We know Leigh looks far too young to have 30 years in the photographic industry, but he did start when he was a mere boy of 18, on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Leigh has photographed many famous people including Lord Lichfield, Omar Sharif, John Major and Princess Anne (they all kept their clothes on!). In 2008, Leigh's Boudoir & Nude Photography was judged by a panel and he was accepted as a Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photographers. Leigh has also been on the other side of the camera in the Mighty Aphrodite studio - you can read his story here: Leigh's Story.
Zena will probably be your first point of contact as she answers most of the emails & enquiries. If you have any questions she is the one to speak to. Originally from Durham, Zena moved "down south" in 1993, but she hasn't lost her accent yet! She is there to help you all the way through your shoot and she makes a cracking cup of tea.
Hair Stylist & Make Up Artist Catherine joined the team in 2015 – she is so lovely and very talented. She is very experienced having done wedding hair & make up for a number of years. And she has even had her own Mighty Aphrodite boudoir shoot so she can totally put you at your ease and chat to you about her own shoot to help to calm your nerves while she does your makeover! See more pictures: Catherine's Shoot
Sam has been part of the Mighty Aphrodite team since August 2007. She quickly became indispensable and has become an expert at image retouching, making sure all our clients have smooth thighs and perfect glowing skin. You will see lots of pictures of Sam in our galleries as she has always been happy to be our guinea pig when we try out new ideas! See Sam in our Behind the Scenes video & gallery: Boudoir Studio Video
Mighty Aphrodite was created in 2004 by photographer Leigh Perkins and his business partner and wife, Zena Snowdon. Leigh has over 30 years experience as a professional photographer and cameraman, working all over Europe, as well as the Caribbean and North America.
Leigh started out as a cruise ship photographer when he was just 18 and has since worked in every photographic field imaginable from weddings, portraiture and PR to commercial, travel and even filming for the Pirelli Calendar.
In 2002 Leigh and Zena decided to build their own studio…literally brick by brick. They did everything themselves - digging the foundations, laying the bricks, putting the roof on (eeek!) and designing and building the curved walls in the studio and bathroom (seemed like a good idea at the time). The studio was mainly used for commercial shoots and makeover portraits until in 2004 a client asked if we could do a photoshoot a bit more boudoir-style. Leigh and Zena designed their first boudoir studio set and Mighty Aphrodite was born. The business grew at an astonishing rate and Leigh and Zena decided to completely customise the studio for boudoir and nude portraits, designing a range of different sets so their clients would have a choice of different styles.
Leigh and Zena's reputation for boudoir and nude photography of the highest quality meant that by 2007 they were working at full capacity and needed to expand the team. Samantha Brookes came on board in August 2007 as image editor extraordinaire meaning that Leigh & Zena could spend more time in the studio shooting more clients.
In 2008, Leigh gained the qualification of Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photography. He had to undergo an interview and have a panel of twenty images judged by eight of the Fellows of the Institute - scary stuff, but he passed with distinction.
Media coverage: Leigh and Zena appeared live on Debbie McGee's BBC Radio show to talk about the rise of Boudoir and Nude Photography.
Mighty Aphrodite were asked to provide images for the set of an episode of the BBC drama “Mistresses” which was shown on BBC One. Zena was interviewed by The Independent newspaper about Cherie Blair's nude portrait and the British attitude to nakedness and nudity in general. We have featured in lots of articles in The UK press about Boudoir & Nude Photography...too many to mention!
Over the last few years the studio has been busier than ever with clients travelling from places as far-flung as Hong Kong, South Africa, Dubai, Bermuda, Canada, The USA, Russia and Australia specially to sample the Mighty Aphrodite magic.
Mighty Aphrodite is the longest running UK studio to specialise in boudoir shoots for women, men and couples. In 2012 to satisfy the growing demand for Men's Fitness photo shoots, Leigh & Zena launched Mighty Physique Photography - a site dedicated to male body portraits. And for all the budding photographers who want to learn nude, glamour and erotic photography the Mighty Aphrodite way, we now offer photography workshops and tuition. See our training website Nudes Exposed for course details.
With the popularity of boudoir and nude photography still growing, Mighty Aphrodite are proud to have been one of the pioneers of this amazing, life-changing style of photography. There is no great secret to the success of Mighty Aphrodite - just a passion for creating beautiful sensual boudoir and nude images. See us in action in our Behind the Scenes Boudoir Video