Wedding dresses, head shots, graphic design, editing magazine pages… welcome to a typical day in the life of Victoria Lee.
Portrait photographer, graphic designer and magazine editor Victoria Lee works from her home based studio in Gresford, Wrexham.
“I don’t consider my photography as a job, I love to photograph,” said Victoria, who is also a mother to seven year-old Morgan.
“Whether for my clients, my family or just for me, I love to capture images.
“Combine that with my love of people’s stories and you get why I am a portrait photographer.”
Victoria’s love for photography began in 2002 whilst working for Canon (UK) Ltd as a senior graphic designer in the market town of Reigate, Surrey.
“Reigate is a lovely market town so I decided to produce a calendar, I borrowed a camera from work switched it onto auto mode and took a load of arty photos from shop keepers to restaurant owners and even the Mayor,” said Victoria.
After seeing the calendar Victoria’s best friends asked her to photograph their wedding, which she admits was ‘quite a daunting prospect’.
“I wanted the challenge; so I went on a week’s course run by a professional photographer to learn all I could,” said Victoria.
“I got through my first wedding without any mishaps, but I obviously still had a lot to learn.”
Victoria had found her passion and began to put herself forward for any projects she could, including photographing her friend’s children as well as attending a variety of photography courses.
One year later and Photography by Victoria Lee was born, specialising in family portraits, commercial and headshot photography.
Victoria also works for a number of charities including Wirral based Stick n Step.
In 2015 Victoria became the designer for Essentials Magazine, a colour lifestyle magazine which drops through the letterboxes of 6,000 households throughout the County Borough of Wrexham.
Delivered free across the region, the magazine focuses on localised news, views and issues.
“I had known the owner of the magazine, Jill Preston for a long time, I said if she ever wanted to sell her business then please think of me first!” said Victoria.
At the end of last year buying the business became a reality; Victoria secured a personal loan and in April this year took over the magazine becoming the new editor.
Victoria knew she would need expert advice before purchasing the business, and this is where her accountants - Ellis & Co stepped in to help.
“I asked Ellis & Co to do the due diligence for me while purchasing Essentials Mag, just to make sure I knew and understood what I was buying,” said Victoria.
“They were incredibly thorough and asked questions and requested information which I wouldn’t have known where to begin with!
“They talked through their findings with me in layman's terms and gave me sound, honest advice.”
Ellis & Co became Victoria’s accountants six years ago when she met John Farrell, accounts senior, at a networking event.
“John and Ellis & Co were the hands-on kind of accountants I was looking for,” said Victoria.
“I have always found the team very approachable and I feel I can ask them anything regarding my tax and financial queries, however silly my questions may be!
“They are professional and helpful and always there if you need them.
“Ellis & Co has a great team of people, I should know, I’ve photographed them all!”