Stonelock Photography are a professional and qualified husband and wife photography team. Andrew (AJ) Stonehouse and Alison (Ally) Whitlock – hence Stonelock – see what we did there! We are photographers based near Crystal Palace in South London but shoot locally, nationally and internationally.
We’re passionate about photography. We don’t believe any other form of communication can capture a moment or tell a story quite so powerfully and we strive to make every picture a great image, no matter what the subject.
We have a strong design influence as AJ has an established career in design and advertising, becoming a founding partner of a successful design agency in 2001. This is invaluable experience in creating images suitable for publication by bringing a designers eye to framing and composition. AJ takes the lead in designing and producing all our bespoke wedding albums.
Ally’s experience in managing and running a successful photographic studio gives us a uniquely complimentary skill set. Her skill in lighting, posing and putting people at ease in front of the camera transfers from the studio environment to the creativity of location shoots effortlessly.
Photography has been a passion since my childhood. I still fondly remember the excitement of the first ‘real’ camera that my parents gave me for my 18th birthday and the magic of hand developing & printing B&W films. In my mid-20s, fed up with an uncreative job, I decided to take a risk and returned to university to study photography.
Since qualifying in 2006 I have worked on a freelance basis shooting commissions for local and national NGOs, corporate clients and multi-national financial institutions. I have also run and managed a successful photographic studio.
Away from photography I love to run – a lot. With a marathon PB of 3:54:41, I also swim, cycle and generally love being active. I also have a passion for food. I’m vegetarian and like to experiment with meat-free and dairy-free cooking.
Most of all though I love to take photos.
Photography, art and design have been a driving force for me as long as I can remember. My childhood toy-box contained a tiny Kodak camera that I recall being fascinated by, and so a lasting love affair began. Through O and A levels in art and photography, a diploma in art and design (1988), a degree in Visual Communication (1992) and a subsequent career in graphic design and advertising, I have both lived through and fully embraced the digital revolution.
Outside of work I’m a bit of a film-buff – so I guess I’m never that far from a screen of some kind.
I do a little voluntary youth work in my spare time and am trustee of a charity. If you book us for a job I may well turn up on a motorbike – I’ll take any excuse I can to get out on the road.