Royal Photographic Society Journal November 2016

Thank you to the Royal Photographic Society for Publishing one of my latest Portrait Sittings with the men of the 3rd Batalion the Parachutte Regiment.  The feature offers a unique behind the scenes look into my Soldiery Portrait Exhibition. With a behind the scenes view to how I work and the equipment I use. Click Here to View more information about my Soldiery Portrait Exhibition.

 

Since January 2016 I have been photographing members of the British Army for my project Soldiery. I’ve so far captured hundreds of different subjects in a bid to accurately represent the army in the second decade of the 21st century.

 

Photographing soldiers from a number of regiments, including the Grenadier Guards, The Royal Welsh, The Royal Irish and The Gurkhas, all of which will appear in a future exhibition and accompanying when the project is complete.

 

Just last month, I visited the 3rd battalion parachute regiment near Colchester and photographed a diverse group of soldiers. The battalion has been active since 1941, playing a central during battles in north Africa and Italy during WWII.

 

Photographing military personnel comes with a unique set of challenges. You need to gain their trust, which requires some initial paperwork prior to going to the base. None of this, however, got in the way of me capturing loads of great shots of the soldiers – thanks to their patience and hospitality. In particular, I really wanted to get some full-length group shots of the soldiers in combat gear and with their equipment. Below, in the RPS feature I take you through how I got these shots from a technical perspective, offering an insight into what a barracks photoshoot entails.

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Suzanne Evans Portrait Commission (The Times)

With the imminent referendum on the European Union, I received a call from The London Times, commissioning a portrait of Brexit Spokesperson Suzanne Evans, former deputy leader of UKIP. The image to  appear in an article in the Saturday Edition of the Newspaper.

 

Political Portraiture is a challenging genre to capture. Using inventive scenarios and direction. I opted for a strong yet approachable portrait, which really captures Suzanne’s outgoing and strong beliefs and persona for the article.

Suzanne Evans, UKIP Brexit Portrait Rory Lewis Photographer (The Times London)

Suzanne Evans, UKIP Brexit Portrait Rory Lewis Photographer (The Times London)

Suzanne Evans, UKIP Suzanne Elizabeth Evans is an English journalist and politician, best known for being a past spokesperson for UK Independence Party, a political party from which she was suspended on 23 March 2016. (Rory Lewis)

Photoshoot Equipment

Photo-Plus Magazine Canon Pro Feature

Thankyou to Photo-Plus Magazine for asking me to take part in their Photo-Plus Apprentice feature. It was wonderful to share my portraiture knowledge and skills with my apprentice for the session Neil Hadrill and all the magazines readers. Thanks also to Calumet Photographic for providing their studio facilities in central London for the session. If you are interested in learning about portraiture I offer One-to-One Seminars and Workshops Throughout the UK & USA.

 

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“Portraitist”, Out Now!

Two years in the making my Book “Portraitist” is now on-sale. Portraitist, brings together a retrospective of portraits; along with a comprehensive guide, including diagrams on how to create stunning portraiture of your own.

 

Portraitist passes on years of expertise, working with some of the worlds most famous acting talent, such as Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, David Warner and many more.

 

Portraitist is available on Amazon £15.99 and available at all good book stores.

Portraitist by Rory Lewis Photographer, learn lighting setups & all the secrets behind the shoots, view unseen portraits.

Rory Lewis Photographer Book

Portraitist by Rory Lewis Photographer, learn lighting setups & all the secrets behind the shoots, view unseen portraits.

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Portraitist by Rory Lewis Photographer, learn lighting setups & all the secrets behind the shoots, view unseen portraits.

Nikki Belle Editorial

This moth, I was commissioned to shoot the singer Nikki Belle for an editorial. Nikki is currently working on her solo material and is a renown club singer both in the UK and Ibiza.

 

I had a chance to take a look at her music video Sex Shooter and I was very impressed. Check out the Editorial & Images Below.

Nikki Belle Editorial

Nikki Belle Editorial

Lingerie Editorial

Punk Magazine commissioned me to shoot one more feature for the magazine so I quickly put together a lingerie themed fashion shoot. I selected Chamelon bar in Liverpool as the venue; a brand new cocktail bar it boasts some fab interior design. Model Janine  McCaulley from Oxygen Models.

 

Lingerie Fashion Editorial Rory Lewis Photographer

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Punk Magazine Editorial Photoshoot

New Liverpool Editoral Punk magazine commissioned me this week to photograph Nicole Francis, recent winner of Liverpool’s Colleens Real Women; who was to feature on the cover of this months issue.

 

We shot on location at Circo Liverpool a fantastic venue on Liverpool’s Albert Dock. I especially love the shot of Nicole in the Electric Chair. Please pick up a copy of Punk Magazine when it hits the shelves next month.

 

 (Rory Lewis)

 (Rory Lewis)

Nicole Francis DJ Photoshoot, Photoshoots for Musicians and Talent

Nicole Francis DJ Photoshoot, Photoshoots for Musicians and Talent

CIRCO, COLLEENS REAL WOMEN, EDITORIAL, FASHION, KATIE HARRISON MAKEUP ARTIST, LIVERPOOL, NICOLE FRANCIS, PHOTOGRAPHER, PHOTOGRAPHY, PUNK MAGAZINE, RORY LEWIS