Ean’s Story

” During my late teenage years, I was undecided about the career path that I wanted to follow. After college, my interest in photography continued, but I did not know how to take this further. I worked in different jobs, from a warehouse operative to a camera operator for a graphics company.

In 1990, I took a short photography course in Still Life Photography in night school. The experience was invaluable, and it rekindled my interest in photography. I started to look more closely at what I most enjoyed photographing. This was mainly within the arts, music, theatre and dance. I had work published in various magazines relating to dance and theatre.

And was commissioned by Talawa Theatre Company to take images for their forthcoming production.

For the next few years, I continued to work as a freelance photographer in this area but felt I needed more skills and training to take me to the next level. I had started to take portraits and received positive comments and felt this was an area to explore further.

In 1994, I applied for a graduate course in Professional Photography Practice at the London College of Printing and Distributive Trades. The course enhanced my knowledge of photography through the understanding of professional processes and skills and the building of an original and personally tailored photography portfolio. I gained experience in analogue darkroom skills, medium and large format cameras and studio lighting skills. I developed my own style and completed the course with distinction in readiness for progression to future studies or career opportunities. It was during this period I joined the BIPP and was awarded my Licentiateship for my portrait submission.

I worked as a freelance photographer, submitting work for the Guardian newspaper, Mail on Sunday and Sunday Times magazines, as well as commercial clients. In addition to this I completed personal portrait projects which I had published.”

Woman posing in a white textured dress with a matching clutch.
Portrait of a smiling woman with long blonde hair wearing a black and white dress against a textured backdrop.
Woman with twisted hair updo wearing a black sequined dress against a dark background.
Woman in a floral dress posing against a dark background.

In 2009, I started a project photographing prisoners to show the continued commitment to reducing reoffending called ‘Portraits from the Inside’. The images were taken on black & white film. In 2015, I re-joined the BIPP and submitted a panel with the images from the project. I was successfully awarded an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography (ABIPP) and have been working as a full-time photographer since then. In the same year, I was also awarded Provisional Photographer of the Year.  


" Working with Ean was great fun. He immediately put us at our ease with his cheerful manner and took a number of formal and informal portraits. His professionalism resulted in some very high quality pictures with which we are delighted."

Nick and Allison, Ember Sports Club

" Ian was very professional and made me feel very welcome in his studio. He had a very professional manner and helped guide me in the right direction with my modelling. His studio contained a vast majority of professional photography equipment and he paid extra attention to every detail. Ian's photos were of excellent quality and I hope to shoot with him again."

Whitney Hamer

" Ian was brilliant to work with. His approach to his work is different from other photographers. He really brought a different, more transparent side of my personality, which echoed through the images. Consistent, friendly, and professional. Would love to work with Ian again in the future. I couldn't be happier with the work we produced."

Andrew Games

Pure Elegance & Beautiful Images

Communication, engagement, interaction, and passion are vital to creating stunning bespoke images in natural daylight or in a studio with creative, simple flash lighting. I have over 25 years of experience creating portraits in homes, on location and in the studio, producing elegant and uncontrived portraits.

Whether the work is contemporary, music, corporate, or lifestyle, I aim to produce work that will stand the test of time and look classic in years to come.

You can only do this successfully if you enjoy making connections and building relationships, and this matters to me. I want to give clients something special by getting to know my subjects a little because every person and every moment is unique. At the end of the day, it’s about framing someone’s life.

Woman in a red dress posing on a vintage sofa
A healthcare professional in uniform standing confidently with her reflection in a glass wall.
A woman sitting on a stool, dressed in a light blue shirt and beige trousers, looking to the side with a neutral expression against a dark background

My style of portraiture is classical and simple, with a twist, some drama, and edginess where the subject is fully engaged. This allows me to connect creating images with a strong statement, transporting feelings or creating a special mood.

An average portrait session takes around 60-90 minutes. During this time, I can photograph group shots and individual portraits. My home-based studio can accommodate groups of between two and six people.

I advise clients to present their portraits in some of my Wall Art packages. The final images you select will be personally retouched by me using the latest digital imaging software and professionally printed by some of the UK’s finest printers. Your portraits can be presented in bespoke Wall Art frames and hand-made contemporary wall-mounted products.