“Pictures are wasted unless the motive power which impelled you to action is strong and stirring.”  Berenice Abbott

I mostly consider myself a working photographer, at the coal face.  The passion is not about taking portraits, it is about giving. Of course, it is my livelihood too, but the force behind that is the gifting of a fragment of something to someone that is forever.

Without the hunger and the open mind to be nurtured, pushed and taken out of your place of comfort, no amount of technical knowledge will help you develop. What that gives you, is the space in your creative mindset to invent and  nurture a photograph, set of portraits or the development of a project. This is an ethos I try to instill in my students – we can work towards gaining qualifications, creative achievement  or  financial goals, but there is no shortcut to this and ultimately, your success  is about your skill and your attitude to how you achieve.

The aim is for the process of seeing an idea through to the end result, to be second nature. It’s about me taking your ideas and giving you the tools to develop them. Once you have that, you can run with it and conquer your ideas.

It’s mostly about slowing down, taking elements away as well as adding, stripping things right back to making considered portraits. I encourage students not to be fearful of traditional methods, and to ‘see’ before reacting then find ways of introducing them into your own way of working.


Upcoming Workshops:
Environmental children’s  portraits. 
24th June 2019 – Somerset, England.
6 delegates – 1 space left
Information and booking here

Environmental children’s  portraits.
Two day portrait workshop
Bella West & Rasa Razaniene
9th & 10th July 2019
Vilnius, Lithuania
Information and booking here



My group and 1:1 workshops are held in the UK throughout the year. These workshops are for professional photographers who are looking to develop their skills –  utilising natural light and the environment.

Workshops include creative goal setting, on location shoot and can be designed around your requirements. Emphasis on personal projects and development of style is encouraged as well as a critique of your current work.

Please get in touch and we can discuss your next big journey.