Sir John Major Portrait Sitting

Often commissioned by Corporate & Goverment Clients for Portrait Sittings. I’m no stranger to photographing headshots of prominent business, legal and political officials. Non of these sittings have been more unique than a photoshoot with Sir John Major, former Prime Minister of Great Britain.

 

I wrote to Sir John in 2016 to arrange the sitting and we decided to shoot in the Autumn of that year. However, Brexit came upon us and the sitting was postponed. Sir John, being a remain campaigner had to take time out. It wasn’t until July 2018, that the sitting could finally take place.

 

To prepare for my sitting, I began by studying Sir John’s portrait sitting with Yousuf Karsh, before watching his interviews and parliamentary debates on Youtube. I also read Sir John’s Autobiography to get a sense of his character and career as Prime Minister.

 

Preparation complete, my plan was to capture Sir John as the elder statesman, thoughtful and reflective. I found Major to be an extraordinary sitter. Speaking about his career, I was able to direct Sir John as he mediated on the past. One of my aims as a portraitist is to record the figures of our time, and this sitting certainly represents living history.

Sir John Major, KG, CH, PC Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Major became Prime Minister after Thatcher’s reluctant resignation in November 1990. He presided over UK participation in the Gulf War in March 1991, and negotiated the Maastricht Treaty in December 1991. He went on to lead the Conservatives to a fourth consecutive electoral victory, winning the most votes in British electoral history with over 14,000,000 votes in the 1992 general election, albeit with a reduced majority in the House of Commons. Shortly after this, even though a staunch supporter of the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM), his government became responsible for British exit from the ERM after Black Wednesday on 16 September 1992. This event led to a loss of confidence in Conservative economic policies and Major was never able to achieve a lead in opinion polls again.

 

Despite the eventual revival of economic growth amongst other successes such as the beginnings of the Northern Ireland peace process, by the mid-1990s, the Conservative Party was embroiled in scandals involving various MPs (including cabinet ministers). Criticism of Major’s leadership reached such a pitch that he chose to resign as party leader in June 1995, challenging his critics to either back him or challenge him; he was duly challenged by John Redwood but was easily re-elected. By this time, the Labour Party had abandoned its socialist ideology and moved to the centre under the leadership of Tony Blair and won a large number of by-elections, eventually depriving Major’s government of a parliamentary majority in December 1996. Major went on to lose the 1997 general election five months later, in one of the largest electoral defeats since the Great Reform Act of 1832.

Sir John Major, KG, CH, PC Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Sir John Major, KG, CH, PC Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Discounted Headshots Day’s May 2016 (Actors) (Performers) (Corporate)

Rory Lewis is one of the most sought after Actors Headshot Photographers in Britain, photographing Actors Headshots for many years. Rory has created Actors Headshots  for the UK’s finest Acting Talent, Stars of Stage and Screen from Sir Patrick StewartSir Ian McKellenSir Derek JacobiDavid WarnerEmma Rigby, Iain GlenJulian Glover and the list goes on.

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Michael Thomson Actor Rory Lewis London Actors Headshots”In need of a new Headshot? Rory Lewis will be holding Three discounted headshot days/surgeries throughout May in London, Liverpool & Leeds. Rory has created Both Corporate & Actors Headshots for the finest Acting Talent. Business Leaders, CEO’s 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 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

Liverpool Cheap/Discounted Actors Headshot Session Affordable

It’s a big wild world out there when seeking headshots, whether you’re an actorbusiness leaderpolitician or anyone seeking a portrait photo for professional purposes. Sorting the wheat from the chaff and being sure you’re going to get exactly what you need, on professional level, can be overwhelming. You need someone who knows your home turf, with a specialist headshot photographer covering Liverpool, Leeds & London but who knows how to play the headshot game, getting exactly what you are looking for from your final images: professionalism; confidence; your Unique Selling Point conveyed. You need someone who has the confidence and experience of working with both celebrities and those looking to make their name alike, capable of shooting the best of anyone.

Legends of the Stage Portraits Rory Lewis Photographer

Legends of the Stage Portraits Rory Lewis Photographer

 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 this website 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. 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.

Actors Headshots London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool Rory Lewis Photographer

Discounted Package

£119.00

30 Minute Session with Rory Lewis

100 Images Presented VIA Digital Gallery

2 Images Retouched

(Time Slots Available from 10am – 6.30pm)

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Questions Please Email Me rorylewis@me.com or Call 07717 139 637  For Availability

 

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London, UK (England)

Bill Burnett Studio
Bleeding Heart Yard  
EC1 London
United Kingdom

Friday, 13 May 2016 10:00 – 19:00 Slots Available

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Leeds, UK (England)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
2 Wharf Approach 
LS1 4BR Leeds
United Kingdom

Thursday 26th May 2016 10:00- 1900 Slots Available

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Liverpool, UK (England)

RORY LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO
67-69 VICTORIA STREET 
L1 6DE LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom

Bank Holiday Monday 30th May 2016 10:00 – 1900 Slots Available

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H.E. Diego Gómez Pickering – KCVO Ambassador of Mexico

H.E. Diego Gómez Pickering – KCVO Ambassador of Mexico Rory Lewis Photographer LondonAmbassadors is a new project, driven by my passion for Historical Portraiture. The work will comprise of Ambassadors portraits from each political embassy in London. My first sitting took place in July with Ambassador of Mexico H.E. Diego Gómez Pickering. It was wonderful to meet the Ambassador himself a former journalist; capturing his portrait. It was interesting to learn that 2015 is the year of Mexico in the UK and their are great deal of events and exhibitions taking place. Mexico has been a country i’ve always wanted to visit and It was wonderful to learn some new facts about Mexico. I’ve already arranging portrait sittings with several more Ambassadors and I hope to complete the project in the next few weeks.

H.E. Diego Gómez Pickering – KCVO Ambassador of Mexico Rory Lewis Photographer London

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Commercial Uniform Photography

Wonderful start to 2015, I was commissioned by a Commercial Uniform Supplier to photograph their 2015 Collection.  Over 250 uniforms, the assignment took three days to complete.

 

From multinationals to individuals, advertising agencies and design groups. I have been commissioned by a large number of clients over the years, from household names including Pepsi, John LewisHSBC, Malmaison Hotels & Government Departments to Small Companies and Start-Ups. If you are in need of Commercial Photography for your business please keep me in mind.

Commercial Photographer Liverpool Rory Lewis

Commercial Photographer Liverpool Rory Lewis

Commercial Photographer Liverpool Rory Lewis

Commercial Photographer Liverpool Rory Lewis

Commercial Photographer Liverpool Rory Lewis

Commercial Photographer Liverpool Rory Lewis

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Gary Millar

I was delighted for the new Lord Mayor Of Liverpool Gary Millar sat for a Portrait Session at the Liverpool Studio this week. I often find historical elements to Political Portraits, and Photograph them in an almost Holbein Style. I prefer Black Backdrops as they concentrate the viewers eye on the subject, and with a little lighting separation the images turned out really well.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Gary Millar (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Gary Millar (Rory Lewis Photographer)

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Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Gary Millar (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Rory Lewis Photographer Corporate Headshots Liverpool & Manchester

Webtise

Web-design Company Webtise commissioned me this week to shoot some Fun Style Corporate Headshot Photography of their team to be displayed on their new website profile pages. I had a really nice time working with each member of their 20 strong staff to create a unique and approachable profile picture.

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