A few weeks ago I took some promotional images for Punchdrunk‘s new show, The Drowned Man. The company already had production images but needed two more symmetrical images for the centre of the poster. We set up studio lighting and worked with the very talented cast to get the two images of the man and woman you can see above. A big thanks to my two excellent assistants on the day, Elliott Wilcox and Claudia Legge. For anyone who hasn’t heard of Punchdrunk I would thoroughly recommend them, The Drowned Man is getting excellent reviews and is currently booking until December.
Last week I photographed the wedding of Kimberley and Iain.
Kimberley got ready at The Goring Hotel, where I captured her having the finishing touches applied to her hair and make-up.
Kimberley looked beautiful. She wore shoes by Benjamin Adams. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
The couple were married in the Rossetti Room at Kensington and Chelsea Register Office on the King’s Road in London. Kimberley and Iain were joined by their good friends Dawn and Dermot who acted as witnesses to the marriage.
The couple left the Register Office and popped by St Mary’s Church to light a candle before going back to The Goring Hotel for lunch and champagne.
Last Sunday I was in Gosfield Hall in Essex for the wedding of Hema and Adam.
I started in the bridal suite where Hema and her family were doing the final preparations. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
Hema placing the wedding ring on Adam’s finger. The couple had two wedding ceremonies, they started with a civil wedding inside Gosfield Hall, before moving into the gardens for their Hindu wedding ceremony.
In the Kanya Aagman, Rakesh and Kiran, Hema’s brothers, escort her to the alter.
The Mangala Sutra Dharan – Adam placed a gold necklace around Hema’s neck to represent togetherness, love and sacred union. Hema’s aunt made the rose garlands.
After the wedding we went inside the the wedding breakfast and speeches. The father of the bride, Adam, and the best man all made very good speeches.
Cutting the cake.
Recently I photographed the wedding of Toby and Madeleine at The Landmark Hotel in London.
I started with the bridal party – Madeleine’s sister Nadine helped her into her dress with assistance from their mum Adrienne. Madeleine looked stunning in her Stephanie Allin dress.
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Toby smiling while Rabbi Baruch Levin signs the Ketubah overseen by Rabbi Meir Lev.
In Jewish weddings the first moment the groom sees his bride is during the Bedecken ceremony – Toby looked over the moon.
The wedding ceremony under the chuppah, with the couple’s parents and grandparents looking on.
Madeleine and Toby.
Dinner, speeches and dancing were held in the magnificent ballroom.
Toby and Madeleine had a lot of friends and family celebrating with them, and almost all of them hit the floor for the dancing at the beginning of the evening.
Madeleine and Toby are held aloft during the Hora.
The evening’s band were Pure Orange, and they put on an excellent show.
Nadine, Madeleine’s sister is a brilliant singer and she performed a lovely song she had written for the couple. It was both emotional and funny, and the venue erupted when she finished.
Toby’s brother Elliot was the best man, and he gave a very funny best man’s speech.
There are four young actors playing the lead role of Charlie Bucket. Jack Costello is one of them, here holding his winning Golden Ticket.
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.
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In May The Sydney Morning Herald got in touch and asked me to do a couple of jobs for them. I rarely work directly for the press – usually I am hired by the client to shoot photography for PR purposes. I was surprised by how much fun it was to work for a newspaper. Here is an image they used of mine of Michelin starred Australian chef Brett Graham in the kitchen of his London restaurant, The Ledbury. To read the full article please go here.
Last weekend I was in Richmond for the wedding of Nell and Guy.
The couple were married at Ham Polo Club.
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.
Nell and Guy performed one of the best first dances I have ever seen – they were fantastic. The song was Burning Love by Elvis Presley and they had gone to Izabela Dance to have lessons and choreography.
Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images. The ballet was beautiful and received very good reviews. These photos appeared on the Ballet News website, where you can see more images from the performance. To see more of my ballet work please take a look at the dance area of my website.
Here is the tear sheet for last weekend’s Saturday Review in The Times featuring the portrait I took of Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. And here is the spread inside, featuring another one of my portraits, and some of my behind the scenes photos.
As part of my ongoing work with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I was asked to take some portraits of Douglas Hodge in full costume as Willy Wonka for editorial and advertising usage. Most of my theatre work is rehearsal or production photography, which means I capture the actors on stage or in the rehearsal room. This involves me working on my own and being as quiet and discreet as possible, so that the actors can concentrate. With a large scale portrait shoot however it’s all about capturing great photos which means that I use a team of people to help get the best possible shots. For this shoot my first assistant was Ben Peter Catchpole, digi tech Sheila Udeagu and assistant was Tom Ortiz. As the photographer, responsibility ultimately lies with me, however having a team around me allows me to utilise the best of their knowledge and for us all to bounce ideas off each other. Ben is a lighting expert – helping to create the fantastic lighting for the shoot, Sheila is extremely adept with software and was able to tweak the output and show it to the client immediately. Tom worked with Ben to get everything set up quickly and correctly. In the days before a show opens the actors work very long hours and barely have time for their lunch, which means we knew we would have to do a great job as quickly as we possibly could. We used two backdrops for the shoot – one white and one blue. By having a team around me I was able to focus on Douglas and the composition, whilst leaving the heavy lifting to the team. Once the client had chosen the images they wanted the pictures were retouched by the excellent Matt at Tank.
For anyone interested in the technical details I used a Hassleblad H4X Body Prism with PhaseOne P65 back and a 100mm F2.2HC lens. We used Profoto lighting which was hired from the always reliable Direct Photographic.