I'm a freelance comercial photographer and trainer based in Hertfordshire. I have had cameras since I was a teenager. The advent of digital photography persuaded me to become more serious about my hobby and in 2010 I set up Sarah Stephens Photography.
I am still excited by the development of this type of photography and look forward to what comes next!
I like to work closely with my commercial clients providing images to help them sell their business visually; whether this is a pack shot, something more creative or images of the business premises itself. Click here to see examples of these types of work.
One of my specialisms is heritage photography and I have been lucky to shoot some amazing objects for a number of museums and heritage organisations. Click here to see some examples. I worked as a volunteer at my local museum for a number of years and have been trained in the handling and care of objects. This gives me a unique edge and understanding when photographing very old and vulnerable objects.
I love shooting still life subjects, flowers and the interesting details of the world I spot as I go.
I shoot using Canon and Fujifilm cameras, my iPhone and use Elemental studio equipment.
I run photography workshops for the general public, schools, and, in conjunction with SHARE Museums East, for staff and volunteers in the heritage sector. All workshops are available on a bespoke basis as well as tailored one to one lessons. Click here for more information.
My aim is always to help people get the most out of the camera they have right now - whatever the size or type - and so get the photos they wish to have.
The workshop was broken down into easily manageable and clear segments...It was lovely to see your passion on the topic and it was really catching!
"You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books that you have read, the music you have heard, and the people you have loved."
What's in a Name?
When I established the business back in 2010 I decided to have a different identity for the business. I went back to the family names in my grandparents' generation for inspiration and decided that my Cornish grandmother's maiden name had a nice ring to it.
Freda Stephens was an independent and determined woman and in her younger days, with her sisters, led a lively life. I like to think that some of her spirit is part of everything I do.
Freda Stephens circa 1924.