© Michael Shelford

tel: 07961 068759 e: michael@michaelwharleyphoto.com

I specialise in advertising, portrait and editorial work.

Whether it is for a film, a show or a brand, I love to tell stories in my shots; using all my expert lighting and creative skills to make bold, atmospheric pictures that balance narrative with visual impact.

Recent highlights include: photographing Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton and Tom Courtenay for new feature film Summerland; Alice Lowe for acclaimed horror-comedy Prevenge; an award-winning series for Connor McPherson’s The Weir; Tom Burke for Don Carlos, and all the ad imagery for a major new adaptation of the hit movie Amelie.

Bts on a shoot ©Adam Hills 2019

I’ve also shot a series of environmental working portraits on commission in India, a personal project on ‘Cold Water Swimmers‘ in South London, worked on campaigns with the learning disabled charity Access All Areas and on ‘The Attitudes‘ in support of theatre charity Acting for Others

As comfortable chatting with frosty pensioners as celebrated actors, I bring precision, technical skill and creativity to each new brief. Happy to art-direct if required, I’m just as excited to work as part of a creative team.

An AOP member and Fellow of the BIPP, I was recently given a Gold Award in Portraiture and the title 2018 BIPP ‘Photographer of the Year’ for these The Weir images. Read more

Clients include: Lionsgate, Embankment Film, Shoebox Films, Organic PR, Kaleidoscope Film Distribution, Picturehouse Cinemas, The National Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Original Theatre Company, Joe Public PR, Dressing Room 5 PR, The Globe Theatre, Access All Areas, I AM Marketing, Sellador, Polka Theatre, Metta Theatre, Exeter Northcott & Rose Theatre Kingston, Theatre Royal, Stratford East, Cut & Mustard (Endemol Shine Label), The Arcola, DEM Productions, Triumph Entertainment,  The Watermill Theatre, Glynis Henderson Productions, Polka Theatre, Samuel French Publishing,  Nick Hern Books, Playdead Press, W.W. Norton, The Luna Cinema, Penguin Random House & Live Canon


I grew up in a presbytery, where you were as likely to be having tea with a Bishop, as sharing breakfast with a newly released ex-con. 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 borderline addiction to coffee and the albatross of a lifelong love of Liverpool Football Club. I can often be found in Brockwell Lido, even in winter: idiot.