STELLA

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I have always had a passion for photography, to capture real life moments and to engage with people.

At the age of 16, I served a 3-year apprenticeship at Handford Photography - a photographic studio where I learnt all aspect of photography, from the aesthetics to traditional photographic skills and techniques. In 1979 I was awarded a City and Guilds qualification in photography, I freelanced for a few years before getting married and having a family.

Through a lot of adversity and 3 small children to provide for I learnt to be very resourceful so I took my opportunity to realise my dream of starting my own photographic studio.  This was the birth of SMS Creative Photography in 1997, which my 3 children refer to as my 4th child!

I’m overjoyed to be able to connect with so many families, to be a small part of their ever changing lives - preserving precious moments for them to enjoy now and for future generations to admire - this gives me a huge sense of fulfilment and satisfaction! My creative flair, patience, ability to adapt and determination work together to deliver images that people value.

My days are creatively diverse, one day I can be up to my ankles in mud photographing on farmland and the next day at a swish Mayfair address photographing the latest Ferrari.

Commissions have taken me on international assignments and as a result, in 2012 to cater for this market - 'Stella' - my luxury lifestyle photography brand was born, photographing lifestyles and personal collections exclusively for private clients and businesses worldwide. Collaborating with the finest British craftsmen to produce bespoke books and wall art, handmade in England, creating provenance and a legacy. Please visit the 'Stella' website to find out more.

Over the years I have enjoyed many fun, varied and exciting commissions, travelled to the four corners of the globe and have never looked back. Covering the World Cruise on the QE2 for a limited edition book; photographing Boyzone and Cher opening the Harrods sales; the infamous Jeremy Clarkson for an exclusive book on Ferrari; Metallica and Iron Maiden at the Sonisphere Festival and most recently the ITV newscaster Alastair Stewart as Patron of the Brooke Charity as well as local families and children.

My role within SMS Creative Photography continues as Photographer and Creative Director.

Full member of the Association of Photographers

 

FIONA

I grew up in Oxted and met Stella when she took our family portrait when the studio opened in 1997.

I graduated from university with a BA Hons in Textiles and Surface Design, where photography was the basis of all my work.

In 2003, I met Stella again when she took my portrait for me to give to my new boyfriend (now my husband).

Soon after, I started assisting with wedding photography and then took on a full time role in 2004 as a Junior Photographer. Along side this role I went to college in the evenings to study Post Production.

Stella and SMS Creative Photography have been a huge part of my life, including my wedding day, the birth of my 2 children and 3 house moves!

My passions include – dressmaking, baking, knitting and of course being a wife and mummy.

Coincidentally I share the same birthday as SMS Creative Photography, 10th February, I’m older though!

I am very proud to be a part of this exciting portrait studio; my role is Photographer and Digital Artist, making sure your photographs receive our exceptional attention to detail.

 

NICOLA

SMS Creative Photography has been part of my life since I was 11 years old, from this age I have watched my mum - Stella, set up and grow her business.

Having studied Media Production at De Montfort University, Leicester, I went on to work in live television selling for the Sit Up TV channels, evolving on to voice over work.

I then spent 5 years in the travel industry, selling luxury long-haul holidays, this took me all over the world to experience first hand the destinations and hotels I was selling.

SMS Creative Photography has always been in my heart, therefore I joined the work family in Summer 2016, bringing my sales and media experience with me.

Some of my passions are cooking, travel and music.

My role within the company is Sales Director I look forward to my future here and meeting lots of you.