This editorial photoshoot of David Morgan-Hewitt, Managing Director of the Goring Hotel, was commissioned by Country Life Magazine to accompany a feature on ‘Desert Island Wines’. I met David almost a decade ago, at the Goring, when I was photographing the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding! A very memorable experience for us both so we had lots to talk about. I love to chat to my models, and hear about their interests and passions. This enables me to capture ‘real’ portraits, which ooze personality, spirit and genuine emotion. I am hoping this portrait portrays his charm, wit and kindness.
The shoot took place at his home in Wells, Somerset, with his cellar providing the perfect backdrop. It also provided another talking point! I LOVE wine and was in my element learning about all his favourite wines.
We chose a sitting pose to keep it informal and show off his red socks! I then placed my camera on a tripod to avoid distorting horizontal and vertical lines, and to enable me to engage more freely in conversation. The room was quite a squish, with barely any room for a light. So I removed the soft box and bounced the light off the top corner. This lit the room and his face perfectly.
For more examples of my portrait and editorial photoshoots, please do have a look at my adult, commercial and editorial pages on my website. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you be interested in booking a portrait shoot with me.
With online digital presence becoming increasingly prevalent, first impressions are often made from your profile image – be this on Linkedin, social media or your own website – is all the more important. A successful portrait will endorse your ‘brand image’ and encourage your prospective client to read on. A weak one may do the reverse.
The brief for this corporate profile was to create an impactful and contemporary portrait which portrayed his wealth of experience and confidence with his cutting edge and innovative approach. Before I even picked up my camera, we researched other portraits – what we felt worked and didn’t work and why, suitable backdrops, poses, clothing and expressions, so that when we went into my studio, we had a clear idea of what we wanted to achieve. The backdrop & lighting created impact, the ‘no tie’ and the relaxed pose on the stool were contemporary, whilst the formality of the suit and expression exuded confidence and experience.
Please contact me if you’re interested in a commercial headshot or profile portrait. With 20 years of experience as a portrait photographer, combined with 10 years as an Account Director in a branding agency, I understand how to achieve unique and impactful profile images, that reflect your ‘brand image’ and help you stand out from your competitors. As a leading portrait photographer the South West, I travel regularly to London, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and happy to travel further afield. Or you can visit my spacious studio near Sherborne, Dorset.
Delighted to see my portrait of the fabulous Lady Bessborough in this week’s edition of Country Life Magazine, seated in the Ribbon rocking chair by Katie Walker, sandwiched between Barbara Hepworth‘s bronze Torso I Ulysses and John Hubbard‘s Coaster, and the delicious deaf and disobedient but overwhelmingly gentle Theo lying rather grandly to her side.
I loved my day photographing the sculptures at Roche Court’s New Art Centre which Madeleine Bessborough founded in the late 1950s. I was blown away by the panorama of large sculptures amidst the stunning Wiltshire landscape. I could have spent all day photographing Barry Flanagan‘s Large Left Handed Drummer, and Zak Ové’s Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and Masque of Blackness, but everywhere I turned, I was faced with another perfectly positioned sculpture quite literally screaming out to be photographed. So much thought has been placed into where each of these masterpieces are on display – it really was a magical journey through parkland, woodland, lawns and cloistered spaces. A big thank you to all the team who made my day there most enjoyable, including the cook who made the scrummiest of lunches straight from the vegetable garden!