About Picture House Portraits -
the home of vintage and pin-up in the north west!
The place to go for pin-up, vintage and classic Hollywood photography!
Fully equipped, internationally published, award-winning studio
Just a brief look at our gallery of vintage-inspired images will give you an understanding of why our brand of photography is so popular. We love the nostalgia of yesteryear and the work of the great pin-up artists of the 1930s, 40s and 50s; we have become widely known for successfully replicating this style of imagery. Whether it's a fun and flirty pin-up, a period portrait or a contemporary style photo of the kids, we've got it covered! We also love the classic Hollywood era of the great stars like Fred Astaire, Ray Milland, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich and Veronica Lake, and we're renowned for our ability to re-reate these images and the dramatic lighting style that is the key to giving these photos that iconic look.
Picture House Portraits is run by Andrew Fowler, an established professional photographer with two decades of experience. Having acquired a Nikon SLR film camera at the age of 16, he gained a real passion for photography and, following study and ‘hands on’ experience with professional photographers he developed the skills and flair to enable him to capture stunning images for all occasions. His work is widely published in a number of books and magazines.
Our studio and vintage shop-
just 15 minutes from M6 Junction 38
We've spent many years amassing a fantastic collection of props to give all our vintage shoots a genuine period 'feel'. In 2015 we opened our new Kirkby Stephen studio, giving us the space to create some authentic room settings as well as some portable sets. We have a late 1940s/1950s lounge complete with fireplace and cosy chairs, a 1950s kitchen with every 'modern' convenience and a period bathroom with slipper bath and basin. Alternatively, you can enjoy a trip to our Art Deco cinema, take a bicycle ride or sit and enjoy a vintage picnic, whatever the weather is doing outside!
Our love of all things vintage has extended to the point that our studio also has a retail shop selling men's, women's and children's clothing (original vintage and reproduction), Bakelite items, wireless sets, telephones, cameras and tinplate toys.