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MEET THE TEAM

Leigh our boudoir photographer

LEIGH PERKINS LBIPP - OurPhotographer

Starting as a mere boy of 18, Leigh has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. He started out on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, then during several years specialising in PR, commercial & travel, Leigh photographed many famous people including Princess Anne, John Major, Lord Lichfield and Omar Sharif (all fully clothed!). Mighty Aphrodite was the next step in 2004 as Leigh found a niche he enjoyed where he could hone his studio lighting skills. Leigh's Boudoir Photography was judged by a panel and he was accepted as a Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photographers in 2008. As well as being an expert at lighting and posing individuals and couples to create beautiful boudoir images, Leigh has a deep understanding of body confidence issues from the male perspective.

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Leigh has shot every single one of our photoshoots making him probably the most experienced boudoir photographer in the UK.

Zena our Studio Manager

ZENA SNOWDON-PERKINS - Studio Manager

Your first point of contact with us will most likely be Zena as she replies to most of our emails & enquiries. If there is anything you need to know about our shoots, products or packages, she is the one to ask. Zena was born and grew up in the North East but moved to London in 1993 for an adventure. After a whirlwind romance with Leigh she settled into life down south and she hasn't lost her accent yet! She is here to help you all the way through your shoot. She's done up more suspenders than you can ever imagine and she makes a cracking cup of tea.

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Catherine H&MU Artist

CATHERINE - Make Up Artist & Hair Stylist

Catherine Joined our team as Hair Stylist & Make Up Artist in 2015. She is very talented and has lots of experience of boudoir shoots as well as doing wedding hair & make up for brides for a number of years. She will chat to you about any ideas you have before the shoot and if you don't know what you want, she will make some suggestions. Catherine is brilliant at helping to calm your nerves while she does your makeover. She has had her own Mighty Aphrodite shoot, so she can chat to you about the experience.

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Sam our Photoshop Wizard

SAM - Photoshop Wizard

Sam joined the Mighty Aphrodite team in August 2007 as Image Editor to help Leigh with our ever-growing workload. She quickly became an expert at image retouching and airbrushing, making sure all our clients have smooth thighs and perfect glowing skin. Shehas become completely indispensible! You will see lots of images of Sam in our picture galleries as she has always been a willing volunteer when we need to try out new ideas for studio sets! You can see more of Sam in our Behind the Scenes Video (Warning - this video does contain some nudity).

OUR JOURNEY INTO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

In 2002 Leigh and Zena decided they wanted to have their own photography studio...so they built a two storey extension to their home! They did absolutely everything - they dug the foundations, laid the bricks, put on the roof (despite Leigh's fear of heights!) and designed and built the curved walls in the studio (it's easy once you get the hang of it). At first they used the studio for commercial shoots and makeover portraits until in 2004 a makeover client asked if she could do some boudoir-style shots. Leigh and Zena designed their first boudoir studio set and Mighty Aphrodite was born. The studio got so busy that Leigh and Zena decided to completely customise it for boudoir portraits. They designed several studio sets so that clients could have a choice of different styles.

A REPUTATION FOR QUALITY

Mighty Aphrodite's reputation for boudoir portraits of the highest quality for women & couples meant that by 2007 they were fully booked and turning clients away, so they needed to expand the team. Sam came on board in August 2007 as Retoucher Extraordinaire meaning that Leigh & Zena had more time to concentrate on shooting.

In 2008, Leigh qualified as a Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photography. He had to undergo an interview and have a panel of twenty pictures judged by eight Fellows of the Institute - very scary, but he passed with distinction.

FAME AT LAST

With the rise in popularity of men's fitness shoots, Mighty Aphrodite expanded to offer solo shoots for men in 2012. The pictures were very popular and Leigh & Zena were approached to shoot content for the 2013 Ann Summers Calendar. This lead to them shooting the calendar for 2014 and 2015 too.

In 2013 Mighty Aphrodite we asked to help create a video to be shown at the launch of the 2014 Pirelli Calendar. The calendar was to feature images by Helmut Newton and the producers of the video felt that our photography encapsulated Newton's style and lighting so wanted to film it in our studio with Leigh directing. See the story and video of our 2014 Pirelli Calendar Shoot. The production company then came back to us to help film for the 2015 calendar too - see our BTS shots. Then in 2016 Leigh was flown to Berlin to help to film photographer Peter Lindbergh photographing oscar winner Alicia Vikander for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar.

PIONEERS OF BOUDOIR

Mighty Aphrodite is the longest running UK studio to specialise in boudoir shoots for individuals and couples. Over the last few years the studio has been busier than ever with clients travelling from places as far-flung as Hong Kong, South Africa, Dubai, Bermuda, Canada, The USA, Russia, Australia and St. Helena (!) to sample the Mighty Aphrodite magic. With the popularity of boudoir photography still growing, Mighty Aphrodite are proud to have been one of the pioneers of this confidence-boosting, life-changing industry. While many have come after and tried to emulate the success of Mighty Aphrodite - they can never replicate Leigh & Zena's passion for creating amazing images and a top quality experience for their clients. See Leigh, Zena & Sam in action in the Boudoir Video Shoot