Michael Rolt, London Portrait Photographer
With formal training and over a decade’s experience shooting and editing images, Michael has shot portrait, editorial and promotional work for a wide variety of clients, specialising in musicians (including legendary rock band; The Who). As a London portrait photographer and videographer, he has also worked for brands incl. Nike, Rolex, Faberge, Moet & Hennessy and Senturion.
We believe that portrait photography is about more than lighting and framing. Michael Rolt and his team seek to go beyond satisfying our clients’ creative and professional requirements and bring out who the subject really is. We expect to deliver both a high quality product and a high level of professionalism but Michael’s photoshoots are also fun and engaging whether our clients work in Michael’s London studio, their business HQ or out on location. Our shoots take into full account the individual needs and desires of each client, which Michael pairs with his own expertise and training to provide for the best possible result for the given budget — and then some. We like to move at a pace that suits the subject and project. Fast and efficient, if there is limited resources or patient and diligent if time allows, taking time and care to craft an image that will fit your remit. We live in an era in which technology will allow anyone to take a decent photograph. We can deliver a great photograph. Read below to learn more about the way Michael works and why he is the right London photographer for you.
Introducing Michael Rolt
Michael Rolt is a creative London portrait photographer with over a decade’s worth of experience. Having grown up in the Northamptonshire countryside, it is not hard to see just how Michael became a fan of natural light and various photography techniques that capture the real life essence and beauty of the moment. Add to this his studies as a film maker at university, where he embarked on a Masters in Film Production, and you will find a marriage between technical know-how and a great eye. Since its beginning, Michael’s photographic journey has been complimented by his studies of cinematography and editing, to evolve his artistry to one that combines the two — with both mediums benefitting and complementing each other.
Intuitive and dynamic, We offer our clients a host of services (from stills to videography) to choose from as he specialises in photography that transcends a number of genres.
Innovation, Artistry And Thinking Outside The Box
It is the seemingly small things that separate good art from great art. Like many of his colleagues, Michael Rolt applies industry best practices to every project he undertakes or overseas. Still, unlike many portrait photographers, he is not afraid to step outside the proverbial box and apply those seemingly small changes that take his work to another level and separates him from the pack. Clients often remark on his use of new, different and even seemingly unorthodox ideas to get the get the very best results whatever the budget of the shoot. Our photography combines artistic vision and skill to create a quality product, as well as a truly unique experience for the client. No two photoshoots or client projects are the same, as no two clients are alike. As such, every client is guaranteed a customised experience that is suited just for them and their needs. Below, we look at the many ways Michael Rolt Photography uses innovation to give clients the absolute best.
Our key objectives:
Communicating clearly, effectively and often
Good communication is the cornerstone of successful human interactions and relationships. Without communication, there is no way to meet others where they are. As such, clear and effective communication between himself and his clients is of utmost importance to Michael Rolt. By keeping the lines of communication open, he is able to:
None of the above is possible without good communication practices. Yet, combining the above allows both client and service provider to meet in the middle for the best possible outcome.
Location, location, location
Real estate is not the only field within which location is prime currency. It matters in portrait photography too. In fact, finding the ideal location can make all the difference as far as London portrait photography is concerned. This is as a given location can either add to or take away from the feel and look of a photograph. Many portrait photographers by default opt for the client’s home. While this is an available option, it is not always the best one. As such, Michael is keen on choosing a location that best complements the goals and objectives of the client, as opposed to simply choosing the most convenient options.
Generally, as far as his favourite kinds of locations are concerned, Michael likes to choose natural locations where both authenticity and lighting are highlighted. Such locations allow clients to relax more and interact with their environment, therefore appearing more comfortable in their photographs, as opposed to appearing to be merely posing.
This may seem obvious to some, and might not make or break the shoot but can certainly elevate an nice shot to a gorgeous one. Michael takes the time and care to optimise image quality with his choice of lens knowing the value of nice, creamy bokah and the flexibility of a good low light lens. Add to this the fact that there are a myriad of lenses to choose from and one begins to quickly see how nice it is to trust the man behind the camera knows what he is doing from a technical perspective. For his location photography, Michael uses fast lenses suited to low light conditions and a moving subject. Despite being outdoors or in a web lit warehouse, natural light can dip at the worst possible moment and you need the flexibility to adjust your aperture accordingly. Like-wise, children, animals or impatient rock stars can move just as the shuttle comes down so it has to come down quickly. In short, Michael’s lenses help to capture and enhance the authenticity that Michael prefers. Clients are likely to look more natural, comfortable and less like they are ‘posing.’
A client’s personality is a critical part of how well a portrait photography photoshoot can turn out, as photographers have to communicate effectively as they conduct a photoshoot. Michael Rolt Photography services try to make sure that the client is happy and understands at all times what is necessary for them to look their best in a photo shoot. We like to think that Michael’s personality and family situation allows for the kind of empathy and skill application that many other professional London photographers lack.
A married father of a two year old living in Ealing, Michael is able to harness his life experiences to help clients with children relax and enhance the natural authenticity of the experience. Through his own relationship with his daughter, he has always been able to relate well to children on portrait family photoshoots. In addition to setting children at ease and making the London portrait photography experience a positive one for them, he has also learnt how to manage his feedback to avoid negativity or frustration. Too often photographers will be overly authoritarian on a shoot and intimidate their subject.
Even though some aspects of retouching is frowned upon in some circles, the truth is, it is an important (and in many ways indispensable) part of the portrait photography process. The trick is to ensure that it is done in moderation and looks true to life, instead of waxy and fake. Retouching is a critical phase of the process as it is the last thing opportunity to optimise the photograph before the final product is handed over. It should therefore receive the utmost care and the photographer needs to diligent as he is skilled. Luckily for Michael’ clients, he has both. When retouching his photos, Michael is cognisant of the attention to detail it demands and will often spend more time than is budgeted.
Michael Rolt understands and utilises the same approach of authenticity to the retouching process as he does to the photo-taking process. Retouching too is an art. As such, instead of merely reproducing generic portraits, he finds new and interesting ways to retouch and stylise photos, to ensure that the end product matches the starting vision. This makes for much more individuality to his end images.
Whether in a London photography studio or the sporting arena, the difference between mediocrity and excellence lies in the small things that many overlook. It is these seemingly small things that often have the greatest effect. This is especially true in the art of photography. It is the seemingly little things, the details, that can take a finished product from being okay to being great. It is for this reason that Michael makes it his duty to pay attention to the detail of portrait photography.
For many, the idea of retouching photographs immediately brings images of airbrushing to mind. Still airbrushing is only but one element or feature that can be employed during the retouching process. There are a host of other features and elements that can be used to create a range of effects depending on what is appropriate. For example, even though a photograph was taken in full colour, it is plausible that adding black and white (grayscale), or sepia tones may be the most appropriate effect for the given photograph in order to capture its true essence. The variety of options employed by Michael Rolt during the retouching are endless.
Years of interdisciplinary photography
In every vocation or field of work, there are some things that only experience, with its ups and downs, can teach you. Portrait photography is no different. Thankfully for the Michael Rolt Photography client, Michael has a wealth of experience and a remarkably diverse portfolio. He is a photographer who has shot people, animals and even cars in all sorts of settings, atmospheres, and for a host of different purposes. Michael’s range of experiences allows him to be able to:
A dynamic photographer, Michael Rolt operates within a whole range of different genres.Such variety requires an application of different photography skills and techniques for the best results. Although he specialises in musicians, Michael has a wide range of experience in different genres of photography (interdisciplinary photography), he has developed a wide range of skills and this adds significantly to the wealth of experience(s) they are able to glean from. While a family portrait might not seem very similar in stye or tone to a musicians’s portrait shoot there are many aesthetic tricks that can be borrowed and leant from one to the other. Why shouldn’t a private client have access to the same flattering lighting tricks that an ageing rock star might favour?
As a multi-genre photographer with many years of experience, Michael Rolt has been able to develop a hone these various skills, skills that have helped to add to Michael’s inventiveness as a photographer, allowing him to pull all these various techniques, tips and tricks into his portrait photography. Some of these skills and techniques might be a matter of changing up the lighting, interesting framing or innovative angles or the flamboyant after effects applied during the retouching phase of the process.
Any photographer would leap at the opportunity to shoot rock legends and 70’s icons, The Who and Michael was lucky enough to do so a short while ago as the recorded their last album. He has also shot more up-and-coming musicians like King Charles, such experiences provide a rich resource from which Michael can draw to make his portrait photography services creative and efficient.
So lenses, lighting, communication and experience are all hugely important to what makes Michael Rolt, London photographer, at the top of his game. But we go further into the detail and will often create a very different feel to an image be selecting from a wide range of papers and materials to print on. These include:
among others. From concept to reality, Michael Rolt Photography services are looking to provide you with a truly unique image.
Not just any London Portrait Photographer
The experiences that Michael Rolt has had throughout the years, both from his studies and his on-the-job experiences, have made him more than just another portrait photographer. They have made him a highly sought after photographer, and one that can juggle the demands of a punishing schedule or ambitious clients. If you are still reading we hope we have presented you with an overwhelming case as to why you should bear Michael Rolt in mind next time you need editorial or PR portrait work done – or just want to some stunning images of your family and friends. If you are based in London or the South-East, please make Michael Rolt Photography your portrait photography service of choice. And although Michael does mainly work within the London metropolitan and surrounding areas his is more than happy to go further afield. To get in touch with Michael Rolt Photography, then please call 07989536199 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.