Why spend years learning portrait photography the hard way?

While there is no substitute for getting out there with a

your camera, why not learn from someone who’s been there and done it? I’ve spent the last decade figuring out what works and what doesn’t. I’ve honed the techniques that I use everyday to create award-winning images. I’ve made ALL the mistakes so you don’t have to. Now you can accelerate your mastery of portraiture by accessing everything I’ve learned, all in one place, from the comfort of your own home.

Who Is It For?

Are you an intermediate or advanced portrait photographer? Do you want to become world-class? If you sometimes feel frustrated with your progress, are disappointed with your images or lack confidence in how to handle different portrait situations, this site is for you.

What will I get?

You’ll learn how to create and capture world-class portraits through video tutorials, articles and discussions, with new content added each week. Then, submit your images to get a constructive critique from international, multi-award-winning photographer and competition judge Paul Wilkinson.

The positioning of your subject amid the clutter of the everyday can make or break a portrait.  Even the aspect ratio of the frame can make art of a headshot.
Build your knowledge here in the Foundations section, then go get inspired by the tips, techniques and ideas across the rest of the site.
Light, of course, is what photography is all about (the clue is in the definition!) Shed light on lighting in these articles about this most wonderful of creative tools.
Every image needs a location.  But what type and how to use them? These articles deal with everything from bland backgrounds to complex corridors to create images with a twist.
Some things are better demonstrated than typed.  Enjoy these videos from various shoots, showing how I approach the creative process.

How does it work?

Start with our structured course, so you can catch up or refresh on the fundamentals of photography. Then, browse through the hundreds of videos, podcasts, diagrams and articles to improve your skills and get inspired. Our content breaks down how each image was created, so you can replicate the results yourself. Ask questions about any of the content, anytime. Then put your new skills into practice and submit your images for critique by international, multi-award-winning portrait photographer and competition judge Paul Wilkinson.

Paul Wilkinson FMPA FSWPP

Paul is one of the UK’s most sought-after portrait and wedding photographers – not just for his eye for an image but for the manner in which they are created (mostly laughing, always relaxed!) His images have adorned numerous publications from the BBC to the Times and have won countless awards as well as giving him the accolade of Fellowship of the Master Photographers Association and the MPA Presidential Award in 2017. He is the co-author of Mastering Portrait Photography, the best-selling reference book that’s been re-printed, translated into Italian and licensed by National Geographic. He and his team are based near Oxford in the UK though often you’ll find him clutching his passport and his cameras as he creates images for people across the globe! The Mastering Portrait Photography team includes Paul, Matt Brown (camera operator and video editor), Sarah Plater (camera operator, writer and project manager) and Sarah Wilkinson (studio and marketing manager).