Commercial Photographer Newport

Webber Photo is me, Rhys Webber (plus assistants where required), and I'm a Newport based Photographer, offering product photography, commercial photography, industrial photography, portrait photography, travel photography and fashion photography from my studio in Newport, South Wales. I also have a portable photography studio setup which allows me to shoot at your place of business if required. I offer both Photography Services in Newport, but also Newport Photography - my personal photography work, which is all about documenting the diversity of the people of Newport through photographic portraits. Of course, being a Newport Photographer doesn't tie me to the city, with clients from across the UK and beyond.

Photography is my passion and I'm lucky that people pay me to do what I love — being a photographer! I also take photographs for personal pleasure when not being paid - exhibiting my personal work and working on large scale projects like Welsh From Everywhere. I also teach photography, and have delivered sessions to students in the University of South Wales, and Coleg Gwent.

Take a look at the range of photography services I offer below, then get in touch to see what I can do for you or click here to read more about me.

 

Portrait Photography

Need a portrait of yourself, or headshots of your work team? I've shot thousands of portraits… take a look.

Product Photography

Take a look at our product photography, helping our clients market their products on websites and in catalogues.

Event Photography

Our event photography gets you the photos you need from your corporate, or creative event.

Industrial Photography

Our industrial photography clients include TATA Steel, BAE Systems, Welsh Power, Ensinger Plastics and many more.

Travel Photography

Have cameras - will travel? Take a look at some of my travel photography.

Fashion Photography

Do you need fashion or beauty photography for your brand, or are you an aspiring model looking for great portfolio photos?

Photography Clients

I've been a commercial photographer for many years, first in Newport, then London then back to Newport. I've had too many photography clients to mention, but here's a few.

CAF
BAE Systems
GD Environmental
Welsh Power
Tata Steel
University of Wales Global Academy
Premier Forest
Ensinger
People's Health Trust
Newport City Council

Photographer Newport Blog

Being a photographer is not just my profession, but also my hobby. My Photographer Newport blog shows a range of client commissioned work, self directed work, photography teaching work, and exhibitions.. Take a look!

Actor Portraits with Elliott

Elliott is an aspiring young actor and is training to be a stuntman. He needed some publicity shots and came calling.

People's Health Trust Shoot

Another great photoshoot for the People's Health Trust — this time with the lovely Bristol Women's Walk and Talk group.

Interview with PhD photography student Eve Ruet

I spent an interesting an enjoyable afternoon this week being interviewed by a PhD student about my Photographic work.

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Actor Portraits / Headshots

An actor's calling card is their z-card (or comp card) — usually several portraits on a card alongside contact details and personal details like age, height etc. and any special skills they may have. When casting for film and tv, casting directors will often trawl through dozens or hundreds of these z-cards to try to find the right potential cast for their productions.

It is important that these actor headshot photos are high quality — the investment required to get a professional photographer in may seem expensive when you can shoot photos on your phone for free, but when it comes to such an important piece of marketing material for you, then it is well worth the modest investment. You need your photos to stand out from the crowd, as these casting directors can reject a badly printed, or badly photographed headshot in the blink of an eye, but they will notice the quality in the professional shots and thus notice the actor.

Keeping the Customer Satisfied

Elliott loved both the experience of having the photoshoot, and the resulting images:

"Just looked over the pictures and I'm really chuffed with how they turned out. You've done a cracking job on these."

I wish Elliott the best of luck with his acting/stuntman career - he truly is a photogenic young man and the movie camera should love him as much as the stills camera. Take a look at the photos.


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I've had a few photoshoots for the People's Health Trust over the last couple of years, and I always enjoy them. The Trust work to tackle socio-economic factors that contribute to stark differences in life expectancy and quality of health throughout the UK. This is vital work, and I'm glad every time they call me up to photograph a new group or event.

I met up with Wafa and the other women of the Bristol Women's Walk and Talk group in Eastville Park, Bristol. The women were all originally from Sudan, and get together every week to get some exercise and good company — great for both physical and mental health. It was a grey, leaden sky day, but bar a few light spot of rain, stayed thankfully dry for us.

After accompanying these lovely people on their walk around the park — taking photos, but also connecting, chatting, and sharing stories — I was really please to find that they'd brought hot tea and home made Sudanese pancakes, which were delicious and very much appreciated. 

Here are a few shots from the Walk.


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Eve Ruet [follow eve on twitter]is studying for a PhD in Photography at Cardiff University and she got in touch recently to ask if I would mind being interviewed for her work. She'd seen my 'Welsh From Everywhere / Cymry o Bob Man' work at last year's Diffusion Wales International Festival of Photography, and my other portraiture of the people of Newport and Wales.

We chatted all afternoon about my work - which was great for me as I can happily talk for hours. It also provided me with the space and a reason to reassess what I was doing, and why I was doing it. Most of the discussion focussed on Welsh Identity - which is at the heart of my portraiture work.

Welsh Identity in the 21st Century

I grew up in a little mining village in the Rhymney Valley - in a white Welsh monoculture, before moving to Newport, then London, then back to Newport. The Welsh cultural Identity in the heads of my London friends was something along the line of "Coal miners, daffodils, rugby, dragons and sheep shagging" - a cartoon, stereotype vision of Welshness. The aim of my photographic work is to investigate a new Welsh identity - a multicultural, 21st century identity, which could best be described as a community of cultural identities. The Welsh identity is in constant flux, but over the last 10 years or so there seems to be a new confidence among the Welsh to own their Welshness. Photography is my way of adding to the conversation, by showing that 'Welsh' means much more than it did when I was younger. 

A couple of generations of kids have now all learned at least enough Welsh to say Bore Da, Shwmae or Popty Ping (and hopefuly much more), and as a result feel a closer bond to their Welsh heritage - and this is born out by the fact that a recent study showed that 'Welsh' was now the dominant self-identifier in the country, whereas a decade ago it was second to 'Welsh British'.

Sport seems to be a massive driving factor in the new pride in Welshness - the Welsh Football Association now routinely uses the word 'Cymru' in its English language marketing, and they have made it clear that after the WorldCup in Qatar this year they will change the team name from Wales to Cymru. 

Bring it on. Yma o hyd!

 


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Eve Ruet [follow eve on twitter]is studying for a PhD in Photography at Cardiff University and she got in touch recently to ask if I would mind being interviewed for her work. She'd seen my 'Welsh From Everywhere / Cymry o Bob Man' work at last year's Diffusion Wales International Festival of Photography, and my other portraiture of the people of Newport and Wales.

We chatted all afternoon about my work - which was great for me as I can happily talk for hours. It also provided me with the space and a reason to reassess what I was doing, and why I was doing it. Most of the discussion focussed on Welsh Identity - which is at the heart of my portraiture work.

Welsh Identity in the 21st Century

I grew up in a little mining village in the Rhymney Valley - in a white Welsh monoculture, before moving to Newport, then London, then back to Newport. The Welsh cultural Identity in the heads of my London friends was something along the line of "Coal miners, daffodils, rugby, dragons and sheep shagging" - a cartoon, stereotype vision of Welshness. The aim of my photographic work is to investigate a new Welsh identity - a multicultural, 21st century identity, which could best be described as a community of cultural identities. The Welsh identity is in constant flux, but over the last 10 years or so there seems to be a new confidence among the Welsh to own their Welshness. Photography is my way of adding to the conversation, by showing that 'Welsh' means much more than it did when I was younger. 

A couple of generations of kids have now all learned at least enough Welsh to say Bore Da, Shwmae or Popty Ping (and hopefuly much more), and as a result feel a closer bond to their Welsh heritage - and this is born out by the fact that a recent study showed that 'Welsh' was now the dominant self-identifier in the country, whereas a decade ago it was second to 'Welsh British'.

Sport seems to be a massive driving factor in the new pride in Welshness - the Welsh Football Association now routinely uses the word 'Cymru' in its English language marketing, and they have made it clear that after the WorldCup in Qatar this year they will change the team name from Wales to Cymru. 

Bring it on. Yma o hyd!

 


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I spent an interesting an enjoyable afternoon this week being interviewed by a PhD student about my Photographic work.


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