Can anyone recommend a good portrait photographer in London?

(33 Posts)
franch Wed 20-Jan-10 11:24:33

Someone who does brilliant shots of children? Thanks.

TheDevilWearsPrimark Wed 20-Jan-10 11:32:00

There's a brilliant place in Blackheath, SE3 but I can't remember the name. They can do it in studio or come to you.

franch Wed 20-Jan-10 11:33:47

Can you give me any clues, TDWP?

pollyperkins Wed 20-Jan-10 11:37:09

My SIL is a brilliant portrait photographer based in Ealing - check out She's taken some truly fab ones of my DD and she's friendly (I guess I would say that though but it is true). Her prices are v reasonable too.

franch Wed 20-Jan-10 11:57:08

Thanks polly - lovely photos on that site

TheDevilWearsPrimark Wed 20-Jan-10 12:07:31

Ah just remembered

They are brilliant, they took loads in different clothes etc. Made it really fun for the DC too.

franch Wed 20-Jan-10 12:10:18

Thanks TDWP

AitchTwoOhOneOh Wed 20-Jan-10 12:13:15

he works in london a lot, and what's really lovely is that he takes the photos in your home, or local park, basically somewhere special and evocative, so that when the child is an adult they'll remember their parent's bed, the piano etc, and not just an impersonal studio.

he's a very nice guy, works with his wife (she's in charge of jollying along and putting everyone at their ease) and they took shots of dd1 that were just totally, utterly 'her'.

let's just say we'll be going back. wink

oh, and the prices... cheaper than my friend spent in venture, of course. there's a sitting fee but that's to cover transport etc, so ken and leslie have no trouble doing a couple of different families at the same time, if they're at a local park or forest or whatever. i know a few mners who've used him and they've been absolutely thrilled.

(plus, lolol at getting a former rock photographer to do your kid. he's met them all, keith, van, neil young etc, you can see in the gallery.)

AitchTwoOhOneOh Wed 20-Jan-10 12:13:40

just spelled lesley wrong, i note.

franch Wed 20-Jan-10 12:24:19

Oh H2O those photos are stunning - I've had friends emailing me recommendations all morning and none of them come close to your guy. They've got soul!

franch Wed 20-Jan-10 12:25:27

Sorry H2010, overexcited

And I meant the photos have soul ...

AitchTwoOhOneOh Wed 20-Jan-10 12:28:50

cheers, i agree. they're beautiful images in their own right, i think. i love the wintry park ones, i think i'll do that next time.
anyhow, as you can see Lesley organises his diary so that they go to the states for a while, london, scotland etc and travel around. it's a great life they've got, actually.

AitchTwoOhOneOh Wed 20-Jan-10 12:31:25

aaaaaw, have just found dd in the gallery. <nostalgic> she's so grown up now, in comparison.

franch Wed 20-Jan-10 12:31:35

I agree about the images - something I rarely say about photos of other people's children! - I was surprised to feel quite moved by some of them

AitchTwoOhOneOh Wed 20-Jan-10 12:32:48

oh, and natural light all the way. no freaky lamps.

sugartits Wed 20-Jan-10 12:34:38

I've used Ken Sharp before and tbh I didn't order any prints at all - he said it was difficult working with three children which I thought was a bit hmm. A couple of years before we'd had some done (one less dc) in a studio and they were much much better it was this guy (also rock n roll).

AitchTwoOhOneOh Wed 20-Jan-10 12:40:07

i think it's not unreasonable to find it more difficult to get three kids looking in the same direction etc than two, though, don't you? especially if the kind of shot you're after isn't a 'look at teh birdie and smile' kind of thing. he's certainly done some amazing stuff with two sibs, i've seen them.

depends how many kids you've got, franch, and whether you want group shots. smile

franch Wed 20-Jan-10 12:40:53

Hmm, ok sugartits, that's interesting!

franch Wed 20-Jan-10 12:50:28

It's for a friend, actually, H2010, who has 2 DDs. She emailed me this morning and I said I'd see what I could find - but am now getting interested for my own kids!

AitchTwoOhOneOh Wed 20-Jan-10 13:00:54

two is fine, deffo. but i think for that quality of shots you might be pushing it for three, unless (this is what i would do, i think) you did it in a park with them all on a roundabout or something, and were prepared to pay for a few shots so that each child was to the fore for one shot. do you know what i mean?

sugartits Wed 20-Jan-10 13:02:19

Yes, you are probably right H2010. I guess dh and I were disappointed with the results at the time.

AitchTwoOhOneOh Wed 20-Jan-10 13:05:03

i'm sure, i've never bought any of dd's nursery individual shots for the same reason, it is disappointing. didn't they say in advance that three could be tricky? they definitely told someone i know that in advance.

beanie75 Sat 30-Jan-10 15:41:45

Check out
They do really beautiful pictures and are London based.

Kaloki Sat 30-Jan-10 19:16:21

Bit late but my DP does portraiture. Don't think he's got much of his kids stuff online, but have a look

TSK Wed 25-Jan-12 23:37:32

What sort of price range would they be plesse?

MerryMarigold Wed 25-Jan-12 23:47:15

great lady photography with 3 kids of her own (I am not her, but she is my friend and has taken lots of pics of my kids)

She's absolutely brilliant. She also does shoots in people's houses/ local park. She's fantastic with the kids, very creative and has lovely ideas. Like when we attempted a hige family photo with the GP's, sis and toddler, my family of 5 and it was proving difficult, she suggested we all try and tickle my parents and got this beautiful photo of us all laughing. It's so natural. She's particularly great at portraits that really capture the kids personality.

MerryMarigold Wed 25-Jan-12 23:52:39

PS. With Lily, you can order the whole CD of shots very reasonably and then make a photobook or order whatever you like. That's what I have done in the past as it's too hard to choose, especially when you have 3 kids, as I do, and maybe even other people in photos eg. parents.

PepeLePew Thu 26-Jan-12 00:08:31

Check out Rory Lindsay - he takes fabulous photos of children and they absolutely adored him and had a blast...

leaz Wed 08-Aug-12 23:10:22

Bit late for a response, but just wanted to put my 2 cents in. I've been a serious hobbyist for nearly a decade now and am starting to do professional work now. To build up my portfolio I am charging close to nothing ( no session fee + 3 full resolution digital images and option to purchase more images for £10 ). so if you dont like the results you pay nothing and still end up with 3 images of your choosing.
Based in NW3. Here is my website :

ejreynolds Fri 16-Nov-12 23:22:44

This thread seems to be going on for a bit so I thought I would post a response to this that I also posted on a similar thread on my local site.
I had photos done by a really nice photographer locally in Old St. He is doctor actually so was great with the kids, as well as running a photography business. He was very good at giving us the fullsize files and let us print them ourselves, although we also got him to print a couple of really cool hardboard prints which were amazing. Website below:


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SueS28 Sat 01-Mar-14 12:11:16

I have a fantastic portrait photographer, and she actually specializes in photographing children, from newborns to the older ones. Her name is Milla and she is based in London. From my experience I can say that apart from being a professional and talented photographer, she is also very friendly, enthusiastic about her job and full of ideas. That is why she works very well with children. It's her website where you can visit her gallery and see some pictures

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