After school I studied Applied Biological Sciences at Bristol. While there, I was Chairman and Lecturer for the photographic society. During the last year of my degree, I started working for “Studio Bristol” as a wedding photographer and after graduation I worked for “John Wright Photography”, in the Warwick laboratory where every aspect of black and white printing, lithographic negative work, print toning, canvas mounting and finishing were employed. In 1982 , I ran the Leamington Spa shop for John specialising in wedding photography and portraiture .
In 1984 I had an offer that I couldn’t refuse. I had the chance of running my own studio. The studio was called Christopher Bradbury Photography, 19 Regent Street, Royal Leamington Spa.
Once the studio was opened, I made a policy to take students on work experience from local schools, particularly those doing A level photography. In one particular year we had 6 students from Trinity School in Warwick, I told the school that I would accept the students on block placement if I was put in for the exam….we all received an A level; grade A.
The three students that were employed on the Youth Training Scheme all obtained distinctions in photography at both levels of City & Guilds.
I have taught evening classes at both Mid Warwickshire College and Tile Hill College. In 1996 I started teaching at Tile Hill College on a more regular basis, starting with one day a week and by the second year I was teaching 3 days a week. Unfortunately this time commitment and poor teaching remuneration at the time, put a strain on the business and after 3 years teaching I returned to photography full time.
In 2003 my wife and I bought a house in Bidford where we built the current studio, offering a full range of photographic and digital editing services.
I am a regular lecturer on photography and digital Imaging for the UK professional market. The lectures are usually aimed at professional photographers wishing to improve their skills.
In October 2008, I returned to teaching structured courses. I started working with Adult and Community Learning, teaching beginners photography and basic Photoshop editing. Over the last few of years, this has grown into quite a complex course and I have started writing a book based on simple to follow projects that will enable the student to reach a high standard in a relatively short time.
In the last ten years I have won some of the top awards in the industry at both the “British Professional Photography Awards” and at the “Master Photographer of the Year Awards”.
I have won the “UK Digital Photographer of the Year” 8 times UK Portrait Photographer of the year twice and in 2012, I had the highest scoring image in the world at the national awards. In 2013 I was made a moderator for Cambridge University. In 2014 I presented the Lecture on the future of photography to the Oxford, Cambridge, RSA (OCR) examination board at their first Arts Conference in London. I am now a judge for the MPA national awards and qualification.