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Portrait Photography London

As a professional London portrait photographer I take photos of people for many different uses, most often for websites, publications and social media profiles, and sometimes for personal use.  Typically I create headshots for businesses and professionals, location portraits at client premises or around London, and studio portrait photography.

I work with a wide range of clients, from business and professional people who need corporate images, to individuals who want to capture a snapshot of their lives.

Your London portrait photography session can take place at my studio or at a location of your choosing.

London Portrait Photos

My Approach To Portrait Photography

People look much better in photos if they are at ease and relaxed in front of the camera. In addition to knowing all about lighting, posing and camera equipment, it’s the ability to work with people that I think makes me a good portrait photographer.

I try to make the session as relaxed and informal as possible because that makes shoot much more enjoyable for me and my client, and it results in better photos. Hopefully the selection of images on this page gives a good idea of the type portrait photographer I am.

Nearly everyone I work with says, “I hate having my photo taken” at some point during our time together. So do I. It’s my job to make you hate it a little less.

I really enjoy photographing people. A huge part of that enjoyment comes from the challenge and rewards of working with a massive variety of people. Two main factors are important to me when I photograph someone: one is the way the person looks, and the other is the way the person acts.

The way someone looks is important to the way I photograph them because if affects the way I will light them and the way I will ask them to pose. Sometimes I need to accentuate or conceal certain features to make the person look their best. Using my knowledge and experience I use lighting which will make my subject look as good as possible. Every face reacts differently to light, and now that I’ve taken photos of every type of face I can quite quickly apply several lighting techniques that will work for an individual. As well as lighting it’s also about posing and using flattering angles to show the subject at their best.

It’s always important to consider how the person wants to look. There is no point in me thinking I’ve taken the worlds best photo if the person I’m photographing doesn’t like the way they look in the image. So I always get feedback on the photos I’m taking throughout the shoot. Additionally I’ll always use locations that are relevant to the subject, sometimes the studio is best, and sometimes other locations around London are better.

The way a person acts is equally important as the way they look. I’ve worked with massive extroverts and much more reserved people. Everyone needs to be treated individually while they are having their portrait photo taken. My job is to capture images which express not only the way a person looks, but also shows their personality. I may treat two people completely differently. One may require a slower more relaxed approach to gently coax the best images from them, another person may react better to a higher energy shoot. Some people need lots of support and guidance with posing, others need none at all. I’ve become good at quickly building a relationship with my client so that I can really capture what they are all about. I know that the first 10 minutes of a shoot are unlikely to produce the best images, so I use this time to get to know the person and observe their natural poses and movements. As I spend more time with my client I know that we’ll produce a set of images that both the subject and I will be happy with.

So far I have failed only once to produce photos that my client was happy with, if you come into the studio I’ll tell you about it.

Portrait Photography Tips

If you’re working with a photographer in London to create your portrait, here are some tips to make your session as successful as possible:
– Try to arrive at the session in good time so you can relax, adjust your hair, and take some time to chat to the photographer.
– Bring two or three outfits so that the photographer can create a range of different shots. You’ll then benefit from having a set of portrait photos you can use for different uses over a period of time.
– Try to have a night in before the shoot so you look your best.
– Relax and enjoy the session. A good photographer will be able to make you feel at ease and enjoy your shoot. Both you and the photographer will be more satisfied with the images if they capture something of your true personality.
– If you’d like to learn to shoot your own portraits, and bypass booking me as your photographer (not recommended of course), here are some tips on shooting portrait photography.

Where to See Portrait Photography in London

It’s always interesting to look at portraits, they may give you ideas and inspiration for the types of portrait images that could be created for you. Much of the lighting used today by London portrait photographers is adapted from the old masters, who created stunning portrait images. Many of the same principles of lighting and posing are applied by photographers today. Check out London’s National Portrait Gallery for inspiration.

Contact Me About Your London Portrait Photography Shoot

If you’d like to enquire about creating some portrait photos for you, or headshots, then just send me an email using the form below, or call me on 07779 082 909. I work from a studio in Kennington, London; one stop on the Northern Line from Waterloo, or I can work on location.

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Portrait Photography London
Portrait Photography London

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London Photography – Barristers, Hypnotherapists, Opera Singers and More…

It’s been a busy couple of months. Lots of variety and interesting clients.

In December and January I spent 3 days photographing barristers in the chambers of 11 Kings Bench Walk. They will be using the images on their redesigned website. Coincidently, I also photographed another barrister in my studio.

It’s not only been barristers though. I took photos of a hypnotherapist in her therapy room in Clapham, and worked for a number of personal clients.

Then I had the pleasure of shooting Denis Lakey. He’s an opera singer living in Germany who’s super dapper and just a really fun person to work with. He loves his shoes so one of his shots had to incorporate them!

One of the perks of my job is the musicians who play their instruments in my studio. That happened when I photographed a student from the Guildhall Music School. I was lucky enough to hear Yuriko play while we got some great shots.

And then I shot a new band who are all studying at the British Institute of Modern Music (BIMM).

Event Photography

I provide professional event photography in London. Imagery created during your event can be used to record the key moments and success of your conference, meeting or launch party. My event photography can also be used on social media, websites and other publications to promote future events throughout the year.

Event Photography in London

Depending on your requirements, photography from the event can be sent to you during the event itself, or later the same day. My event photography clients include both large and small businesses, higher education establishments and charities.

Why Have An Event Photographer?

Over the past couple of years I’ve seen an increase in enquiries for event photography. I think this is due to the ever increasing demand for imagery required on social media when promoting events. Good event photography is essential to the success of future events for two main reasons: 1. It makes the event look desirable to potential delegates at your next event and therefore increases sales to that important segment, and 2. It sells the fact that sponsoring or exhibiting at your event is a good thing as there are loads of engaged people that your sponsors and exhibitors will get in front of.

My Approach To Event Photography

Being experienced at event photography means I know what the best shots are to get to help capture your event in a way that tells a good story. Usually I’ll confirm the photography requirements with the person organising the event, and often I’ll work to a brief which highlights the essential shots to get. Then I’ll work from different areas in the venue during the event to get the perfect mix of imagery. Often it’s about being in the right place at the right time to capture those perfect moments.

Contact me to find out more about my event photography services.

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Professional Portrait Photographer London

As a Professional Portrait Photographer London I take portrait photos of people for business, professional and personal use. My clients range from people who are self employed and need images for their social media profiles and websites,  to private individuals and large companies who need professional portrait photography in London of their staff.

Here are some examples of my recent work:

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As you can see, there is a variety of styles and looks that people need for professional portrait photography in London and I can achieve that based on my clients needs and the brief they give me.

I can create images which closely resemble portrait photos you already have of your staff, or I can work with you to create a set of individual portrait photos which reflect your personality.

Professional Portrait Photography London may mean a simple, clean and business like headshot, or it may mean a set of creative portraits which can be used for a variety of things.

Your portrait photos can be created at my professional studio in London, at your office, or on location. Based on you portrait photography needs I will propose locations and images that will get you the photography you need.

Following the shoot you can choose your favourite images and I’ll retouch those images to create the final images. I provide several packages to suit most requirements and budgets. My portrait photography prices are open and clear so you know exactly what you are getting.

If you need a Professional Portrait Photographer London, don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can discuss your requirements. I have worked with hundreds of clients over the years, which enables me to get the best possible photo out of everyone I work with, even those that hate having their photo taken!