Café De Paris

I was asked by international photographer Tigz Rice to second shoot for her. ‘of course,’ is my first reply, working with Tigz is always a whirlwind of inspiration and a good giggle. 

When the details came through as a wedding for Café des Paris … I thought This is going to be something super special! I wasn’t wrong! 

Meeting early to run through the shot-list and prep the equipment we had a walk around to see the best angles. The venue is fantastic and the decorations, stylized by a very creative bride and groom were sublime. I couldn’t wait to start snapping. 

One of the most beautiful buildings in London and host to a fabulous show style wedding with all the stops pulled out and a plethora of burlesque and artistic entertainment and performance keeping the guests enthralled and entwined in the 1920’s themed wedding excitement. 

With Challenges and prizes on the back of each menu there was something for everyone and some brilliant ideas to bring the quieter guests out of the shells. I was both inspired and amazed at how two creative theatrical minds can join together and host a breathtaking evening in celebration of their unity and love for each other. 

As second shooter the fabulous Tigz Rice, I was able to see a side to this extraordinary evening that I would not usually see as the main photographer. As always, learning so much from Tigz, her vision and her style are always inspiring artistically just added to the memorable experience. 

Market Meals

On a little excursion to find some salad stuffs I ended up going a little further than expected. Taking a detour to Borough Market I feel drawn there like a mouse to cheese. It’s an amazing place, full of life, sounds, smells and inspiration. It's always so wonderful to meet all of the amazing food suppliers, who are so passionate about their produce. It's wonderful just to stand and chat to them about their week. 

For what was meant to be a simple salad for a weeks-worth of lunch, became a week’s worth of yummies and goodies. Making presents out of the cheeses and meats that I won’t eat myself but look too good to walk past!

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With a few additional tips and suggestions from a very interested Greengrocer here are a few of the main dishes I walked away with. #UnleashTheFoodie

Beef and shiitake mushroom stir-fry - By Michael Caines

Ingredients - 1 tbsp. sesame oil - 300g/10½oz beef shoulder steak, thinly sliced - 1 garlic clove, crushed - 10g/¾oz ginger, grated - 100g/3½oz shiitake mushrooms sliced - 100g/3½oz spring cabbage sliced - 50g/2oz red onion, sliced - 50g/2oz bean sprouts - 50g/2oz mange-tout- 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder - 1 tbsp. sesame seeds - 1 lime, juice only

Method - Heat the sesame oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the beef to the pan and stir fry for 1-2 minutes until coloured on all sides. Add the garlic and ginger and stir well. Add the vegetables and stir fry for another minute or until the beef is cooked to your liking. As soon as the beef is cooked, add the five-spice powder, sesame seeds and lime juice, stir and remove from the heat. To serve, season with salt and/or soy sauce and divide among four plates.

Avocado and bacon salad - By James Martin

Ingredients - 2 back bacon slices, fat trimmed - 1 Little Gem lettuce, leaves separated, chopped - 1 avocado, peeled, stone removed, chopped - Squeeze of lemon juice - 2 tbsp. olive oil - ¼ garlic clove, crushed - ¼ tsp Dijon mustard – Croutons

Method - Heat a large frying pan and fry the bacon until it is crisp and browned on both sides. When the bacon is cool enough to handle slice into thin pieces, trimming any visible fat off.  Put all of the salad ingredients in a bowl and set aside. For the dressing, put all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and combine thoroughly to form a smooth dressing. Add the croutons to the salad bowl and drizzle over the salad dressing.

Pan-fried balsamic pear salad with pancetta, gorgonzola and a warm honey dressing - By Lorraine Pascale 

Ingredients - 2 x 120g/4oz packets rocket - handful pine nuts- 16 slices pancetta - 2 knobs of butter - 1 tsp olive oil- 4 pears, peeled, cored, quartered - 1 tsp honey,, plus extra for the dressing - 1 tsp balsamic, plus 2 tbsp. for the dressing - ½ tsp Dijon Mustard 150g/5oz gorgonzola, ripped into chunk - salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method - Toast the pine nuts until golden-brown.  Heat the pancetta in a frying pan until crispy. Remove and set aside to drain on kitchen paper. Place a knob of butter and the oil into a clean frying pan set over a low heat. Once the butter melts, add the pears, salt, pepper and honey. Turn up the heat and cook for a further five minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook for another minute, then take the pan off the heat. Remove the pears from the pan, reserving any juice that may be left. Arrange on the rocket leaves.

For the dressing - Put the pan containing the pear juices back on the heat and add the remaining knob of butter, a dash of honey, the mustard, salt and pepper and the pine nuts. Cook the mixture until warmed through and pour the dressing over the pears and the rocket. Scatter over the gorgonzola and serve.







Chiswick Sea Cadet Unit

Chiswick Cadet Unit operates out of Chiswick Pier along-side the RLNI. Creating a stable environment for the local children in the community teaching a wide range of skills from seamanship and team work to public speaking and leadership, which will stay with them throughout their adult life. 

In Celebration of their 20thBirthday, a group of 20 cadets and parents journeyed down to Portsmouth to the Maritime museum where we explored the vast ships such as The HMS Warrior and the HMS Victory, learning about naval history and life onboard at that time, as well as team building adventures where they got to use some of the skills they have been developing at Chiswick Pier. 

Joel Hockman

Joel Hockman is a fresh new face to London’s modeling world. Having worked with him before, off set, we approached the building of his portfolio from a process perspective. Standing in front of the camera is no easy task. In order to be a good model, they need to be extremely aware of their looks, facial expressions and movements and how all of these work with the camera and how they read in a still image. 

We worked from the perspective on building that experience and how Joel could expect a photographer to work on set and what to expect from shoots.  We worked through movement and expressions and I was very impressed with the level of commitment and effort Joel brought to the set. He gave every brief 200% which may sound like a moot point, but letting go of those nerves and anxieties and giving the camera everything you have is no easy task. 

Although, we all know, that everyone works differently and every photographer and artists has their own process, it’s always good to have a little bit of help and learn from someone else’s experience. 

Best of luck Joel! I hope we can work together again soon.

Milk Tea Live Launch Party

Milk Tea launched their brand in style. With a trendy venue in Whitechapel and some signature talent performing it was a night to remember. 

With Waiting So Long and Ten Five Sixty, two of my favorite artists the crowd really was a diverse mix of cultures. Connecting the sounds and local fans of Hong Kong with UK.

Founded my Amada So and Karen Van Ross, we are hoping to see many more Milk Tea events.

Hilton Garden Inn

Working with Slider Creative on HGI Hilton's new brand images was a fantastic project. The team and the clients popped out to Dubai, for what was a very speedy shoot, with a great deal to get through the team were working at full steam ahead, styling, directing, shooting and organising. It was a fantastic hotel to shoot in, with very enigmatic staff who loved getting involved, the creative team were inspiring and passionate and the photographer Julian, was a dream to work with. Here are some of the images below.

The Sunday Express and Terry Evans

One of my first assignments as a photographer was from the fantastic hero of the picture editing world, Terry Evans. Looking at traditions and customs that were starting to fade with the next generations we worked on several projects, such as the Cream Tea and Finishing Schools. 

Having found a collection of the original prints got me thinking of how many years had passed and all the photographic journeys and experiences that have shaped and developed me as a photographic artist and producer since my time working with Terry Evans.

Collective Choir - Joe Bunker

Joe Bunker and the Collective Choir performed in the fantastic (and aptly named) Bunker for one of their annual shows. As a collection of individual artists, Collective Choir brings together this fantastic and talented range of artists together to celebrate their talents and do something for themselves.

As many of them are composers, writers, conductors and teachers, much of their creative energy is focused on their students and clients so watching them perform for themselves really was a treat. 

Keep an eye out for more of their work. #choirartcollective

Vodafone Youth

Working with the Casual team on Vodafone Youth was a really exciting and fun project. Getting to know a huge cross section of graduates that had started their careers with the corporate giant was an eye opener. 

Their excitement was contagious and when we got to the last few days shooting at the Vodafone HQ it was easy to see why they were so passionate about working there. 

Have a look on the production page to see more of the youth reels. I have attached a taster below. 

DENS Hemel Hillbuster III

Shooting for DENS Hemel Hill Buster III this year was fantastic. The sun shone yet again and there were hundreds of rather tired, yet elated smiles gliding over the finish line. 

Since 2003 DENS has supported thousands of homeless and vulnerable individuals. All of this has been achieved with the help of over 250 volunteers, as well as through the backing of local community groups, schools, faith groups, businesses and with the assistance from a number of charitable trusts.

A HUGE Thank you to Emily Faye for donating the music.

Here is the video of images that was put together from the day.

Jack in the Green Festival in Hastings

The Jack in the Green Festival is a traditional British celebration, that takes place every year in various parts of the gorgeous seaside resort that is Hastings. It is a true British May Day celebration with a huge following. 

Centred around the symbolic figure of Jack in the Green, a tower of leaves that represents the spirit of summer, with live music, Morris dancing and traditional merriment, and hundreds of people both visitors and participants, culminating in a wild, green, foliage and floral themed, costumed parade. 

The long weekend is full of a range of events from live music, concerts, talks, folk dancing and is topped off by the main event on the May Bank Holiday Monday, with the Jack in the Green parade itself.  The parade begins at 9.45am on the Bank holiday Monday setting off from the Fisherman's Huts in Rock-a-Nore Road in the Old Town, and finishes on the West Hill, where you will have an opportunity to see traditional folk dancers and music throughout the afternoon. The festival culminates with the ‘slaying of Jack,’ to release the spirit of summer for this year. 

Although an annual tradition, we were unable to make it down to Hastings this year so I have included some instagram images from #JackInTheGreen to give you all al better idea of just how green Jack is.  Thank you to @ - Hastings Jack in the Green, Joanne Haywood, India Taylor Author, Watersvicky, The Times, and Btrich for sharing your photos. I hope you had a fantastic time.

A Trip to the Tate

One of my favorite galleries in London is Tate Modern. Memories flood back of visiting as a girl with my mum, and what a special trip it would be (usually including chocolate cake of some sort!)

With London now as my home, it's easy to rush by and forget the joys the beautiful city has to offer. So off I went, on a trip to Tate Modern.

As always, I love to visit Rothko. I have had a life long love affair with his work and couldn't possibly neglect to visit. Sitting in the quiet facing the immense wall of saturated colour getting lost in it's depths is like a mini vacation.

Working my way around the second floor, I realise how my visual inspiration and tastes have changed as I have developed as an artist. Finding inspiration in work I had overlooked before.