“… This inventive and beautifully lit approach made the evening photogenic and interesting…”Read More
I'm a movie bore. I like that my Bluray collection is stacked neatly and I've watched the 'making of' docs on disk 2 far more than the movie in itself. But more importantly, it is being a movie fan that led to me becoming a photographer.
Composition, direction, editing styles, presentation standards, etc., they are all sources of huge inspiration for me, plus they are elements which make up a typical working day.
I also embrace the fact they remind me of being a kid. It's a conduit to a happy, imaginative time - the rabbit hole back to the good ole days.
Apart from Star Wars, the film that made the biggest impression on me as a child of the 1970's, was Jaws. Without seeing these 120 minute chunks of imagination when I was an impressionable little lad, I have no idea what I'd be doing now.
So my latest 'cool stuff' suggestion is The Jaws Log, a riveting chronicle of the film which basically invented the summer blockbuster phenomenon. Written by the movie's co-writer, Carl Gottlieb, it's not only a fascinating look at this particular movie (and it's quite a tale, trust me), but also a wonderful insight into how a story travels from novel to screen. A truly enlightening read.
And if you're of an enquiring mind, check out Jamie Benning's brilliant Filmumentaries collection, including Jaws - yet more 'cool stuff'.
"...It's safe to say there were more fleeting glances at Instagram than studies of the Caneletto or Caravaggio masterpieces on display... such is (modern) life..."Read More
"... This is thoughtful, intelligent photography with real heft and presence..."Read More
"... this amazing location - tucked away off Fleet Street near the river Thames, is steeped in some of the richest memories in British history..."Read More
"As soon as Becky and Nick rocketed around the dance floor like complete pros, I was unsure whether I could capture the movement and energy of the routine..."Read More
I'm being commissioned more and more to shoot smaller weddings in venues with a very intimate feel. It might be a private dining rooms in a luxury boutique hotel or a lovely residence with a family party feel. Yet in every case, the events are very specific in their design and attention to detail is of paramount importance.
One such recent shoot was at The Connaught hotel in the heart of London's Mayfair. This stunning venue dates back to 1815 (when it was called The Coburg) and, in its various incarnations, has always been frequented by the great and good.
Katy and Jonathan had chosen to hold their small wedding ceremony close by - at The Mayfair Library - before they and their party walked through the gardens behind Farm St Church and into Mount Street.
After a relaxed drinks reception the 30 or so guests were treated to a sumptuous meal in The Carlos Room, and it's here we photographically pick up the day, because the detail was absolutely stunning...
Entirely lit by candles, Katy's vision was brought to life by suppliers operating at the very top of their game. I recall walking into the room and being struck by the soft orange hue. The light whispered pure luxury while still being inviting and comfortable - the perfect combination which allowed this tight-knit group of family and friends to enjoy themselves to the full.
So, in the hope the photography reflects the scene, here is a little corner of The Connaught in all its romantic glory.
Below, as usual, are only a few from the set. Click any thumbnail to enlarge...
"... Kew Gardens and a sunny August day, the perfect match. It’s an interesting location on any day of the year, but switch on some lush, bright light and the place just buzzes..."Read More
This little film will absolutely warm your heart - and that’s my idea of Christmas; a time to think, reflect and feel pretty lucky. You’ll see what I mean.Read More
It's fashionable these days to knock digital, to somehow suggest film was/is better. It's not. It's just different...Read More
For a photographer who is at his most stimulated when shooting people, the opportunity to float around the periphery of a bunch of people who totally ignore you is manna from heaven...Read More
I love the energy in this shot - it just shouts 'party!!' at you.
It's just one of a series of full-throated sing-a-long images taken during a lovely summer wedding at Kew Gardens. This frame also confirms that any wedding is most definitely a people day. It really could be anywhere and it's timeless, something I try very hard to get across in any given set.
And if you're wondering about the track, it's a classic. Let's just say Freddie Mercury would be proud...
I love small weddings. They suit my style and attention to detail and I like the feeling of being able to concentrate on specific emotions of a select number of people...Read More
"... I spent an hour, just me and best buddy my 50mm lens, prowling around like a clumsy cat trying to capture the creative chaos of Chantal’s crack team of floral ninjas..."Read More