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.
The Major-General commanding the Household Division commands the Household Division of the British Army. He is also General Officer Commanding London District. The Major- General has sole responsibility for the Service aspect of all State and ceremonial occasions within London District, having executive command of the Household Division.
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.”
Soldati della Repubblica constitutes my second major military portrait project. Following on from Soldiery British Army Portraits, my aim to capture the modern face, tradition and history of the Esercito Italiano.
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II through their fathers, Prince George, Duke of Kent, and King George VI. He has held the title of Duke of Kent for over 76 years. Recently I had photographed The Duke’s brother H.R.H Prince Michael of Kent. Hearing about my work, His Royal Highness commissioned a portrait at St James Palace in London.
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 everyone who attended my first Italian Exhibition 11th – 14th December 2018 at Palazzo Cusani in Milan. The exhibition featuring portraits from my Soldati della Repubblica project. In which I spent the summer of 2018, travelling across Italy, capturing portraits of the wonderfully historic and diverse Italian Army.
Portrait of Britain is presented by British Journal of Photography. Photographer Rory Lewis portrait of British Army Soldier Warrant Officer Class 2 Deborah Penny. Deborah serving 30 years in the British Army’s Royal Logistic Corps as a Bomb disposal expert; made Army history as the first transgender Soldier to serve in the front line.
Delighted to work with Lieutenant General James Bashall CBE, who commissioned a military portrait sitting at his Headquarters in Aldershot. A tall and imposing man, Lieutenant General Bashall was a hero of the Iraq War. He commanded the 1st Mechanised Brigade in Basra, in 2007.
The subjects of my first photoshoot, where the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, The Rifles. I discovered little has changed since the Napoleonic Wars. The Rifles, are still at the forefront of battle, trained as marksmen. They don’t carry a flag. Instead, their Battle Honours are carried on Parade uniforms.
A recent portrait commission from The Royal Regiment of Scotland to capture Major General Bob Bruce CBE, DSO. The General posed in his uniform as Colonel of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
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.
H.R.H Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, KStJ, CD is a member of the British Royal Family. He is a paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, being a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary. His Royal Highness commissioned a portrait at the London Studio.