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Meet Bill Stephens

  • Owner, WMS Photography
  • Bill Stephens is a native of the Chicagoland area with many years of experience in a number of fields:
  • 26 years working/volunteering in various aspects of the Fire Service
  • Retired in 2000 as Deputy director of Mchenry County Emergency Services
  • Certifications in communications, incident operations, hazardous materials, weather operations and disaster planning.
  • Managed and worked numerous disaster scenes including plane crashes, train accidents, tornado events, large structure fires and rescue operations.
  • Worked for the City of McHenry, IL as the Emergency Manager for 5 years.

  • Photographer for the last 52 years using film, digital and video formats

  • Initially trained in photo media by the chief photographer of a former major Chicago Newspaper.

  • METRO NEWS NETWORK - Chief Photojournalist & Vice-President of News Operations

  • Amateur Radio Operator and Holder of a FCC General Radio Telephone License.

  • Member International Fire Photographers Association (IFPA).

  • Member International Organization of Fire Photographers (IOFP)
  • Member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and worked as a remote production engineer.
  • N.A.R.T.E. Certified Engineer 1st class with telecommunications endorsements.