Succeeding at Aerial, Industrial & Urban Photography
A Lecture by Award Winning Photographer Richard Seymour + Special Guests

Oct 27, 2018 London, UK

- Produced in association with Leica Akademie UK -

Join top aerospace & aerial photographer Richard Seymour in London for a fascinating lecture detailing what it takes to succeed at aerial, industrial, and urban photography. Richard will be joined by fellow photographer Mike Kelley as well as top photographer's agent James Hancock from Hancock & Handsome.

The lecture and ensuing conversation will consider the main techniques around aerial work from both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, the dos and don’ts of aerial, industrial, and urban photography and ways to insure you are prepared and ready to make the most of your work and time. You'll also learn about ways to successfully market and sell your work in both the advertising, editorial and fine art worlds.

Richard will have on hand the latest in Leica professional series cameras and will help you understand what goes into selecting the right equipment for any given project.

It's going to be a full day with Richard, Mike, and James passing along both practical and creative information on what it takes to succeed as a photographer. You will most certainly walk away inspired and ready to move your career forward in a meaningful way.

- A Few Images from Richard Seymour's Portfolio -

Discounts for groups of 10 or more available — contact us for more details

The Details

Richard Seymour and guests will address and answer questions on the following topics:

  • A practical and creative introduction to the business of aerial, industrial, and urban photography
  • Necessary preparations while on the ground
  • Do's and Don'ts while in the air
  • Camera and gear selection (Richard will have on hand the latest in Leica professional series cameras)
  • Exploiting varying daylight/weather conditions
  • The editing process
  • The estimating process
  • Best practices for pricing and usage
  • How to market yourself as an aerial photographer

Note: Although this lecture is geared toward professional photographers, anyone with an interest in photography will find it both informative and inspiring.

Join us for a Portfolio Review


You'll have the opportunity to receive constructive critique from Richard, Mike, and James. They'll make recommendations for portfolio edits, discuss areas of your work that need improving, areas where you're doing it just right, and a game plan of how to take your career to the next level. It's a rare opportunity to personally engage with two top professional aerial photographers and an influential photographer's agent — you'll walk away with invaluable knowledge that will help take your career many steps forward.

Space for the portfolio review is limited to 10 people — be sure to book your seats early

Duration: 20 minutes per person

- Portfolio Review Image Credit: Heather Elder Represents -

Who is Richard Seymour?

Richard Seymour undertook an RAF flying scholarship at the age of 17. He studied Photography at the University of Westminster, and set up his first Studio in Dubai after graduating.

Richard relocated from Dubai to the UK and worked as an assistant for five years to advertising photographers, including Bob Carlos Clarke, Hazel Digby, Ron Bambridge and Martin Vallis, before going on to establish his own commercial practice.

Richard Seymour has won several awards, including Best Commissioned Advertising in the 2012 AOP Awards for his photo for SMMT taken inside the Bentley factory at Crewe, and non-Commissioned Environment at the AOP awards in 2015 for a photograph of the VW Autostadt Car Towers.

In 2013 Richard was a judge for the AOP Open Awards and has participated as a speaker at numerous photographic events including Photokina on behalf of Leica in 2012 and the AOP Seminar series in 2014.

Richard has worked closely with Leica since 2012 as a Leica brand Ambassador for the Leica S System of cameras and lenses, and his work using this equipment has featured as a backdrop at their Burlington Arcade store in London.

- Connect with Richard Seymour -


Special Guest: Mike Kelley

Originally from Ipswich, Massachusetts, Mike Kelley studied studio art and environmental science at the University of Vermont before moving to California and pursuing a career in photography in 2009. A self proclaimed aviation enthusiast, Mike has become well known for his aviation and aerial photography. His "Airportraits" series, for which he has become well-known, each depict an entire day’s worth of aircraft movements into single images. Mike's aerial work includes LA Airspace, a book published in 2015 which featured an aerial survey of the city of Los Angeles, and Life Cycles, which tracks the creation, use, and destruction of aircraft as photographed from above.

Mike's work has been featured in numerous publications and magazines including National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, CNN, Fast Company, Washington Post, WIRED, European Photography Magazine, and Fortune.

- A Few Images from Mike Kelley's Portfolio -

- Connect with Mike Kelley -


Special Guest: James Hancock of Hancock & Handsome

James Hancock is the brains behind Hancock & Handsome, a photography and production agency, representing exceptional commercial photographers and filmmakers. They are passionate about photography and believe that every shoot deserves time, care and obsessive attention to detail. His carefully curated roster represents the very best in commercial talent. All of his photographers love what they do and understand the pressure that clients and agencies are under to deliver the best images possible. James's roster of photographers includes Richard Seymour, Matthew Joseph, David Marquez, Matthew Lloyd, Jon Enoch, Holly Pickering, James Cannon, and William Green.

- Connect with James Hancock -


Venue & Schedule

Leica Mayfair

27 Bruton Place
London W1J 6NQ

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27 October 2018

Lecture: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Lunch: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Portfolio Reviews: 3:00pm to 6:20pm

Discounts for groups of 10 or more available — contact us for more details

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