Kensington Singers

Kensington Singers will always have a special place in my heart. The people are fantastic, and I am always impressed how professional and well-rehearsed they are for a community choir.

To celebrate the community, they create and they friendships they have formed within their network we did a little fun and festive shoot. 

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Kingfisher Smart Space Sinks

Working with Kingfisher and Ecstasy of Gold on the Romesco Smart Space Sinks made me rethink my kitchen set up.

Matt Cardle - Nobody

When asked by one of the brilliant Josh White if I would like to take some Unit Stills for Matt Cardle’s Nobody video, I didn't have to think about it for long.

It was fantastic working with Director Sean Robinson, inspirational to watch how he managed the set, crew and shoot seamlessly. Matt was fantastic to work with and an extremely talented individual who puts everything he has, into his performances.

Here are some of the images from the days shooting.

Remembrance Sunday 2018

LEST WE FORGET

Remembrance Service

Sunday 11th November 2018

A parade by The Royal British Legion - Chiswick Branch, The TSStalk Chiswick Sea Cadets, The Chiswick Army Cadets. Joined by local Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Guides as well as members of the Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police, RLNI, Ambulance.

‘We give our today, for your tomorrow’

Freemantle X Workplace

Working on this project with Ecstasy of Gold for Freemantle was so much fun especially as I got to see a lot of familiar faces. Early mornings and sunrises in the heart of London - how could I ever wish for more?!

Hastings Bonfire Society

Bonfire night in Hasting in is a night to remember. The processions are always impressive with dancing, drums, music, fire and fancy dress processing its way through the winding history ridden streets of Hastings. Celebrating the 950thanniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 all of the communities and bonfire associations rallied together to be a part of such a marked event. 

Hundreds deep, the atmosphere was palpable. Walking the log walk behind the parade towards the enormous beach bonfire where music and dancing takes up back to a primeval state of mind celebrating the joy of life through movement and energy.  

The Bonfire is notoriously epic, burning well into the morning of the next day. Well-guarded and organized by the Hastings Bonfire Society, all safety precautions are well in hand and the bonfire is checked thoroughly for nesting animals before it is lit. Knowing that it is so well looked after and planned makes it all the more enjoyable as a spectator.

A Woodland Halloween

One of my favorite times of the year is when The GC Family start to plan their Halloween party! 

This year was no exception! 

The family home, based in Hampshire, has access to a beautiful woodland which lent itself perfectly for a spooky Halloween walk. With a bit of tweaking and some strategic hanging of ghosts and lamps as well as some subtle sound effects and the key player, a live statue that would jump out at oncoming guests. It was a fantastic introduction to the party.

Guests would arrive, welcomed at the newly created mulled wine stand, greeted by a host. At strategic intervals, each guest would be ushered down the path on their unsuspecting journey. Winding through the woods in almost pitch black with nothing but a few candles and a torch to help them find their path, werewolves, ghosts, ghouls and tombstones were placed all the way along the walk, lining their path. 

As the comforting sound of chatter from the welcome party fades, the natural sounds of the woodland start to take over. Jumping slightly at the sound of cracking twigs, wondering what is next. Suddenly a scream up ahead disrupts the birds sleeping in the trees. Keeping a hold of their courage each guest starts to wind their way round, trying to not over react to the rustling further down the path which is letting their imagination run riot in the dark.

Something is up ahead! As they are searching for the next shock, trying to prepare their nerves, our live actor jumps out filling the air once again with shrill screams of shock. 

Walking further down, the lights from the Marquee are getting brighter illuminating the witch and her caldron which, from past events, we all know is a sure sign of a very welcome winter Pimms.

Entering into the marquee, a giant hanging pumpkin acts as the table plan for each of the themed tables. Enjoying the woodland walk we followed the theme into the marquee with each table having its own theme such as werewolf, witch, mummy, zombie, pumpkin, graveyard and vampires, with each table having related props and fancy-dress items to carry the theme onto the dancefloor. 

The party was a huge success and the guests a delight to entertain. Unfortunately, I am never able to recognize them outside of their Zombie / Mummy alias! 

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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.