Commercial photographer snaps up studio relocation

Charlie Valentine, studio co-ordinator & assistant and Cactus Images founders, Chris Howard and Angela Jenkins

A commercial photography studio is relocating in Derby.

Cactus Images, which was founded in 2008 by Angela Jenkins and Chris Howard, is moving from Connect Derby’s Marble Hall campus to a 3,500 sq ft studio on Gresham Road in Allenton.

The firm has also expanded its team. Charlie Valentine, a University of Derby alumni with a first class honours degree in Commercial Photography, joins the studio after working as a fashion photographer since 2021.

Jenkins said: “When we joined Connect Derby in 2010, we were new to business and were unsure of what would come next for us. Connect Derby provided us with a studio space that met all our needs, and most importantly created an environment for our business to grow and succeed.

“The help and support that the Connect Derby team, particularly Ann, have given us over the years has been invaluable and we will always be grateful. It is sad to leave, but this is an important step in Cactus Images’ development – and we will still pop in to Marble Hall for a cup of tea with the team!”

Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, added: “It is with a mixture of a heavy heart and immense pride that we have to say goodbye to Angela and Chris after a wonderful 12 years plus with Connect Derby.

“They’ve been fantastic tenants and are a great example of what a company can achieve with the right infrastructure and the range of business support and mentoring that is available through Connect Derby.

“I look forward to catching up with them soon in their new premises once they’re settled in.”

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