Bill Speakman VC Portrait Sitting ‘I was The Queen’s first VC’

The Victoria Cross & George Cross Portrait Project has been an exceptionally challenging, yet rewarding. Individuals who have been awarded the Victoria Cross have been selected because they are worthy of Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand’s highest military award for their bravery and conduct in the field. Similarly those awarded the George Cross are civilians or military personnel who have displayed conspicuous bravery in and away from the field. These awards are not issued lightly. They are the very greatest honour for individual valour and merit. These individuals are the modern day heroes.

 

Over the next few week’s I’ll be posting all the VC & GC recipients in a series of Blog Posts. Here is my Eighth post in the series, recipient Bill Speakman VC. (View Full Series of Posts).

“I was The Queen’s first VC”

William Speakman-Pitt, VC, known as Bill Speakman

Limited Edition Prints On Sale of VC & GC Portraits

Speakman was born and brought up in Altrincham, Cheshire and educated at Wellington school. He was 24 years old and a private in the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), British Army, attached to the 1st Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers during the Korean War when the following deed took place at United Hill, for which he was awarded the VC.

On 4 November 1951 in Korea, when the section holding the left shoulder of the company’s position had been seriously depleted by casualties and was being overrun by the enemy, Speakman, on his own initiative, collected six men and a pile of grenades and led a series of charges. He broke up several enemy attacks, causing heavy casualties and in spite of being wounded in the leg continued to lead charge after charge. He kept the enemy at bay long enough to enable his company to withdraw safely.

 

Although his award was made by King George VI, Speakman was the first VC invested by Queen Elizabeth II. He later achieved the rank of sergeant and served in Malaya (with the Special Air Service), Borneo and Radfan.

 

Limited Edition Prints On Sale of VC & GC Portraits

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)

Keith Webster Corporate Headshots London

London Corporate Headshots, Keith Webster Lawyer, Photographer Rory Lewis

Delighted to work with Barrister Keith Webster who booked his Corporate Headshots photoshoot at the London Studio. Knowing that first impressions will always be important, especially now many of our initial interactions are online.

London Corporate Headshots, Keith Webster Lawyer, Photographer Rory Lewis

A professional business photograph is an opportunity to portray a brand image to potential customers, who aren’t just researching ‘what’ you do. They are just as interested in ‘who’ you are. If you would like to booking a Corporate Headshots session, please check out my packages.

 

 

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.

Beginners Photography Tuition Gift Vouchers

Beginners Photography Tuition Gift Vouchers

Rory Lewis Session with Sir Patrick Stewart

Thinking of purchasing a Digital Camera for a loved one this Christmas. Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis offers One-to-One Beginners Digital Photography Courses Gift Vouchers are perfect Christmas presents.

Rory’s fun, creative and inspiring digital photography courses will explain the science and art of photography from the ground up with almost constant hands-on activities to start to put the theory into practice.

Sir Patrick Stewart Rory Lewis Photographer

Taught One-to-One these Four Hour intensive workshops will get you familiar with your camera and allow you to start taking real control over your photography.

 

Courses can take place in (London, Leeds, Manchester & Liverpool)

Sessions can be arranged throughout 2018 and are Valid until 1st January 2019

 

Courses Cover:

  • All the essential functions and engineering of camera body and lens.
  • How to control and combine all different camera functions creatively.
  • Best way to photograph people, objects and landscapes.
  • How to capture sport and action.
  • Inspiring overview of composition rules.
  • How to set-up, clean and troubleshoot a camera.

 

£229.00

Professional Tuition:

Being taught by full-time professional photographer Rory Lewis, who has honed his skills over a 10-year career working with international clients such as Pepsi, and household names such as Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen and Many More.

How Rory Lewis Gift Vouchers Work:

To redeem a gift voucher its recipient simply contact Rory Lewis via Email or VIA Phone to arrange your workshop. We will send a welcome reply email with booking confirmation, course outline and directions to the studios.

 

Black Friday Mega Deals 24 Hours Only!

Yes its that time of year, and I’m offering a ONE DAY MEGA SALE, on photography workshops and one-to-one photography tuition. If you ever thought of booking a Workshop or Tuition Session with Rory Lewis now is the Time.

Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen Photographer Rory Lewis

DEAL ONE


20% OFF PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP MARKED PRICES EXPIRES MIDNIGHT BLACK FRIDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2018

PROMO CODE

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Save 20% off the Prices Below Click on Booking Link and enter the above Promo Code.


Rory Lewis Photographer runs Weekend Photography Workshops throughout the UK & The United States. Whether you are a total beginner or advanced, Rory’s Professional Digital Photography Courses will give you the knowledge and hands-on practical experience to succeed as a Freelance Photographer or to simply make better photos as a Hobby. All courses are practical tuition sessions giving you plenty of time to learn hands on the skills taught. Enabling you to work with professional models on the day and capture amazing photography for your portfolio. Group sizes are kept small to 6-10 delegates so you can get hands on in the practical tutorials. Rory uses fun, practical learning techniques for all his digital photography courses. You will work professional models to hone your skills and walk away with new photography techniques.

 

WorkshopDate & Location Places & Booking
WorkshopDate & Location Places & Booking
Art Nude Photography Masterclass Los Angeles (USA) with Celebrity Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 3 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 Skye Rentals 164 West Providencia Avenue Burbank, CA 91502 LOS ANGELES USA Friday, 19 January 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)

18 Places Available Course Cost $279.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Portrait Photography Masterclass New York (USA) NY With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 20 January 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (EST)Studio 250 | 250 W 40th St | New York 10018 Saturday, 20 January 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (EST)

18 Places Available Course Cost $275.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Portrait Photography Masterclass Boston (MA) USA with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Sunday, 21 January 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (EST)Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall | 89 Broad Street | Boston, MA 02110 Sunday, 21 January 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (EST)

18 Places Available Course Cost $275.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Portrait Photography Masterclass Manchester (UK) with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 3 February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00ABode Manchester 107 Piccadilly M1 2DB Manchester United Kingdom Saturday, 3 February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

18 Places Available Course Cost £154.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

National Portrait Gallery London (UK) Weekend Workshop: Sculpting Light 10 February - 11 February 2018, 11:00-17:00Two Day Weekend Workshop (Featuring Multiple Models) National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE Saturday 10th February - Sunday 11th February 2018, 11:00-17:00

12 Places Available Course Cost £150.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Portrait Photography Edinburgh (Scotland UK) with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 17 February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00Wex Photographic Bonnington Business Centre 3 Tennant Street EH6 5HG Edinburgh United Kingdom Saturday, 17 February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

18 Places Available Course Cost £149.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Portrait Photography Masterclass Los Angeles (CA) USA with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)Skye Rentals 164 West Providencia Avenue Burbank, CA 91502 LOS ANGELES USA Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)

18 Places Available Course Cost $249.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Intermediate Portrait Photography Masterclass Los Angeles (CA) USA with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)Skye Rentals 164 West Providencia Avenue Burbank, CA 91502 LOS ANGELES USA Sunday, 25 February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)

18 Places Available Course Cost $249.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Portrait Photography Masterclass Las Vegas (NV) USA with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Tuesday, 27 February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)MGM Grand Conference Center 4701 Koval Lane Las Vegas, NV 89109 Tuesday, 27 February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)

18 Places Available Course Cost $275.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Portrait Photography Masterclass London (UK) with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 3 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 Farringdon Studio 2 Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1N 8SJ London United Kingdom Saturday, 3 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

18 Places Available Course Cost £154.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Art Nude Photography Masterclass London (UK) with Celebrity Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 3 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 Farringdon Studio 2 Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1N 8SJ London United Kingdom Saturday, 3 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

18 Places Available Course Cost £164.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book


Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

DEAL TWO


OVER £200.00 OFF ONE-TO-ONE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS


Topics include:

– Introduction to digital photography
– DSLR camera ABC
– Introduction to studio lighting (with model)s
– Studio lighting set ups (with models)
– Introduction to flash guns (with models)
– Flash guns lighting set ups (with models)

– Composition and technique advice
– Model direction & posing (with model)
– Portrait/fashion shoot simulation (with model and studio lights)
– Portfolio review and feedback
– Business advice and mentoring


 

CourseInformation
CourseInformation

Four Hour One-to-One Studio Photography Tuition Course Cost WAS £529.00 NOW £399.00

Purchase Below

Day can be arranged within 12 Months of Purchase. (Liverpool, Leeds or London, Glasgow, Edinburgh Studios)

Full details sent upon booking.

AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND in Liverpool, Leeds, London (UK) SUITABLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS OF ALL LEVELS and can focus on any areas of photography from Beginners to Portraiture and Fine Art Nude Photography. (Session Includes a Model)

SIX Hour One-to-One Studio Photography Tuition Course Cost WAS £700.00 NOW £499.00

Purchase Below

Day can be arranged within 12 Months of Purchase. (Liverpool, Leeds or London, Glasgow, Edinburgh Studios)

Full details sent upon booking.

Available UK WIDE Click Here For More Info & Booking

AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND in LiverpoolLondon, Glasgow, Edinburgh, SUITABLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS OF ALL LEVELS and can focus on any areas of photography from Beginners to Portraiture and Fine Art Nude Photography. (Session Includes a Model)

 

 

London (UK) & Los Angeles (CA) (USA) Workshop Feedback

Last months Fine Art Nude Workshops in Los Angeles, and London where a wonderful success. Delegates worked with two fabulous professional models, learning lighting, direction and new camera skills. Shooting both High Key and Low Key Photography. Delegates where shown the effect of soft boxes, umbrellas, snoots, beauty dishes and how to use reflectors. How to use both soft and hard lighting to change the mood and effect of a photograph. Learn the function of the main light; and how to use fill lights and back lights  to affect the final image.

Art Nude Photography Workshop Los Angeles USA & London UK

Art Nude Photography Workshop Los Angeles USA & London UK

 

Their will be two more opportunities to attend a workshop either in Los Angeles or London, see dates and details below.  Course Starts 10am and Finishes at 4pm, all lighting equipment will be provided you just need to bring your DSLR Camera with you. Please Email Me rorylewis@me.com if you have any questions about the Course. Full Course Details will be Sent upon Booking. Group Sizes are small around 4-6 Delegates.

 

SAVE 18% OFF GROUP WORKSHOPS UNTIL 18th December 2017 Early Bird 2018 Discount USE PROMO CODE SAVE18

 

Working with a Professional  Art Nude Model with fabulous bone structure, figure and facial expression. Rory Lewis Art Nude Courses are a MUST for all those enthusiastic Art Nude Photographers who want to capture some amazing shots for their portfolios. Tuition is a hands on classroom as you work with the model throughout the day learning new skills and techniques. You will walk away from this course with the skill to develop and improve your photography techniques, learn studio flash lighting, develop your understanding of studio technique and test this using a professional model.” You will be shown the effect of soft boxes, umbrellas, snoots, beauty dishes and how to use reflectors. How to use both soft and hard lighting to change the mood and effect of a portrait. Learn the function of the main light; and how to use fill lights, back lights and hair lights to affect the final image.


Art Nude Photography Course Los Angeles
Skye Rentals | 164 West Providencia Avenue | Burbank, CA 91502
Friday, 19 January 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)


Art Nude Photography Course London
Farringdon Studio | 2 Bleeding Heart Yard | EC1N 8SJ London | United Kingdom
Sunday, 4 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (GMT)