Denise Maxwell: how to make your photography side-hustle a full-time job

Denise Maxwell: The opening ceremony of The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
The opening ceremony of The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (Image credit: Denise Maxwell)

The owner and photographer at Lensi Photography since 2011, Denise turned pro after leaving a full-time job in the NHS and has photographed some of the world’s most well-known people, such as Barack Obama and Usain Bolt. Her client list includes the BBC, Starling Bank and Gumtree and she covers events including London Fashion Week and the BAFTAs, and most recently The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Denise’s work has appeared in publications including Vogue, The Independent and The Guardian and she is part of the leadership team for UKBFTOG. 

Denise shoots a range of different genres from portraits to events, from commercial to weddings, and defines her style as clean with natural editing. To see her work, check her Instagram: @lensi_photography 

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Niall Hampton

Niall is the editor of Digital Camera Magazine, and has been shooting on interchangeable lens cameras for over 20 years, and on various point-and-shoot models for years before that. 

Working alongside professional photographers for many years as a jobbing journalist gave Niall the curiosity to also start working on the other side of the lens. These days his favored shooting subjects include wildlife, travel and street photography, and he also enjoys dabbling with studio still life. 

On the site you will see him writing photographer profiles, asking questions for Q&As and interviews, reporting on the latest and most noteworthy photography competitions, and sharing his knowledge on website building.