There is a rather beautiful Edwardian mansion in Leigh Woods, Bristol, that has recently gone to rack and ruin. It’s situated in the old Botanic Gardens (here’s the new ones), and has always been a subject of fascination to me… I spent much of my early photographic days shooting the fabulous (listed) gardens, and the building loomed over me as I scurried amongst the borders, day after day, photographing what became a substantial library of flower pictures. So I was glad to be asked to shoot a new campaign for the seriously funky furniture company ‘Couch Design‘ inside the building… it’s very dilapidated and set off the rather colourful and contemporary work of the designer, Ian Archer. So, its obvious I know, but it was chic amongst shabby…. Shabby Chic in fact
Furniture Photography for Couch design, in Bristol
Christmas Photography for Homes and Gardens Magazine
The current (Christmas) issue of Homes and Gardens magazine features two of my interior shoots, both commissioned and completed in August. Yes, while you were all sunning yourselves on the beach I was putting out the decorations, filling the stockings and hanging the holly wreath… These two beautiful homes are in Wiltshire and Lincolnshire, and we had wonderful, long days of photography… the light was fantastic (maybe not that wintry, but thats a bonus!) and above all, both places were stylish and contemporary. Not easy to ‘think’ christmas at that time of year, but I think the effort was worth it! In both cases, the stylists excelled themselves…
Photos copyright Homes and Gardens, TimeInc
Thanks to the wonderful chef Raymond Blanc (‘RB’ to all those that work with him) for letting Homes and Gardens (me actually!) photograph the new vegetable garden at his property… he really was a lovely chap, and the garden was gorgeous… feature was in october Homes and Gardens…
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons vegetable garden with Raymond Blanc
Earlier this year I spent a lovely day with the owners of a new company that make rather nice covered trunks (furniture, not swimming ), photographing the products in a fabulous location house in Sussex. Super organised, they arrived with products, props and snacks (the most important bit), and we spent the day wandering around the beautiful old house, catching the light and enjoying the atmosphere. AND, I got paid for that! whats not to like….
Product Photography in beautiful interior location house
Venice is a rambling, maze-like, maddeningly complicated city with no cars, hundreds of bridges and some streets that are only as wide as some of the tourists that try to walk along them. It has some great bars, some bad food and a lot of crumbling buildings. It floods a lot, and smells of drains in many places. It is (nowadays) very expensive, and there are a lot (really, loads) of people crowded into its tiny space.
It is also the most amazing city, the most beautiful place on earth (IMHO) and is simply fascinating. It is the benchmark of photogenic-ness (is there such a word? there should be) and will stay with you forever if you go. It is, quite simply, bonkers…. and their washing day is a sight to behold…
Washing day, Venice Style
I’ve done a lot of photography for Harbour Hotels group this year, a small group of luxurious and comfortable seaside hotels. We’ve done the lot…spas, bars, rooms, staff, restaurant and food photography; the latest shoot was at The Kings Hotel in Christchurch, Dorset. The restaurants throughout the hotels are run by Alex Aitken and quality is amazing…. consistent , fresh and innovative, the food comes out and I just click the shutter …easy really I use a simple set up, no artificial light and we work quickly. The pressure is on the chefs, who always bring out amazing looking (and tasting!) food. Here’s one from yesterday…. thanks chef!
Oysters at The Kings Hotel, Christchurch, Dorset
I just created a new printed portfolio for a potential client… take a look, and if you are interested in discussing a possible shoot at your hotel get in touch. The images include food photography, room photography, lifestyle, exteriors and people… thanks to the excellent Blurb for the production, and to Lightroom for having such a great book building interface…
Click on the book beneath and use the ‘Full Screen’ button (next to the Blurb logo at bottom right) to see it much bigger… thanks
Many miles covered, many hotels stayed in, many lenses left behind, many coffees gulped and many hours spent in Lightroom, its my summer dash… nearly there now, I have photographed a few hotels, a few interiors (some for Christmas magazines!) and a few English gardens. A lovely time of year for photography, but not especially relaxing! I’m looking forward to a holiday…
The Summer Dash… Interior and Hotel Photography in the UK
I’ve just completed a busy shoot for Rocket Restaurants in London. It’s a small chain of up market cocktail bars selling excellent food, great atmosphere and smart drinks. Based in Bishopsgate, Canary Wharf and the City, the interiors are sharp and cool, (as are the staff!) and the food modern and generous. We had just two days to get a selection of photographs, so it was quick work…. natural light wherever possible, combined with simple and easy styling…. the results are great, and will look spot on in the new website. Thanks to all the staff for the smiley faces and helpfulness!
Interiors, food and drinks at Rocket Restaurants, London
Wonderful weeks holiday in Devon, and a trip (in fact many!) to one of my favourite beaches in the South Hams, at Gara Rock. Its all in the details… (its all in the family too… check out the beach and wave art on my sister’s site )
Beach detail Photography at Gara Rock, South Devon