Ralph Fiennes: Lord Voldemort

Over many years of experience taking portraits for national newspapers and prestigious magazines, one learns that sometimes as a photographer you only have seconds to achieve your client’s brief- especially when dealing with well known personalities. I was on assignment for the wonderful Everyman Cinema group, who were expecting a personal appearance from actor Ralph Fiennes following the showing of his new movie, Coriolanus.

I’d always been an admirer of Ralph- from his roles in Shindler’s List, The English Patient and of course Harry Potter. I was told that I would be given less than a minute to take the pictures, under the large ‘Everyman’ sign outside the Maida Vale cinema. The lights had been set up, test shots taken and now we awaited the arrival of Voldemort, sorry, Ralph Fiennes. A member of the PR team came outside and informed us that this shot would not be acceptable in terms of branding so we had to find another location- and that he would arrive very soon!

Three frantic minutes later and I was in Screen 2, having set up two lights fired one test shot at the Head of Communications for Everyman, in order to have a rough gauge of how the shots would look. In walked Ralph Fiennes, who was very pleasant and spoke softly. I then had around 35 seconds to create as many varied, interesting and dynamic pictures of this Academy Award Nominee as humanly possible. Luckily, when dealing with an actor, they generally know how to look at the camera and how to hold themselves, which is very useful when things have to be done extremely quickly.
I was very happy with how these pictures turned out, and most importantly so were the clients.

Blake Ezra

Blake Ezra regularly works on commission for some of the UK’s biggest publications and organisations. His background in informal education brings an ability to work easily with people from all walks of life, bringing out their character in his pictures. Blake Ezra has worked on commission for newspapers such as The Sun and The Financial Times, and organisations including Chessington World of Adventures, Harrods, Lulu Guinness, National Lottery, Playboy, The Chief Rabbi, and World Jewish Relief. He has also recently become one of London’s most sought after wedding photographers through a blend of attention to detail, strength in versatility, ability to capture a moment, and not-yet-certified workaholism. Favourite experience in photography: “I always see photography as a passport to privilege- to situations whereby access is nearly impossible without a camera. There have been many moments in my career so far where I’ve spent time in crazy situations- backstage at concerts, royal weddings and plenty of helicopter-based aerial photography. However, nothing beats seeing the reactions on clients faces when presented with their pictures.” ‘Nothing makes me happier than taking pictures I know my clients will love, I usually work with a beaming smile on my face! I gain massive job-satisfaction when I see my images seen by millions of people in the national press, but equally nothing beats the feeling of creating personal memories for people who will cherish them forever’