WHO WE ARE
Shelly Vella is a seasoned Fashion & Style Director with over 25 years of knowledge and experience in the world of fashion and magazines. Most recently, she spent 15 years at Cosmopolitan UK, where she created a fashion personality on a predominantly features-led magazine. Previous Fashion Directorships included Company magazine (sadly no more, but once the younger sister to Cosmo), Marie Claire Health & Beauty and the Mail On Sunday’s You magazine. She has worked with many of the major players on the high street, art directing and styling look books, window and advertising images. She also collaborated with Miss Selfridge’s creative director, Yasmin Yusuf, to create a 25-piece collection for the festival season: ‘Inspired by Shelly Vella’.
Sam Hoad is a qualified hair artist and technical specialist who began her career at Vidal Sassoon, and has since worked with Aveda, Goldwell, L’Oreal, Toni&Guy and Wella. Now a freelance session stylist, she works with a roster of established fashion and beauty photographers including Chris Craymer, Elizabeth Gibson, Emma Sweeney, Wendy Carrig and William Garrett. A renowned creator of fashion and commercial colouring techniques, Sam is often commissioned for public speaking; she is also an assessor, lecturer and educator on hair for film, theatre and television. She has previously owned two successful hair and beauty salons and has been short-listed for business woman of the year. Sam is a dedicated fundraiser for the charity CancerUK and also Teens Unite, a leading charity supporting young people with cancer.
Karena Callen is an award-winning beauty journalist (she has scooped the prestigious Jasmine Awards for Fragrance for both writing and styling), stylist, art director and author. Karena started her career on ELLE and was promoted to Health & Beauty Director at the age of 23. She moved to Cosmopolitan where she honed her creative and commercial skills, before departing for Red Magazine to take up the role of launch Health & Beauty Director. At Red, Karena was responsible for creating a new genre of lifestyle-focused health and beauty editorial. After 10 years, she left to concentrate on freelance styling, writing and consultancy. A published author, her books, include ELLE Vitality, SPA: A guide to Health & Beauty, and At Home With White with Atlanta Bartlett. She has worked for Marie Claire, Glamour, Psychologies, Stella and The Sunday Times Magazine, and with UK and US brands including Aveda, Olay, Dove Global Masterbrand and Real Women campaigns worldwide, Tesco Beauty, No 7, Monsoon and M&S beauty and lingerie.
Piers Golden began photographing skateboarders for fun when he was just thirteen years old. He carried on skateboarding but more importantly taking pictures at every opportunity. Piers currently works editorially as a regular contributor for Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Sainsbury’s Magazine, CNN Traveller, and Ultratravel amongst his editorial clients. Piers works directly with tourist boards and hotel groups worldwide. He also shoots advertising, reportage, environmental portraiture, and travel assignments worldwide. He is still, after 20 years of image making, fascinated and enthralled by the picture taking process. Piers was runner up Travel Photographer of the Year, 2015.
Geoff Waring began his career as a magazine designer and art director. Starting his career in Art Directing at ELLE, he went on to be Design Director at Vogue under Robin Derrick. After 4 years, Condé Nast invited him to Sydney to art direct Vogue Australia. 16 issues later, he returned to London to launch Red magazine (the RED logo is in his handwriting). In 2001, he returned to Condé Nast to be Creative Director of Glamour, arguably the most successful magazine launch in the last 30 years. He created the 'Glamour' handbag size format that was rolled out across the world in over 12 countries. In 2005, he was launch Creative Director of Easy Living before going freelance in 2009. Geoff, who has written and illustrated several award winning children's books, has always had a passion for image making, drawing or photographing anything and everything. If he’s not directing world class photographers, he’s shooting his own fashion, beauty and reportage for magazines and commercial clients. He has freelanced for Boden, M&S, Monsoon, Cath Kidston, Clarks , Gina shoes and Tatler.
COMMISSIONING & CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
Established photographer Wendy Carrig has just won the Association of Photographers’ GOLD award for Fashion & Beauty. Previous commendations include AOP Best in Category Award for Portraiture; and her work published by the National Portrait Gallery for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize catalogue cover and poster campaign. Wendy is skilled in photographing people : models, celebrities, musicians, politicians, lifesavers, tattooed ladies, whole circus troupes and anyone who turns up at one of her varied pop-up studios. She took part in the #209WOMEN project and was recently nominated for the Royal Photographic Society’s list of #HundredHeroines. Wendy has been represented by A&R Creative agency since 1994.