Fine Art Nude Workshops Dublin (Ireland) & Los Angeles (CA) (USA)

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.  With two workshops coming to Dublin (Ireland)  Saturday 3rd June 2017 & Los Angeles (CA) (USA) Sunday 11th June 2017 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.

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 RORY@RORYLEWISPHOTOGRAPHY.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.

 

Dublin (Ireland) Saturday 3rd June 2017

South William Studios 46, South William street Dublin 2

Art Nude Photography Course Los Angeles Sunday 11th June 2017

Sportsmen’s Lodge & Conference Centre 12825
12825 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, 91604
United States

 

Delegates Feedback

 

“Rory, The Art Nude Photography Course was spot on. You kept the theory to a minimal and just taught us practical techniques. I came away from the course with some amazing images and Ella Darling was an awesome model for a beginner like myself Thanks a bunch!”

Stephen Nicholson Delegate

 

“Rory  is someone who loves his work as a photographer  very enthusiastic . He is very willing to help and supplies one with information, during and after the shoot with notes of the different lighting setups .

I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wishes to enter the beautiful world of Fine Art Nude photography. There are so many aspects of the course that I enjoyed …this is another thing about Rory , he is a good sense of humour which rubs off on his students , because half the battle of getting something across is to make the whole learning experience enjoyable .

Even after he has finished his course and you are wanting to chat about something , Rory is always available to help . A great asset for any teacher well worth flying over from Ireland! “

Aidan Finn Delegate

 

Excellent course. this was my first Art Nude course and I’ll be honest I was very Nervous. However, Rory was great he kept me engaged and taught me loads. He knows his profession.

 

Our MUA did a flawless job, she had the model looking amazing and we didn’t have to deal with any issues. The model was amazing, great professional, very hard worker and made me feel at ease. Great gorgeous cheeky look and wonderful figure, would recommend her to anyone 

Simon Peters Delegate

Los Angeles June 2016

June, I was back in Los Angeles for a few days to photograph a series of Portrait Sittings with three very talented actors. Bo Foxworth, Tony Amendola and Saul Rubinek. 

 

Bo Foxworth is a wonderful stage Actor and recent star of screen and Stage Play All The Way in which Brian Cranston leads the cast as President Lyndon Johnson. My first Portrait sitting of the trip; Bo is a natural in front of the lens, a pleasure to photograph. My theme for the portrait sitting was ‘Expressive’. Directing Bo to assume extreme emotions. To achieve my goal I asked Bo to assume a Shakespearian Character. He obliged me with his favourite Richard III. To my astonishment, Bo became the Machiavellian King presenting me with the true theatrical talent.

Actor Bo Foxworth Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Actor Bo Foxworth Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Actor Bo Foxworth Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Tony Amendola has an instantly recognisable face and was the subject of my second LA Portrait Sitting. I had the delightful pleasure of seeing Tony on stage, playing Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler at the LA Antaeus TheatreAmendola is a wonderfully versatile actor appearing on screen in the Mask of Zorro and in the television series Stargate SG1.

 

Seeking once more, expressive and animated portraiture. I reverted again to the Bard. Tony obliged me with a unique performance of a soliloquy from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. When working with exceptionally talented actors, truly great things can happen. As Tony performed I clicked away at the shutter; capturing a series of remarkably animated and expressive portraits. Movement is essential in portraiture, so many photographers keep their subjects static, whereas I prefer movement and animation.

Tony Amendola Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Tony Amendola Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Tony Amendola Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Tony Amendola Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Tony Amendola Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Tony Amendola Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

My final Portrait Sitting was the most powerful. Actor Saul Rubinek has been a prolific presence on both the stage and screen for many years. Starring in films such as the Unforgiven to television series Warehouse 13. Saul was very familiar with my style of portraiture and when we sat down to discuss the sitting he had a very simple idea. Instead of Acting to the lens, he would tell me a story. The sitting was very profound as Saul regaled a tale about a traumatic time in his life, as he spoke I clicked the shutter and each frame I captured was emotional and thought-provoking.

 Saul Rubinek Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Saul Rubinek Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

 Saul Rubinek Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Saul Rubinek Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

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

DUBLIN FINE ART NUDE Photography Masterclass ONLY 12 PLACES AVAILABLE (COURSE FEATURES 2 PUBLISHED MODELS

DUBLIN WORKSHOP 3RD JUNE 2017 South William Studios 46, South William street Dublin 212 Places Available Course Cost €279.00 EURO

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Belfast Portrait Photography Masterclass Belfast Saturday 10th June 2017 Calumet Photographic 6 Boucher Road BT12 6HR Belfast United Kingdom

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

Art Nude Photography Course Los AngelesSun 11 June 2017 10:00 – 17:00 PDT Sportsmen's Lodge & Conference Centre 12825 Ventura Blvd Studio City, LOS ANGELES 91604

18 Places Available Course Cost $279 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Portrait Masterclass Liverpool Saturday, 17th June 2017 With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory LewisSaturday, 17th June 2017 Rory Lewis Studio 15 Hatton Garden L3 2HA Liverpool United Kingdom

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

London Introduction to Portrait Photography Sunday 18th June 2017 Farringdon Studio 2 Bleeding Heart Yard, London EC1N 8SJ

18 Places Available Course Cost £129.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Bristol Portrait Weekend Photography Masterclass Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July 2017 With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory LewisSaturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July 2017 Calumet Photographic 32 Station Road BS6 5EA Bristol United Kingdom

12 Places Available Course Cost £259.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Portrait Photography Masterclass Boston (MA) USA Saturday, 8 July 2017 10-4pm Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall 89 Broad Street Boston, MA 02110

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

Portrait Photography Masterclass Dallas (TX) USA Tuesday, 11 July 2017 10-4pm Hilton Anatole 2201 North Stemmons Freeway Dallas, TX 75207

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

Portrait Photography Masterclass Chicago (IL) USA Thursday, 13 July 2017 10-4pm Hilton Chicago 720 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605

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

Portrait Photography Masterclass Los Angeles (CA)Saturday, 15 July 2017 10-4pm Sportsmen’s Lodge 12825 Ventura Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 91604

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

Dublin Weekend Portrait Photography Masterclass Saturday 22ND and Sunday 23RD July 2017 Hilton Hotel Conference Centre, Charlemont Pl, Dublin 2, Ireland

12 Places Available Course Cost 359 EURO  Click Here for More Information & to Book

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS London With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis Saturday 29th July 2017 Calumet Photographic, 93-103 Drummond Street, London NW1 2HJ

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

Portrait Photography Masterclass Amsterdam / Netherlands with Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory LewisSaturday, 5 August 2017 Hilton Hotel Apollolaan 138, 1077 BG, 1077 BG Amsterdam Netherlands

18 Places Available Course Cost 239 EURO Click Here for More Information & to Book

Low Key (Chiaroscuro Lighting) Portrait Masterclass DUBINDUBLIN WORKSHOP Saturday 12th August 2017 CROWN PLAZA DUBLIN, DUBLIN AIRPORT, Northwood Avenue, DUBLIN 9 DUBLIN Ireland12 Places Available Course Cost 225 EURO

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PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS Edinburgh With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory LewisSaturday 19 Aug 2017 Calumet Photographic, 3 Bonnington Business Centre, Tennant St, Edinburgh EH6 5HG

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

London Weekend Portrait Photography Masterclass Saturday 26th & 27th August 2017 With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory LewisSaturday 26th & 27th August 2017 Calumet Photographic, 93-103 Drummond Street, London NW1 2HJ

12 Places Available Course Cost £259.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

Low Key (Chiaroscuro Lighting) Portrait Masterclass LONDONSaturday, 16th September, 2017 Calumet Photographic, 93-103 Drummond Street, London NW1 2HJ

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

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS London With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory LewisSaturday 30th September 2017 Calumet Photographic, 93-103 Drummond Street, London NW1 2HJ

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

FINE ART NUDE MASTERCLASS London Saturday, October 21st, 2017 Calumet Photographic, 93-103 Drummond Street, London NW1 2HJ

12 Places Available Course Cost £189.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book

LOW KEY PORTRAIT MASTERCLASS LondonSaturday 28th October 2017 Calumet Photographic, 93-103 Drummond Street, London NW1 2HJ

12 Places Available Course Cost £149.00 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.

CourseInformation
CourseInformation

Four Hour One-to-One Studio Photography Tuition Course Cost £500.00

Available UK WIDE Click Here For More Info & Booking

AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, SUITABLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS OF ALL LEVELS and can focus on any areas of photography from Beginners to Portraiture and Fine Art Nude Photography.

Six Hour One-to-One Studio Photography Tuition Course Cost £700.00

Available UK WIDE Click Here For More Info & Booking

AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, SUITABLE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS OF ALL LEVELS and can focus on any areas of photography from Beginners to Portraiture and Fine Art Nude Photography.

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.

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.

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.

CLICK HERE FOR GROUP WORKSHOPS/COURSES

CLICK HERE FOR GROUP WORKSHOPS/COURSES

USA 2017 Portrait Photography Workshop Tour With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

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.

 

Rory runs Portrait Photography Courses and Workshops and in June 2017 will be touring the USA, Boston (MA), Chicago (IL), Dallas (TX) & Los Angeles (CA). With a one-day Portrait Masterclass.

Rory Lewis Photographer Photographing Sir Patrick Stewart London Portrait Photographer

Rory Lewis Photographer Photographing Sir Patrick Stewart London Portrait Photographer

Rory’s work has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London & Lectures at the National Portrait Gallery & Victoria & Albert Museum, his recent Photography Exhibitions Northerners  & Expressive have received Nationwide Recognition. Being featured by the BBC and international press. Rory’s client list includes Pepsi, British Army and The London Times. Rory’s inspirations include Renaissance Portraiture and German Expressionist Cinema.

 

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

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

About Workshop

 

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

Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

Whether you are a total beginner or a semi-professional photographer. 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.

William Shatner Portrait Rory Lewis Photographer Los Angeles, Portrait Photographer

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 10-15 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.

Photography Workshops & Courses 2016

Toby Jones London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Toby Jones London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

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.

 

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 the main lights function is; and how to use fill lights, back lights and hair lights and be shown how they affect the final image.

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.” 

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

 

Course Schedule 

 

10:00 am 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

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

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

16:00 pm Rory Lewis Will Sum up the Day

 

2017 WORKSHOPS

 

Portrait Photography Masterclass Boston (MA) USA 

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall
89 Broad Street
Boston, MA 02110

(Register using the below if you can’t see it. Click Here to visit the Booking page)

 


Samy’s Camera’s Photography Courses Los Angeles

I’m pleased to announce my partnership with Samy’s Camera in Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Samy’s recently interviewed me for their BlogThroughout 2016 & 17 i’ll be teaching workshops and seminars on portrait photography, lighting, direction and how to market yourself as a photographer. To check out the latest workshops and courses click here. I will also be offering One-to-One workshops in the Los Angeles area. 

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British Photographer Rory Lewis Samy's Cameras USA

British Photographer Rory Lewis Samy’s Cameras USA

Los Angeles April 2016

April saw me spending three weeks back over the pond in Los Angeles, leading me to dub the city my second home. This avenue of photography has really taken off for my business. Back in 2014 it accounted for barely 2% of my work load. Now, in 2016, 15% of my assignments take place in the City of Angels.

Downtown LA (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Downtown LA (Rory Lewis Photographer)

On home turf it’s a similar story too. Whilst I will always remain true to my roots, Liverpool used to account for 75% of my work, whereas now 60% of my time is devoted to the capital. As my career has developed I’ve followed my heart, always seeking to let my passion see business sense. The combination seems to be working.

Downtown LA (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Downtown LA (Rory Lewis Photographer)

I’m an Englishman in… Los Angeles
Looking from the outside in has given me a different view of Los Angeles from the average LA dweller themselves. It took a bit of adjusting to the laid back surfer dude lifestyle. For a formal portrait photographer this poses one big shift in dynamics: out is the formal attire of military wear and the suited and booted, in comes the shorts, t-shirts and slip flop look. Quite a contrast.

Downtown LA (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Downtown LA (Rory Lewis Photographer)

This follows through to business attitudes too. I’m used to presenting my business persona, known to the Americans as the British Stiff Upper Lip. This is a strategy that works well in the corridors of Whitehall, or with eminent London actors, but does leave you feeling a little like a fish out of water in Los Angeles. I’ve had to become chameleon like and change my persona to suit a different brand of clients. In Los Angeles I’m likely to be grabbed en route to the shoot to go grab a taco, crack a few jokes. Shoots will frequently be finished up with a chance to go for dinner when I get quizzed about my works and exhibitions.

 

With a three week visit this time I wanted to head out and experience the real LA. With the convenience of AirBnB this wasn’t too hard as I could do it from a few different apartments and guest houses.

 

After 14 hours of flying I was grateful that my first stop-off was in the quiet hills of La Canada Flintridge. A perfect place to relax, unwind and find my feet. 

I highly recommend the Melrose Trading Post which is open every Sunday. This place is what we would call an antiques and vintage fair in the UK. It’s a delightful mish-mash of stalls with street food and live entertainment. If you want to enjoy some really good food and listen to live music, and buy something vintage make sure you pop along.

Antique Portraits (Melrose Trading Post)

Antique Portraits (Melrose Trading Post)

Down to Work in Los Angeles

 William Shatner was the subject of my first portrait sitting, once again in his offices in Studio City. The previous time I had photographed him I had needed to work fast – I had 5 minutes before he had to fly off to a film set. This time was a different affair. He was wonderfully relaxed, sporting linen trousers and sandals, the epitome of the Californian (even though he is Canadian). LA grows on everyone. I was able to direct several different looks and expressions, and was very pleased with the results as was William Shatner himself.

William Shatner (Rory Lewis Photographer)

William Shatner (Rory Lewis Photographer) Phase One XF IQ40MP



Heading downtown to a studio apartment, I moved in to the hustle and bustle of central LA. Welcome to the cultural melting pot. Downtown is unusually small, not at all like New York or London. Being able to walk these streets was a real pleasure knowing that just 20 years ago this was a No Go zone. Despite the compact downtown area, LA in fact spreads out as far as the eye can see into several cities and towns. Downtown has some wonderful quaint and bohemian places to visit, the Last Book Store is a must. But be careful – you will come out with a box of secondhand books as I did.

Downtown LA (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Downtown LA (Rory Lewis Photographer)

My second sitting of the trip was with legendary actor Richard Herd. Quietly renowned, he as starred in a diverse range of movies and television series, mainly in the 1980s. He starred in TJ Hooker & in the science fiction series ‘V’. You may have also seen him in the 1970’s film FIST.

Actor Richard Herd (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Actor Richard Herd (Rory Lewis Photographer) Phase One XF IQ40MP

Actor Richard Herd (Rory Lewis Photographer)It was a pleasure to be invited to Richard’s home for the sitting. I was delighted to have a look at his own art work, being a keen painter himself. He showed me one of his portraits of Rod Steiger who has starred with him in movies. It was an impressive sight. Richard is now 83 and constitutes my ideal subject for portraiture. He truly has a face that’s been lived in: his features tell the tale of his life, and his aged hands and features make for epic portraiture. His experience as an actor made him a joy to photograph. Richard was at natural ease with direction making my job easier. His poses and expressions were effortless. I donned my thick skin to have him swear at me to express anger, the results were worthwhile!

 

Sitting Number Three

 with actor Jonathan Frakes took place at his home way out in Tarzanna. Jonathan once played the role of Commander Riker in Star Trek the Next Generation. Anyone who follows my work knows that I’m a bit of a Trekkie, so this was a real treat for me.

Jonathan Frakes (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Jonathan Frakes (Rory Lewis Photographer) Phase One XF IQ40MP

Jonathan is now a director. He’s been responsible for directing many episodes of Marvels Agents of Shield, Falling Skies, and his latest project The Librarians. It was incredibly interesting to meet Jonathan. An exceptionally tall man, I took my wife Sasha with me to assist on the sitting. Sasha being 6’ 2” herself was still dwarfed by him. His stature combined with his natural portrait-ready face made a series of striking frames.

Jeffrey Combs (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Jeffrey Combs (Rory Lewis Photographer) Phase One XF IQ40MP

Los Angeles Welcomes My Fourth Sitting

. This sitting almost certainly was my favourite. I had the pleasure of photographing actor Jeffry Combs, a true master of talent. Again he tickled my Trekkie fandom, but Combs is also known for his starring role in the 1980’s gore fest, The ReAnimator as well as other roles. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance in “Would You Rather” – it’s a horror movie with an interesting twist.

Jeffrey Combs (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Jeffrey Combs (Rory Lewis Photographer) Phase One XF IQ40MP

Meeting Jeff at the entrance of the apartment, we headed out for a taco and a chance to chat about his latest projects – and to get a sense of the man in the flesh ready for his shoot. Jeff is another epitome of Californian style and relaxed charm. His face is animated and expressive and he truly put on a performance for the shoot. I directed him to imagine being giving a parking ticket right after the shoot, the expression was worth it and broke free from the Californian laid back style. Every frame tells a different story. It was a privilege to see each element of my direction reflected in a unique expression, a moment in time caught in portrait. I just hope he didn’t in fact get a parking ticket!

Harry Groener (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Harry Groener (Rory Lewis Photographer) Phase One XF IQ40MP

Nearing the End, with My Second-to-Last LA Portrait Sitting
Actor Harry Groener was the star of my penultimate sitting. I was previously due to shoot Harry later in the second week of my visit. However, Harry texted me to say he had just been cast for a part, and the wonderful beard and slightly long hair he was sprouting would have to be cut off. With this in mind we moved the sitting forward. As a wonderful character actor, I wanted to capture Harry as the mammoth of the stage he is. One of the things you understand is that Character Actors enjoy the rugged look: The Stoop, as I like to call it.

Harry Groener (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Harry Groener (Rory Lewis Photographer) Phase One XF IQ40MP

Once again, a laid-back character greeted me at the apartment. We worked together to create several different looks and emotions to create a series of wonderful portraits that would challenge and inspire. Harry is an incredibly talented actor, absorbing my photography direction effortlessly.

 

My Last Photography Sitting in Los Angeles

My final sitting of the trip took place at our final destination: The Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. Without a doubt, The Sportsmen’s Lodge is by far our favourite hotel in LA. It is an icon of the 1950s. Incredibly , John Wayne once fished in the lake behind the hotel with his son. The hotel certainly hasn’t lost its charm and is well worth considering it if you’re planning a trip to LA.

Kitty Swink (Rory Lewis Photographer)

Kitty Swink (Rory Lewis Photographer) Phase One XF IQ40MP

Actress Kitty Swink was my final sitting of the trip. Kitty is the wife of my good friend, Armin Shimmerman. A superb actress, Kitty’s eyes are a striking combination of hazel and green. Kitty and Armin mirror my wife and I: one is tall and one is short, and we’re not looking at the usual gender stereotype! For Kitty and Armin this in fact helped the pair to gain a role as a married couple in Dudley Moore’s movie, “Like Father Like Son”. Let’s not forget that Dudley Moore himself would feel at ease with the stature of myself and Armin! Nonetheless, Kitty is generally more a native of the stage as an astounding actress. She is effortlessly expressive and a true talent indeed.

 

Rory Lewis, Back to Blighty 

All in all, the trip was a very successful. We were welcomed by this incredible city, and we spent three wonderful weeks exploring it. I completed six successful portrait sittings that have become essential parts of my portfolio and depict my love of portraiture.

 

I’m looking forward to returning to LA in June. This time the focus of the trip will be to teach a workshop with my new partner, Samy’s Camera. Nonetheless I already have several plans to complete more portrait sittings.

 

If you are looking for a photographer, notably a specialist in portraiture photography, in Los Angeles, then give me a shout. I’m in LA several times a year and always keen to schedule new assignments.

 

Major John Melville Military Portrait Sitting

Major John Melville late of the Commandos and now serving in The Royal Artillery commissioned a Military Portrait at Barracks in Liverpool. It was wonderful to meet John and great to speak to him about his incredible career. Melville is a soldier of considerable experience serving through the ranks as an enlisted man all the way to becoming an officer. His service in the military spanning from the Falklands Conflict in 1982 to the Gulf War in 1990 and even the recent conflicts in Iraq 2003 & Afghanistan 2001–14.

 

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. John is a genuine British Hero and I wanted to capture him as thus, opting for tall, solemn yet dutiful poses. He was very proud of his service in the Commandos and opted for his portrait in the Iconic Green Commando Beret.

 

If you are a member of the armed forces looking for a portrait siting please check out my comprehensive service available UK wide and several times a year in Los Angeles USA.

HyperFocal: 0 (Rory Lewis)

HyperFocal: 0 (Rory Lewis)

René Auberjonois Portrait Sitting

René Auberjonois has an instantly recognisable face which I believe becomes better and better with age. Star of stage and screen Auberjonois, has appeared in  M.A.S.H, Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Boston Legal to name but a few titles. I wrote to René several months ago to arrange the sitting in Los Angeles, and to my wonderment, he agreed to sit for a portrait during my visit to LA a few weeks ago.

 

René boasts an incredible family tree being related to Napoleon himself, His mother, Laure Louise Napoléone Eugénie Caroline Murat (1913-1986), was a great-great-granddaughter of Joachim Murat, one of Napoleon’s marshals and King of Naples during the First French Empire, and his wife Caroline Bonaparte, Napoleon’s youngest sister.

 

Inspired by my sitting with Actor Sir Ian McKellen, René requested I use a similar style of lighting for his portraits. I was delighted to recreate the mood to capture the incredible detail of René’s profile. Auberjonois incredible acting talent seeps through the portraits, each frame became more expressive than the last.

René Auberjonois Portrait Sitting, London & Los Angeles Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

René Auberjonois Portrait Sitting, London & Los Angeles Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

René Auberjonois Portrait Sitting, London & Los Angeles Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

René Auberjonois Portrait Sitting, London & Los Angeles Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

 

Andrew J Robinson Portrait Sitting

My Expressive Portraits Exhibition is enabling me to seek out opportunities to undertake Portrait Sittings with some impressive stars of stage, screen and TV. This has necessitated a fair amount of hopping back and forth across the Atlantic as I aim to bring a depth to the exhibition that would not be possible by staying on English turf only.

 

Andrew Robinson Actor Portrait Rory Lewis London LA Portrait PhotographerI first wrote to impressive Director and compelling Actor, Andrew J Robinson, hoping to include him in a Los Angeles trip last September. Having not heard back from him at the time of departure I hoped I would instead be able to undertake a shoot with him on my 2016 Los Angeles trip. However, I was pleasantly surprised, when arriving in LA, that there was an email from him, keen to take up the opportunity. Robinson heartily agreed to sit for a Portrait Session and we arranged a day in Studio City to do the shoot.

Andrew Jordt "Andy" Robinson (born February 14, 1942) is an American actor and director of the Master of Fine Arts acting program at the University of Southern California.[1] Originally a stage actor, he works predominantly in supporting roles on television and in low-budget films. He is best known for his role as the serial killer Scorpio in the crime film Dirty Harry (1971), the role of Larry Cotton in the horror film Hellraiser (1987), and starring as Elim Garak on the science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999).[2] He and wife Irene have a daughter, actress Rachel Robinson, who appeared in Deep Space Nine. (Rory Lewis)

Being somewhat of a Trekkie, Robinson was high on my ‘hit list’ for entries to my Expressive Portraits Exhibition owing to his role as Garak in Star Trek Deep Space Nine. However, Robinson is also notorious for his entrancing portrayal of the first psychopathic killer, Scorpio, who shattered our nerves in the film Dirty Harry, as well as playing the part of Larry Cotton in the horror film Hellraiser.

 

Interestingly, on meeting Andy, I discovered that whilst he attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he had shared a room with the famed Brian Cox, the subject of a sitting I completed last year. This felt like proof of the small world nature of the world of Portrait Photography as well as adding depth to my exhibits on a personal level.

 

As for the sitting itself, I found Andrew Robinson to be a complete natural in front of the camera. Whilst you may think this is the case for all actors, the stationary ‘screen shot’ of photography can phase some actors not used to the non-transient nature compared with rolling film. Not for Andy! The theme of the sitting was Character Acting, and Andrew rose to the challenge to incorporate this essence in to each shot, capturing character on camera. I captured a series of varying expressions with a particular focus on the more odious and extreme in tribute and recognition of the many nefarious characters he has played. From a personal point of view, I particularly love the second portrait as it conveys a vicious and expressive pose with Robinson’s eyes boring in to the viewer with his steely gaze.

 

It was a pleasure to undertake the sitting with Andrew Robinson in Los Angeles, and I look forward to incorporating the portraits in my Expressive Portraits Exhibition.

 

 

Brent Spiner Portrait Sitting #LA #Photographer

Brent-Spiner6Many may not know, that despite living in my home town of Liverpool and having my studio in the city, I work both Nationally and Internationally. Actor Brent Spiner, who best known for his portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Sat for a portrait session in Los Angeles last month. It was wonderful to meet Brent, he is a very talented actor. I recently had chance to watch ‘Out at Sea‘ staring Spiner as the Cruise Director Gil Godwyn, I recommend you take a look. The session lasted around an hour and we worked through several looks, I directed Brent to assume expressive poses, both pensive and thought provoking. Brent is a natural in front of the camera, and in such a short time we created some wonderful portraits.

 

All portraits where photographed with the Mamiya Leaf Credo 40Mamiya Sekor Af 110mm F2.8 Ls D Lensthe best Fixed Prime Portrait Lens I’ve ever used. I’m looking forward to returning to Los Angeles, where I will be holding two Portrait Photography Courses in Studio City June 2015.

 

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