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Mel Yates began as a portrait photographer, working with a long list of subjects such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Javier Bardem, Kiera Knightley, Tom Hanks etc. Mel then began to reconnect with his design background, having originally trained as a product designer, and now works internationally, shooting stills as well as directing video for a range of interior, architectural and design related clients.

In addition to photographing and filming designers such as Philip Treacy, Sit David Adjay, Philippe Starck, Tom Dixon etc, Mel also shoots lifestyle, environment and people and objects, for advertising, brochure, books, editorial and hotel briefs and clients.