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Girls Aloud at Shrek the Musical

May 23rd, 2012 by Helen

There have been a number of milestones for Shrek the Musical in the past few weeks including the show’s one year anniversary and Kimberley Walsh‘s final show. Kimberley has been with the show for the past eight months while her band Girls Aloud have been on a temporary break. Four out of the five of them were in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Monday as Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding and Nicola Roberts came to watch Kimberley in her final performance as Princess Fiona.

Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh backstage at Shrek the Musical

Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh

Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts at Shrek the Musical ©2012 Helen Maybanks Photography Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh backstage

Click on the thumbnails to see larger images of Kimberley with her bandmates.

Kimberley Walsh and Carley Stenson at Shrek the Musical

Carley Stenson is due to take over the role of Princess Fiona tonight and she popped by Kimberley’s dressing room to wish her luck.

Kimberley Walsh playing Princess Fiona

I have been photographing Kimberley as Princess Fiona since September when she first joined the show, here is a production photo I took back in October which was used in the programme.

To see a montage of Kimberley Walsh including my images of her backstage and some of my production images take a look at this official video.

Dame Kelly Holmes with a jelly bean picture of Shrek

Shrek the Musical has been inundated by celebs recently and for the one year anniversary Dame Kelly Holmes was one of the many people who joined the celebrations.

Actress Gillian Anderson at Shrek the Musical Actor David Jason at Shrek the Musical Liz McClarnon, formerly of Atomic Kitten at Shrek the Musical Actress Fay Ripley at Shrek the Musical

Gillian Anderson, David Jason, Liz McClarnon and Fay Ripley were amongst the many guests.

Glynis Barber, Marc Elliott, Jake Wood, Shane Ritchie, Tameka Empson with Neil McDermott in costume in the front row

Many of the Eastenders cast turned up to see former cast mate Neil McDermott. After the show we went backstage where Glynis Barber, Marc Elliott, Jake Wood, Shane Ritchie and Tameka Empson posed for a picture with Neil.

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Shrek the Musical goes to Britain’s Got Talent

June 27th, 2011 by Helen

The cast of Shrek the Musical have been very busy recently, and I’ll be blogging about the Shrek Opening and Royal Gala in the next few weeks. Several weeks ago most of the cast went to Britain’s Got Talent, to perform on the show.

Richard Blackwood, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and Dean Chisnall at the filming of Britain's Got Talent. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

Richard Blackwood, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and Dean Chisnall pose for a photograph after the show. Dean was playing Shrek and was in the process of removing his make-up when Simon and Michael appeared, which is why he is still partially green.

Shrek the Musical star Richard Blackwood entering his trailer before filming Britain's Got Talent

We arrived at 4pm at the studios so the team had time to rehearse and prepare. The cast sang I’m a Believer on the live show, but there was a lot of sound checks, staging, make-up and wigs to be done before the performance.

The actress Landi Oshinowo applying her make-up before her performance on Britain's Got Talent Shrek actor Dean Chisnall exiting the Britain's Got Talent studio after performing 'I'm a Believer' Shrek actor Jonathan Stewart putting on his nose to play Pinocchio

Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images of the Shrek cast at Britain’s Got Talent

Michael McIntyre, Ant McPartlin, Bradley Jaden, Amanda Holden at Britain's Got Talent. Copyright Helen Maybanks 2011

Michael McIntyre, Ant McPartlin, Bradley Jaden and Amanda Holden. To see more of my photos from the day please take a look at the Shrek website.

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Million Dollar Quartet Adverts

March 9th, 2011 by Helen

I have blogged previously about working on Million Dollar Quartet – I’ve done the rehearsal and production shots for the show. Last Friday’s Evening Standard had a full page advert for Million Dollar Quartet that featured my photographs:

Advert in the Evening Standard for the hit West End show Million Dollar Quartet, all three photos by Helen Maybanks

All the photographs on the advert are mine and were taken for the production company. I will be featuring more of my production shots in a blog entry in the near future. For anyone not following me on Twitter I went to the opening night and I was blown away by the show. If you want a fantastic production, excellent songs with amazing actors and musicians than I really could not recommend Million Dollar Quartet more highly.

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Test shoot with Gabriel Akin

January 14th, 2011 by Helen

I did a test shoot with model Gabriel Akin on the streets of Soho in London

A colour portrait of Gabriel Akin from his test shoot with Helen Maybanks

The theme of the shoot was ‘Corporate’. In this image we used a beauty dish from the front with a second light from 90 degrees to the right.

A photograph of the model Gabriel Akin in Soho, from a test shoot with Helen Maybanks

This image was lit by the beauty dish only, which was positioned to the right of the image. I used my Canon 5D Mark II with the Canon 85mm F1.2 lens at ISO 200 F4.5 1/100 sec

A mono picture of Gabriel Akin, photographed in Soho, London by Helen Maybanks

Gabriel was a pleasure to work with and it was great to use studio lighting outdoors.

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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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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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Houses of Parliament

April 15th, 2010 by Helen

I usually don’t blog much of my corporate work on here, but I have been taking quite a lot of photos in the House of Commons and the House of Lords and I thought it would be good to put a few up here. I have been doing a range of work in the Houses of Parliament in February and March and most of it has been cross-party, which means that MPs and Lords from all the 3 main parties turn up.

Nick Gibb, Lord Baker, Ed Balls and David Laws

L-R Nick Gibb MP, Conservative Shadow Minister Children, Schools and Families; Lord Baker; Ed Balls MP, The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families; and David Laws MP the Liberal Democrat Children, Schools and Families spokesman. They were at the House of Commons attending the first ever election broadcast generated completely by the public, which was organised by Edge.

Ed Balls MP     Nick Gibb MP     David Laws MP

Edge had created a poster campaign featuring the Education ministers from each party. Unfortunately Michael Gove couldn’t make it, so he was replaced with Nick Gibb MP, who did a great job, but sadly did not have an illustration to stand beside. Ed Balls and David Laws were very happy to be pictured with their likeness.

John Hayes MP

PolicyConnect commissioned me to take photos at the ‘Skills Commission’s Inquiry into Teacher Training in Vocational Education’ Report Launch at the House of Commons.  John Hayes MP, Conservative Shadow Minster for Lifelong Leaning, Further and Higher Education, was one of many politicians who gave a speech.

Dan Rogerson MP

Dan Rogerson MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government speaking at the ‘Management Infrastructure: Incentivising Community Buy’ an inquiry report launch from the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group, at the House of Commons Terrace.

Baroness Whitaker

Baroness Whitaker
deep in conversation at the House of Lords. The Associate Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group held the ‘Design and the Public Good: Creativity vs. the Procurement Process?’ inquiry report launch.

Keith Vaz MP

Keith Vaz, Labour MP at the International Women’s Day Lobby at the House of Commons.

To see more of my corporate work please check out the corporate photography area of my website.

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Lindsay Lohan at The River Room

February 22nd, 2010 by Helen

Last Tuesday I was asked to cover iRock4Haiti at The River Room, Millbank Tower. The event was a post BRITS party hosted by Lindsay Lohan to raise money for the British Red Cross to help with the Haiti Earthquake.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay came down the red carpet, where I took this photograph of her in front of the branding for Altitude 360.

Lindsay Lohan and Jozy Altidore

We went inside for the party, where there was an auction to raise money for Haiti. Lindsay Lohan was joined by the US and Hull City footballer Jozy Altidore, who auctioned a signed Hull City shirt.

Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altodore with his partner enjoying the party.

Ekaterina Ivanova

I had been hired by the venue to photograph not only the stars, but also to document the whole event. Here is a photograph of Celebrity Big Brother contestant Ekaterina Ivanova being interviewed.

The Metro featuring photographs by Helen Maybanks

Altitude 360 were very keen to raise the profile of the charity, so they asked me to send out the photos to the press. Photos I took of Lady Sovereign with Janice Dickinson and Lindsay Lohan with the winning bidder from her auction appeared in The Metro (the photographs on the top left and top right of the page), and one in The Sun online. See below for the actual pictures.

Lindsay Lohan and Michelle     Lady Soverign and Janice Dickinson

Kym Mazelle

Singer Kym Mazelle provided the entertainment.

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Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker

December 9th, 2009 by Helen

The Christmas season is upon us, but a lot of the preparation work is done months in advance. Back in October I was asked to photograph Sandi Toksvig for her Christmas Cracker in December. At the time the design team hadn’t confirmed the look of the posters so I had to photograph Sandi in a variety of poses and costumes so that the designers had a range of images to work with.

Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker

These posters are currently visible throughout London, particularly on the Tube. Ronnie Corbett wasn’t free when Sandi was so he had to be shot separately, unfortunately I didn’t get to photograph him as I was already booked that day. Below you can see the image I took.

Image of Sandi Toksvig taken for Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker at the Southbank Centre. Studio photography by Helen Maybanks

I photographed her using a white studio background that I hired and then set up in the Southbank Centre itself. Sandi was fantastic to work with, very enthusiastic and excellent fun. To see a few more of the images, please click on the thumbnails below. I particularly like Sandi’s elf shoes.

"Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker" photograph - Sandi Toksvig in a red suit and black top hat. Colour photograph of Sandi Toksvig wearing a green tail coat for 'Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker'. Studio photography by Helen Maybanks Photograph of the actress and comedienne Sandi Toksvig dressed as an elf for a promotional image for Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker

Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker runs from 15th December to the 24th and I’ve already booked my tickets, I would definitely recommend it.

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The Lion King celebrates 10 years

October 27th, 2009 by Helen

Last week I photographed the 10th Anniversary celebrations of Disney’s The Lion King. There was a star studded matinee performance of the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London and a number of celebrities and their families turned up for the event.

David and Samatha Cameron

Amongst the audience were Conservative leader David Cameron and his wife Samantha.

Gok Wabn

Gok Wan on the yellow carpet – yellow being The Lion King colour. I was photographing the event for Disney and I was allowed to roam the yellow carpet, so I was able to get great access to the celebs.

Greg Wise and family

Actor Greg Wise brought his children to see the show.

Adrian Lester

Actor Adrian Lester sported an appropriate scarf

Beverley Knight   Natasha Hamilton   Phil Spencer

To see a large image please double click on the thumbnail.

If you haven’t seen The Lion King then I would highly recommend it – with or without children it is a brilliant evening out.