Deborah Johnson Photography

Hi I’m Deborah, thank you for looking me up!


If you need a photographer in Somerset to capture your family’s real and precious moments, for generations to enjoy, or professional images to promote you or your business, then you have come to the right place.

For Press and Commercial enquires please click here, for studio and private bookings please read on.

Welcome to my Studio Upstairs!

With over 15 years experience as a commercial and private photographer, I'm now delighted to be taking bookings at my Ilminster studio. Since opening the studio earlier this year I have been busy with my first bookings. From children's portraits to business re-branding,  headshot sessions and women's portraiture thank you to all my customers for their wonderful, positive feedback! ....


"Oh my goodness, Deborah!

...These photos are amazing! Thank you so much. I've grown up with a real self esteem problem and to see photos where I actually look good is beyond words.

Thank you again. You have no idea." JN

Photos are the memories you can see ...

Young people's portraits

"Fabulous lady so talented. ..highly recommend deb for an amazing photo shoot xx" Sam Bracher


Simply because they are who you love, and you want to capture them as they are now, forever.


Individual, different, moody and totally unique! Young people and teen portraits are just like your youngsters. Each session is unique to the sitter, I listen to what they, and you, want and create fantastic, moving images that reflect them, at their very best.


A far way off from cheesy grin school photographs, these beautiful 'fine art' portraits are individually lightly retouched to create a vivid and touching impression of your youngster.


Before the shoot I provide advice on what to wear and how to get the most from the session.


These sessions are perfect for special birthdays; to mark the occasion of becoming a teenager or preparing for high school proms and heading off to college.

Newborn portraits

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"Thank you Debbie for doing the newborn shoot for our son. You were very patient and had some fantastic ideas which produced some beautiful photos. We are very pleased with the results and would highly recommend you to others!" Katie Greenham


It's an honour to capture those early days of a new babies life. The expressive little fingers and toes, the wispy hair and the perfect little sleepy faces, my style highlights the beautiful features that define your baby. I combine my photographic talent and my ability to gently pose and light newborn subjects to create beautiful, gentle and unique portraits that will be cherished for a life time.


Newborns should be photographed between 5 - 10 days old if possible. During this time they retain some of the natural curl from before they were born. They are also more sleepy and flexible, so we will be able to achieve the most beautiful poses. I recommend that you book an appointment while you are still pregnant, we can always adjust the time if needed when baby arrives.


For older babies expect less of the curly sleepy poses and less costume changes. Photographs will show the babies character, sometimes they are happy to be wrapped, and most enjoy being hand held.


Every session is unique to your child. Sessions are slow paced with lots of feeding and soothing. It’s not unusual for a newborn session to take upwards of 3 hours, however, I am sometimes able to capture enough images and complete the session in about 2 hours. My studio is private and comfortable place for mum's and dads to relax, plus and there's a good supply of tea, coffee and biscuits if you've been suffering from sleepless nights!


Once your shoot is booked I will keep in touch and send you my 'What to Expect' guide.


Family portraits

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Thank you Deborah for our amazing Golden Wedding photos. We really enjoyed the photo shoot session with you, it was so relaxed.

We know our children will love the photographs ..."

Trevor & Maureen Crowter


Family shoots are a lovely way to mark a special occasion, new arrivals, birthdays and reunions. Smaller groups have the option to be photographed in my studio and larger groups at a suitable location (your home, gardens, local beauty spots or venues, or during a special walk).


Before the shoot I take time to find out about you and your family so that I can get the very best of you on the day.


I’m happy to advise on clothes and colour schemes that will allow your final images to look polished and naturally well co-ordinated … important if you are planning on your photographs hanging over the fireplace in years to come!


Your photo shoot will be relaxed and enjoyable resulting in photographs that are natural and authentic.


Studio shoots are fantastic if you’d like a mix of gently posed individual and family groups all taken in the comfort and privacy of my Ilminster studio. Before the shoot you can decide on which backdrops you'd like to use and talk through outfits and any props that you might want to include.


For location shoots once we have arrived and decided on suitable backgrounds, I give some direction to ensure that you are in the most flattering light and position and then I capture moments naturally as they happen in front of the camera.


With over fifteen years experience working with families and professional models I know how to put you and your family at ease so that we can capture some wonderful natural images.


However you choose to plan your shoot, this is your chance to take an hour or so out of your busy lives and have fun with the family to create some special and long lasting memories.


Contemporary Women's Portraiture

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"WOW! Thank you so much for capturing such magical photos, they are beautiful. Stunning pictures captured by a very talented lady ..." Ella Smith


Are you the kind of person who shies away from the camera while at the same time you long for some beautiful images that show you at your fantastic best, to keep forever?


I know how to find your natural beauty, even if you have never been professionally photographed before. I can guide you through natural, elegant poses that will make you feel at ease and  result in stunning portraits.


Beauty doesn't have a size, or an age, everyone who experiences a portrait session at my studio will feel completely beautiful and confident.


Portrait sessions at my Studio Upstairs on Silver Street are private so you can feel absolutely fearless while pouting and posing and looking stunning.


When your children grow up and start looking for photos of you, what will they find? Family and friends adore seeing photographs of you, and not just on your wedding day, but throughout your life,  you deserve to show yourself at your most beautiful best.


As a professional photographer it's my job to capture how beautiful you naturally are and help you to relax and enjoy your personal portrait session.


If you are looking for an extra special treat then talk to me about my makeover sessions, perfect for marking special occasions or giving you a boost if you need a lift and to feel more empowered!



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The value of an amazing headshot cannot be overstated.


Whatever your occupation it is important that the image you present to the world on your website, social media profile or business card is one that you can be proud of ...

 it is crucial to establishing who you are and what you are all about.


My headshots are so much more than the name implies. Your customised headshot session can take place in your office, in my studio or on location with the aim of portraying the very best of who you are. I will provide a selection of digital images that you will be proud of.


If you need a full re-branding session of high resolution images to use across print, digital and social media or some fun shots to freshen up Facebook, Instagram or dating websites, a head shot session could be just what you need.


I offer studio and location headshot photography packages that will suit your needs. Sessions are comprehensive and give you a fantastic selection of images to chooses from.


"Deborah was recommended by the local newspaper picture desk and I'm so glad I found her!

The images are always to brief, creative and she's highly organised with great delivery and captions. All of this helps me deliver timely and relevant press coverage for clients. I'd certainly recommend local clients to Deborah." Julia Walton, Freelance Pulblic Relations Manager












Deborah Johnson Photography

Studio Upstairs

18 Silver Street



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