National Portrait Gallery Portrait Photography Workshop

Last weekend I was delighted to teach my Weekend Portrait Masterclass at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The second time the gallery has invited me to teach, and it is a real treat to use the Collection as inspiration. I had the pleasure of working with 12 delegates throughout the weekend. No stranger to the gallery I’m always popping my head through the door, to gorge upon the feast of art and intrigue. Over the years seven of my portraits have been acquired by the Gallery.

National Portrait Gallery Photography Workshop Rory Lewis

Day one began with a talk about my style of portraiture and how art has provided a great deal of inspiration in the lighting and detail of my own work. Then we moved on to talk about the work of Artists, such as TitianHans Holbein the Younger and Sir Thomas Lawrence. After some refreshment, the delegates toured the gallery, with a talk by myself on some of the most interesting pieces of the collection.

National Portrait Gallery Photography Workshop Rory Lewis

After lunch it was time to learn about lighting techniques using the galleries well equipped photographic studio. The delegates practiced their technique using a light meter to setup basic one and two light Renaissance Chiaroscuro Lighting with our first model. After lighting skills where taught, I demonstrated direction and how to create different emotions and moods. The delegates then took it in turn to capture a varied collection of portraits illustrating different sides of our subjects character.

National Portrait Gallery Photography Workshop Rory Lewis

Day two began with a review of all the delegates portraits from day one. We then recapped on the lighting techniques and skills. The delegates then worked in groups to re-create versions of the renaissance portraits in the gallery.

 

After lunch it was time to work with our Second and Third model, the delegates working in groups visited the gallery to plan a series of portraits using the collection as inspiration. Then taking it in turn to re-create their own versions of portraits with the subjects. Shoots completed, I reviewed all the portraits captured, and gave individual feedback on lighting and direction.

 

The course was a wonderful success, packing in as much as I possibly could over two days, the Delegates walked away with a new appreciation of art and photographic skills. In turn Capturing their own collection of portraiture. It was fascinating to see everyones unique style and approach to the practical photography session. If you are interested in my photography workshops in the UK or USA, please take a look at my Photography Course Page.

Soldiery British Army Portraits The National Army Museum 31st January 2018

Two years in the making and Soldiery British Army Portraits opened at The National Army Museum in London on 31st January 2018. It was wonderful to finally hang the work in its rightful home. The event was attended by dozens of guests from sitters who posed for the project to VIP’s and members of the Public. After a reception the guests enjoyed a talk about the project by myself and General Sir James Everard, KCB, CBE.

Soldiery British Army Portraits National Army Museum 31st January 2018

Delighted to show the final work to the Public I listened to their opinions and explained the inspiration behind the portraits. I also had the chance to reconnect with several of the sitters who attended the evening. Now the project is complete I feel sad it’s actually over. Soldiery was a highly enjoyable experience, working with the incredible men and women of The British Army. The exhibition hung till the 14th February engaging 100’s of visitors with my portraiture.

Soldiery British Army Portraits National Army Museum 31st January 2018

Soldiery British Army Portraits National Army Museum 31st January 2018

General Sir James Everard, KCB, CBE (Left), Rory Lewis Photographer (Right)

 

London Caravaggio (Chiaroscuro & Expression) Portrait Photography Workshop Saturday 5th May 2018

“Fine Art Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis, is running a workshop focused on recreating the work of the Renaissance Painter Caravaggio.”

 

London, England (UK) Saturday 5th May 2018

 

(Left Actor René Auberjonois Rory Lewis Photographer 2017) Renaissance portraiture and the use of chiaroscuro by the masters has been of immense inspiration to my photographic style. For those unfamiliar, chiaroscuro is an oil painting technique, developed during the Renaissance.  The technique uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms. Artists such as Caravaggio used chiaroscuro for dramatic effect. Painting vivid religious depictions of light and shadow.

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio

 “LEARN VIVID & INCREDIBLE LIGHTING AND DIRECTIONAL TECHNIQUE FROM ONE OF BRITAINS LEADING PHOTOGRAPHERS.”

Actor Tony Amendola Rory Lewis Fine Art Portrait Photographer

Recently I have attempted to emulate Caravaggio’s naturalism and dramatic lighting with photographic effect. (Above Sir Patrick Stewart, Rory Lewis Photographer 2017) Creating a series of portraits with super detail of skin tone, texture and colour. Using inventive art direction I opted for vivid and stark expressions. Over the summer i’ll be teaching a workshop to help you re-create these portraits. On the day I will feature THREE Professional models with amazing bone structure.  The workshop will give you the unique opportunity to learn new skills in lighting and direction to create your own Vivid & Dramatic Caravaggio Style Portfolio.


 

About the Instructor

 

Rory Lewis is a British portrait photographer, his body of work includes countless celebrity sittings with Actors such as Sir Patrick StewartWilliam ShatnerSir Ian McKellenSir Derek Jacobi, Natalie Dormer, Ian McShaneIain Glen and many other Portraits of Musicians and men and women of accomplishment. Rory’s work has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London & Lectures at the National Portrait Gallery & Victoria & Albert Museum, and his recent Photography Exhibitions Northerners Photography & Expressive have received Nationwide Recognition being featured by the BBC and National Press & Television. Rory’s client list includes Pepsi, Ministry of Defence, Cancer Research UK, The Guardian & The Times Newspapers. Rory’s inspirations include Renaissance Portraiture and German Expressionist Cinema.

Timetable

10:00am- Caravaggio Introduction

1045am- Learning Lighting/Chiaroscuro with Our First Model

1145am- Rory Lewis Talk on Directing Expressive Portraits

12:30pm- Dramatic Expressive Portraits with Our Second Model

13:00pm Lunch

13:30pm – Creating Group Chiaroscuro Portrait with Three Models

14:30pm- Working with our final Third Model of the Day to Hone All Skills Taught

16:00pm- Rory Lewis Summary and Final Questions

 


Course Dates, Booking & Location

Caravaggio, Bo Foxworth, René Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman (Rory Lewis Photographer


London England (UK)

Farringdon Studio 

2 Bleeding Heart Yard, London EC1N 8SJ

COURSE COST £152.00

Saturday 5th May 2018


General Sir Nick Carter, KCB, CBE, DSO, ADC Portrait Sitting

My latest Portrait commission from the British Army took place with General Sir Nick Carter, KCB, CBE, DSO, ADC Chief of the General 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.

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

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Malcolm Kennedy

Last month I was commissioned to photograph the new Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Malcolm Kennedy. Councillor Kennedy, who was elected to the council in 1998, will become the First Citizen of Liverpool. Acting as a focal point for the community, promoting the city and forging national and international links.

 

I’m available throughout the year for portrait sittings in Central London & Leeds and Liverpool, and several times a year in Los Angeles California. Please check out my Portrait Photography Page.

 

British Life Photography Awards

Pleased to announce that a Portrait of British Army Soldier Sergeant Seeto, captured as part of Rory Lewis Soldiery British Army Portraits Exhibition. Entered into the British Life Photography Awards has received a commendation.

 

The Awards are a showcase of contemporary and imaginative images that capture the essence and spirit of British life. Winners and commended entrants will have their work on show at the Royal Albert Hall, Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, and be included in a full colour book.

Sergeant Seeto Adjutant General’s Corps (Rory Lewis Photographer Soldiery)

Military Portrait Sittings

Christmas is on the horizon and I’ve received several calls and emails from Armed Forces Personnel and their families, asking if I offer Military Portrait Sittings. The answer is of course yes. Ever since my Soldiery British Army Portraits Exhibition. I’ve worked with members of the British Army for over two years capturing portraits for a Nationwide Exhibition. My unique style of portraiture is highly sought after by members of all three services, The Royal Navy, Royal Airforce and the British Army and I’m offering a wonderful Portrait Photoshoot Gift Voucher. Available in at my studio in Central London and across studios the UK in Leeds, Liverpool and Edinburgh.


£264.00 (Including Framed & Mounted
Print) Portrait Sitting

  • Two Uniform Changes 

  • 250 Images Presented VIA Digital Download

  • Two Fully Retouched Portraits Presented Digitally

  • ONE Portrait PrintedProfessionally Framed and Mounted A3 Size

(Full Booking Details Sent With Gift Voucher)


Based in London Rory Lewis is the UK’s foremost Military Portraitist Photographer, who is regularly commissioned to photograph high profile Military Officers for all three branches of the Military Army, RAF & Royal Navy. Portraits are very important to military personal, 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 the Armed Forces, RAF, Royal Navy and Army who are looking to capture a professional portrait. Available at studios in Central London, Edinburgh and in Central Liverpool.

There are currently nine regular cavalry regiments of the British Army, of these two serve as armoured regiments, three as armoured cavalry regiments, three as light cavalry and one as a mounted ceremonial regiment. Soldiery has given me the opportunity to work with seven of these nine Regiments.

Portraiture is Rory’s speciality, he is just as comfortable working with High Ranking Officers as I am with NCO’s and Enlisted Personnel, and you will find my friendly and professional approach helps put even the most photo-phobic at ease.

Los Angeles October 2017

Logan McPeak LA Headshots Rory Lewis Photographer

Back in Los Angeles for a week of photography tuition and shooting. Working throughout the week I was booked by 11 diverse and immensely talented Actors for Actors Headshots Sessions. Several were very kind enough to leave me reviews and feedback on their experience in front of my lens. I’m looking forward to returning to Los Angeles in January 2018, I’ll also be offering  Discounted Actors Headshot Sessions on 16th, 17th, 18th, January 2018. If you can’t make this session and would like a more comprehensive session, I now offer my Full Headshot Packages in Los Angeles throughout the year.

Rob Rush LA Actors Headshots Rory Lewis Photographer

“Rory was a lot of fun to work with, and offers great rates. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but ended up with plenty of great shots for my portfolio.”

 

Rob Rush Via Facebook Reviews

LA HEADSHOTS FACEBOOK

Christina Cox Actress, LA Actors Headshots Rory Lewis Photographer

Had the great pleasure to work with the phenomenal photographer Rory Lewis while in LA last month. Love the rich, painterly quality of his work. You will too!! Go see him next time he’s in LA

 

Christina Cox Via Facebook Reviews

LA HEADSHOTS FACEBOOK

Emily McLeod Actress, Rory Lewis LA Actors Headshots

Bruce Green LA Actors Headshots

Headshots Sessions completed it was time to turn my attention to teaching with a Fine Art Nude Photography Masterclass on Sunday 29th October. Throughout the day students worked with Two different Fine Art Nude Models, who modelled throughout the day. Learning lighting, camera technique and direction. I will also be returning to LA with several workshops in January/February/March, from Portraiture, to Fine Art Nude.

Actor Rufus Sewell, London & Los Angeles Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Making use of all my time in LA I was able to fit in a Portrait Sitting with Actor Rufus Sewell. The sitting had been on the cards for quite some time and I was lucky Rufus was in town on a break from filming The Man In The High Castle. I’m only sharing one portrait from the sitting as the below has been acquired by The National Portrait Gallery in London. The shoot was very memorable, I’ve admired his work for many years and the chance to direct and photograph Rufus was a wonderful experience. The other portraits will be displayed at an exhibition of my work next year so stay tuned.

Actor Rufus Sewell, London & Los Angeles Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

 

Rufus Sewell (Actor) Portrait Acquired by National Portrait Gallery London

National Portrait Gallery Rory Lewis PhotographerWe are pleased to announce that a portrait of Actor Rufus Sewell (Dark City, The Man in the High Castle & Victoria) captured by Rory Lewis Photographer in Los Angeles last month, has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery London. The Portrait represents Rory Lewis SIXTH National Portrait Gallery Acquisition.

 

Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery, London is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and …to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’. It is an absolute honour to have SIX of my Portraits included in the collection.

Actor Rufus Sewell, London & Los Angeles Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis



Limited Edition Prints of the Image Are Available Click Here to Purchase

 

 

New York Discounted Actors Headshots Day Sunday 21st January 2018

Rory Lewis Photographer Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Brian Cox CBE

”In need of a new Headshot? British Photographer Rory Lewis will be holding a discounted Introductory Actors Headshot Session in New York. 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 New York 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.”

Harry Groener New York Actors Headshots (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Client Reviews

 

Results from September 2017 Headshot Sessions


“Very Very Pleased ”

Written on: 08/03/2017 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: 02/03/2017 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 New York 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 $175.00

 

 


Sunday 21st January 2018

Sessions will run from 10.00am-7.00pm


Skye Rentals

Studio 250, 250 W 40th St, New York 10018


PACKAGE DETAILS

30 Minute Session with Rory Lewis

150 Images Presented VIA Digital Gallery

2 Images Retouched

(Time Slots Available from 10am – 6.30pm)


Sunday 21st January 2018

BOOK YOUR SLOT BELOW (Conformation Ticket Sent Upon Booking)

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.