capturing stunning full-scale production photos, Craig is your man!”
Laura-Jane ElliottCampaign Director
“Craig photographed our HARRODS windows at very short notice - the images have since been used for international campaigns. We certainly wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.”
Anna PaganelliBrand Director, Buster + Punch
"It is always great working with Craig. He has an ability to capture moments, both intimate and epic, that really encapsulate the atmosphere. He is quick and efficient and takes personal pride in all his work. His positive energy always makes any shoot a joy."
Pauline FallowelBridge Theatre
“I have worked with Craig all over the world on a number of projects and he’s an addition to a team. He has taken excellent photos for some of our film posters, press, behind the scenes and is very generous with his crew photos which help remind everyone of the great experiences we’ve all had together.”
David SoutarProducer/Director Fulwell 73
“Craig is a sharp eyed, photogenic, duracell driven maniac, and he loves his work. Swadlincote, February 2020, he came, he saw, he nailed us as a band.”
“Craig Sugden is my go to photographer. He understands the art of storytelling and captures the heart of a story in a single frame. He is an artist and collaborator whose vision I trust. He is brilliant on a shoot and makes everyone feel at ease and he equally blends into a rehearsals room observing and waiting to get that golden shot. I love him give him all the work!”
Stef O’DriscollTheatre Director
Craig is an outstanding photographer and we've had the pleasure working with him on projects of all sizes, always with remarkable results. Not only is Craig super professional, he is one of the most genuine, nicest guys I know.
I wouldn't hesitate hiring him !
Matthew Mumby Founder 24Sq.com
Always a pleasure to have Craig on set…. His energy is amazing and he engages with the talent with ease and perfection. His deliveries at the end of the day are always amazing! Highly recommended.
James LongmanCo-Executive Producer, The Late Late Show With James Corden
“I hope we work together again. Craig has a great gift and he is a light filled soul. A genuinely pleasure to have worked with him.”
With love Luke Goss
“I love you Craig !!”
Gabe TurnerCO/MD of Fulwell 73 Productions
Craig Sugden has been a long standing and highly valued resource for AKA as a photographer for the agency. He delivers quickly and efficiently on projects big and small. He’s friendly and personable, always putting his clients and subjects at ease. His photography is second to none and working with him is always a real pleasure. A true star.
RICHARD ARNOLD AGENCY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORCEO OFFICE AKA New York
‘“Craig Sugden took photographs on the press night for the West End premiere of our production of People, Places and Things at the Wyndham’s Theatre. He took great celebrity shots pre-show and post show, including some amazing Denise Gough, which were used extensively in the media. He was quick and efficient and excellent to work with. What’s not to recommend?”
Nada ZakulaHead of Press & Communications, National Theatre Productions
"Craig is great to work with.He's so personal, easy to talk to, inventive and always delivers the brief with the most beautiful shots.
If you want someone to portray your production with visuals, go to Craig."
KaterineSenior Producer Tilted Wig Theatre Company
“Working with Craig is always an absolute dream. He always finds such a great rapport with actors, crew, clients….everyone on set in fact, He creates a warm atmosphere that allows him to really get the best of everyone. His eye for detail matched with his positive outlook combine to make both the process and the work he creates just brilliant.”
Luke Shires LS Marketing
“I have worked with Craig for over 5 years now. He is a magnificent photographer and he has never let me down. From West End shows to music festivals to museums and galleries, he is my go-to guy on all of them. He captures moments like no other photographer. He’s also adaptable and a jack of all trades – I even used him for my wedding photography! Craig is also a great bloke, very friendly and takes direction well.”
Joe ArdittiMarketing Director, AKA
“Always a pleasure working with Craig – a very reliable and talented professional! Craig always listens to the needs of his clients and goes the extra mile to capture exactly what is required. He has a great eye for composition which really shows in work.”
Frankie BarkerAccount Manager AKA Promotions
“Craig has been shooting our productions for the last 5 years. He has made a huge difference to the quality of our programmes, front of house publicity, website and press. A great guy, great photographer, always reliable, quick, efficient, delivers the job, easy to get on with. Delighted to be able to recommend him.”
Sally HughesManaging Director. The Mill at Sonning Theatre
“Its great to work with Craig. You have amazing energy that makes everyone feel very at ease.”
Adam AcklandSunny March Productions
"Thank you Craig, for all the photos the are fantastic, love them! So glad you're with us on every project and part of the journey.”
Leo PearlmanExecutive Producer CO/MD of Fulwell 73 Productions
"Craig somehow puts me in a great mood and turns a reluctant subject into a willing one. I look forward to an afternoon of laughing and chatting away, and then a load of great pictures somehow pop along later! Every time I've done a session with Craig we have ended up with a picture that got used loads, that I've really liked and that totally fits the brief I've given.”
“Craig’s work is always impressive and imaginative. There’s a great range of style and versatility to his work, which means he’s great for any type of photography job you need. He also has a great knack for capturing the right light which results in some stunning photos.
His sense of humour and fun personality also mean that he’s also able to build up quick and strong relationships with actors or models, which helps them to relax and feel that they’re in safe hands. This inevitably leads to a more relaxed and creative shoot, with a better selection of shots at the end.”
Alex JohnsonAccount Manager, AKA NY
“Craig is a fantastic presence on set and got some great stills for LEVEL UP. The photography that has been used for the UK, USA and international artwork was done by Craig who managed to do “special shoots” in between set ups which is difficult on a low budget film when time is so limited and the photos he got were essential in presenting the film correctly.”
Andrew OrrFilm Producer
“I have worked with Craig over the last 10 years whilst working on many West End and touring theatre productions and also latterly events and award ceremonies.
Working with Craig has always been very easy and he puts everyone at ease. He's great with actors of all levels and gets everything you need from the brief. Craig is fastidious in his approach to the end result and will listen to what you need and add his creative input into the mix which always has a positive result.
I would have no hesitation in working with Craig again. He's prompt, he's got a sharp eye and he really does deliver exactly what you need in a friendly and approachable way.”
Paul HicksAKA & Lastminute.com
“You're boss Craig, it would never be the same without you.”
Ben TurnerCO/MD of Fulwell 73 Productions
“Working with Craig was such a joy. His energy and kindness was so infectious and I knew the end results were going to be unique. I loved every frame he took and have already recommended him to a lot of people. He’s excellent.”
Owain Arthur Actor
"Craig is one of the best photographers I've worked with. He has a rare ability to get under the skin of, and creatively develop a brief and he draws great performances from the subjects in front of his camera. His work has a vitality, immediacy and authenticity which you just can't fake.”
Richard Huntrods AKA Promotions
I’ve had headshots done by Craig, he also shot our Christmas card and has shot production and events for the Actors centre. He’s brilliant to work with, great fun to be with, and the results are always fabulous”
Paul ClaytonActor, author, Chairman of the Actors Centre
"Craig has twice now shot the production photos for Ripley and we have been thrilled by the results. His most recent work (on Two Short Plays About Gays at The Hope) was most definitely instrumental in bringing attention to these plays. I cannot recommend him highly enough."
Lesley Ross Artistic Director Ripley Productions
I feel extremely lucky to have had Craig Sugden to photograph Blithe spirit , He has a great energy…He did a great job.
“Craig Sugden...... top bloke. Real nice guy. Had such a fun shoot with him. Real shame that he's a Bradford fan. Oh well, someone's gotta support them!!!”
"A real pleasure to be shot by Craig, his warm friendly professionalism put me at total ease and helped produce my very well received and highly praised head shots."
“Craig has photographed a couple of events for me and I can’t recommend him enough. He is talented, enthusiastic, interesting and definitely fun to work with. Craig has a great eye and is able to capture real life moments perfectly whilst also reflecting the personality of the subject.
These moments and memories now live on in Craig’s amazing photos.”
Christine ToddEvents Manager
“Craig Sugden, what can I say? I first met Craig during my time as Group Head of Venue Sales & Marketing at Really Useful theatres (now LW Theatres) Craig worked with on capturing wonderful images the biggest concerts at the London Palladium and also the London Palladium launch of its Variety model. Craig photographed the London Palladium, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Her Majesty's, The Cambridge, the Adelphi and the New London (now the Gillian Lynne) creating a library of images that captured the beautiful theatres in all their glory. He was always both the ultimate professional and a joy to work with. I am most proud now though that I can call him my friend.”
“Craig’s reportage photography style and easy manner set the tone for a relaxed, fun family photography session and produce brilliant results. We’re thrilled with the pictures. He captured all of us really well, as we are when spending time together at home with a few more formal family shots thrown in. Exactly what we wanted!”