A PHOTOGRAPHER who made his name capturing images of the region's spectacular landscapes has opened his first studio and photographic gallery.
Matt Hale took the plunge to launch The Time Freezer at the Royal Quays outlet centre in North Shields. In addition to the landscape scenes on show in the shop, he also takes portraits for families, babies and children, weddings and special events.
He said: “I have always had a passion for photography and love capturing great images and iconic scenes or landmarks, the gallery is called the Time Freezer as the images are frozen in the picture forever.
“I moved into the centre at the beginning of December. It is ideal, the flexible terms on offer are great for someone starting up their own business and the support from the centre’s team is fantastic.
“During December, the store was busy especially at the weekends, as it was the run-up to Christmas so this has really helped raise our profile.
“I am looking forward to introducing some new images into the gallery, at the moment customer favourites include Snowy Quayside, a snowy image of the Newcastle Quayside and Winter Sunrise at North Tyneside’s much-loved St Mary’s Lighthouse.”