One man’s passion for photography has led to the creation of a new business venture.
Alec Jones moved to South Shields six years ago to help care for an elderly relative, and fell in love with the area.
It was then he bought what he has described as his first “real” camera and started to take pictures of the coastline.
His pastime soon turned into a passion and he joined the local photography society.
The 51-year-old, who has two daughters, went on to buy new equipment and used his computer background to delve into the world of photographic imaging.
Now, as well as shooting weddings, he is hoping to branch out into corporate images.
It became the point when it was either go back to engineering or turning my passion for photography into a professional business.Alec Jones
Mr Jones, from Imeary Street, South Shields, said: “Photography was only something I had picked up when I moved here.
“I thoroughly enjoy taking photographs, and the feedback I have received has been really positive.
“It became the point when it was either go back to engineering or turning my passion for photography into a professional business.
“It is a lot of hard work involved and organisation when you are shooting weddings, as you have to make sure the lighting is correct and people are organised.
“But it is quite exciting.
“Branching out into corporate photography and portraits is about keeping up with the times.”
As well as photographs, Mr Jones says he is also able to help with the production of company brochures, websites and general publicity.
Mr Jones was able to turn his passion for photography into a business with the help of a NEA programme.
The New Enterprise Allowance Programme supports anyone over the age of 18, who is unemployed and in receipt of a job seeker’s benefit.
It offers an initial eight weeks of support to create a business plan and apply for any funding needed, once the business plan is approved people will receive 26 weeks of guaranteed payments to help build and establish the business.
For information on the services offered by Mr Jones, visit www.alecjonesservices.co.uk/
For information, contact Nicky Gray at Tedco on 0191 516 6102.