Fiona left her native Guernsey to study photography at the Ealing of School of Art and finished with the Student of the Year Award. Thus accredited, her debut in the profession came as assistant to the eminent portrait photographer Douglas Glass. Glass had a weekly assignment for The Sunday Times which featured portraits of the leading personalities of the day in theatre, the cinema, music, the visual arts and politics.
After a spell of architectural photography with the LCC, Fiona chose to breakaway for two years and to explore Australia on a motor-scooter. Landed in remote Alice Springs, Fiona took on travel photography, advertising and news coverage assignments, also a TV documentary of wildlife in the Northern Territories.
London in the early 60s beckoned and Fiona was offered work with the weekly magazine "Boyfriend" which was devoting itself principally to articles and photos of the newly emerging Pop Stars, all the rage at that time with its mainly youthful readership. An early assignment was to shoot a then little-known group calling itself the Beatles. Breaking with the accepted formula of shots taken only on stage or in the studio, Fiona piled her Beatles into a London taxi and took them off to an area near Euston Road which had remained a war-time bomb site. From a series of shots posed on the crumbling brick rubble John Lennon chose the dramatic one of the four Beatles leaping into the air for the cover of their first EP album to be released in Britain; "Twist & Shout".
Among other now well-known names whom Fiona photographed for "Boyfriend" were; Adam Faith, Cilla Black, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, Sandy Shaw, Billy j. Kramer and The Hollies. Her success led to an invitation to join a rising new Fleet Street publication "Fabulous" which was to specialise in large colour photos of the stars. Here Fiona was to photograph most of the celebrities who came to illuminate the London scene at the very peak of its 60s glory. Researchers have described Fiona Adams as the "most prolific" photographer of the era in terms of Pop Star images published and, properly, as "a star in her own right"
Inevitably the once stimulating glow of the 60s scene began to fade. The Beatles moved on. Fiona took on travel photography for American Express in New York. Then came marriage which involved living and travelling abroad and bringing up two children. Finally, a return to a beloved Guernsey and a return to her beloved, life-long profession.