Chris and Jack

September 19th, 2014 by Helen

Chris and Jack in the grounds of the BMA

Last weekend I photographed the wedding of Jack and Chris.

Islington Town Hall

The couple were married at Islington Town Hall in London.

The wedding of Chris and Jack

The wedding of Chris and Jack

The wedding of Chris and Jack

The wedding of Chris and Jack

The wedding rings

The couple had their beautiful engraved wedding rings made at The Ring Workshop in Oswestry.

The wedding of Chris and Jack

The wedding of Chris and Jack

Inside a black cab

After the ceremony everyone got in London taxis to get to the reception venue, the BMA House on Tavistock Square. Both Chris and Jack looked extremely stylish in their dapper jackets.

The wedding of Chris and Jack

The couple are originally from Malaysia but have lived and travelled all over the world. Friends flew in from across the globe to celebrate their special day.

The wedding of Chris and Jack

The wedding of Chris and Jack Waving to the crowds The wedding of Chris and Jack

The wedding of Chris and Jack

The lunch was held in The Prince’s Room. They had clearly put a lot of thought into the decorations and the room had lots of lovely personal touches like Chinese lanterns and sunflowers on the table.

The wedding of Chris and Jack

Chris gave a lovely welcome speech to his guests.

Chinese lantern Bird place name A guest enjoying the wedding receptionf

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Chris and Jack at the BMA

The wedding of Chris and Jack

The wedding of Chris and Jack

The wedding of Chris and Jack

The wedding of Chris and Jack

After lunch there was an excellent singer, the talented Vilija Leitanaite, who sung a range of songs including a beautiful version of Pasti, originally by Ning Baizura.

The wedding of Chris and Jack

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The wedding of Chris and Jack Weddings cards for Chris and Jack at BMA House The wedding of Chris and Jack

The cakes were made by Rachelle’s Beautiful Bespoke Cakes in South London.

The wedding of Chris and Jack

Craig and Paul

September 9th, 2014 by Helen

A portrait of Craig and Paul

Recently I photographed the wedding of Paul and Craig at The Conservatory at The Barbican.

Paul's mum Bernadette

Judy walks her son Craig into the wedding

Craig’s mum Judy and Paul’s mother Bernadette walked their sons down the aisle.

Exchanging the wedding rings

Craig places the wedding ring on Paul’s finger.

The wedding ceremony

Singing the register

The signing of the register.

The wedding of Craig and Paul

Enjoying the reception The string quartet Enjoying the reception

Enjoying the reception Enjoying the reception Enjoying the reception

Paul is originally from the US and his mother from Belgium so family and friends had flown in from around the world to celebrate the couple’s wedding.

A black and white portrait of Craig and Paul

A portrait of Craig and Paul

The Conservatory at the Barbican is London’s second largest Conservatory and home to 2000 species of tropical plants and trees. It was a great setting for some portraits of the couple who looked very stylish in their charcoal suits, Craigs was from Hackett and Paul’s was Charles Tyrwhitt. The cake was made by Victoria Bakery and the florist was Flower Fantasies.

The wedding of Craig and Paul

The wedding speeches

The wedding of Craig and Paul Enjoying the speeches Paul's Dad Jim enjoying the speeches

Enjoying the speeches Enjoying the speeches Enjoying the speeches

Rohit the Best Man

There were some lovely speeches including a funny and touching one by best man Rohit.

A black and white portrait of Craig and Paul

 

Sarah and Dominic

August 8th, 2014 by Helen

The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Sarah and Dominic at the OBE Chapel at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Wedding make up

Wedding make up Wedding make up Wedding make up

I started at the Grange St.Pauls Hotel where Sarah and her bridesmaids were getting ready. Dominic’s sister Katharyn did a fantastic job with Sarah’s make-up.

Walking up the aisle at  the OBE Chapel, St Paul's Cathedral

The couple were married in the OBE Chapel at St Paul’s Cathedral. There is no photography allowed during the ceremony but I was allowed to capture the entrance, exit and the signing of the register.

Signing of the register

The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

We were allowed to take some photographs with the magnificent dome behind the couple. We then took some portraits of the couple around St Pauls and on the Millennium Bridge. Sarah looked beautiful in her dress by Kathleen McKee and Dominic couldn’t keep his eyes off his bride.

The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

The wedding cake Table tennis The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

Laughing during the reception Looking through the giant Connect Four game The wedding of Sarah and Dominic The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

After the wedding everyone went to the reception at City of London School where the couple had arranged for giant Connect Four, chess and table tennis for their guests. The superb cake was made by Carol Mintz.

Cutting the cake

The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

There were some lovely speeches, including a very funny one by Dominic’s best man Matt.

Listening to the speeches The wedding of Sarah and Dominic The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

The wedding of Sarah and Dominic The wedding of Sarah and Dominic The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

Dominic smiles at his bride during the best man's speech

The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

After the speeches it was time for the first dance with a superb jazz band, The Jazz Bopsters.

The first dance

The first dance

The first dance

Dancing Dancing Dancing

Dancing Dancing A black and white photo of a couple watching the first dance

The wedding of Sarah and Dominic

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Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies

July 15th, 2014 by Helen

Lord of the Flies at The Lowry

In April I travelled up to The Lowry in Salford Quays to take production photographs of Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies. The show is based on the dystopian William Golding novel but rather than being set on a desert island takes place in an empty theatre. The show has received rave reviews and rightly so – it is a beautiful production, hauntingly tense with moments of great fun and even greater violence.  The show combines eight professional dancers with 24 new recruits in each city it visits, giving young dancers the opportunity to dance to a professional standard. Upcoming cities include Aberdeen, Cardiff, Liverpool and London and if you happen to be nearby I would thoroughly recommend it.

One of the young cast members runs onto the stage

Sam Archer on the shoulders of the cast

 

Layton Williams and other cast members in Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

A yong cast member holds a spear

The cast of Lord of the Flies

Danny Reubens and other cast members

 

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Sikh Wedding

June 24th, 2014 by Helen

Arriving on horse-back for the wedding

One of the great things about photographing weddings is the opportunity to experience different cultures and religions up close and behind the scenes. I have shot many different weddings but I had never photographed a Sikh wedding until I was asked by Aziz Khan, owner of Muse Motion Pictures to second shoot for him. Aziz is one of the UK’s best wedding photographers and he has a lot of experience photographing Sikh weddings and so it was fantastic to shoot with such a talented and knowledgeable photographer. The wedding was in Leicester and with 800 guests was comfortably the largest wedding I have ever photographed. Aziz covered the bride, so it was my job to capture the groom and his family. I started at his home at 6am where the groom and his brothers were having their turbans put on. I then followed the day, from the grooms arrival at the temple on horseback, to the actual wedding ceremony itself (a very emotional time as this is officially when the bride leaves her family) to the reception which featured some of the biggest names in the Punjabi music scene and finally back to the grooms house. It was an amazing, beautiful, emotional and somewhat tiring day, and a big thank you to Aziz for giving me the opportunity to experience it. Here are some of my photos.

Putting on the young brother's turban

Putting on the young brother's turban

The groom putting on his turban for his wedding Putting on the young brother's turban Putting on the young brother's turban

The groom putting on his turban for his wedding

The groom putting on his turban for his wedding

Sikh Wedding

Portrait of the groom

 

Portrait of the groom

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Sikh Wedding

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The Sikh wedding ceremony

The Sikh wedding ceremony

The Sikh wedding ceremony

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The First Dance

The First Dance Dancing at the wedding Dancing at the wedding

Dancing at the wedding

Sikh Wedding

Dancing at the wedding Dancing at the wedding Sikh Wedding

Dancing at the wedding Sikh Wedding Dancing at the wedding

Dancing at the wedding

Sikh Wedding

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Lyric Hammersmith – Secret Theatre

June 12th, 2014 by Helen

Tour flyer for the Lyric Hammersmith's Secret Theatre

I was asked to take a promotional photograph of the actors from the Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre. The company is touring their shows around the UK and needed an image to give a glimpse of the five different shows they will be performing. It has been used on the promotional flyer (above) and general web and marketing use. The photograph was taken in one sitting with the ten actors dressed as one of their characters from Shows 1-4. It was lit using Elinchrom lighting and I was ably assisted by Sheila Udeagu. For those of you who haven’t heard of Secret Theatre I would definitely recommend it, it will be touring Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds and Oxford.

Here is the original image:

Promotional photograph of The Secret Theatre

 

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The Believers

May 23rd, 2014 by Helen

Production photography for The Believers

Recently I took the production photographs for The Believers. I travelled down to Plymouth where Frantic Assembly‘s production was opening. The show is one of the darkest I have photographed (literally, if not metaphorically) but the results are suitably atmospheric for such an eerie and haunting play.

Eileen Walsh as Marianne in The Believers

All the performances were excellent, including Eileen Walsh as Marianne.

Richard Mylan as Ollie

Richard Mylan played Ollie.

Christopher Colquhoun as Joff in The Believers

Christopher Colquhoun was Joff and Maud was played by Penny Layden

Penny Layden with Richard Mylan in the background Frantic Assembly

Eileen Walsh and Christopher Colquhoun

The Believers is currently in London at the Tricycle Theatre, it has had some great reviews and I would thoroughly recommend it – the themes stayed with me long after I left the auditorium. The set design is fantastic with the sort of inventive, dynamic staging you would expect from director Scott Graham. I also took the promotional photograph for the posters, currently on display around the theatre.

Poster for Frantic Assembly's 'The Believers'

 

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels rehearsal photographs

April 20th, 2014 by Helen

Rufus Hound rehearsing his role as Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Earlier this year I was asked to take rehearsal photographs for the new West End musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Robert Lindsay rehearsing his role as Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The show stars Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound as conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson. Samantha Bond plays Muriel Eubanks and her love interest is John Marquez.

Samantha Bond as Muriel Eubanks and John Marquez as Andre Thibault

A wide photograph of the cast rehearsing for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound rehearsing in London The ensemble rehearse Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Director Jerry Mitchell

In rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The show is directed by Jerry Mitchell and is a lot of fun. It has opened at the Savoy Theatre in London and if you are looking for a great evening out I can definitely recommend it.

Director Jerry Mitchell shares a joke with Robert Lindsay

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

March 27th, 2014 by Helen

Christopher Trenfield as The Swan in Swan Lake

In January I took production photographs for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells in London.

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Liam Mower as The Prince, with members the palace staff

Liam Mower was making his debut as The Prince.

Ashley Shaw in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Ashley Shaw with her axe having just slain the troll.

Liam Mower as The Prince Andy Monaghan in Swan Lake Swan Lake Swan Lake - Swans attacking The Prince

Jamie-Emma McDonald and Christopher Trenfield in Swan Lake The Swans  Iván Delgado del Río PJ Hurst as a swan

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Tom Clark as a swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Tom Clark as one of the swans.

Liam Mower and Christopher Trenfield as The Prince and The Swan

Liam Mower with Christopher Trenfield as The Swan

The Prince and The Queen

Sara Cormack and Liam Mower in Swan Lake Graham Kotowich, Sara Cormack, Liam Mower,  Carrie Johnson and Tim Hodges. The male Swans Liam Mower and Christopher Trenfield in Swan Lake Katrina Lyndon in Swan Lake

Swan Lake - Christopher Trenfield leaps through the air

The Swans

I cannot recommend Swan Lake highly enough. Liam Mower and Christopher Trenfield were superb as doomed lovers and were supported by an excellent cast including a brilliant Sara Cormack as The Queen. The production is currently on tour across the UK and overseas, and is understandably getting rave reviews.  To buy tickets please take a look at the website.

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The One poster and promotional photographs

February 27th, 2014 by Helen

The poster for Soho Theatre's 'The One'

Here are some images I took for Soho Theatre’s The One. I was asked to photograph a poster image, and then take some portraits of the cast and creatives for general promotional use.

Steve Marmion, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rufus Wright, Lu Corfield and Vicky Jones The cast of The One at Soho Theatre Portrait of Phoebe Waller-Bridge

It was a very cold afternoon in January, we started in the studio at the theatre before heading outside for the portraits. We finished on a rooftop with a fantastic view of London. The play stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rufus Wright and Lu Corfield. The play, directed by Steve Marmion and written by Vicky Jones, has received excellent reviews and is running until 30th March.

 

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