About Me

Hello! I’m Ceri Oakes, I feel very fortunate to live and work in Whitby, on the beautiful North Yorkshire coast.

I began my career in photography as a press photographer at the Whitby Gazette before moving on to shoot for the national press.

My favourite bit of my job is getting to meet and photograph different people all the time and getting the chance to be creative on a daily basis.

Living and Working in Whitby

My love of Whitby and the North Yorkshire coast brought me back to the area and this is reflected in my style of photography.

I’ve always wanted to take pictures of people, and to tell a story with the images. I am lucky to have an amazing backdrop and live in a town full of character.

I love making the most of the natural light and fresh air on a photoshoot.

Lifeboat Press Officer

In my spare time I volunteer as the lifeboat press officer for Whitby RNLI. This involves taking lots of photos of both the training and actual call outs, I carry a pager on me at all times. I also write all the press releases after a rescue. My role there is to spread the word about what an amazing job the volunteer crew do to keep us safe along the coastline.

Lifestyle shoots

Most of my lifestyle shoots such as family portrait sessions are shot outside. Whether this is by the sea, in the woods or on the North York Moors. There are so many places to have an adventure and capture some beautiful photographs.


I shoot weddings all over North Yorkshire and around the UK. My press photography experience means I am always on the ball to capture those fleeting moments. My style of wedding photography is fun and relaxed -you can see my wedding photography here.

Press Photography, Commercial and PR Shoots

I still undertake press workand am also available for commercial and PR shoots. I have had my images published in many national publications such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, as well as regional press.

I’d love to hear from you, you can email me at photography@cerioakes.com or call for a chat on 07813359428     

The images on this page were taken by talented friend and colleague Ian Forsyth




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