Many other sittings have followed, with Sir John Major, Baron William Hague PC, FRSL, Iain Duncan Smith MP, Baroness Baroness Alison Fairhead CBE and Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson CBE MP to point out just a few. Many of the Portrait’s where captured for various election campaigns, editorials and books. It is important for politicians to put across the right image. Even the most public of figures become self-conscious once a lens is pointed at them. I like to put my sitters at ease, speaking about their career, breaking the ice with a joke. Sometimes photoshoots last a few minutes so you do have to work quickly.
The sitter is looking to enhance his or her existing image; the photographer to transcend that by finding something new. There will be anxiety on both sides, but a degree of trust has to be present, too. It's a three-way collaboration, between photographer, sitter and viewer. You want the person to become themselves, heroic in their individuality. But you also want to cause a reaction in the viewer. It's not about some ultimate capturing of the soul. You just have a gut feeling about how this person could look interesting and you work from that. These portraits are true to history, as a historian and National Portrait Gallery acquired photographer.