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Leigh Keily


Leigh Keily

Subjects taught by Leigh:
Portrait Photography
Fashion Photography

Leigh Keily is an Australian-born London-based fashion and portrait photographer. Read our interview with Leigh here.

After a childhood spent taking photographs with a 35mm and processing them in a darkroom built in his parents’ laundry room, Leigh moved to London to study at the prestigious Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion. His career as a fashion photographer began while still studying at LCF, when he was commissioned to shoot the campaign for high street store River Island.

Leigh’s work is focused on shooting celebrity and men’s fashion, with recent shoots featuring Prince William, Gordon Ramsay, David Gandy, Ant and Dec, Liam Payne, The Scissor Sisters, Iwan Rheon and Dan Stevens. He is the Creative Director for GEIST and the co-founder and editor of specialist men’s magazine JÓN. The magazine is available worldwide and features Leigh’s interviews and photographs of celebrities including Russell Tovey, RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) and Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones). View Leigh’s portfolio here.

Leigh’s classes at City Academy are relaxed and friendly. They cover the essential technical ‘using your camera’ aspects and are designed to give students the confidence to move forward and be experimental. Though students will try a range of different techniques, every class is slightly different and tailored to the people on the course. Leigh is a passionate and experienced tutor who loves working with a huge range of people, from those who have never held a camera before, to mentoring professional photographers.

What to expect in Leigh’s classes: “Learning is about an enjoyable environment with quick changes – so no two hour lectures. Theory interspersed with practical, hands on shooting. Learning from doing. I also want to give my students the skills to go on and continue to learn, so it will be a busy day with lots of info, but it doesn’t stop there. They can keep practicing afterwards, putting into play the skills they used in self improvement.”

“Leigh was a great tutor. The course was set at the right level, with lots of opportunity to practice, as well as feedback on photos”
John Brunning, Portrait Photography

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