The Concept of Expression: Mikey Andrews

Following on from photographing my close friend, Samuel Cato, who I’ve known since secondary school, the next model I have photographed for this photography series is my close friend, Mikey Andrews.

The weather was wonderful in Oxford Street on Wednesday, and given that I visited Oxford Street on Tuesday, it gave me all the time I needed to prepare for Wednesday so I could learn the route to get from Croydon straight to Oxford Circus Station, but luckily, because the weather was wonderful and it was nice and sunny, I was able to produce these photographs with much less noise with more focus.

Mikey Andrews is a fitness coach and is an inspiration, so if you want to see his fitness pages and his website, I’ll provide them at the end of this photo-set.

Below are the photographs I produced featuring my close friend, Mikey Andrews.

I’m so happy with how these photos turned out as they turned out to be much better than I originally expected, and is probably my best photo-set to date since I started the photography series, but I’m so glad to have had the honour to photograph Mikey as he is an inspiration to me, and if you get a chance to see the hard work he’s gone to with his fitness programme, please have a look at his dedication to fitness as he’s inspired me and I’m pretty sure you’ll be inspired too.

If you feel there are any improvements I can make for next time, please feel free to comment below and if you liked this photo-set, please feel free to share this photo-set on with everyone you know.

Alex Smithson

DSLR Used: Nikon D3300

Lens Used: 18 – 55 mm NIKKOR Lens

Mikey Andrews’ Fitness Info




  1. I’m so impressed with your paring of the written word and your photographs. There is a welcoming nature to your descriptors. It is a wonderful compliment to the image. Allowing us to feel involved with not only you, but the subject of the photos as well. I look forward to seeing more from you.


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words on this photo-set, David, it really means a lot. I aim to try and express the model’s personality effectively, and considering Mikey is a close friend of mine, photographing him gave me a chance to understand his personality, as well as how he expresses himself in general. I look for the emotions in facial expressions, and this helped me to produce the photo-set in the sense that facial expressions aren’t just one thing, but that the emotions behind those expressions tell another story. Again, thank you so much for your kind words, it really means a lot.

      Alex Smithson


  2. Hey Alex,
    I suggest you take a look at Peter Hurley’s bool The Art of The Headshot. It might give you some insites for your next shoot.
    I like the story beind the shoot, but then i feel like the pictures dont exactly tell that story. Your focusing too much on headshots, when you could include some environmental portraits. That could help tell the story. You mentioned he is a fitness coach. Maybe you could incorporate that in your pictures.
    When i look at the images you posted, i suggest you ask your model to breath through their mouth in order to slightly part their lips. Having the lips completely closed maked them look less approachable/receptive to people and stiff. It also makes it harder for his face to react to any jokes or comments you make in an attempt to naturally change his facial expressions.


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