September 6th, 2013 by Helen
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 looked stunning in her Bubs Mahil dress as she walked down the aisle on the arm of her proud father. Hema’s bouquet and the men’s button holes were from Lillies of Wanstead.
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 a Hindu ceremony the groom is formally met by the bride’s family at the Pokwanu, and then led up the aisle to the mandap. Adam’s suit was made in India via Cuckoo Fashions.
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.
August 29th, 2013 by Helen
I recently took the photograph of the very talented Becca Marriott for the poster for Tosca by OperaUpClose and Soho Theatre.
August 13th, 2013 by Helen
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.
Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
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.
July 4th, 2013 by Helen
I took the Production Photographs for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Here are a few of the images that have been used in the press recently.
There are four young actors playing the lead role of Charlie Bucket. Jack Costello is one of them, here holding his winning Golden Ticket.
Ellie Simmons as Veruca Salt, Clive Carter as Mr Salt and Kate Graham as Cherry.
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.
Mya Olaye as Violet Beauregarde and Tom Klenerman as Charlie Bucket
Please click on the thumbnails for larger images.
July 1st, 2013 by Helen
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.
June 10th, 2013 by Helen
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.
May 31st, 2013 by Helen
In April I photographed the National Ballet of Canada’s Romeo and Juliet at Sadler’s Wells in London. I haven’t previously had the chance to blog the images, but here are a few from the afternoon.
Piotr Stanczyk as Mercutio, Guillaume Côté as Romeo and Robert Stephen as Benvolio
Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden as Romeo and Juliet
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.
May 29th, 2013 by Helen
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.
May 17th, 2013 by Helen
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.
May 4th, 2013 by Helen
Last weekend I photographed the civil partnership of Josh and Paul
I started at The Grange Rochester in Victoria, where the couple and many of their friends and family were getting ready.
The couple were married in the Council Chamber at Islington Town Hall.
The exchange of rings
Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images of the ceremony.
Josh and Paul both looked extremely stylish. Scot Paul wore his family tartan, while Josh, originally from Texas opted for a morning suit.
The couple held their reception at the very stylish White Swan Public House and Dining Room
There were some lovely, funny speeches made by the couple, their family and the guests, resulting in a sing along.
Josh was born in Texas but has also lived in California and Canada so friends had travelled in from all over the world to celebrate. Josh asked them to wear Union Jack socks to provide a bit of a theme. I took a group photo and Paul jumped in with his kilt to provide a bit of a contrast.
The reception was great fun. Lots of friends and family danced the night away to the excellent tunes played by DJ Ali Rose – who must be one of the best wedding DJs I have ever heard. At the beginning of the day I was in the lift with Paul and I asked him whether he was nervous. He said he wasn’t, he knew he wanted to be with Josh for the rest of his life, and that he couldn’t be happier. The smiles on the couple, friends and family were contagious. It was a wonderful day.