2017 Year in Review

2017 has indeed been a year of serious portraiture seeing some BIG NAMES in front of my lens. From former Prime Minister Sir John Major, to Actors Rufus Sewell, Stephen Graham and Hugh Bonneville. 2017 gave me the opportunity to complete Soldiery. Bringing this mammoth collection of 278 British Army Portraits to a finish. Publishing a book, holding a charity preview evening for the Army Benevolent fund at Armed Forces Day Liverpool raising over £2000,00. Preparing for the Exhibition Proper at the National Army Museum which takes place in January of this year. I’ve received serious recognition as a portrait photographer. Winning the Portrait of Britain, and being commended in the British Life Photography Awards. Two more of my portraits have been acquired by The National Portrait Gallery in London, and my work has received international attention. I have continued to teach workshops across the UK, London, Manchester and Edinburgh, and expanded my practice offering even more Photography Workshops in the USA, Los Angeles, Boston & New York.

 

Soldiery

2017 was indeed the year of Soldiery portrait sittings. Firstly in January, with the men and women of The British Army’s Attack Helicopter Force in Ipswich, who pilot the truly magnificent Apache Helicopters.  Then moving on to the Household Cavalry’s Mechanised Battalion in Windsor. Where I was able to capture the non ceremonial elements of the Regiment. The Battalion sits within the Reactive Force of the British Army and is ready to respond to crises anywhere around the world. Photographing the ceremonial battalion of the regiment in 2016, it was interesting to see the contrast between a working Cavalry Battalion with over 300 horses and a modern mechanised battalion with Armoured Vehicles.

(Left) Corporal of Horse Mulholland
Household Cavalry Regiment (Right|) Captain Lee
Attack Helicopter Force

Soldiery Sittings continued in January with The Royal Tank Regiment in Tidworth. The Royal Tank Regiment is the oldest tank unit in the world, forged out of the adversity of the First World War. The regiment is equipped with Challenger 2 tanks. Soldiers of RTR wear a black beret and black overalls, a custom reserved to the Regiment unlike any other tank regiment in the British Army. A black beret was selected as it would not show oil stains. I felt quite at home as many of the soldiers of the Regiment appeared to be from Liverpool. In essence the regiment appeared to be half Liverpudlian and half Glaswegian. Two peoples of a similar sense of humour, the soldiers regiment seemed to get along swimmingly. Again I had the chance to photograph the Soldiers posing with the Powerful Challenger 2 Battle Tank, and create a series of remarkable portraits of all the regiments states of dress. (Behind the Scenes Video Below)

Tpr Millward Royal Tank Regiment

In March Major General Susan Ridge a senior British Army officer and lawyer, and the first women to hold the rank of Major General in the British Army Sat for a Soldiery Portrait. Since September 2015, Ridge has been Director General of the Army Legal Services Branch (DGALS).

Major General Susan Ridge

In April I returned a second time to the 1st Battalion, The Rifles. As a young teenager I admired the television series Sharpe, and when contemplating the project this loomed large in my mind for quite some time. The soldiers portrayed by the main protagonists, Sean Bean (Major Richard Sharpe) and Daragh O’Malley (Sgt Patrick Harper) belonged to the 95th Rifles, during the Peninsula Campaign of the Napoleonic Wars. Though an heroic fictional portrayal, I endeavoured to lean more of the bravery of these soldiers. When compiling my list of regimental sitting requests the Rifles where on the top of my list. Since the Napoleonic Wars the 95th has seen several amalgamations, now forming The Rifles, the largest regiment in the British Army.

Rifleman Armour 1st Battalion The Rifles

My final Infantry regimental sittings of my Soldiery Portrait Project took place in June with The Coldstream Guards. Formed in 1650 as part of the New Model Army during the English Civil War. The regiment swore allegiance to King Charles II in 1660 and has guarded the country’s monarchs since. The Coldstream Guards have two roles in the British Army. The first is as of an Infantry unit famous for being the oldest regiment in the British Army in continuous service. The second is of a ceremonial Battalion trained to be involved in any state or royal ceremonial tasks.

 

The regiment epitomises the British Army’s values and standards: selfless commitment, respect for others, loyalty, integrity, discipline and courage. Drawing strength from its heritage to face the challenges of the future, the Regiment lives by its motto, ‘Nulli Secundus’ or ‘Second to None’. My sittings with the regiment, took place at the historic Wellington Barracks in London, where I was able to capture the Guardsmen before the changing of the guard. The sitting was also captured on video see below.

Drummer Steele 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards Military Portrait Photographer London Rory Lewis

Next to the Kings Royal Hussars  & Royal Scots Dragoon Guards the Final Regimental Sittings of the Soldiery Project. Based in Tidworth, Wiltshire, The King’s Royal Hussars is a British armoured regiment with a long history and great cavalry traditions. The regiment currently serves in the armoured role, equipped with Challenger 2 tanks. The regiment wears the iconic crimson trousers when in ceremonial, No. 1 or No, 2 dress. As you notice from the portrait the soldiers wear the crossed kukri of the Gurkhas as an arm badge. This relates back to 1945 when C Squadron, 14th/20th King’s Hussars assaulted the town of Medicina in Italy alongside the 2nd Battalion, 6th Gurkha Rifles, inflicting heavy losses on the German defenders despite being outnumbered. In commemoration of this action the 14th/20th King’s Hussars adopted the crossed kukri badge, a tradition maintained by the regiment. My inspiration of the portrait, came from a portrait by Emanuel Leutze,

Officers of The Kings Royal Hussars

My final Cavalry Regiment of the Soldiery Project and a trip to Scotland, Fife to be exact. Was to photograph the Troopers of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabineers and Greys) – or SCOTSDG – was formed in 1971 by an amalgamation between 3rd Carabineers and The Royal Scots Greys. The Regiment has been deployed in numerous operations around the world in the forty- five years which have followed.

Sergeant Mitchell MC

Having served in Northern Ireland, the Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, three tours in Iraq and three tours in Afghanistan, SCOTSDG is a cavalry Regiment with wide operational experience. One of those troopers who sat for a portrait. Sergeant Keith Mitchell a recipient of the Military Cross. Risked his life to save wounded comrades in Afghanistan was commended for his “courage and selflessness” under re. He stood in open ground to draw enemy re away from his colleagues in an attack in Helmand in March of 2012. It was an honour to meet Sergeant Mitchell, who also gave me a tour of the Barracks and the incredible artefacts the regiment has acquired through their bravery.

 

Soldiery as a project, has given me the opportunity to indulge my historical ambitions. One of these creative urges has been to photograph a British Field Marshal. The rank is the most senior rank of the British Army. Higher than all the Generals I’ve captured thus far. Considered a five star rank in today’s modern militaries. In the British Army, Field Marshal has been the most senior rank since 1736.

Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie Portrait Sitting, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Since the end of Empire, the rank has become somewhat redundant, this is due to the reduction in the size of Britain’s Armed Forces. The rank is now ceremonial, a gift of recognition from the sovereign to senior military figures, and bestowed on members of the Royal Family. I wrote to several Field Marshal’s and to my delight a reply, Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie accepted my invitation to sit for a Portrait in London.

 

Wrapping up Soldiery, my final sitting took place with the Chief of the General Staff General Sir Nick Carter. Carter 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. The portrait will also hang on the wall of all previous Chiefs of the General Staff dating back to Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery in 1945.

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

In June 2017 a company of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry took up the temporary role of mounting the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace. The honour usually falls to the British Army’s Household Division. However, other Commonwealth Nations get a chance at protecting the Queen every now and again. Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry is based in Shilo, Manitoba, Canada. Named after Princess Patricia of Connaught, daughter of the then-Governor General of Canada. Contacting the regiment upon their arrival in London. I arranged a series of portrait sittings with the company at Wellington Barracks, before they mounted the Queens Guard. The sitting gave me the chance to record living History, Canadian Regiments rarely appear in London for state duties. (The sittings captured on video Below).

2017 was been a very busy year Stateside, I made four trips to Los Angeles, in February, May, September and October. For the first time I began to offer Actors Headshots Sessions with a great deal of success and will continue to do so in 2018, with even more trips to LA planned. I’ve enjoyed working with household names like Josh Clark and Greg Itzin, creating new Headshots for Hollywood Stars.

Jason McBeth LA Actors Headshots

Greg Itzin Rory Lewis Los Angeles Portrait Photographer

 

Bruce Green LA Actors Headshots

In February during a trip Los Angeles to teach a Portrait Masterclass at Samy’s Cameras Photo School. I was able to fit in a Portrait Sitting with Actor John De Lancie. De Lancie is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, singer, musician, and voice artist, best known for his roles as Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Donald Margolis in Breaking Bad.

 

I wrote to John last year and was finally able to arrange the sitting in Studio City. De Lancie a very talented actor was a joy to work with. Using inventive scenarios, I directed John as to assume a series of characters.

John de Lancie
American Actor Character Actor Portfolios London & Los Angeles

I was also able to fit in a few portrait sittings of my own. Caravaggio has been of great inspiration to my recent Portrait Photoshoots. Recreating the animation and religious tones of his work has been a challenge. Thus I invited three actors to help me recreate this style of portraiture. Firstly the remarkable film and stage presence Tony Amendola, who took upon the role of a fallen priest. Ripping the collar from his neck with a wonderful vigorous expression; captured profile, whilst reciting a powerful soliloquy to camera.

Tony Amendola Los Angeles Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Back in London in March, actor Stephen Graham and fellow scouser. Who is best known for his roles as Tommy in the film Snatch(2000), Andrew “Combo” Gascoigne in This Is England (2006), Billy Bremner in The Damned United (2009), notorious bank robber Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies (2009), Scrum in the Pirates of the Caribbeanfilms and he starred as Al Capone in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

Stephen accepted my invitation to sit for a portrait at the London Studio last week. I’ve admired his work for many years. Graham is a screen icon, exceptionally talented and known for playing no-nonsense gritty characters. I aimed to capture Stephens métier in my portraits, asking him to pose as emotionless, then changing to capture fierce and angry expressions.

Stephen Graham Film Actor Character Actor Portfolios London & Los Angeles

Hugh Bonneville was next in May 2017 at the London Studio. Bonneville is a remarkably talented British actor. Best known for playing Robert Crawley in the ITV period drama series Downton Abbey. On the day of the sitting my Phase One Body was somewhat acting up. Being resourceful I always carry a backup. Therefore I reached into my Peli Case for my Fuji X100F and TCL-X100, 50mm Teleconverter Lens. The Fuji performed swimmingly in the studio environment, not outperforming my Phase One XF, but still providing amazingly detailed results.

Hugh Bonneville London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

 

Often commissioned by Corporate & Government 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 2017, 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

Chelsea Pensioner Dougie Hassall is a very extraordinary pensioner. Reaching the grand old age of 100. The Royal Hospital in London Commissioned me to capture his portrait. It was a very humbling and remarkable experience for me to shake the hands of a 100 year old man. Dougie’s secret to old age, be kind to one another and live each day to the full. Hassall the oldest sitter of my career is a World War Two Veteran, captured by the Japanese Army in 1941, and was a Prisoner of War for three-and-a-half years working at the docks in Saigon.

Douglas Hassall Chelsea Pensioner London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Portrait of Britain is presented by British Journal of Photography. Photographer Rory Lewis portrait of Captain Anani-Isaac of The Royal Lancers. Captured for Soldiery (British Army Portraits), has been selected to appear in a Nationwide Exhibition. Shortlisted from 8000 entires, 100 Portraits of the exhibition will go live on Friday 1st September 2017. 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. Limited Edition Prints are also on sale via the Portrait of Britain Website.

 

Portrait of Britain is presented by British Journal of Photography. Photographer Rory Lewis portrait of Captain Anani-Isaac of The Royal Lancers. Captured for Soldiery (British Army Portraits), has been selected to appear in a Nationwide Exhibition.

In October 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 in 2018 so stay tuned.

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

In December I was pleased to announce that a Portrait of British Army Soldier Sergeant Seeto, captured as part of  Soldiery British Army Portraits Exhibition. Entered into the British Life Photography Awards 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.

Also in December a portrait of British Army Soldier  Warrant Officer Class 2 Deborah Penny captured in November 2017 in London, was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery London. 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. The Portrait captured as part of my Soldiery Exhibition Soldiery British Army Portraits, represents my SEVENTH National Portrait Gallery Acquisition.

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

“The British Army is a wonderfully diverse organisation and I’m pleased that my portrait has helped to recognise a true British Army Hero. Deborah will take her rightful place in the National Portrait Gallery’s perminant collection.”

Rory Lewis

 

Finally in finishing  this hastily put together Blog Post, these have been the highlights of a gigantic year in Portraiture. I look forward to picking up my camera tomorrow for my first portrait sitting of 2018. Lastly my biggest moment of 2017 the unveiling Soldiery for one Preview evening in my home town of Liverpool, captured on video please take a look below.

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.


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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.

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Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen Photographer Rory Lewis

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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.

 

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WorkshopDate & Location Places & Booking
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

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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)

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

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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

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Art Nude Photography Masterclass London (UK) with Celebrity Photographer Rory Lewis Sunday, 4 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 Farringdon Studio 2 Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1N 8SJ London United Kingdom Sunday, 4 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

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

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Portrait Photography Masterclass Boston (MA) USA with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Sunday, 11 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (EST)Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall | 89 Broad Street | Boston, MA 02110 Sunday, 11 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (EST)

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Portrait Photography Edinburgh (Scotland UK) with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 17 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00Malmaison Hotel Conference Centre 1 Tower Pl, Edinburgh EH6 7BZ Saturday, 17 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

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Art Nude Photography Masterclass Los Angeles (USA) with Celebrity Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 31st March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 Skye Rentals 164 West Providencia Avenue Burbank, CA 91502 LOS ANGELES USA Saturday, 31st March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)

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LA Caravaggio (Chiaroscuro & Expression) Portrait Photography Workshop Los Angeles (CA) USA with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Sunday, 1st April 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)Skye Rentals 164 West Providencia Avenue Burbank, CA 91502 LOS ANGELES USA Sunday, 1st April 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)

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Portrait Photography Masterclass Las Vegas (NV) USA with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Tuesday, 3rd April 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)MGM Grand Conference Center 4701 Koval Lane Las Vegas, NV 89109 Tuesday, 3rd April 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)

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London Caravaggio (Chiaroscuro & Expression) London with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 5 May 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)Farringdon Studio 2 Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1N 8SJ London United Kingdom Saturday, 5th May 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

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– 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


 

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Portrait Masterclass Workshops Return 2018 New Format

Portraiture is my niche for over 14 years I have laboured to become one of the world’s foremost Portraitists. Throughout my career I’ve captured portraits that have been acquired by The National Portrait Gallery. Photographed many household names, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Rufus Sewell and many more. My work has been exhibited World Wide, commissioned by editorials such as The Times, The Guardian and Independent newspapers. I’ve worked for Corporate and Government clients such as The Ministry of Defence, BBC, and Pepsi and continue to develop my style of portraiture more and more.

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

Over the course of my career I taught my photographic technique, thoughts, ideas, inspirations and knowledge in the form of a Portrait Masterclass. In 2018 I’ll be bringing the Masterclass back to Los Angeles, London, Manchester and Edinburgh and for the first time hold workshops in New York and Boston.

Rory Lewis Session with Sir Patrick Stewart

The format of the Workshop will change, enabling attendees to work throughout the session with THREE DIVERSE SUBJECTS all with different characteristics. Delegates will hone their lighting and directional technique with mini projects and inventive scenarios. Group sizes will be smaller enabling more one to one instruction time with myself.

 

Course Schedule 

10:00am Rory Lewis Talk on the Medium of Portraiture

10.45am Coffee & Refreshments (Provided)

11.00 am Vivid Portraiture (Using Umbrella’s, Softboxes)

12:30pm Lunch

13:00pm Soft Lighting Portraiture

14:00 Low Key Portraiture (Rembrandt Lighting, Split & Short Lighting)

16:00pm Rory Lewis Will Sum up the Day

London Portrait Masterclass Rory Lewis Photography School Tuition


Delegate Feedback

” In one word “Inspiring” “Rory was open to and encouraged all questions, which were answered in detail. Rory shared his extensive lighting knowledge in addition to how to bring out the character in a portrait subject in a fun. informal, enjoyable manner. Would recommend this course to any portrait photographer wanting to improve their craft.” .

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“Excellent photography workshop. We went through 8 different light set ups starting with a single light source and ending up with two light sources with the tightest control of the light. There was a lot to take in and was very happy with the photos I took. The breadth of the material covered was excellent. Very pleased to have attended. Thanks Rory!”

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Common Questions

Do I need to bring any Lighting equipment? No Just your Camera & Lens, 50MM, or 85MM Ideal for portraits.

Will I get to work with the models? Yes, plenty of time to shoot, working with the models and equipment.

Is the Course aimed at Beginners? Yes and Intermediate Photographers who have knowledge on how to use their camera in manual mode.


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Edinburgh Portrait Masterclass Saturday 14th October 2017

Edinburgh, i’ll be heading your way one last time this year for a Portrait Photography Masterclass Edinburgh Portrait Photography Masterclass Saturday 14th October 2017.

 

Rory Lewis Photographer has made an outstanding contribution to photography and the visual arts, creating consistently imaginative and thought-provoking portraits. Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Ian McShane, Sir Derek Jacobi, Natalie Dormer, and many others have sat for Rory and his unique portraiture style is becoming renown.

Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, London

 

“You can learn more in one day than months of reading about photographic technique. 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.”

 

 

 

You will walk away from this course with the skill to develop and improve your portrait photography techniques. From Beginners to Intermediate Photographers, these sessions cater for the amateur and semi professional. Learn studio flash lighting, develop your understanding of studio technique and test using photographic models.

 

Rory Lewis Photographer Photographing Sir Patrick Stewart London Portrait Photographer

You will be shown the effect of soft boxes, umbrellas, snoots, and beauty dish how to use reflectors. How to use both soft and hard lighting to change the mood and effect of a portrait. Learn what a main lights function is; and how to use fill lights, back lights and hair lights and be shown how they affect the final image.


Calumet Photographic Bonnington Business Centre
3 Tennant Street
EH6 5HG Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Saturday, 14 October 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

 

Course Schedule 

10:00am Rory Lewis Talk on the Medium of Portraiture

10.45am Coffee & Refreshments (Provided)

11.00 am High Key Portraiture (Using Umbrella’s, Softboxes)

12:30pm Lunch (Provided)

13:00pm Beauty Portraiture (Butterfly Lighting, Using Beauty Dish)

14:00 Low Key Portraiture (Rembrandt Lighting, Split & Short Lighting)

16:00pm Rory Lewis Will Sum up the Day

 

Testimonials

 

“In one word “Inspiring” “Rory was open to and encouraged all questions, which were answered in detail. Rory shared his extensive lighting knowledge in addition to how to bring out the character in a portrait subject in a fun. informal, enjoyable manner. Would recommend this course to any portrait photographer wanting to improve their craft.”

Dorothy Via ReviewCentre.com

 

“Excellent photography workshop. We went through 8 different light set ups starting with a single light source and ending up with two light sources with the tightest control of the light. There was a lot to take in and was very happy with the photos I took. The breadth of the material covered was excellent. Very pleased to have attended. Thanks Rory!”

Adrian Via ReviewCentre.com

 

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2017 Photography Workshops 12% OFF Early Bird Bookings Until 1st December 2016

In celebration of a successful year of photography workshops and masterclasses, 2017 will be the Rory Lewis Year of Learning. I am aiming to hold even more workshops and masterclasses in order to offer up  photographic learning opportunities for as many as possible. Whether you’re looking for Portrait Masterclasses aimed at the Complete Beginner, or Advanced Classes geared to hone your skills, lighting technique and direction, I have the class to suit.

Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

12% OFF 2017 WORKSHOPS MARKED PRICES, USE PROMO CODE SAVE2017 to Book Your Places Offer Ends 1st December 2016

Behind the Scenes Rory Lewis Photographer Workshops/Courses

Behind the Scenes Rory Lewis Photographer Workshops/Courses

Professional models are provided for all Rory Lewis Photography Courses to ensure you develop your skills in a realistic environment. The benefit of this is that the session offers an ideal opportunity to not only improve your skills but also build your portfolio.

Rory Lewis Photographing Sir Patrick Stewart (2015)

WorkshopDate & Location Places & Booking
WorkshopDate & Location Places & Booking
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

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

Art Nude Photography Masterclass Los Angeles (USA) with Celebrity Photographer Rory Lewis Sunday, 25th February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 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 $279.00 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 Sunday, 4 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 Farringdon Studio 2 Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1N 8SJ London United Kingdom Sunday, 4 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

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

Portrait Photography Masterclass New York (USA) NY With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 10 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (EST)Studio 250 | 250 W 40th St | New York 10018 Saturday, 10 March 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, 11 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (EST)Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall | 89 Broad Street | Boston, MA 02110 Sunday, 11 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (EST)

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

Portrait Photography Edinburgh (Scotland UK) with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 17 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00Malmaison Hotel Conference Centre 1 Tower Pl, Edinburgh EH6 7BZ Saturday, 17 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

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

Art Nude Photography Masterclass Los Angeles (USA) with Celebrity Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 31st March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 Skye Rentals 164 West Providencia Avenue Burbank, CA 91502 LOS ANGELES USA Saturday, 31st March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)

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

LA Caravaggio (Chiaroscuro & Expression) Portrait Photography Workshop Los Angeles (CA) USA with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Sunday, 1st April 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)Skye Rentals 164 West Providencia Avenue Burbank, CA 91502 LOS ANGELES USA Sunday, 1st April 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 Las Vegas (NV) USA with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Tuesday, 3rd April 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)MGM Grand Conference Center 4701 Koval Lane Las Vegas, NV 89109 Tuesday, 3rd April 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)

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

London Caravaggio (Chiaroscuro & Expression) London with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday, 5 May 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (PST)Farringdon Studio 2 Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1N 8SJ London United Kingdom Saturday, 5th May 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00

18 Places Available Course Cost £152.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Rory Lewis Photography Workshop Terms & Conditions

Often an ideal way to tailor photographic learning and development for the individual, I am keen to set aside more time for one-to-one photography tuition sessions. Tailored to your needs, one-to-one sessions and courses are suitable for photographers of any ability. You choose the subject and content from Beginner’s Tips to Fine Art Nude or Portraiture. One-to-One tutorials are available year-round in a location to suit you including Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast and now Dublin and Los Angeles.

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CourseInformation

THREE Hour One-to-One Studio Photography Tuition (INCLUDES ONE MODEL THROUGHOUT THE SESSION) Course Cost £479.00

AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND in Liverpool, London, 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)

FIVE Hour One-to-One Studio Photography Tuition (INCLUDES TWO MODELS THROUGHOUT THE SESSION) Course Cost £729.00

Available Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh 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)

DUBLIN Republic of Ireland Six Hour One-to-One Studio Photography Tuition Course Cost 875.00 EURO

Available DUBLIN  Click Here For More Info & Booking

AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND in DUBLIN, , , , , , , 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)

Four Hour One-to-One Studio Photography Tuition Course Cost $1000,00

AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND in LOS ANGELES, 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 $1250,00

AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND in LOS ANGELES, 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)

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Rory Lewis Photography Workshops Feedback Sept-Nov 2016

The past two months have been exceptionally busy, teaching my Portrait Masterclasses and One-to-One Workshops across the UK London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Birmingham and Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. It’s been a real pleasure to teach and pass on my knowledge of lighting, model direction, and business techniques to aspiring photographers as well as professional photographers. Many have been kind to leave me reviews and feedback below. My 2017 Workshops are now online, next year I’ll be holding workshops across the UK, USA, Europe and the Middle East Click here to View.

One-to-One Portrait Tuition Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

One-to-One Portrait Tuition Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

 

 Ed Flanagan VIA Reviewcentre.com

“The Master Class was not only practical and entertaining, but Rory was generous with his huge knowledge and insight built up from his study of the Great Masters in painting and their techniques for lighting and mood translated into very practical steps gained through shooting world leaders in industry, government and the arts and entrainment. All wrapped and packed into hands-on experience to facilitate the learning with and emphasis on minimum of equipment and the maximum of thought and direction.”

London Portrait Masterclass Rory Lewis Photography School Tuition

London Portrait Masterclass Rory Lewis Photography School Tuition

“This Master Class is a game changer for me, in my pursuit of offering my client the highest quality service possible, and I can not wait to pass on the benefits and insights I have learned from Rory’s Master Class, in the images I take going forward.”

“For anyone who is committed to raising their game to that of the Great Masters, get the insights and inspiration and learn and practice the techniques and most of all learn and practice giving direction to your seater to get the very best image possible – this is the Master Class to take.

London Portrait Masterclass Rory Lewis Photography School Tuition

London Portrait Masterclass Rory Lewis Photography School Tuition

Peter Jones VIA Reviewcentre.com

“I attended Rory’s Low Key Portraits course in London and was very impressed with the day. I’m delighted with the knowledge and skills I came away with.”

“To start the day, Rory gave a brief historical introduction to artists’ painting styles, how they translated to photography, and what we had to do to get great portraits.”

London Portrait Masterclass Rory Lewis Photography School Tuition

London Portrait Masterclass Rory Lewis Photography School Tuition

“Our model arrived, and the rest of the day consisted of setting up many different lighting styles using a variety of modifiers, reflectors and backgrounds. We were shown how to meter the lights and direct the shoot.”

“The portraits I came away with were easily the best studio shots I’ve ever taken, and I’ll definitely be using these techniques for my portraits from now on.”

“Rory was interesting, knowledgeable and friendly – and we were lucky to have a model who was relaxed and helpful as well as looking fantastic in our photos.”

 

 

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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Northerners Exhibition Open Evening Edinburgh 12th August 2015

Northerners Photography Exhibition Edinburgh Rory Lewis Photographer Sir Ian McKellenThank you to everyone who attended open evening of my Northerners Edinburgh Portrait Exhibition. It was wonderful to meet so many new people, and talk about my recent Northerners Project. Thank you to Calumet Photographic and the team at Edinburgh for all their help with the evening. Northerners will be at Calumet Photographic in Edinburgh throughout the Fringe Festival till 29th August 2015. You can view a video from Open Evening Below.

July – August 2015 Photography Workshops Reviews & Feedback

Thank you to everyone who attended my recent photography workshops with the Calumet Academy, and for your feedback and comments. Throughout 2015, I have taught a diverse programme of portraiture photography workshops, and my 2015-16 courses are now available to book with limited places. I also teach One-to-One Photography workshops throughout the UK, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

 

Portrait Photography Workshop Manchester 8th August 2015

Manchester Photography Workshop

“Attended Rory’s Intermediate Portrait course at Calumet Manchester Aug 2015. Rory started the day with a brief review of how portraiture has developed through painters (think Holbein, Henry VIII and power) through to David Bailey. Provided you can handle a camera don’t be put off by ‘intermediate’. Everything else is explained fully (flash setup, including measuring with light meter, and positioning). Various one and two light setups are tried with opportunities to take images with each one. If you don’t come away with some good images for your portfolio and a good understanding of taking portraits then you have failed to ask questions, because the event is informal and people are encouraged to participate.”

 

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Intermediate Portrait Photography Workshop Edinburgh 12th August 2015

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“Portraiture and Studio Lighting – the mysteries revealed”

“I can thoroughly recommend Rory’s intermediate portraiture course. I attended the course in August 2015 and found it extremely educational. As well as looking at the history, and artistic aspects of portraiture we were given a thorough grounding in studio lighting techniques which was invaluable. The importance of directing the model was emphasised throughout and we had numerous opportunities to practice this particular aspect. My only regret is that I now feel the need to go out and buy myself a studio lighting set-up!”

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“A good explanation of portraiture and lighting”

Attended August 2015. Although billed as intermediate it is not difficult to keep pace with Rory’s excellent explanation of portraiture, provided you know how to handle your camera. Rory starts with basic lighting setups, progressing to two light combinations with a variety of backgrounds and creating a spectrum of moods. The atmosphere is informal, there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions and Rory’s initial review of portraiture through the ages (e.g. Holbein’s flattery of Henry VIII) sets the scene for a very worthwhile day. If you don’t come away with some images that you want to keep, and more confidence in your own ability to photograph portraits then you must be reluctant to ask questions.

 

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“Portraiture Beginners Workshop”

IMG_0405“This was a thoroughly informative and enjoyable session. Rory initially put everyone at their ease doing introductions for himself, the participants and the model. The venue was good for the studio environment required with all the necessary equipment and accessories which were explained to the participants over the course of the session. Rory gave a theoretical overview of portraiture outlining the different types which are used by photographers before leading in to the practical side of the session. Over the course of the day Rory set up different lighting set ups and encouraged the participants to try out the types of portraiture which he had explained. The really informal way Rory conducted the session helped people to feel comfortable enough to engage with the model and give the correct directional instructions to get good poses. This was an excellent sessions which I would have no hesitation in recommending to others. Communication before and after the session has been excellent. Thanks also to Calumet for organising this.”

 

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