About Us

Founded by Horace Tempest over 80 years ago, Tempest Photography has been at the forefront of the photographic industry for nearly a century.


In a leafy corner of Lelant village in deepest south west Cornwall sits one of Europe’s most state-of-the-art digital laboratories. It is a contrast that is echoed in many areas of our business.

Cottage Industry Sensibilities Meet Big Business Practicalities

We marry the attention to detail of the cottage industry with the scale of big business, meaning our customers can rest assured they are working with a team who are passionate about the product, and a company with the resources to deliver big results.

Local To You Photographers

We have highly-trained and dedicated photographers local to your area, many of whom will find themselves running photography sessions at the very school they once attended.

It’s All in The Details

Our eye for detail and the desire to deliver outstanding quality is a core aspect of our business and one that has placed us at the forefront of a competitive industry.

Guiding You on The Journey

We are always seeking ways we can make the school and parent journey, from photo day to receiving those magical shots, as effortless as possible. Much of our process can now be done online with instant access to digital images of the photographs, whilst our complimentary data-linking portal drastically reduces school admin.

Products For All Budgets

Our variety of photo packs and options is vast and offers everyone the opportunity to purchase unforgettable, timeless photographs regardless of budget constraints.

Top Quality Guaranteed

All our framing and backing products are made in-house, so we are our own quality control. For schools and parents, this means only the absolute best products and images are received by customers.

Flexible Photography

On the day itself, we are flexible to the school’s needs. Our wide range of styles and the ability of our photographers mean we deliver exactly the images you require; from traditional portrait and group shots to modern contemporary styles and in-situ moments.

Specialist Services

Our expertise is not limited entirely to photography. For our university clients, we offer gowning and ticketing services at graduation events alongside our studio and event photography. We also provide specialist group photography services to sports teams and academies. Through Jolt media, our visual and branding agency, we offer extensive creative services ranging from videography, website design and visual mapping. We are also proud to own the largest yearbook company in the UK, AllYearbooks. 

A Celebration!

We understand the importance the school photo has in the lives of families.

Many of our staff are parents too, and our goal is always to capture more than a simple image. We look to bring out the character of the child and that natural spark for life and laughter that makes the photo so much more than a record of school days. We shoot to celebrate the educational journey and the wonderful, diverse, and cheerful characters who travel it.

With over 80 years of photographic experience and expertise, you can rest assured that Tempest Photography will leave you smiling.

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Tempest has invested £10 million since 2005 in digital laboratory (we now have the most advanced photographic laboratory in Europe).
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On average 85% of customers who leave Tempest return the following year.
All our photographers live near to where they photograph