Meet Me, Gavin, Surrey’s headshot photographer

Gavin Thorn - Headshot Photographer and Chief Image Consultant at Executive Headshots

Gavin – Your photographer and Chief Image Consultant at Executive Headshots


I’m Gavin and I’ll be your photographer.

I’m also the Chief Image Consultant at ExecHeadshots™, the founder of Gavin Thorn Photography and theLightMatters Academy for Photography Training.

Believe it or not, I hate having my photo taken. Just like so many of my clients! In fact, I hate it so much I’d rather have a trip to the dentist than stand in front of a camera so I completely understand how you must be feeling, right now, as you read this. All I can say is…


It’s completely painless and as far as I’m aware I’ve not killed anyone, yet. All you have to do is be yourself on the day. It’s my job to make you be the best that you can be. To put you at ease, to boost your confidence and make some great images of you that appeal to your clients. I often see a complete transformation in my subjects as the shoot progresses and they move beyond “Smile-for-Aunty” grin to a much more natural, open and friendly demeanour: someone your clients would love to do business with. I know I’ve done it right when the barriers have crumbled and the real you emerges. You may even start to laugh and have fun.

I love seeing my clients move beyond their “Smile-for-Aunty” grin to someone others would love to do business with. (Click to Tweet)

That’s what I love so much about what I do. That’s why, in 2008, I gave up a 27 year career in the corporate world to pursue a lifelong dream. It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve met some amazing people along the way and I’m really proud of all that I’ve accomplished: 2014 winner of the EMEA award for Best Startup Business from the Business Excellence Forum, internationally published, featured in British Vogue, a photoshoot in the living room of a music legend’s mansion in Surrey, London Fashion Week, my Help for Heroes calendar and many, many more. I’ve photographed CEOs and SLTs, politicians, authors, actors and musicians. My only regret being that I didn’t do this 10 years earlier.


I used Gavin for some corporate headshot photos. He visited me and put me at my ease with his relaxed and friendly style. I’m not fond of having my photo taken but Gavin a produced a range of suitable photos for me to use. I am delighted to recommend Gavin.

My speciality is working with people. Busy people. Busy people just like you. Busy people who don’t have the time nor the desire to have a business portrait made. Busy people who need stunning pictures of themselves for their company’s annual report, website or marketing material. That’s why I formed ExecHeadshots™: to meet the needs of busy people, just like you, who need great pictures and a ton of reasons why they can’t get them done.

ExecHeadshots™ offers two levels of service…

  • Studio Headshots for Entrepreneurs, Individuals and Business Teams
  • Come-To-You Headshots for Senior Executives (we bring the studio to you to save you time)

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Dear Gavin,

Many thanks for the profile photo, it was money very well spent. The traffic to Linked in trebled within a couple of weeks and I will use the photo on our new website..

What a difference a proper photo makes!

Best regards