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John Haworth - wedding and portrait photographerHello and welcome, I’m John, owner, photographer, web designer and potwasher at Columbia Photography. 

You’re probably visiting this website because you want to record an important moment in your life. It may be your wedding day, your bump or your baby, a birthday or anniversary. Whatever the occasion it’s an important memory worth capturing.

Memories are precious to us all. You only get one shot at your wedding photos, and your newborn bundle of joy will grow up faster than you think. Be sure to safeguard your valuable memories, do the right thing and hire a full-time professional photographer.

With 30 years experience as a professional photographer, I can quickly guide you into easy, natural poses. My relaxed, stress-free manner will put you at ease and we’ll be rewarded with happy, genuine expressions. Each and every photo I take is expertly composed, edited, adjusted, and enhanced to have you looking your very best.

Please have a good look around my website. There’s lots of photos and albums, and a bit about what I do and how I do it. If you cannot find the information you need or have any questions whatsoever, please just ask.

I hope you enjoy looking at my photographs, I’m passionate about what I do and take great pride in my work.

Thanks for visiting, John Haworth

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

Ansel Adams

About Me

Photography is my passion, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, and I’ve been a full-time photographer since 1986. I spent my early photography career on-board luxury cruise ships sailing worldwide. I’d take souvenir photos of elderly passengers in a truly remarkable variety of different places and poses. My time at sea was fantastic, meeting great people and experiencing many different countries & cultures. Eventually I tired of globe-trotting (and constantly being told to ‘Bugger Off’ by my less than enthusiastic elderly models). I knew it was time to head back to England and indulge in some serious photography. Once I’d decided upon Bournemouth, Columbia Photography opened its doors in 1993, and there hasn’t been a dull moment since.

The Studio

The comfortable, modern studio is located at 19 Columbia Rd, Ensbury Pk. Bournemouth. There’s parking for one vehicle on the shop forecourt, in the bay marked ‘Reserved Parking’, Additional parking can be found on the nearby side roads (Beswick Avenue). Please contact me before visiting as I may be in the middle of a shoot and I’d hate you to waste a journey.


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Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

Aaron Siskind