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Lee Knowles Adelaide photographer PORTRAIT headshot
Meet your photographer: Lee Knowles Photographer, a professional Portrait

 Photographer.. Surfer.. Human, and 1976 VW Kombi driver!

Why i’m inspired to make photographs

One thing that makes me want to make photographs is my interest in people, watching and learning.  As a child I watched my Grandfather, who has a big passion for photography.  He would always have his camera at all times and capture found moments among friends and family, a master of vurnacular photography!  We would all sit around and watch in wonderment at the slide shows he would orchestrate, vibrant larger than life pictures projected in the darkness.  A memory I cherish.  I now find myself following footsteps and I’ll often sit in a cafe or take a walk in the park or on the beach somewhere in Adelaide for hours, watching people and their stories, It teaches you so much about who we are and I want to capture that.  So as a fine art portrait and commercial  photographer, connecting stories, creativity and individuality is key, It helps me give a personal experience, all of our stories are different and our photographs should be too.  I shoot with an organic approach, working as close as possible with you, to connect to your story, pull out the small details and capture them, creating a set of pictures with a natural feel.  Dedication is priority and I treat every shoot individually and personally, without rushing.  I love bringing your ideas to life and making art, Im passionate about my work and it is an absolute honour to me!

So, over the last 7 years I have been working at building a personal and professional photography business here in South Australia from the ground up.
Giving people with values like me an opportunity to have a personalised professional photography service that is tailored to their needs.  My focus has been to make it creative, professional and real, I want to give you an experience and natural pictures that really speak a thousand words.  To do this I thrive on strong relationships, as the best photographs are to be made only with a strong connection to each other, our goals and our values.

My madness (method)

While I use modern top of the range digital equipment for most of my work, I also love getting down to using some traditional 35mm & medium format film and creating hand made darkroom prints. You’ll probably see me cruising around Adelaide (or anywhere in South Australia to be honest) with either my 1978 Nikon FM or my Mamiya RB67 beast of a camera shooting a roll or two.  While I love bringing new ideas together with tried and tested methods. I am always looking to develop personal style within my work, progression is so important.  I believe the key ingredient to my photography method is built on the connection to my clients, building a relationship and letting this take the images to where they need to go, so this is why your shoot will be a new creation.

Lee knowles Adelaide photographer headshot mamiya RB67 film camera
Knowing the tools of my trade

My photography started because of my ears

One of my personal favourite genres, which also played a key part in sparking my love for photography, is shooting live music and performance. Which I have done freelance and for several South Australian review magaziness, including Caught in the mosh and The Mouth Adelaide and South Australian Style magazine. Front of stage is an exciting place to be at the best of times but for a photographer with camera in hand, they are in their element. Photographing a spectrum of acts from Laura Marling, The John Butler Trio and the Cat Empire to Snoopdog and INXS through to breaking act such as Lanie Lane, Arrested Development and Sasquatch…   I always try to bring the flare and excitement from all of my shooting genres to your shoot.


My career in photography started just before deciding to pick up and change my life in 2011, I made my move from Newcastle in the northeast of England across the world to Adelaide, South Australia.

While making a fresh start in Adelaide, meeting new people and finding new places there have been many challenges on my journey, challenges I have enjoyed and turned into opportunities that have made me stronger.

I started off my photographic journey as an employed photographer with the large national children photography companies Little masterpiece and Gotcha, the kids photographers.  With these companies, I took on board excessive training in photographing children from Newborns upwards and put into practice this art.  Sometimes shooting up to 30 portrait sessions per day every day, shooting a high volume of portraits like this while still needing to achieve beautiful pictures has given me the experience to help bring out and catch those beautiful split seconds.  This has set in stone  the basic skills which I still use and appreciate today.

I also opened and managed a professional photography studio in Port Noarlunga south in the heart of the southern suburbs on the Fleurie peninsula, where I did most of my studio work.  Aside from being my workspace,  it was also a fully operational hire studio which was available to other local Adelaide photographers to shoot their work.  With a love for sharing and passing on knowledge and bringing people together I organised regular and successful photography networking nights and workshops on studio photography.  The studio holds so many amazing memories to me and has built the foundations of my vision.

I now operate from a studio space as part of the Central studios Art collective in Kent town,  Adelaide.  Here I shoot my diverse range of works from commercial advertising, to creative portraits and through to Art photography commissions.  Working along side 15 other artists from a variety of mixed media , this atmosphere for me is a creative shower and my work is evolving into new and diverse directions.

Maternity photography shoot marino rocks beach adelaide
Photographer at work shooting a Maternity session at Marino Rocks beach

Testimonial – Amy – 2016

“My partner and I recently had some pregnancy photos taken, then later some photos of our four week old baby. Lee has such a lovely relaxed but professional approach, and made us feel comfortable, even for people who aren’t great at having photos taken. He has a lovely demeanour which puts his clients at ease and makes for beautiful photos. Lee had great ideas for setting up the photos, and took some of our shots outdoors, then some indoor photos of our baby. Both the more casual outdoor shots and the indoor shots looked amazing and the finished product was great quality.”  (Amy)

I have developed my business offering a range of photographic services including, Portraiture, commercial and advertising photography, events and performance photography.  I work with some of Adelaides top companies providing them with quality commercial and headshot photography. Including Building sector, Law and Financial industries.  My other work  includes a large contract working with a national family portrait company throughout Australia, again often shooting a high volume of portraits per week.  Last year alone I had the pleasure of photographing over 400 different families!   So if you are looking for someone with heaps of experience and understanding of portraiture and photography, I’m confident I will be able to help.  My private services include making personalised photographic stories for families, which create a beautiful alternative family portrait option.

Other experience that I take pride in, is with professional portfolio, for industry professionals such as models, actors, musicians and the performing arts.  Some of my clients include top agencies such as Pride Models, and top dance schools like Scotch college, as well as providing stills promotional photography for independent film production companies, I endeavour to bring diversity to every shoot.

Testimonial – Lucy (Onkaparinga Arts council) – 2016

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lee on quite a few occasions and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him. Lee exhibited at the Shimmer Photographic Biennale where I was festival director and showed honesty, integrity, professionalism and dedication in his approach at all times. His exhibitions were always well received and host venues were delighted to work with him. 

I have also booked Lee to document arts events at the Arts Centre Port Noarlunga and have been delighted with both the quality of the images supplied and the professional approach and pride that Lee takes in his work. He is an enthusiastic, committed and disciplined professional. (Lucy)


Portrait of a man with a beard and manbun on the beach near the ocean and blue sky
Adelaide photographer.  An environmental portrait, in my element.