The Chiefs of the Defence Staff

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) is the professional head of the British Armed Forces and the most senior uniformed military adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence and the Prime Minister. The Chief of the Defence Staff is based at the Ministry of Defence and works alongside the Permanent Under Secretary, the Ministry’s senior civil servant. The Chief of the Defence Staff is the British equivalent position of what in NATO and the European Union is known as the Chief of Defence.

 

Throughout my career, I have been commissioned to photograph four consecutive Chiefs. From these sittings with senior military figures I have learned a great deal about capturing leadership. I have found myself directing prominent individuals who are used to themselves giving direction to the men and women they command. I have relished the chance to take responsibility and ownership for these historical images of senior military leaders. These portraits will stand the test of time.

Field Marshal Charles Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank, GCB, LVO, OBE, DL

Field Marshal Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of CraigiebankGCBLVOOBEDL was Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, from 1994 to 1997 and Chief of the Defence Staff from 1997 until his retirement in 2001.

Guthrie’s military career saw service with the Welsh Guards and the Special Air Service; he was closely involved in military operations in Northern Ireland and provided advice to the British Government during the Bosnian War and the Kosovo War.

In 2012 Lord Guthrie was handed his Field Marshal’s Baton, in recognition of his remarkable leadership and service by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.

General Sir John Nicholas Houghton GCB, CBE, ADC

General Nicholas Houghton, Baron Houghton of Richmond, GCB, CBE, ADC Gen, former Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) of the British Armed Forces. He was appointed CDS in July 2013, following the retirement of General Sir David Richards. He served as Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, the Green Howards in Northern Ireland during The Troubles and later became Commander of the 39th Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland. He deployed as Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq during the Iraq War. Later, he became Chief of Joint Operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters and served as Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff until assuming the position of CDS. Houghton retired from the British Army in July 2016, and was succeeded as CDS by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach.

 

The Generals sitting took place in 2014. On many occasions the General has been Photographed and Painted in his Ceremonial Dress Uniform and wanted to step away from the ceremonial image. General Houghton is regarded as “The Soldiers, Soldier” and Preferred to be Photographed in his Combat Uniform. Shot at at a slightly higher angle, I really wanted to Capture the General’s commanding presence, and with a combination of subtle lighting the images turned out really well.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach KCB, CBE, ADC, DL

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, GBE, KCB, ADC, DL is a senior Royal Air Force officer. After training as a navigator, Peach commanded IX (Bomber) Squadron and then became Deputy Station Commander RAF Bruggen. He was deployed as NATO Air Commander (Forward) in Kosovo in 2000. He went on to be Chief of Defence Intelligence in 2006, Chief of Joint Operations in 2009 and the first Commander of Joint Forces Command in December 2011 before being appointed Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in May 2013. Peach succeeded General Sir Nick Houghton as Chief of the Defence Staff on 14 July 2016. He succeeded General Petr Pavel as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee on 29 June 2018.

 

Bathed in the illustrious history of Whitehall, we conducted the session in the MOD Building – a perfect location to capture the experience, rank and authority of the subject. Employing direct eye contact with the lens, full military garb and a solemn posture, the frame urges the viewer to look into his eyes, demanding the utmost respect his office dictates.

General Sir Nicholas Carter, KCB, CBE, DSO, ADC Military Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

General Sir Nicholas Carter, KCB, CBE, DSO, ADC Gen is a Kenyan-born senior British Army officer. He served as commanding officer of 2nd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets in which role he was deployed to Bosnia in 1998 and Kosovo in 1999. After service in Afghanistan, he took command of 20th Armoured Brigade in 2004 and commanded British forces in Basra. He was subsequently appointed General Officer Commanding 6th Division, which was deployed to Afghanistan with Carter as Commander ISAFRegional Command South, before he became Director-General Land Warfare. After that he became Deputy Commander Land Forces in which role he was the main architect of the Army 2020 concept. After a tour as Deputy Commander, International Security Assistance Force, he assumed the position of Commander Land Forces in November 2013. In September 2014, he became head of the British Army as Chief of the General Staff succeeding General Sir Peter Wall. In June 2018 he succeeded Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach as Chief of the Defence Staff.

 

The General was in need of a portrait to be placed on the wall of former army leaders. The sitting was indeed very historical as the portrait will be viewed by the General’s successors for many years to come. My aim was to capture the General, as the man he is, a leader, no vanity, no pomp of the dress uniform, tall and proud. I’m looking forward to seeing how the portrait is received.

 

Relying once again on my confidence as a portrait photographer, I was able to bring to the sittings the direction needed. This confidence is key to any of my sittings, both military and in other fields where I need to capture leaders: from business to government. I take the time to produce the finest Portraits, which enable me to create images that display the character, expression, personalty and mood of each sitter. Using expert lighting techniques, direction and inventive scenarios, I will create the very best in Portraiture. I’m now stranger to working with Celebrities, CEO’s, Politicians, Soldiers, Musicians and Professionals.

 

Alternatively To Book Editorial, Political or any other forms of Portraiture. Please Email Me or Call +44 07717 139 637  For Availability. Sessions available London Studios & UK Wide and in Los Angeles (CA) Several Times Per Year.

 

 

Ciarán Hinds Actor Portrait Sitting

Ciarán Hinds is an Irish actor, featuring in films such as Road to Perdition, Munich, There Will Be Blood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Frozen, Silence, and Justice League, in which he portrayed the main antagonist Steppenwolf.

 

His television roles include Gaius Julius Caesar in the series Rome, DCI James Langton in Above Suspicion, and Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones. As a stage actor Hinds has enjoyed spells with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre in London, and six seasons with Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre, and he has continued to work on stage throughout his career.

Ciarán was very kind to accept my invitation to sit for a portrait in March of this year. The sitting was very memorable, Hinds was astonishing, creating expressions and emotions that almost hold the viewer. My directional inspiration for the sitting flowed from three themes. The first to capture Ciarán as a penitent man, who believes, the second, a focused individual, the third a man who doubts. Hinds created complex and vigorous characters were embodied by energy and animation.

Actor Ciarán Hinds, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis (Penitent Man)

Actor Ciarán Hinds, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis (Focused Individual)

Actor Ciarán Hinds, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis  (Man Who Doubts)

Actor Ciarán Hinds, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis (Man Who Doubts)

Portrait Sittings London

Tess Clarke Actress Headshots London

Actress Tess Clarke arranged her first portfolio of Headshots at the London Studio last month. A recent Performing Arts graduate it was a pleasure to work with Tess. These headshots will help to illustrate her acting ability to casting directors and take her career forward. On the day of her session I directed Tess to assume different expressions and characters. Creating an exceptional new representation of her talent as an actress.

Tess Clarke Actors Headshots London

“Great photographer, very efficient and proffessional. Great results, and would definitely recommend”

TESS CLARKE (Google Reviews)

 

“Rory Lewis is one of the most sought after Actors Headshot Photographers in Britain, photographing Actors Headshots for 15 years. Rory has created Actors Headshots for the UK’s & USA’s finest Acting Talent, Stars of Stage and Screen from Sir Patrick StewartSir Ian McKellenSir Derek JacobiDavid Warner, Natalie Dormer, Iain GlenJulian Glover and the list goes on.” Based in London and holding sessions monthly in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds & London studios. Rory has developed his own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session; to create the very best in Actors Headshots.

Tess Clarke Actors Headshots London

Chief Constable Paul Crowther, OBE Portrait Sitting

Paul Crowther, OBE is a police officer of the United Kingdom. Since March 2014, he has been Chief Constable of the British Transport Police (BTP). I’m no stranger to photographing high profile public officials. I’m a professional portrait photographer, I will forever be a historian in my heart.

 

Over the years, I have managed to hone my skills and discovered how to marry my passion with my profession. So when I am tasked with private portrait sittings for politicians, military figures and others of significant standing, I tend to look back in time towards historical portraiture for inspiration.

 

Drawing on the work of Holbein, Dürer, da Vinci and Gros, as well as portrait photographers such as Karsh, I always hope to produce a frame worthy of documenting. In short, I hope that future historians will one day use my work as a source to discover the personality and soul of each sitter.

Paul Crowther OBE London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Based in London Rory Lewis is the UK’s foremost Police/Law Enforcement Portraitist Photographer, who is regularly commissioned to photograph high profile Officers of the Metropolitan and British Transport Police. Portraits are very important to Police Officers, to be captured in Uniform looking ones best and in full finery can fill one with pride for the service. Rory Lewis Photographer offers a comprehensive service to Members of Law Enforcement who are wanting to capture a professional portrait. Available at studios in Central London, Edinburgh and in Central Liverpool; or On Location.

 

Katherine McKalip Actors Headshots Los Angeles

Thank you to Katherine McKalip for arranging her Actress Headshots at the Glendale Studio in Los Angeles. After majoring in Music and Drama in college in the ’60s, she later did almost 10 seasons of theatrical acting/training at Western Stage, building up to leads, among them being Frau Gabor in Spring’s Awakening, and M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias. Now in Southern California, she’s doing TV (TLC, Discovery, National Geographic), movies.

 

It was a real pleasure to work with Katherine, an exceptionally talented actress. Throughout the session we worked on Commercial and Theatrical Headshots. I hope to have the chance to see her on stage at some point in the near future. The below is from one of the theatrical sets photographed.

 

Katherine McKalip Actress Headshots Los Angeles Rory Lewis

“I enjoyed my shoot with Rory. His wife was very helpful with details while I was getting ready, too. Rory chose a good background for my white hair, and I esp. liked that he would shoot a group then turn the camera round and show them to me & ask for input. I wanted certain moods and he worked at getting that just right.”

Katherine McKalip


 

Peter Van Norden Actors Headshots Los Angeles

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Thank you to Peter Van Norden for arranging his Actors Headshots at the Glendale Studio in Los Angeles. He is an actor, known for The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991), Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) and The Stand (1994).

 

It was a real pleasure to work with Peter, an exceptionally talented actor. Throughout the session we worked on Commercial and Theatrical Headshots. I hope to have the chance to see Peter on stage at some point in the near future.

 

RORY LEWS BRITISH, Headshot Photographer to the Stars of Stage & Screen, Recommended by Backstage Casting. Based in Los Angeles (CA) able to shoot at studios in Glendale.

“Positively BRILLIANT photographer. Beautiful headshots and portraitures. Works of art. Rory and Alexandra are great folks, a pleasure to work with, make the experience fun and painless – and the results are nothing short of superb! Couldn’t recommend them more highly.” (Peter Van Norden)

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London Discounted Headshots (Final Chance) 8th November 2018

Iain Glen Rory Lewis Photographer (Actors Headshots London)

”In need of a new Headshot? Photographer Rory Lewis will be holding a discounted Introductory Actors Headshot Session in London. Rory has created Actors Headshots for the finest Acting Talent. Stars of Stage and Screen from Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, David Warner, Natalie Dormer, Iain Glen, Julian Glover and the list goes on”

Natalie Dormer & Emma Rigby Rory Lewis London Headshots Actress Actors Photographer

London Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

London Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

“Rory has developed his own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session; to create the very best in Headshots.”

Sir Patrick Stewart Los Angeles Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

For some actors having their photo taken can be extremely nerve-racking experience after all stills photography is an unnatural concept for actors who as used to moving on stage and screen. For others it’s not such an ordeal. Make the Right Choice for Your Actors Headshots. Professional, Inventive, Expertly Directed, Relaxed Sessions. Rory Lewis Actors Headshots Photographer.

 

Can’t Make These Sessions Don’t Worry Check Out My Packages Here Available in London All Year Round. CLICK HERE

 

Introductory Package £119.00

 

Click Here to View Results from Last Session


London Discounted Headshots Thursday 8th November 2018

Sessions will run from 10.00am-5.00pm


Bleeding Heart Studio

 2 Bleeding Heart Yard, London EC1N 8SJ


PACKAGE DETAILS

30 Minute Session with Rory Lewis

150 Images Presented VIA Digital Gallery

1 Image Retouched

(Time Slots Available from 10am – 5pm)


Thursday 8th November 2018

BOOK YOUR SLOT USING LINK TO EVENTBRITE BELOW Invoice will be sent upon booking

(Conformation Ticket Sent Upon Registration)

 


I shoot in colour and convert into black and white you receive both colour and black and white copies of your retouched images. You will receive your contact sheets on-line via your own private web page within 24 hours.

Once you have chosen your two photos I will re-touch and crop them for you and changes can be made before you receive your final photos.

Steven Cole & Craig Charles Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

With regards to airbrushing, I feel this is a very important area as too much can spoil a photo, this is why I spend a great deal of time working on your photos and like to include you in this process via email or your private page so please make sure you pick the right photos.

You will receive all final photos by via your private page.

Portrait of Britain 2018

Portrait of Britain is presented by British Journal of Photography. Photographer Rory Lewis portrait of British Army Soldier Warrant Officer Class 2 Deborah Penny. Deborah serving 30 years in the British Army’s Royal Logistic Corps as a Bomb disposal expert; made Army history as the first transgender Soldier to serve in the front line.

 

Captured for Soldiery (British Army Portraits), has been selected to appear in a Nationwide Exhibition. Shortlisted from 13,000 entires, 100 Portraits of the exhibition will go live on Saturday 1st September 2018. Portrait of Britain is being billed as the UK’s biggest exhibition of portraiture. Being exhibited across JCDecaux’s nationwide screens, appearing in public places throughout the UK. The portrait also features in the Portrait of Britain book, available from Amazon. This constitutes Rory’s 2nd win of the Portrait of Britain over two years.

 

British Journal of Photography Portrait of Britain Rory Lewis Deborah Penny

Warrant Officer Class 2 Deborah Penny London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis, Military British Army

Simon Bainbridge, editorial director of the British Journal of Photography, said: “The portraits celebrate the unique heritage and diversity of modern Britain, as much as its thriving photography culture and the myriad styles and approaches they employ in their work. Yet, as much as our tribal allegiances are on show in many of the photographs, each image reminds us that, above all, we are a nation of individuals.”

 

Press


Liverpool Echo Rory Lewis 31st August 2018

Portrait of Britain Liverpool Echo Rory Lewis 31st August 2018

 

Los Angeles Discounted Actors Headshot Sessions 23rd, 24th, 25th October 2018

23rd, 24th, 25th October 2018

West Hollywood, CA, USA

Iain Glen Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

 

Los Angeles Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis


”In need of a new Headshot? British Photographer Rory Lewis will be holding a discounted Introductory Actors Headshot Session in Los Angeles. Rory has created Actors Headshots for the finest Acting Talent. Stars of Stage and Screen from Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, David Warner, Natalie Dormer, Iain Glen, Julian Glover and the list goes on”


Rory Lewis Celebrity Portrait Exhibition 1st August 2018

Natalie Dormer & Emma Rigby Rory Lewis Los Angeles Headshots Actress Actors Photographer

Actor Toby Jones Rory Lewis Headshots Actress Actors Photographer

“Rory has developed his own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session; to create the very best in Headshots.”

 

Client Reviews

London Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

London Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

Results from February 2018 Headshot Sessions


“Very Very Pleased ”

Written on: 08/02/2018 by J Derrington

I have had a few headshot sessions and photoshoots before and I hate having my picture taken. I was put immediately at ease and given slight directions to help change stance and also the thought process for each photo. The pictures themselves are of high quality (even before editing) and in terms of value for money, I would say that for photos of this quality and the quantity of images that you can get afterwards, is phenomenally good value. 

I can’t wait for 2 years down the line when I will need new ones. Thanks!


“A pleasure to work with”

Written on: 02/02/2018 by Joel Quinn Via Reviewcentre.com

I contacted Rory for an Actors Headshot Session and I was not disappointed. Rory was extremely pleasant and welcoming . As for the session itself I couldn’t have felt more comfortable about my shots. He kept me visually updated throughout the shoot with how they were turning out so that we could adjust and tweak things to get the final shots I was looking for!

Sir Patrick Stewart Los Angeles Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

For some actors having their photo taken can be extremely nerve-racking experience after all stills photography is an unnatural concept for actors who as used to moving on stage and screen. For others it’s not such an ordeal. Make the Right Choice for Your Actors Headshots. Professional, Inventive, Expertly Directed, Relaxed Sessions. Rory Lewis Actors Headshots Photographer.

 

Can’t Make These Sessions Don’t Worry Check Out My Packages Here Available in LA All Year Round. CLICK HERE

 

Introductory Package $229.00


23rd, 24th, 25th October 2018

Sessions will run from 10.00am-6.00pm


Photo Studio, 140 S Sweezer Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, 90048


PACKAGE DETAILS

45 Minute Session with Rory Lewis

200 Images Presented VIA Digital Gallery

2 Images Retouched

(Time Slots Available from 10am – 6.45pm)


BOOK YOUR SLOT BELOW (Conformation Ticket Sent Upon Booking)


Tuesday 23rd October 2018


Wednesday 24th October 2018


Thursday 25th October 2018


I shoot in colour and convert into black and white you receive both colour and black and white copies of your retouched images. You will receive your contact sheets on-line via your own private web page within 24 hours.

 

Once you have chosen your two photos I will re-touch and crop them for you and changes can be made before you receive your final photos.

Steven Cole & Craig Charles Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

With regards to airbrushing, I feel this is a very important area as too much can spoil a photo, this is why I spend a great deal of time working on your photos and like to include you in this process via email or your private page so please make sure you pick the right photos.

You will receive all final photos by via your private page.

 

Can’t Make These Sessions Don’t Worry Check Out My Packages Here Available in LA All Year Round. CLICK HERE

 

LA HEADSHOTS FACEBOOK

London July 2018 Discounted Actors Headshots Results

Thank you to the 14 uniquely diverse and talented actors who booked discounted Actors Headshots Sessions, at the London studio on 26th July 2018. It was wonderful to capture, in some cases their first headshots and with others an update to their existing portfolio. The actors where very kind to also leave me feedback.

London Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

”If you are in need of a new Headshot I will be holding another discounted Introductory Actors Headshot Session in London and for the first time in Leeds. Over the past 15 years Rory has created Actors Headshots for the finest Acting Talent. Stars of Stage and Screen from Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen,Sir Derek Jacobi, David Warner, Natalie Dormer,Iain Glen, Julian Gloverand the list goes on”

London Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

London Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis


Next London Sessions will run Thursday 20th September 2018

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Next Leeds Sessions will run Thursday 27th September 2018

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Can’t Make These Sessions Don’t Worry Check Out My Packages Here Available in All Year Round.

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London Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

London Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis