About Michael Wharley FBIPP


Me and my assistants ©Wharley 2015

Member of the prestigious Association of Photographers (AOP), since April 2015

Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography since June 2o17

BIPP SE Photographer of the Year 2016/17 and 2014-15

Winning at the BIPP Professional Photography Awards 2015

Featured in ‘the Photographer’ latest edition

In my previous life, I read English at Oxford, went to Central, and worked as a successful stage actor for nearly six years. But I gradually realised that seeing the world through a camera was more important than anything else.

Since retraining at Photofusion in 2007, I’ve specialised full-time in providing commercial portrait, advertising and editorial photography for clients in the entertainment industries.

AOP-qualifiedI’ve shot Actors, Models, Musicians, Comedians and Film Stars, for Film Companies, Theatre Companies, Theatres, Film Premieres, Cinemas, PR Companies and more.

Plus my work’s been seen in national newspapers & mags, on film posters across the London Underground and at venues like the National Theatre, not to mention hundreds of times over in Spotlight each year.

I’m a qualified member of the prestigious Association of Photographers (AOP) and ‘FBIPP’ means I’m also qualified to the highest level as a member of the British Institute of Professional Photography; so my work has been assessed to the highest professional standards, I’m bound by the BIPP Code of Conduct and am currently working to my FBIPP, the Institute’s highest level of professional qualification. Read more

Working with clients

There’s the self-promo, but here’s the most important bit: my number one concern is not my lights, cameras, or technique, but always you, the client.

Whether we’re working together one-on-one for headshots, running a large-scale advertising shoot, or I’m photographing your show/event/film/band, I’ll bring easygoing calm to proceedings, so that creativity comes to the fore.

In my experience, that’s how to get you the best photos.

Other vital things to know!

    • To keep ahead, I write and research a fair bit on arts/tech/photo issues, and on casting technologies. I’m regularly published in national papers like The Stage and you can also read my blog.
    • I support Liverpool FC, am literally addicted to coffee and keep two ferrets. If we work at my studio, there is a 1 in 100 chance they’ll be awake to meet you. Man, do those animals sleep soundly…

Michael Wharley ABIPP - Bronze in PortraitureMichael Wharley ABIPP - Highly Commended Peter Grugeon Associateship (1)

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