Drew McWilliams | Photographer | Camera, lights, expression

Camera, lights, expression

May 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Black and white model photograph in the studioFashion photography in Northern Ireland by Drew McWilliams Photography Model in studio

When I photograph I like to have my lights and camera settings determined before my client appears. I’ll also have an idea of where they will stand and how I will pose them.


Our relationship doesn’t need to be deep or extensive but if we can strike up some kind of rapport in the short time we are together, then the client can relax - and we can work on the type of portrait we are making, together.


Black and white model, in denims, photography in Northern Ireland by Drew McWilliams PhotographyDenim ladyModel in the studio


Finally, I’ll “fine-tune” the expression - and THAT is the secret of a good portrait:
- a portrait in which the eyes are alive
- the lighting, pose, and expression says something unique
- one in which the viewer can’t be neutral

Black and white studio actor headshotSmiling womanHeadshot photography in Northern Ireland by Drew McWilliams Photography

An independent woman once said,

Figure out how you are separate from your family,
and the man or woman you're in a relationship with.
Find who you are in this world
and what you need to feel good alone.
I think that's the most important thing in life.
Find a sense of self because with that,
you can do anything else.

-Angelina Jolie

Black and white photograph of a girl with long hairGirl with long hairPhotography by Drew McWilliams, Northern Ireland

...and I hope my portraits show women who are finding a sense of self.


Why not put yourself in my frame! Contact Drew
....because family is the most important thing in the world.


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Professional family and children's portrait photography in Northern Ireland. Drew is a qualified Associate member of both the 'Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers' and the 'National Photographic Society'. He is qualified to Licentiate level with the 'Professional Photographers Association of Northern Ireland' and is a Master Photographer of the 'National Photographic Society'.