Performance Photography


Photographing both music and travel, huge passions of mine, were my entrance point into photography. Whilst my chops on the guitar left much to be desired, my artistic leanings, presence and drive saw me forge a more successful bond with my cameras.

I cut my teeth on the London gig circuit covering shows for The Fly and thisisfakeDIY magazines and british news agency London News Pictures for a number of years, before a golden opportunity arose to work with leading agency Rex (Features) Shutterstock as their chief music photographer.

At home in stadiums, clubs and festivals

I cover the most important shows and events for Rex, be they the big names at London’s stadiums & arenas or hot artists breaking through, my annual pilgrimage to Glastonbury Festival, and London Fashion Week. 

I also work directly with artists, record labels and management companies.

Dynamic, iconic photography, consistently

When photographing performance it is crucial to anticipate the most climactic blink-and-you’ll-miss-them moments of an artist’s show.  React when you see something and you’re already too late.

My track record is impeccable & my images are used throughout the media as a result.


From arena to runway

There is a high crossover of transferrable skills between photographing music concerts and catwalk fashion.   Short sharp electric performances, plus the atmosphere of backstage dressing room preperation.

Let’s collaborate

I have covered the most prestigious shows in the fashion calender, such as Burberry at London Fashion Week, and have begun building a relationship directly with household name designers.  With my sharp eye and camera skills I can be trusted to deliver the goods.



  • “Richard was great to work with when I hired him for The Big Egg Hunt.   He really understood the brief and its possibilities, and brought some great ideas for the images which really made the most of the character across the range of eggs we used for the shoot.   The media loved the images and we were very happy with the extensive editorial coverage that we received.”

    Rachel Waldron
    Project Director
  • “Richard Isaac is the principal live music photographer for Shutterstock Editorial in the UK.

    Operating in a freelance capacity, Richard’s live music and event coverage is of the highest editorial standard, and can frequently be seen used across multiple media outlets. 
    Apart from consistently producing dynamic, saleable content sought after by our customers, Richard’s attention to detail & his instinctive ability to work with stakeholders brings professionalism, value and quality to any assignment.
    On a  personal note he is an extremely pleasant and affable person to work with, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him highly for commercial or editorial work.”


    Edward Maidment
    Head of Editorial Assignments
    “We employed Richard to create portraiture of myself & my business partner for our internal and external comms. Richard created strong images which also managed to include our brand identify.”
    Ben Ruse
  • “We needed contemporary relaxed portraits for our new start-up’s website and marketing. Richard sourced good locations that fit well with the style we needed and created a cracking set of images.”
    Oliver Budworth
  • “We were really happy with the quality of the photography that Richard supplied when we commissioned him for our annual exhibition”
  • “Richard has created stunning photography with me across the range of projects we have worked together on. In beauty portraiture the quality of the images is so important in demonstrating product quality. Richard shares my eye for detail and knows how to utilize studio lighting to create exceptional images. He also brings creative ideas so no two shoots ever look the same.”
    Katja Kokko

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