About Ian Thraves Photography

Multi award winning photographer, Ian Thraves is a qualified member of the British Institute of Professional Photography and has worked in the fields of people, location and still life photography since 1987.

Ian started his career in Photography at the age of 18 after successfully completing ‘A’ level in Photography, followed by a HND. After spending a further 2 years assisting commercial photographers in London, Ian worked for 7 years as Photographer and Picture Editor for an internationally renowned photo agency based in London. Since relocating to Cheshire in 1998, Ian has established a successful working relationship with many impressive clients, regularly shooting for commercial, industrial and editorial applications. His pictures are commissioned for all kinds of purposes, including corporate brochures, advertising and design, public relations, television, newspapers, books and magazines, plus many prestigious websites.

Ian has taught and lectured in photography in the UK & overseas, and has published articles on various photographic subjects, including the business of photography, digital imaging, stock photography and photographic technique. Check out Ian’s on-going article currently published in the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (A&C Black) on the business of successful freelance photography. You can also view current images and stories relating to the world of Ian Thraves and professional photography on the blog.  Ian believes that the creation of successful photographs is a result of careful planning. A clear understanding of the client’s brief, together with attention to detail, appropriate lighting and dynamic composition are the key elements to producing outstanding images – images that leave a lasting impression.

For further information and rates please phone or email. We would also be delighted to arrange a personal visit should you be interested in commissioning quality photography.


  • First hour: £150
  • Hourly rate thereafter: £50
  • Half day (up to 4 hours): £300
  • Full day: £500
  • Assistant (if required): £100 – £150 per day
  • Studio hire/models/make-up, etc – charged at cost
  • Basic retouching of images is included but elaborate retouching (‘airbrushing’ portraits, photo-comping, retouching to specific instruction) is charged at £30 per hour.

Bulk deals can be negotiated for shoots lasting longer than three consecutive days. Fees may be reduced for charity events and small business and education applications, etc.

Please note – there is a minimum charge of £150 for any job undertaken to encompass the time involved in travel, equipment set up,  post-processing and delivery of images. An additional image ‘usage fee’ may be charged in cases where final images are required for advertising and ‘high-end’ promotional purposes and/or repeated use).


  • Travel – 45p per mile over a 20 mile radius of Manchester.
  • Models/studio hire/make-up/assistant/props, etc – charged at cost and may be required in advance, depending on scale of shoot.
  • Specialist equipment will be charged in addition to the above if required for a particular shoot.
  • Elaborate retouching/’airbrushing’, etc will be charged at £20 per hour, if required by the client.


I shoot with the best professional-quality nikon camera equipment and lenses and use Apple Macintosh computers for post-processing. If larger formats are required, this can be arranged. Images can be delivered on-line via a secure server or on DVD.


  • Copyright of all images remains the property of Ian Thraves Photography unless otherwise arranged in writing. Any images published, printed or used electronically without consent will be regarded ‘in breach of copyright’. Images may not be sold on to third parties (such as stock agencies), or be used for additional projects/purposes without further written consent from Ian Thraves Photography. See more on UK Copyright Laws here.
  • Fees for advertising and similar promotional image use may be considerably higher than the daily rate quoted above, depending on the scale of the campaign and where and how the images will be used.
  • A purchase order and/or description of image requirements, along with the agreed fee is required in writing by letter or email prior to commencing a photo shoot.
  • Payment terms – 30 days from date of invoice.

Ian is fully insured with both professional indemnity and public liability insurance and possess a recent enhanced CRB/DBS certificate.