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 2nd 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.

Los Angeles October 2017

Logan McPeak LA Headshots Rory Lewis Photographer

Back in Los Angeles for a week of photography tuition and shooting. Working throughout the week I was booked by 11 diverse and immensely talented Actors for Actors Headshots Sessions. Several were very kind enough to leave me reviews and feedback on their experience in front of my lens. I’m looking forward to returning to Los Angeles in January 2018, I’ll also be offering  Discounted Actors Headshot Sessions on 16th, 17th, 18th, January 2018. If you can’t make this session and would like a more comprehensive session, I now offer my Full Headshot Packages in Los Angeles throughout the year.

Rob Rush LA Actors Headshots Rory Lewis Photographer

“Rory was a lot of fun to work with, and offers great rates. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but ended up with plenty of great shots for my portfolio.”

 

Rob Rush Via Facebook Reviews

LA HEADSHOTS FACEBOOK

Christina Cox Actress, LA Actors Headshots Rory Lewis Photographer

Had the great pleasure to work with the phenomenal photographer Rory Lewis while in LA last month. Love the rich, painterly quality of his work. You will too!! Go see him next time he’s in LA

 

Christina Cox Via Facebook Reviews

LA HEADSHOTS FACEBOOK

Emily McLeod Actress, Rory Lewis LA Actors Headshots

Bruce Green LA Actors Headshots

Headshots Sessions completed it was time to turn my attention to teaching with a Fine Art Nude Photography Masterclass on Sunday 29th October. Throughout the day students worked with Two different Fine Art Nude Models, who modelled throughout the day. Learning lighting, camera technique and direction. I will also be returning to LA with several workshops in January/February/March, from Portraiture, to Fine Art Nude.

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

Making use of all my time in LA I was able to fit in a Portrait Sitting with Actor Rufus Sewell. The sitting had been on the cards for quite some time and I was lucky Rufus was in town on a break from filming The Man In The High Castle. I’m only sharing one portrait from the sitting as the below has been acquired by The National Portrait Gallery in London. The shoot was very memorable, I’ve admired his work for many years and the chance to direct and photograph Rufus was a wonderful experience. The other portraits will be displayed at an exhibition of my work next year so stay tuned.

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

 

Black Friday Mega Deals 24 Hours Only!

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

Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen Photographer Rory Lewis

DEAL ONE


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

PROMO CODE

BLACK2017

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portrait Photography Masterclass 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 $249.00 Click Here for More Information & to Book


Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

DEAL TWO


OVER £200.00 OFF ONE-TO-ONE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS


Topics include:

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

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


 

CourseInformation
CourseInformation

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

Purchase Below

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

Full details sent upon booking.

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

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

Purchase Below

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

Full details sent upon booking.

Available UK WIDE Click Here For More Info & Booking

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

 

 

Portrait Sitting Voucher

 

This Holiday Season Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis is offering a UNIQUE GIFT VOUCHER. An Exclusive Portrait Sitting, which can take place in London, Leeds and Liverpool in the UK, and Los Angeles (CA) in the USA.

Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis has spent over a decade honing his craft to become one of the UK’s finest portrait photographers, offering his services to a wide variety of clients.

Capt Anani-Isaac The Royal Lancers

The voucher can be redeemed throughout 2018. Rory is available for portrait sittings in Central London, Leeds & Liverpool, and several times a year in Los Angeles California.  Rory’s portfolio of portraiture represents household names from Sir Patrick Stewart to Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi and many more.

Rory Lewis takes the time to produce the finest Portraits, which enable him to create images that display the character, expression, personalty and mood of each sitter. His Portraiture  has been acquired by The National Portrait Gallery in London, and his work is published and exhibited worldwide. With such a diverse portfolio Rory can tailor his services to fit your needs, or the needs of Brands & Editorial & Commercial Clients.

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

“Unique Portraiture using ‘direction’ and inventive ‘scenarios’, Rory easily encourages sitters to express themselves, creating natural, thought provoking portraits” 

Package & Purchase

Portrait Sitting With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis (Includes 1 Hour Studio Portrait Photoshoot /150 Images to Choose From/ONE Fully Retouched Printed Portrait)

London, Leeds or Liverpool Photography Studios (UK)

£249.00

Portrait Sitting With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis (Includes 1 Hour Studio Portrait Photoshoot /150 Images to Choose From/ONE Fully Retouched Printed Portrait)

Los Angeles Photography Studios (Burbank & Glendale) CA (USA)

$329.00

Voucher Valid for 12 Months from 1st January 2018-1st January 2019

For Queries please Email: rorylewis@me.com

Powerful Actors Headshots Los Angeles (CA)

Whether you’re an Actor or Actress based in Studio City, Burbank, West Hollywood, North Hollywood or Downtown. Rory Lewis Photographer can provide a unique service across Los Angeles. Capturing dynamic and powerful Actors Headshots. Headshots which enable you to stand out from the crowd and gain the interest of agencies and casting directors. 

 

Don’t choose a provincial photographer with little or no experience. Choose a photographer who has worked with the stars of stage and screen in London, New York, and Los Angeles. A photographer whose headshots represent some of the biggest names of stage and screen. Sir Patrick Stewart, to Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, Natalie Dormer, Iain Glen, Ian McShane, William Shatner and many more. 

Iain Glen Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

Capturing the perfect headshot requires time, and when you book a session with Rory Lewis you will enjoy a  relaxed service. A professional photographer should also be a skilled director. On the day of your session, Rory will direct you with inventive scenarios to bring out your acting talent. In other words acting to camera, as to show potential agents your energy, your vibe and your ability as an Actor. 

Toby Jones Rory Lewis London Headshots Actress Actors Photographer

Rory’s recent  session with Actor Julian Bleach, star of the Borgias and Doctor Who, illustrates how talent and acting ability can be conveyed. Julian’s appearance is retained, very little air-brushing is applied. This is very important if you wish to present your image to casting directors. The expression is distant yet aloof, it has energy, it draws the eye, this is what your headshot needs to evoke. 

Julian Bleach Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Your headshot is your first point of contact with any agency or casting director. If it doesn’t stand out; if it doesn’t have the energy; the raw talent which demonstrates your craft. Your headshot won’t work for you. Headshots are a very big investment to an actor, sessions are expensive. You need to make your headshot work for you. It represents you and your character your style, your talent and it must reflect all these things. 

Natalie Dormer & Emma Rigby Rory Lewis London Headshots Actress Actors Photographer

Most of Rory’s headshot sessions with Celebrities last 15-20 minutes, this is all the time he is allotted to capture the stars of stage and screen. In this time Rory has to think fast, breaking the ice and directing these talented actors to capture the headshot which will represent them for the next 12 months to – 2 years. Just think about what Rory can do for you in 1 hour, creating a powerful headshot which will enable you to stand out from the crowd.

Look at Rory’s session with Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Patrick’s striking and undeniable acting ability is presented to the lens. Sharp and solemn expressions hold the viewer. If your image doesn’t inspire the viewer, provoke the imagination, it won’t stand out it will be viewed for a split second without consideration. 

 

It is time to think about your headshot photographer, don’t settle for the cheap, shabby, and quick passport-like photo service, which inexperienced photographers may offer. Select the finest Actors Headshot photographer available. 

 

Comprehensive Packages Click Here

 

Discounted Sessions also Available Click Here

Fine Art Nude Workshop Los Angeles (CA) (USA) Sunday 29th October 2017

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 workshop coming to  Los Angeles (CA) (USA) Sunday 29th October 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 rorylewis@me.com if you have any questions about the Course. Full Course Details will be Sent upon Booking. Group Sizes are small around 4-6 Delegates.


Art Nude Photography Course Los Angeles Sunday 29th October 2017

 

Skye Rentals | 164 West Providencia Avenue | Burbank, CA 91502

 

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 September 2017

Back in Los Angeles for a week of photography tuition and shooting, for the first time I was able to offer my Discounted Actors HeadshotsWorking over the two full day sessions on 14th & 15th September with 27 diverse and immensely talented Actors. Several were very kind enough to leave me reviews and feedback on their experience in front of my lens. I’m looking forward to returning to Los Angeles for one more Discounted Actors Headshot Session on Friday 27th October 2017. If you can’t make this session and would like a more comprehensive session, I now offer my Full Headshot Packages in Los Angeles throughout the year.

“Amazing job. Keeps the artist in motion so you stay loose. Highly recommended.”

 

Dominic Pace Via Facebook Reviews

LA HEADSHOTS FACEBOOK

Jason McBeth LA Actors Headshots

Soren McVay LA Actors Headshots

Rory Lewis is a gem to work with! Both highly professional and easy going, he made me feel comfortable even in the short time I had booked. “He utilizes soft lighting, constant motion, and highlights your prominent/individual features. The result is incredibly unique portraits that showcase exactly who you are, not a generic headshot that could be anyone. I’m extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to work with Rory and recommend him highly!”

 

Soren McVay Via Facebook Reviews

LA HEADSHOTS FACEBOOK

Josh Clark LA Actors Headshots

Fiona Lakeland LA Actors Headshots

Darrett Sanders LA Actors Headshots

“Absolutely LOVED shooting with Rory. His guidance during the shoot is fun and very supportive. He has a very kind and generous spirit and makes the session joyful as well as productive. Definitely coming back for more.”

 

Darrett Sanders Via Facebook Reviews

LA HEADSHOTS FACEBOOK

Weston Meredith LA Headshots

“Such a pleasure working with Rory! He provides an upbeat comfortable shoot and the quality of his shots are always top notch. Would highly highly recommend working with him if you have the opportunity. Very grateful!”

 

Weston Meredith Via Facebook Reviews

 

Headshots Sessions completed it was time to turn my attention to teaching with a Portrait Photography Masterclass on Saturday 16th September. Throughout the day students worked with three different subjects, who modelled throughout the day. Learning lighting, camera technique and direction. I will also be returning to LA with several workshops in October, from Portraiture, to Fine Art Nude.

 

Making use of all my time in LA I was able to fit in a few portrait sittings. The first with Actor Bo Foxworth and Actress Elyse Mirto, capturing a dual portrait for their upcoming theatre production. The siting was very interesting indeed as both Bo and Elyse played around with different characters both serious and comical.

Elyse Mirto & Bo Foxworth

The second sitting with veteran actor Greg Itzin. Itzin has appeared in guest starring roles on various television shows like in “MacGyver”. His most recent major role has been President Charles Logan on the popular television drama 24. He received a Tony Award nomination for his role in the Pulitzer Prize–winning play The Kentucky Cycle. Greg has a stunning facial profile, an actor of incredible skill and talent, Itzin needed very little direction. My idea to capture Greg as the contemptuous villain.

Greg Itzin Rory Lewis Los Angeles Portrait Photographer

The third and final sitting gave me the opportunity to add to my Caravaggisti Project. In these portraits I have attempted to emulate Caravaggio’s naturalism and dramatic lighting with photographic effect. The subject actor Adrian LaTourelle. Using harsh lighting to create super detail in skin tone, texture and colour and inventive art direction. Adrain screamed in rage, enabling me to capture the energy of the moment.

Adrian LaTourelle Actor Los Angeles Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

 

Discounted Actors Headshot Session on Friday 27th October 2017

 

Dominic Pace Actor Los Angeles Headshots

Actor Dominic Pace, has an incredible facial profile. Dominic booked a character actor’s headshots session at the Los Angeles Photography Studio in Burbank. Often casted as the villain or tough guy, Dominic opted for character shots, assuming various expressions to relay his casting profile.

 

Amazing job. Keeps the artist in motion so you stay loose. Highly recommended.

Dominic Pace Via Facebook Reviews

LA HEADSHOTS FACEBOOK

 

If your in need of a new Actors Headshots Session check out my Los Angeles Packages, I’ll also be offering a series of discounted sessions on Friday 27th October 2017.

Turn Pro Intensive 4 Day Photography Course (London UK & Los Angeles (CA) USA

Turn Pro Intensive 4 Day Photography Course (London UK & Los Angeles (CA) USA

 

(Los Angeles) CA (USA)

Thursday, 9 November 2017 at 10:00 Sunday, 12 November 2017 at 16:00 (PST) (Each Day will Start at 10:00am and Finish at 16:00pm)

 

(London) England (UK)

Thursday, 8 February 2018 at 10:00 | Sunday, 11 February 2018 at 16:00 (GMT) (Each Day will Start at 10:00am and Finish at 16:00pm)


Photo Professional Magazine 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 Lewis Photographer Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Brian Cox CBE

Rory will be holding a ONE OFF WORKSHOP aimed at turning Amateur Photographers in to PRO’s with a FOUR DAY Programme of Seminars and Tuitions. Rory Lewis will lead the sessions. Featured Recently by the BBC, Rory Lewis is one of the UK & USA’s Rising Photography Stars, having photographed many of the worlds leading Actors in his Portrait Exhibitions. His work has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London and Rory has a wide variety of clients ranging from The London & New York Times, to Pepsi.

This Intensive Course with a seasoned professional photographer offers the best possible way to improve your camera and lighting techniques, create more inspiring images, and to learn how to see and capture better pictures.

 

“You can learn more in these four days than in months of reading about photographic technique.”

 

Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

Professional Models will be Provided, to help hone the skills and techniques taught. This will give you the opportunity to build a professional portfolio under the guidance of an experienced photographer.

 

“ALL Courses are practical tuition sessions giving you plenty of time to learn hands on the skills taught. Illustrated PDF Booklets of all the Lighting Setups Shown will be provided for you to take away. Rory will also teach marketing and social networking techniques.”

 

Rory will review your work each day suggesting improvements and helping to improve your technique.


   BOOK EARLY BEFORE 1st October 2017, Save $100.00 USE PROMO CODE SAVE100 


(Los Angeles) CA (USA)

Thursday, 9th November 2017

Friday 10th November 2017

Saturday 11th November 2017

Sunday, 12th November 2017

(Each Day will Start at 10:00am and Finish at 16:00pm)

SKYE RENTALS
164 W Providencia Ave

Burbank, Los Angeles,

CA 91502 

   BOOK EARLY BEFORE 1st October 2017, Save £100.00 USE PROMO CODE SAVE100 


(London) England (UK)

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Friday 9th February 2018

Saturday 10th February 2018

Sunday, 11 February 2018

(Each Day will Start at 10:00am and Finish at 16:00pm)

Farringdon Studio
2 Bleeding Heart Yard
EC1N 8SJ London
United Kingdom

Four Day Programme


Day One Portraiture Photography & Lighting Day

(Models Provided Throughout the Day)

Stephen Graham Portrait Sitting Rory Lewis 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. Direction will be central, you will learn how to for fill a brief and set the mood.


Day Two Editorial Location Photography & Lighting Day

(Models Provided Throughout the Day)

Location Portrait Lighting Photography Workshop

Photojournalists, corporate and event photographers, wedding photographers, and serious amateurs who want to improve their knowledge of Location lighting. The day begins with creating interesting lighting with One or Two Strobes progresses through using multiple Strobes with many different light modifiers. One of the key things that Rory will share in a “very hands-on way” is how to better control your on location lighting.


Day Three Art Nude Photography & Lighting Day Four

(Models Provided Throughout the Day)

Day Three will explore the lighting techniques of the great artistic nude photographers including Helmut Newton, Erwin Blumenfeld, Bill Brandt and Frantisek Drtikol. Working with a professional Art Nude Model with fabulous bone structure, figure and facial expression. This course is a MUST for all those enthusiastic Art Nude Photographers who want to capture some amazing shots for their portfolios.


Day Four How to Sell your Photography, Marketing, Finding Clients, Social Networking.

This intensive one-day workshop will cover all aspects of marketing for photographers. The workshop will give photographers the skills to tailor their marketing efforts to the real needs of their clients, giving them practical tools to enhance their self-promotion and raise their conversion rate.

From self-promoting tips and tricks, to the most recent self-marketing free tools, this workshop follows a “checklist” approach which photographers can easily integrate into their daily or weekly schedule and will help them to find a natural balance between self-marketing, networking and being creative.


 

Fine Art Nude Workshops Los Angeles, (CA) & London, (England)

Fine Art Nude Photography Workshops

I’ve always been drawn to fine art nude photography as an opportunity to create art for the sake of art. No clients, no deadlines, no restrictions — just the human form as my canvas. While nude photography can be whatever you want it to be, when I teach workshops I coach my students to focus specifically on the fine art nude with an emphasis on light, shape, form, storytelling, and mood.

When you look at my work, I never want you to see a ‘naked photo’. Instead, I want you to see a creative exploration of photography with the nude form as part of the visual language and creative canvas. When you look at my work, you shouldn’t be looking at ‘body parts’ but instead perhaps the way the light wraps around shape of nude subject. I try to pass these same sensibilities onto the students of my workshops both in my instruction and the inspirational references I direct them to study whether classical paintings, art photographers, or fashion photographers.

 

Current Upcoming Workshops

 

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


Los Angeles, CA

SKYE RENTALS
164 W Providencia Ave

Burbank, Los Angeles,

CA 91502


London, United Kingdom | Calumet Photographic and Rental
Saturday, 21 October 2017 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST)


(Los Angeles CA) Glendale Photography Studio| 820 Thompson Ave
Sunday, 29 October 2017 from 10:00 to 17:00 (PDT)

Every year I teach fine art nude photography workshops both at my studio in London (England) and in Los Angeles (CA). These portfolio intensive nude workshops are limited to 12 delegates. I have several goals that I want to achieve with my students. First, I aim to educate. I want to help photographers understand how to manipulate the form to create the shapes they desire, and therefore gain a deeper understanding of posing. I want them to see (and experience) how the placement of light and choice of modifier change the appearance of the body, curves and musculature. I want to demonstrate the role of highlight and shadow in both sculpting and differentiating the form, and how his interplay of light and shadow becomes fundamental to fine art nude photography.

 

Next, I am to reduce (or eliminate) fears. At times people are uncomfortable with photographing nudes because of societal taboos that have been imposed. During my workshop I help my students to become comfortable with planning shoots, the etiquette of approaching and directing their subjects and more. It is extremely important for a photographer to be professional and confident with their subjects in order to create the type of imagery that is the goal of my workshops.

 

Finally (and probably just as importantly), I aim to inspire. Nude photography always pushes me to explore my creativity — I explore new lighting techniques, I make a mess with paint, I try more dramatic poses, I create unusual set or place my subjects in unexpected scenes. The nude is my creative canvas, and I often find that the creative explorations I experiment with in nude photography often creep back into my own portrait photography work.

 

Unfortunately for a variety of reasons (many unfounded or based on societies unnecessarily skewed perceptions of the nude form) I cannot share many of my fine art nude work on social media without destroying the integrity of the images by photoshopping out a nipple or adding censorship. Honestly, I think there is a clear different between ‘sexy boob’ and ‘art boob’, but of course that is an entirely different discussion.

Although I do not treat my workshops as shooting time for myself, I often take a few frames of the subjects in order to allow my students see me direct the models and also to allow me to provide a few frames of images to my models as an extra thank you for their hard work!

 

In one workshop we focused a lot on studio lighting for fine art nudes, and how to use the mood of the light to fit the theme of the nude or to tell the greater story. We also used studio lighting to create dramatic images that really focused on the nude form instead of a ‘naked subject’.