My Story

Paul Squirrell is a portrait photographer located here in Holbrook, near Ipswich, Suffolk with over twenty years experience.

My aim is to take the best photograph of YOU that you’re ever had.

Relax - it’s my job to create the best conditions for you to experience a photo session with us.

That can be in our studios, at home or in a local beauty spot like Alton Water.

Did you know?

When you relax - you are yourself….....and that’s the magic I want to capture!

Just imagine the pleasure these images will give and mean to your loved ones.

Let’s set aside time for you, your family and/or friends to create some wonderful images that  you will treasure.


I was an Army officer, management accountant and briefly a school bursar before becoming a photographer.

Some would say that’s an unlikely foundation for a portrait photographer……I’m not going there!

However, I’ve always wanted to work for myself and it had to be something I enjoyed.  So when I left the Army, I was on the look out for opportunities.

The moment came when I discovered - a photography franchise. Brian Barrett and Andrew Coe were marvellous teachers and took me through all aspects of photography; studios, weddings, portraits, graduations, babies and nurseries.

As I waited for my commute to Norwich for my lessons, my platform was virtually empty whilst the London bound side was packed. I remember thinking “YES, this is right” ; Lowry's little stick figures came to mind. 

My wedding photography was successful and I made many friends both as clients and fellow traders within the profession. At that time the emphasis was on wedding photography and not so much on portraits although looking back I photographed a lot of families and their babies.

Paul, we wanted to both say a huge thank you to you and Joy – the whole thing was a pleasure from start to finish with you, many thanks – and we know that Hannah and Chris feel just the same. Please use us a reference if you’d like to! 

Sally is struggling to cut down her long list of photos, and will be in touch…All best. Adrian Stott, East Bergholt, Suffolk

Thank you for the wonderful pictures you took of us, giving us many happy memories to treasure. 

We had such a brilliant day;  thank you for sharing it with us.

Elaine & Andrew Turner, Offton, Suffolk

My time in the franchise passed very quickly as I decided to branch out on my own. It’s been a steep learning curve but I’ve learned an enormous amount as the industry has evolved through film to digital.

I discovered a wonderful New Zealander named Sue Bryce. She is singlehandedly changing the face of contemporary portraiture worldwide. I wish I had heard about Sue earlier; I have learnt so much from her and I look forward to meeting her in person.

The landscape is totally different now and the variety of photographic products is stunning. I can’t wait to photograph you and show you!

Feel free to contact me on 01473 327727 to chat about how you want to be photographed.

Alternatively, pop some details here and I’ll get right back to you.

Remember, my guarantee, if you are not totally happy with the results we’ll refund your fees - no quibbling.


Little Orchard House

Little Orchard



Suffolk IP9 2NR

01473 327727

Opening Hours

Tuesday               9 am to 5 pm

Wednesday         9 am to 5 pm

Thursday             9 am to 5 pm

Friday                  9 am to 5 pm

Saturday             9 am to 1 pm

Sunday                CLOSED