Millinery Photography

At The Portrait Kitchen, we love doing millinery photography. Are you ready to have your hats shown at their best?

Our goal is to make a milliner’s hats stand out in all their glory. Wherever you are in the world we can photograph your hats.

We shoot in a clean and uncluttered style to reduce visual distraction and draw focus to your art. We want to make sure your hats and head-wear look their best, enabling your clients to quickly visualise how a hat looks on them.

We only use professional models and proven portraiture techniques to humanise hats creating an emotional connection to make your hats more desirable.

By providing high quality photography that uses professional models we enable our millinery clients to not only celebrate their work but also produce images for impactful marketing on their websites, online store and social media channels.

Our studio is in our large kitchen, hence our name. We use professional studio lighting, colour correction and neutral backgrounds with colours that match your hats.

So, if you want images beyond the hatstand then find out more below.

What do I get?

  • A 2 hour photo session, using studio lighting and a selection of our solid colour backdrops.
  • Photoshoot designed around what you want to achieve.
  • One experienced millinery model (male or female).
  • Typically, a minimum of 10-20 images per hat, lightly edited and delivered to you for download via a secure web gallery within five working days. We focus on quality not quantity with our images.
  • Full usage rights (with accreditation).
  • We are also graphic designers so for a small additional charge we can retouch your images beyond our ‘clean up’ edits that come as standard.

How much does it cost?

We charge £300 for 2 hours of shoot time hour including a model. This fee covers up to 5 hats.

All images will be edited then sent to you via a secure online folder for review.

If you want more detailed image retouching on any specific photos (perhaps for an editorial feature) we can quote you for that.

Do you photograph hats for milliners who are not in the UK?

Yes we do. We can shoot your hats no matter where you are in the world.

If you can ship it, we can shoot it.

How do I proceed?

We always advise clients have an initial discovery call. This may be your first photoshoot so you may have many questions. It also allows you to explain what you want to achieve.

We can also discuss colour palettes, lighting, model choices etc. We can also utilise Pinterest to share mood boards.

The discovery call is free and there is no obligation to proceed any further.

What milliners say about The Portrait Kitchen

Hat photography by The Portrait Kitchen

The Portrait Kitchen is a great way for us to get professional photos of our hats taken.  The professionalism of Jon and Anjee is superb. They project managed the whole shoot for us. We have a way we want things done and both Jon & Anjee delivered on that brilliantly. Milliners around the world can take advantage of this service however much we want to keep these gems a secret.

Donna and Joanne
Hat photography by The Portrait Kitchen

Jon shot some of the most beautiful and striking images I have seen of my hats.  We talked on the phone before the shoot and he sent me photographs of a good selection of models.  Those we chose were all lovely and highly professional.  I decided to use a make up artist and the lady Jon introduced me to was incredibly talented and was a real asset to the shoot.

We had a busy but relaxed and laughter-filled afternoon with lots of tea and cake, and everyone was delighted with the end results.

Jane Fryers
Hat photography by The Portrait Kitchen

“Anjee and Jon have a great set up that they have built in their large kitchen. It is so homely and welcoming. There is none of the fuss and formality of a large photo studio. It feels more like you are visiting friends.

Anjee is always on hand to help keep the show on the road with the models and MUA and I was encouraged to take an active part in the styling so I got exactly what I wanted.

Jon really understands how to use light with his photography to make so my hats stood out.

If you want to take your millinery to the next level with magazine quality images that you can then use for marketing I can’t recommend Jon and Anjee highly enough.”

Gemma Holley
Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery
Jon and Anjee shot product style images of several of my millinery pieces in September 2020.
At The Portrait Kitchen, by their characteristic passionate attention to detail, Jon and Anjee offer a wrap-around photographic service creating stunning portrait style images which highlight and enhance the creativity of a milliner’s work. One of Jon’s specialities is to create drama, using contrast back drops to highlight, in my case, millinery and through his clever use of lighting he appears to almost effortlessly create images that bring your product to life.
Jon edits the images he shoots and then provides a WeTransfer file of the images, in the size you require. His flexible friendly operation is characterised by huge professionalism and dedication to the his art of photography.
Thank you both so much.
Margaret Woodliff Wright
Hat photography by The Portrait Kitchen

“Great opportunity to work with a creative team who have an extensive knowledge of millinery photography. Jon and Anjee have really thought their offering through and are so welcoming. I’d highly recommend them.”

Sarah Ross Millinery

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