post A festive tale by Emma Donnelly

Can you hear the great outdoors calling? We’re off to the Scottish Highlands with photographer Emma Donnelly in a festive, fun-filled story.


Exploring the Highlands in search of reindeer friends and wearing looks from the winter-themed collection, our Stella kids Hugo, Olive and Agnes go on a magical, nature-filled adventure. Look out for snowman illustrations, festive reds and star prints along the way.

We catch-up with Emma and the kids to find out more about what makes them tick and how they enjoyed shooting this festive story.


Nothing beats the great outdoors! Where did you shoot for this project?

I decided to take the children to look for reindeers to get in to the Holiday spirit and discovered that they could be found in the Scottish Highlands.

We packed up lots of bags and equipment and went on an adventure to discover these magnificent creatures.

What do you love most about being outdoors?

It’s quite difficult to put this into words without sounding too cliched but just the freedom and discovery of nature. To escape from screens and get the kids outside is the ultimate goal really. The colours and light are always an inspiration.

You captured Hugo, Olive and your daughter Agnes in our Stella Kids story. What’s it like working with kids?

Working with kids is unpredictable. Which I love. They are honest and fun and when you take photos of them you can see a little bit deeper into their pure souls. It’s a mutual trust and respect.

How will you be spending the festive period?

Hopefully slowing down and spending some quality time as a family in our home by the sea. I love cooking and after a busy season shooting before Christmas I hope to be found in the kitchen with a glass of wine and saucepans bubbling away. It’s my escape to cook.

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Your images have a nostalgic quality. Where do you find inspiration?

Absolutely everywhere. On the Tube, books, films, walking down the street, exhibitions, my kids, but also I think this sense in my images just comes from within. I don’t try to create this quality. It is just how I see and feel things.

Tell us about your most memorable experience as a photographer.

Probably shooting in 40 degree heat in a huge empty bullring in the middle of the Spanish countryside. There were bulls and flies and kids everywhere!!


Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 11 and I go to high school. I like art, sewing, baking, video games and animals. I have a cute pet dog called August. He is a cockapoo with cute fluffy fur and looks like a teddy bear. Even though I live in Glasgow, I’ve grown up going to Gaelic school and I enjoy exploring the Highlands and Islands whenever we go there. I want to be a Zoologist when I grow up.

How was the shoot? Did anything funny happen?

It was fun going out and playing with my friends. We saw so much wildlife. I counted over 50 squirrels. There was a funny reindeer called Pict who had one antler way shorter than the other.


Tell us a little about yourself.

My age is seven and I am Olive Ann. I’ve got Autism and in case you don’t know what that means, it’s basically like Autism People see differently. I’ve got a type of Autism called Asperger’s and I call it cheeseburgers.

Did you have a favourite piece from the collection?

The colourful Fur-Free-Fur jacket.


Tell us a little about yourself.

I have a huge imagination and I love reading at night when it’s way too late to be awake!

What’s it like working with your mum and having her photograph you?

Working with my mum is fun because we understand each other and have lots of good ideas. Scotland was amazing because it looks like something I would imagine in my head – magical creatures and countryside.

 Music by Robin Alderton

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