Andrew Laenen is a classically trained photographer who specialises in film stills photography, reportage and portrait imagery. Laenen studied photography at King James College and Berkshire College of Art and Design. Recruited as a dark room technician at the prestigious photo agency, Rex Features, Laenen's photographic abilities were soon discovered. He quickly became a Staff Photographer at Rex, the youngest member of their revered and reliable team of three. As a press photographer Laenen was given the responsibility to photograph many notable personalities such as Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative Government, the Royal Family including Princess Diana, and celebrities from the world of entertainment like Dame Edna Everidge. His work was successfully published in many National and International publications.
Moving from Fleet Street to the more creative world of studio photography, Laenen went on to assist many notable photographers and honed his skills as a lighting designer. This specialist skill translated well when he developed a successful career in the film business lighting feature films, commercials, live television and TV idents. With a brilliant knowledge of lighting, the journalistic ability to capture the perfect image in restricted or challenging circumstances and also being able to utilise the creative capacity a studio environment can afford, Laenen has built up a flexible approach and broad range of working experiences that ensures he can easily and reliably deliver any photographic brief. Laenen has worked across the world, confidently creating images in any location with a special sensitivity to diverse culture and custom.
He works as easily in the spotlight, directing studio sessions, to keeping discreetly in the background, capturing essential behind-the-scenes stills on a busy set or powerful images in delicate or dangerous situations. Given his keen eye, diverse background, his unique, inherent ability and personable professionalism, there is no doubt Laenen is capable of bringing more to the set than the average photographer and consistently captures more than just the conventional photograph - producing cinematic and evocative images every time.