Silk Hat Studio is the home of Derbyshire photographer Alan Ward, specialising in dramatic, creative portraits and story-telling.

I work with my subjects to create stories, equivalent to selecting random pages of a book that never existed. Add the images together and the story unfolds.

I like to approach each project separately, understanding who the subject is, what their life is, what their ambition for the shoot is and then develop a theme together.

Story-Telling Portraits

Creative Portraits

Each shoot is bespoke, creating unique imagery that suits our joint vision. Each shoot is approached as a separate project, with the amount of preparation beforehand appropriate to the complexity of the shoot itself.