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Michael Lau - Professional Photographer, and proprietor ML Photo Studio.

Shaun is a resident at our studio and we couldn't be happier about it. He's an excellent photographer, a gentleman and great to be around. He's also totally trustworthy, and treats models, colleagues and the studio with utmost respect. I highly recommend him as a photographer but rate him even more as a human being. This is all in spite of the fact that he shoots Nikon, supports Chelsea and prefers oddly shaped balls!

Note - if this were a legal case, I might treat Michael as a 'hostile witness' hahaha. (Michael has become a good friend  and has a great sense of humour - for a Canon user and Liverpool supporter, but we all have crosses to bear :D) 

June 2023


What a wonderful shoot !


My first ever shoot in studio and shaun was so lovely ,patient, very chatty which made the atmosphere chill and relaxed. First time topless and I fully enjoyed the experienced ,it was empowering! 

Shaun is respectful and communicates well before, during after the shoot. 

Just brilliant photos too !

Thank you Shaun for being wonderful and would love to work with you again.

Helen Diaz

I worked with Shaun at the stunning "AURAPhotographic" in Weedon Bec the other day and had such a great time!

Shaun had very kindly booked a half day of my studio day. It was our first time shooting together so I am always a little nervous, but from first meeting Shaun he was so personable, down to earth, kind and FUN!

We instantly had a great rapport throughout the shoot, much conversation and a great atmosphere!

AURAphotographic is such a glorious space to hire and endless natural light opportunities with lighting equipment as a fantastic back up. We experimented with the grand fireplace, large windows and many of the gorgeous props the studio had to offer and I loved the images! I had such an enjoyable half a day and went away smiling!

Thankyou Shaun for a lovely shoot and I really hope to work together again soon! Helen x


Keira Leigh

Had my first shoot with Shaun yesterday at Michael Lau's studio in Nottingham. Shaun made me feel comfortable all the way through, he is very friendly professional. I thoroughly enjoyed our shoot and hope to work together again in the future! I would highly recommend Shaun to any model xx


May 2023

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Cariad Celis

I have had the joy of working with Shaun twice now, once in a studio in Nottingham and once at the new Basford Hurst Cottage. I really enjoyed our shoot, we captured loads of great shots and explored the beautiful house.

Thank you for another great shoot Shaun, I hope we get another chance to work together in the future 


A highly recommended from me!


Basford Hurst Cottage Photography Location

Shaun came to Basford to shoot with Cariad and it was a pleasure to have him here!! Pre comm's where great - Shaun was actually one of the first photographers to contact me about Basford, so it was great to meet him in person!

Shaun is a really lovely man, he is easy to talk to and thoroughly enjoys his photography! He was respectful of our location from start to finish, making sure everything was looked after and asking if he required and help.

Shaun is welcome back to Basford anytime and I certainly hope to see him again soon!! Highly recommended!! Thank you Shaun!!


April 2023


Had a fab shoot with Shaun last week. We’ve not shot for some time now but it’s always a pleasure shooting with him. We shot at Michael Lau‘s studio focussing on fashion, portrait and some lingerie/implied shots. We captured some great images and was so lovely catching up with Shaun. Highly recommended! Looking forward to our next shoot!


Jan 2023

Cariad Celis

Yesterday I had my first shoot with Shaun (hopefully not my last), and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Shaun is a lovely man and our time together flew by with barely a pause in the conversation. He knew what he wanted to shoot and sent some ideas beforehand, which is always appreciated. Polite and professional throughout, I would recommend a shoot with shaun to anybody. I had a great time and it was lovely to work with someone with a shared affinity for vintage aesthetics.

Highly recommended!


Dec 2022


Had my first shoot with Shaun and it was great!  Shaun is a lovely bloke and we got on instantly. We did some lingerie style and also some fetish style shoots which were really fun!I 100% would work with Shaun again and recommend to all models.Thanks again Shaun



Had a shoot with Shaun and what a lovely soul to shoot with! He was early to the shoot, very polite and was happy to go with the flow of the ideas that I had!

Highly enjoyable shoot and hope to work with him again next year! Thanks so much!!!

Nov 2022


I shot with Shaun for the first time today at The Lincoln Photography Studio and it was lovely! He was sadly delayed getting to me due to traffic diversion en route but he was in such good spirits when he arrived! Conversations just flow naturally and I couldn't believe time was up! Would highly recommend working with him and hope to do so again soon.

Sept 2022:


I had a really wonderful shoot with Shaun.. Comms where fabulous from the start nice and easy to arrange a shoot!... And I have to say what a trooper to wait till our shoot after his own morning cancellation!...Shaun arrived on time and immediately I knew we would get on!... He was relaxed, friendly and chatty!... In fact we could have chatted for hours!... But of course we also had some shooting to do!...And that was also fabulous!.... We worked on shooting mostly lingerie and the whole shoot was productive and relaxed!... Shaun worked really well in the space and used everything to his advantage achieving some really gorgeous shots!...I would certainly recommend Shaun to other models...He was kind, respectful of myself and the space!... And most importantly I felt safe throughout!...Thanks again Shaun & I very much look forward to working with you again in the future!

Arabella X

August 2022


Great second shoot, very easy to work with, lovely man and once again enjoyed a great chat whilst working. Suggests good ways to improve a shot. Haopy with our images. Highly recommended!

July 2022 


Just completed a BOND theme duo shoot with Shaun as our photographer in Nottingham and I enjoyed every minute of it!

Pre comms was great from Shaun. As soon as the date, venue and theme was arranged. Shaun set up a WhatsApp group to discuss finer details with the male model.

Shaun was really helpful with guidance to getting to the venue, parking, outfits, hair and also provided costume jewellery and a range of dresses for me to choose from.

On the day, Shaun arrived before me and had set up already. He met me with a warm smile!The shoot was fun and creative with lots of fake guns, awesome backdrops and great lighting.

Shaun was great at direction when needed and showed us images during the shoot. Can’t wait to see the edits! 

Looking forward to working with you again Shaun. You are professional, funny and creative! Highly recommend!

and Matt Lakin PT:

Shot with Shaun for a second time today on a Bond style duo shoot alongside a female model.

From our previous shoot I knew that Shaun was a brilliant photographer who would capture the theme and mood exactly how we wanted it!

A genuinely nice man, he has a relaxed manner about his work and immediately puts models at ease. Time flew by and we got some great images!

Would certainly recommend and I'm sure we'll work together again in the future.

July 2022


Had a great first shoot with Shaun, at the Michael Lau studio in Nottm. Shaun was punctual to arrive and his pre shoot comms were excellent. He is friendly, easy to work with and we had a good old chat. He has a great eye for accessorising and props and we captured some awesome images! Look forward to working together again and I highly recommend!



Abigail : 

Absolutely brilliant shoot! I felt comfortable at the beginning as Shaun was just so easy to talk to and a great listener! We shared many stories and had a blast!

He directed me if needed, saying a pose would look slightly better at a slightly different angle or a head tilt or whatever necessary!

We had excellent communication and will shoot again in the future I am sure!

Jade Alexandra

Had the best first shoot with shaun on Tuesday! Shaun arrived promptly and drove me to Micheals studio in Nottingham, great studio with a variety of backgrounds and Micheal is lovely also! We had a great shoot and managed to get lots of awesome shots! Shaun has an amazing collection of lingerie for use and was extremely prepares! Look forward to shooting again really soon! Would deffo recommend shaun and Michael laus studio


Had a fantastic shoot with Parkes Fine Art photography;  We shot for several hrs which flew by.

He came equipped with lots of lingeri. I would recommend I look forward to our next shoot


Debbie Leema:

Fantastic shoot with his legend!

Shaun booked in a fairly last minute shoot with me whilst I was touring the midlands and oh my god I’m so glad he booked!

From start to finish myself and Shaun didn’t stop talking, great banter!

We worked through loads of sets during our shoot and got some cracking shots.

Thank you so so much for booking Shaun, I think you’re amazing! You certainly made my trip an enjoyable one!

Hopefully we get the opportunity to work together again when I’m in town next year

Debs. Xx


This was my 3rd shoot with Shaun, the second being 2 days prior to this, and he did not disappoint!

On time for the shoot and came with lots of ideas and plenty of helpful tips (plus the conversation and jokes flowed easily) the nature of this shoot was for a present so was more risqué than I would usually do, however Shaun was a true gentleman and ensured I was at ease throughout the shoot.

Comms were fantastic throughout and it was easy to get everything organised as the plan was so clear.


I have received the edited photos back, and they did not disappoint! Definitely recommended! I look forward to shooting again some time soon!😊😊


I had a shoot with Shaun today and as expected based on our phone conversations he's a lovely guy. We had a good natter all the way through with a side of banter! Caught some great pictures and had an enjoyable day. I hope to see him again (Especially as he brought me jaffa cakes....always a winner!) - Jenny James.

Charli Jo:

Another absolutely AMAZING shoot with Shaun! Was nice to be back in the studio after some time off and got right back to it! Thankyou so much again Shaun! Can’t wait for our next shoot!!x


Always easy to have a shoot with shaun.

Doesn't push boundaries and helps boost confidence!

Highly recommend and would always choose him to work with.


Nov 2020

Doug said:

My pleasure Shaun, ... your aviation images are amazing and the one of the Lancaster over water is brilliant, my father was a radio operator/air gunner on them during the war so I have a great affinity for that incredible aircraft.

Aug and Sept 2020

Leonie Snow said:

My shoot with Shaun today at ML studios in Nottingham was certainly one of the most enjoyable shoots I have done. He is a top bloke, chatty, smart and incredibly easy going - this made for a great atmosphere and buzz in energy, and I quickly got into the spirit of our creative flow. His direction was perfect and we bounced ideas off eachother very well. It's not often you find a photographer so friendly and easy to get on with from the get go, and who so clearly knows what he's doing. I would work with him again in a flash! Thanks Shaun for a great shoot 


Salem said:

I had a 4hour shoot but it went by like minutes. I felt totally comfortable, the studio was great, the experience was truly phenomenal. Mr Shaun sure kept the shoot entertaining with great conversations and explained the processes of what he was doing along the way. His work is truly impressive, spot-on, it was truly *7 star* Thanks, Mr Shaun. I really look forward to working with him again. I'll highly, highly recommend him.

Fleurdelis said:

Fantastic shoot with Shawn Parkes at Michael's ML studio....Lovely and very interesting guys to talk to made working a bonus and a pleasure. The communication was professional and comfortable and on shoot the interaction was just as easy. It was an easy interplay of ideas and Shaun obligingly listened to my suggestions and followed through. We respected each others ideas in order to obtain the best results and I was very happy with what we obtained. I would happily work with Shaun again ..


Mike said:

Just a quick note to say thank you for all of the hard work and artistry Shaun brought to our shoot at Michael Lau Photography in Nottingham on Tue 25/08/2020. After excellent pre-shoot comms I was sure we'd hit it off straight away and so it proved to be, with Shaun taking no time at all to stamp his mark on our shoot based on the look of DCS Christopher Foyle from the Anthony Horowitz-authored TV drama 'Foyle's War'. Shaun's light touch is paired with straightforward direction where need be, and this - combined with a wicked sense of humour - resulted in a very successful day all round. A photographer who deserves all the success he achieves, and with whom I share a lot of outside interests, I can only offer Shaun very best wishes for a bright future and look forward to us working together on the couple of shoots we've already discussed as soon as possible.

Matt Lakin said:

Had an excellent shoot with Shaun today. Pre shoot comms were excellent. He's a genuinely lovely fella, very professional and he worked extremely hard to capture the various looks we were after during the shoot. We exchanged various ideas and covered a few different styles as the time flew by!

I really enjoyed working with Shaun. A quality photographer with a nice relaxed manner. I'd certainly work with him again in the future...Highly recommended!


Earlier References 

Jade said:

Shaun is the best! Applied for a casting call he put out, and im so glad I did. From the first email, i knew it was going to be an epic shoot, Shaun is full of personality and ideas! We shot at my house, and it ran without problems..Great at direction, Shaun is the perfect tog for any level of model.

Already planning our next shoot, yes that's how amazing he is..


Got to spend another day with this legend! Shaun is hands down one of the best togs... Ever! We always have a laugh when shooting, making the whole day more enjoyable for both of us. We ended up shooting 3 full sets in one day at my house, and the images kick ass. He is my tog soulmate, and i look forward to our shoots in the future.

Miss Amy Carter said:

This was my second shoot with Shaun and he was just as professional as the first time I worked with him. He came to my house as we had decided to do a studio shoot from my home, he arrived on time and really prepared with all the relevant lighting and props needed. He was kind and friendly as always and made me feel so relaxed whilst shooting. He had plenty of ideas and was not pushy when it came to my levels of modelling. We created some beautiful images that are really high quality and I am so pleased with them. He is nothing but professional, I would definitely recommend anyone to work with him. Will definitely be working with him again soon.


I finally got to work with Shaun after having to rearrange a couple of times due to unavoidable circumstances. He was very understanding of this which made my life a lot easier and was very helpful when trying to find a date that suited the both of us and another model. Shaun arrived on time and was very easy to get along with right from the start. He found an awesome location to shoot in and had plenty of ideas I advance. He made me feel very relaxed and had a great sense of humour. He also gave good direction as well as letting me share my own ideas. I have already seen a couple of photos from the shoot which look brilliant and I can't wait to see some more. I really enjoyed our shoot and will definitely be working with Shaun again.

Sharon said:

Had a really good shoot. Arrived on time. Very relaxed and fun. Shaun’s really friendly and chatty which instantly made me feel at ease. Good with direction which helped as I’m still quiet new. Certainly recommend him.

Claire said: Had an amazing shoot with Shaun today. The correspondence was brilliant and incredibly detailed, including what to expect from the shoot and helpful tips to prep. He was on time and extremely organised and set up very quickly. Shaun is a fun and friiendly guy who created a nice, easy going atmosphere for a shoot with his conversation and jokes, which was highly appreciated as it was my first lingerie shoot. His portfolio boosters are a great idea as he has lots of posing knowledge and keeps the model well included in what he's trying to achieve. Would highly recommend Shaun for his great attitude and professionalism as well as the quality of images we were able to capture together. Would love to work with him again!


My second shoot with Shaun ran as I expected - brilliantly! He is incredibly organised and knows just what to get out of each shot. A great friendly guy as well as a good laugh. Can't wait for another chance to work with him


Amber said: I had a great shoot today with Shaun at my flat - he's ever so friendly and chatty. We created some great images together. I really enjoyed working with Shaun and hope to do so again. Highly recommended!

Trevor said:

Shaun and I have been friends for a while in real life but never shot together. He recommended a model Rhean that he had worked with and after looking at their images I discussed shooting together at Boston Mini Studio. Shaun and Rhean were good fun to work with and we had a lovely shoot.. All in all a very enjoyable day with both of them.

Rhean said: Yesterday was my second shoot with Shaun and a fantastic one at that! I modelled vintage pinup and I felt very confident and at ease with Shaun who photographed me alongside Trevor. He's a fab guy and has a great sense of humour to keep the smiles flowing! He captured some outstanding images. Highly recommended once again 😄

Amy said: After months of trying to arrange a shoot with Shaun, we finally managed it last week! Pre shoot comms we fantastic and he knew what kind of shots he was hoping to capture before the shoot. Shaun is a really friendly and chatty guy. It felt as though we had known each other for ages rather than our first shoot. I'd highly recommend Shaun to both new and experienced models. I can't wait until our next shoot.


Rhean said:  I had an excellent time modelling for Shaun this evening, communication beforehand was outstanding, ideas were clearly portrayed and agreed, the evening went smoothly and he is professional and is easy to get along with, I was more than comfortable with Shaun; he is trustworthy, respectful and polite with great ideas in mind. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! 😄

Chantelle said: FANTASTIC DAY!!!  3rd shoot with the lovely Shaun today! Highly professional, friendly, easy to talk to, easy going....think I could chat to this guy for hours! Carried plenty of spares, props, fully organised on locations. Even brought a flask of coffee! what a legend! Cannot recommend enough!!! Thanks for a fantastic day matey xx


Collabed with Shaun today on a 40s 50s style fashion and vintage lingerie shoot with the added bonus of visiting a transport museum to fit the theme! I took many outfits with me but to my suprise Shaun thought ahead and had his own little prop box which came in handy! Shaun is extremely professional and works to a high standard, he is full of ideas and equally listens to yours and shared easily. I felt very comfortable the whole time, had a laugh and great conversation. Highly recommended! Thanks Shaun!!!! Had a lovely day!! Xx


Worked with Shaun for the first time on an army style military gas mask shoot, he is so professional, came prepared and is really easy going, I would highly recommend to anyone! Thanks for an epic shoot! More shoots planned for the future!

Peach said:  Had an amazing shoot with Sparx, he is super respectful, creative and lovely! Perfect combo!

Crystal said: I must say that Shaun with make up artist Alice Snell were a real pleasure to work with today. They were both extremely professional throughout and a real joy to be around. Shaun knew exactly what he wanted out of the shoot whilst still being open to ideas. Made me feel more involved which was great. I would definitely recommend Shaun and I look forward to our next shoot together, which is already being planned.

Alice Snell (Make Up Artist) said: I work with Shaun on a very regular basis and couldn't recommend him highly enough. Shaun is not only a really lovely and warm guy, he is a highly professional photographer. Shaun is brimming with his own unique ideas, but is also so open to any ideas I want to work on! Always on time, professional and friendly with a very good kit! He has introduced me to a lot of new models which I am very grateful for. You 100% need to work with Shaun!

Tania said: Great photo shoot with Shaun this week, working on vampire/slash jack the ripper theme. Always have fun when working with Shaun, we have many ideas planned for further shoots soooo excited. fully recommend Shaun to everyone. x

Wolfman said: Worked with SParx early hours of this morning during the cold wind and rain for a "Jack The Ripper" styled photoshoot. SParx was great to communicate with and made everything simple and effect with arranging the shoot and got an excellent mind for location. His direction was brilliant, he knew what type of shots he was after and helped tell a story through his photography which I'm very big on, and everything matched to our theme of what we were going for. He is very friendly, easy to get along with and a really artist, although we had the weather against us he was willing to carry on shooting to get some fabulous photos. Would totally recommend and definitely look forward to working with again.

Tania said: Once again had a great photo shoot with Shaun, all ways makes me feel comfortable and relaxed. Makes me good coffee during breaks and is all ways patient with me even when I had a stocking failure. I fully recommend Shaun to everyone .

Katie said:  We finally got to work together yesterday after a lot of chatting and exchanging ideas. Definitely worth the wait. It was a real fun shoot, with lots of fun ideas and craziness. I love the results and can't wait till next time.

Martin said: Had the pleasure of working with Shaun on my 2nd shoot with him. He was totally professional and easy going. Made me feel totally relaxed and was patient. Totally recommend him and can't wait to work with you again.

Vanessa said: Had another amazing shoot today with the lovely Shaun. We went to Biscuit Studios, neither of us had shot there before. Today myself and model, Martin worked together with snakes, this was all new to me but Shaun never put any pressure on me and was patient throughout the shoot when we had to stop to keep positioning the snakes. As always Shaun made me feel 100% comfortable in his presence and we all had a really fun, laid back shoot. I am really looking forward to working with you again on the 23rd xx

Silvia said: Had another brilliant shoot with Shaun, this time i approached him asking if he'd be interested in shooting a romantic shoot.with my boyfriend and I. He as always was brilliant to work with, even more when he had to put up with my boyfriend being silly all through the shoot, and was happy to try ideas and think of more ideas; we had a fun day and happy that the weather kept nice for us, I love all the images, super pleased and definitely can't wait to work with him again. Super bigger Thank you Shaun.

Harmony said: really got on well with Shaun, really good ideas and conducts himself very professionally; (I) loved the images we shot today great concept from him! looking forward to our other shoots we have lined up


Sinopa said:  I had the pleasure of working with Shaun today. We worked on some portraits as well as some gel-lit lingerie images. Shaun is very experimental with light which produced some interesting results, and between sets we had a good giggle. I'd absolutely recommend Shaun to anyone looking for a relaxed, considerate and easy-going photographer, and I look forward to our next shoot.

Bonnie said: Had a brill first shoot with Shaun today and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. From the moment of initial communication, I knew Shaun was going to be easy going and great to get along with. Shaun was everything I expected plus more, he has a great sense of humour, friendly, approachable and professional. We worked very well and produced some fab images and content. Shaun is very highly recommended and I hope to work with again in the near future.

Bella B said: I had my first ever photo shoot with Shaun yesterday.. He made me feel very relaxed.. I couldn't of had anyone better to do my first shoot with! I'm very happy with the photos we captured together.. I would 100% shoot with Shaun again!

Southern Belle said: I had a great shoot yesterday with Shaun. His pre-shoot communication is great and he is a very friendly man who I felt very comfortable suggesting my own ideas to the shoot. He had picked a lovely location for us to shoot at which was a country estate and the shots look really ideal for the summer evening look we wanted to achieve. I hope to work with Shaun again.

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