When not painting his landscapes or portraits Jonathan Myles-Lea creates iconic photographic photographic portraits which often involve his sitters dressing in historic costume. In recent years he has photographed his friend Sir Roy Strong in various atmospheric environments including Ham House in Richmond and Leighton House in Holland Park.
One day is necessary for the costume fitting, which either takes place at Angels in Wembley or The Royal Shakespeare Company's Costume Department in Stratford-upon-Avon. Another day is required for the shoot itself, and Jonathan spends a further day editing the images.
Sir Roy Strong is depicted as an Elizabethan courtier.
Sir Roy as a cavalier at Ham House, Richmond.
Sir Roy as a cavalier at Ham House
Jonathan also creates compelling photographic portraits of fellow artists, musicians and performers.
Soloist and model Charlie Siem.
International soloist Meghan Cassidy
A standard portrait sitting takes between 2-3 hours and an extra day maybe necessary to choose costumes. Jonathan styles the shoots himself at various locations which suit the client and the project. An initial meeting takes place in which the client's dreams are discussed. After the shoot he returns to the studio where, with his painterly eye, the magic continues. The result is a lasting portrait. Jonathan is happy to advise on final scale and framing options.
The price of a typical shoot is £550 (excluding costume hire)
This includes: Initial consultation, 2/3 hour photographic session, studio time and digital output of images.