Hello and thanks for visiting my website.
I’m Angela Fitch and I’ve been taking photographs since I was 11 years old. My photography journey has taken me on a road of many twists and turns, not to mention a handful of pitstops to pick up some good luck along the way.
25 years ago I was working in the publicity department for a large organisation. Naturally, there was no budget for a professional photographer, so I started taking the photos I needed to pack an extra punch to my press releases and other articles. I found the work fascinating; meeting and photographing all sorts of people: business owners, politicians, celebrities and even the occasional royal. There was always plenty of opportunity for a good portrait and I gradually progressed from an enthusiastic amateur to a dedicated professional. In 2016 I made a huge leap of faith, left the day job and set up my own business: Angela Fitch Photography.
Whilst my fledgling business found it’s feet I concentrated on staying with what I was good at: portraiture and event photography and over the years I was very fortunate to be invited to work as the official photographer for Evesham Festival of Words, Hawkesbury Upton LitFest, Oakwood Literature Festival and Stroud Short Stories. Having discovered this niche market I set about developing a photography service which catered specifically for authors. Most of the shoots were headshot sessions, both in the studio and on location, however, requests for book cover and content images also started to arrive in my inbox.
Also in 2016 I set up Birlingham Photography Club (BPC); a local camera club for photographers of all levels. Today BPC has over 60 members who meet up for workshops and seminars, photography talks and walks. I’m keen that the club is accessible to anyone, no matter what their skill level is or what they pack in their camera bag. This inclusive approach, I’m told by members, makes BPC one of the friendliest camera clubs around.
In 2018 I embarked on a personal photography project ‘2020 Women of Vision’. This self-funded project led to the creation of 20 environmental portraits of successful business women who have made it in a ‘man’s world’. The collection is all about inspiration and, when I set out to build a showcase of photography reflecting the incredible steps many women have taken as they built fulfilling careers in virtually any sector they chose, I had absolutely no idea who I was going to photograph. Of course, I had a broad idea and went on to meet some amazing women, among them a vicar, barrister, builder, surgeon, dentist and even a golf pro, to name but a few. The project was a success, even when the pandemic stopped the exhibition’s tour in its tracks I simply turned it into a book and I have plans in place to re-start the tour when the time is right.
So, where did the wedding photography come from you may ask and I would answer that it was almost by accident. Wedding photography had always interested me but I had been so busy with my other work that I hadn’t explored weddings as a career move. However, fate played its part again as family and friends who knew I was good with a camera began to ask me to photograph their weddings. In the early days it was a welcome diversion from my studio work and an absolute pleasure to work in a totally different environment. But things moved on, word spread and I have never forgotten the thrill of opening an email which contained an enquiry from somebody I didn’t know who had heard of me and was asking if I was available to photograph her wedding. This enquiry was the first in a new and exciting career and the rest, as they say, is history.
I still get that buzz of excitement when a new enquiry lands in my inbox. It’s a privilege to be invited to be part of a wedding day and I thoroughly enjoy working with each couple on the lead up to their wedding and on the day itself, when I capture in photographs the essence of the day that will make them smile for years to come.
“Angela made the whole process a breeze. She was welcoming and relaxed and we went through lots of poses during the shoot. Her prices are competitive and, as a photographer myself, I can see the quality of her work and can recommend her.”
“Like many people, I’m not keen on having my photograph taken, but under Angela’s gentle coaxing I was able to relax and enjoy the process and I was delighted with the end result.”