Conceptual portraits tell a story, and through them, I will help you to tell your story. Together we will create a bespoke, personalised piece of artwork that resonates with meaning. Be it light or dark, funny or surreal, fantastical or gritty with reality - whatever emotions you wish to express, whatever aspects of yourself you want to explore, we can realise them into something tangible.
If you are interested in knowing more about the process of working together you can find more information here, alternatively feel free to get in touch and I will be happy to talk you through it, and answer any questions you might have.
Here are some words from a client I've created a commissioned portrait with:
"I'm not someone who feels comfortable in front of a camera, and the thought of being the subject of a "typical" portrait shoot is one that brings me out in hives. So I was really excited at the prospect of doing a conceptual image with Leigh, as it meant that I could have something that was much more meaningful to me than a straight portrait, but also with the added "safety" of not necessarily being immediately recognisable as me in the final image.
Leigh spent lots of time building up the concept of the image. It was based around some very personal issues, but she made me feel very at ease in discussing these themes. I was so pleased with the way that she managed to bundle up what felt like a really nebulous mass of feelings and turn it into an actual concept - and particularly that what originated as some very mixed emotions developed into something beautiful. I have actually found the whole process really therapeutic.
Something I particularly appreciate is the attention that Leigh paid to personal detail. At no time did I feel like she was making "her" image, that just happened to have me in the frame. There was lots of email and personal discussion to ensure that every single thing that appeared in the final image was something personal and relevant to me, from scouting the location together to detailing my styling. I really love the fact that Leigh thought of tiny personal details to add to the image that nobody else will know is there, but I do.
Leigh's commitment to producing an image for me and about me that sat completely in tune with my concept and story was amazing. At one point during the editing process, she realised that I wasn't entirely happy with how it was developing. This was pretty impressive, given that I hadn't realised that myself. But her gentle probing and permission to be honest with myself and her meant that we ended up with an image that really is the embodiment of what was inside my head. And it is such a privilege to be able to see your thoughts in front of you."