In this modern world, it seems that everything we do is rushed or instantaneous. I remember as a child going to visit friends or other members of my family and seeing family portraits in every house. Photographs of the living and the dearly departed and thinking to myself (at that young age) Wow! These photographs tell a story and they did. With the advent of the smart-phone, I seldom see portraits in people’s homes anymore. The selfie is done in an instant and uploaded to social media sites and it is gone, forever.

For me the art of portraiture is so important, so that each generation can look back at their own family members, seeing them and thinking “Grandma was a stunner in her day”. When I do portrait photography, I seek to create a relaxed atmosphere and environment. The secret is to bring out the personality or character of the subject in the photograph. Sometime that can involve mood lighting with shadows playing an equal part to the light.

I believe that the art of portraiture should be a fundamental offering from any professional photographer, after all – those photographs of your family members are time slices in your very own family history.Alan Moore

This photograph of Alan Moore is one of my favourite portraits. Alan is an English writer primarily known for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He was very co-operative (which helps) during this shoot. I prefer to do my portrait sessions at the client’s home (I can provide backdrops) where they will be more relaxed. I charge £100 per hour for portraits and generally speaking an hour is more than enough to get some great portrait shots for you.

If you would like to book a portrait session or have any questions, please email me at uk.jameschristie@gmail.com