London portrait photographer Mat Smith is an independent photographer shooting editorial, commercial, and personal portrait photography. Based in Chiswick, West London, Mat undertakes photography commissions across the UK and beyond.
Mat loves shooting anyone with a story and particularly relishes working with artists, musicians, actors, business leaders, and politicians.
Mat's goal as a portrait photographer is to look past the face we present to capture something deeper. Sometimes this results in creating a bright, eye-catching image, and sometimes a more poetic study of the face. Mat often uses simple lighting setups and uncomplicated poses.
Integral to the process of his work is image editing. Every time the shutter is released during a shoot, Mat is considering the visual possibilities of what happens later in the editing suite. Although always striving for the perfect confluence of backdrop, lighting, pose, and expression during the shoot, Mat has an instinct for seeing past those technical obstacles that may be overcome later, in pursuit of spotting hidden secrets that can only be conjured in the moment.
Mat Smith. Portrait Photography & Image Creation. London.
The Two Hour Portrait
Business & pleasure. LinkedIn, promo, and personals. Arresting images or natural shots. We shoot in the subject's natural habitat; in your apartment or place of work, not a studio. You'd be amazed by the results we can get with clever use of mobile lighting.
The Pop-Up Studio
A photo booth with a difference. High-energy, personality-filled, and classy. It's a manned photo booth, prints for the guests and digitals for you. We shun tacky props and go all-out to capture your wedding or event guests looking gorgeous. The perfect memento from your celebration.
Many weddings require a careful "documentary" approach. This is our default mode of working, but we relish the opportunity to work with clients who allow us space to get a little creative. This way we can come up with some stunning artistic shots from your big day.
The Corporate Headshot
Bringing life to your company's headshots. Staff headshots, executive board photos, corporate events, annual reports. We'll even match the style of your existing shots. Plus colleagues can choose their favourites from a gallery for high-end retouching.
The Music Ensemble
Mat is a music grad. We love working with musos and artists. Band photos. Classical ensembles. Staged, natural, or live in session. Great for programme notes, album covers, or promotional material.
Lifestyle portrait sessions take-on a different tone. We may use an art director to achieve a particular style, or simply shoot in a far more relaxed session based around drinks and long chats.
The School Prospectus
Engaging staff portraits. Fresh marketing visuals. Vibrant lifestyle photography of school events. Our high-energy and sensitive approach works wonders with teachers and kids. We provide coverage from a day to a week onsite.
The Family Portrait
Working to a single brief: bringing out the best in your family relationships. Capturing the sarcasm of teens, the joy of your newborn, or the romance of a silver wedding.
The Image Editing
Each and every photo you choose is meticulously checked and edited. We consider the editing process an integral part of all our photo shoots. But we also take-on image processing and editing work as a separate, standalone service too.
Comments from Clients
Nat & Ivan's Wedding, 2011
Mat's photography of our wedding was personal and beautiful. He understood exactly what we wanted to remember and capture; places, people, and emotions. We couldn't have wished for a better photographer and our memories will now always look fabulous. Thanks Mat.
Cheryl Frances-Hoad, BASCA award-winning composer, Oct 2010
Mat puts you totally at ease, and is an expert at directing you so you look as fabulous as possible. I was super-relaxed the whole photo shoot, and have a great selection of photos to show for it.
Jackie, Personal Portrait, Aug 2012
I really like the final versions, which is amazing because I've never seen a photo of me that I actually like before! You are clearly a miracle worker.
Brian, Personal Portrait, 2015
Thank you for turning what I thought was going to be a nightmare, into something enjoyable.
Rikke, Personal Portrait, 2015
By the way, I am so happy that I had my photo taken by you...
Stephanie and Gill, School Shoot, Oct 2014
Thank you for making the impossible possible during our photo shoot on Monday; your professionalism energy and talent was awe-inspiring! Love and best wishes.
Rachel, TeachFirst, Marketing images 2015
They all look fantastic and I also really appreciate the time you took to show some of the edits you were making – it’s really interesting to see all the additional work that you’ve done to improve the images and makes us appreciate them even more.
Victoria, Opera singer, 2015
Just wanted to say a big thank you again for my lovely pics. I've just updated my profile pic with one of them and have had nearly 250 likes in 24 hours - and lots of lovely comments. They look great on the website too. Please thank the team for all their help on the day.