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Portrait Photography – Chancery Lane, London

I love shooting portraits in new locations around London, and recently photographed Roma Agrawal, aka Roma the Engineer, for a magazine feature in Chancery Coffee on Chancery Lane.

Roma featured in this year’s M & S ‘Leading Ladies’ campaign, and was photographed by none other than Annie Leibovitz, so it was fascinating to hear about the shoot! 

Chancery Coffee is a small but perfectly formed cafe with exposed brick walls and striking red furniture, making it a great backdrop for the shoot. I supplemented the ambient light with with

modified portable flash to ensure the portraits were well-lit, but was careful to balance the two as I didn’t want to kill the shafts of sunlight hitting the wall.

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Thanks to Roma for her time and to the staff at Chancery Coffee for being so accommodating – I’d highly recommend popping in for a caffeine hit if you’re in the area!


Here’s how the featured turned out.roma_engineer_london_2 roma_engineer_london_5 roma_engineer_london_7

The wall behind the counter was vivid, and I thought this would work well for a double page spread.roma_engineer_london_8

In addition to a headshot style portrait, I also wanted to try something different, so photographed Roma through the cafe’s window.roma_engineer_london_10

The following portrait was used for the front cover.

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