Simon Blackley, photographer

What I do

I make photographs of people. I shoot conferences and parties, portraits and performances.

My style is informal and authentic. As far as possible I work in natural light, in the day-to-day environments of my clients and subjects. I use professional Nikon cameras and lenses. I produce images that show people at their best, whether for websites, portfolios, books or framed prints. I speak English and French.

I charge €75 per hour of shooting plus travel expenses. Fees include processing and delivery of high-resolution digital files. Under Belgium's small business exemption scheme, I do not have to charge VAT. I am based in Brussels but willing to travel.

Client comments

  • “Thank you for the rapid delivery of photos. We are loving them! Thank you again for being there with us on our special day.” Hanna and Andrew

  • “Les photos sont magnifiques. Nous n'hésiterons pas la prochaine fois.” Carine

  • “Your photos are wonderfull. Juste Magic.” Jeroen

  • “The photos are excellent and show a great deal of care in capturing the moments.” Andrew

  • “They turn out really amazing, so much to the ideal portraits that I have always wanted to have for myself. They are so artistic and incredible! I really really love them!” Sharon

  • “Thanks again for the great pictures. The only problem I had, was that there were too many good ones, which made it hard to decide. ;)” Anselm

  • “Nous sommes tres satisfaits des photos. Vous avez fait un tres beau travail. Vraiment.” Caroline

  • “I feel beautiful when I looked at your incredible photos.” Daniela

  • “Merci beaucoup pour ces superbes photos. Nous avons été soufflés par leur qualité !” Simon

About me

I was born in London. I have also lived in Scotland, Yorkshire and, since 2004, Brussels.

Around 1962, when I was eight, I was given a Kodak Brownie 127. I don't know what happened to those photos but I remember the pleasure of taking them, and the magical moment when I collected the prints. 

At university, a friend taught me to develop and print black and white photos. In the darkroom, her fingers guided mine to wind the unexposed film onto the reel of the development tank.

I have worked in a bookshop, a whisky distillery, a bakery and, for the last 20 years, a communication agency. But I have always taken photographs.

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