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Previous weeks favourite portrait photographs.


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“I have the power to change people’s lives through portrait photography. I work with professional hair and makeup artists to create beautiful contemporary portraits. I offer celebrity styled portrait shoots. I teach you what to bring and wear so you look absolutely gorgeous. We’ll have a consultation and a styling session prior to your shoot to prepare you for the most amazing session.

We have sessions sittings that start at €380 which include 2 finished digital images printed to 12cm x 17cm,  up to my top package, The Folio Box, The Reveal Box or The Artists Portfolio with 25, 25cm x 17.5cm mat mounted prints inside including a platinum portrait session for €5,168. Contact us for information about at package that suites you.

I guide you through your posing during your photo session to enhance and celebrate your figure in your portraits and help you with your expressions to create the woman that you envision yourself to be.

You can’t spend your whole life behind the camera. One day your kids will want to see photographs of you and what are they going to find? This is one of the most incredible experiences people go through. I’ve seen people break down and cry when they see a gorgeous portrait photograph of themselves that I have created.

We will style you from your own wardrobe or from our selection of designer gowns that come from local fashion designers, this is subject to availability. How do you know you are not photogenic. you have not been photographed by me. I am a professional photographer with many years of experience photographing people of all shapes and sizes. Everybody says “I’m not photogenic”, but it’s MY job to make you beautiful. 

Bruce will direct you at every step of your portrait photoshoot

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arranged In The Studio, in the period rooms or in the grounds of Chateau Fengari near Bordeaux.

At my studio in Eze Village, on The Cote D’Azure, France, or any location in the area.

In Paris at my favourite studio, in your own home or in a hotel or out on location around Paris.

In Monaco in your own home or in a hotel or at any location around Monaco.

London at my favourite studio, in your own home or in a hotel.

Contact me to talk through your portrait session wishes, it is free.

I love to create beautiful people photography images, portraiture and personal branding photography that elevates my clients confidence for both their personal and professional growth. 

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Come and let us create your portrait session here as the backdrop for your pictures and enjoy this wonderful location and its rich history, a sanctuary for body, mind and soul in this nineteenth century French château deep in flurry-forgotten South-West France. 

The Château Fengari breathes new life into you when you are here, you will leave energised and invigorated, gain fresh perspectives on your self and life and make lifelong friends as well as leave with beautiful pictures and an amazing memory of your time here.

If you like you can arrange to stay for a few days in this luxurious and very relaxing environment, bring your partner and make a short break out of your trip, maybe take in Bordeaux or a visit to some of the famous Bordeaux wine districts, which are only a stones throw away, such as Saint Emilion etc.

I love sharing all of the beauty of this place and what it has to offer its visitors. As a portrait photographer in France, it is my goal to capture you in the gorgeous architecture here with beautiful soft light around you and your personality, your life story and your experiences of life in your portraits.

My portrait photography sessions are a very personal and relaxed experience. Just me, my camera, our hair and make up artist at hand and you. 

No need to worry about posing or dressing a certain way, we work closely together to create stunning looks with your own outfits adding accessories and maybe some extra things to change the looks to ensure that you’re always feeling comfortable and genuine so that you can go home with a souvenir that’s truly personal. 

Check out the portrait sessions options and the various portrait photography packages that I have to offer.

If you wish to have your portrait session here and to stay for a night or two message me with some idea of the dates that work for you, how many days you want to stay, the portrait session or package you wish to have and I will get back  you with the costs and dates that work for us.


Bruce  the first image. has a 40 year history of shooting for high profile clients through advertising agencies, clients direct such as fashion houses, fashion designers and creative agencies from around the World. The cover of the how to shoot fashion book that Bruce was commissioned to write in 2006. Now photographing people portrait’s in Bordeaux, in Monaco, in Eze Village, on The Cote D’Azure and on The Riviera, France. He began shooting as a professional fashion and portrait photographer way back in 1983, the black and white ball gown image below was his first fashion photography commission. The other images below are of Bruce himself and at work shooting a fashion advertising campaign in his Paris studio.

An amazing once in a lifetime offer of a portrait photography session in a stunning chateaux in France

If you book certain portrait sessions or portrait session packages before the end of the month..

A Gold or a Platinum portrait session or a 3, 4 or 5 Star portrait session package, to take place at Chateau Fengari near Bordeaux for any date during 2020 that Bruce is available, we will give you complimentary accommodation at the chateau for one night bed and breakfast for two for either the night before or the night after your portrait session.

A look inside a personalised portrait photoshoot at The Portrait Studio, Chateau Fengari, in South West France

Creating beautiful portraits in the studio, in your own home or at any chosen location in Europe or Worldwide

Bruce creates most of his portraits out on location or in peoples homes because of his love of available light, he is also just as comfortable creating portraits in the studio.

Although Bruce specialises in photographing women, he loves to photograph mothers and daughters, sons and sisters, husbands and other loved ones.

So if you are thinking about having a family portrait created do contact us today. 

We would love to be able to create some magical images of yourself and your family and loved ones. 

A classical black and white portrait by Bruce Smith

Painterly portraits that look like old masters painting.

The pampering experience of your personalised portrait photography shoot

Every portrait session client will have a pre-session personal styling consultation with Bruce or our stylist either live or over Skype or over the telephone.

You will have your hair dressed by our professional hairdresser with at least two hair re-styles that suit the portrait looks that we are going for during your photoshoot.

Our talented make-up artist creates modern and classical looks that are simple and natural or sexy and  glamorous, looks that are just right for you and the portraits we take of you. 

We will style you from your own wardrobe or from our selection of designer gowns that come from local fashion designers, this is subject to availability.

Depending on where you live you can choose to have your portrait photo session at our chateau location or in your own home or at any location you choose. Talk to us about where you would like your session to take place.

Bruce is an experienced photographer who gets his portrait photographs right in camera, at times adding a little creative atmosphere to his photographs and or removing a little blemish or an unwanted curve.

A few days after your portrait session a selection of the best images from your portrait session will be revealed to you either at the studio or online.  We feel it is always best to show you these during a live presentation.

We pride ourselves in creating beautiful portraiture images of our clients so can guarantee that you will love them but in the event that you are not pleased we will offer you a complimentary re-shoot session.

– elegant stylish portraits of women, boudoir portraits, portraits that always reflect your femininity, family portraits, portraits of mothers and daughters, personal branding photography etc

Portraits magazine by international portraiture photographer in France, Bruce Smith, an information magazine brochure.

You can view it online or download it. Portraits contains all of the information that is on this website for you to browse in your own time. Also to share with any of your family and friends that maybe interested in having a portrait session with Bruce.

Contact Bruce directly using the form at the bottom of this page.

Are you a celebrity, a dancer, a model, a performer or an actor needing head-shots or images for promotional use, for your portfolio or for social media etc

Bruce can create stunning images for dancers to use on their websites.

Bruce produces celebrity portraits, corporate portraiture, personal branding photography, dancers and performers publicity photography shoots, these can be arranged in Bordeaux, Monaco, Paris or London. 

If you are an actor, performer, presenter or dancer that is wanting your head shots or publicity shots or corporate portraiture for your company, your CV or LinkedIn profile creating?, please fill out the form below.

Headshot and personal branding photography session fees start from €199. 

Sessions can be held at The Studio at Chateau Fengari, or in The South of France, Monaco, Nice, Eze Village, or any where on the French Riviera and The Cote D’Azure.

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Along with the photographing of destination weddings in France Bruce also loves to photograph engagement couples portraits, pre wedding and brides portraits. 

A destination wedding is a unique experience that deserves to be captured as a beautiful memory and a visual story of your special day. 

Thankfully as a seasoned photographer Bruce understand all of the challenges of creating your story with his 40 plus years of location photography assignments and destination wedding photography experience behind him.

Are you planning your destination wedding in France? If so, let us know your dates.

We do have some 2020 destination wedding dates available in Monaco, on the Cote D’Azure, in Paris and in the Bordeaux areas.

If you would like to see more of my destination wedding photography images please contact us using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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Bruce runs several photography training workshops and fashion photography courses in Europe, in Bordeaux, in Paris, in London, in Nice and in Monaco. These photography workshops that are open to any one interested in learning to take better photographs. It is also possible to arrange for private one 2 one photography training or photographers mentoring programs with Bruce any where and at any time that Bruce is available, fashion photography workshopsportrait photography workshopsnudes photography workshops

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