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Emerald Photo UK

portrait photographer

Based in Bristol, Somerset

The value of a picture is hidden behind the details and the real, honest moments.


I am Eszter, a documentary-style portrait photographer passionate about capturing genuine moments and raw emotions. My artistic approach stems from the innate desire to narrate every individual’s unique story. Through my lens, I explore the subtle nuances, intricate details, and silent emotions that often go unnoticed. As a woman, I bring a unique perspective, combining sensitivity with strength, to create a vivid tapestry of human emotions.

Eszter Szalai, documentary-style photographer, the owner of Emerald Photo UK

Visual storytelling through the eyes heart of a woman

The way how you want to remember with no hassle or boring posed pictures.

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Do you dream of having timeless portraits that truly capture your essence? Are you seeking a photographer who can bring out the best in you, even if you’re camera-shy?

I’m Eszter Szalai, a portrait photographer passionate about capturing the soul behind the eyes.

Drawing from years of experience in portrait photography, I understand the nuances of light, shadow, and expression. Every individual has a story and a unique aura, and I aim to bring that to the forefront in every shot.

If you’re looking for a photographer who can guide you through the process, make you feel at ease, and be almost invisible during the shoot, you’ve found your match.

I specialise in creating portraits that are not just photos but a reflection of your personality. With a blend of classic techniques and a modern touch, I ensure that every picture is a piece of art you’d be proud to showcase.

We’ll be a perfect match if you appreciate the elegance of timeless portraits and the depth of emotions and believe every wrinkle, freckle, and curve tells a story. If you think a portrait’s true beauty lies in its authenticity and the story it tells, then I’m eager to work with you.

Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary portrait session consultation. Let’s create magic together.

Your loving and intimate photos will:

  • taken by a friend who understands and connects with you

  • Receive personalized attention and service from the initial consultation to the final delivery

  • Reflect your genuine expressions and the depth of your personality

  • Be delivered in just 2 weeks

  • Stand out from the usual, showcasing a blend of artistry and authenticity

  • Be detail-oriented and colourful


How it works!

After sending your enquiry form, the next step is for us to arrange a meeting and a consultation, which is a perfect opportunity to ask any questions you already have and to get to know what you want from your photo session.

I always prefer to meet in person, but a video call/zoom meeting is also a great option. If you decide to proceed, we will secure the photo session with a deposit.

We will constantly communicate with the whole organising until implementation and ensure you will be satisfied with your forever-treasured photos.

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Free No- obligation consultation and planning 
Together we will plan the details to get the most out of your session!


Set up your session date, and pick your day, time and location for your session. You have nothing else to do; have fun!


Receive your full-resolution, refined, high-quality retouched photos so you can sit back, relax and select your beautiful wall art or album and share it with your loved ones.



Full-day or half-day photo shoots with professional equipment.



Photo editing, colour correction, retouching.


Booking service

You can book my services in a simple calendar system!

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From amazing people who have already worked with me


For further information, don’t hesitate to contact me to request a brochure by e-mail or book your consultation just here!

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Frequently asked questions

How do I book a portrait session with you?

Just fill out the form on this page with your details and book a call with me to initiate the booking.

After our call, I’ll provide further information about my availability, pricing packages, and any additional details you may need.

During our communication, we can discuss your desired date and time for the session and any specific location or theme you have in mind. If you’re unsure about these details, don’t worry—I’m here to help guide you and offer suggestions based on your preferences and your vision for your portraits.

Once we finalize the session details, I will provide you with a booking agreement or contract outlining the terms and conditions. This agreement will ensure that both parties are clear on the expectations and responsibilities for the session.

A deposit or full payment may be required to secure your booking, depending on the package you choose. Once your payment is received, your session will be officially booked, and we can start preparing for the exciting portrait experience!

What types of portraits do you specialize in?

I specialize in a diverse range of portrait photography, catering to various needs and preferences. Whether you’re seeking individual portraits, family portraits, or professional headshots, I have the expertise and creative vision to deliver exceptional results. I understand that each type of portrait requires a unique approach, and I strive to capture the essence and personality of every subject.

I aim to create captivating images for individual portraits that showcase your unique qualities and inner beauty. By working closely with you, I bring out your natural expressions and style, resulting in striking and authentic portraits.

Family portraits hold a special place in my heart. I strive to create a relaxed and enjoyable environment where your family’s dynamics and connections can shine through. Capturing genuine moments and interactions, I aim to create timeless images that will be cherished for future generations.

How long does a typical portrait session last?

As a portrait photographer, the typical duration of a portrait session can vary depending on several factors. On average, a portrait session with me usually lasts one to two hours. This timeframe allows a relaxed and unhurried session, ensuring we capture various poses, expressions, and backdrops.

During our time together, I aim to create a comfortable and enjoyable environment where you can feel at ease and showcase your true self. Authentic moments and genuine emotions make for the most captivating portraits. Therefore, I allow ample time to connect, establish a rapport, and collaborate on ideas and poses that bring out your unique personality and style.

It’s important to note that while the average duration provides a general guideline, I am always flexible and open to accommodating your specific needs and preferences. Whether you prefer a shorter or longer session, we can discuss and customize the duration to ensure we capture the perfect set of portraits you will cherish for a lifetime. My ultimate goal is to create a memorable and enjoyable experience while delivering stunning portraits that reflect your individuality and story.

What should I wear for my portrait session?

Choosing the proper attire for your portrait session is essential to creating beautiful and meaningful photographs. The goal is to select clothing that not only complements your style but also enhances the overall visual appeal of the portraits. I recommend choosing outfits that make you feel confident and comfortable, positively influencing your posture and demeanour during the session.

When it comes to clothing choices, consider the location and theme of the shoot. Solid colours and simple, well-fitted garments work wonders for a classic and timeless look. Neutral tones like white, black, grey, or earthy shades often create a clean and elegant aesthetic. However, don’t be afraid to inject some personality and pops of colour through accessories or statement pieces if that aligns with your style. Avoid large logos or busy patterns that can distract attention from your face. Ultimately, the goal is to choose outfits that allow your genuine character to shine through, making you the focal point of the portraits while harmonizing with the overall artistic vision we discussed during the booking process.

Where will the portrait session take place?

The location of your portrait session plays a significant role in setting the mood and capturing the essence of your personality. Together, we will determine the perfect setting that aligns with your vision and desired aesthetic. I offer two main options: studio sessions and on-location shoots.

I have a dedicated space for studio sessions to provide a clean and professional backdrop for your portraits. The controlled environment allows for precise lighting and ensures a consistent look throughout the session. Studio sessions are ideal for those seeking a classic and timeless aesthetic or individuals prefer a more controlled environment.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to incorporate your surroundings or prefer a specific location, we can opt for an on-location shoot. This could be in a natural outdoor setting, an urban environment, or even a location that holds sentimental value to you. On-location shoots offer a more dynamic and personalized backdrop, capturing your portraits in a context that resonates with your personality and style. Together, we’ll explore potential locations and choose one that enhances your portraits’ overall narrative and visual impact.

How long will it take to receive the final edited photos?

I understand the excitement and anticipation of seeing the final edited photos from your portrait session. As a professional portrait photographer, I take great care in ensuring that each image receives the attention it deserves during editing. The timeframe for receiving the final edited photos will depend on several factors, including the complexity of the shoot, the number of images captured, and my current workload.

Typically, I aim to provide a sneak peek or a selection of edited images within a week after the session. This will give you a glimpse of the final results and allow you to share a preview with friends and family. The full delivery of the edited photos will usually take around two to three weeks. During this time, I meticulously reviewed each image, enhancing the colour, adjusting the exposure, and refining the overall composition to create stunning and polished portraits. I prioritize quality over speed to ensure the final images exceed your expectations and reflect your unique beauty and personality.

Rest assured; I will keep you updated on the progress of the editing process and provide you with a specific timeline for the delivery of your final edited photos. I understand the significance of these images and strive to deliver them to you on time, while maintaining the highest standard of quality and craftsmanship.

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