About & Contact

Me, by Michael Shelford. (Yes, we do all know each other!)

t: 07961 068759 e: michaelwharley@michaelwharley.com

Way back when, I went to Oxford & Central, then acted. Lots of Mr Bingley-style roles; West End; touring; some Fringe. I auditioned, had highs, lows and a few headshot sessions. But the camera had its way…

I retrained at Photofusion, and since 2010 I’ve made it my full-time business to become a headshot expert.

Which is where you [might] come in!  I love working with actors, so I’d love to work with you.

My experience means I understand how important and nerve-wracking headshots can be.

That’s not enough by itself.  But combined with subtle lighting, photography and direction. And with keen insight into what modern casting needs from your photos. Then that, I think, is a recipe for great headshots.

So, do explore the site and just get in touch if you’d like to discuss working together!



My work’s been seen thousands of times over in Spotlight, but also in national newspapers & mags, on film posters across the London Underground and at venues like the National Theatre.  Check out my Film and Theatre Advertising site if you’d like to know more about the broader range of my photography.

Headshot Expertise

The Association of Professional Headshot Photographers

I don’t just take headshots, I’m deeply involved in the industry. I’m founder member and Chairman of the Association of Professional Headshot Photographers. To stay ahead (and because I’m interested) I write and research about headshots too. I’m frequently published in The Stage, write a blog, and lead headshot and casting workshops at Drama Schools, Industry events and for groups like Equity or The Actors Guild. You can watch my Take Control of Your Headshots webseries too.


AOP-qualifiedI’m a member of the Association of Photographers (AOP) and ‘FBIPP’ means I’m a qualified Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography, the Institute’s highest level of professional qualification. Read more

VITAL things to know...

I support Liverpool FC, swim most days in an outdoor pool and am literally addicted to coffee.

Awards & Features

Where are You? And more...

Location: Makespace Studios, Newnham Terrace, SE1 7DR.  Zone 1, (How do I get to the session for more details). Here’s my FAQ, my full Headshot Terms are here, and If you’ve got any questions, just get in touch.