December 13th, 2013 by Helen
In October I was commissioned to take rehearsal photographs for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in East London.
The ballet famously features male swans. Watching them rehearse felt like a privileged experience, professional dancers always make the performance appear effortless on stage, but in rehearsal you can see the concentration, expertise and sheer physicality the performance requires. The dancers drip with sweat as they are put through their paces, they gasp for breath as they put their heart and soul into every move. I was sitting at the very front and despite having a camera between me and the action I was surprised by how much the emotions affected me. The swans were so fierce, and the scenes towards the end are so emotional, I felt myself welling up in the final few moments.
Above, Jonathan Ollivier‘s Swan stands over Sam Archer‘s The Prince.
Michela Meazza (the Queen) holds Sam Archer (the Prince).
I cannot recommend Swan Lake highly enough, it is currently showing at Sadler’s Wells until January 26th when it goes on a national and international tour.
December 10th, 2013 by Helen
Here are some of the production photographs I took for Matilda the Musical in the summer.
A perfectly menacing Alex Gaumond was making his debut as the horrible Miss Trunchbull.
James Clyde is the new Mr Wormwood.
Lollie McKenzie one of the four young actresses playing the eponymous heroine.
Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
Miss Honey is played by the brilliant Haley Flaherty.
I have said it before on this blog, and at the risk of repeating myself I’ll say it again, Matilda is one of the best shows in the West End. Tim Minchin‘s score is so catchy that I always come out of the Matilda shoots with the songs stuck in my head for days, and the script is funny and inventive. The new cast are uniformly excellent. But don’t trust my opinion, there are so many excellent reviews out there.
December 2nd, 2013 by Helen
It’s nearing Christmas which means it’s time for Panto (Oh no it isn’t. Oh yes it is.) Back in October the Lyric Hammersmith asked me in to take some promotional images of the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk. Stevie Webb plays Sprout, Rochelle Rose is Jack and Howard Ward makes his Dame-debut as Moreen Dripp.
Lyric Hammersmith made a video to promote the show during my photoshoot, so if you want to see some interviews with the cast (and a bit of me shooting the actors) then take a look:
November 15th, 2013 by Helen
Last weekend I photographed Lia and Deb’s Hindu wedding ceremony at the Clay Oven Banqueting Suite. I photographed the couple’s civil wedding in September and I was delighted to be asked back to photograph their religious wedding.
The couple and their friends and family got ready at the The Fox & Goose Hotel. Lia looked fantastic in her traditional Sari she had made for the occasion by Impressions in Ilford. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
I was also able to go to Deb’s room where he was getting ready with his father.
We went to the venue where Mr Nihar Banergee, a long-standing friend of Deb’s family conducted the ceremony.
Deb seated in the mandap, awaiting his bride.
Lia’s brother Tom helped lift a silken sheet over the couple’s head in preparation for the Saatpaak, where Lia walked around Deb seven times symbolising their becoming bound together.
Lia and Deb exchange garlands during the Mala badal.
Deb and Lia smile and hold hands before the Ashirbad (blessings) begin
The cutting of the cake.
Deb’s father Jayanta gave a lovely speech about his son.
The best man was Rishi, seen here holding his childhood Optimus Prime toy, a gift for Deb.
October 30th, 2013 by Helen
Last year I took the production photography of the Donmar’s Julius Caesar directed by Phyllida Lloyd. The production is currently in New York at St Ann’s Warehouse where is receiving brilliant reviews. The company used my image of Harriet Walter in the promotional posters.
September 27th, 2013 by Helen
Last weekend I photographed the civil partnership of Kevin and Jim.
I started at the Mercure Hotel Greenwich where the couple were getting ready.
Kevin and James had booked a wedding Black cab to get to the venue.
For my second consecutive wedding I was at the Eltham Tudor Barn in South East London. The beautiful flowers were from LimeGinger.
Jim and Kevin’s family and friends gathered to watch their ceremony. Two of their sisters gave readings, please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
We took some photographs in the Well Hall Pleasaunce at the back of the barn.
Jim’s Dad Howard made a funny speech about his son and new son-in-law.
Cutting the very stylish wedding cake.
Kevin and Jim.
To see more of my photography please take a look at the civil partnership photography section of my website.
September 26th, 2013 by Helen
In August I photographed the wedding of Madeleine and Toby. Andy Brownstone at Brownstone Films was the videographer and here is the beautiful video he shot of the day.
September 20th, 2013 by Helen
Recently I was in Eltham for the wedding of Lia and Deb.
I started in Leytonstone where Lia was getting ready in her parents’ house with her bridesmaids Sara, Nell and Amy, her Male of Honour Jeremy and parents Jane and Kriss. Please click on the thumbnails to see larger images.
Lia and her father Kriss travelled to the wedding venue in a beautiful 1930s Austin Taxi. The wedding was held at the Tudor Barn Eltham in South-East London.
The couple had written their own wedding vows.
After the ceremony we went behind the Barn into the Well Hall Pleasaunce to take some portraits. Lia looked beautiful in her wedding dress by Night Feather Design.
Lia works in theatre so there were lots of lovely touches including the ‘Wedding Grub’ tickets for the dinner. Gill, a friend of Lia’s mum, made the amazing wedding cake with edible scrabble pieces and a London A-Z on it.
The band were called The Tiny Ugly Band and are friends of the couple’s from University. Singer and keyboardist Tim wrote a brilliant song about the couple, called ‘What’s in a name?’ before launching into the first dance: Grow Old With Me.
September 17th, 2013 by Helen
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.
September 13th, 2013 by Helen
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.