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. I enjoy working in natural light, in the day-to-day environments of my clients and subjects. But I also have my own comfortable and well-equipped studio in Ixelles. 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 am based in Brussels but am willing to travel.

I charge €100 per hour of shooting plus travel expenses, inclusive of VAT. Fees include processing and delivery of high-resolution digital files.

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 my photos from that period, 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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