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The 13 best headshot photographers in London

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Written by Becky T

Published Jun 15, 2023

Headshot photography is a specialised genre of portrait photography that focuses on capturing professional images of individuals, typically from the shoulders up. These portraits are commonly used for professional profiles, resumes, casting calls, and promotional materials, usually in the corporate and entertainment landscapes.

The goal of headshot photography is to convey the subject's personality, confidence, and approachability through a single still image. Skilled headshot photographers utilise a number of techniques such as lighting, composition, and posing to highlight the subject's best features and convey a narrative about their professional profile. The resulting headshots serve as powerful tools for personal branding, marketing, and establishing a strong first impression in the competitive world of business and entertainment.

So, whether you're trying to enhance your professional image through a captivating headshot or seeking inspiration as a headshot photographer yourself, this compilation of the 13 best headshot photographers in London will provide you with valuable insights into what brings success in the world of headshot photography.

Contents:

  1. Kim Hardy
  2. Ivan Weiss
  3. Carl Fox
  4. Kirill Koslov
  5. Henry Harrison
  6. Josie Gray
  7. Jon Holloway
  8. Jai Shah
  9. Alishia Love
  10. Adam Hills
  11. Nicholas Dawkes
  12. Ori Jones
  13. Ben Wulf

1. Kim Hardy

Kim Hardy is a headshot photographer in London, specialising in portfolios for actors.

headshot of a man by one of the best headshot photographers in London, Kim Hardy

Hardy is an actor himself, having graduated from the Central School Of Speech and Drama, and so understands the importance of cultivating a brand identity within the competitive entertainment industry, in which having a good headshot plays a crucial role. He also draws from this experience to help clients bring out the best version of themselves.

Based out of his studio in Deptford, Hardy can adjust to a number of set-ups and requests, ensuring that your individual personality shines through in your headshots. The client testimonials on Hardy's website evidence his attention to detail and ability to leverage his own acting techniques to get his clients in the zone to showcase their best selves.

headshot of a woman by one of the best headshot photographers in London, Kim Hardy

Pricing starts at £295 for a 1-hour shoot and 3 retouched images.

Follow Kim Hardy on his socials to stay up to date with his work:

2. Ivan Weiss

Ivan Weiss is a photographer in London, specialising in both corporate and actor headshots.

headshot of a man by headshot photographer Ivan Weiss

Weiss is well-equipped at taking photographs that capture his clients' true essence, whilst delivering a lasting impression through timeless photographs. As a professional in both the corporate and entertainment spheres, you are your brand, and so your image is a crucial aspect of your work.

headshot of a man by one of the best headshot photographers in London, Ivan Weiss

Pricing is set at £400 for unlimited studio time, and unlimited wardrobe and background changes. Final images cost £50 each. You'll need to request a quote if you require on-location headshots for your whole team.

Follow Ivan Weiss on his socials to stay up to date with his work:

13. Carl Fox

Carl Fox is one of the best headshot photographers in London, backed up by 20 years of experience as a professional portrait photographer for A-list celebrities, famous musicians, business people and even US presidents.

headshot of a man by one of the best headshot photographers in London, Carl Fox

His portraits have also been featured in prominent publications such as the Times and the Evening Standard. Fox is dedicated to delivering natural portraits and confident headshots for his clients, regardless of their profession. Past clients include Barack Obama, Graham Norton, Kate Moss and Alishia Dixon.

Fox is happy to conduct his photoshoots in any location or studio throughout London and beyond, although travel is charged extra if outside of the Greater London area. He can easily set up a portable studio in your home using his mobile studio equipment and professional lighting. If you want to learn more about how he does this, you can visit his online blog page.

headshot of a man by headshot photographer, Kim Hardy

Pricing starts at £185 for individual headshots taken during a 30-minute shoot.

Follow Carl Fox on his socials to stay up to date with his work:

4. Kirill Koslov

Kirill Koslov is a headshot photographer in London, who works out of his East London studio to collaborate with artists and business professionals on representing their best selves.

headshot of a woman by headshot photographer, Kirill Koslov

Koslov began his journey into the entertainment industry studying to become a Director of Photography some 20 years ago, which has given him a wealth of knowledge about how to shoot stills that convey the depth and character needed for performances. or Koslov, it's about bringing out "the most bookable you" and conveying the best impression to casting directors.

He is specific about what clothing you should bring to the shoot, informed by a long career in the industry that has helped him to understand what effects different styles and colours have on an individual's overall appearance.

headshot of a man by one of the best headshot photographers in London, Kirill Koslov

Pricing starts at just £180, with returning clients and students receiving a £20 discount on all packages.

Follow Kirill Koslov on his socials to stay up to date with his work:

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5. Henry Harrison

Henry Harrison is a headshot photographer in London, who has been working as a professional photographer for almost a decade. Harrison has worked with a wide range of professionals, including doctors, authors, and salespeople.

headshot of a man by London-based headshot photographer, Henry Harrison

Utilising over 8 years of experience, Harrison offers clients "high-quality headshots with a fast turnaround". He shoots individual as well as medium to large-sized corporate teams, shooting either from his airy studio in Richmond, West London, or on location at corporate offices throughout London.

headshot of a man by London-based headshot photographer, Henry Harrison

Pricing is very reasonable, starting at just £95 for a 30-minute session of 2 retouched images. A 1.5-hour actor photoshoot costs £195.

Follow Henry Harrison on his socials to stay up to date with his work:

6. Josie Gray

Josie Gray is a personal branding photographer in London, who offers professional headshot services to clients wanting to extend their reach and improve their overall brand identity.

headshot of a woman by London-based headshot photographer, Josie Gray

Gray is intent on delivering photographs that convey the best aspects of your personality, insistent that corporate photographs no longer have to look like flat passport photographs. In this way, Gray's images have a modern, natural, and light feel to them, defying the dry and stoic corporate language that we'd all be happy to leave behind; you can be professional and still be yourself. She is particularly interested in utilising natural light in her photographs.

Gray regularly blogs about her experiences with clients and more generally as a photographer on her online blog.

headshot of a woman by one of the best headshot photographers in London, Josie Gray

Pricing starts at £495 for headshot photography, but you'll need to book a free 30-minute discovery call to obtain full details on investment costs.

Follow Josie Gray on her socials to stay up to date with her work:

7. Jon Holloway

Jon Holloway is a portrait and headshot photographer in East London, with over 15 years of experience in the industry.

three headshots of a man by one of the best headshot photographers in London, Jon Holloway

Holloway works out of his studio in Leyton, as well as regularly on location around the Barbican. He notes that he owns an expansive range of photography equipment, however, some shoots may require photo equipment hire at an additional cost.

Actors photographed by Jon Holloway have achieved leading roles in BAFTA and Oscar-nominated feature films, as well as prominent series for BBC, Netflix, Sky, Amazon, ITV, and HBO. He has also shot for stage actors that have performed at esteemed theatres such as The National Theatre, The Young Vic, The RSC, and various West End productions.

two headshots of a man by headshot photographer in London, Jon Holloway

Pricing ranges between £420 and £600 for actor headshot sessions, whilst business portraits range between £250 and £350 for individuals, and whole teams for £500 to £900.

Follow Jon Holloway on his socials to stay up to date with his work:

8. Jai Shah

Jai Shah is a headshot and portrait photographer in London, who founded his photography business, Jai Shah Photography, back in November 2012. Shah's team can accommodate shoots at his home studio, or on location if you're wanting headshots for your team.

headshot of a man by one of the best headshot photographers in London, Jai Shah

Amongst the core principles of Shah's business are the celebration of individuality, integrity, and authenticity. His business as a headshot photographer is built around helping individuals to showcase their professionalism in a competitive market.

Shah understands the importance of a good headshot for your personal brand, noting that it's likely the first impression a client or collaborator will have with you, and it conveys a number of underlying connations about your personality and passion for your business. A friendly, approachable headshot also helps to subconsciously build trust with those that interact with you online.

headshot of a woman by London-based headshot photographer, Jai Shah

Pricing starts at £100 for individual headshots shot in a 30-minute session, and team headshots start at £750 for up to 20 people.

Follow Jai Shah on his socials to stay up to date with his work:

9. Alishia Love

Alishia Love is a headshot photographer in the Cotswolds, who has been shooting actors' headshots for almost a decade. Whilst this one isn't technically a London photographer, Love markets herself as a photographer for London-based actors who want to escape the tension of the city to have their headshot taken in a truly relaxing setting. Direct trains from London take less than an hour and a half.

headshot of a man by headshot photographer, Alishia Love

Priding herself on her relaxed and thorough approach, Love is a master at making her clients feel comfortable enough to get their energy across in her shoots. She acknowledges that having your portrait taken can be a daunting experience, even for professionals so used to being in front of a camera.

Love shoots her headshots using natural light in her home studio, located in Moreton-in-Marsh in The Cotswolds. She is also an approved member of the esteemed non-profit organisation, The Association of Professional Headshot Photographers, which comprises the top headshot photographers throughout the UK. The APHP is dedicated to upholding the utmost quality and excellence in casting portraiture.

headshot of a woman by headshot photographer, Alishia Love

Pricing starts at £220 for a basic headshot package, which includes a 1.5-hour session and 4 retouched shots.

Follow Alishia Love on her socials to stay up to date with her work:

10. Adam Hills

Adam Hills is a professional portrait and headshot photographer based in South East London.

Having worked in the industry for a decade, Hills has seen the art of headshot photography develop. What used to be "a simple head and shoulders capture" has developed into "feeling more varied and closer to a portrait" today. Hills welcomes this expanse and is equipped to adjust to a range of styles and requirements, enjoying the variety that he experiences in his work.

headshot of a man by one of the best headshot photographers in London, Adam Hills

Before moving into photography, Hills worked as an actor for 7 years, having trained at ArtsEd in Chiswick. This professional history has equipped him with tools and knowledge about how to pose and deliver flattering images through a camera. Hills is now the Treasurer and a founding member of The Association of Professional Headshot Photographers.

Alongside his headshot photography business, Hills runs an online system for headshot photographers called Photo Workflow. The platform allows photographers to easily manage their business "from booking and client management to hosting galleries and taking orders of images".

headshot of a man by headshot photographer in London, Adam Hills

Pricing starts at £220 for returning client top-ups, or £360 for a 1-hour headshot session (or £330 for students) which includes up to 3 set changes with different photography backdrops.

Follow Adam Hills on his socials to stay up to date with his work:

11. Nicholas Dawkes

Nicholas Dawkes is a headshot photographer in London, who has been working in the industry for 15 years, and is currently the Chairman of The Association of Professional Headshot Photographers Committee.

headshot of a man by one of the best headshot photographers in London, Nicholas Dawkes

Dawkes is committed to delivering an intimate and personalised experience, believing that each client brings something unique and special that he will help them to convey. You can read up on Dawke's expert headshot tips on his website.

His studio is based in Chiswick, where his small dog, Baxter, regularly hangs out with him. However, if you have any concerns or don't like dogs, Dawkes is happy to arrange for Baxter to be elsewhere.

headshot of a woman by London-based headshot photographer, Nicholas Dawkes

Pricing starts at £210 for business headshots and £325 for actors' headshots (£315 for children and students and £305 for returning customers).

Follow Nicholas Dawkes on his socials to stay up to date with his work:

12. Ori Jones

Ori Jones is a British photographer based in North London, specialising in portraits and headshots for actors and models.

headshot of a woman by London-based headshot photographer, Ori Jones

Jones has a flawless portfolio, featuring prominent British actors such as Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Ben Wiggins (You, season 4). Her welcoming and attentive touch allows clients to feel at ease and lean on her expert advice and direction.

She does warn that she has a small (friendly) dog that may be present at the studio, so if you're allergic or have any concerns it's a good idea to let her know well in advance.

headshot of a woman by London-based headshot photographer, Ori Jones

Pricing starts at £340 for headshot packages or just £250 for top-up sessions.

Follow Ori Jones on her socials to stay up to date with her work:

13. Ben Wulf

Ben Wulf is a headshot photographer based in Woolwich, South East London, who caters to a range of professions, from actors headshots to editorial photography for dancers.

headshot of a woman by London-based headshot photographer, Ben Wulf

Having worked as an actor for 20 years, Wulf draws on his personal experience to understand what works from both ends of the lens. He encourages and celebrates creative expression, and chooses to shoot with just one actor a day to provide a relaxed and low-pressure environment for his clients.

Acknowledging the wide variety of individuals seeking headshots, Wulf approaches his work with a warm and flexible attitude, striving to work closely with his clients in ways that allow their authentic self to shine through. Bring your dog, bring your wardrobe, shave your beard mid-shoot... whatever makes you feel and look your best.

headshot of a man by London-based headshot photographer, Ben Wulf

Headshot sessions £275 for everyone, which includes a 2-3 hour session with as many hair and outfit changes as you want, and 3 retouched images.

Follow Ben Wulf on his socials to stay up to date with his work:

Wrapping up

Headshot photography involves a delicate balance between professionalism and art. Just like any form of photography, it's about conveying a narrative through a still image. However, headshots are distinct in that they exist as a means of showcasing your professional identity, so they hold a lot of weight for individuals outside of the creative sphere.

In this way, it's crucial that you get a well-executed headshot from someone who is equipped at bringing out the best in their subjects. Hopefully, this list of the best headshot photographers in London has displayed what it takes to flourish in this realm, and what qualities you need to look out for.

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