“You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it”
For Glasgow born Stuart McAllister, (Dip. Pro. Photo), photography is not just a profession, it’s a lifelong passion. It’s also a way to tell stories, ones that express powerful emotions and make statements. As a child, McAllister saw taking photographs as a “magical experience.” When he turned 18 he began to realise professional photography as a skill, a talent, and an art form.
After years of apprenticeship with a veteran photographer and travel abroad practicing his craft, Stuart received his professional accreditation and opened his first studio and gallery in 2006 called Studio 66, where he showcased his work along with that of other local artists. In 2008 he created Stuart McAllister Photography, specialising in commercial, model, and portrait photography, and making his work available to a global audience via online sales.
Sought after for his innovation and creativity, Stuart approaches each assignment with an open mind and fresh ideas; calling on years of training and experience and range of expertise to produce amazing results. Preparation and attention to detail are signatures for which Stuart is known and respected. Coming from the old school of film photography, where mistakes could not be rectified by computer manipulation, Stuart spends the extra time to make sure all is in place before a shoot begins.
Stuart McAllister Photography has worked with numerous individuals, companies and organizations. Some of Stuart’s more notable clients have included musicians Midge Ure and Bruce Foxton, former First Minister of Scotland, Lord Jack McConnell, actress Kirsty Strain, Gary Hollywood and football legends Craig Brown and Gary McAllister.
So what’s the secret to Stuart’s success? “Love what you do,” the photographer says, “and the rest will follow.”