Delighted to receive a commission from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in Windsor to capture portraits of C/O & Senior Warrant Officers. The Welsh Guards was formed in 1915 by order of King George V. Over the course of their 100+ year history, they have distinguished themselves both on and off the battlefield, and have taken part in almost every British Army campaign since World War I. The Welsh Guards are Wales’s Senior Infantry Regiment with a formidable reputation forged throughout the last century.
The Cuirassiers' Regiment (Reggimento Corazzieri, previously Comando Carabinieri Guardie del Presidente della Repubblica) is an Italian elite military unit and the honour guard of the President of the Italian Republic. Their motto "Virtus in periculis firmior" means Courage becomes stronger in danger.”
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.
From a recent portrait commission with Royal Navy Officer Lieutenant Commander Trewinnard-Boyle. Who arranged a portrait sitting at the London Studio. Shortly retiring from active service, the Commander wanted a record of his Royal Navy career and a portrait which his family will cherish for generations to come.
‘Soldiery‘ British Army Portraits, has given me a great deal of exposure. Since the completion of the project I have been offering portraits to Military and Police personnel. One of my latest commissions took place with Gurkha Engineer, Captain Buddhi BhandariMVO, who recently won the Royal Victorian Order for brave actions during the recent Nepal Earthquake.
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.
Arriving at the barracks of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards in Aldershot, I was met by the Regimental Sergeant Major, a six foot three inch imposing soldier. It was an exciting prospect to work with the Regimental Commanding Officer.
Austrian General & Defence Attaché to UK, Brigadier Günter Eisl commissioned a portrait at the Austrian Embassy in London. I am no stranger to working with members of the British Armed forces; it was a nice change to photograph a soldier from the Austrian Military.