Founded in 2009 by university friends Jo Israelsohn and Rachel Mackinnon, Portrait Communications is a cross-sector interiors and lifestyle PR agency specialising in homes, design, luxury, kids, bridal and gifting.
Since ancient times, portraits have been commissioned to communicate the importance, beauty and influence of the sitter. Like portrait painters, we capture our clients’ essence, identifying and telling stories of substance and interest.
Why the frames?
As a frame enhances the impact of the portrait within, we fuse visual and verbal flair to create identities that last. Based in Notting Hill, our creative, content-rich campaigns introduce designers, manufacturers and retailers to the audiences that count, maximising profiles and producing tangible results.
We’re lucky to work with a unique and inspiring mix of industry-leading clients, from globally distributed British manufacturers and iconic European and American luxury brands to up-and-coming designer/makers. We have a proven record in launching, positioning, profile building and product placement, resulting in press coverage our clients really love. Our approach is committed, warm and refreshing - we tell it like it is and our clients seem to like it. And that’s why we’ve worked with several since our inception.
include media relations (print and social), content development, copywriting, art direction, editorial photography, collaborations, events, look book production, product development and collection management.
We work hard at making the job easy for clients and press alike.
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WHAT THEY SAY
What I love about working with Portrait is they always know exactly how to package information, showing me the most relevant things for my content. The team just understand how good press works, and make life very easy – what more could I want?
Knowledgable, efficient and passionate about interiors - all in all, a delight to work with.
Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Period Living
Buckets of personality and bright, genuinely inspiring ideas. They totally get the magazine and what we need and to boot, they’re a joy to deal with!
Pro-active and dynamic, Portrait just ‘get it’ and are always my first point of call when it comes to researching and calling in products.
(The Mail on Sunday)
They understand their clients’ aspirations, bringing inspiration, motivation, creativity and organisation to everything they do.
Efficient, super speedy and truly a delight to work with, what more could you want from a pr. They’re a one stop shop for interesting and unusual products that always hit the right note.
Freelance interiors writer
What I love about working with the Portrait team is that they are not only incredibly 'on it', but that you can feel their fun, we-can-make-it-happen attitudes in every email.
AMY MOOREA WONG
Homes & Gardens, Livingetc, The Glossary
I love working with Rachel, Jo and their team. As well as fully understanding the types of stories and brands that would appeal to our readers, they are unfailingly efficient and quick to provide whatever is needed for a story. They make my job both easier and more fun.
Design & Interiors Editor, The Telegraph
The dynamic duo is unstoppable, reflected in their ever-growing client base and the unwavering loyalty of the companies they’ve represented since they launched. I truly believe Jo and Rachel wouldn’t work for a brand they didn’t love and this passion shows in their endless enthusiasm and commitment. They boast all the qualities required for the perfect PR company: spot-on pitches, speedy responses and a brilliant image library. I can’t recommend them enough!
It has been an absolute delight working with Portrait from the agency's beginnings. Super dynamic, professional and fun, they get to know their client's business inside out. Plus, they clearly understand journalists' requirements, bending over in every which way to accommodate our requests and offer insightful solutions.
Interiors Editor and Brand Consultant