I was walking through Seven Dials only yesterday doing a job when i happened across this lovely couple walking up Monmouth Street having their wedding photographs taken!! The photographer was using flash close up with them, and i knew he was missing out on all the beautiful ambient light and reflections… so had a cheeky word and asked the couple if they minded if i took a quick shot of them on the Zebra crossing!! 🙂
I hope they get in touch so i can send them the shot …. i think you’ll agree, the light is beautiful and it makes for a great shot! 🙂 Good luck to them both!
This week I am working at the ‘World Travel Market 2012‘ at ExCel in London as 1 of 4 Photographers providing all the images for the world press. WTM2012 is the leading global event for the travel industry.
As part of this amazing Global trade fair, the WTM team organize many cultural events for the various heads of States and Ministers in attendance. I was lucky enough to be selected to go along and photograph the Ministerial Dinner at the Mayors official London residency – Mansion House in the City. A truly amazing building and venue. I have to say, this is the sort of event photographers love! Fabulous interiors, great lighting and wonderful subjects. This was capped off by the Royal Ballet Company performing as a finale to the evening. I myself have never seen Ballet live, let alone ballet by the very best performers in the world. It was breathtakingly beautiful and elegant! The poise and grace, is truly mesmerizing. I hope you enjoy the photographs and hope to be able to do more of these if i can make further inroads now! Watch this space 🙂
This is why i love my job! Always different, always challenging and a lot of the time a privilege!
This is why I LOVE my job! My brief – ‘Shoot some Iconic London Landmarks and Cityscapes along the London Soutbank’. NICE DAY AHEAD! Although i had to rise at 5am to get down to Tower Bridge to catch the sunrise, it was worth it! Every time I have to do a job which involves getting up and out in the dark, I am reminded that there is nothing better than being in London as the sun rises. it really is the best time of day to be in London! Still, calm and truly beautiful … until the hoards arrive and the buzz takes over again.
So, as I was going to be walking around all day long, I didn’t want a trailer load of backbreaking gear with me, so opted for my evermore popular choice of kit – my Fuji X-Pro 1 … in a tiny bag with 3 lenses and a spare battery, a very small Manfrotto tripod and I’m done! LOVE IT! discreet and light allowing me to crack on without feeling depressed each time I know I have to pack up and move on! I started by shooting east towards Butlers Wharf from St Katherine’s Dock at sunrise and then spent the day strolling and exploring the Soutbank from Rotherhithe to Westmisnster Bridge…
I’d never been up the OXO Tower and had this in mind for the end of my day. It was thoroughly worth it. I was a bit worried about rocking up there in my jeans and North face photographer kit! … but the staff were very lovely and guided me to their free public viewing balcony outside – where I was able to wait for the light to drop and the magic of the city lights to come to life! I wasn’t sure how the Fuji X-Pro 1 would cope with long exposures on its small sensor … but i am very impressed with its clarity and low light noise levels. Not to mention again its sooooooo small! Chuffed!
I hope you enjoy the images as much as i enjoyed my day taking them! 🙂
Characters on the underground ….I didn’t manage to get a shot of this man giving this girl filthy looks for doing her makeup next to him … it was hilarious!
yes yes yes …. its been months since i have blogged …. i need another set of arms and legs at the moment, not to mention brain!! I have been SOOOOOOOOOOO Busy for the last 5 months …. and still hectic, but thought its about time i got some stuff up on here to show you where i have been and what i have been doing! 🙂
So … as many of you know, i am a big Instagram fanatic!! But…. i mean Instagram in the true sense …. so my shots on Instagram are all 100% Iphone and nothing else!! … I found this dude ‘Sam’ while on my way to a shoot… he got on the train as cool as a cucumber on his retro hotwheels and sat there in amongst the other travellers without a care in the world … I quickly whipped out my trusty iphone 4 for some shots (on the quiet of course!) and got some great shots of Sam without him being aware … ! But when Sam also got off at Willesden Green, my curiosity got the better of me, so i asked him if he’d mind me taking a few shots (i had my Nikon in my bag!! 😉 ) and here they are. Sam was a very interesting guy with a story to tell that amazed me and truly makes you realize that we should never judge a book by its cover!! I hope you like!!
Last night I shot the last of 3 events for drinks company ~ Peroni beer. These nights were put on around the country as ‘experiential’ events. One of the reasons I love doing event photography so much is that the venues are usually great, and I think you’ll agree, the venues here were amazing! The first event was held in Liverpool Cathedral – which is in fact the largest Cathedral in Britain and the 3rd largest in Europe! When the lighting was fixed and the table set it looked spectacular, and had a wonderful feel!
Then it was off to ‘The Old Fruit Market’ in Glasgow City centre. Its my first time in Glasgow and I really enjoyed it. I always make sure i walk around a city as much as possible so i can get my bearings and a feel for it. The Georgian Architecture was incredible, and it was soon evident to me that Glasgow is certainly one of the trendiest and hip UK city’s i’ve been to in a while. The venue was also great, loads of character and you could just imaginee it as a thriving Fruit Market in years gone by.
Last night was the final location for the Amici-di-Peroni road show, so they ended on a high, literally…. at the top of Tower Bridge. Again a great location and a tad easier to get home from! 😉 The weather was amazingly turbulent last night. Sunshine one minute then Hail and torrential rain the next…. i loved it and did manage to get a few snaps out of the window…
big thanks to Peroni for giving me such a great event to photograph … look out for more in June this year … 😉
My good clients ExEvents got me down for a great job last night!! …. The Chambord Rendezvous 2011
The venue; One Mayfair! Built in 1825, One Mayfair has recently reopened its doors and is set to be London’s newest and most spectacular venue. After years of neglect this historic Grade I listed building has undergone months of refurbishment bringing it back to its former glory. As one of the largest event spaces in the Mayfair, it has already attracted a range of high profile events.
Guests were wowed by the excellent transformation the space took on under the expert handling of the ExEvents team. The winning drinks were served throughout the evening along with a wonderful dinner, again with the winning chambord recipes. I unfortunately was working … but then even when i’m working its not work! The guests were great and it was good to be in amongst this happy crowed … DJ Philly was on hand spinning up some excellent tunes before Comedy act Mr Russell Kane introduced the evenings events. BBC Radio 1 Celebrity DJ Edith Bowman then took over on the decks and things really hotted up … drinks were flowing and butts were shaking! My trustee Nikons were also working their own little butts off as you can see from a selection of the shots here. Enjoy!! 🙂
Sometimes my work, just really isn’t work!! 😉
I had the pleasure of shooting the very swish and new restaurant ‘One Blenheim Terrace’ in London’s St Johns Wood this week. Owner, head chef, and top guy ‘Ed’ was there with equally top guy and sous chef ‘Stuart’ to prepare some amazing dishes for photographing. The restaurant itself has a beautiful, elegant and calm feel… It has a huge glass roof to the frontage making life for me much easier with an abundance of natural light available… I have to confess, i did have a few nibbles and got totally stuck into the Wellington!!! It was STUNNING!! …. Hope they need me back there again very soon to update the new forthcoming site!! … enjoy and go visit them, you will be very pleasantly surprised.
My lovely clients at ‘energy design’ gave me a great job recently down along London’s Southbank. My shots were to be used in a local area guide, marketing the swanky new ‘Grange Garden’ housing development down near Bermondsey. These are the sort of jobs i just love!! Me, my camera, lots of walking and hunting out interesting places, features, and funky people.
The weather was glorious, so i jumped on my motorbike and headed down there early. My brief was to show the local area, its atmosphere, the characters, the bars and restaurants etc. If there is one aspect to documentary/reportage photography i love it is capturing the things that are there, happening under your nose… I love people watching and seeing people going about their busy lives.
Have to say the cover shot was my fave also, so glad it made it there!! 🙂
If you are down that way, why not pop into Grange Garden and see some of my images displayed in the reception area… here are a few shots from my iphone of me having a peek myself last week 🙂