Photoshoot Day For Milliners

Photographed and retouched for Donna Hartley Millinery
Photographed and retouched for Donna Hartley Millinery

A full photoshoot day to be shared between four milliners.

We are always looking to develop creative ideas and help milliners have their work professionally photographed.

In 2023 we developed a remote shoot service for milliners called ‘Virtual Studio’. ‘Virtual’ enables milliners to have pro photo quality images without them having to leave their home. It is especially great for milliners who want editorial images but cannot easily travel.

So what is new for 2024? We are pleased to announce our new Photoshoot Day For Milliners. We think it is a bit special and we hope it appeals to you.

What Is A Photoshoot Day?

Our photoshoot day is based in a professional studio and provides everything you need to have your hats photographed in an editorial style. This includes models, HMUA’s, exquisite lighting and 3-4 elegant sets. You will be able to place your hats on the models and provide creative input.

The shoot is for eight hours and we will rotate hats by milliner. This will be done on a fair basis with each hat being photographed for 10-15 minutes.

The size of the studio, based in Northamptonshire, is such that we can easily accommodate four milliners to have their hats photographed on two models.

By bringing together four milliners we create economies of scale. Stretching over eight hours it is a day to lose yourself in millinery, spend time with your peers and have your hats professionally photographed.

We anticipate this event will be in either April or May and on a Saturday or Sunday.

How Our Photoshoot Day Works



By registering your interest in the form below you will go on our list. This helps us manage those who are interested through our newsletter and update you as we firm up on dates etc.



When the studio day is organised you will be sent information about the date, location and payment. Only those milliners who have registered will be invited.

We appreciate this is a significant investment for you. No payment will be required until we have finalised all of the studio day elements and a date.

If you wish to proceed and reserve a place you will be required to pay an initial deposit of £60 to confirm your spot with the remainder being paid 10 days before the photoshoot day.

Acceptance will be on a first paid, first served basis.

To work we require four milliners. If we do not reach that number eg three, all deposits will be returned in full.


Shoot Day

The studio will be booked from 10am until 6pm. Our plan is to do this event in either April or May and ideally on a weekend. The studio is located in Northamptonshire.

We will shoot a minimum of six hats per milliner to ensure that output quality of the images is not compromised. If we have time to shoot more hats we will try our best. Anjee is experienced in ensuring that the models and hats are rotated efficiently. We will also have Kerry our HMUA present. She will also provide reel style videos if she has time.

Light refreshments will be provided.

You are more than welcome to bring accessories etc for the models to wear.

The studio has a beautiful natural light window. It also has four other spaces; a mottled and minimal concrete wall, a black panelled wall, a white panelled wall and multiple paper backdrops. The way the day works is that we will work on one set, shoot each milliners pieces then move to the next set.


Delivery of Your Images

All images are sent to you within 10 days of the shoot. Your images will have been lightly edited to look their absolute best. They are sent in a private digital album. You can download them and share as you see fit.


  • An 8 hour pro photo studio session, using studio lighting, natural light and multiple sets. Studio is female owned and located in Northamptonshire.
  • Two experienced millinery model.
  • One HMUA.
  • Six hats per milliner. If we can squeeze in more we will.
  • Typically, a minimum of 20-30 images per hat, lightly edited and delivered to you for download via a secure web gallery.
  • Full usage rights.
  • A great day out!

£250 per milliner

Hat Photoshoot Day Registration

Register your interest for our planned Hat Photo Shoot Day.

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.

Hat photography by The Portrait Kitchen
Donna and Joanne

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.

Hat Photography
Jane Fryers

“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.”

Hat photography by The Portrait Kitchen
Gemma Holley
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 Millinery
Margaret Woodliff Wright

“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.”

Hat photography by The Portrait Kitchen
Sarah Ross Millinery
The Portrait Kitchen’s ‘Ask’ session is exactly what I was looking for!
Jon was incredibly helpful sharing his experience and expertise on millinery photography. He demystifies photography in a way that anyone can understand. Jon explained in detail the technical set-up needed to create the ‘drama’ that I was looking for in my photography.
The session was packed with information, ‘golden’ advice and useful practical tips and tricks. I can highly recommend this service for anyone wanting to feel enabled in their creative work.
Valeria Agostini

I always found that my millinery photographs looked dull and not very exciting, so I decided to book Jon for his one to one ‘Ask’ zoom chat. It was definitely money well spent. Jon politely told me where I was going wrong and gave me tips on how to improve my photos. I would highly recommend him to fellow milliners who are struggling in this area.

The Portrait Kitchen
Rachel Dunn

The Portrait Kitchen were wonderful to work with. Jon and Anjee worked with me to come up with the look I wanted to really show off my hats. They were collaborative, professional and fun to work with. The photos are amazing!! I couldn’t recommend them enough!

The Journey of a hat photograph by The Portrait Kitchen
Angela Elliott