tel: 07961 068759 e: michael@michaelwharleyphoto.com

I take striking, characterful pictures of people. Be it a Hollywood star in the studio, or a small business owner sharing their working life, I find personality & emotion in portraits that get under the skin & connect.

I create atmospheric, cinematic images that advertise stage & screen productions just as boldly as they tell the stories of brands. 

Coming from a stage background, all my work is punchy, precise & beautifully lit, filled with detail, drama & real feeling.

I work with a range of design & marketing agencies & commercial clients, from my central London studio & beyond. 

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Behind the scenes on shoot


AOP member and Fellow of the BIPP

Awarded Gold in Portraiture and the title 2018 BIPP ‘Photographer of the Year’ for these The Weir images. Read more

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I grew up in a presbytery in Hull where you were as likely to be having tea with a Bishop as sharing breakfast with a newly minted ex-con or answering the phone to someone in need. Useful social skills to learn for a portraitist… Later, I read English at Merton College, Oxford, studied acting at the RCSSD, and worked as a successful stage actor for 6 years. I retrained at Photofusion in 2007 and have been a photographer since 2010, shooting out of a busy studio at Make Space close to Waterloo, in Central London.

I live in Brixton, with my screenwriting/ directing partner, a functioning addiction to coffee and a lifelong love of Liverpool Football Club. I can often be found in Brockwell Lido.