Professional Photo Magazine November 2018

Thank you to the Team at Professional Photo Magazine, for publishing a feature on Soldiery British Army Portraits. Soldiery has been a long term project which has taken over 2 years to photograph. The exhibition will be coming to the National Army Musuem from the 31st January – 6th February 2018. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the collection which has captured the tradition and diversity of the Modern British Army.

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Sir John Major Portrait Sitting

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Liverpool Actors Headshots Surgery, Thursday 10th August 2017

”In need of a new Headshot? Rory Lewis will be holding a discounted headshot surgery  in Liverpool. Rory has created Actors Headshots for the finest Acting Talent. Stars of Stage and Screen from Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, David Warner, Natalie Dormer, Iain Glen, Julian Glover and the list goes on. Rory has developed his own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session; to create the very best in Headshots.”

 

Graduating , now its time to start your acting career, and your first port of call is to arrange your Actors Headshots. Rory Lewis is one of the most sought after Actors Headshot Photographers in Britain, photographing Actors Headshots for many years. Rory has created Actors Headshots for the UK’s finest Acting Talent, Based in Liverpool and holding sessions monthly in Manchester, Leeds & London studios. Rory has developed his own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session; to create the very best in Actors Headshots.

 

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

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I shoot in colour and convert into black and white, you will receive both colour and black and white copies of your retouched images.

Contact sheets are supplied on-line via your own personalised website within 24 hours.

Once you have chosen your two photos I will re-touch and crop them for you and changes can be made before you receive your final photos.

 

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Soldiery (Liverpool Preview Evening)

Soldiery as a portrait project has been a labour of love. For a year, I have collaborated with the British Army holding 100’s of portrait sittings. The results feature the Army’s Leaders and Soldiers from a range of iconic regiments. Each inspired by visual art, depicts the unique identity each soldier, their regiment and rank. Now the project is completed, I will be previewing the collection at an open evening to co-inside with Armed Forces Day Liverpool. Taking place on 24th June 2017, at the Historic Athenaeum Club.

  • Venue
  • The Athenaeum
  • Church Alley
  • Liverpool, L1 3DD
  • Saturday 24th June 7.00-9.00pm
  • Dress Formal/Lounge Suit/Mess Dress

Tickets £20.00 including a drinks reception and canapé’s and talk about the project by Rory Lewis Photographer.

 

Rambahadur Limbu VC Portrait Sitting

The Victoria Cross & George Cross Portrait Project has been an exceptionally challenging, yet rewarding portraiture project. Individuals who have been awarded the Victoria Cross have been selected because they are worthy of Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand’s highest military award for their bravery and conduct in the field. Similarly, those awarded the George Cross are civilians or military personnel who have displayed conspicuous bravery in and away from the field. These awards are not issued lightly. They are the very greatest honour for individual valour and merit. These individuals are the modern day heroes.

 

Over the next few week’s I’ll be posting all the VC & GC recipients in a series of Blog Posts. Here is my Fourth post in the series, recipient Rambahadur Limbu, VC, MVO. (View Full Series of Posts)

 

Rambahadur Limbu VC London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

 

Extracts from citation

“On 21st November 1965 in the Bau District of Sarawak Lance Corporal RAMBAHADUR LIMBU was with his Company when they discovered and attacked a strong enemy force located in the Border area… Leading his support group in the van of the attack he could see the nearest trench and in it a sentry manning a machine gun. Determined to gain first blood he inched himself forward until… he was seen and the sentry opened fire, immediately wounding a man to his right. Rushing forward he reached the enemy trench… and killed the sentry, thereby gaining for the attacking force a foothold on the objective… with a complete disregard for the hail of fire he got together and led his fire group to a better fire position…

 

…he saw both men of his own group seriously wounded… and… immediately commenced… to rescue his comrades… he crawled forward, in full view of at least two enemy machine gun posts who concentrated their fire on him… but… was driven back by the accurate and intense… fire… After a pause he started again…

 

Rushing forward he hurled himself on the ground beside one of the wounded and calling for support from two light machine guns… he picked up the man and carried him to safety… Without hesitation he immediately returned… [for the other] wounded man [and] carried him back… through the hail of enemy bullets. It had taken twenty minutes to complete this gallant action and the events leading up to it. For all but a few seconds this Non-Commissioned Officer had been moving alone in full view of the enemy and under the continuous aimed fire of their automatic weapons… His outstanding personal bravery, selfless conduct, complete contempt of the enemy and determination to save the lives of the men of his fire group set an incomparable example and inspired all who saw him.

 

Finally, Lance Corporal Rambahadur was responsible for killing four more enemy as they attempted to escape…

 

He displayed heroism, self sacrifice and a devotion to duty and to his men of the very highest order. His actions on this day reached a zenith of determined, premeditated valour which must count amongst the most notable on record and is deserving of the greatest admiration and the highest praise.”

The Royal Lancers Portraits

My current Portrait Project entitled Soldiery has taken me all over the UK &  Europe capturing portraits of the Men and Women of the British Army. My recent sittings took place last month with The Royal Lancers in Catterick Yorkshire. The Regiment was formed following the amalgamation of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) and The Queen’s Royal Lancers last year.

 

I was delighted to work with the regiment having the opportunity to capture portraits of a wide range of troopers, from the Colonel of the Regiment to the Regimental Sergeant Major, a selection of officers, NCO’s and enlisted troopers.

 

Soldiers are very easy to Direct, Sutherland, once quipped “Accuracy is Truth”. With a degree in history, detail is very important to me as a visual artist. I pride myself on capturing every line, mark and scar. Solemn duty and capturing the vivid yet emotionless expressions has been my directorial impetus for the soldiery exhibition.

 

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Lt Colonel MJ Mudd DSO. The Royal Lancers

Lt Colonel MJ Mudd DSO. The Royal Lancers

Capt Anani-Isaac The Royal Lancers

Capt Anani-Isaac The Royal Lancers

Lcpl Ryan Bonell The Royal Lancers

Lcpl Ryan Bonell The Royal Lancers

Capt AR Humphreys The Royal Lancers Military Portrait Photographer London Rory Lewis

Capt AR Humphreys The Royal Lancers Military Portrait Photographer London Rory Lewis

WO2 (RQMS) KM HOUGH he Royal Lancers Military Portrait Photographer London Rory Lewis

WO2 (RQMS) KM HOUGH The Royal Lancers Military Portrait Photographer London Rory Lewis

Royal Lancers, Military Portraits, British Army Portraits Photographer Rory Lewis

Royal Lancers, Military Portraits, British Army Portraits Photographer Rory Lewis

 

London Portrait Photography Masterclass 25th September 2015

London Portrait Photography MasterclassThank you to everyone who attended todays, London Portrait Photography Masterclass at Calumet Photographic Drummond Street. It was wonderful to share my passion and knowledge of portraiture. Demonstrating lighting, direction and camera technique. Several members of the group very graciously left their feedback via my review centre page, you can read their comments below. Their will be plenty of other opportunities to attend the course. I’ll be running workshops in, London, Manchester, Liverpool & Los Angeles USA in 2016. You can view my up-to-date timetable here.

 

“Chilled learning”

Written on: 25/09/2015 by Urijah1961

“Rory taught, inspired and chatted all the way through the session. He kept it interactive without the pressure new learning can often bring. No question out of bounds and very open about all aspects of his approach.
I came away with a new appreciation of the power of good lighting and how to make it happen. 
Highly recommended”

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“Portrait Masterclass”

Written on: 06/10/2015 by PeteB42

“Rory was my tutor for a one-day Portrait Masterclass seminar, and I have to say that it was inspiring, informative and hugely useful. Rory is a natural tutor….He clearly has complete mastery of the technical aspects and fantastic creativity, but most importantly he coaches in a good humoured, informal and relaxed manner that puts everyone at their ease, and makes for a fun experience, whilst covering a lot of ground.”

“Portrait Masterclass”

Written on: 08/10/2015 by Angeln328

IMG_1525“Rory was my tutor for a one-day Portrait Masterclass seminar, and I have to say that it was inspiring, informative and hugely useful. Rory is a natural tutor….He clearly has complete mastery of the technical aspects and fantastic creativity, but most importantly he coaches in a good humoured, informal and relaxed manner that puts everyone at their ease, and makes for a fun experience, whilst covering a lot of ground.”

 

Liverpool £50 Discounted Actors Headshots Session Sunday 28th June 2015

“For Actors & Actresses looking for an update or discounted Actors Headshots Photoshoot. I have created a mini package Available on One Day Only at The Liverpool Studio” Sunday 28th June 2015″

Liverpool Cheap/Discounted Actors Headshot Session Affordable

Rory Lewis is one of the most sought after actors headshot photographers in the UK photographing actors headshots for many years. Based in Liverpool  Rory has developed his own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session to create the very best in actors headshots. Unique Headshot Photography using ‘direction’ and his inventive ‘scenarios’, Rory easily encourages clients to express themselves, creating natural, approachable headshots that get you noticed.

Rory Lewis Photographer Actors Headshots

Liverpool Headshot Discounted Actors Headshots Session

Sunday 28th June 2015

20 Minute Session
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1 RETOUCHED/AIRBRUSHED IMAGE

£50.00

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Client Reviews & Feedback

Rory Lewis Photographer Actors Headshots“Excellent professional, easy going, brilliant experience. I booked with Rory at his Liverpool studio, which is very close to Lime Street Station, so easy to get to. All contact between us was prompt and clear and all business was complete before the photo session. Ive been photographed professionally for 16 years in London, Edinburgh and manchester and these are the best I’ve had. As well as advice and direction from Rory,he was happy to take my lead on different shots and let me feed into the session my experience of what I required. Very happy and will be booking future sessions to update regularly my cv photo and with different looks etc. Thanks Rory. Good bloke.” Keith Faulker Source Google Reviews

 

Actors Headshots Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, London“I booked a short, 1-hour Actors Headshots session as a ‘taster’. Rory’s customer care was excellent from the start, with clear communication and guidance beforehand and throughout. Rory has an easy, conversational manner that made the hour tick by without any sense of stress or ‘production-line’. As a result, I was very pleasantly surprised that it produced over 170 shots – which gave plenty of scope for choice for the final finished image. Both this and the initial contact sheet came through very quickly. The only delay in the process was from me taking so long to decide which image to choose!”

 

Bunzl Retail Corporate Headshtos

Manchester retail suppliers Bunzl Retail commissioned me to photograph corporate headshots of their 200 strong team this month. It was a challenge to photograph such a large group in a short space of time, but I was able to work efficiently with the team, creating striking portraits for their online staff profiles.

Manchester Corporate Headshots

Manchester Corporate Headshots

Manchester Corporate Headshots

Manchester Corporate Headshots

Manchester Corporate Headshots

Manchester Corporate Headshots

Craig Charles Portrait Sitting

Craig Charles Rory Lewis Celebrity Portrait PhotographerLister! “Sorry ‘i’m a Red Dwarf Fan”……. Craig Charles star of Coronation Street, Red Dwarf  and Robot Wars, recently sat for a portrait session in Manchester. Craig was in need of new promotional material for his DJ and Radio Work. I am no stranger to working with Musicians, DJ”s and Talent. After a chat about the style of imagery Craig was looking to achieve. I set to work with a Low Key Portraiture Lighting SetupIt was a pleasure to work with Craig on the project, and from a short 45 minute sitting I was able to capture some amazing frames. Craig is about the enter the Jungle, In ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!‘ and I wish him the best of luck. If you are a Musician, DJ or a Talent in need of a good Photographer please keep me in mind. I run sessions across the UK from Liverpool, to Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and London.

Craig Joseph Charles (born 11 July 1964) is an English actor, comedian, author, poet, television presenter and radio and club DJ. He is best known for playing Dave Lister in the British science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf and Lloyd Mullaney in the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. Charles first appeared on television as a performance poet, which led on to minor presenting roles. After finding fame in Red Dwarf, he regularly featured on national television, with celebrity appearances on many popular shows, while he continued to host a wide variety of programmes. Charles notably presented the gladiator-style game show Robot Wars and narrated the comedy endurance show Takeshi's Castle. His acting credits include playing inmate Eugene Buffy in the ITV drama The Governor, and leading roles in the British films Fated and Clubbing to Death. He has toured the UK extensively as a stand-up comedian. As well as starring in Coronation Street and Red Dwarf, Charles hosts The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC radio, and performs DJ sets at numerous clubs and festivals, nationally and internationally. (Rory Lewis Photographer)

 

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