Why I’m good at what I do…
“As his website claims, Stefan is at home in any company and excels at putting his subjects at ease. He composes his images thoughtfully and has the skill and equipment to produce photographs of great clarity and quality. We have no hesitation in recommending him to others.”
Richard Parker – British Quality Foundation
Portrait of an Artist
Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux started taking photos at the age of eight. His first camera was a Kodak brownie that had just two settings – sun and cloud. Captivated by the results, lubo later learned how to print his own shots and went on to run the photography club at Ampleforth College.
While continuing to indulge in his passion for photography, lubo successfully completed a Civil Engineering degree and a Masters in Bridge Engineering and subsequently enjoyed a successful and varied business life. Initially working as a Civil Engineer, lubo went on to do an MBA at Cranfield, became a property developer, project manager and consultant for private healthcare and the NHS (which included taking four hospitals from concept to completion) and founded an Internet consultancy.
During this time, lubo kept taking photos and held several photography exhibitions. He was also commissioned by Foxtons to take photographs of a series of articles for their magazine about celebrities and their homes.
In 2006 lubo sold his internet business and turned to his lifelong hobby and passion – photography. Now his full time profession, photography has taken him all over the world and given him access to extraordinary people, from the British Royal Family to the bushmen of Africa.
A Polish Prince
The Lubomirski family dates back to the end of the 14th century, first appearing in Lubmierz in 1398. They were a family of landowners, owning several villages near Krakow. But it was in 1585, when King Stefan Batory granted Sebastian Lubomirski management of the salt mines of Wieliczka, that their fortunes really took off. After buying the Wisnicz estate for 85,000 zlotys (around £19,000 in today’s money), Emperor Rudolph II bestowed on Sebastian the title of Count of Wisnicz.
Other titles and glory followed for the family, including roles as senators, commanders and Princes. In the early 1600s, Stanisław Lubomirski, a much trusted Cup-Bearer of the Crown, was made Count of Wisnicz and Jaroslaw by Emperor Ferdinand II, and given the hereditary title of Prince of the Holy Roman Empire. One of today’s Princes is Stefan Lubomirski de Vaux.
lubo speaks four languages – English, Polish, French and German – and has a natural way with people, making them feel instantly at ease, whatever their surroundings. He is a Grand Magistry Knight of Malta and a Fellow of the RSA (FRSA).