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!

Here are some shots from the DM shoot, see you on Saturday!

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.

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.

Frankid Davies - EP Launch

Frankie Davies EP Launch of wonderfully heartfelt song Dancing All Night was a sell out!

The song is about the love between her parents, and the wonderful gestures between them. ‘Dancing all night, underneath the moonlit sky. Dancing all night, in your love…’ is just a taster of the heartfelt honesty of her lyrics.

Her parents have been supporting Frankie, attending every gig and every Press Launch through out her singing career so far and show her and the audience such unity and commitment to each other and to their daughter, it leaves you feeling inspired.

For the Launch, Frankie got the girls down to London from their various musical roles around the world to help welcome in the new venture with some style.

No Roads Lead To Cannes

No Roads Lead To Cannes is a Comedy following two young producers creating their feature film debut with the assistants of the most disfunctional crew in the history of filmmaking.

This shoot was for the promotional images across the films network, with individual shot of the cast. Shooting in one of London’s may picturesque mews, the shoot was based around the numerous issues the young producers had to overcome in order to get their ‘show on the road.’

An Unorthodox Euphoria Production starring Ross Anderson, Turkan Victoria and Ethan J.Greene. Directed by Ethan J. Greene, written by Lily Ann Kelly. Produced and cast by Ethan J. Greene, Ross Anderson and Andrea Land, and film stills by Mel Brown Studios.

DENS Hemel Hemptead Hill Buster

The DENS Hemel Hempstead Hill Buster took place on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon in April. a beautiful setting for a mammoth cycling challenge. Supported by British Cycling, Halfords, Breeze, Ride Social, KPMG, and Atchisons, organized by DENS the Hill Buster event raised funds to help take action against homelessness, which affects more people that we realize. Photographing the event was so much fun, I was both honored and excited to be a part of the team. With over 400 entrants, we were kept very busy.

For more information, visit the DENS website - www.dens.org.uk/events