AN URMSTON-BASED photographer has turned her love of comedy and photography into a thriving business.

Mum-of-two Carla Speight became a freelance photographer after she was made redundant five years ago.

She set up her own business, Aberrant Perspectives, and combined her skills behind the camera with her love of live comedy.

The 32-year-old has established herself in the comedy circuit and now counts stand-up star Jason Manford as a close friend, as well as her client.

Her portfolio boasts candid shots of celebrities including Noel Gallagher, Gemma Atkinson, Kym Marsh, Jason Manford, and Shaun Ryder and Jorgie Porter.

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Carla has photographed music stars at live events across the UK. Pic-Aberrant Perspectives.

She said “lots of banter” is key to her working relationship with celebrities.

Carla said her “non-conventional’ route into the industry took a lot of hard work and determination.

She said: “It can be difficult for female photographers because it’s still a male-dominated industry.

“One of the perks of the job is getting to meet stars of stage, music and TV – often when their guard is down.

“I started covering comedy shows just for the price of a ticket but eventually over time I was able to build up my contacts and my portfolio and make money.

“You have to be mentally tough and believe in your own ability. Photography is about capturing that moment, whether it’s someone performing on a stage or your kids playing down the park. That’s what the magic is about.”

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Harry Hill, Alan Davies​ and Jason Manford are just some of the comedians she has snapped on stage. Pic-Aberrant Perspectives.

She now wants to inspire other budding photographers to take the bold step towards a career in freelance photography.

Carla will host a series of workshops aimed at DSLR camera owners who want to improve their technique and learn the tricks of the trade.

She said: “Many people who own these cameras are unsure of how to use them in manual mode, so these workshops are aimed at them.

“The workshops will cover basic principles, such as composition and lighting, as well as tips and tricks of the trade. There will also be a photography walk around Manchester to get used to using techniques ‘on the job’ rather than just in a classroom and ‘cheat sheets’ to take away.

“It won’t turn you into a professional photographer overnight but it’ll give you a push in the right direction.”

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Carla struck up a friendship with Jason Manford after covering his live shows. Pic-Aberrant Perspectives.

The photography workshops cost £100 and run from 10am till 4pm at the Beehive Loft, Jersey Street, Manchester on the following dates: November 10 & 17 2018, January 19 2019, February 2 & 16 2019, and March 2 & 16 March 2019.

Contact Carla on: or 07584 415265 for more information.