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Holly and Ivan’s Christmas Adventure

December 23rd, 2011 by Helen

Christmas is almost here, so here are a few images I photographed recently of the festive children’s play Holly and Ivan’s Christmas Adventure at the Lyric Hammersmith.

A scene from the children's play Holly and Ivan's Christmas Adventure

Aimed at the under 6’s, the play is a lively mix of puppetry, fun, music and song.

A scene from the children's Christmas play Holly and Ivan's Christmas Adventure

The play is performed by three actors: Katie Elin-Salt, Dan Gingell and Rob Cavazos.

Rob Cavazos, Katie Elin-Salt, and Dan Gingell in Holly and Ivan's Christmas Adventure The actress Katie Elin-Salt in Holly and Ivan's Christmas Adventure at The Lyric The Actor Dan Gingell in the play Holly and Ivan's Christmas Adventure at The Lyric

Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images of the cast.

The actor Dan Gingell in the Children's play Holly and Ivan's Christmas Adventure

Dan Gingell as the three camels.

Holly and Ivan’s Christmas Adventure is a really lovely play. It runs until December 31st and if you fancy an activity to take young children to then I would totally recommend it .

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Photographs in Wedding Venues and Services Magazine

December 19th, 2011 by Helen

Wedding Venues and Services magazine has featured some of my photography in their latest issue.

Photographs of Kelly and Jason, taken by Helen Maybanks, in the 'Real Weddings' section of a bridal magazine

The magazine is an encyclopaedia for brides – offering lots of information and advice on everything from locations and bridal fashion to wedding cakes and table plans. Kelly and Jason’s wedding photos were showcased in the ‘real weddings’ section of the magazine, along with a great interview with the couple who discussed the different aspects of their day.

A scan of the front cover of wedding Venues and Services magazine

The wedding was planned by Kelly at the Bespoke Wedding Company whom I always like to mention in my blog as she has such a fantastic eye for detail.

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New website

December 13th, 2011 by Helen

For those of you who have visited my website in the past few weeks you may have noticed some big changes. We have a brand new website, one that we hope will be more comprehensive, easier to use and more stylish. Like the old website we still have wedding, theatre and corporate sections, but we have also created a portrait photography and dance pages. There is now a separate Press & PR area and also theatre has been broken down into production, rehearsal and promotional photography. In the menu along the top you can see there is an about me section, a client list and a testimonials page that is hopefully far easier to find than before.

A screenshot of Helen Maybanks Photography's new website

The new website has been built quick and easy to navigate and has been designed to work on computers, tablets such as iPads and mobile phone devices including Blackberrys and iPhones. May I say a big thank you to Long Story Short who were the web designers, to Core Copywriting for the copywriting and Sunil Kathare who built the site.

Take a look around the website and see what you think. I would be very interested in any feedback or suggestions you have, so please email me at photos@helenmaybanks.com if you have any comments.

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National Youth Theatre at Buckingham Palace

November 24th, 2011 by Helen

Several weeks ago I was asked to photograph a reception at Buckingham Palace for the National Youth Theatre.

The State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace for the visit of the National Youth Theatre

The State Dining Room before the guests arrived.

Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex at Buckingham Palace

HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex is a keen supporter of charities and the arts and is the Patron of the National Youth Theatre. The Prince was hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace for the National Youth Theatre and their supporters.

Deanna Rogers performing at Buckingham Palace

Twelve young actors from the NYT put on a performance at the Palace for the Prince and his guests.

Richard Jones, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Janet Ellis, Bill Kallaway, Paul Roseby, Esther McVey MP at Buckingham Palace

A whole host of actors, musicians and politicians turned out for the event including Sophie Ellis Bextor, Janet Ellis and Esther McVey MP, seen here with the National Youth Theatre’s Artistic Director Paul Roseby and President Bill Kallaway.

Actress Zawe Ashton at Buckingham Palace, copyright Helen Maybanks 2011 HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex at a reception for the NYT at Buckingham Palace Ed Vaizey, Minister for for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries, at Buckingham Palace. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011 The actress Lisa Tarbuck at the NYT reception at Buckingham Palace, London

Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images of the guests at the reception, including Lisa Tarbuck, Zawe Ashton and the Minister for for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey. The event was managed by Lucy Povey. To see more about the work the Prince does for the arts and charity please take a look at the Wessex Arts Trust website.

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Caroline O’Connor in Gypsy

November 16th, 2011 by Helen

In the new year Caroline O’Connor will be appearing in Gypsy at Leicester’s Curve Theatre. The theatre required an image for the promotional poster and I was asked to photograph Caroline when she was in London. Here is the finished poster:

Poster for Curve Theatre's production of Gypsy featuring Caroline O'Connor

Caroline was fantastic to work with. The theatre were looking for a variety of different images and she showed great enthusiasm throughout the day, it was a pleasure to spend time with her. The poster was designed by Eureka Design and a big thank you to Ben Peter Catchpole who was assisting me on the day.

We shot a variety of poses, lighting set ups and outfits on the day, and here are some of the photos that didn’t make the poster. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images. Gypsy, directed by Paul Kerryson, will be opening on 10th March 2012 in Leicester.

To see more of my theatre work please visit the theatre photography area of my website.

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David Cameron at 10 Downing Street

October 29th, 2011 by Helen

Recently I was asked to photograph some of the National Youth Theatre’s cast and crew from the play ‘If Chloe Can’ when they attended a reception hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron at number 10 Downing Street.

Prime Minister David Cameron meeting the cast and crew of the National Youth Theatre play 'If Chloe Can'

The play evolved from Esther McVey’s recent book aimed at young girls, which shows how a variety of female ‘firsts’ overcame difficulties to become some of the World’s most powerful and influential women.

Members of the National Youth Theatre outside Downing Street with Artistic Director Paul Roseby

Above are the cast of the play outside Downing Street with the National Youth Theatre’s Artistic Director Paul Roseby,

TV presenter Janet Ellis at the Downing Street reception for the play 'If Sophie Can' Olympic medal winning ice dancer Jayne Torvill smiling at the National Youth Theatre Reception for the play 'If Sophie Can' A female cast member from the play 'If Sophie Can' at a reception hosted by David Cameron at 10 Downing Street

The reception, was attended by Esther McVey MP, Olympic ice skater Jayne Torvill OBE, the theatre’s Artistic Director Paul Roseby, and actress and presenter Janet Ellis amongst others. Please click the thumbnails to see larger images of the guests and cast members.

Esther McVey MP and the National Youth Theatre meet David Cameron

The cast of the play and author of ‘If Chloe Can’ Esther McVey with Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Emma and David

October 8th, 2011 by Helen

Last Saturday I photographed the wedding of Emma and David at the OBE Chapel at St Paul’s Cathedral

A portrait of Emma and David on their wedding day at St Paul's Cathedral

Emma and David inside the Cathedral

Emma smiles at the make-up artist at the Grange St Paul's Hotel. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

I started at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel where Emma was getting ready with her bridesmaids and family.

The father of the bride helps put on her veil as she prepares at the Grange St Paul's Hotel A black and white photograph of Emma in her veil as she prepares for her wedding Emma's bridesmaid Kate smiling as the bride has her make-up applied

Please click on the thumbnails to see large images of the preparations

David kisses Emma during the signing of the register at St Paul's Cathedral. CopyrigthHelen Maybanks 2011

There is no photography during the services at the Cathedral, but photography is allowed during the signing of the registrar and when the couple walk up the aisle together.

The bride and groom walking up the aisle at the OBE Chapel of St Paul's Cathedral. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

The couple were married in the OBE Chapel of St Paul’s Cathedral, which is at the east end of the Crypt. As the name suggests, you can marry in the Chapel if you or a parent of yours has received an OBE, and Emma’s father has received this honour.

Emma, David and all their wedding guests on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral

I took a group photograph of everyone on the steps of St Paul’s. It was a warm, sunny day and I had to ask all the tourists to move off the steps for a few moments.

A portrait of the bride and groom on their wedding day in London

David and Emma

The bride and groom are showered with confetti as they arrive at Stationer's Hall

David and Emma are showered with confetti as they arrive at Stationer’s Hall for their reception.

The Stationer's Hall in London. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

The Stationer’s Hall

The bride and groom walk into The Stationer's Hall for their wedding breakfast

The groom's brother laughs during the wedding reception at Stationer's Hall The wedding cake - made by the bride's mother and sister Guests enjoying the wedding reception at Stationer's Hall. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

David giving his groom's speech at Stationer's Hall, London

David gave a great speech – all three speakers were very good with a nice mix of warmth and humour

Clare the bridesmaid laughing at the speeches in the Stationer's Hall The wedding reception at Stationer's Hall The bride's Mum and sister watch the father of the bride giving his speech

Richard the best-man gives his speech at the Stationer's Hall. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

David’s best man Richard gives his speech

David and Emma's first dance at Stationer's Hall in London

The first dance was Fly me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra

The Mesh Band playing at Emma and David's Wedding

The Mesh Band played at the wedding – they were excellent, one of the best bands I’ve heard in a long while

Dancing during the wedding reception at Stationer's Hall Emma and David kiss during their first dance. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011 Emma and David dancing, photographed by London Wedding photographer Helen Maybanks

The bride and groom dancing at their wedding

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SLICK

October 6th, 2011 by Helen

At the end of August I was in Sheffield to photograph the National Youth Theatre’s production of SLICK

National Youth Theatre's SLICK - Production photograph by Helen Maybanks 2011

I was in Sheffield for two days. There was a cast of 270 young actors and the show took place in the Park Hill Estate. The estate is in the process of being renovated, but much of it was empty, which made an excellent setting for this huge scale show.

A wide angled shot of SLICK by the National Youth Theatre. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

This image is from the final act where the cast moved outside to the central area of the estate. Abseilers danced across the side of the building whilst the cast acted, sang and danced below.

David Edwards as Joe in National Youth Theatre's SLICK

David Edwards played Joe

The actors of NYT's SLICK. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011 The actors inside the Park Hill Estate for Act 2 of SLICK. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011 Production image of SLICK by the National Youth Theatre

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National Youth Theatre's SLICK at the Park Hill Estate - Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

The first two acts were set inside the buildings, which had been largely gutted by the builders. The audience were lead around the estate in smaller groups, with the story unfolding in front of them.

National Youth Theatre's production of SLICK. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

The show was excellent – brilliantly performed, epic in scale, and extremely ambitious. As a photographer it was fantastic to be able to shoot something so dramatic on such a large scale. These images were used for a wide range of reviews and publicity and appeared on the BBC website

Rehearsal photography for the National Youth Theatre's production of SLICK

During the day I took rehearsal photography of the show

Rehearsal photography for the National Youth Theatre's production of SLICK

Rehearsal photograph for SLICK at the Park Hill Estate, Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011 A photograph from above of SLICK rehearsals. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011 An abseiler rehearsing for SLICK on the Park Hill Estate

The abseiling was particularly impressive to watch, and it was so impressive to see such a large space used in such an innovative way

An abseiler rehearsing for SLICK at the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield

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Stephen and Simon

September 23rd, 2011 by Helen

On Sunday I photographed the wedding of Simon and Stephen at The George in Rye

A portrait of the two grooms on the day of their Civil Partnership

Stephen and Simon

The mantlepiece at the George in Rye with the word Love and lit candles Civil Partnership cake by Choccywoccydoodah Table flowers at the civil partnership at The George in Rye

Please click on the thumbanils to see larger images from the civil partnership, including a fantastic cake from Choccywoccydoodah

The Georgian ballroom at The George in Rye

The Georgian Ballroom

A black and white photo of Simon placing the ring on Stephen's finger

Simon and Stephen’s civil partnership ceremony

Scooby the miniature schnauzer Brenda reading 'My True Love' by Sir Phillip Sydney at the George in Rye Guests enjoying the Civil Partnership ceremony at the George in Rye

The couple brought their dog, Scooby

A portrait of Stephen and Simon in Rye in Sussex

We went into Rye to take some portraits

Stephen and Simon walking through Rye hand in hand

Stephen and Simon

The guests settle down for dinner after Simon and Stephen's Civil Partnership

Cutting the cake at the Civil Partnership

Cutting the cake

Stephen and Simon dance to 'Love is in the Air' for their first dance

The first dance was Love is in the Air by John Paul Young

A couple kissing at The George in Rye with the disco lights illuminating them

A guest is illuminated by green light as she dances at the george in rye Stephen and his niece dance at his civil partnership A guest dancing at the civil partnership

A couple dancing at the civil partnership reception at the george in rye Two guests hop to the music at the civil partnership Guests dancing at the reception of Stephen and Simon's civil partnership

Please click on the thumbnails to see more images of the guests enjoying the reception

Stephen and Simon on their wedding day

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Kimberley Walsh

September 13th, 2011 by Helen

Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh has joined the cast of Shrek the Musical. She will be playing Princess Fiona, a role previously played by Amanda Holden. I was asked to take a set of portraits of Kimberley – most haven’t been released yet, but this one was all over the press when the news broke.

Portrait of Kimberley Walsh wearing Shrek ears for her role in Shrek the Musical

You can see part of my photoshoot in this video interview – with the back of my head making a brief cameo at the beginning.

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