Portrait photographer

The Reason Why?

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

I’m Eszter Szalai, a portrait photographer bristol 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.

Szalai Eszter wedding photographer behind the scenes on a wedding photoshoot
boudoir model shoot with Emerald Photo UK at a studio

We specialize in candid-style photography that captures authentic and natural beauty

Our approach is not just about taking pictures; it’s about celebrating the unique essence of each individual. We focus on creating images that reflect your true self without forced poses or artificial settings. This approach ensures that your portraits are not just photographs but true representations of your personality and spirit.

We understand that the best portraits come from a place of comfort and ease. Our sessions are designed to be relaxed and enjoyable, allowing you to express yourself freely. We take the time to get to know you, your style, and your preferences, ensuring your photo session is a personalized experience you will cherish.

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Portrait photography with beautiful lighting at Várkert Bazár, Budapest

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 throughout the organisation until implementation, ensuring you are satisfied with your forever-treasured photos.


  • Authentic Candid Portraits
  • Personalized Photography Sessions
  • Comfortable and Relaxed Experience
  • Professional Quality Images
  • Easy and Accessible Online Gallery

Our Portfolio


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.

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

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. 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.

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.

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.

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 who 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.

I understand the excitement and anticipation of seeing the final edited photos from your portrait session. As a professional portrait photographer, I ensure 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 total 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 on time while maintaining the highest standard of quality and craftsmanship.

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Celebrate and immortalize your unique story through candid, empowering, and beautifully crafted portraits with your portrait photographer.

The Sapphire Collection

wedding dress designer photos


Ideal For: Quick, natural portraits perfect for personal branding or celebrating individuality.

Session Duration

1 hour of professional candid-style photography

Number of Images

20 high-resolution, professionally edited images


Online gallery for easy viewing and downloading


Pre-shoot consultation to capture your true essence


The Ruby Collection

yoga pictures


Perfect For: A diverse portrait session with outfit changes and varied backdrops, ideal for detailed personal storytelling.

Session Duration

2 hours of in-depth photography experience

Number of Images

40 high-resolution, professionally edited images


Online gallery and a USB drive with all captured images


One 8×10 professional print


Detailed planning for locations, outfits, and themes to reflect your style

The Diamond Collection

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Best Suited For An immersive and extensive portrait journey, capturing the depth of your personality and style.

Session Duration

Up to 4 hours of comprehensive photography coverage

Number of Images

80 high-resolution, professionally edited images


Online gallery and a USB drive with all images


Two 8×10 professional prints

Photo Album

A premium photo album for a curated portrait collection


Extensive planning for a personalized and varied photography experience

Recent Galleries

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



Our journey together begins the moment you decide to connect with us. Everyone is unique, so our approach is tailored to meet your needs and preferences.

Whether you’re looking for a classic portrait, a contemporary headshot, or a creative thematic shoot, we are equipped and excited to bring your vision to life.

Don’t wait to turn your moments into cherished memories. Connect with us today, and let’s start the journey of creating your beautiful portrait.

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boudoir model shoot with Emerald Photo UK at a studio
modern wedding dress photo shoot with a beautiful model at Pálmaház, Budapest