Portrait and environmental photography in the City of London EC2 – from photograph to painting

More adult portraits on the blog today and a session with an unusual purpose in the City of London.

Yi and her partner have commissioned a portrait from celebrated artist Raoof Haghighi.  I didn’t know this but very few painters have sitters any more and Raoof likes to work very slowly taking on average 6 months to complete a painting. Hence he likes to work from a photograph.

I was flattered to be asked by Raoof’s agent – Fraser Scott – after he found me online  – to shoot some portraits of Yi that Raoof might then work from for his painting of her.

The brief was threefold whereby I needed to listen and fulfill as best I could the quite separate and specific needs of  patron, painter and subject, but I was also invited to do my own thing too and see what came out of the session for Raoof.

I was delighted to receive these responses after our session and upon seeing the results:

‘Anna Just saw the photos online. You did a a fantastic job. They are beautiful. Thank you’  Raoof

‘Anna, We love these and many other photographs that you have taken. Thank you for all your care and skill with this exciting project.’

I can’t wait to see the finished painting of Yi. I know it’s going to be stunning but I’m also naturally intrigued with how the painting will compare to these photographs.

Here are some of the images Yi and I created both inside her apartment and in and around Liverpool Street, Spitalfields area and the City of London. We were especially lucky with the light later in the day and we hung out, chatted and lingered to wait for the best of it.

 

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Professional Headshot & Portrait Photography Teddington TW11

I have been shooting lots of portrait and headshot sessions here in Teddington recently and with some lovely feedback from clients expressing how positive they feel, not only with the photographic results, but with the whole process of being photographed by me. Getting great portraits of people is about technical skills and what you can bring to the results in post production, but crucially it is in connecting with your subject and creating an atmosphere in which they can be themselves and feel good about themselves.

I spend time helping clients to prepare for the session and listening to their specific needs for the images. Then I create a stress-free, unrushed, relaxed environment for the session itself, and afterwards help with the final selection before carrying out the careful retouching work to make the images really sing. The whole process is a far cry from the quick amateur mugshot taken by a partner or friend that is all most people have to hand when they need a flattering, professional, headshot of themselves.

A strong and relevant image of yourself that you like can also do wonders for your confidence as well as making you stand out in the crowd and simply be a very useful thing to have these days for both work and social purposes. Whether you are looking for headshots or more three-quarter, full length or environmental images of yourself, if you are moving towards the end of the year and thinking ahead to a fresh new you in 2018, please get in touch for a chat about how I ensure that your headshot or portrait session with me will be both successful and enjoyable and help to kickstart you positively into the new year.

Today I’m sharing Gry’s lovely portraits. Over the next week I will share other recent sessions I have had here in Teddington and in and around Richmond and South West London. I hope to hear from you.

 

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Summer Wedding Photography Henley-on-Thames and Oxfordshire

Creating a new wedding album today with Folio Albums who produce beautiful bespoke and hand-crafted fine art books and matted wedding albums for photographer’s to offer their clients. I think this is my all time favourite adult bridesmaid dress – by Ghost in eau de nile.  Won’t break the bank, hardly creases and is old-time simplicity and elegance personified.

As for these exquisite and beautifully imperfect old fashioned white roses with their simple lanata/lamb’s ear foliage… it can’t get any better than this…

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