Editorial Portrait of Author Kate Atkinson

Editorial Portrait of Author Kate Atkinson

I was asked by the team at the Wall Street Journal to shoot portraits of Author Kate Atkinson here in Edinburgh. I am a big fan of Kate’s work so I was thrilled.

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single strobe camera right as main
colorama to simplify background
ƒ2.8@200 iso100
Canon 5ds

My assistant Danny and I met Kate and her Daughter at the grand baroque home (now hotel) Prestonfield House. We strolled around the gardens to our pre-scouted locations, working and chatting in the rare Edinburgh sunshine.

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single strobe camera left as main
ƒ2.8@500 iso100
Canon 5ds

At one stage we were joined by house cat Raven, he was a lovely small black cat who happily stole some of Kates spotlight. (Shortly after which he ran past us with a shrieking baby rabbit in his mouth, dragging it off for slaughter…)

The WSJ were very happy with the results of our (slightly traumatic) afternoon.


Whether working in studio or on location, in Scotland, across the UK or internationally, Jo generates editorial and corporate portraits of the highest quality. Her expertise and calm competence combined with her creative instinct make her one of the United Kingdom's most sought after photographers. From photographing national advertising campaigns to portraits for international publication, feature collections or multinational corporate photography Jo's carefully crafted work is tailored to the needs of each client.

Jo is an Edinburgh based photographer specialising in portrait photography for corporate, editorial and advertising clients worldwide. Working out of Scotland, Jo produces work for publications, corporations and campaigns, on location and in studios across Britain and internationally.

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