“We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it,
and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.”
~ Ansel Adams
Colin Stephenson Photography boasts degree-trained photographers, directed by Colin Stephenson with over 20 years of commercial photographic experience. Formal training followed by apprenticeships with top national photographers has laid a strong foundation for our work. We are continually pushing the boundaries in terms of our personal skill set and technical prowess. In 2003 Colin Stephenson setup a Photographic studio in the Garden Route and works in Cape Town regularly. The professional photographic studio provides both a day light and studio flash lighting options for editorial portraits, products or food. Colin Stephenson also spends a lot of time on location working with a combination of natural light, flash and portable flash lighting to capture editorial, architectural, interior and travel Photography.
Colin Stephenson is a members of the Professional Photographers of South Africa as well as a member of Nikon’s Professional Photography technical support program. Producing personal portfolios of landscape photography has seen his work included in the Cape Town month of photography, and Colin Stephenson has been involved in many group exhibitions as well as a joint solo exhibit in the well know Cape Gallery in Cape Town.
Colin Stephenson Photography focuses particularly on Architecture, Interiors, Editorial, Environment, Travel, Food and Product photography.
Colin Stephenson (BTech Fine Art, NMMU, Photography)
After completing a Fine Art Degree at the NMMU and taking an additional year to complete a second Major in Photography, I worked for a highly-regarded Cape Town advertising photographer for a year. This was followed by a year in a top UK magazine publishing house, working in the design and production department. I then returned to Cape Town for a year’s post-graduate studies in Design and New Media, refining a technical skill set to complement my Fine Art and Photography training. After freelancing in Cape Town, I returned to the UK to run a small design team for an agency with years of heritage. This role, and the lessons learned within the agency from very experienced colleagues, set the stage for the leap into starting my own agency. So, on returning to South Africa with new ideas and a well-rounded skill set, CREATE DESIGN ™ was launched.
From humble beginnings we have established a strong brand. We have great clients, many of whom have allowed us to push the boundaries and grow as a company and as individuals. Personal projects, setting goals, further studies, an honours degree in Photography … I like to keep the challenge fresh. I blur the lines between work and play, pleasure becomes productive and the creative flame keeps burning.
The cornerstone of our company is passion – for small details, for huge projects. No matter what we are involved in, we remain passionate about what we do, from the everyday running of the business and client service to the really fun part – the design and photography, creating a product from a blank sheet of paper. For me Colin Stephenson Photography is not a just a business. It is an extension of who I am.