Brief CV

Riitta Toro, BA (Hons) Fine Art Photography
MA Media Arts Photography

Model Portfolios
Conceptual projects
Visual design
Designer products
I was born in Finland in the 1960's. My photography started at the age of seven, when I picked my first camera. It was my mother's Golby Menisque and I still have it in my studio.

Later I was trained in technical photography. I spent my first thirteen working years in the biggest newspaper in Finland.

1991 I decided to follow my dream to study art and enrolled to art foundation course in Liminka Art School, in Oulu, Finland

1992 I moved to UK and in Southampton I studied BA (hons) Fine Art in Solent University specialising in alternative media; video, performance and photography. I graduated in 1995.

1995 I was accepted in Master of Media Arts course in the same university, which I completed and graduated in 1998. My specialities were analytical media, research techniques, photography and photoshop manipulation.

During the time of my studies I exhibited in UK in International film and media arts festivals in Cardiff and Liverpool and partisipated in projects like International Women's day in Southampton City County Gallery.

After my graduation I learnt to dive, trained as a PADI diving Instructor and teacher of underwater photography. I went on teaching underwater photography and diving until 2005.

1998 I moved to Surrey and learnt stone carving, spent time mastering the skill of hand crafting a stone and wood and exhibiting in Surrey. I was founder member of sculpture group in Wrecclesham in Surrey, which still has active sculpture studio in there.

2005-06 was a period that I returned in education and I started art-therapy degree in Goldsmith University in London. For personal reasons I did not complete that, but changed my studies in to tv- and video production in Farnborough technical college.

2006 I completed a full teacher training before I settled in Seale, Surrey, where I opened my first photography studio in June 2007.

With life long photography, fine art and media studies experience, I started combining my knowledge of colour and the techniques of painting and sculpture to my photography, which gave an unique perspective in my work.

I travelled and exhibited widely around the world, had total twenty eight exhibitions in that period of time, some collaborating with other artists and some of my own.

I joined some community projects in mental health and in art therapy sector, the most important of them was in Charity organisation 'MIND' in Southampton.

I earned some international recognition with my work in Scandinavia and United States and my work can now be seen in numerous online galleries worldwide. My work has been sold in private collections in Scandinavia, France, United States, Holland, Germany and in England.

1st of October 2009 I closed my Seale studio to pursue more personal projects in Europe and get further training in digital re-touching and HDR photography.

I spent next couple of years training for digital painting and exhibiting my own projects mainly in Europe. I also met and photographed my first celebrities, I was accepted in the biggest celebrity acengy Getty Images as a contributing photographer and over all I had a smashing time meeting new people and getting higher in the photography ladder.

2011 I fully opened my business again with new trained skills and carried on exhibiting and publishing my work.

I have done model portfolios on a side of portraiture work since I started in my studio but in 2012 I decided to emphasize more that side of the business and now I am organising a bigger productions for companies and advertisement sector too. I work for individuals as well as companies in fashion and advertisement industry. This includes creative planning of photoshoots, make-up, styling and artwork in a set. These all are planned together with a client or I can implement all the planning and preparation. These days I hire stylists and make-up artists for the photoshoots.

2013 I fully started concentrating just for model photography and model management and in 2015 The Agency 'Hello, Helsinki London Model Bridge was founded. This is a consulting/PR Model Agency that works in both sides of the channel, in Finland and in UK.

2015 I've been taking models to London under my model Agency and worked with London fashion weeks and in fashion industry. We grow and it has been amazing year 2015!

2016 I am concentrating more on visual and project designing.
2017 is a year of my own designs based on recycling and environmentally friendly slow fashion items. I am still working as a photographer too.

I am always happy to answer your inquiries

For all bookings contact me using link on this website or call on 07765 838552

Thank you for your interest and looking forward working with you.

Riitta Toro