Cherry Willingham resident Chris Vaughan, who was born in South Wales, is a commercial photographer who launched his own business in 2011 with the aim of helping companies achieve their marketing goals.
Chris Vaughan Photography has multiple long-standing clients including Active Lincolnshire, Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln City Football Club – a club he has worked with since he was just 14 years old. “I was studying GCSE Photography and there was an advert in the club’s match day programme for a club photographer” Chris recalls. “I love football and my dad took pictures for the club we were involved in in South Wales, so I asked if we could do it together because of my age and they took us on in March 2000 – I’ve been working with them for 23 years!”
Photography is all Chris has ever known, and after a month-long work experience, Chris went on to work at the Lincolnshire Echo for 8 and a half years, before taking the leap to start his own business. “I really like trying to find what makes people tick” Chris explains. “Everyone’s different, and I love working with people and trying to get them to relax and take photos that work. It is great to see your images used really well as part of marketing campaigns and seeing the impact they have, knowing how they’ll benefit my clients.”
Chris has the approach of collaboration and works in partnership with clients rather than for them, as it helps to develop relationships that guarantee great images. This relationship has led to a testimonial from Lincoln Cathedral that states working with Chris isn’t like working with an outsider, but one of the team.
It also led to Chris being involved in Prostate United – a campaign that started in 2018. After the loss of his grandad, Stephen Gilpin, along with his friend and former Rotherham United colleague Ross Burbeary, conceived the idea of Prostate United and challenged themselves to run and cycle every day for a month. What started as a two-man adventure has grown to involve hundreds of football club staff every year. Ross worked with Lincoln last season so as a result of hearing what they do and why, people involved in Lincoln City Football Club decided to get on board, including Chris.
For each day in October, Chris ran 5k every single day to raise awareness and money for Prostate Cancer UK. “This was my second year getting involved, but this year there was Storm Babet in the middle of it, so because of the head on wind it felt like at some points I wasn’t even moving!” Chris chuckles. “I was often running around Cherry after doing the school run; it really was fantastic to get involved again. Since 2018 they have raised nearly £600,000 – one man every 45 minutes dies from prostate cancer, so me going out for 30 minutes every day to run and play my part was great. I’ll be back out next year!”
To find out more about Chris Vaughan Photography, visit www.chrisvaughanphotography.co.uk or search Chris Vaughan Photography on social media. To find out more about Prostate United and to get involved in 2024, visit prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/football/prostate-united