Hotel Video Production

I’m delighted that I am now working alongside Holden Films and we are offering a video production service to complement our already well known photographic services for Hotels.  Please take a look at one of our recent short videos, done for Salcombe Harbour Hotel in Devon.  Maybe we could do something for your company.  Phone or email myself or Holden Films

SHH from Holden Films on Vimeo.

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Flower Photography at Keukenhof

These tulips, shot last year at Keukenhof, have amazing colours and shapes that are often the result of mutations in the flower.  Keukenhof is an amazing place if you love tulips, and if you get bored there, you can always nip into Amsterdam ;-)

Fabulous colours of Parrot and fringed Tulips... shot last year at Keukenhof

Fabulous colours of Parrot and fringed Tulips… shot last year at Keukenhof

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.”
– Georgia O’Keeffe

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Warbler Camera Straps video

I love this! in my other guise, I design camera straps and have a small company called ‘Warbler Camera Straps’… my son, the excellent film maker (I would say that I know!) Billy Bolton, has made this film, entirely with an IPhone and rudimentary software… all in a couple of days whilst away at New Year… please take a look at it, its only short, but isn’t it amazing what you can do nowadays with your phone?! and if you need something similar, get in touch with him via his website

This film features the ‘Dartford’ strap, which is ideal for the medium sized DSLR, mirrorless or rangefinder camera… in three colours and two fittings… Warbler website here

 

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Furniture Photography in Bristol for Couch Design

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

Furniture Photography for Couch design, in Bristol

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Photography for Homes and Gardens Magazine at Christmas

Christmas Photography for Homes and Gardens Magazine

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

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Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

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

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons vegetable garden with Raymond Blanc

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The English Trunk Company Photo Shoot

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

Product Photography in beautiful interior location house

 

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Washing day, Venice style..

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

Washing day, Venice Style

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Food Photography for Hotels

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

Oysters at The Kings Hotel, Christchurch, Dorset

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Hotel Photography Portfolio

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

 

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