Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.
The beautiful Catarina was our model for the afternoon and we were given the full run of the amazing house for our editorial portrait shoot.
We started in the fountain room with the colored tiles and carved window blinds.
This was a great opportunity for me to work on my fine art portrait portfolio as well as capture some editorial portraits of Catarina. When I return home to Vermont, I plan to offer extremely high-end, fine art portrait photography in the future which will include Old Master's styled 30 X 40 inch prints in one of the collections, as well as beautiful boxed prints and bespoke albums .
As I was photographing Catarina on the stairway, I noticed her reflection in the polished wood railing so changed my angle to capture it. The peacock was a nice balance to the scene as well as a colorful prop.
Later on Catarina changed into an elegant, slinky, white wedding gown and we continued with the photo session in the red dining room. Leighton House has to be the most amazing venue I have had the pleasure of photographing in and each room seemed to be more opulent and colorful than the previous.
Here are few more photos taken in the red room and the charming blue sitting room as well.
At the end of the photo shoot we all photographed Catarina back in the tile room with it's amazing carved windows, colorful tiles and marble pillars and while a fellow photographer and friend was photographing her, I shot from behind him and once again noticed a cool reflection in the polished marble pillar.
It had been cloudy when we first photographed in that room but now the sun was out and there were some awesome shadows to incorporate in my portraits of Catarina. Although it was time to wrap things up, Catarina was a real trouper and agreed to stay a few minutes longer so I could get these photos.
Although most of my editorial and music work this year has been in London, I look forward to doing a lot more fine art portrait and fashion sessions when I return home to Vermont. Wedding photography will always be my passion but I have tried to keep my wedding bookings down for 2020 and 2021 by only agreeing to 2 large weddings a month. This will leave me time for fashion, fine art and editorial portrait work as well as smaller weddings and elopements.
Please contact me for more information or to schedule a fine art portrait or fashion session.