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Weddings 2010 – the best bits…

December 22nd, 2010 by Helen

It’s that time of the year when the newspaper columns and TV schedules are filled with ‘reviews of 2010’. So in keeping with this tradition, here’s my ‘best bits of 2010’. I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph some beautiful weddings and civil partnerships this year. It’s been a real privilege to meet some fantastic couples and capture their special day. Here are a few of my highlights:

2011 is already shaping up to be a great year of photography for me and I’m very excited about the weddings and civil partnerships I have in the diary for 2011. But before then there are the important issues of mince pies, friends, and family for me to turn my attention to. So time for me to sign-off for 2010. I wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a happy new year, Helen.

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David Alwyn

December 15th, 2010 by Helen

Recently I took the headshots for the actor David Alwyn

A portrait of David Alwyn to be used as his professional actors' headshot. Photography by Helen Maybanks

David trained with the Birmingham School of Acting, and since graduating he’s studied with the Globe Theatre and the RSC

A colour portrait of the actor David Alwyn

Whenever I do an actor’s headshot session I always like to try shooting both indoors and out. As well as the more traditional head and shoulders images, it is great to get some portraits as well.

A black and white portrait of the actor David Alwyn

David was great to work with and I highly recommend him as a model. Upcoming projects for David include working with BAFTA award winning director Michael Bay Clifford, on his latest independent feature film.

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Nia and Richard

December 3rd, 2010 by Helen

Last Saturday I photographed the wedding of Nia and Richard

Newly married couple, Nia and Richard, laughing as they walk along the Thames, adjacent to the Wharf Restaurant

Richard and Nia.

Nia's friends help fasten her bracelet during the wedding preparations. Photography by Helen Maybanks

We started at Nia’s home where I photographed the preparations for the day.

A black and white image of the bride being helped into her wedding dress by her friends. Photography by Helen Maybanks

Nia being helped into her wedding dress.

A portrait of the bride Nia, and her mother Roberta, on the morning of Nia's wedding day.

Nia and her mother, Roberta, shortly before entering the register office.

Nia and Richard's Wedding ceremony at Richmond Register Office, 1, Spring Terrace. Photography by Helen Maybanks

The couple were married at Richmond upon Thames Register Office, which is officially known as 1 Spring Terrace. It was a really intimate ceremony, with just Richard and Nia’s immediate family.

The groom places the ring on his bride's finger during the wedding ceremony at Richmond Register Office

Richard places the ring on Nia’s finger.

A portrait of the newly married Nia and Richard at The Wharf Restaurant in Teddington

Nia looked stunning in her dress by the designer Jenny Packham, and Richard looked especially handsome in his bespoke suit from Dress2kill.

The Wharf Restaurant in Teddington, prepared for the wedding reception

The wedding reception was held at The Wharf Restaurant, which overlooks the River Thames at Teddington. Julie at the Boutique PA wedding planners did a superb job of adding all the finishing touches and making the day run smoothly.

The wedding speeches at The Wharf Restaurant, Teddington, London. A colour photo of the bride's mother making her speech

There were some great speeches, with Roberta making a particularly lovely one about her daughter and her new son-in-law, Richard.

Nia wipes away a tear during her mother's speech at The Wharf Restaurant. Photography by Helen Maybanks

Nia wipes away a tear.

A black and white image of a guest laughing during the groom's speech, at The Wharf Restaurant Richard giving the groom's speech at his wedding Wedding guests enjoying the speeches at Nia and Richard's celebration at The Wharf Restaurant in Teddington

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The bride smiling as she dances at on the dancefloor at The Wharf

Rather than have a traditional first dance, Nia and her (mainly) female friends hit the floor for an enthusiastic sing and dance to Beyoncé, Cyndi Lauper and Bonnie Tyler.

The bride's friends dancing to Bonnie Tyler on the dancefloor at The Wharf Friend's of Nia and Richards dancing at their wedding reception at The Wharf A guest enjoying Nia and Richard's wedding reception at The Wharf Restaurant in Teddington

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A colour portrait of Richard and Nia by the river Thames on their wedding day. Photography by Helen Maybanks

Richard and Nia

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Richard III

November 29th, 2010 by Helen

Last month I was asked to take the rehearsal photographs of Propeller’s Richard III.

Propeller's Richard III rehearsal photography. Dominic Tighe as Queen Elizabeth, Edward's wife

Propeller is an all-male Shakespeare company with Edward Hall as their artistic director.

Dominic Tighe and Robert Hands as Queen Elizabeth and King Edward IV in Propeller's Richard III. Photography by Helen Maybanks

Dominic Tighe as Queen Elizabeth and Robert Hands as King Edward IV.

Lord Hastings played by Thomas Padden, holding a crown in Propeller's Richard III. Photography by Helen Maybanks

Thomas Padden as Lord Hastings

Dominic Tighe as Queen Elizabeth in Propeller's Richard III. Photograph by Helen Maybanks A black and white image of Edward Hall directing Richard III. Photography by Helen Maybanks Rehearsal photography from Propeller's Richard III. The actor Richard Frame lifting a roll of carpet. Image by Helen Maybanks

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Richard Clothier as Richard Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III in Propeller's Richard III

Richard Clothier as Richard Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III

Richard III has just gone on tour across the UK, Europe and the US. Upcoming dates include the Girona Festival Temporada Alta on the 4th and 5th December and the Lyceum Theatre Sheffield from 19th – 29th January. The rehearsals looked brilliant, I was pleasantly surprised by how well the male actors play female characters and I was impressed by Edward Hall’s innovative direction.

If you would like to see more of my theatre work please take a look at my theatre photography website.

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Craig Revel Horwood

November 22nd, 2010 by Helen

I may as well admit it, I am a very big Strictly Come Dancing fan. If I am not photographing a wedding on a Saturday evening then I like nothing more than sitting down to watch the waltzes, American Smooths or Cha Cha Chas of the celebs and their dance partners. Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood is a big supporter of the National Osteoporosis Society and I was asked to photograph him attending a salsa class with some of the young dancers from I Love Salsa.

Craig Revel Horwood at Pineapple Dance Studios, dancing the Salsa with young people to highlight osteoporosis

Craig joined in the class, cracked lots of jokes and showed off his dancing skills. I was impressed with the young people’s salsa skills as well. They all looked very serious during the photography and were determined not to get a foot wrong! The event was held at Pineapple Dance Studios and Craig wore a skeleton tracksuit to highlight osteoporosis. Dancing is one of the best activities in the fight against osteoporosis, as it is a high impact sport which helps build up bone density.

Television star Craig Revel Horwood laughing during the salsa dance class for the National Osteoporosis Society

Despite his baddie television persona, Craig was great in real life. He was keen to join in the class and chat to everybody, and spent ages talking to the young people and educating everyone about the benefits of dance.

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Portraits of Sachin Khona

November 16th, 2010 by Helen

For the past 6 weeks I have had the pleasure of working with the photographer Sachin Khona.  Sachin divides his time between London and Vancouver, where he is establishing his wedding photography business. It has been a great collaboration, with Sachin learning more about the theatre and corporate world of photography and him showing me some of the latest trends in wedding photography across the pond.

One of the targets we set ourselves was to develop our portraiture skills and both of us were very keen to start using the beauty dish. I have been using it a lot this past week, and I wanted to show you a few of the images from our first session. We set up the dish in the studio and photographed each other, trying different techniques. I found you have to be very accurate with the beauty dish, a few millimetres in the wrong direction and you lose the impact, but I was pleased with the results.

Black and white portrait of the photographer Sachin Khona, taken using a beauty dish by Helen Maybanks

The beauty dish was to the front and about 40cm above Sachin, and there was another bare flash behind him angled towards the backdrop. I used my Canon 5D with my 50mm F1.2 lens set at F5 with an ISO 250 and a shutter speed of 125th of a second.

A portrait of the photographer Sachin Khona pictured with his Canon Camera. The image was taken using a beauty dish.

This was taken on the same camera and lens at ISO 100, F8 1/125 sec. The beauty dish was 45 degrees above Sachin and there was no other lights used. I love the way the beauty dish creates a contrasty yet soft light, making lovely shadows on the face.

A colour image of the photographer Sachin Khona taken in the studio by Helen Maybanks

The beauty dish was in the same position for this image and the Canon 5D Mark II was at ISO 320, F5 with 125th second shutter speed, again the 50mm lens was used. Usually the 85mm F1.2 lens is my glass of choice for portraiture, but with the beauty dish it is important to place the model’s face very close to the front of the dish. As a result there is a flash stand between you and your model which means having to get closer in than I usually would, that is why the 85mm was less useful.

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World Osteoporosis Day

November 4th, 2010 by Helen

World Osteoporosis Day was on the 20th October and this year the National Osteoporosis Society teamed up with the Body Gossip campaign to put on a fantastic show at the Cochrane Theatre. A celebrity-packed cast took to the West End stage in bid to warn young people of the dangers of excessive dieting and eating disorders. Both celebs and young people took to the stage to perform poems, readings and monologues about body image to an audience of schools and colleges, to help boost body confidence amongst teens and young adults. As the President of the National Osteoporosis Society HRH The Duchess of Cornwall works tirelessly to promote awareness of Osteoporosis and was in attendance at the event.

Body Gossip - celebrities come out to support World Osteoporosis Day, L-R Lizzie Roper, Patti Boulaye, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Lizzy Cundy

L-R Lizzie Roper, Patti Boulaye, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and Lizzie Cundy

Actress Louisa Lytton performing a poem at Body Gossip for World Osteoporosis day on the 20th October 2010. Photo by Helen Maybanks

Former EastEnders and The Bill actress Louisa Lytton performing on stage at Body Gossip.

The actor and children's television presenter Cerrie Burnell performing at Body Gossip for World Osteoporosis Day

Children’s television presenter Cerrie Burnell performed a great piece about body image and accepting and loving your body.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall writing a positive message for the Body Gossip Campaign

Body Gossip have been asking people to send in positive messages about their bodies, which are then put up on Facebook. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall joined in and suggested, ‘Everything in moderation’. To see more messages and get involved, check out the Facebook campaign.

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Louise and David

October 23rd, 2010 by Helen

Last Saturday I was at Altitude 360 at the top of the Millbank Tower in London to photograph the wedding of Louise and David

Louise and David at Altitude 360, Millbank Tower on their wedding day. Photographed by Helen Maybanks

Altitude 360 is on the 29th floor and has an amazing view of the London skyline – it made a great venue for Louise and David’s wedding day.

Louise being helped into her wedding dress at the City Inn Hotel

Louise got ready at the City Inn Hotel, with her bridesmaids, mum and niece.

A photograph of the bow on the bride's Maggie Sottero wedding dress. Photography by Helen Maybanks

Louise looked fantastic in her dress, by the designer Maggie Sottero.

The wedding service of Louise and David, at Altitude 360, Millbank Tower. Photograph by Helen Maybanks

Louise’s beautiful flowers are variegated roses, Rosa Variegata di Bologna.

The bride place the ring on her groom's hand during their wedding ceremony at Altitude 360, London

Louise places the wedding ring on David’s finger.

David and Louise cutting their wedding cake watched by their friends and family at Altitude 360

Cutting the cake.

A colour photograph of the dining area at Altitude 360, Millbanks Tower, London

The view from Altitude 360 is amazing – as its name suggests you can see all the way round the 29th floor of the venue.

A black and white image of the groom giving his wedding speech at Altitude 360. Photography by Helen Maybanks

David gave a lovely speech.

David's Dad Alastair claps the speeches at his son's wedding. Photography by Helen Maybanks A little boy watching the London Eye from the window of Altitude 360 A guest enjoying the speeches at the wedding reception. photography by Helen Maybanks

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The chef using a blow torch to finish the chocolate puddings at Altitude 360

The chef putting the finishing touches on the chocolate puddings.

A black and white image of Louise and David dancing their first dance at their wedding at Altitude 360

Louise and David had prepared a routine for their first dance and they looked fantastic. The song was Bad Things by Jace Everett,  a very cool song and Louise and David really looked the part with the London skyline behind them.

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Amanda and Stephen

October 15th, 2010 by Helen

I was at One Whitehall Place for the wedding of Amanda and Stephen.

The bride and groom standing on the stairs at One Whitehall Place, shortly after getting married

Amanda and Stephen.

A bridesmaid attaches the wedding ring to a cushion

The wedding rings.

Amanda takes a glance at herself in the mirror during her wedding preparations at The Royal Horseguards Hotel

I started in The Royal Horseguards Hotel where I captured Amanda and her bridesmaids preparing for the day.

A bridesmaid ties up the corset of Amanda's wedding dress

Amanda’s beautiful dress was by the designer Sophia Tolli.

Amanda's flower girl holds up her bouquet

Evie, one of Amanda’s flower girls, with her bouquet.

The groom smiling before his wedding ceremony at One Whitehall Place

Stephen, in the Reading and Writing Room at One Whitehall Place, awaiting the entrance of his bride.

The groom, Stephen places the wedding ring on Amanda's finger during their wedding at One Whitehall Place

Stephen places the wedding ring on Amanda’s finger.

The bride and groom's first kiss after their wedding

The first kiss.

The bride and groom walking out of their wedding ceremony as man and wife

I have photographed several weddings in One Whitehall Place and I think it is a brilliant venue in which to get married. Amanda’s bouquet and the decorative flowers were arranged by Rachel Morgan Flowers.

The guest's eating at the wedding of Stephen and Amanda at The Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place

The wedding breakfast was held in the majestic Gladstone Library.

The groom giving his speech at his wedding breakfast at One Whitehall Place

Stephen gave a lovely speech.

Amanda laughing during her husband's speech, One Whitehall Place, London

Amanda laughing.

Stephen and Amanda's first dance, at One Whitehall Place

The couple performed a very impressive first dance – they had been having lessons and had a great routine to That’s Amoré by Dean Martin.

Guests enjoying the dancing at the wedding reception A black and white image of a guest enjoying the reception A guest dancing during the wedding reception

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A black and white image of the bride and groom together at The Royal Horseguards Hotel

Amanda and Stephen.

To see all the photographs from the day please take a look at Amanda and Stephen’s wedding photographs.

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Nicola and Lucy

October 1st, 2010 by Helen

Last Saturday I was in Fulham for the Civil Partnership of Nicola and Lucy

A black and white image of Lucy and Nicola at their Civil Partnership

Lucy and Nicola

Nicola places the ring on Lucy's finger, during Lucy and Nicola's Civil Partnership at Fulham Town Hall Register Office

The couple got married in Hammersmith and Fulham Register Office, in the beautiful and ornate Council Chamber

Nicola and Lucy kiss at the end of their Civil Partnership Ceremony at Hammersmith and Fulham Register Office

Just married!

Double decker wedding routemaster bus

A Routemaster London bus picked everyone up from Fulham and took us to the reception.

The party drinking champagne on the top of the routemaster bus

The trip down to Kew on the Routemaster was great fun – everyone had glasses of champagne and when the bus hit the speed bumps most of it went flying.

Lucy and Nic in front of the Routemaster on the day of their Civil Partnership

Lucy sporting appropriate bus riding headwear

Lucy and Nicola on the day of their Civil Partnership in Kew, London

Lucy and Nicola looked fantastic. Lucy’s dress was Paul Smith and Nicola’s was Renato Nucci

Two of the couple's guests play hide and seek at the Civil Partnership reception

The reception was held at Kew Community Centre

Chris and Richard give the best men's speech at Nicola and Lucy's Civil Partnership

Nicola and Lucy had two best men and two best women, and everyone gave brilliant speeches

The bride's laughing during the speeches

Enjoying the speeches

The mother of one of the brides laughing during the speeches at her daughter's Civil Partnership Nic's Dad Alan enjoying the speeches during his daughter's Civil Partnership A guest enjoying the reception at Kew Community Centre

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One of the brides gives her speech at her Civil partnership, whilst being watched by her partner

Nicola gets crowd laughing

Guests enjoying themselves at Lucy and Nic's Civil Partnership in Kew Guests enjoying the Civil Partnership at Kew Community Centre A guest enjoing the speeches at Nicola and Lucy's Civil Partnership

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To see more of my Civil Partnerships photography, please see the Civil Partnership area of my website

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