Liverpool Echo Feature

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

New York, NYC, Discounted Actors Headshot Sessions Sunday 17th February 2019

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Egg Studios NYC – Brooklyn Photo Studio
456 Johnson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Iain Glen Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

”In need of a new Headshot? British Photographer Rory Lewis will be holding a discounted Introductory Actors Headshot Session in New York, NYC. 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 Lewis Celebrity Portrait Exhibition 1st August 2018

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

Lyanka Guru NYC Actors Headshots Rory Lewis

Actor Toby Jones Rory Lewis Headshots Actress Actors Photographer

“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.”

 

Client Reviews

NYC Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

NYC Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

Results from February 2018 Headshot Sessions


“Very Very Pleased ”

Written on: 08/10/2018 by J Derrington

I have had a few headshot sessions and photoshoots before and I hate having my picture taken. I was put immediately at ease and given slight directions to help change stance and also the thought process for each photo. The pictures themselves are of high quality (even before editing) and in terms of value for money, I would say that for photos of this quality and the quantity of images that you can get afterwards, is phenomenally good value. 

I can’t wait for 2 years down the line when I will need new ones. Thanks!


“A pleasure to work with”

Written on: 02/11/2018 by Joel Quinn Via Reviewcentre.com

I contacted Rory for an Actors Headshot Session and I was not disappointed. Rory was extremely pleasant and welcoming . As for the session itself I couldn’t have felt more comfortable about my shots. He kept me visually updated throughout the shoot with how they were turning out so that we could adjust and tweak things to get the final shots I was looking for!

Sir Patrick Stewart NYC Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

For some actors having their photo taken can be extremely nerve-racking experience after all stills photography is an unnatural concept for actors who as used to moving on stage and screen. For others it’s not such an ordeal. Make the Right Choice for Your Actors Headshots. Professional, Inventive, Expertly Directed, Relaxed Sessions. Rory Lewis Actors Headshots Photographer.

 

Introductory Package $239.00


Sunday, 17 February 2019 from 10:00 to 17:00 (EST)


Egg Studios NYC – Brooklyn Photo Studio
456 Johnson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237


PACKAGE DETAILS

30 Minute Session with Rory Lewis

120 Images Presented VIA Digital Gallery

1 Images Retouched

(Time Slots Available from 10am – 5.00pm)


BOOK YOUR SLOT BELOW (Conformation Ticket Sent Upon Booking)


I shoot in colour and convert into black and white you receive both colour and black and white copies of your retouched images. You will receive your contact sheets on-line via your own private web page 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.

Steven Cole & Craig Charles Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

With regards to airbrushing, I feel this is a very important area as too much can spoil a photo, this is why I spend a great deal of time working on your photos and like to include you in this process via email or your private page so please make sure you pick the right photos.

You will receive all final photos by via your private page.

Practical Photography Magazine

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

London Portrait Photographer

Practical Photography Magazine Rory Lewis Photographer

Practical Photography Magazine Rory Lewis Photographer

Practical Photography Magazine Rory Lewis Photographer

Digital Photography Magazine Column Feature

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

Rory Lewis Photographer Digital Photography Magazine Feature

Rory Lewis Photographer Digital Photography Magazine Feature

Portraitist Rory Lewis Celebrity Portrait Exhibition Auction

Photographer Rory Lewis Portraitist Exhibition appeared in London throughout the summer, drawing inspiration from Renaissance art. “Over the years Rory Lewis found himself in awe of Caravaggio, Titian, Ribera… their use of light, subject matter, expression and religious themes”. Featured in the exhibition  subjects who suited this style, those with amazing detail in their faces, and who were talented actors or notorious figures of today.”

 

Portraitst Exhibition BBC News

Now the exhibition has come to a close, Rory’s studio is full of celebrity portraiture. With Christmas on the horizon he has decided to offer these at auction on eBay. Donating 20% of the proceeds to the ABF (The Soldiers Charity). The Auction Includes pieces of, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Ciarán Hinds, David Bamber Tobias Menzies, Rufus Sewell and Julian Bleach. Each print comes expertly framed and mounted, signed by Rory Lewis with a certificate of Authenticity. These prints are unique one off versions of the work which appeared at the exhibition on 1st August 2018 in London.

 

A2 Size (420 x 594 mm/16.5 x 23.4 in).

 

20% Donated to ABF (The Soldiers Charity)

Each Expertly Framed, Mounted & Signed and Numbered by Rory Lewis Photographer with Certificate of Authenticity. 

Listings


Sir Patrick Stewart (Caravaggio Style Portrait) 

Auction Ends 30th October 2018

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Sir Patrick Stewart


Rufus Sewell

Auction Ends 30th October 2018

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Sir Ian McKellen

Auction Ends 31st October 2018

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Bo Foxworth, René Auberjonois, Armin Shimerman (Caravaggio Style Portrait) 

Auction Ends 30th October 2018

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Tobias Menzies

Auction Ends 30th October 2018

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David Bamber, Julian Bleach and Ciarán Hinds (Caravaggio Style Portrait) 

Auction Ends 30th October 2018

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David Bamber, Julian Bleach, Ciarán Hinds Caravaggio Recreation Rory Lewis Photographer Caravaggisti


Julian Bleach

Auction Ends 30th October 2018

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British Journal of Photography February 2018 Interview

The British Journal of Photography interviewed me last week about my current projects and portrait methods. They also asked how Winning the Portrait of Britain back in 2017. Has helped me to gain recognition of my style of portraiture. See the full article below.

British Journal of Photography Interview Rory Lewis

Meditations of Sir Patrick Stewart

I had assumed that only sheer luck or destiny would place Sir Patrick Stewart in front of my lens. Somewhat surprisingly though, after 24 years of dreaming about capturing his portrait, it was the sight of a vulgar, pink Hummer that inspired our meeting. The sitting would change my stars from a provincial photographer to an international portraitist working in London & Los Angeles.

 

 

Let me take you back to the beginning

How does one arrange a sitting with a screen icon? I began with Sir Patrick’s acting agency in London with little success. My letter was no doubt buried within a mountain of fan mail. Soon after though, I discovered that Sir Patrick was starring in Waiting for Godot at New York’s Cort Theatre on Broadway. Another letter was dispatched.

 

To my astonishment, a reply came through just a few weeks later. Alas, what I had originally thought to be success was a note from Sir Patrick, declining my invitation. Nevertheless, like the snail setting his sights on the Arc, I composed a compelling reply urging Sir Patrick to reconsider. A few weeks passed by again until, seemingly out of the blue, an email from the man himself appeared in my inbox. Sir Patrick was accepting my offer. His acceptance however, came with one condition – the sitting would have to take place in New York.

 

With no patron or funding to realise my opus, I realised that I would have to fund this trip on my own if I were to realise my dream of photographing such a prestigious, cultural icon.

Sir Patrick Stewart Film Actor Character Actor Portfolios London & Los Angeles

The appearance of the pink Hummer

The decision to bite the bullet and head to New York was made whilst shooting a wedding in Liverpool. As I sat in the hotel waiting for the bridal party to arrive, I wondered if I was actually ready to leave my comfort zone. Would I really be able capture the likeness of such a stalwart thespian, as well as show people what I was capable of? Was I really destined for something greater?

 

With thoughts of Bailey and Beaton in my head, the bride’s pink Hummer pulled into view. Was this what I wanted for the next 50 years? To be a second rate wedding and portrait photographer, capturing nothing but other people’s celebrations and dreams?

Sir Patrick Stewart

I decided enough was enough. A professional photographer is nothing without a compelling portfolio and my passion to create had become an addiction. I booked my plane ticket as soon as the wedding was over.

 

The travelling portraitist

The session was arranged for May 5th 2014 and I arrived in New York little more than a day before the shoot. Be it the jetlag from travelling 3,606 miles, or the anticipation of meeting Sir Patrick, I couldn’t sleep the night before. Thankfully, one of my strengths is preparation and I had come to the sitting with ideas and a plan.

 

Ironically, the inspiration behind my work has never flown from photographers, but from portrait painters. In this instance, the foundations of my sitting with Sir Patrick stemmed from a 16th century portrait of Sir Thomas Moore by Hans Holbein the Younger.

Painted in 1527, Sir Thomas More would have been a very compelling and controversial sitter for Holbein. In this three quarter length portrait, the inclusion of a strikingly shallow backdrop intensifies the harshness of Moore’s presence. What makes the portrait even more arresting is Holbein’s use of colour. By incorporating bold areas of green (as a symbol of revelation) and red (signifying power and importance), Holbein was able to perfectly portray his subject’s status as a strong, intellectual figure.

 

Incorporating inspiration

Using Holbein’s painting as a muse, I began to think more about the subject of my own portrait. In recent years I have become accustomed to working with famous faces, but it was my sitting with Sir Patrick that helped to mould my approach and method. Part of this technique is to commit to thorough research. Research is critical when photographing prominent subjects, as more often than not you will find yourself limited to an incredibly short amount of time. After all, these are busy people indeed.

(Left) Holbein’s Portrait of Sir Thomas More, 1527 (Right) Rory Lewis Portrait Sir Patrick Stewart 2014

To begin this pre-emptive research, I look to photographers who have captured the subject previously; grappling with the mathematics of the portrait. (Head shape, good side, bad side. That kind of thing.) If the subject is an actor, I’ll take the time to binge watch any movies and TV Series, watching relentlessly for any details or angles that haven’t caught my attention before.

 

To prepare for my sitting with Sir Patrick, I began by studying his portrait sitting with Nadav Kander, before watching his iconic role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek the Next Generation and looking through a multitude of YouTube clips that captured Sir Patrick’s vast array of stage performances.

 

Studying his profile, I had repeatedly found that Sir Patrick had primarily been photographed as if still embodied by one of his characters. However, Holbein’s portrait had given me the inspiration to portray Sir Patrick quite simply as himself – the thespian. No greens or reds, but simply a black backdrop, pierced by the harsh lighting that I knew would amplify every detail of Sir Patrick’s intense gaze.

 

“By perseverance, the snail reached the ark.”

Charles Spurgeon

 

Waiting in anticipation

My plans and preparation had all led to this moment at Neo Studios in Manhattan; a little jet lagged, but nevertheless ready for one of the most important sittings of my career. Sir Patrick arrived at the studio and (after taking a deep breath) I introduced myself and began to summarise my ideas behind the portrait. I needn’t have been worried. Years of experience with taking direction made for an incredibly smooth start to the session and Sir Patrick remained engaged throughout.

In my style of simplicity, the portrait is all about the ocular. I focused Sir Patricks gaze across the lens, not into it, and an incredibly receptive Sir Patrick rapidly obliged me with a wonderful series of provocatively poised expressions.

 

After working for just 10 minutes, I was already happy with the results I was getting. This then provided me with the opportunity, for the last few minutes, to experiment and, most importantly, to enjoy my time with this compelling and absorbing subject. Rather than looking to the familiar heroic roles that Stewart’s name is inherently synonymous with, I directed Sir Patrick to assume the fierce, vengeful expressions of a calculated villain.

Rory Lewis Photographer Photographing Sir Patrick Stewart London Portrait Photographer

What emerged from this part of the session was a complex and vigorous character, embodied by energy and animation; a side of Sir Patrick that I thoroughly enjoyed watching unfold in front of my lens.

 

Though just a short 20 minutes, my sitting with Sir Patrick has been one of the most rewarding of my career so far. The chance to show what I can do and influence other photographers with my style of portraiture; to work with a level of client that consistently interests and inspires my work; and, above all, to work with a true British icon.

 

Limited Edition Prints Available From the Sitting Click Here

 

Portraitist Book Now Onsale

£11.99 From Amazon

Caravaggio Inspired Sir Patrick Stewart, Limited Edition Print Released

Recently National Portrait Gallery Acquired Photographer Rory Lewis Fine Art Portrait Photographer. Captured a series of exceptionally detailed chiaroscuro portraits inspired by Caravaggio of actor, Sir Patrick Stewart. In these portraits Rory Lewis attempted to emulate Caravaggio’s naturalism and dramatic lighting with photographic effect. Creating super detail of skin tone, texture and colour. Using inventive art direction Rory Lewis opted for vivid and stark expressions from the contemplation, to the emotionless.

Limited Edition 100 Available, supplied Fine Kodak Endura Metallic Paper Print A2 Size, 420 x 594 mm 16.5 x 23.4 in  

ONLY 100 will be Issued Don’t Miss Out!

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

 

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Renaissance portraiture and the use of chiaroscuro by the masters has been of immense inspiration to my photographic style. For those unfamiliar, chiaroscuro is an oil painting technique, developed during the Renaissance. The technique uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms. Artists such as Caravaggio used chiaroscuro for dramatic effect. Painting vivid religious depictions of light and shadow.

Powerful Actors Headshots London, Leeds & Liverpool

Whether you’re an Actor or Actress based in London, Liverpool or Leeds. Rory Lewis Photographer can provide a unique service. 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. 

 

 

Caravaggio Style Actor Portraits

Renaissance portraiture and the use of chiaroscuro by the masters has been of immense inspiration to my photographic style. For those unfamiliar, chiaroscuro is an oil painting technique, developed during the Renaissance. The technique uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms. Artists such as Caravaggio used chiaroscuro for dramatic effect. Painting vivid religious depictions of light and shadow.

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio

Recently I captured a series of exceptionally detailed chiaroscuro portraits inspired by Caravaggio of actors René Auberjonois, Sir Patrick Stewart & Iain Glen. In these portraits I have attempted to emulate Caravaggio’s naturalism and dramatic lighting with photographic effect. Creating super detail of skin tone, texture and colour. Using inventive art direction I opted for vivid and stark expressions from the contemplation of René Auberjonois to the emotionless Sir Patrick Stewart and the wicked smile of Iain Glen.

 

100 LIMITED EDITION PRINTS OF SIR PATRICK STEWART AVAILABLE CLICK HERE

Sir Patrick Stewart Intense Chiaroscuro Photographer Portraits Rory Lewis LIMITED EDITION PRINTS AVAILABLE CLICK HERE

 

Iain Glen Intense Chiaroscuro Photographer Portraits Rory Lewis LIMITED EDITION PRINTS AVAILABLE CLICK HERE

Actor René Auberjonois Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

100 LIMITED EDITION PRINTS OF SIR PATRICK STEWART AVAILABLE CLICK HERE

Caravaggio (Chiaroscuro & Expression) Portrait Photography Workshops