By Katrina Doran.
I first came across Stephanie Williamson while frantically looking for photos of a fashion show that featured vintage store -Previously Loved. I got an email, not from Miss Tracy, as expected, but from a pleasant girl called Stephanie with some beautiful photographs that stopped me in my tracks. Not only did the images have a visually stunning composition but also they had an unusual ‘vintage’ feel that perfectly complimented the clothes featured in the shots.
The photographer turned out to be Miss Tracy’s Saturday girl at Previously Loved and I was stunned to find out she was still at school. A quick look at her portfolio on flickr and I was hooked. Not only had this girl got talent but she showed an ability to capture emotion in her images that was effortless to her.
I’m a big believer in nurturing talent so when she breezily suggested that she would love to do a ‘proper’ vintage fashion shoot for her book I immediately chirped in and decided we should collaborate for Sugahfix fashion pages.
A veteran of organising, styling and art directing fashion shoots – I pulled in lots of favours to put together a fantastic team for the shoot and decided on a Cinderella theme which would allow us to use some gorgeous vintage pieces but also to mix it up with some military coats and party dresses. I had my heart set on The Merchant Hotel as a venue as I knew Stephanie just worked with natural light and the light in the merchant has a wonderful diffused element to it, which would lend itself beautifully to the shoot.
The results of the shoot speak for themselves and you can check out all the shots by clicking here . On the way home in the car I asked Stephanie if she thought she had got a taste for being a professional photographer and was very amused to find out that she thought it was really hard work and although she enjoyed it – now she wasn’t sure.
Then the revelation came – all along I had presumed that this eloquant young lady was studying for her A levels – but this little bundle of creative genius was just 16 years old! I was gobsmacked. I proclaimed, “If this is the sort of work you are producing at 16 – what on earth are you going to be like when you finish university?!” Stephanie chuckled in her unassuming manner.
Sophia Copola should watch out! as there is a quietly spoken, serenely pretty girl from East Belfast with an eye for imagery and storytelling that could be about to steal her crown…in a few years time perhaps.
Photo credits: top left, self portrait; Top right, Petals on Glass; Middle, Model Jude at Northern Whig fashion show; Below, captured moment from ‘Fashion Fairytale’ photoshoot. All photography by Stephanie Williamson.