Architectural Model Photography

It’s a small world! I have photographed a few of Designscape’s houses (the real ones that is), so when they asked me to do some studio photography for them of their architectural models, I thought twice about it and then said yes.  Its a completely different discipline… EVERY speck of dust shows up, every imperfection.  However, its also similar in many ways.  The lighting and composition.  And then there’s the post production! getting those black backgrounds right, focus stacking and endless ‘spotting’ in photoshop.  I loved it actually…

Architectural Model Photography

Architectural Model Photography

Architectural Model Photography

Architectural Model Photography

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Frosty Garden Photography at Hanham Court Gardens, Bristol

Just returned from a lovely but freezing tramp around my friends garden in Bristol.  Frosty weather is great for the garden photographer because it emphasises the shapes and structure of a well designed garden (not many are as well designed as this one!) and gives all the forms a well defined edge and ‘glitter’.  However, if you only have one pair of socks on, it can be jolly uncomfortable… after weeks of rain and dull skies, this week has been a good one for the garden photographer!  check out more of these, over on my garden photography stock website…

Frosty Garden Photography at Hanham Court Gardens, Bristol

Frosty winter morning at Hanham Court Gardens, Bristol

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Photography of Food and Interiors at The Bunch of Grapes in Bradford on Avon

I’ve certainly made the most of my commissions to photograph Château Rigaud, a super-stylish retreat tucked among the vines not far from Saint-Émilion in South West France and run with much generosity and panache by Anna and Aib Barwick. Not really like work – photographing wonderful interiors, landscapes and gorgeous food prepared by top chef, Steve Carrs and his team – but as good as it is, it’s a bit of a shlep to go for lunch or dinner. So praise be – Anna and Aib have only gone and opened a sort of outpost in Bradford-on-Avon, a mere half an hour train journey from home! I’m looking forward to rustic French classics from a menu put together by Steve  and cooked in an impressive wood-fired oven known as a ‘Bertha’, beautifully crafted and atmospheric interiors from the very talented designer Debrah Smith and a blooming brilliant wine list to wade my way through. However, I’ve got to sing for my supper, so here are some pics of the place to whet your appetite – and mine…

 

The Bunch of Grapes at Bradford on Avon

The Bunch of Grapes at Bradford on Avon

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Venice

“Venice is the most romantic place in the world but it’s even better when there is no one around” Woody Allen

Photography in Venice, Italy

Photography in Venice, Italy

Really, the most beautiful place I have ever been to.  I have been many times, but find myself constantly dreaming of returning

 

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Spring Garden Photography

Just a little reminder that these long dark days will end with a burst of colour, sometime around march or april next year… its worth the wait!  Thanks to Hanham Court and Hilliers Gardens for letting me in to photograph their gardens last year!

It'll be worth the wait! Spring Garden Photography

It’ll be worth the wait! Spring Garden Photography

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The Star Castle Hotel, Scilly Isles

what a wonderful place! the hotel was friendly and, fantastically, star-shaped (!), the food was top class and the rooms were warm and comfortable.  Ive never been to the Scilly Isles before, but I’m already planning a trip back next year (partly to see and photograph the Tresco Abbey Gardens on a nearby island)… its like an old fashioned version of Salcombe in Devon, but with bird watchers instead of Range Rovers! loved it… the Star is run by the same family that have planted a few thousand vines and are making wine at ‘Holyvale Wine‘ just up the hill from the hotel.  Planted in 2009, they are just starting to produce wine, and its (of course) on the menu at The Star Castle… so, if you are interested in good English wine and want to visit (and taste) it, come to the Scilly Isles!

Photography at The Star Castle Hotel on the Scilly Isles

Photography at The Star Castle Hotel on the Scilly Isles

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Brass Pineapples! interior design photography London

Had a great days shoot with up and coming young designers Gunter and Co in South Kensington the other day… simple, bold, colourful and clean lines, they made a small flat look big, and even though we had some problems with an errant ‘leafy twig’ I reckon these guys will go far 😉  I followed it up with a nice cuppa at The Victoria and Albert cafe just down the road, and then went partying in Acton.  What a life…

Interior Design Photographer, London

Brass Pineapples are all the rage. So I’ve heard…

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Photographing at the zoo

just finished a great job photographing the new lodge accommodation at Bristol Zoo… Not animal accommodation, but a luxury pad for people! Designed by Clifton interior designers ‘Bracey’, it’s a smart and comfortable two bedroom apartment next door to the gorillas (really!), and part of the deal is that you have your own private chef, and an ‘out of hours’ private tour of the other local houses (monkey house, penguin house etc)… We photographed the interiors and the fabulous food… Another varied day for me…

Food and Interior Photography at The Lodge, Bristol Zoo.

Food and Interior Photography at The Lodge, Bristol Zoo.

 

Bristol Zoo interiors and food photography

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Salcombe, South Devon

Just one of my favourite views, thats all!  Salcombe is a busy holiday village that used to be a real working fishing village…. its now a ridiculously expensive holiday haven, and a view like this explains why that is.  Its also a view that hasn’t really changed much, and I can remember even only 25 years ago when there would have been fishing boats going out first thing in the morning.  Still a wonderful place I visit a lot…

Salcombe boats view

View across the estuary at Salcombe, South Devon

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Kitchen Photography with Che Guevara

I just met Che Guevara in this rather fabulous kitchen designed and made by Chiselwood Kitchens of Lincoln.  The ‘Revolutionary’ design (ooh I’m on top form this morning 😉 ) is by Martin and Mel Holliday who have been building kitchens and winning a host of awards since 1986.  Really beautifully finished, great shapes and colours,  and the appliances are by Sub Zero and Wolf.  Not sure who the bloke in the corner is though…

Kitchen Photography for Chiselwood Kitchens in Lincolnshire

Kitchen Photography for Chiselwood Kitchens in Lincolnshire

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