Hotel Photography at night

Just spent a great evening at Christchurch Harbour Hotel in Dorset, out on the terrace, drinking cocktails and picking at canapes…. actually thats not strictly true… it was a bit chilly, there were people wandering about and the napkins were flying around in the wind.  Yes, another ‘trickier than I thought’ hotel shoot.  Thanks to Gemma and the team at the hotel, we got the right image and it was all worth it!  here it is on the hotel web site

Hotel Photography at Night

Christchurch Harbour Hotel, an evening on the terrace

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Hotel Photography at Penally Abbey, Wales

 

Hotel Photography at Penally Abbey, Wales

Hotel Photography at Penally Abbey, Wales

‘We’re not hoteliers,’ says Lucas Boissevain,  who together with his wife Melanie bought Penally Abbey in Tenby, West Wales in 2014. Well, strictly speaking they are not. You wouldn’t know it though as you watch them buzz around the place dealing with staff, sorting menus, charming their guests. In just eight months, they’ve transformed what was a slightly tired hotel into a gorgeous boutique retreat. It helps that Melanie is an interior designer while Lucas knows all there is to know about business. It helps too that they have one of the most beautiful buildings in the area crammed with Strawberry Hill Gothic features and boasting (to use an estate agent’s favourite word) heart-stopping views to Caldey Island and the Gower. Who needs hoteliers!

 

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Restaurant Photography at Chateau Rigaud

The fabulous chefs, Steve Carss and Tom Green (The Flavour Smith) cooked up a storm at Chateau Rigaud this weekend, the sun shone and the wine flowed (thanks to Anna and Abe, who are opening their new restaurant in Bradford on Avon soon… watch this space).  A brilliant time was had by all…

Tom Green abd Steve Carrs, deadly duo...

Tom Green abd Steve Carrs, deadly duo…

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Easter in Italy

Happy Easter!.. this photograph was taken in the lovely Garfagnana; a hidden gem in Tuscany… not far from Lucca, it’s the wild hill country North of Florence, Lucca, and Pisa… dramatic mountainous scenery, hearty food and amazing views…

Easter in the Garfagnana, Italy

Easter in the Garfagnana, Italy

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Magnolia Flowers

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' photographed with a Canon and processed with Topaz

Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’

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Nine months in the making…

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 new ‘Old Stocks’

The Old Strocks, Stow on the Wold, hotel and Inn

The older ‘Old Stocks’

 

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Marrakech Light… photography in Morocco

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!

The light in Marrakech is a photographers dream!

 

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Hotel Video Production

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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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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