131 Photography

Full Photographic Service

£65 an hour

£300 per day, location

£500 per day Studio, all prices plus VAT

prices includes lighting plus assistant, high and low resolution images burnt to disc.

We offer a full photographic service with competitive rates and affordable price plans where we quote a fixed fee that won't change if the job doesn't change, in Portsmouth, Hampshire or indeed anywhere you want to send us! Starting from £65 for the first hour, £50 thereafter.

Happy clients include The Household Cavalry, National Lottery UK, Portsmouth City Council, RAK Ceramics, Southampton City College,  Alex Hibbert, record breaking polar explorer, world champion swimmer, Katy Sexton - to name but a few.

Commercial photography includes product and studio based shots for advertising, marketing and editorial.

Location photography means exactly that! We will travel to any location you want and photograph anything you want us to – whatever the place, weather or time of day - everything is possible. We travelled to The Falkland Islands to shoot a book on the South Atlantic British Colony. We were even asked to photograph the Governor in his offices in Stanley

Creative photography is when you need something different for something special.  We will develop a concept for you, shoot a range of ideas and process high resolution images for reproduction. This might be for illustration, book jackets, magazine covers, web stories or to adorn the corridors of power.

Portrait photography could be on location, in your offices, home or at a nearby studio that we can source. It can be of your workforce, family or an individual - for portfolios, publicity, CVs - or anything else you think of.

 A model's Portfolio might include original work, creative folios or a collection of simple head shots.

On a recent shoot with World Champion Swimmer Katy Sexton - we jumped in the pool with her, to create something different.

Katy Sexton World Champion and Olympic Swimmer, shot for Uniquely Portsmouth, published 2016

Editorial photography is used to illustrate and article in a magazine, newspaper, book, online.


Display images are seen all around in advertising, promotions and point of sale, indoors and outdoors. They need to be succinct and recognisable.

Exhibition photography is often large scale and sometimes printed on different surfaces, so should be clean, perfectly exposed and focused.

Prices start from £85 for the first hour, £65 thereafter and the price quoted won't change if the job doesn't change.

Included are: Photographer & assistant, all cameras & equipment, daylight lighting set-up where necessary, photos on CD-Rom in agreed format, full usage rights.

Effective portrait photography is created through the connection between the photographer and the subject. A portrait should convey the subject’s character: its individuality, strength, weakness or even vulnerability. Often this connection is made through the eyes or gaze, but a portrait can be equally effective with little or no eye contact. It should evoke curiosity from the viewer, teasing out queries, questions and conjecture about the subject.

Welsh Guard, Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands. shot for Uniquely Falklands, published 2015

Faces are familiar; we look at and see faces everyday, all the time. They stare out from all manner of media, in all shapes and sizes, which makes it all the more challenging to create a striking and absorbing portrait. A portrait where the photographer bears not only the subject’s soul but imprints part of their own self there too, quietly and invisibly.

The best portrait photographers include the viewer in their picture and bring them into the equation by allowing them to share the connection and revelation of character.

In his early photographic work, iconic fashion photographer David Bailey used the same formal composition as many of the great portrait painters, such as Holbein, Vermeer, Velázquez and Rembrandt. These artists studied composition and knew what was most pleasing to the eye, generally following the rule of three by composing in triangular shapes and in thirds. Bailey’s black and white images are powerful and stark, and use these guidelines to marry contemporary media with traditional arrangement which makes them so successful.

Master of studio lighting, Yousuf Karsh of Ottowa on the other hand, used a plate camera that picked up each and every detail of his subject – warts and all – giving his images an ethereal and compassionate quality. While Dutch photographer, Rineke Dijkstra allows the viewer to inhabit her world with her photography in a series called Beaches. For this she set up her camera on a carefully chosen beach location and approached adolescent subjects to pose in front of the camera for their picture. The result is a gallery of gauche, slightly embarrassed and self-conscious portraits, the subjects of which are both vulnerable yet defiant in their constant gaze.

It could be argued that a good portrait photographer needs to like people - or at least be interested in them and their faces. Be someone who looks rather than sees, who watches through the viewfinder, and someone who is brave enough to rely on their instinct to let them know when the time is right to make that connection.

Traditional photographic printing and film processing

The process starts using your negatives - perhaps from photographic film you have had processed recently or an old collection found in a cupboard. Or, we can process black & white film for you, or even produce negatives from your own digital prints. 
With over 40 years joint experience to hand, we can look at the negatives to assess their quality immediately. We print test strips first to ensure the images are perfectly balanced, before the negatives are hand-printed in the darkroom. Printing techniques such as cropping to frame the image correctly, and burning and dodging to bring detail into the highlights and shadows are used where necessary.

135mm and 120mm are the most common negative sizes to print from, however, we can print from a range of sizes.

Different quality papers are used for printing to give different effects, for example:
    •    Ilford Multigrade Gloss is a solid workhorse of a paper, with a brilliant gloss finish. It is also available in pearl and matt.

    •    Ilford Multigrade Warmtone is a fibre based, double weight paper and has a lovely traditional warm, slight ivory base colour that produces rich blacks.

Ilford Multigrade Art 300 is a double weight, 290gm, fine art paper with a coated textured matt surface and a slight ‘eggshell’ sheen.
    •    FOMAtone, a superb Czech paper reacts beautifully to processing in Lith developer, giving a one off print that cannot be repeated, with a unique peachy/sepia quality.


Black and white photographic prints - the traditional way

These prints are produced the traditional way - by hand - using a darkroom, enlarger and wet process. Having been made somewhat redundant in the digital evolution, this process is coming back in use – not in the hope of competing with digital photography but to offer back something different, something perhaps more tangible. As the visual market is saturated with the photographic ‘perfection’ of digitally produced images, often Photoshopped to the limit, film prints have more depth, grain and texture and a quality that is not only enigmatic, but also more real and aesthetically pleasing.
Black and white film processing
135mm, 120mm £15.00 per film or,
£20.00 including contact sheet.

subject to a minimum order of 5 rolls
 Black and white prints

7 x 5mm print £10.00 each

10 x 8mm print £15.50 each

12 x10mm print £29.00 each

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Giclée photo prints bring contemporary and traditional photographic printing techniques together and are also available on request.