Our Professional Photography School Team2017-11-08T12:19:35+00:00

Ion Paciu – Founder and Tutor of Photoion Photography School

Ion Paciu profile image on the London Photography School website

Ion Paciu is a proactive London based freelance professional photographer and a member of The Royal Photographic Society.

He specialises in architecture/cityscape and portrait photography but his work goes beyond these genres.

Ion Paciu, Photography School Tutor, and founder of Photoion Photography, teaches advanced photography topics and one to one photography classes.

Subjects and techniques taught on the Photoion Photography School Workshops include: macro photography, speedlight / flashgun photography, portrait photography, nude photography, glamour and studio lighting photography.

As a photographer, I have worked relentlessly over the last decade perfecting my craft and have worked with some amazing people and companies along the way, some of my work can be seen here.


The “People I didn’t know” project aims to help people discover themselves, to help them realise how beautiful they are and to remind them of how many beautiful things surround us.


“Portraits from London” photographic project was initiated and founded by the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Horniman Museum and is an Eye-catching exhibition(hosted by the Horniman Museum) of photographs of contemporary Romanians living and working in London


Ion’s passion for the visual arts developed when he was a child. He spent most of his time drawing and observing things which made up his immediate environment. Ion became fascinated with shapes, colours and textures. He quickly realised that so much “unseen” beauty surrounding him needed to be exposed.

Thus began a lifelong passion for exploring the visual in all its aspects. After buying his first SLR camera, Ion devoted himself to image-making and discovered a passion for photography. He developed an interest, in particular, for architecture and portraiture. Since these early days, Ion has developed a unique teaching and learning philosophy at Photoion Photography School™ as the photography school tutor.

This is based on what he thinks constitutes the main ingredients of a good photograph: passion, dedication, and “seeing” and discovering the beauty that surrounds us.

He is a keen advocate of encouraging students to learn as they shoot on the varied photography workshops and courses Photoion Photography School currently runs in London.

‘Every workshop is an exploration, a journey, a step into the unknown as you put your eye to the viewfinder‘ he says.

 ‘When I bought my first camera I thought that just pressing the shutter would be enough to take a good photograph. Very soon I discovered that looking through the camera viewfinder is a further step into the world of the unknown and unseen and that the camera is an amazing instrument that teaches your eyes how to see the world without it.’ – Ion Paciu

Tatiana Zigar, Professional Photographer

Tatiana Zigar is a professional photographer specialising in Street, Landscape and Portrait photography..

Tatiana was a finalist in ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ 2010, 2011, and 2012, and her work has been published in the Landscape photographer of the year Awards books.

She has also participated in several exhibitions in the Royal National Theatre, London.

My work comprise of Portrait, Street and Landscape photography.


Her journey into photography started with an old Russian film camera Zenit which she found covered in dust at her parent’s house. Tatiana’s greatest passion at that time was travelling, this gave her an excellent opportunity to really explore with photography and she focussed on Landscape and Travel photography, capturing images to tell the story of her own travels.

After settling in London, the great city inspired Tatiana to explore street and portrait photography. She has been focussing a lot on black and white photography lately and capturing the world in shades of grey. This allows her to emphasise the lines, textures, forms, shadows, and people’s expressions to create powerful images that truly tell a story.

“It is fascinating how a photograph can tell a story in a fraction of a second.” – Tatiana Zigar

Our Students Testimonials

5 Stars on Google+ independent reviews, over 100+ Youtube recommendations

“I don’t think it would be possible to find a more energetic, knowledgeable and passionate teacher than Ion. His patience and enthusiasm over our 2 day advanced photography course has allowed me to evolve into a confident photographer. Highly Recommended! Thanks Ion. Harry”

Harry Boothman

“If you want to learn photography, please take my advice and book a course with Ion. I am a city trader and wanted a one to one specialist pro course instructor. In Ion, I found the enthusiasm and expert instruction I required! I’ve learnt a lot, his passion is infectious, take my word use this guy! Mike – Phoenix Partners – City.”

Mike Tambling

“A big thanks for yesterday Ion! You are the most fantastic teacher I’ve ever had in any subject. The passion you have for photography definitely comes across strongly and infects those you teach. It was a fabulous lesson, I learnt a lot, enjoyed myself! Thanks. Highly Recommended!”

Jasna Lukic

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