Hi, I'm Adam
I’m a unit photographer based in London, UK I grew up in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. A beautiful place but eventually you get tired of photographing trees and squirrels (My landscape and wildlife photographer colleagues would disagree, no doubt!). My first real exposure to unit photography was back in 2005 when I caught the stills photographer feature on the DVD extras of Aeon Flux (featuring a certain Jasin Boland). After a number of scholarly mishaps throughout my teens and early twenties I found myself studying a BA (Hons) degree in Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster where I happened to live with a number of fantastic film students. Growing a little disillusioned with the academic side of photography and having fallen in love with Ursula Coyote’s work on Breaking Bad and Helen Sloan’s work on Game of Thrones I weaseled my way onto the set of some of my friends films and I was absolutely hooked.
Reviews for Adam Kustura
Total Reviews: 2
Average Rating: 5
Exceptional unit photographer
Adam was recommended to me by my Director , and he is now the photographer I recommend to my creative peers.
Our film was intimate and powerful , so it was important that our photographer didn’t put our actors off while they worked . Adam was like a ninja . He moved silently with grave and curiosity.
The result was until still and BTS that captured both the heart of our team and the soul of our film.
You would be a fool not to work with Adam.
Stealthy, professional, passionate, dedicated!
What does one want from a unit stills photographer? You want someone who will capture great BTS, great stills… without being noticed, and I can say that Adam is perfect at this. He earned himself the nickname ‘ninja’ on set.
He has an acute awareness of the needs of production (timeliness, quiet on set, minimal disruption) whilst having a great eye for capturing moments of productivity. He will know exactly when to wedge himself under a table to grab the perfect action shot, and when to pose actors for stills in between setups. He is respectful, generous, and kind! His personal presence as well is one that puts talent and crew at ease. I’ve worked with other unit stills photographers before and he doesn’t just follow the director, or the leads — his work on my 4-day shoot highlighted each of the crew in their element, each of the actor’s key performances and we came away with a treasure trove of incredible stills and BTS — all with a very fast turnaround.
Adam also shot our rehearsal period before the shoot which meant he was familiar with the narrative and came prepared knowing which moments to capture. It never felt like he was playing catchup. I can’t say enough how much trust and appreciation I have for Adam’s eye, his professionalism and his love for each project — he’s been my first choice for unit stills ever since!