Earlier this year I had a fabulous shoot with Pharrell Williams.

It was for a longstanding client, Woman’s Wear Daily, to capture a great portrait for his recent collaboration with Comme des Garcons, the perfume, ‘Girl’.

It’s one of the great privileges of being a photographer that allows me to work with such a diverse mix of creative people and artists, often inspirational.

As usual on shoots like this, I had very little time, but I was prepared and got the portrait I really wanted.

Pharrell is a fascinating character, a real renaissance man and

I think this portrait captures the essence of his personality.

With the deadline for the Taylor Wessing Portrait competition fast approaching, this was going to be my submission. Out of 4200 entries, it was in the final selection of 200, and sadly just missed out being in the exhibition consisting of only 60 images.

Better luck next time!

Ben x