Testimonials from people I have worked with.



Ian McNeice
British Celebrity Actor
I found Michael Topley a very professional portrait photographer. Although very thorough he was quick to decide on what shots he wanted and also what backgrounds he wanted to use. He was pleasant to work with. At a later date he gave me a collection of excellent head-shots I would be more than happy to use for my own purposes
Ian Brittain
Subject Model
I wasn't looking forward to having the photos done as they showed me at one of my lowest points in my life and whilst I constantly considered taking my own life, I thought the photos might be intrusive and negative. Mike really helped me to feel comfortable about documenting and sharing my state of mind. It was only after sharing some of the photos on social media that I was inundated with messages of support and empathy. This support I believe was the turning point and I am now well on the way to taking positive steps to reduce my self hate and stress. Having the photos done and sharing them has also been positive in strengthening the belief that I am not alone and should not be afraid to share when life is at it's lowest ebb. Thank you Mike I am proud and thankful to count you as a true friend and brilliant photographer to boot!
Rob Ferrol
I hired Michael to assist with a commercial photography project recently and his diligence and hard work were a true credit to him. I will have no hesitation in using him again on future projects.

Modelling Jessica Oliver

Model at Astrid Tromp, Professional Freelance Model/Actor
I worked with Michael at the Charity Photoshoot in Rufford Abbey. Michael was a pleasure to work with. He gave good direction for me, as the model. The shots he took were very professional and to a high standard. He made me feel very relaxed and at ease. I would recommend any model, given the opportunity, to work with Michael Topley, they will not be disappointed.


Michelle Nicholls

Head of Strategy, Business Support at Leicestershire County Council


I hired Michael to do my wedding pictures. He also provided the picture for my wedding programme too. Michael has an excellent eye for detail and captures those 'off the record' pictures that really capture the feeling of the day. I have also seen his shots of landscapes some of which are breath taking. Some of his pictures have been entered for competitions and one appeared in the newspaper. I also commissioned an 'off the wall' picture of my son. My son likes nothing mainstream, so it had to be different. It was exactly what I wanted and my son loved it! It was a black and white photo of my son walking though the woods. He has a hoody on and you can't quite see his face. It captured a moody teen perfectly! It was so atmospheric. He is also, on time, punctual, trustworthy and excellent value for money. He has more knowledge of the work that he gives himself credit for!! I would not hesitate to hire him again.

Damien Brearley

Photographer and Subject Model

Having known Mike many years and having witnessed his journey to where he is today I am not surprised by the sheer quality of his work. The thought and detail behind every shot is truly a new level of creativity and imagination. Michael is such a down to earth man who appreciates life for what it is, beautiful. I look forward to working with Michael again this time as a fellow photographer instead of some nervous lamb on a photo shoot.