Photographer moves business to village
The picture is looking brighter for those seeking professional photography.
Richard Houghton has relocated from Peterborough with his wife Jill to a characterful cottage in Welby.
His business Photous Photography has operated since 2006 when he lost his job in retail management.
But taking photos has been a lifelong passion for the 59-year-old who first used his dad's Kodak Box Brownie when he was seven.
Born and raised in Margate, Kent, Richard further developed his skills using an SLR camera aged 16 and going on various courses, and he was able to meet Lord Lichfield and David Bailey in the 1980s.
He also met and photographed Tommy Cooper, who did a show at Margate and came into the shop he was working in and bought a box of tissues.
After being made redundant from Dixons, He took further training, experience which led him to become chief photographer for Peterborough City On-Line until that closed in 2013.
His enthusiasm for the profession also saw him become president of the Peterborough Photographic Society.
He opened his first studio near Peterborough in 2011 to extend his range of portrait photos. He also taught photography at City College Peterborough.
As a member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) and also the Society of International and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP), Richard uses the latest digital photography with lenses of the highest quality.
He also make videos and has created his own Photous Photography app, available for iPhones and Android phones, to promote the services he offers, plus general photography tips.
Earlier this year, Richard and wife Jill moved to Welby, just outside Grantham, as they were seeking a house with character, one that allowed a studio to be created outside.
But as with any photographer, the talk often turns to who was the most famous person you have photographed.
For Richard it was Kate Windsor, who was opening a hospice for terminally ill children in Norwich. He recalled: "I was surrounded by the media scrum. They were shouting and swearing. She moved and turned to face the cameras. I said: 'she's opening a hospice for children, she's not going to do a Kate Moss pose'." But Kate turned her face to the cameras and Richard was able to capture the moment.
"She's a bit like Diana. She has a love-hate relationship with the media," he added.
Richard will never forget Princess Anne, in 1984, when she opened a Dixons store in Berkshire.
He said: "She had her royal face on. I took some pictures. She came over to me. She was brilliant, absolutely lovely, very nice."