Princess Catherine & Prince William on their wedding day, by Millie Pilkington

Posted on in Portrait photography, royal family, Wedding photography

Private Wedding Portrait of the Prince and Princess of Wales

Excited to share with you this private wedding portrait of the Prince and Princess of Wales, which they released to the press to celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary.   Rather wonderfully 13 years of marriage qualifies for ‘lace’, as in the exquisite design of the then Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.

Wishing the Princess a speedy, peaceful and full recovery and hoping that they had a wonderful celebration of their magical day, with their delightful and doting children.

 

His Majesty the King with Her Majesty the Queen, in Buckingham Palace Gardens, by Millie Pilkington

Posted on in Portrait photography, royal family

Their Majesties the King and Queen in Buckingham Palace Gardens, April 2024

Feeling truly honoured to have been asked to take this portrait of Their Majesties the King and Queen in Buckingham Palace Gardens in April this year.

This photograph was released to world wide press alongside the announcement that King Charles is on the mend and will be returning to public duties.   It was also taken the day after their 19th wedding anniversary, and almost a year of his being King.    I love how it captures the joy of this great news as much as their unerring love for each other.

 

Birthday portrait of Prince George at 10 years of age, captured on the Windsor Estate

Posted on in Children photography, Family photography, Portrait photography

Birthday Portrait of Prince George

Honoured to share with you my latest commission for the Prince and Princess of Wales: a birthday portrait of Prince George as he turns 10.   As with my previous portraits of Prince Louise, Princess Charlotte & Prince William, I took this portrait of Prince George in the grounds of the Windsor Estate, a few months later.

I love how this image captures the confidence, maturity and charm of Prince George – and gives us a glimpse of what lies in store as a future king.

For more examples of my children portfolio, click here.

 

Prince William, Father's Day Portrait

Posted on in Children photography, Family photography, Portrait photography, Uncategorized

Prince William Father’s Day Portrait

I’m so excited to share with you another portrait I have taken for the Prince and Princess of Wales: A father’s day portrait of Prince William with his children Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Prince William, taken on the Windsor Estate.   As a portrait photographer with a passion for photographing children, I’m not sure the honour gets much better than this!

I love how this portrait captures the love the children have for their father Prince William.   With Prince Louis hugging his father’s neck in true joy, whilst Princess Charlotte and Prince George, with their hands on Prince William’s knees, and laughing adoringly up at him, you can see the adoration they have for their father, and the fun they have with him.

I chose this location for this portrait, not just because of the lovely backdrop and light it offered, but also because of the inscription on the bench: Presented to HM The Queen on the occasion of her 90th birthday 21st April 2016.   A mere 7 months on from her death on 8th September 2023, I thought it would be a wonderful way of adding another dimension to this portrait – making it all the more meaningful for the Prince of Wales and his family.

For more examples of my family & sibling portraits, click here.

Princess Charlotte Turns 8

Posted on in Children photography, Family photography, Portrait photography

Princess Charlotte Birthday Portrait

Feeling truly blessed to have been asked by the Princess of Wales to take this birthday portrait of Princess Charlotte as she turns 8, and even more so that TRH the Prince and Princess of Wales have shared this with you all. She looks as happy as she does beautiful, as she cuddles their black working cocker spaniel, Orla in a garden at Windsor.

For more examples of my children portfolio, click here.

Prince Louis in a wheelbarrow

Posted on in Children photography, Family photography, Portrait photography

Prince Louis in a wheelbarrow

So honoured to have been asked by HRH the Princess of Wales to take a birthday portrait of Prince Louis as he turns 5.  Of my two portraits released by the Palace, this image of Louis in the wheelbarrow with HRH The Princess of Wales, laughing down towards him, is my favourite. It not only captures Louis’ spirit and cheek but also the relationship he has with his mother, and the fun they have together. You can’t but help feeling joy, love and laughter when you look at this photo.

For more examples of my children portfolio, click here.

Portrait of Paul O'Grady

Posted on in Editorial photography, Portrait photography

RIP Paul O Grady

So sad to hear about the passing of the legendary author, actor, ex-drag queen, broadcaster and lover of dogs Paul O’Grady.  Feeling blessed to have met and photographed him – thank you Country Life Magazine for such a wonderful commission.

I spent most of my morning  listening to stories and experiences, as side splittingly funny as they were touching.   What a man!  What an inspiration!   He will be sorely missed by all.

From left to right, sitting on Paul’s lap are:  Arfur, Conchita, Eddie (aka Mussolini!), Sausage & Nancy.

 

Chris Merry, CEO Stonehage Fleming

Posted on in Commercial Headshots, Corporate photography, Corporate Profile Portraits, Editorial photography

Corporate portrait

I’m noticing an increase in demand for strong, impactful and unique corporate portraits. There’s a fine balance where you can retain both professionalism and approachability – both key elements in a corporate portrait. Finding suitable backdrops can really help – as with this portrait here of Chris Merry the CEO of Stonehage Fleming at the Londoner Hotel.

Your profile portrait is the first thing a new client will look at. Is yours up to scratch? Does it reflect what you stand for? Is it unique or impactful? If not, I would love to help. Do email me at [email protected] to discuss further.

For more examples of my work, please visit my gallery of commercial portraits.

sibling portrait in landrover

Posted on in Children photography, Family photography, News, Portrait photography, Sibling photography

Ancestry and National Portrait Gallery competition

Ancestry and the National Portrait Gallery are collaborating to create a Nations Family Album – the first ever holistic visual representation of the British population in photographic form.  So they are inviting the British Public (all ages, backgrounds, cultures) to submit photos of family members (old, recent, together, separate).   The winning entries will not only feature in this online Nations Family Album gallery, but also in an exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery when it reopens early next year.

I am honoured to say that I’ve been elected as one of the four judges on the panel of experts, along with the baritone singer Peter Brathwaite, renowned for his series of photographs on Rediscovering Black Portraiture, the National Portrait Gallery’s Chief Curator, Dr Alison Smith and Simon Pearce from Ancestry.

Themes for the photos are: legacy, belonging, connection and identity – all of which reflect the emotions experienced when looking through old family photos or starting a journey on your family history.   You can submit up to 3 photographs per person.  And the deadline is 11.59pm on 30th June.   For more information, visit the Ancestry website.

I’m really looking forward to seeing all your entries.

Posted on in Animal photography, Family photography

Labrador Puppy Photoshoot

I honestly think that nothing beats a labrador puppy photoshoot.   They are just too delicious for words.   It took all the will in the world not to kidnap the lot and bring them home with me!

The aim here was to capture the ‘mother’ with her puppies before they all left for their new homes.   The puppies’ confined space in the kitchen wasn’t remotely photogenic, and outside wasn’t really an option as they would all run wild.  And then I spied the pram in the hall.

It took quite a bit of previsualisation, planning, setting up, and then training the mother to jump up onto the side of the pram.   And then once they were all in place, I had about 5 seconds before chaos broke loose.  But thankfully that was all we needed!

I love the way it looks as if the mum is really ‘nurturing’ her pups.   The truth is she’s looking for the treat underneath one of her pup’s bottoms!   Crafty!!