Pauline’s portrait wins prize for Haddenham photographer

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This is the incredible image of an elderly woman which led to Paul Wilkinson being named classical portrait photographer of the year.

The photographer’s characterful black and white depiction of Pauline Hartigan, 89, was shot at his Haddenham studio.

Award winning portrait of Pauline Hartigan by Haddenham photographer Paul Wilkinson, who is pictured below

Award winning portrait of Pauline Hartigan by Haddenham photographer Paul Wilkinson, who is pictured below

It was captured for Little Italy espresso bar in Haddenham where Mrs Hartigan is their oldest regular customer.

Mr Wilkinson said: “I had a very happy hour just listening to her stories.

“She was one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met, a joy to work with and I only needed to take about 14 photos.”

In addition to his classical portrait title, Mr Wilkinson was also named lifestyle and location portrait photographer of the year and pets and livestock photographer of the year at the national awards held in Birmingham.

Paul Wilkinson - award winning photographer from Haddenham

Paul Wilkinson - award winning photographer from Haddenham

The experienced photographer was awarded 10 merits, eight awards of excellence and three overall awards by the Master Photographers Association of which he is a fellow.

He was commended by the panel of internationally recognised photographers for his ‘true creative flair and technical skill with a very distinctive style’.

He said that his business has grown and grown in recent years including memorable shoots with Bill Clinton and David Cameron.

Pauline was recommended to Mr Wilkinson by her daughter Frances Phillips, who said: “The family are delighted with the news of the award and they always thought that their mother had the face of a classic Hollywood star!”

Owner and founder of Little Italy, Cathrine Tjore, said that Mrs Hartigan always comes in with her daughter wearing her lovely little beret.

Mr Wilkinson is renowned for capturing personal, engaging portraits either in his Haddenham studio on High Street or in Turn End gardens which the studio backs on to.

He said: “We’ve had such a brilliant summer, the weather has been great and everyone feels good and that makes for some amazing photos.”