The Magnolias are in full flower… great big weird flowers with an improbable colour and appearance (the flowers are too big for the twigs they sit on, surely?). I love this time of year and these trees always make me want to whizz down the motorway to Cornwall… home of the spring garden. This was is called ‘Diva’ and was shot on my Canon 6D and processed afterwards with a new ‘toy'; a ‘Topaz’ plugin, that works within my Lightroom software… rather nice colour saturation I think?
Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’
Just been back to re photograph ‘The Old Stocks’ Hotel in Stow on the Wold, nine months after the first shoot… and what a difference! the new owners have completed an amazing transformation, just in time to welcome guests at last weeks Cheltenham Festival. The new ‘Old Stocks’ is contemporary and sharp, with excellent food (to be photographed this week) and stylish rooms, thanks to Interior Designer Jordan Littler… and thanks also to ‘Alias’, Stow’s marketers-supreme for getting me to do the hotel photography. Again. Out with the old and in with the new Old Stocks !
The new ‘Old Stocks’
The older ‘Old Stocks’
Just got back from a great stay in Marrakech and quickly wanted to upload these I did for my Instagram feed… The light (even though its midwinter!) was amazing. These are all off my Iphone 6, but I also shot for my stock libraries and sniffed out some wonderful Riads. El Fenn and Riad L’Orangeraie were beautiful, calm oases in a mad city and a quick beer at either is a lifesaver… and as for Jardin Majorelle, well that was equally stunning. Please follow me on Instagram, and please take a trip to Marrakech!
The light in Marrakech is a photographers dream!
We’re proud to announce that we now offer a new service to interested companies, making short marketing videos. I am working with Billy Bolton, who achieved a first class degree two years ago from London College of Communications, specialising in Video Production. We would be happy to discuss your requirements, and will post some more samples soon. In the mean time, take a look at a recent job for Harbour Hotels group, shot at their rather lovely Salcombe hotel. We have also recently completed work for the very fashionable and distinctly quirky ‘Artsits Residence’ hotel in London. Watch this space!
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SHH from Holden Films on Vimeo.
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
“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
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…
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