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Family Portrait

December 7th, 2007 by Helen

Last week I did a family portrait for David, his wife Alice, and David’s brother Richard and sister Ellie. To see a larger image, please double click on the photograph (and then for an even bigger one double click again)

The Bond FamilyThe Bond Family PortraitA more relaxed photograph

Ellie brought her boyfriend Ben along to get some photos of the two of them

Ellie and BenA portrait of Ellie and Ben

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Beauty and the Beast

December 6th, 2007 by Helen

Yesterday I went to the press call of Beauty and the Beast at the Lyric Hammersmith. Lisa Hammond played Belle to Leo Wringer’s Beast. Here are some of the shots:

Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast

Beauty and the BeastBelle, her father and the Beast

Theatre shoots are always great to do, the stage lighting and costumes come out well. Here I was using my 85mm F1.2, there wasn’t much light so the wide aperture is vital for getting a good photograph.

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Laura and Oliver’s wedding

November 20th, 2007 by Helen

Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing Laura and Oliver’s wedding.

The bride and groom share their first kiss as a married couple.

You may kiss the bride

A relaxed looking Oliver enjoys the reception with his guests.


Laura and friends admire her wedding ring.

The Lansdowne Club, in the heart of Mayfair is where the wedding was held. Apparently it has been done up in the last few years, but before then they used to have to put buckets out in the hall when it rained.

The Lansdowne Club

I was the second photographer, so it was my job to capture the atmosphere of the guests. I found these three playing in a room to the side of the reception.

Triple the fun

It is always great to photograph the dancing, especially when people enjoy it as much as this couple did.

Dancing the night away

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November 19th, 2007 by Helen

Last week I did a shoot with the make-up artist, Christina Rose. A graduate of London College of Fashion, Christina created a variety of stunning looks on Amie the model. Christina has worked on various fashion and magazine shoots and has gone on tour with Sugar magazine (in conjunction with Rimmel London) and has done work for Sony. She specialises in fashion but is also an excellent portrait and wedding make-up artist. If you would like to get in touch with Christina please phone: 07762054111, or email

To see a more detailed description of the lighting techniques I used, left click on the photograph. Like all the other thumbnails on this page, when you click you will see a larger image.

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London at dusk

November 16th, 2007 by Helen

Yesterday I went to the Thames barrier to photograph sunset. It was freezing, but I got some good shots. I used my 85mm at F16, and had the shutter open for between 12 and 15 seconds.

The Dome, Canary Wharf and the ThamesThe Thames BarrierLondon at dusk

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Family portraits

November 14th, 2007 by Helen

Yesterday I did a family portrait shoot with Tammy, Dayne and Kyan. I took my studio lights, but also shot without. Kyan is only 2 1/2 so being able to move to where he wanted to be is a big advantage. Here are a couple of the photographs.

The whole familyTammy, Dayne and son KyanKyan and Dayne

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Rosanne and James

November 5th, 2007 by Helen

On Saturday I was in Knightsbridge for Rosanne and James’ wedding at Searcy’s House. Also known as 30 Pavillion Road, Searcy’s House was a great venue for an intimate wedding.

The brdesmaid applies some finishing touches to the Rosanne’s nails as they are getting ready.

The finishing touches are applied to Rosanne’s nails

The newly married couple are showered with rose petals by friends and family

The camera catches the attention of the young page-boy as he is playing.

The bride and groom’s first dance. The band had very strong coloured lighting which gives the photograph an almost mono effect.

The first dance

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The Bacchae

November 3rd, 2007 by Helen

Last week I went to the photo call for The Bacchae at the Lyric Hammersmith. Starring Alan Cumming as Dionysus and Tony Curran as as Pentheus, the King of Thebes, it is a visually stunning production. Following its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival, it will run from 5th-22nd September 2007.

The Bacchae at the Lyric Hammersmith The Bacchae The Bacchae

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Photo in the Evening Standard

October 25th, 2007 by Helen

The evening Standard

This year I photographed all 3 English party conferences, Labour, Lib Dems and Conservative. At the Labour Party Conference I was at the New Statesman/Edge party, where I snapped Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah, with a couple of party activists. Here is my photo in the Evening Standard:

My photo in the Evening Standard

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John-Mark and William

September 18th, 2007 by Helen

Last Saturday I was the photographer at the reception of the Civil Partnership of John-Mark and William. Top musician William Whitehead and internationally renowned Tenor John-Mark Ainsley tied the knot in Islington Town Hall. They didn’t want a photographer at the ceremony itself, so I photographed the party afterwards at Chelsea Physic Garden. Here are the guests and happy couple arriving in two shiny red buses.

The happy couple and guests arrive in style!

The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 and continues to research over 500 species of plants.

Chelsea Physic Garden

William and John-Mark

John-Mark and William

Music plays an enormous part in these men’s lives, so it was no surpise to find a top-notch band playing as everyone arrived.

Both grooms stood up and made heart-felt speeches, here is John-Mark making some very funny remarks about William.

John-Mark Ainsley

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