Michael Crabtree Portraits : Portrait photographer. Family portraits and childrens portrait photography in your own home in north London.

Michael Crabtree Portraits

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Portrait photographer. Family portraits and childrens portrait photography in your own home in north London.
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Michael Crabtree Portraits
London N19 5NH
United Kingdom
Phone: 07976 251 824
51° 34' 6.4848" N, 0° 8' 18.8052" W
Baby giggles
Black and White baby Smiles
Toddler smiles
Boy looks around
The parents watch on
Mad Hair on teenage girl
Girl Portrait

Spoken Language: English

Business: Consumer Goods and Services, Photography

Michael is an international photojournalist and portrait photographer based in London. During his 20-year career he has covered events as diverse as the Oscars to rebuilding work after the South Asian tsunami and his photographs have been published on the front page of all the UK’s national newspapers, Time magazine and the foreign press.

He applies his vast experience to corporate and portrait commissions in the UK and abroad. Michael is based in North London and travels to photograph families for truly natural portraits.

Corporate commissions are also tailored to each client. Contact him for a no-obligation consultation. Current clients include The Times, the BBC, leading FTSE 100 companies and PR agencies.

Michael graduated in photojournalism from the London College of Printing and is an active member of the British Press Photographers’ Association. His work features in 5000 Days, the BPPA’s review of the best press photography from 1989 to 2004.

Michael is a freelance photographer based in London. His first publication was the front page of Varsity, Cambridge University's newspaper in 1990 and he has worked for a number of international agencies and national newspapers over the past 15 years. He continues to work primarily for The Times.

Most recently Michael has photographed MPs and cabinet ministers during the expenses scandal. He also recently photographed Russell Crowe on the Andrew Marr Show for the BBC and a selection of his press pictures can be seen in the press gallery.

Family portraits<

It’s a cliché how quickly children grow up, but what do you do if you want natural, informal family portraits?

My approach makes it easy for you to have wonderful family photographs in your home – pictures of your children relaxed and having fun. This attention to detail runs right from arranging the shoot through to delivery of your pictures. Before the session, we’ll talk about exactly what kind of photographs you’re after: family groups, just the children, at home or in one of the wonderful North London parks. Afterwards, I’ll help you select the best pictures, print and frame them and deliver them to you.

I come to you from my base in Islington to ensure that the session is stress-free and minimizes the disruption to busy family life. Travel within 15 miles of Islington and Highgate is included, so my portrait sessions cover North London, much of East and West London, Central London and South Hertfordshire.

Lifestyle portraits on location or at home

Your family will be photographed in a familiar environment – either at home or choose a favourite London location. Depending on your children’s mood, I can stay in the background as I shoot or play with your children to get them to interact with the camera.

15 years of photographing politicians, celebrities, and the occasional riot has been great preparation for taking portraits of your family. Subjects who don’t sit still or even stay in the room are all in a day’s work. Whatever the distractions, the photographs of your children will be relaxed, capture their mood and personality, and of course always in focus.

Parents often ask me for pictures of children playing their favourite sport. This is a great way to make sure that they enjoy the shoot! I’m happy to combine the photography session with most sporting activities – you’ll just need to get the organiser’s permission. I’ve covered Islington junior rugby.

Contemporary studio portraits<

Contemporary portraits against a white background can easily be taken in your home. I bring a small studio setup with me if this is the style you’re after.

After the shoot, I edit the pictures to select the best images and illustrate different artistic effects. Within a week you’ll have the images to review and I’ll show you the various print and frame options.

When you’ve decided what prints, canvases or albums you’d like I take care of the rest. You just get the pictures you won’t take yourself.

Photography Tuition

For those of you who’d like to improve the pictures you take yourself, I offer tailored tuition on how to get the best from your digital SLR. The workshops are very interactive and cover the features of your camera, composition and feedback on your photographs.

Corporate and PR photography<

Michael has a wide range of experience as a commercial photographer< covering corporate events, PR photography for product launches, corporate portraits, fashion and editorial shoots in London and internationally. A full consultation service is included and Michael works with you to get the most from the shoot. For press launches, Michael can advise on newspaper coverage to maximize your chances of publication and wire to all major newspapers and agencies.

It is crucial to have welcoming and flattering pictures of you and your staff for websites and promotional material. Michael will discuss your requirements and can provide a combination of editorial-style portraits and more traditional poses using studio lighting.

Major companies such as Easyjet and Monarch commission Michael to photograph all their senior executives for their websites. Up to 15 people can be photographed in a half-day session and the price includes photoshop editing and supplying all the images to you on DVD.

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