A PASSION for sharing memorable moments has created a fascinating career for a gifted photographer.
Carla Speight has captured stunning shots of TV stars and celebrities performing on stage after earning their trust and friendship.
Jason Manford, Robbie Williams, Lewis Capaldi, Olly Alexander, Rita Ora, Rod Stewart, Frank Skinner, Lionel Ritchie, the Kaiser Chiefs and Katherine Ryan are just some of the big names she has worked with.
The 35-year-old has now moved her celebrity agency to Knutsford after spending years on location working with stars we all know and love.
And it all began with a disposable camera her mum gave her when she was a little girl.
“I quickly worked out that the device she gave me had the power to capture a moment in time and hold memories that last forever,” said mum-of-two Carla.
“From the first time I held the developed images in my hand, I was hooked.
“My nan and grandad were like lovesick teenagers and had these looks between them, I captured them having a laugh.
“At family get togethers I took images of people interacting with each other.”
As her technical skills and tenacity developed, she offered to take pictures of performers at gigs, concerts and festivals in exchange for free tickets.
“It was mind blowing for me to see my teenage heroes,” said Carla, who gradually built up her portfolio, writing reviews, interviewing stars and eventually turned her hobby into a publicity and marketing business.
“I have been very lucky and blessed in my career. Getting to know celebrities as real people is fascinating, they are completely different to what you’d expect.
“I met my hero Sarah Millican who is just wonderful. I worked on tour with Jason Manford for six months. He is a massive supporter of mine.
“Al Murray is a real gentleman, very kind and polite. Johnny Vegas is so kind and generous.
“Stars have recommended me to each other.”
Her clients include Jason Manford, comedian Paul Smith, Married at First Sight cast members Marilyse Corrigan, Luke Dawson, Megan Wolfe and Bob Voysey and Liverpool’s Lu Ban’s chef Dave Critchley.
Carla also works with businesses large and small and is keen to help local firms.
She also offers comedy career consultancy, podcast development and marketing.
The former Knutsford Academy student cherishes every assignment.
“From a working class girl to being where I am, I have to pinch myself,” said Carla. “I am living my dream job.
“My dad’s advice was so true, ‘do something you love and it doesn’t feel like work’.”