Philip Holt

Commissioned Portraits

The project came about when a good friend, sculptor Al Landsberg, approached me to photograph his grandchildren in a unique way that would not only capture them photographically but also define some of their personality through multiple images of them doing an activity they are passionate about.

The portrait is of Justin, an avid golf player. Al and I discussed it and came up with the idea of shooting a close-up of Justin, but also multiple action shots of him in full swing with his golf club. Once we had the sitting, I added the multiple layers in Photoshop to create this powerful portrait of Justin.

Commission includes:

  • Consultation to discuss ideas and approaches for the Portrait.
  • Sitting in your home or in my studio.
  • Review and selection of images
  • Post Production: All layers assembled and manipulated in Photoshop.
  • Test print presentation and final changes made.
  • Final 24”X 24” print delivered.

If interested in commissioning a portrait please contact Oak&Oil at 914-232-8100 or email

Philip Holt is an award-winning commercial photographer based in New York, with an international presence. Born in Lisbon, Portugal to a French mother and British father, he was raised in Milan and educated in London, Paris and Milan.

Fluent in English, French and Italian, he is also proficient in Spanish and Portuguese. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather – a portrait photographer in Paris – Philip picked up his first camera at age 15, studied Fine Art Photography at Mallinsons on the Isle of White, UK, and went on to graduate from New England School of Photography in Boston, Mass.

His distinctive still-life style has been featured in industry acclaimed advertising campaigns for Absolut and Smirnoff Vodka, MasterCard, Canon Cameras, Sony and Renault Automobile. His portrait work ranges from documenting New York taxi drivers to influential international personalities. Philip’s work has earned him numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic.

He has been featured in Lurzer’s Archive ‘ 200 Best Advertising Photographers ’ . Philip demonstrates a unique ability to create compelling images from mundane subject matter. His use of strong, bold colors as a backdrop for simple, iconic images has become something of a hallmark.

His recent work, Wired, exemplifies his talent for turning everyday objects into works of art.