About Us

About SUPS

The Southampton University Photographic Society is one of the oldest societies at the University of Southampton and the oldest Photographic Society in England. Formed in the late 1950s, we were originally known as the Camera Club. The society has always enjoyed a large membership, having consistently over 100 members join each year.

In 2012, the society became an active member of the National University Photographic Society and regularly co-operates with other university photographic societies around the country to put on trips and events.

We also launched our Events Team in 2012, now SUPS Events, which provide professional quality event photography at competitive prices. For more information about SUPS Events, please visit the Events Team page.


Our Committee

Alexander Wright
Hi There! I’m Alex, SUPS President and third-year Medical Student. Within SUPS, I chair our team of awesome committee members and make sure the club runs nice and smoothly. I primarily shoot minimalist architecture with my Nikon D5500 and a mixture of lenses (although my present favourite is my 10-20mm wide-angle!). I am also an events photographer, working, both personally and via SUPS Events, with SUSU and a variety of different societies to shoot several events. You can check out my full portfolio on my Website and Instagram.

Website: alexwrightphotography.co.uk
Instagram: @alexwrightphotos
Email: ahbw1g14@soton.ac.uk

If you need to contact me regarding SUPS, please email president@suphoto.org.

Stephen Potter
Vice President & Technical Manager (Studio)
Hi, I’m Stephen and I’m one of SUPS’ technical managers. I started out on a decade old Samsung point and shoot, and eventually graduated to borrowing a Canon 5Dmkiii once I started taking things more seriously. By the time I was using it more than its owner I bit the bullet and got my own camera, the Panasonic G7, which I’ve since swapped out for the Sony A7Rii. Outside of stills I shoot a large amount of video work so occasionally you’ll catch me playing with cameras that cost more than a small apartment and questioning why my wallet is empty.

Instagram: spotter_images

Aimée Orchel
Events Coordinator
Hey, I’m Aimée, I’m a Chemistry student and the SUPS Events Coordinator. I help provide event photography to the University of Southampton, Students’ Union, and local clients. I’m very passionate about chemical education along with promoting physical and mental health well-being because I’m a disabled photographer. That’s something you don’t see every day.

My interests are wide, from wildlife to events, sports to nightlife. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel with my cameras to Canada and Tanzania, but now I’m in Southampton for the time being. I shoot with a huge variety of lenses with a Nikon D5100 and Nikon D800. I work both personally and with SUPS Events. You can find my full portfolio on my Website and my Instagram.

Website: aimeeorchel.co.uk
Instagram: aimeeorchel_photography
Facebook: /aimeeorchel
Email: hello@aimeeorchel.co.uk

If you’re interested in hiring SUPS Events, please don’t hesitate to contact me via photosoc.events@gmail.com or Messenger.

Matt Jamieson
Technical Manager (Darkroom)

Hi I’m Matt, I study Civil Engineering and Architecture and I’m the SUPS darkroom technical manager. I shoot mostly on 35mm black and white or borrow the societies D800 when I want to go a bit trigger happy. I started developing and enlarging film in the societies darkroom last year and fell in love with it. This year I’m looking forward to improving my own skills and passing this knowledge on, drop me a line if you want to get some time in the darkroom!

Lauren Stedman

Hi, my name is Lauren, I study Zoology and I am the SUPS treasurer. I’ve always had an interest in photography but only got my first DSLR after joining SUPS two years ago. I shoot with a Canon EOS 700D and am mainly interested in wildlife photography, although thanks to SUPS I’ve had the chance to try out a lot of different techniques and shooting styles. Due to the nature of wildlife photography I’m typically shooting in a 75-300mm lens, and am looking to gain a 600mm soon! I am still quite new to photography so have still got a lot to learn, but hope to start shooting some events with SUPS Events this year. I’m also President of the Wildlife Society, so you’ll most likely see me photographing our reptile handling events!

Josette Crispin
Hey! I’m Josette, I am a second year student studying BSc in Education and I am secretary for SUPS. My interest in photography started in GCSE Art, when I was taking apart cameras and using the pieces for my work, however now I actually am using cameras for their actual purpose of taking photos and have become a keen Canon user. I love all photography from film to digital. I enjoy taking photos of anything and everything but have recently taken an interest in nightlife photography and am slowly venturing into the art of film photography.


Laura Hayward
International Trip Secretary
Hi! I’m Laura, a first-year Medicinal Chemistry PhD student and the international trip secretary for SUPS but feel free to come to me with any questions or ideas! My passion for photography has really grown in the last year and I now regularly shoot events and club nights. My favourite photography trips are last minute adventures to explore new places at either sunrise or sunset – the light is best then! I shoot on a Fujifilm X-H1 having recently upgraded from Nikon.

My portfolio and some of my favourite photos are available on my website and my Instagram.
Website: LJHayward.co.uk
Instagram: laurajane.hayward

Ella Kenyon
Social Secretary
 Hey! I’m Ella, I’m a second year Marine Biology student and the social sec for SUPS. I have an interest in nightlife photography, as well as a recent interest in weddings, having had the chance to be a second shooter at one this year!

One thing I want to pursue in the future is underwater photography so I can combine my love for the ocean with my passion for photography. I’m still relatively new to photography and have a lot to learn but I’m more than happy to answer any questions you have and help where I can.

Katie Walker
Hey! I’m Katie, I’m in my third year of studying Philosophy and am the Webmaster for SUPS. I’ve always enjoyed playing around with cameras then developed a love of photography and art after studying it at A level. I’m interested in most areas of photography, but especially nature, animal and food photography. I shoot on a Nikon D3500 and occasionally venture into film photography!
Please do get in touch with us at sups@soton.ac.uk, and I’m always more than happy to help out wherever I can.

My portfolio: https://krwalkerphoto.myportfolio.com.
Instagram: @krwphotography.

Jake Weeks
Domestic Trip Secretary
Hello! I’m Jake, your Domestic Trip Secretary!
I’ve been involved with SUPS for a few years now, previously being treasurer (2016-17) and running your New Forest Trip each October. My photographic interests centre around Wildlife photography, shooting with a Canon 80D and Tamron 150-600mm. I also run my own Reptile education company, which is great for exotic species photographic opportunities. If anyone is interested in wildlife photography, get in touch and we can plan an impromptu trip!


Previous Committees

President (Semester 1) – David Evans
President (Semester 2) & Events Coordinator – Alexander Wright
Events Coordinator – Kabi Ratnasingam
Treasurer – Dommi Spicer
Secretary – Molly Bacon
Technical Manager (Studio) – Stephen Potter
Technical Manager (Darkroom) – Anna Massey
Trip Secretary (Domestic & International) – Josie Buckingham
Social Secretary – Yumnah Awan
Webmaster – Charlie House
Ordinary Members – Euan Ramnarine & Daisy Hunter2016-2017
President – Hattie Hall
Treasurer – Jake Robert Weeks
Secretary – Alice Tuffery
Technical Manager – Christian Obe
Events Team Co-Ordinator & Webmaster – Alexander Wright
Trip Secretary – David Evans
Social Secretary – Jessica Gildemann2014-2015
President – Tim Heffernon
Treasurer – Josh Quickfall
Secretary – Chris McGeehan
Technical Manager – Will Yeong
Events Team Co-Ordinators – Karolina Kacevaitė & Lanceric Tse
Beginners’ Rep – Lawrie Brailey
Social Sec – Pascal Lally
Trip Secretary – Jess Bilbrough2012-2013
President – Robert Hayes
Vice President – Richard Oliver
Treasurer – Sai On Tang
Secretary – Angela Sweeper
Events Team Co-Ordinator – Emily Mansfield
Beginners’ Rep – Flavia Dinca
Social Sec – Nick Vines
Standing Member – Harry Allerston2010-2011
President – Virginia Hosking
Vice President – Katie Stenson
Treasurer – Jeroen Van Schaik
Secretary – Angela Sweeper
Events Coordinator – Harry Allerston
Darkroom Manager – Ella Barnett
Standing Member – Fleur Van Beek2006-2007
President – Ben Schumann
Treasurer – Cavit Er
Secretary – ?
Webmaster – Jolian2004-2005
President – Ben Cole
Treasurer – Rebecca Moreman
Secretary – Katie Martin
Publicity Officer –Alex Wan
Darkroom & Stock – Nava Whiteford
Webmaster – Jawit Erginsoy2002-2003
President – Simon Blazquez
Vice President – Caroline Gilbert
Treasurer – Toby Vickers
Publicity Officer – Lucy Tricker
Webmaster – Michael Ignatiadis
Standing Member – Nigel Massen
Standing Member – David Norton2000-2001
President – Andrew W. Young
Vice President – David Birchall
Treasurer – Katherine Henderson
Secretary – Julienne Rathore
Publicity Officer – William Jones
Webmaster – Simon Thompson
Training Officer – Alex Doak
Standing Member – David Norton1998-1999
President – David Norton
Vice President – Louisa Hirst
Treasurer – Folken Van Galen
Secretary – Julienne Rathore
Publicity Officer & Webmaster – Richard Horan
Ordinary Member – Amy Randall1996-1997
President – Heather Went
Vice President – Peter Askew
Treasurer – Mark Jordan
Secretary – Amy Spenlove-Brown
Ordinary Member – Mike Sadler
President – David Evans
Vice President & Events Team Coordinator – Alexander Wright
Treasurer – Dommi Spicer
Secretary – Nikhil Mistry
Technical Manager – Joe Lamming
Trip Secretary – Jessica Gildemann & Marieke Wandel
Social Secretary – Marieke Wandel
Webmaster – Charlie House 2015-2016
President – Oli Crump
Treasurer – Christopher James Carlyle Tacon
Secretary – Sarah Jaber
Technical Manager – Antoine du Baret
Events Team Co-Ordinators – Hattie Hall & Alexander Wright
Trip Secretary – Chris McGeehan
Webmaster – Matt Brown2013-2014
President – Robert Hayes
Technical Manager – Dan Bowes
Treasurer – Tim Heffernon
Beginners’ Rep – Lawrie Brailey
Events Team Co-ordinators – Vincent Song & Jack Hamilton
Secretary – Joni Potter
Trip Secretary – Chris McGeehan
Social Secretary – Katherine Theobald2011-2012
President – Michael Cooper
Vice President – Katie Stenson
Treasurer – Richard Oliver
Secretary – Harry Allerston
Susu Rep – Jeroen Van Schaik
Darkroom Manager – Robert Hayes
Social Sec – Ivie Erediauwa
Standing Member – Reuben Carter2009-2010
President – Sam Anderson
Vice President – Emily Cannon
Treasurer – Jiaqiang Wang
Secretary – Virginia Hosking
Trips Manager – Charlie Sinclair-Lack
Darkroom Manager – Florian Tialde Van Beek
Standing Member – James Messenger2003-2004
President – Lucy Tricker
Vice President – Ben Cole
Treasurer – Jean-Marc-De Vertevil
Secretary – Beth Wagstaff
Publicity Officer – Tanya Healy
PR + Sponsorship – Rebecca Moreman
Webmaster – Toby Vickers
Standing Member – Nigel Massen
Standing Member – David Norton2001-2002
President – Simon Blazquez
Treasurer – Katherine Henderson
Secretary – Lucy Tricker
Publicity Officer – Michael Ignatiadis
Webmaster – Simon Thompson
Training Officer – Nigel Massen
Standing Member – Dave Norton1999-2000
President – Richard Horan
Vice President – Amy Randall
Treasurer – Louisa DeLange
Secretary – Julienne Rathore
Publicity Officer – Andrew Rice
Webmaster – Andrew Young
Ordinary Member – Amy Thorp1997-1998
President – Peter Askew
Vice President – Yucel Evrimen
Treasurer – David Norton
Secretary – Lois Bowd
Ordinary Member – Folkert Van Galen1995-1996
President – Mike Sadler
Vice President – Andrew Parish
Treasurer – Heather Went
Secretary – Amy Spenlove-Brown
Ordinary Member – Peter Koronaios


Our Constitution

Our constitution is the set of guidelines that the committee and society follow. You can view our current constitution here, which was approved by a meeting of the committee on the 11th June 2012, and converted into a PDF on the 5th November 2016.