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lee thompson

Freelance Photographer and Assistant Photographer


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About me

As a Fine Art Photography graduate and professional photographer, I have worked in a range of settings and genres – my practice spans conceptual projects as well as commercial and advertising commissions for leading fashion houses and publications. I am enthusiastic, versatile and technically proficient, with experience of providing assistant support and leading a studio team as in-house senior photographer. I am currently seeking photography/assisting work to develop new skills and knowledge, and achieve my full potential as a photographer.


  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Film
  • TV
  • Visual Arts
  • Art Direction
  • Environment
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Word

Work history


Senior Photographer

Lee James Thompson Photography

Jan 2011


Senior In-house Photographer Aurora Fashions

Karen Millen, Warehouse, Oasis, Coast

Aug 2011 - Feb 2014
  • In this demanding role, I liaised with clients and art directors, often in high-pressured situations, to imagine and interpret creative briefs that resonated with brand identities, on time and within budget. I shot web content, look books, landing page and campaign imagery. Effective communication was essential when coordinating and managing agendas, equipment and crew. Additional duties included: shoot production, supervision and training of junior staff, overseeing and reviewing workflow for Ecommerce, quality control, and the management of external contracts, studio supplies and maintenance work.


Freelance Assistant

Lee James Thompson Photography

Jan 2010 - Apr 2015
  • After graduating, I spent a year assisting on diverse photography projects. Responsibilities included studio and location lighting, digital operation; delivering a smooth workflow, file handling and backup. I was required to work effectively under pressure, while maintaining a positive and professional attitude. After returning to freelance work, I have worked regularly for high street fashion brands Topshop, Barbour, French Connection and Austin Reed. I have worked independently and assisted on diverse projects, including interiors, lifestyle (Gary Burchell, Getty Images), advertising (Tal Silverman for Adidas), editorials (Robert Fischer for Lufthansa magazine) and motion (Jonathan Stow). Responsibilities include lighting, digital tech, production, photography and second camera. A current personal project is a short documentary film focusing on local climbers in Hampi, India.



Fine Art Photography

Derby University

Aug 2004 - May 2007
  • Upper 2:1