ACAVA Shoots

ACAVA Shoots is a new opportunity for photographers who graduated from ACAVA’s Young Photographers programme, a mentoring project in North Kensington.​

Traditional routes to a career in professional photography have always been challenging, often involving unpaid work experience and creating a barrier for many young people without financial means.
ACAVA Shoots aims to promote diversity within the creative and cultural industries by offering emerging photographers paid assignments, support from an experienced mentor and the opportunity to build a professional portfolio that will help launch their career.


Our ACAVA Shoots photographers are available for commissions. Previous clients include Young Camden Foundation, The Local Trust, and Young K&C.

View more examples of their work on this website.

If you would like to hire the ACAVA Shoots team, contact programmes@acava.org, to discuss your needs and for a customised quote.


Photos by Zute Lightfoot, Jason Garcia and Ashleigh Ramel. View more examples of work by the ACAVA Shoots team on this website.

The team

Zute Lightfoot, Mentor
Zute has over 15 years of experience in the industry. Having started editing documentary travel photographs at an agency, he moved on to a staff position at the Hammersmith and Ealing Gazette before shooting the World Cup in South Africa for British news wires in 2010. He remained in South Africa for two years and shifted his focus to documentary-style photography. During this time, he began working with Operation Smile and was inspired by the Umuzi Photo Club, which supports talented young people to access jobs in the digital creative industries. He now specialises in documentary and portraiture shooting for a wide range of publications, companies and organisations including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Airbnb, Toshiba, Microsoft, DHL, and Water Aid.  
Ashleigh Ramel, Photographer
Ashleigh was the first alumnus of ACAVA’s Young Photographers Programme. Working with Zute to document the Grenfell Memorial Mosaic has built her confidence and provided a platform to express her passion for photography. She is currently assisting portrait and fashion film photographer Alexandra Leese while developing her client base. Ashleigh was selected to participate in Dazed+Labs in 2019, culminating in an exhibition at The Rugby Portobello Trust. She won second place in the WAC Awards, 2020 and has been featured in Off the Block magazine.   
Jason Garcia, Photographer
Jason joined ACAVA’s Young Photographers Programme in 2019 and is currently the photographer for ACAVA’s Grenfell Memorial Community Mosaic. In addition, Jason has undertaken a paid commission by ACAVA to create a portfolio of photographs of our buildings and artists for use across our communications.
His work was featured in Youth After Grenfell curated by Jurgen Teller for i-D Magazine; and he participated in Collecting Ends, a collaboration between FERARTS and the Museum of London. In 2020 he received two awards from A Day in Your Life, including first place in the Black History category. Jason’s interest in documenting stories combined with his early life experience has led to his latest project creating a photo series about employment.

Feedback from previous clients

"Great job capturing the joy and excitement of youth activities. These pictures will make an immeasurable difference to our stock." - Keith Morgan, CEO Young Camden Foundation

"I wanted to personally thank you both for the amazing photographic work you did at the studios. Without being asked, the artists reported how sensitive you both were and how much they enjoyed the experience of having you there. I think the photos you have created are great – these images will make a huge difference in how people perceive ACAVA and the artists in our buildings. 
The buildings/studios/architecture all look fantastic, the still life tableaux of paints/brushes etc. are lovely and very useful, and the portraits are outstanding. I'm sure the artists will love them as well. Coincidentally, a few of the artists in the photos are well known to me personally and the images capture them/their personas beautifully. Everyone at ACAVA will be proud of such images when we roll them out on our website and communications." - Tom Holley, Chief Executive, ACAVA

"Thanks for sending the images over – we’re really pleased with them! I think they’re a great representation of the volunteers and community - and thank you for including the metadata and consent forms." Alice, Communications Team, The Local Trust.

"We enjoyed working with the Young Photographers from ACAVA. They were very professional and provided a large range of high-quality photos, which have helped to capture and illustrate our organisation. They worked well with the children and young people they were photographing and helped put them at ease, enabling us to get natural photos of children and young people enjoying a wide range of different activities in the local area." Nicola Butler, CEO Young K and C


View more examples of work by the ACAVA Shoots team on this website.