Best Nine from 2017

Wow! What a year! It’s been full of surprises and adventures shooting with inspiring photographers such as Catherine Mead, Tigz Rice as well as organising and styling events with the fabulous Gordon Creed family.

I have been lucky enough to shoot with some of the best clients including Bucklesbury, Frankie Davies, Vienna Bakery and Vodafone. One of my 2017 favourites was Andy and Ella Chetwood's wedding. I was honoured and so touched to be welcomed so openly into their family and their special day.  I seriously can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!

Here are my best nine from 2017 - happy new year everyone! 

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

It’s been an epic year this year, with huge ups and a few downs, some fantastic new friends, Lessons from the old ones, and a great deal of giggles along the way. Thank you to everyone for all their support and to all the fantastic clients that have made all these exciting projects happen. We are all looking forward to 2018 and all the wonderful adventures it will bring! 

Have a fantastic Christmas and a 2018 full of fun, friends and laughter.

See you on the other side!

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Kensington Singers

I joined Kensington Singers when it first started almost 10 years ago. The friends and social singers I have made through the choir have been and will be some of my best friends.

When Hannah Magenta (otherwise known as Hannah Brine) first started the community choir I don’t think she fully understood what it would mean to the local communities and how much it would be come a point of social contact and what an integral part of the community it would become.

The un auditioned choir would become a huge part of my life, as would Hannah, and to celebrate the joy and laughter that I saw in rehearsals, we held a fun and frivolous Christmas shoot.

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Dame Helen Mirren at Madame Tussauds

During my time working in the wonderful Madame Tussauds Studios based in London, We made a fantastic wax figure of Dame Helen Mirren.

Dame Helen kindly donated the Asprey dress, which she’d worn to the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards, for her figure to wear. Later on, in 2015, Dame Helen Mirren joined THREE wax figures of herself here at Madame Tussauds London as she viewed a special display staged in celebration of her 70th birthday.

Her's was one of the best figures I have seen created at the Acton based Studios. Here are some press clippings

Kensington Singers Christmas

Five years ago I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful conductor, Hannah Brine. She introduced me to a warm and welcoming community choir called Kensington Singers, which I am currently still a member. 

To celebrate the fantastic people that make Kensington Singers what it is today, come Christmas we work on a collection of portraits that shows how much fun and life this little community has. Our love for music has brought us all together and each year when new people join, it's nice to recognise that as a collection of photographs. 

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Hip Wiggler

The 2013 Hipwigglers Single Fin Gala organised by Little Joe's Surf shop, coincided with the 50th Anniversary of the first ever-British regional surf contest. Heading back to its roots at The Watersplash, where the first contest was held in 1963

The weekend was opened with an exhibition at Le Don Hilton (otherwise known as the white house), open air films, good food, great live music throughout, enjoyed by a huge range of people from all walks of life. With the focus of the weekend being on the sport the atmosphere was fantastic with a smile on every face and the competitors gave us all some great surfing to watch.

A trip to Borough Market

As we know, I love markets, there is always so much to see and do. It’s a sensory overload with the smells, sights and sounds of all the people and shops.

On this adventure I took David, my step dad. As one of my closest friends, we share very similar interests such as sports and food, but more importantly, wine.

While mum was lunching with friends in central, I led David on a wine trail. Starting in Borough market at the mulled wine stand, working our way passed all the stalls and testing some, if not all of the produce. We wondered down to Tower Bridge, popping in to responsibly test the wine list of every bar on the way. It always reminds me of how wonderful this city is and how much life there is here.

Here are a few snaps from our adventure.

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Milk Tea Live

This week I was asked by Milk Tea Live 華英音樂交流派對 to shoot some social media content to their up-coming event in London. With two of their bands being sponsored by Dr Martins we went to their extensive store in Camden to kick off the first part of the shoot.

Milk Tea Live are a trendy new start up bringing the awesome sounds of Asia and the UK together. This Saturday’s show brings us TenFiveSixty an awesome post-pop Duo from the UK, Waiting No More 觸執毛前Bass手 a Bass & Drum Instrumental combo from Hong Kong and the UK, British singer songwriter Dominic McGuinness and London DJ Mike Kimonkey. With everything from record exchanges, an awesome venue and some some fresh new sounds, this makes for one fantastic evening for any London music lover!

Second Skin

Second Skin was a personal project looking at projecting textures and patterns onto skin and the quality of light that the different surfaces reflected.

When I first shot this project in 2010, I took it down the route of working with the patterns and overlaying them in Photoshop to give it a more polished finish. However, when I revisited the idea a few years later, I prefereds to work with the original projected patterns. I feel like a whole new project has presented itself again and look forward to experimenting with the range of ideas that now surround it.

Bucklesbury

Luxury Brand Bucklesbury asked me to photograph their new line of fabulous bags. How could I say no! I have spent a great deal of time since wondering which colour would work best for me.

Currently holding pop up stores around London, you can have a look at the quality of the new range yourself. Hop onto the website for more information on where you can find this dreamy bag!  www.bucklesbury.com

Bucklesbury creates unique unisex business bags for men and for women that are more practical than a handbag and more beautifully-designed than a briefcase.  The Bucklesbury purpose is to change the world of executive styling with bold and colourful statements of success.

Handcrafted in Italy since 1948 using traditional techniques and full grain leather, Bucklesbury blends British ideation with Italian craftsmanship to create timeless investment pieces in 28 colour variations that will pass from generation to generation.

Emily Faye

Emily Faye is a UK country and western singer song writer named as one of Rolling Stone Country's 'Top Ten Artists You Need To Know'

Her journey into music and storytelling began in a remote village deep in the English countryside. With musical influences from mixtapes made by her father, she fell in love with the distinct voices of Stevie Nicks and Paula Cole. Little did she know that they would pave the way for the captivating sound Emily creates and performs today. 

Emily has successfully begun to make her mark within the ever-changing industry and is now in demand as one of the UK's most exciting new country artists. Having travelled to the home of country music - Nashville, Tennessee - last year to record her debut EP set for release in April 2018, Emily Faye is certainly a name to look out for.

Dance

Working with Nicolina Dante made for one fantastic day. We spend a great deal of time working through movements and exploring shapes and how they looked with a single light source.

As a photographer, I like to work with simple lighting, one source or natural light with a few reflectors. I love the simplicity of it and the intensity it can give in an image. Working with such an expressive performer was great fun. Full of energy and ideas she really does express her cheeky inner self through her posture and movement. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to capture it on film ... well, camera!

Sons of the Thames - Rowing on the Tideway

As you may have gathered, if I am not taking photos, I'm rowing. I have loved being a part of Sons of Thames Women's Squad and so we have put all our training clips together to produce a little rather wobbly show reel of our time on the tideway.

Enjoy.