iwastherephotography was coined when I first picked up a camera and began photographing live music. I'd talk to people and they'd tell me ‘I was there too and your photos took me right back to that show' and that always made me feel like i was doing something right. It also lead to the beginning of some of the best friendships and most ridiculous adventures, something I've always tried to capture in my images.

'i was there' is still at the root of everything I photograph, and in trying to capture that unrepeatable moment. I’m still photographing live music, but now also work for a wide range of clients across the arts, culture and heritage sectors producing editorial content, behind the scenes images and event photography. For me, It's all about capturing the spirit and atmosphere of the moments as they happen.

Get in touch and let’s work together to create some great images!



I've recently relocated to Yorkshire, based between Leeds and Huddersfield, but I'm regularly back in London, and am always happy to travel.

If you have an event you'd like me to photograph, or for any further information on what I can do for you, get in touch, and lets have a chat. 


Ila Desai
[email protected]
+44 (0)7926 342244