Jason AshwoodJason Ashwood


Telephone:+44 7538 078403
Email:  Jason Ashwood 
Studio location: Beckenham, Kent, UK

My Photography

I am a London-based portrait and documentary photographer. I aim to help businesses, organisations, and individuals meet their goals by creating imagery that helps them tell their stories, express who they are, and which sets them apart from their competitors. 

Supporting social issues is an important part of my personal project work and ongoing contribution to charity. To that end, I volunteer as the in-house photographer at We Are Stronger, an anti-violence and anti-bullying charity, and Hope and Homes for Children, the international charity which seeks to take children out of orphanges and seeks thei closure globally.

My portraits appear in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, and I have exhibited them in New York, Washington D.C, and London. 

The Importance of Portraiture in Your Business

Portraiture plays a vital role in your business as it may well be the first impression you make on a client. In an instant, your potential client will form a subconscious judgement about you or your company based on facial expression, body language, dress, and image quality. 

As most of our communication is non-verbal and the average website visit lasts under fifteen-seconds, your first impression must be engaging, professional, and someone they’d want to meet and trust. They must immediately feel they have found the professional they are seeking.

Meeting Your Needs

I concentrate on serving clients who value a long-term working relationship with a discerning photographer who has their personal and organisation’s best interests at heart. 

My promise is that by working together, I will help you create your best possible first impression for your organisation, and the process will always be positive.

My Approach to Photography

My reputation for understanding, connecting with, and evoking non-verbal communication in my subjects stems from the diversity of my experience.

I work comfortably with diverse clients, from business leaders, world-class dancers, and actors to survivors of sexual abuse and clinicians in a Covid-19 vaccination centre. From boardrooms to the Ugandan slums of Kajjansi, I seek to bring the best out of everyone—to connect with their humanity and let their portrait speak for itself. Throughout, trust, reliability, and long-term support always underpin my approach.

Publications

In August 2021 I published Shadow Aspect - My Journey of Expression by Lady Mara Galeazzi OMRI, former principal dancer of The Royal Ballet. Mara's memoir, accompanied by my images of her life behind the stage between 2016 - 2020, provides a deep insight into the experiences in Mara's personal life which drive her world-renowned stage presence.

Shadow Aspect is consistently rated five stars and is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09BL7SFZ6/ and in the Royal Opera House.

The Seymour Agency in New York is representing my book project, In Our Own Words - Miami City Ballet, and in 2022 I will publish my second photographic book, Not Without Tears, a photographic story and memoir abour ballet dancer Rainer Krenstetter, the first Austrian to win the Prix de Lausanne.

My work features in the National Portrait Gallery's book, 100 Inspirational Women.

Exhibitions and Projects

A variety of my portraits feature in the archive of the National Portrait Gallery in London. 

My photographic project, The Face of Defiance (2015-2017), which was funded by the Wallace Foundation and documented survivors of female genital mutilation, was exhibited in New York, Washington D.C, London including the National Portrait Gallery, and in Senegal. In 2022, Chanel will exhibit part of this project in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. Please see my project tab for details.

My most recent project was a long-term study of clinicians at the Covid vaccination centre at Paxton Green Group Practice in London, which was published in the South London Press.

Qualifications and Memberships

In 2021, I was a finalist in the Royal Photographic Society's Documentary Photography of the Year award for my photographic essay from Shadow Aspect. I am an Adobe Associate in Design (Photoshop), a member of the Jerry B. Jenkins Writers' Guild and the Royal Photographic Society. I hold an MSc from Kings College, London.

 Please drop me an email at  Jason Ashwood or call me on +44 7538 078403 to request my portrait brochure, which contains further details.

I look forward to working with you.

Jason 

Recent Testimonials

“After many varied and action-filled years’ of work, Jason has developed the rare ability to connect at all levels with his clients’ humanity and environment to capture the essence of their character, their moment, their personal zeitgeist. Jason combines this remarkable talent with his unerring attention to detail that, along with his project management focus, inevitably results in outstanding photography of all genres.  As a long-standing client of Jason’s, I cannot commend his work too highly.” 

Managing Partner David Wightman, Clearwater Wealth Management

 “As a composer and violinist I have needed portraits for my website, magazine articles, a forthcoming book, and CD booklets. Jason’s imaginative approach and his concern to capture aspects I wanted have, over some ten years of working together, produced images which successfully reflect both the gravitas and approachability in my work, and grace many CD covers and much online material. Many thanks, Jason!”

Composer Philip Sawyers

“I commissioned Jason to shoot portraits for my documentary film #FemalePleasure. Working with Jason is astonishing, intense and fun. And the outcome is just extraordinary!”

Barbara Miller. Film maker and President of the Swiss Film Association

 

“I first met Jason Ashwood approximately 10 years ago, when he was doing a photographic project for the business of two great friends of mine. We discussed something similar for my business, but our conversations immediately developed into a far more personal project. Jason instinctively took the time to understand & then think about how we could bring my life’s memories to life.

The time he has taken ever since to deliver this very personal idea never ceases to amaze me. The care he’s taken to present, individually frame & then expertly hang the images of my memories is not just extremely professional, but much more. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough for any type of project.”

Senior Partner Daniel O’Sullivan

 “Initially I felt daunted by my plan to capture images of 3 generations of my family, ranging from 30 to 90 years old, but working with Jason was so easy. He made us feel relaxed and able to enjoy the whole experience. This was conveyed with the wonderful portraits he created. I could not be more delighted with the results.”

Giorgina Shreeve-Smith

 “I remember hearing that when asked how to take better pictures, the photographer Bill Brandt replied, 'Become a better person’. Jason brings integrity, empathy, a sense of collaboration and a desire never to exploit, to his photographic work. His photos enable their subjects to see more deeply into themselves. Being 'his subject' has been a meaningful experience.”

Psychotherapist and artist Philip Groom

 “My biggest compliment to Jason is that I've always been camera-shy and not happy with a camera in my face. However, shooting with Jason was a very relaxed and comfortable experience where I actually grew more confident with my photo taken throughout the experience. I have also worked with Jason for my apparel company and he's helped it look very professional.”

Entrepreneur James Kiernan

“Jason has visited the Janie Harris School of Dance for many memorable studio photography days, which sell out quickly when announced. Students and parents alike love the experience and the resulting pictures. Jason is a pleasure to work with as he always manages to capture the personality of each individual dancer.”

Elizabeth Whitmore. Principal of the Janie Harris School of Dance.

 “My daughter needed headshots for her acting agency. Jason gave careful thought and time to understand our requirements. The shoot was great fun. He was enthusiastic and really encouraging. He genuinely seemed to love the process. The balance between his input and her own was perfect. She was able to review the photos during the session which helped guide the direction. 

The final photos are highly professional and stunning and the agent loved them too. We were delighted with the whole process from start to finish.”

Imogen Moore de Pulido

 Hi Jason, The whole office is at my desk right now, admirative of your work. Thanks a lot for the very beautiful pictures! Kind regards,”

Patrick Dubier

 “Hi Jason, I just wanted to touch base quickly and let you know the photo which is now live on the website/LinkedIn is brilliant. Thank you very much once again for the great job. All the best,”

Charlie Jorey