I've always had an interest in Photography, freezing moments, creating scenes, and I take inspiration from everything and everywhere including modern and classic photographers, film makers, films and vintage Hollywood movies.
I've been creating Headshots, Portraits, Fashion and Concept looks for some years without really advertsing it, just word of mouth and recommendations among the community and social media buzz. Im providing photography for portfolios, websites, personal branding, and social media, from classic styles, to cinematic shoots I'm using Flash as well as LED and natural light and in combination to create the looks.
All images below are created at the home studio and on location around London.
Im using Canon cameras, lenses and a range of light modifiers, backgrounds and creative techniques for the different looks.
Session packages are flexible and can be tailored to your needs, just ask me about options.
Perfect for personal branding
£120 for a session of up to 2 hours
Great for Actors, Models & Musicians
£200 for 4 hour session
Ideal for discovery and test shoots
This special option gives you the opportunity to come along and try out some looks, ideas and pick and pay for each image you want.
Based in Pimlico Central London, I work with actors, models, musicians, dancers, performers, corporate, personal brand clients and social media influencers, all with a wide variety of needs for their shots. I have a lot of experience in different approaches, looks and concepts.
I am fortunate to work with amazing people, companies and brands, in studio and on location around London and at events including Comic Con, Salon International, London Fashion Week, and my extensive experience and open approach and style allows me to be highly creative and adaptable.
I'm working from a home studio setup as well as on location and unlike some London studios and agencies on a production line, I choose to book only one session per day which allows me to focus all my attention without distraction, no clockwatching and no pressure.
I'm a capable retoucher and compositor, able to finesse and finish images to a high level in post production. I retouch all of my own work, and also other peoples work by request.
I'm very creative, highly collaborative, calm and easy to work with and I ensure that every session is easy going and relaxed with just a little coaching and directing of poses if needed.
I prefer to setup custom lighting for each person on the spot, its never fixed in place and is based on the talent in front of me and the look and feel you want per concept. I have multiple options when it comes to lighting modifiers and backgrounds to provide looks which can be as classic or creative as needed. Clients tell me they enjoy the creative sessions the most and typically even for the classic sessions I like to finish off with a few creative shots to provide bonus alternatives.
These days most mobile phones are able to produce acceptable photos using whats known as computational photography, many people can get by with basic shots for selfie type images and indeed some believe they prefer what they see as the instant "real life" type shots from a phone with its small image sensor, and lens distortion over a formal photoshoot.
I believe phones are great for certain images and you really can achieve decent shots, and when you reach the limitations and need something more, a photoshoot session is the next step where photography is more than pressing a button, its the whole concept of the shoot, the lighting setup, background and set, props, balancing the elements of lighting, camera settings, lenses, poses, and working the shots.
Also beyond a phone image filter, post production is always involved to a certain degree to help finalise a shot, its all about enhancing and improving the image in a natural way, creatively cropping, retouching, finessing colour balance and levels and beyond to finish the image.
Reach out to me for a non obligatory chat about your ideas and project - Im always interested to hear your challenges and suggest some ideas, concepts and approaches to suit!
Actor, Extra, Model, Dancer, Choreographer
London Ultra 2020, ITV2 - Emily Atack
"I was modelling for John doing headshots, portraits and full length photos. He is very easy going and open for collaboration. He also started on editing the photos the very same day, so he is super quick and responsive!
I would love to work with him again "
Model & Runway, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Estée Lauder, L’Oréal
"John is an absolute pleasure to work with - not only is he a well-rounded creative, with a very open-minded and collaborative attitude, but also an excellent host!"
Model, actress & DJ, Grazia, L’Oréal,
Men in Black
"Another fab shoot today with John, it was super relaxed and fun and we collabed on some great concepts and wardrobe also. As well as being super professional he is also super friendly, calm and so easy to work with. Really hope we can shoot together again and is more than highly recommended!"
Model & actress Killing Eve, Wonder Woman2, I May destroy You
"John was fantastic to work with. I felt very relaxed and am very happy with the great images we managed to capture & John sent them to me immediately. A definite easy recommendation."
Model Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Wella, L'Oréal
"Thank you John for the amazing work and stunning portraits!"
International Fashion & Runway Model, Vogue
"John is very skilled and experienced as a photographer we made magic happen. He's super easy to talk to and made me feel totally comfortable right from the start! I would definitely recommend him to any model or client who is looking for professional photos."
SECRETSTUDIO is located in Pimlico London, a retro top floor apartment space that suits small to medium projects where I create images from headshots to full length shots. Contrary to belief, you don't need a giant studio space to be creative and produce fantastic looks for portfolios, social media and much more.