About Us

The LOUD photography studio has been in its current location in Ashington since 2013. Before that it was based in Pegswood and was a recording studio as well as a photography studio called Loud and Flashy.


It is owned and run by myself, Si Drew, a highly successful portrait and commercial photographer and winner of North East Photographer of the Year 2018!

As well as a formal photographic education, I have picked up skills from many sources over many years, covering all genres of photography.

I have also managed marketing and sales teams for international blue chip companies, therefore having a full understanding of what commercial photography you need to promote your business.

I also have a team of creatives I can call upon for any project imaginable!

"Everyone has a camera on their phone, so when you book me you are getting more than my camera, you are getting my eye for composition, my skill using light and of course my expertise in post production.

I want to create a final image you will want to display with pride on your wall and will treasure forever.

My family photo shoots are very relaxed and informal and as a result I tend to capture the real personality of the little ones (and big ones!) who are just having fun and being themselves."

Simon Drew north east photographer of the year 2018

I am a registered Provider for NBSL’s

North East Business Support Fund

helping businesses to improve their competitiveness. Find out more at https://www.nbsl.org.uk/nebsf  

Privacy Policy

Loud and Flashy is committed to safeguarding your privacy. At all times we aim to respect any personal data you share with us, or that we receive from other organisations, and keep it safe. This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) sets out our data collection and processing practices and your options regarding the ways in which your personal information is used.

This Policy contains important information about your personal rights to privacy. Please read it carefully to understand how we use your personal data. We may update this Policy from time to time without notice to you, so please check it regularly.

The provision of your personal data to us is voluntary. However, without providing us with your personal data, you will be unable to place any orders with us or receive any marketing information such as special offers and events.


1. We collect information about you:

(1) When you give it to us DIRECTLY

You may give us your personal data when you contact us by phone, email or post or when you buy anything from our online shop.

(2) When you give it to us INDIRECTLY

Your information will also be provided to us when you follow us or otherwise interact with on or via Twitter, when you like and/or join our page on Facebook or interact with us in other ways on or via Facebook.

(3) When you give permission to OTHER ORGANISATIONS to share it or it is AVAILABLE PUBLICLY

We may combine information you provide to us with information available from external publicly available sources. Depending on your privacy settings for social media services, we may also access information from those accounts or services. We use this information to gain a better understanding of you and to improve our communications.

(4) When you visit our WEBSITE

We may use cookies to identify you when you visit our website and to enable us to personalise your online experience (for example by remembering your log in details).


2. What information do we collect?

We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal data:

(1) We will typically hold your name and contact details, including physical address, telephone number and e-mail address, and social media identity. However, we may request other information where it is appropriate and relevant.

(2) information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website including your IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, length of visit and number of page views.

(3) information about the services you use, services and products of interest to you or any marketing and/or communication preferences you give.


3. How and why will we use your personal data?

Personal data, however provided to us, will be used for the purposes specified in this Policy or in relevant parts of the website.

We may use your personal information to:

(1) Enable you to use some or all of the services we offer.

(2) Send you information about our work, special offers and events

(3) Provide you with the services, products or information you have requested.

(4) Improve your browsing experience by personalising your interaction with our website.

(5) Handle the administration of any payment you make via credit/debit card, cheque, standing order or BACS transfer.

(6) Collect payments from you and send statements and/or receipts to you.

(7) Deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the website or us in general.


4. Communications and marketing

Where you have provided us with your email address and where you have provided appropriate consent we may send you targeted communications to let you know about our events and/or activities that we consider may be of particular interest to you.


5. Payments

All financial transactions carried out on our website are handled through PayPal, a third party payment services provider. We will provide your personal data to Stripe only to the extent necessary for the purposes of processing payments for transactions you enter into with us. We do not store your financial details.


6. Children’s data

We do not knowingly process data of any person under the age of 16. If we come to discover, or have reason to believe, that you are 15 and under and we are holding your personal information, we will delete that information within a reasonable period and withhold our services accordingly.


7. Other disclosures

In addition to the disclosures reasonably necessary for the purposes identified elsewhere in this privacy policy, we will disclose your information to regulatory and/or government bodies and/or law enforcement agencies upon request only when required to do so in order to satisfy legal obligations which are binding on us.


8. Security of and access to your personal data

We endeavour to ensure that there are appropriate and proportionate technical and organisational measures to prevent the loss, destruction, misuse, alteration, unauthorised disclosure or access to your personal information.


9. Your rights

Where we rely on your consent to use your personal information, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This includes the right to ask us to stop using your personal information for direct marketing purposes or to be unsubscribed from our email list at any time. You also have the following rights:

(1) Right to be informed – you have the right to be told how your personal information will be used. This Policy and other policies and statements used on our website and in our communications are intended to provide you with a clear and transparent description of how your personal information may be used.

(2) Right of access – you can write to us to ask for confirmation of what information we hold on you and to request a copy of that information. Provided we are satisfied that you are entitled to see the information requested and we have successfully confirmed your identity, we have 30 days to comply as from 25 May 2018.

(3) Right of erasure – as from 25 May 2018, you can ask us for your personal information to be deleted from our records. In many cases we would propose to suppress further communications with you, rather than delete it.

(4) Right of rectification – if you believe our records of your personal information are inaccurate, you have the right to ask for those records to be updated.

(5) Right to restrict processing – you have the right to ask for processing of your personal data to be restricted if there is disagreement about its accuracy or legitimate usage.

(6) Right to data portability – to the extent required by the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) where we are processing your personal information (i) under your consent, (ii) because such processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party or to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contact or (iii) by automated means, you may ask us to provide it to you – or another service provider – in a machine-readable format.

To exercise these rights, please send a description of the personal information in question using the contact details on our home page. Where we consider that the information with which you have provided us does not enable us to identify the personal information in question, we reserve the right to ask for (i) personal identification and/or (ii) further information.

Please note that some of these rights only apply in limited circumstances. For more information, we suggest that you consult ICO guidance. – https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/


You are further entitled to make a complaint about us or the way we have processed your data to the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”). For further information on how to exercise this right, please see the guidance at https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/personal-information. The contact details of the ICO can be found here:https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/.


10. Lawful processing

We are required to have one or more lawful grounds to process your personal information. Only 4 of these are relevant to us:

1.Personal information is processed on the basis of a person’s consent

2.Personal information is processed on the basis of a contractual relationship

3.Personal information is processed on the basis of legal obligations

4.Personal information is processed on the basis of legitimate interests

(1) Consent

We will ask for your consent to use your information to send you electronic communications such as newsletters and marketing emails, for targeted advertising.

(2) Contractual relationships

Our interactions with subscribers and website users are voluntary and not contractual. However, sometimes it will be necessary to process personal information so that we can enter contractual relationships with people. For example, if you purchase something via our online shop.

(3) Legal obligations

Sometimes we will be obliged to process your personal information due to legal obligations which are binding on us. We will only ever do so when strictly necessary.

(4) Legitimate interests

Applicable law allows personal information to be collected and used if it is reasonably necessary for our legitimate activities (as long as its use is fair, balanced and does not unduly impact individuals’ rights).

We will rely on this ground to process your personal data when it is not practical or appropriate to ask for consent.


•Internal and external audit for financial or regulatory compliance purposes

•Statutory reporting

Publicity and income generation

•Conventional direct marketing and other forms of marketing, publicity or advertisement

•Unsolicited commercial or non-commercial messages, including promotions, newsletters and income generation.

•Analysis, targeting and segmentation to develop and promote strategy and improve communication efficiency

•Personalisation used to tailor and enhance your experience of our communications

Purely administrative purposes

•Responding to enquiries

•Delivery of requested products or information

•Communications designed to administer existing services and financial transactions

•Thank you communications and receipts

•Maintaining a client database.

Financial Management and control

•Processing financial transactions and maintaining financial controls

•Prevention of fraud, misuse of services, or money laundering

•Enforcement of legal claims

•Reporting criminal acts and compliance with law enforcement agencies

When we use your personal information, we will consider if it is fair and balanced to do so and if it is within your reasonable expectations. We will balance your rights and our legitimate interests to ensure that we use your personal information in ways that are not unduly intrusive or unfair in other ways.


11. Data retention

In general your personal information will be kept continually on record for the reason it was collected. However, if (i) your personal information is no longer required in connection with such purpose(s), (ii) we are no longer lawfully entitled to process it or (iii) you validly exercise your right of erasure, we will remove it from our records at the relevant time.

In the event that you ask us to stop sending you direct marketing and other electronic communications, we will keep your name on our internal suppression list to ensure that you are not contacted again.


12. Policy amendments

We keep this Privacy Policy under regular review and reserve the right to update from time-to-time by posting an updated version on our website, not least because of changes in applicable law. We recommend that you check this Privacy Policy occasionally to ensure you remain happy with it. We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.


13. Third party websites

We link our website directly to other sites. This Privacy Policy does not cover external websites and we are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of those sites. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of any external websites you visit via links on our website.


14. Updating information

You can check the personal data we hold about you, and ask us to update it where necessary, by emailing us at info@loudandflashy.co.uk


15. Contact

We are not required by law to have a “Data Protection Officer” – however we have a Data Protection Manager.

Please let us know if you have any queries or concerns whatsoever about the way in which your data is being processed.