Emma Paling McGough is a professional commercial photographer based in the North East of England, she graduated from Cleveland College of Art and Design with a first class honours degree in Photography.

Emma's passion is for food photography; her inspiration to create beautiful images of food comes from the desire to construct a concept, sell an idea, inspire the viewer to make, share, and eat good food. There are many good food photographers but it is her belief that she captures the actual essence of the dining experience. Emma is a creative and driven professional who can help achieve your vision through collaboration.

In addition to food, Emma can provide a quality and creative e-commerce product photography service to give your online retail presence a professional presentation. Emma also has a wealth of experience in events photography, capturing all the candid and significant moments of your professional or social engagement.

Emma is a Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photographers. She is also a Phase One Certified Professional.

In 2018 Emma’s creativity in the field of food photography was recognised by being selected for the Foodelia Awards four times and she is represented by them as a collective, further details can be found here. In June 2017 she won the Anjool Malde Photography Award in recognition of her dedication and hard work throughout her studies at Cleveland College of Art and Design. In 2016 Emma was a finalist at the Association of Photographers Student Awards and went on to exhibit this work in London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.

All photographs and text are copyright © Emma Paling McGough 2019. All rights reserved.

Client list


Food and Drink Guide

Gutsy Girl and Co


The Ship at Redmarshall


Fifteas Vintage Tearooms

Food Nation

Clervaux Bakery



Other Commercial:

Doulton Border Leicester Yarn

Building Self Belief CIO

Everything English Education Consultancy

All Women Enterprise


Duncan Yellowlees Training


Furniture Clinic

Kirath Ghundoo Surface Pattern Design Studio

Kirk Merrington Primary School

Hart and Elwick Schools

Simon Carson Sports Schools

Sustrans North East

RNR HMS Calliope

iMovere Fitness




No 42, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham - 2018

No 42, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham - 2017

City of Glasgow College, Glasgow - 2017

Retina Festival, Edinburgh - 2017

Cleveland College of Art & Design Degree Show, Hartlepool - 2017

The Printspace, Shoreditch, London - 2016

Pod, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham - 2016

The Orchard Gallery, Reeth, North Yorkshire - 2015

The Glasshouse, Darlington, Co Durham - 2013