We are Danehouse, a high quality independent photography company based in Manchester, UK. We provide a tailor-made approach to our clients in producing world-class sports and portrait photography for advertising, editorial, sports events, sponsorship and PR.


Alex Livesey

Alex Livesey is one of the top-ranked professionals in the UK with over 30 years of experience. 

Several years ago, after a successful career at Getty Images, Alex moved to a new career challenge and created Danehouse as his own photography business.

Alex has travelled the world covering major sporting events including Summer/Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, FIFA World Cups, UEFA European Championships, UEFA Champions League Finals, Rugby World Cups, the Tour de France and numerous Grand Slam tennis events. He has also found himself in some weird and wonderful places covering events as diverse as ice golf on a course 590km north of the Arctic Circle in Greenland and horse racing on the frozen lake of St Moritz.

Alex’s work has appeared in publications around the world including: Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, L’Equipe, Stern, ESPN Magazine, Observer Sport Monthly, The Independent Magazine and Sport Magazine UK along with regular usage in many of the world’s leading newspapers. His images have even been published on Royal Mail first class stamps during the 2012 Olympic Games to commemorate the Great Britain Gold medal winners. 

Alex’s clients have included FIFA, UEFA, Nike, Adidas, Pepsi, Reebok, Umbro, Carlsberg and Volkswagen. His work has featured some of the world’s most high profile athletes and sports personalities, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, David Beckham, Roger Federer, Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson.

During his career, Alex has received numerous accolades. These include: 2018 Siena International Photo Award, Winner of the 2016 SJA Sports Photographer of the Year Award, Winner of the 2013 Sports Action category at the Press Photographer’s Year Awards, European Photographer of the Year at the 2012 Getty Images Awards, Winner of the 2010 Winter Olympics category at the POYi Awards, World Press Photo Award in the 2007 Sports Action category, SJA Sports News Picture of the Year 2006, Premier League Football Photograph of the Season 2005/06.


James Gill

James is a young photographer who first started working for Danehouse as a freelance photographer in 2019. After a successful progression James joined Danehouse full-time as a junior photographer in 2022.

He got his big break in the industry while in his early teens, after producing online videos about his local club, Stockport County. His content caught the attention of the club and he joined them as a member of their media team for the next five years.

In 2017 he started his photography journey by shooting Stockport County on a weekly basis. It was in 2017 that James also began covering a local amateur team, West Didsbury AFC, run by a former colleague who allowed James to come onboard and develop his skills shooting their matches every Saturday morning. Eventually, James also added the Stockport County women’s team to his portfolio before also taking on agency work covering various professional football matches in 2018.

The highlights of James’ career stretch well before he started as a sports photographer, as he won the FA Young Volunteer of the Year award whilst working as press officer for the Cheshire Football League in 2016/17. James lists his photography highlights so far as covering all major domestic cup finals, the final of UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 at Wembley Stadium and being lucky enough to photograph his beloved Stockport County winning two league titles.

His photography branches out into sports and disciplines other than football having covered cricket, ice hockey, motorsport, boxing, gymnastics and even the Crufts dog show in the past. James has worked for many clients during his career. These include Tottenham Hotspur, AFC Bournemouth, Boxxer, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester Storm IHC and the Football Association.