Seamus Ryan's photography reflects his strong passion for people and the portrait genre.


His studio, situated in the heart of Columbia Road FlowerMarket, has become home to a unique series of projects, called Sunday Shoots . On selected Sundays hundreds of people happily participate in these free shoots, which aim to explore the many possibilitiesof portraiture. Described as a form of photo theatre Sunday Shoots are a celebration of the craft of photography and the diversity of all people. Seamus'easy Irish charm and his strong lighting skills calms even the most nervous subject, with results that capture a person with both warmth and integrity. 


During the week Seamus concentrates on his advertising, editorial and theatre work, covering all aspects of modern portraiture. His strong people skills ensure a steady flow of celebrity portrait commissions as well as bold character work. He has worked on countless national and international advertising campaigns over a twenty year career, from marketing titans such as Nike through to specialised financial co-operatives that focus on their customers as their key selling point. Seamus' commissions come from a wide variety of clients, advertising agencies and institutions: JWT, Publicis, BBH, McCann, Saatchi & Saatchi, WCRS,DLKW Lowe, Libertine, TBWA, Grey, The National Theatre, Yahoo, RNIB, SpitfireAle, Sky, Oxfam, Bloomberg, Guinness, Yellow Pages, British Airways and the BBC.


In 2007 Seamus Ryan created Boothnation, a bespoke photo booth company designed to incorporate his signature beauty lighting and the very latest in technology and innovation. Boothnation photo booths have become a must-have at celebrity parties, awards nights, product launches and high profile weddings. Permanent booths in Topshop stores throughout the Uk and  Rough Trade stores in London and New York are a testament to the enduring appeal of the humble photo booth not to mention Seamus' lighting skills.


Seamus has also launched and established The Rop, a photographic enterprise that brings live photo-shoots to events and retail promotions. Recent  clients include Lulu Guinness,Louis Vuitton, Uniqlo, Selfridges,All Saints and the BAFTAs.¨ He has beenawarded by The Association of Photographers and D&AD for his work and has work included in the National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection.

UK Agent for advertising commissions

Morgan Lockyer

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