Personal Details




Millie Simpson


London and South East


Advertising and PR, Magazines, Newspapers, Books, Multimedia


Animals & Wildlife, Architecture, Art, Cinema & TV, Music, Theatre, Celebrities / Portraits, Current Issues / Social Documentary / News, General Stock / Royalty Free, History, Industry & Commerce, In-House, Natural World, People & Culture / Lifestyle, Food & Drink, Science & Technology, Medicine, Sport, Transport, Travel, Geography & Culture

Work Experience

I am a freelance picture researcher and art buyer working in the editorial, publishing, advertising and the charity sectors. Previously I commissioned photographers internationally as a Director of Photography for both high end luxury consumer magazines, specialist magazines and corporate clients.

  • Extensive research and commissioning database covering all genres of photography and including illustration and map commissioning.
  • Experience working with both’ A’ list photographers and small budgets and the determination to always make each project look amazing.
  • Copyright clearance, licensing, project budgeting and fee negotiation.

Art buying and image searching for:

Advertising; clients include Leagas Delaney – Philippe Patek, Picet, Ballentine’s, Penfolds, Saatchi & Saatchi – HSBC, Isobel and M & C –  Legal & General.

Editorial; Director of Photography/ Picture Research for editorial high end magazines Condé Nast Tatler, History Today, RED, Aston Martin, PORT, EYE magazine, Pulp,

Corporate annual report and speciality publishing; for Nestlé, Rolls Royce, World Economic Forum, Aston Martin.

Arts and Education sector; photography commissioning and historical image research for History Today Magazine, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, BBC Worldwide, Chatsworth House, Kings for Esterson Associates, Historic England.


The London College of Printing

Languages Spoken


Other Skills

Adobe photoshop


Public Contact Details
+44 7976 661 378

Employment Details

Company Name

Millie Simpson

Work Address

115 Dacre Park
SE13 5BZ

Work Telephone

+44 7976 661 378

Current Status

Full Time Freelance

Employment History

Freelance 2010 – current.
PORT, Pictet advertising campaigns for Leagas Delaney, Historic England, Illustrated London News, English Heritage, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce.
Condé Nast Tatler 2003 – 2010
Red Magazine 1997 – 2003
British Film Instiute Sight and Sound 1991 – 1997
Esterson Associates freelance picture editor 1991- current. EYE magazine, British Film Institute, History Today, Pulp, Fedrigoni, Architects Journal, RA magazine,
The Sunday Times 1990

Do you have experience in working from a prepared list of pictures required?


Do you have experience in devising own list of images from manuscript or synopsis?


Do you have experience in visiting commercial agencies to make own selection?


Do you have experience in visiting museums / libraries to make own selection?


Do you have experience in obtaining pictures from private collectors?


Do you have experience in obtaining pictures from individual photographers?


Do you have experience in obtaining pictures from outside the UK?


Do you have experience in commissioning photography?


Do you have experience in commissioning other researchers?


Do you have experience in negotiating reproduction fees?


Do you have experience in devising budget for book / project?


Do you have experience in responsibility for keeping project within budget?


Do you have experience in returning pictures to sources?


Do you have experience in using digital pictures / picture sources?


Your C.V.

2016 – present

Leagas Delaney –  Art Buyer– campaign for Pictet, Philippe Patek, Value Retail, Ballentine’s, Peroni

Saatchi & Saatchi – Art Buyer and Image searcher for HSBC Together ‘We Thrive campaign’

M & C for We Are Another Productions Legal and General ‘Own Your World’ campaign

Petrofacs annual report and magazine: International oilfield service company.
Nestlé: annual reports
Le Pan magazine Hong Kong; newly launched international luxury fine wine magazine
Condé Nast Contracts Publishing Canaletto Magazine: one off issue
Aston Martin Magazine: created the winning bid and launch.
Illustrated London News: Design company assorted publications and digital platforms
Rolls Royce: annual year book
Kings College; Allumni magazine
Esterson Associates: design agency EYE, Magazine of Graphic Design, Fedrigoni, History Today magazine
PORT magazine, launch picture editor

2003 – 2010

Condé Nast Tataler

1997 – 2003

RED Magazine – Director of Photography

1991 – 1997

Sight and Sound /British Film Institute
The Hayward Gallery Spellbound exhibition Catalogue


Picture research and editor BFI Companion to Horror edited by Kim Newman.
Picture researched and edited the BFI Modern Classic film book series edited Rob White

1990 Picture Researcher for The Sunday Times


I have read and agree to abide by the rules and code of conduct of the Picture Research Association?