Sunday, 30 December 2012

2012 - A Good Year

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So the year is drawing to a close and it is always nice to have a look back. Here are some of my best bits...

Covers
My images have had the privilege of appearing on 17 magazine covers this year. It always feels great to see my work all glossy on the front of a magazine. I even got a food photograph on a cover - totally unexpected but nice to get some variety. Here are a few that I have managed to collect:
Living South Swimwear August 2012 Coverthe Resident - Nov 2012 CoverHeart Matters CoverMayfair Resident Cover - Carlo and Jake
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Commissions:
I have been asked to meet and photograph an awesome variety of people this year...

Vintage Couture for The Resident magazine 
photographed some incredibly beautiful vintage dresses that were going on sale at Christie's auction house. The hotel No. 11 Cadogan Garden was such a gorgeous location offering a huge variety of luxurious interiors it was a photographers paradise. Read more here: blog post

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Sipsmith Gin for Westside Magazine
I do not often get to drink gin at 10 o'clock in the morning on my photoshoots, but this one was a bit special. Behind a rather dull looking garage door in Hammersmith is London's only copper gin still. I photographed the founders of Sipsmith Sam and Fairfax and even turned them into some cocktails. Read more about it here: blog post

Fairfax and Sam, founders of Sipsmith Gin


Crew Clothing Ambassadors
I photographed this years inspiring Crew Clothing ambassadors. From round-the-world sailors and olympic rowers to sailing charity founders and race organisers I found each of them great fun to work with. I even learnt about the sport of Boccia and submerged Team GB pentathlete Jamie Cooke in a swimming pool fully clothed. See more here: blog post

Jamie Cooke for Crew Clothing

Savile Row Tailors for the Mayfair Resident
In a small street in Mayfair is a treasure trove of tailoring talent and many amazing things to photograph. When asked to meet with some Savile Row tailors I jumped at the chance. See all the images here: blog post

John Hitchcock - 1913

The Sunday Times
A big step this year was my first commission for The Sunday Times. I was commissioned at 7pm to photograph The Fowles for the money section at 9am the next day. A mad rush and some serious re-organising meant that I could make the most of the gorgeous morning sun. See more images here: blog post



Personal work
I am always photographing personal work, it is so important for me to keep experimenting with new techniques and find new stories to tell. Here is some of the fun shoots I organised for myself this year:

Dave Kent for People and Animals
Dave Kent is blind and spends almost all his time with his dog Quince. I photographed Dave for my People and Animals project and wanted to capture this relationship in a unique and interesting way, the obvious solution was to head to the pub. Read more here: blog post

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Emily Baldwin for People and Animals
I met professional horse rider Emily Baldwin when I photographed her for Crew Clothing and wanted to return to her when I had the time to do a more crazy idea. It is always great working with people who have such a close relationship with their animals. Read more about the shoot here: blog post

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Passionate People Talking
I have also been working away quietly on a new project entitled Passionate People Talking. I love good conversations and want to show this in my photography. Some people I have met are incredibly passionate and interesting to talk to. I have visited some of these people and have had conversations with them whilst taking photographs. I hope it feels like you are part of the conversation too. This is an ongoing project that I hope to add a lot more images to in 2013. You can see what I have done so far here: online gallery

Shami Chakrabati talking about human rights

A few other things
I was honoured to be interviewed for the Royal Photographic Society Journal. You can read the article here: Pages 1-2 and Pages 3-4

RPS Journal June 2012

I cycled around most of London on an egg hunt to help Action for Children and the Elephant Family raise loads of money. See my images and read about the experience here: blog post
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And finally I met the awesome chef and fantastic character Gennaro Contaldo and had a few minutes to photograph him. Read about the shoot here: blog post

Gennaro Contaldo


Thanks
Thanks to everyone I have had the pleasure of photographing this year, without fascinating subjects my portraits would be nothing. I owe you a great deal.



Bring on 2013...



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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dee Caffari in a bath

Dee Caffari in the Bath

A little while back I spent a day with yachtswoman Dee Caffari. She is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and is full of stories.  We took a variety of photographs to help with her promotion including some of my more crazy ideas such as the image above.

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Dee is no looking to get funding to enter a team in next years Volvo Ocean Race. You can find out more about Dee over on her website: deecaffari.co.uk


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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Gin in a garage

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I don't normally find myself being encouraged to drink on assignments. However, when you are in one of the finest gin distilleries in the UK it is sort of expected. On the way to the shoot I thought my directions must have been incorrect when I parked outside a not very impressive but large blue door on a residential street. I was not mistaken - the finest gin I've tasted in a long time is made in a garage in Hammersmith.

It may have been 10am, but who could turn down Sipsmith straight into the glass from London's only copper gin still. The founders Fairfax and Sam (above) loved the fine taste of botanicals boiled with spirit so much that they gave up their day jobs and bought a copper still. You can see how pleased they are to be working here when talking with them - it was a joy to photograph these fine gents; or maybe that was the effects of the gin...

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Find out more about Sipsmith, order a bottle, or arrange a visit to the garage head over on their website: sipsmith.com

Huge thanks to Vicky at Westside magazine for the awesome commission.

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Nikki Tibbles for The Hill

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I photographed Nikki Tibbles, the awesome flower lady, on a rainy day in Notting Hill.

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Thanks to The Hill magazine for the commission: thehill.greatbritishlife.co.uk

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Friday, 16 November 2012

Near home

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I often shoot in fancy locations or new and exciting places, so when it came to planning a test shoot I thought I would keep it simple and stay near home. This set of images features my beautiful girlfriend Olga relaxing around South London near our home.

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Huge thanks to the team involved in the shoot:

Model - Olga Dziewulska
Styling - Isabelle O'Carroll
Make up - Tanya Yordanova
Hair - Martin Kelivanov

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Hachette Children's Books

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Hachette Children's Books have just launched their new website featuring some of my lifestyle images. They approached me a few months ago to make some photos for the new site showing children enjoying reading and books. I wanted to make sure they got the best out of their time with me, so together we planned a thorough shot list that fulfilled all the requirements for images and could be achieved in the time we had.

When the day came all the staff at the publishers who had children brought them to work for the day. One room was turned into a play area for the children to relax and another was turned into the photostudio for the day. We placed books into piles, moved furniture, assembled bookshelves and arranged plants to make one room look like a variety of locations: a living room, a library and a school. All this was done with things that were already in the office at Hachette. All that was left to do was for me to entertain the kids and catch the right moments.

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You can see the website here: hachettechildrens.co.uk

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