Hi, I am Najm Clayton, a portrait, headshot & fine art photographer based in Sutton Coldfield. Generally my style is minimalist but I am always happy to explore your ideas. I love working with people. I previously worked for more than 10 years in hyper local media and documentary photography before switching to my real passion of portraiture and fine art.
I particularly enjoy working within the performing arts and collaborating with other artists, especially those who explore the human condition.
I hold a bachelor's degree in multi-media and a PGDip in photography from Falmouth University.
I provide both studio and location services and I am available for either one off photoshoots or larger projects; Corporate and personal headshot work is always welcome.
Drop me a message for more information and to arrange a photoshoot using the form below...
"Najm did a wonderful job of capturing decades worth of my mom's artwork from the '60's up to her most recent work. He came round and completed what seemed a mammoth task in 2 sittings and has produced the most wonderful book of her life's work. Najm was really easy to communicate with, very friendly and responded to all of our requests in a timely and efficient manner. For the quality of what he has produced I think the value for money has been incredible too. As family members we are all delighted and cannot recommend Najm highly enough. Our mother is delighted with it and it brought a tear to her eye. Well done and thanks again for everything Najm!"
"The photographer is an extremely nice and friendly guy. He is very professional and the studio was quite cool. I love how natural the photos are too. Highly recommend!"
"I have worked with Najm twice and he was great both times and will definitely be working with him again, professional, fun, creative. Lovely space to shoot in and it’s absolutely amazing that he shows you the photos as you are shooting so you can decide what you like and what you don’t."
Charis Gambon - historian and academic
"Inspirational pictures. Great service. Thank you."
"Excellent photographer. Easy to work with, understanding of intent. Professional photographer you can feel at ease with."
"What a fantastic photo shoot and the images produced are fantastic. From start to finish it was fun. Najm was fantastic to work with and I would recommend to anyone from first timers to advanced models."
"After talking briefly with Najm we quickly got to terms on what we wanted to do for our shoot. The communication toward and after our shoot was kept up at all times. The execution of the shoot itself was done with pure professionalism, exemplary hospitality, spot of teas and ongoing innovation throughout allowing us to capture much more than the two shooting styles we had originally expressed. I cannot wait to work with Najm again, he's so polite and definitely a pleasure to work with."
The Mally Movement - artist
"I've worked with many different photographers over the years and Najm was great to pose for. I was given an overview of what he was aiming to achieve, during shooting he was good at directing me. A super easy guy to get on with and it was a very enjoyable experience. I was sent images very quickly, which is always a bonus. I've used a couple of images for my portfolio as they are strong images which I'm very happy with."
Gary Lindsay-Moore - business owner and model
"Fabulous, professional, most friendly person you could ever wish to meet! Recommended to anybody and everybody"
Ellisia Wiltshire - small business owner
"I love working with Najm, always professional, listens well to your ideas and knows how to constructively photograph anybody in a good light :)"
Hannah Wicks-Chalk - artist
"Had a great shoot with Najm! Great photographer to work with and impressive studio setup :) Fab communication and very friendly. Really happy with the images and I would definitely recommend."
Charlotte Isobel - singer / musician
"Known Mr Clayton for about 15 years. Needed some pro portraits for my business work. Mr Clayton was professional and his pics were exceptional. I am more than happy with the outcome. His turnaround on supply was supper fast too. Hope to have a few more photos done with him soon."
Abdul Malik Griffiths - business owner
"Amazing photographer! Very patient and is great to work with."
Emily Albrighton - performing arts
"Very friendly and helped to put me at ease. Came around to my house for the shoot and although it was a very small space to work in he did an amazing job! Professional, confident and knows his stuff. His pictures are amazing and I am impressed how well he made me look in my outfits. Patient and understand!"
Heinrich McArthur - cosplayer
"Great shoot with this photographer. Lovely studio put me at ease straight away. Totally trustworthy, non-pushy, patient and respectful, would recommend him to anyone."
"I helped Najm out with testing some film cameras. Good communication and a professional attitude. We got some great pictures and I look forward to working with him again."
Lauren J Cook - model
"I needed images for my new website (also created by Najm) and we got some lovely shots, and Najm helped to make me feel comfortable to get the most from the time in order to create a small portfolio of images to use for my social media presence."
Sarah Page - self employed
"Really nice guy, very friendly and makes you feel relaxed. Would recommend anyone to book with him, the photos will be amazing and you will have a fun couple of hours."
Jade Moreira - self employed
"What a lovely time me and my partner / chaperone had. Really easy to talk to, great direction and ideas and just a general fun time and love the photos! Thank you again Najm."
Jade Langton -cosplayer
"Worked with Najm on Wednesday and had a great shoot, great pre-communication, knew exactly what he wanted on the shoot and what images he had in mind, was a real gentleman throughout, just got the images back and they are awesome! Already planning another shoot, highly recommended photographer, thank you."
Gail Noble - business owner
"I had my first photoshoot back since lockdown on Saturday with Najm, nervous was an understatement but he made me feel so welcome and comfortable throughout the whole shoot. Everything from outfit changes to pose ideas and props were all very professional."
Kelly Pearson - model
"I highly recommend Najm for his amazing photography skills and professionalism. He's a lovely person and makes the photoshoot fun and relaxed. He had fantastic ideas and I'm loving the results."