Simon Blackley, photographer

I was born in London. I have also lived in Scotland, Yorkshire and, since 2004, Brussels. I have worked in a bookshop, a whisky distillery, a bakery and a communication agency. But I have always taken photographs.

As a full-time professional since 2017, I shoot conferences and weddings, portraits and performances. My style is informal and authentic. For portrait work, I love to use my subjects’ day-to-day environments. But I also have a comfortable, well-equipped studio. State-of-the-art cameras, lenses and lights help me produce images that show people at their best, whether for websites, portfolios, books or framed prints. I speak English and French. I am based in Brussels but am happy to travel.

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FAQs

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
I charge €100 per hour of shooting inclusive of VAT, plus travel expenses. The fee includes processing and delivery of high-resolution digital files. To make an advance booking, I ask you to pay a deposit of 50% of the fee.

WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO?
In Ixelles, near the centre of Brussels.

HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL I GET?
This depends on a number of factors, but I typically deliver between 30 and 50 high-quality images per hour of shooting.

HOW WILL YOU DELIVER THE PHOTOS?
I use WeTransfer to deliver digital files. You will receive a download link by email. The delivery package contains each of your images in two separate clearly labeled versions – one optimised for displaying on-screen and sharing online, the other optimised for printing.

HOW CAN I BE SURE THE PHOTOS WILL BE WHAT I WANTED?
I will put a small sample of the images on a password-protected page of this site so you can assess the quality before you pay my invoice. I will deliver all the images as soon as I receive complete payment.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE THE PHOTOS YOU DELIVERED?
All the original files are archived on my system and securely backed up in encrypted form off-site. I do not usually charge for making a second delivery.

CAN YOU SHOOT BLACK AND WHITE?
I shoot in colour. But I love black and white photographs and often deliver black and white versions in addition to the colour ones, at no extra charge.

CAN YOU DELIVER PRINTS AND ALBUMS?
I have good contacts with professional printers, and can arrange the production of framed or unframed prints, posters or albums to your specifications.

DO YOU ALSO SHOOT VIDEOS?
No, I am a specialist still photographer. But I have good links with excellent Brussels-based videographers, and would be happy to put you in touch with one of them.

Equipment

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First camera – full-frame 35mm (8256 x 5504) Nikon D850

Second/back-up camera – full-frame 35mm (7360 x 4912) Nikon D810

Prime lenses:

  • Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED

  • Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8D

  • Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.8D

  • Nikkor AF DC 135mm f/2D

  • Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Lights:

  • Rotolight AEOS LED continuous/flash

  • Rotolight NEO2 LED continuous/flash

  • Nikon SB-700 (on-camera flash)

Software:

  • Adobe Lightroom

  • Adobe Photoshop