The whole show is amazing and it has had some great reviews, I thoroughly recommend it. There are too many excellent performances to mention, but Douglas Hodge is exceptional as Willy Wonka and the children are spot on. The set and costumes were designed by Mark Thompson and it is visually stunning. These photographs have been featured in a wide range of press from the Financial Times, to the Guardian, the BBC and the New York Times.
Nell’s sister Miranda is a graphic designer and did the very cool ‘Penguin Classics’ themed order of service as well as baked the wedding cupcakes. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
Nell looked radiant as she signed the register with her new husband Guy by her side.
Confetti as the bride and groom walk up the aisle. Hannah looked beautiful in her dress by Tobi Hannah.
We travelled 4 minutes up the road to Richmond Park for some photographs. It turned out to be a great day for a wedding, warm and sunny, the bride looked beautiful and they both looked so happy.
Guy made a lovely speech about Nell. There were some excellent speeches, with a very funny best man’s speech by Alex, a warm and heartfelt father of the bride speech and a great speech by Nell about how she met Guy. Demonstrating there is no shortage of graphic design talent on Guy’s side of the family as well, his cousin Caroline did the brilliant table plan.
The couple’s niece Imogen enjoying the wedding reception.
The last few months I have been busy working on the new West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. With some productions I am in and out, taking rehearsal and production photographs in an afternoon or evening, but every so often I get to properly immerse myself in a show. This has been the case with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, who asked me to come in from the very beginning to cover the first rehearsal, and a good number of rehearsals subsequently. With any production there is a careful distribution of images, many photographs aren’t released until after the show opens in case it gives too much of the plot away for example. Here are a few images that have been published, they have been used in the Guardian, Times and Evening Standard, and in the coming months I will be able to blog more.
The show is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. Please click on the the thumbnails to see larger images.
I was also asked to go behind the scenes and photograph the building of the set at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. It is fascinating to go into the theatre as a set is being built – the sheer scale of the production is huge and seeing it all being put together is fascinating. Plus I got to wear a hard hat, and climb high ladders, which always adds a bit of excitement to a cold grey morning. As the production photographer I have to admit to bias, however I can honestly say it looks fantastic – the stage is amazing, the choreography is inventive and the cast are excellent. The show opens next week and I would recommend you buy tickets now before they sell out.
As well as going to the rehearsal rooms I was also asked to shoot the cast once they got into the Shaftesbury Theatre. Shooting on stage when it isn’t a dress rehearsal has it’s own sets of problems. They were teching the lights, so one moment you would have fantastic stage lighting and the next there would be virtually nothing. But on the plus side you get to see the show unfold in a way that usually isn’t possible in the rehearsal room. I also love the greater access you have than on a dress rehearsal. Here I was stationed in the wings which allowed me to get an angle the audience doesn’t get to see.
I nipped into the dressing rooms before the opening night, and found the remarkably relaxed Robin and Kristina getting ready for the show. I was impressed by just how friendly and down to earth the entire cast were, everyone went out of their way to be helpful and welcoming. If you enjoy Strictly Come Dancing then you will LOVE Burn the Floor. It is a really great night out, with lots of spectacular dancing.
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The Mikhailovsky Ballet were in London until the 7th April performing several different works. These photos were used on the Ballet News website where you can read a review of the show. To see more of my images please take a look at the dance photography section of my website.
I currently have my photographs exhibited at The Base training space near Old Street in London. The venue has an area where they showcase different artist’s work throughout the year, and mine is there until May. Maynard Leigh, the training company who own the space were the first training and development company to bring theatre skills and actor expertise to the corporate training world, so they asked me to display some of my theatre production, rehearsal and portrait work.
A Chorus Line has recently opened in London to great reviews so I thought I would blog a few of my images from October. The production held open auditions for the cast and around a thousand people queued up for an opportunity to join the cast.
Click on the thumbnails to see larger images. It was a two-day audition process. I was just there for the first day, but was able to get on stage and get behind the scenes to capture the whole process. Auditions are by definition pretty brutal experiences – especially if there are a thousand of you applying for a few places, but the team, led by original cast member Baayork Lee did their best to lessen the impact. I went to see the show last week and thought it was excellent, the cast were brilliant and it was a great night out.
It was an absolutely freezing afternoon in East London – I was wearing a thick coat and I was cold. Poor Kingsley in his t-shirt and Bradley in his boxers were suffering. Being the professionals they are of course, they were enthusiastic throughout.
I was pretty busy in the Autumn and didn’t have time to blog as much as I would have liked, so here are some images I took back in September. Soho Theatre asked me to take photographs of the cast of A Clockwork Orange for the show poster and for general PR and marketing purposes.
I started by taking taking some studio images of Martin McCreadie who played Alexander DeLarge
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More cast members joined us to take some outdoor images. We used the back streets near the Soho Theatre – always useful for creating a seedy and run down look.
The entire cast were lovely to work with – very charming and relaxed whilst parading about Soho in vests and braces. Directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the show got some great reviews.
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.
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: