A husband and wife team, originally from South Africa are launching a new state-of-the-art photography studio on Southampton’s London Road. Martin and Michelle Hillman are the owners of a brand new Venture Photography studio which opened its doors for business Friday 6th January, 2012.
Venture Photography are one of the UK’s largest contemporary photography company’s, and its newest franchisees are looking forward to welcoming local residents to the studio. Martin and Michelle Hillman said: “We’ve relocated the whole family from Durham to start our new business and although it’s been a manic last few months in preparation for our launch, we’re really excited about living and working here in Southampton.”
They added: “Our photographers are trained to capture character and personality using personal items and cutting edge techniques, so the final result is something really special representing each unique family we work with. This could be capturing certain mannerisms, special relationships or even shared hobbies and interests with personal items, ensuring that the work we produce is completely bespoke.”
Michelle has previously worked across a number of different sectors in marketing, fundraising and administrative roles, and Martin comes from a creative background having spent a number of years in television as a design and brand specialist. He was most recently a senior lecturer and programme leader in animation and multi-media design at the University of Sunderland. The Hillmans decided to invest in the franchise as it presented an opportunity to combine their skills and build a new business together, working around their family.
Michelle continues: “We have two children aged 13 and three, so Venture gave us the opportunity to work more flexibly with the support of an established brand. We’re looking forward to being based in the thriving city centre and meeting local people to deliver our premium photography experience. It’s the start of a whole new way of life for us both and we’re ready for the challenge.”