Portrait Salon

Portrait Salon Symposium


This year, Portrait Salon is organising a day of talks and reviews at Craft Central, on 21 November.

 2 – 4pm: Portfolio Reviews
Your chance to have your work reviewed by a member of the industry – Free of Charge! Reviewers are:

Hat Margolies, Director of Lucid Representation, a London based agency, representing talented, friendly and award-winning photographers.

Emma Taylor, Director of Creative Advice Network
A “Creative Mary Poppins” who offers support and advice to companies and individuals within the advertising, photographic and design sectors.

Helena Bullivant and Kate Myers, HERO Productions
HERO produce commercials, brand films and other digital content. Speedily and with attention to detail.

Carole Evans, Co-Founder of Portrait Salon
Carole is a photographer and Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies at Ravensbourne. She spent seven years working as Gallery Coordinator at Photofusion, and co-founded Portrait Salon in 2011.

Book a slot at our Eventbrite page here.



6pm – Panel Discussion: How Delegating can Improve your Work

Worried about working with retouchers? Finding the organisation of a shoot too much? Can’t find a suitable location? Need caterers?

There are people who will plan all of this for you, so that you can concentrate on making fantastic images for your client.

Kate Myers and Helena Bullivant, from HERO, Emma Taylor from Creative Advice Network, and photographer Paul Plews discuss what help is available and the benefits of getting outside organisations to help on shoots.

To avoid disappointment, book a place on our Eventbrite page, here.

7pm – On Judging; Christiane Monarchi and Steve Macleod in Conversation.

One of the motivations for setting up Portrait Salon was the criticism from photographers that the Taylor Wessing Prize looked the same each year; the same images kept on being chosen.

We asked ourselves; why is this the case? What makes an image stand out to judges amongst 1000’s of other photographs? Does the “look” of a competition influence the photographer’s choice of image they enter?

In 2014, we invited Christiane Monarchi, editor of Photomonitor, to judge Portrait Salon. This year, she was invited to judge Taylor Wessing Prize. With the knowledge of both competitions and judging processes behind her, she will be in conversation with Steve Macleod, Director of Metro Imaging and Portrait Salon’s judge this year. They will discuss the answers to the above questions, as well as the role of competitions in this industry, the popularity of competitions, and whehter it’s worth entering them at all…

And, of course, rare chance to get an insight into the judging process of the Taylor Wessing prize!

To avoid disappointment, book your place for this talk on our Eventbrite page, here.