We are DCTR

Rated 'Exceptional' by Rightmove EA Masters 4 years in a row...you're in safe hands

About

We're a little different

First & foremost, we're a creative studio dedicated to creating irresistible visuals & design for the property industry. We also happen to have a bespoke online platform making it easy for clients to brief, feedback & manage their visual content. Right now, it's called Doctor Photo but it will be morphing into The Studio imminently.

DCTR is made up of a unique collective of designers, 3D artists, ex-estate agents, architects & interior designers; all hugely passionate about the images, animations and experiences we create for our clients.

We have a growing team based in our beautiful old brewery in Hampshire and also work with a roster of freelance partners at the top of their game; keeping us agile and able to keep to deadlines. Our breadth and knowledge of property, sales, marketing, design & cgi makes us unique in the category.

Our vision

Our vision is to raise the game and drive the agenda in property marketing. DCTR is where property brands are made, and awards are won. 

Our mission

We’re on a mission to make our clients’ properties irresistible by providing the best property retouching, CGI & design services on the planet. 

Our values

To keep things sweet, each value starts with a letter from our brand name; DCTR:

Dependable

We can be trusted & relied upon to give the best advice, delivering on time, with a smile, at a fair price. Going out of our way to meet client expectations, no matter the adversities.

Creative

We’re creative people by nature. We take creative approaches to problem solving. We’re Artists, artisans & designers. We turn commodity into value with expert skills in interior design, visualisation, photography, design & web.

Trailblazers

We challenge the status quo; driving innovation across all categories in property marketing. We create irresistible property harnessing the latest technology. We are always looking forward.

Real

We accept our differences. We encourage the real ‘you’ and admire authenticity. We’re down to earth with clients and believe in real partnerships with clients, suppliers, freelance partners & team-mates.

Awards

2021 - EA Masters sponsored by Rightmove - Rated Exceptional

2020 - EA Masters sponsored by Rightmove - Rated Exceptional

2019 - EA Masters sponsored by Rightmove - Winner (Best Small Supplier)

2019 - The Negotiator - Bronze (Marketing Supplier)

2018 - EA Masters sponsored by Rightmove - Rated Exceptional

2018 - The Negotiator - Shortlisted (Marketing Supplier)

2017 - Surrey Business Awards - Winner - Best Service business in Surrey

2017 - Surrey Biz Awards - Finalist - Digital Innovation Award

2017 - The Negotiator - Shortlisted (Marketing Supplier)


arrow head

Meet the Team

Rachel

Rachel

Designer

Rachel

Rachel

Designer

Rachel joined DCTR in July 2019.

She brought with her over 20 years of graphic and web design experience from both the private and public sectors. During her career she has been the creative lead of numerous visual identities and brands for specific campaigns, organisations and events.

Her role with us is to work on creative projects for DCTR and its clients. This can be virtual furnishing, photo editing, new homes creatives, web and social media. Her favourite edits are at Christmas adding snow & decorations!


Tom

Tom

Managing Director

Tom

Tom

Managing Director

Tom started his working life as an Estate Agent in Exeter back in 2008 and worked for The Chapel of Ideas property marketing agency as an intern during his A-Levels. After earning a 1st in Business Economics and cheeky little Marketing MSc from Exeter Uni, Tom worked in Brand Management for Walkers Crisps, KFC and the Boston Consulting Group. He was never really a corporate chap, so Tom decided it was time to come back to his heartland and rejoined the property industry with his father. He's been with DCTR for the last four years.

Tom heads up Creative, Sales & Marketing for DCTR and has a keen eye for detail. He's always been a creative and some might say a little eccentric. Setting up and running the Surrey Cider Festival was one of his key accolades; drawing in over 1000 cider-lovers from across the county. Tom appeared on the BBC in the process and won a Facebook Marketing Star award from the guy at Facebook HQ. He still loves cider but prefers a cold IPA these days...

Becky

Becky

3D Artist

Becky

Becky

3D Artist

Becky joined DCTR in September 2020. Gaining a degree in Interior Architecture and Design, Becky has previously worked in the commercial sector as an Interior 3D Designer. She has now returned back to her hometown and eager to explore the residential sector of our industry. With a flare for bold, statement designs, Becky is happy to aid you through your virtual furnishing needs and assist on any design queries you may have. As long as she is able to help bring your spaces to life, she will be happy!

Toni

Toni

Junior 3D Artist

Toni

Toni

Junior 3D Artist

Toni joined DCTR in April 2021. After completing her degree in Interior Architecture and Design, she quickly realised that 3D Visualisation was the career path she wanted to pursue. When she's not stuck into working on 3D models, you'll find her snuggled up with her cat watching the ultimate 80's classic; Dirty Dancing.

Abby

Abby

Design Apprentice

Abby

Abby

Design Apprentice

A self proclaimed house plant mum and Yo! Sushi’s biggest fan, Abby joined the team as an apprentice in July. Using her graphic skills and video editing she’s been working with all the team. Outside of work you’ll find her playing Animal Crossing on her Switch or binge watching all the Marvel films again.

John

John

Founder

John

John

Founder

John started in estate agency straight from school over 50 years ago. During his career he was a Fellow and Committee Member of the NAEA and also a judge for the Estate Agency of the Year Awards. He built and sold three business, one to Prudential Property Services just before the recession in the early 90's. He loved his job but his true passion was for property marketing and photography. Thanks to his second boss, throughout his career he found that presenting properties in a way that was better than his competitors, played a huge part in his success.

Many estate agents will understand that estate agency can be fun but often isn't so after 37 years he changed his life and sold his partnership to his partner and quickly established himself as a leading country house photographer (hello-photo.co.uk). He wrote the RICS Guide to Property Photography and was lucky enough to photograph some of the UK’s most prestigious properties, as well as working for some of the biggest names in the industry.

Doctor Photo grew from a cottage industry that started 11 years ago – when John as a favour to his agent mates, used to spend his evenings removing skips, bins and other agents' boards from their photos – to become a leading property market supplier, enhancing thousands of images a week for clients around UK & Europe.

John's passion is to help DCTR's customers to sell more houses and to improve their brand image. If you have any questions or just want a chat, he’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, do read our blogs which are updated on a regular basis with tips and information that will help readers present properties to a professional standard.

Interesting fact: John was present the day Baby Spice joined the Spice Girls (before they were the Spice Girls). As Chairman of a charity that provided studio recording facilities for young people he was introduced to Emma the day she arrived.

Sarah

Sarah

Accounts Assistant

Sarah

Sarah

Accounts Assistant

Sarah joined DCTR in 2018 and plays a vital role running keeping the show on the road in the studio. Sarah is also a trained social worker and has two beautiful kids called Bluebell & Huxley.

Stephen

Stephen

Chairman

Stephen

Stephen

Chairman

Stephen joined DCTR in 2020 as Chair. Having spent the last 25+ years in consumer facing businesses across the world working for Gillette, Procter & Gamble and Burton’s Biscuits, to name a few, he now uses his depth of experience to keep the Executive team at DCTR on track.

Having lived in six different countries and worked on over seventy, Stephen finally put down roots in the UK over a decade ago. When he isn’t working with progressive business owners to maximise the growth potential of their businesses, he can be found kayaking or riding his bike in the Surrey Hills.

Lucy

Lucy

3D Artist

Lucy

Lucy

3D Artist

Lucy has 22 years experience in the architectural and aviation visualisation industries.

A self proclaimed computer nerd who is passionate about art, Lucy has also has a degree in Media Graphic Design.

In her spare time she likes to travel, hike up mountains and sail. Lucy lives in Bristol with her partner and 2 year old son.

Steve

Steve

National Account Manager | Artist

Steve

Steve

National Account Manager | Artist

Steve joined the team at the start of 2019 leaving behind a career in Estate Agency spanning the last 25 years, and so fully understands the daily challenges faced by our Estate Agent customers.
Steve is a passionate photographer and retoucher and is always happy to assist with any photography questions, along with any account issues such as the most common "I've forgotten my username and/ or password.


Mai

Mai

3D Artist

Mai

Mai

3D Artist

Mai joined the team in 2020 as a CGI artist. He's a ninja 3D modeller & a master of creating beautiful renders. Mai grew up in Hanoi and lives with his son June and has been married for a few years now. He loves Netflix more than anything in the world (apart from his family - obvs).

Shirley

Shirley

Finance Director

Shirley

Shirley

Finance Director

If golf was a religion, Shirley would be its Archbishop. But she spends much of her time in front of her computer instead of on the golf course as DCTR's Financial Director. She's been so important to the growth of the business, keeping John and Tom on the straight and narrow at the same time as supporting them. Of course, there's also the need to speak to customers who have lost their invoices and produce data for the monthly board meetings where she also makes the coffee and buys the biscuits. Shirley's other passions are her 6 grandchildren and she loves nothing more than being 'Nana' - except, perhaps, golf! :o)

Helen

Helen

Head of Video

Helen

Helen

Head of Video

Helen runs our Video Training programme alongside her own production business, Orchid Digital. Helen started working on video to promote products and services when it was still 'new', at the time only big brands with the money were wanting to invest in this kind of marketing. Over the years video production has become far more cost effective without losing quality and so Helen strongly believes it's possible for every business no matter how small, to tell their story.

trophy cabinet

Best EA Supplier Guide 2021
Best EA Supplier Guide 2020
Best EA Supplier Guide 2019
Best EA Supplier Guide 2018
Bronze Negotiator Award 2019

Find us

Unit 1, The Old Brewery
Chapel Street
Farnborough
GU14 8FG

Open in Google Maps
Contact

Enough about us, let’s hear about you…

Looking to overhaul your property marketing? Arrange a call to discuss your goals and learn how we can help you grow your business.