Clitheroe woman’s photography career

Portrait photographer Selina Walton.
Portrait photographer Selina Walton.

Photographer Selina Walton has fulfilled her burning ambition of turning photography into a full- time career.

She has taken over the baby, children and family portraits business of Andrew Hale following his retirement and move to Edinburgh.

Selina (43), who lives in Clitheroe, successfully submitted her work to the Masters of Photography Association (MPA) to take over Mr Hale’s local patch.

Photography runs in Selina’s family. Her father and brother, Ken and Reuben Townsend, are both keen lensmen and in the days before digital photography they had a loft darkroom at their home in Freckleton.

About 15 years ago Selina photographed a friend’s baby’s Christening as a gift, and her friend’s delight over the album made Selina realise this was what she wanted to do.

Selina, whose husband Gary is a builder, had been working for a vet’s practice but has now set up her own company, Photography By Selina Walton.

Selina said: “I love to take time with every client. Photographs create an everlasting visual memory of a very special time in your life and I want to be sure of capturing the essence of the occasion.”

Setting up in a creative business can be daunting so Selina is being mentored by Clive Thompson, of the why-Us business consultancy. She has also joined the Phenomenal Woman Speaking Club in Clitheroe, mentored by Karen Hands, to give her the confidence to start networking and to talk about her work.

Selina’s portraits can be seen on her website www.photographybyselina.co.uk or her Facebook page Photography By Selina Walton.