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Called ‘local schools supporting local businesses’, it’s Joanne Strong’s project that she said comes about at a more important time than ever.

School photography is an aspect of Joanne’s livelihood that she really enjoys.

Joanne knows that solid credentials are important in ensuring schools know that they are receiving a professional standard of service.

She said: “I have recently become a member of the Master Photographers Association, only five per cent of photographers in the UK achieve that status, so I am really proud of how far I have come.

“I’m also a member of the Federation of Small Businesses and hold an enhanced DBS certificate.

“I’m always striving to make sure that schools can be confident they are receiving the best for pupils and their parents.”

Joanne will always be grateful to Carolyn Murray, the late headmistress of Norman Street Primary School.

“She sadly passed away in January after a short illness with cancer,” she said.

“I photographed the lockdown leavers event in 2020 and then Carolyn encouraged me in pursuing school photography.

“When Covid restrictions eased, I did the individual school photographs.

“The following year, after a further lockdown, Carolyn put me in touch with another Carlisle-based school.

“I then wrote to schools locally to share the local schools supporting local business initiatives; I’ve now got six schools in Carlisle that I photograph.

“This element of the business I’m determined to continue to develop in Carolyn’s legacy. She offered me a great deal of support when I needed it the most.”

Another school Joanne has worked closely with is Cumwhinton School.

Joanne hopes to establish herself in more local schools and has reached out to many in the area.

She added: “The uptake recently has been really good, and I think in part it is because they’re getting a local photographer coming to a local school.

“I love working with my local community, and I am really excited to see my initiative develop”.

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