Judie Tingle wedding earlier this year was a quiet affair – just her, husband Paul and their young son Oscar were present at a small church in Las Vegas when they said their vows. And there’s not much evidence of the big day in her home, either. Yet.
She might have founded the Congleton Camera Club, but so far there’s just one of her photos on the walls.
‘The only picture of mine on the walls at home is one of Oscar that came second in a competition where the prize was to have your picture put on canvas,’ she said. ‘Paul doesn’t like pictures of people around the house, so we don’t even have a wedding picture up. But we will have.’
The former air stewardess started out taking pictures on her mobile but she said: ‘I started getting jealous of people with big lenses so I bought myself a camera and I haven’t looked back. I just get out there, I see photos everywhere I go.’
She is now the photographer for Congleton Town Football Club and is a regular fixture on the touchlines at other sporting events around the town. She also does some work for local newspapers and organises events and outings for the camera club.
‘The club started with me and some friends going out with our cameras,’ Judie added. ‘Then we set up a group on Facebook and it grew from there. Now we meet every two weeks and arrange events and outings.’
The Facebook group now has more than 300 members and trips so far include visits to Manchester Velodrome, Stoke Speedway and Biddulph Country Park and you’ll be able to see some of the members’ finest work when they stage their second exhibition at The Old Sawmill in November.