David Cameron Prime Minister Portrait Sitting

One of the most challenging sittings of my career, I was recently commissioned to capture a portrait of former Prime Minister David Cameron. Serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016. Brexit has been a challenging time in British Politics, resulting in David Cameron’s resignation. There is a great deal of tension in the UK about Brexit and very mixed feelings about David Cameron as a modern figure in history. I’m no stranger to photographing political figures and former world leaders, having been commissioned last year to photographer former Prime Minister Sir John Major.

I began by looking at other portrait photographers representations of Mr Cameron. I found myself wanting, not many stood out to me as a portraitist. Was this due to him being a difficult sitter?

 

My idea was to capture Mr Cameron as a meditative Statesmen. Brexit has left the UK in very uncertain times, and I wanted to seek inspiration from a portraitist who had recorded political figures during a period of uncertainty. Researching all the greats, I found Sir James Guthrie. Guthrie was a Scottish painter, best known in his own lifetime for his portraiture, although today more generally regarded as a painter of Scottish Realism. Sir James received a commission to paint portraits of all those statesmen who had served in office during the First World War.

(Left) Henry Herbert Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, (Right) William Ferguson Massey. (National Portrait Gallery Scotland) Sir James Guthrie Artist.

Of all his depictions two sketch studies really stood out, the first that of Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith 1852 – 1928, a British statesman and Liberal Party politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916. The second of William Ferguson Massey, 1856 – 1925. Prime Minister of New Zealand. The First World War indeed a very trying period in British History. Guthrie, sketched Asquith and Massey in a very complex and meditative state, almost reflecting on the past and career’s as heads of state.

With this inspiration in mind, I explained my ideas to Mr Cameron and he was pleased with the mood board and style of portraiture I wanted to evoke. The session took place in June of this year and from a short sitting of around 30 minutes,  I directed David to assume a series contemplative and thoughtful expressions. David was indeed an easy sitter, inquisitive and delightful to work with.

David Cameron Portrait Sitting (London Portrait Photographer) © Rory Lewis 2018.

These portraits are true to history, as a historian and National Portrait Gallery acquired photographer. Capturing depictions which can be used as historical source material is very important. Like Sir James Guthrie, I’m a realist wanted to create a precise and accurate representation keeping every mark every line and capturing my sitter as a neutral object in history.


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Liverpool Echo Feature

Thank you to Paddy Shennan at the Liverpool Echo for running a feature on my recent work in Los Angeles, London and New York. Liverpool is still my home and its wonderful to share my latest work with the City. The article features my work with Sir Patrick Stewart, Natalie Dormer, William Shatner, James Purefoy and Stephen Graham.  

Practical Photography Magazine

Thank you to Practical Photography Magazine for publishing a feature on my Portraitist Exhibition. I was delighted to speak about several of the celebrity portrait sittings, my techniques and style.

London Portrait Photographer

Practical Photography Magazine Rory Lewis Photographer

Practical Photography Magazine Rory Lewis Photographer

Practical Photography Magazine Rory Lewis Photographer

Digital Photography Magazine Column Feature

Thank you to Digital Photographer Magazine for inviting me to write this months Pro Column. My topic for this months article, my portrait sitting with actor Sir Patrick Stewart. I hope you enjoy it, feedback is most welcome.

Rory Lewis Photographer Digital Photography Magazine Feature

Rory Lewis Photographer Digital Photography Magazine Feature

Ciarán Hinds Actor Portrait Sitting

Ciarán Hinds is an Irish actor, featuring in films such as Road to Perdition, Munich, There Will Be Blood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Frozen, Silence, and Justice League, in which he portrayed the main antagonist Steppenwolf.

 

His television roles include Gaius Julius Caesar in the series Rome, DCI James Langton in Above Suspicion, and Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones. As a stage actor Hinds has enjoyed spells with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre in London, and six seasons with Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre, and he has continued to work on stage throughout his career.

Ciarán was very kind to accept my invitation to sit for a portrait in March of this year. The sitting was very memorable, Hinds was astonishing, creating expressions and emotions that almost hold the viewer. My directional inspiration for the sitting flowed from three themes. The first to capture Ciarán as a penitent man, who believes, the second, a focused individual, the third a man who doubts. Hinds created complex and vigorous characters were embodied by energy and animation.

Actor Ciarán Hinds, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis (Penitent Man)

Actor Ciarán Hinds, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis (Focused Individual)

Actor Ciarán Hinds, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis  (Man Who Doubts)

Actor Ciarán Hinds, London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis (Man Who Doubts)

Portrait Sittings London

Chief Constable Paul Crowther, OBE Portrait Sitting

Paul Crowther, OBE is a police officer of the United Kingdom. Since March 2014, he has been Chief Constable of the British Transport Police (BTP). I’m no stranger to photographing high profile public officials. I’m a professional portrait photographer, I will forever be a historian in my heart.

 

Over the years, I have managed to hone my skills and discovered how to marry my passion with my profession. So when I am tasked with private portrait sittings for politicians, military figures and others of significant standing, I tend to look back in time towards historical portraiture for inspiration.

 

Drawing on the work of Holbein, Dürer, da Vinci and Gros, as well as portrait photographers such as Karsh, I always hope to produce a frame worthy of documenting. In short, I hope that future historians will one day use my work as a source to discover the personality and soul of each sitter.

Paul Crowther OBE London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Based in London Rory Lewis is the UK’s foremost Police/Law Enforcement Portraitist Photographer, who is regularly commissioned to photograph high profile Officers of the Metropolitan and British Transport Police. Portraits are very important to Police Officers, 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 Law Enforcement who are wanting to capture a professional portrait. Available at studios in Central London, Edinburgh and in Central Liverpool; or On Location.

 

Photo Professional Magazine

Thank you to Photo Professional Magazine, featuring Portraitist which opens on 1st August 2018, at Wex Photo & Video London. The article features my portrait of Actor Rufus Sewell, captured in Los Angeles. The portrait among over 30 others will hang until 25th September 2018.

 

Professional Photo Magazine

H.R.H Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, KStJ, CD Portrait Sitting

H.R.H Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, KStJ, CD is a member of the British Royal Family. He is a paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, being a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary. His Royal Highness commissioned a portrait at the London Studio. The Prince does have an uncanny resemblance to his great grand father Edward VII, in researching his lineage I did come across a portrait which gave me a great deal of inspiration for the sitting. I decided on a profile shot similar to that of Edward VII’s ceremonial portraits. Whilst still maintaining a harshness of lighting. Left (King Edward VII in state robes, about 1905W. & D. Downey) Prince Michael was born during the Second World War on 4 July 1942, at Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire. He was the third child of Prince George, Duke of Kent, who was a younger brother of King George VI. At the time of his birth Michael was seventh in the line of Succession to the British throne.

 

Being Colonel of the Kings Royal Hussars, for the first set Prince Michael adorned his regimental uniform. Opting for the Crimson backdrop, I wanted to achieve two things. The first, red is the colour of Royalty, the second crimson is the colour of the Kings Royal Hussars trousers and peak cap.

 

This distinctive feature, which is unique in the British Army, derives from the honour accorded to the 11th Hussars by Prince Albert. The regiment, then based at Canterbury, formed the escort for the Prince from his arrival at Dover, en route to his wedding in London. The Prince so impressed with the bearing and turnout of the troops, he ordered that they should henceforth wear his livery as a mark of distinction.

H.R.H Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, KStJ, CD London Royal Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

For the second set, His Royal Highness changed into his Household frock coat. Opting for a black backdrop, and harsher lighting, I wanted to create a more ambient and vivid portrait. Using intense chiaroscuro to add both mystery and dutiful emotion. This my first Royal portrait sitting, was a smooth and enjoyable experience. To capture history and tradition are two aims I wanted to achieve as a portraitist, in this special sitting I believe I achieved these goals.

H.R.H Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, KStJ, CD London Royal Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

 

Rob Gros Corporate Portraits

Rob Gros is a British innovator and businessman. He is the founder and CEO of Chemical Intelligence Limited & Sanitas Healthcare. He is most famous for his work in the licensing, research and development of antimicrobial technology. Developing a revolutionary new rubber examination gloves. Rob commissioned a series of portraits for several online and print editorials at the London Studio.

 

A professional business headshot 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. I have many years experience working with companies to create polished business portraits. You will find my friendly and professional approach helps put even the most photo-phobic at ease.

 

You can either visit my studios in London, Liverpool or Leeds. Or I can come to your office setting up a mini-studio, including lighting and a portable background. I can either replicate a picture you like, or I’m happy to advise on a style which would work best for your purposes. I’ll provide you with a selection of shots, generally showing a range of different expressions to help you fine-tune the corporate image you wish to put across. Read More…..

Rob Gros Portrait, Photographer Rory Lewis London

Rob Gros Portrait, Photographer Rory Lewis London

Rob Gros Portrait, Photographer Rory Lewis London

Lieutenant Commander Trewinnard-Boyle Portrait Sitting

From a recent portrait commission with Royal Navy Officer Lieutenant Commander Trewinnard-Boyle. Who arranged a portrait sitting at the London Studio. Shortly retiring from active service, the Commander wanted a record of his Royal Navy career and a portrait which his family will cherish for generations to come.

 (Rory Lewis)

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. Read More…..

 

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