As a military portrait photographer, I have been tasked on many occasions with capturing the Regimental Colours, Guidon’s and Standards. It has been an immense honour to behold the Colours of British, Canadian & Italian Regiments.
Shortly retiring from active service, Major Arden commissioned a portrait sitting at the London studio. Serving in The Royal Welsh Regiment for over 14 years, the Major is changing career. The portrait will stand the test of time and serve as a record of his service.
Just before the Christmas break, a recent Sandhurst graduate, commissioned a portrait at the London Studio. Coming from a distinguished military family, the sitter wanted to replicate a pose from a portrait of his Grandfather. I was glad to oblige and continue a family tradition. The portrait will be appreciated by generations to come. Portraits are very important to military personal, to be captured in Uniform looking ones best and in full finery can fill one with pride for the service.
Thank you to BBC News Defence correspondent Jonathan Beale, who attended the opening of Soldiery British Army Portraits on 31st January 2018 at the National Army Musuem. Taking the time to interview myself and several of the sitters. Please see full transcript below.
Outgoing Commander Lt Colonel Ridgway of The Royal Tank Regiment, commissioned a portrait to be placed on the regimental wall of former Commanding Officers. Visiting Regimental Headquarters with my portable kit, the Colonel posed in No.1 Dress. The portrait was indeed historic as it will hang next to all the former leaders of the Regiment for many years to come.
There are currently nine regular cavalry regiments of the British Army, of these two serve as armoured regiments, three as armoured cavalry regiments, three as light cavalry and one as a mounted ceremonial regiment. Soldiery has given me the opportunity to work with seven of these nine Regiments
My final Infantry regimental sittings of my Soldiery Portrait Project took place with The Coldstream Guards. Formed in 1650 as part of the New Model Army during the English Civil War. The regiment swore allegiance to King Charles II in 1660 and has guarded the country’s monarchs since.
Working with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles, was one of the highlights of my Soldiery Project. Many civilians will know something about the Gurkhas. The Regiment carries no flag or pennant, but instead a battle honour is displayed on their chest belt. I was honoured to to capture their unique ceremonial staff, the Queen’s Truncheon, presented to the Regiment in 1863 for their loyalty and service to the Crown.