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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree With Shrek the Musical

December 15th, 2012 by Helen

Dean Chisnall as Shrek

Christmas is always a great time to visit with old friends. It certainly felt that way when I stopped in to do another photoshoot for ‘Shrek the Musical’. I was asked to capture more behind the scene photos while they filmed their music video of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” in support of the charity Crisis.

Carley Stenson as Princess Fiona and Dean Chisnall as Shrek

Dean Chisnall (Shrek) is clearly working the Christmas Magic with Carley Stenson (Princess Fiona) under the mistletoe.

Actor Richard Blackwood performing as Donkey Ashley Russell and Bradley Jaden perform as Mama and Papa Bear Carley Stenson as Princess Fiona and Dean Chisnall as Shrek

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Actor Neil McDermott performing as Lord Farquaad

Not all grinches are green proven by Neil McDermott performing as the colourful Lord Farquaad.

Ste Clough, Aaron Lee Lambert and Lee William-David as the Three Little Pigs

The sweet sound of “three pork harmony” provided by Ste Clough, Aaron Lee Lambert & Lee William-Davis.

Actor Joseph Prouse performing as Pinnochio The clapper board Actress Alice Fearn performing as Gingy

Joseph Prouse smashes the recording studio window

In true rock and roll style Pinocchio throws his suitcase through the glass window of the recording studio. There was only one pane of “sugar glass” so both the camera man and I had to make sure we got the shot. It is disconcerting to say the least, to have stay still and keep snapping as you are being covered by shards of window. Of course the “glass” could do no damage to me, but it makes a loud noise.

The video was filmed in the Ballet Room within the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where Shrek continues its highly successful run. Click below to see the music video:

 

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Cerys Matthews – Live at the Hippodrome

November 30th, 2012 by Helen

Musician Cerys Matthews performing live at the Hippodrome in Leicester Square

Cerys Matthews recently performed at The Hippodrome Casino in London and the Hippodrome asked me to take some images for promotional use. When I first started out I took a lot of live music photography. As my career has progressed I have specialised in theatre, wedding and corporate photography, and the more work you do in a certain field, the more contacts you build and therefore you continue to do more. But I do really enjoy music photography so I jumped at the chance.

Cerys Matthews swings her guitar at the Hippodrome Casino  Cerys Matthews performs at the Hippodrome Casino in London

With live music, you are only allowed to take photos for the first two songs, which can be a little limiting. In theatre I often have the whole dress rehearsal so there are a lot more opportunities. But like so much of photography, your job is to work within the constraints and produce the photos. I stayed on to watch Cerys and was surprised by her easy charm and great musicianship. I hadn’t listened to her much since her Catatonia days, but she held the audience captivated and it was a very good evening.

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The Wedding of Kirsty and Marcus

November 28th, 2012 by Helen

Last Friday I photographed the wedding of Kirsty and Marcus at St Mary’s Church in Battersea, London

Confetti is thrown as Kirsty and Marcus leave St Mary's Church in Battersea

Kirsty and Marcus were showered with confetti as they left the church.

The wedding ceremony at St Mary's Church in Battersea, London

The wedding ceremony

Baby Lily being baptised while watched by family and friends

Marcus and Kirsty had decided to get their baby daughter Lily baptised during the church service. The Curate, the Rev’d Peter Wintgens took the three of them to the font where they were joined by God parents, bridesmaids and page boys for the service.

Lily is baptised with Holy Water at St Mary's Church in Battersea, London

Marcus kisses his daughter during her Christening at St Mary's Church in Battersea, London

Lily was fast asleep at the beginning of the baptism and was rather startled when the water was poured over her head. She was soon distracted by the candle however and was given a kiss by proud dad Marcus.

Marcus and Kirsty walk up the aisle a married couple

A wedding guest smiles before going into the church A guest smiles at the wedding of Kirsty and Marcus A guest smiles at St Mary's Church while waiting for the bride to arrive

It was a relatively short day for me as I was simply covering the wedding, baptism and a few portraits afterwards. The couple then took their family and friends to Ascot where they celebrated their day.

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

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Production photos for Frantic Assembly’s Beautiful Burnout

October 28th, 2012 by Helen

Stuart Ryan as Cameron Burns in Beautiful Burnout

I was asked to take the production images for Frantic Assembly’s Beautiful Burnout written by Bryony Lavery.

Taqi Nazeer's Ajay Chopra punches Stuart Ryan's Cameron Burns in Beautiful Burnout

Taqi Nazeer as the boxer Ajay Chopra

The boxers from Beautiful Burnout

Matthew Trevannion, Margaret Ann Bain, Stuart Ryan and Taqi Nazeer.

Ali Craig, Stuart Ryan and Keith Fleming in Beautiful Burnout

Ali Craig, Stuart Ryan and Keith Fleming as Bobby Burgess

Actress Julie Wilson Nimmo as Carlotta Burns in Beautiful Burnout   A production photograph from Frantic Assembly's Beautiful Burnout   Taqi Nazeer as Ajay Chopra in Frantic Assembly's Beautiful Burnout

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Actor Taqi Nazeer as the boxer Ajay Chopra in Frantic Assembly's Beautiful Burnout

Matthew Trevannion's referee holds Stuart Ryan's Cameron Burns in Beautiful Burnout by Frantic Assembly

I have worked for Frantic Assembly before and I always find them a fascinating company to watch. Their shows have dialogue, but always feature a large amount of movement and dance. Beautiful Burnout is no exception, and the combination of boxing and dance is at times breathtaking. The show is on tour at the moment and I cannot recommend it enough, upcoming dates include Newcastle, Southampton and Hull.

 

 

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The civil partnership of Mark and Jeremy

September 16th, 2012 by Helen

Last weekend I photographed the civil partnership of Mark and Jeremy in London.

A portrait of Jeremy and Mark in London

Jeremy and Mark

The couple's beautiful cat Elmo Mark adjusts Jeremy's tie on the morning of their civil partnership Mark pins a flower to Jeremy's button hole

I started at the couple’s home in London where they were getting ready.

Jeremy putting on his tie for his civil partnership

Jeremy and Mark's beautiful rag doll cat Oscar

The couple have two beautiful rag doll cats, Oscar and Elmo.

Kensington Roof Gardens - the venue of the civil partnership

The civil partnership and reception were held at The Roof Gardens in Kensington.

Jeremy laughs as he places the ring on Jeremy's finger

Mark and Jeremy's wedding rings Jeremy places the wedding ring on Mark's finger Jeremy's Best Woman Liz, watches the civil partnership

Mark signs the civil partnership register Jeremy smiles during his civil partnership at Kensington Roof Gardens Jeremy's mum Vicky watches her son's marriage ceremony

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Mark and Jeremy kiss at the end of their ceremony

The couple are Australian and family and friends had flown from all over the world to be with them that day.

A portrait of Mark and Jeremy on the day of their wedding

Pink flamingos at Kensington Roof Gardens

The reception was held outside as it was a warm and sunny day. The Roof Gardens are beautiful, and four flamingos live there, an unusual spectacle, six floors up in the centre of Kensington.

Jeremy's dad Bill speaking at his son's wedding

Jeremy’s father Bill came over from Canada and was the master of ceremonies for the speeches.

The couple listen to Liz's speech

Jeremy’s Best Woman, Liz, flew in from New York and gave a lovely speech.

Mark's best man Paul, clapping during the speeches A wedding toast Clapping during the speeches

Mark and Jeremy cut the cake

The couple promised everyone they had the campest cake anyone had ever seen, and they did not disappoint. Note Elmo and Oscar on the top tier, a disco ball and sandcastles.

A guest laughing Mark and Jeremy's wedding cake featuring a disco ball and cats Admiring the wedding cake

Aunt Doris has a tender moment with Mark

Mark and Jeremy on their wedding day at the Roof Gardens in Kensington, London

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Production Photographs of The Mousetrap (UK Tour)

September 15th, 2012 by Helen

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” is the world’s longest running stage production and there is now a 60th Diamond Anniversary Tour starting this fall throughout the UK. I popped in to take a few production photographs for the new touring show.

Bruno Langley performs as Giles Ralston.

Bruno Langley as Giles Ralston.

Jan Waters performs as the critical Mrs. Boyle.

Jan Waters as Mrs. Boyle.

Jemma Walker as Mollie Ralston and Bruno Langley as Giles Ralston.

Jemma Walker as Mollie Ralston and Bruno Langley as Giles Ralston.

The cast from the 60th Diamond Anniversary Tour of The Mousetrap.

The cast of The Mousetrap featuring Steven France, Thomas Howes, Karl Howman, Bruno Langley, Graham Seed, Jemma Walker, Jan Waters, and Clare Wilkie.

To see more of my production images, please visit the production photography area of my website.

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The wedding of Andrea and Alex

September 14th, 2012 by Helen

Last week I was in Essex for the wedding of Andrea and Alex

Alex kisses his bride, Andrea on their wedding day

Andrea and Alex

The gazebo at Fennes in Bocking, Essex

The couple were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day and were able to get married outside in the Gazebo at Fennes in Bocking, Essex.

Andrea smiling as she gets ready for her wedding day

The bride's mum Sue, nephew Cameron, and her bridesmaids Claire and Carla The make-up artist applies the finishing touches to the bride A black and white photo of the bride looking at her reflection

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The groom straightening his tie in the mirror

Alex was getting ready in one of the lodges in the grounds of Fennes, which meant I was able to catch his preparations as well.

The groom smiles as his bride arrives

Alex awaiting the arrival of Andrea.

Andrea laughs with Alex during their wedding ceremony at Fennes

Alex places the wedding ring on Andrea's finger

The exchange of rings.

Alex and Andrea leave the gazebo as husband and wife

The guests blew bubbles as Alex and Andrea walked out of the gazebo a married couple.

The groom breaking the glass at his wedding ceremony

Alex is Jewish so the couple had a Jewish blessing and then Alex broke the glass on the steps of Fennes.

A member of Alex's family enjoying the breaking of the glass The bride and groom receive a Jewish blessing on their wedding day The couple's friends and family photograph the Jewish blessing

Alex and Andrea walking in the grounds of Fennes in Bocking, Essex

Andrea looked beautiful in her Alfred Sung wedding dress. Flowers were by The Epping Flower Shop.

Andrea and Alex laughing on their wedding day

Andrea's young nephew Cameron enjoying the day

Andrea’s young nephew Cameron enjoying being thrown into the air by his dad Mike.

Alex laughs at his best man Barry's speech

Alex had three best men, Mike, Mitt and Barry and all of them gave excellent speeches.

The bride laughing at the groom's speech

Blowing out the candles on the birthday cakes Alex and Andrea's wedding cake Andrea and Alex laugh before cutting the cake

Alex’s sister Carla and the couple’s friend Chris both had birthdays, so after a round of happy birthdays, they both blew out the candles on their birthday cakes.

The couple's first dance

Alex and Andrea’s first dance was to Nobody Does it Better by Carly Simon.

Alex and Andrea on the bridge at Fennes The first dance Alex dances with Andrea's mother Sue

The couple kiss at sunset

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Rehearsing Disney’s The Lion King

September 5th, 2012 by Helen

I was recently asked to go to Bristol to shoot the rehearsals for The Lion King. There is a permanent show at the Lyceum Theatre in London, but demand has been so high for tickets that Disney have created an additional production that tours across the country.

A member of the ensemble rehearses for The Lion King Tour

Actor Cleveland Cathnott rehearses as Mufasa in Disny's The Lion King

Cleveland Cathnott as Mufasa

Aerial view of The Hippodrome during the installation of The Lion King set

I was asked to capture lots of different aspects of the tour’s creation, from the rehearsals to the make-up and costumes, to the actual building of the set in Bristol’s Hippodrome Theatre.

A make-up artist testing make-up on a cast member

The photos are being used for press and PR purposes. Here is a tear sheet from an article featuring my photos from the Bristol Post. The show will be in Bristol until November 17th, before moving on to Manchester, Dublin and Birmingham. The tour is getting great reviews and I would definitely recommend it.

Bristol Post article featuring rehearsal photos by Helen Maybanks

 

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The wedding of Ria and Mark

September 1st, 2012 by Helen

Last week I photographed the wedding of Ria and Mark

Ria and Mark walk into the Belvedere Room at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park

Ria and Mark

The bride applying a final coat of lipstick as she prepares for her wedding

We started at The Richmond Gate Hotel where the bride and her bridesmaids were getting ready.

The bride touches her hair as she prepares for her wedding Ria's bridesmaid ties a bow in the Nicole Jackson wedding dress Ria being helped into her wedding dress

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Noah wearing his suit for his Mum and Dad's wedding

Ria and Mark’s young son Noah getting ready for the day.

Ria and her father Paul make the journey to Pembroke Lodge in a white Rolls Royce

Ria and her father Paul made the journey to Pembroke Lodge in a vintage white Rolls Royce Phantom VI.

Ria and her father walk into the wedding ceremony at Pembroke Lodge

Ria looked stunning in her Nicole Jackson dress.

The bride places a wedding ring on the froom's hand

The exchange of rings

The wedding venue - Pembroke Lodge Ria during her wedding ceremony at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Ria's mother and son watch the wedding ceremony at Pembroke Lodge

The groom's father watching the wedding ceremony Noah helps sign the register - with an inkless pen The bride and groom leaving the wedding ceremony

Ria and Mark with their son Noah

Noah, Ria and Mark

Ria and Mark on their wedding day at Pembroke Lodge A portrait of the bride and groom at Pembroke Lodge on their wedding day Mark and Ria standing by a vintage Rolls Royce

Paul, Ria's father, makes his speech

The father of the bride’s speech.

Mark and Ria laugh during the best man's speech in the Belvedere Room in Pembroke Lodge

Ria and Mark release a dove on their wedding day

The couple released a pair of white doves.

The couples friends and family watch the release of the doves The dove is released into the air Yellow cup cakes with pink 'i do' signs in them

Mark and Ria's first dance at Pembroke Lodge, London, to Ben Howard’s ‘Only Love’

The first dance was to Ben Howard’s ‘Only Love’

Ria and Mark's first dance at Pembroke Lodge, London

Noah and his friends watch Mark and Ria's first dance on their wedding day Mark and Ria share a kiss on the dance floor at Pembroke Lodge, London Ria and a friend enjoying the wedding reception at Pembroke Lodge

A portrait of Ria and Mark on their wedding day at Richmond Park

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National Youth Theatre at the Athletes’ Village

July 27th, 2012 by Helen

This week I was at the Athletes’ Village where I was photographing the Team Welcome Ceremonies.

A young actor leaps into the air at a London 2012 Team Welcome Ceremony

The National Youth Theatre were performing the Team Welcome Ceremonies. Every country competing was welcomed into the village with a half hour show – each one was a mixture of performance and ceremony. Every country exchanged gifts with the Mayor of the Village; had their national anthem played and had their flag raised. At the beginning and the end the actors sang, danced, recited poetry and acted – and as you can see from the pictures it was an energetic and flamboyant event.

Boxer Aamir Khan, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and some of the cast of the NYT Team

One of the Team Welcome Ceremonies I covered was the arrival of Team GB. Lots of politicians and athletes had come to support Team GB. I grabbed a shot of boxer Aamir Khan with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and some of the NYT actors.

The Princess Royal with the NYT actors in the Olympic Village The Olympic Flag and Union Jack at the Athletes' Village Adrian Lester, a former member of the NYT, laughing with the actors

NYT actors infront of the Olympic rings Dame Kelly Holmes with an actor from the NYT at the Athlete's Village A group shot of the National Youth Theatre

HRH Princess Anne, Dame Kelly Holmes and actor Adrian Lester, formerly an NYT member, were in attendance. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.

Performing the GB Team Welcoming Ceremony at the Athlete's Village

Andy Murray and teammates at the GB Team Welcome Ceremony performed by the NYT Young actors performing at the Athlete's Village Boxer Nicola Adams enjoying the GB Team Welcome Ceremony

Team GB were out in force. Andy Murray and the tennis team were in attendance, as were Nicola Adams and many of the boxers.

National Youth Theatre actors performing during the Team Welcome Ceremonies

An actor back flips from the stage

An actor leaps from the stage watched by the athletes from Team GB.

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