Welcome to Mence Photography & Design

Looking for a photographer in Durham? We can offer beautiful Wedding Photography and stunning Portrait Photography.

I am an established photographer, based in Durham and working across Newcastle, Teesside and throughout the UK. Photography is a passion of mine, especially portrait photography and the excitement of wedding photography. To me photography is about telling a story, the images should capture the moment and emotion forever, it’s because of this my style is very natural and I will hardly ever ask you to ‘pose’ for a photograph. When the photograph is natural the laughter and emotion is real, without any ‘fake’ smiles, it really improves the quality of the shot and the whole experience.

People often ask me if I get nervous before a big shoot, like wedding photography, and the honest answer is that I never get nervous. In my eyes if the photographer is nervous and uncomfortable then the subjects will be, and all that unease reflects in the shots. I make every effort to establish a bond with my subject so that everyone is as relaxed as possible, when your relaxed you enjoy yourself and that’s where great photographs come from. Please take a look through my website and if you have a project or event approaching, I’d love to speak to you about it.

Portrait Photography

We offer a full personal service for portraiture either on location or on pre-booked studio time. From kids and families to models and professional portfolios with a selection of printing and archiving options.

Wedding Photography

Your special day can be photographed from start to finish and printed with great quality by an established photographer. Bespoke framing and finishing options and many albums and books are available.

Event Photography

Whatever your special event or experience involves we can document the day for you and your friends. We have some excellent ideas on displaying your images and can produce a variety of gift ideas.

Pet Photography

Treat your pet to their very own photo session. We regularly work with dogs and cats either at home or out in the wild! We can suggest some good gift ideas and make beautiful framed pictures for your home.


If you are looking for promotional material or just an invite to your personal event we can design and produce an infinite range of great bespoke products.


Keeping and sharing your images with friends and family is a lot of fun. We have lots of options for framing, presentation, display and novel items like calendars, cards and mini albums.


Alan is fantastic to work with, the images are brilliant and the entire shoot was such a great experience! Cannot wait to shoot with him again.

Pixie Moulding
Such a relaxed shoot! Was amazing will definitely be working with Alan again, takes amazing photos and is a very friendly face!☺️

Steph Alderton
I suggested Alan for an extensive product photoshoot at my company, based on a recommendation from a colleague in another company. It was half creative/model and half lightbox-based detail work on a variety of products, both clothing and accessories. Having gone through a lot of photographers who have balked at the more boring prospect of many tens of detail shots, Alan got stuck right in. His attention to detail was impressive, he offered plenty advice on what a customer would want to see and how to shoot it, and his command of a studio with models running in and out every 5 minutes is level headed and efficient, all while showing a great flair for fun and creativity. We'll fetch him back in without hesitation should we need more work done, our photos get a lot of compliments.

Paul Lawson
Alan Mence is a wonderful photographer at all stages of the process. I was lucky enough to be in his DC comics themed photo shoot and in taking the photos he was incredibly helpful and clear in his direction without being in any way pushy. His ideas were imaginative and he made me feel very comfortable. When I received the photographs I was able to see the amazing job he did in the editing process, making each image really come alive by adding dramatic backgrounds that fitted his theme and even managing to change the style of the costume when a more heavily armoured costume suited the image. I definitely intend to work with him again and would recommend that others do so as the experience and images provided are of an extremely high quality.

Fleur Noire

Stunning Portrait & Beautiful Wedding Photography

Creating images that you will treasure for a lifetime