Julian Ray Photography

"Julian is a highly adventurous and creative corporate and commercial photographer, passionately dedicated to crafting impactive portraits that don’t let go."
— Peter Francis

A little about me.

Like many of us, I used to have a hard time articulating what I was striving to communicate with my photographic art, my “brand” as it were.

As with most things in this age, the push is for simplistic, loud, sticky phrases that bellow at people rather than inform and engage. As such most photographers label themselves as an… Awesome Award Winning Travel, Dreamy Wedding, or Epic Sports photographer, etc.

My clients are drawn to my images of people as well as architectural concepts, design ideas, real estate projects, food experiences, and all sorts of lifestyle stories because they recognize the unique value of my images.

On the surface none of these seemingly diverse styles of photography lend themselves to being easily simplified into some hashtag like label. For years I tried to distill and articulate my “style” and I can tell you that for a while my elevator pitch went on for many floors AFTER the other person got off on their floor.

Then some years ago, during a creatives planning session with a client of mine, the art director said something that struck me. All these seemingly un-related styles of photography do have one thing in common. The “Ah Ha” moment for me was when the art director said “… but Julian IS the portrait guy! He’ll find a way to show the true feeling of…”.

The portrait guy!

My love of discovering and showing the essence of the subject, the truth of the moment, the core, so to speak, IS the passion that is at the heart of all of my work.

Yes, yes I know that tradition dictates that portraits are supposed to be of and about people, I know, but to me the challenge and joy is the same. To find a way to show the essence of the subject. That subject can be a person, yes, but it can also be a cool bedroom, a fabulous croissant sandwich, a building’s unique design, a cup of tea, a hotel lobby, or an aircraft interior. All these have a fundamental truth at the core that deserves to be, must be uniquely expressed if they are to reach and impact the desired audience.

They are all portraits.

My passion and skills for crafting meaningful impactive portraits is at the heart all of my work. My diverse client list is a testament of how my skill, experience, and obsession of distilling the core of a subject helps them reach their audiences in profound, subtle, and powerful ways.

In a world where yelling is the norm, shrieking is the baseline, my ability to give voice to a quiet and subtle truth, the real essence of the subject is at the heart of every image I create.

Julian Ray