Career in focus for photographer

A South-African born former engineer has forged a brand new career after redundancy forced him to re-evaluate his life.

39-year-old Jonathan Guest, who lives in Buckshaw Village with his wife and three children, moved to Chorley when he was a toddler and attended Holy Cross High School before working as a fitter and an engineer with Leyland Motors.

He has developed a passion for photography over many years and after he was made redundant last year, decided to turn his hobby into a career.

Jonathan has opened up a photographic studio at Heskin Hall in Chorley and is looking forward to snapping clients for years to come.

Jonathan said: “I always wanted to start up my own business but it seemed like a bit of a pipe dream.

“When the opportunity came up I grabbed it with both hands and it’s going from strength to strength.

“I was working from home but it’s really hard when the children are around, so the natural thing was for me to look for premises.

“I’m very excited about moving into Heskin Hall as it’s a great location.

“My style of photography is nothing like anything else, I enjoy looking for the quirky side of someone’s personality and bringing that out in a photograph.

“I like to have lots of fun with my clients and I get to know them really well so that helps to make some really great shots.

“I’m keen to focus on child portraits but am also looking to work with adults and families too.”

Jonathan is also a keen rugby union player and does coaching for a youth team in Tarleton, where he also gets behind the whistle to referee from time to time.

He also currently works as the resident photographer at The Pines hotel in Clayon-le-Woods.