Wellesbourne’s award winning Avon Studios, run by photographer Andrew Sheppard, saw councillors, wedding and portrait clients and a few well known local faces turn up at the fun family event to enjoy a glass of Champagne and a buffet.
Andrew opened the Warwick Road studio in 1987, starting out purely as a wedding photographer. The practice grew and he now employs five staff and portrait, social and commercial photography as well as an extremely busy Fujifilm Digital Image Service processing lab also play a major part in the business.
The studio’s work has featured in high profile national glossies such as Cosmopolitan Bride and You and Your Wedding as well as on television. Highlights have included photographing premiership league footballers, working for Teletubbies and Tots TV and covering weddings in exotic locations such as Zanzibar and New York.
Andrew and his colleague Sophie Taylor won a national wedding photography competition a few years ago – the prize for which was a trip to Japan.
And some of the studio’s work has received international exposure – including photographs of a Great Alne youngster Anya Sanders whose face graces the packaging of Fujifilm inkjet paper all over the world and a recent commission to use a photo of Wellesbourne hairdresser Debbie Blackburn on A–boards publicising Fuji instant passport film.
“I’ve loved the past 20 years’ work and am looking forward to the next two decades,” said Andy, who says he will probably be ready to hang up his Hasselblad by 2027.
“We are the largest independent studio in the whole of Warwickshire and the longest established High Street studio in the county too. The party was great – it was an opportunity to meet up with people we’ve photographed over the years. Many of them used us to cover their wedding and then come back to us regularly to take pictures of their children or family occasions.”
“Although we’ve worked with quite a few well known faces from the TV, the RSC and the sporting world it’s the real people who make this job so rewarding and worthwhile.”