Meet the photographer

Hi there, my name is Ian Stanway, and I am a 31 year old freelance photographer based in Staffordshire (United Kingdom).

My passion for photography began at an early age, as I had always had a fascination with taking photos. This then led me to purchase my very first digital camera - an Olympus E-410 DSLR, as at the time I did not realise that many years later, I would go onto turning my passion into a career.

After continuing my photography work for some time through self tuition, I then moved onto college to study a foundation degree in Business Management. This is where I had the idea to turn my freelance photography into a career. During the course, I produced a business plan for my photography business (even though I had a part time job at the local Tesco Supermarket).

During the time planning the project, I discussed my idea with lecturers who guided me on what I could offer as a photography business. My first plan that I created just focused on products & services, and what the cost of these would be.

It wasn't until I moved onto university to top up my degree to BA Honours, that the business plan idea was used yet again in the Business Negotiated Unit which I was studying as part of the course. During this time I developed my business plan to include how I would communicate with clients, how to promote products & services, whilst promoting my photography work at the same time. 

I then went on to set up my own Facebook business page (IMS Freelance Photography)After discussion with fellow photographers, I then set up my own website. I also started to work alongside professional photography companies within the United Kingdom, who offered high quality photographic products so that I could offer these to my own clients which have proved very successful. 

I am a member of Congleton Camera Club, and try and attend as many meet up and organised events as I can. This enables me to not only meet new people, but to learn skills from other photographers in the industry.

I have owned a variety of Canon DSLR camera's, that I have used for my photography work,. These have included the EOS 100D & 200D. However as of 2019, I now use a EOS 90D for all of my photography work.

Hire me

If you would be interested in hiring me to photograph your event or wedding etc, please check out my portfolio, and feel free to use the contact page to get in touch with me. I also have full public liability insurance.

I aim to offer a high quality professional service to all of my clients. I am a very friendly person to deal with, and always enjoy meeting new people and discussing with them how I can help them in terms of photographic work, as well as what products/services are on offer.

All products and services can be found by clicking on the link. 

Below are some examples of media publications where I have had my photography work published.

Media Advertisements

My photography work (including news stories) has been published in the Chronicle Series newspaper which covers Staffordshire & Cheshire, a few of my published articles & photos are shown below.

Chronicle Series Newspaper

Macclesfield Express

My photography work has been published in the Macclesfield Express  newspaper which covers Cheshire, a few of my published photos are shown below.

Staffordshire Life Magazine (September 2017)

I have had a photography article along with photographs published in the September 2017 edition of Staffordshire Life magazine. Photo's of the article are shown below.

Photoshoot Magazine

I have had a photography article along with photographs published in the printed edition & PDF version (issue 24) of Photoshoot magazine. Photo's of the digital & printed article are shown below.

Granada Reports TV Weather Forecast

I have had photographs featured on Granada Reports live weather forecasts with Kerrie Gosney. Photo's of these are shown below

The Sentinel Newspaper

I have had photographs published by The Sentinel in their newspaper and on their website as part of the SnapperSquad Photography members group. Photo's of these are shown below.

Biddulph Calendar 2019

I have had my photography work featured in the 2019 Biddulph Calendar. The particular photo which I submitted, was a frozen lake photo from Biddulph Grange Country Park in Staffordshire.

Members of the County Council Commitee chose the photographers to have their work featured, and my photo was chosen as the photo for December. 


I have had some of my civilian & military aircraft aviation photographs published on FlightRadar24. In order for these to be published, they were firstly reviewed by the screening team at JetPhotos who then approve them to be published on FlightRadar24

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