The name iwastherephotography was originally coined when I first picked up a camera and began photographing live music. People would get in touch to tell me ‘I was there too and your photos took me right back to that show' and that was always the highest praise anybody could give. It also lead to the beginning of some great friendships and adventures, something I've always tried to capture in my images.

My passion is still encapsulated in the name I work under, and in capturing the 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'm based on the outskirts of London, but am 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, please get in touch. 


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