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.
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.
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.
Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images of the Shrek cast at Britain’s Got Talent
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Former EastEnders and The Bill actress Louisa Lytton performing on stage at Body Gossip.
Children’s television presenter Cerrie Burnell performed a great piece about body image and accepting and loving your body.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lindsay came down the red carpet, where I took this photograph of her in front of the branding for Altitude 360.
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 Altodore with his partner enjoying the party.
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.
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.
At the moment I am recapping a few of the jobs I photographed in the past few months, but haven’t had time to put up here. In early November I photographed Lord Mandelson, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, at Westminster Kingsway College.
I took a selection of photographs of Peter Mandelson around the college, who spent a lot of time talking to the students and asking them about their courses. Click on the thumbnails below to see more images from his visit, or take a look at the Colleges Week website.
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.
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.
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.