My new client ‘Ella & Joe’ have a fantastic range of online gift products so it goes without saying their product photography is paramount to attracting buyers.
The new Father’s day and charity product are launched on their site this week using my studio shots. Ella & Joe’s Katie worked with me on the styling and props and we found that the studio’s shiny surfaces, in-house props and painted tongue and groove walls were perfect backdrops together with carefully chosen themed papers and flowers.
Before Ella & Joe’s previous photographer retired she had delivered amazing results creating home settings in a studio environment so the pressure was on! I was pleased with the results as the studio lighting had to be just right with a clean feel combined with just enough shadow. You can see the new products below and they are also on the Ella & Joe website on the following link; http://ellaandjoe.bigcartel.com/
Earlier this year during that dreadful snow, I was asked to capture photographs of some of the oldest pubs in Newcastle for the new SJF pub company website designed by local design agency MBL Solutions who were managing a brand refresh.
I was particularly over excited about this commission as on the list were the Crown Posada, The Bridge Hotel and New Bridge Inn, three of my favourite places to drink in Newcastle’s city centre due to their stunning interiors.
The Crown Posada is the second oldest pub in Newcastle, the interior is dark and rich and the atmosphere is cosy and inviting. The interior features are a photographers dream with the opportunity to capture creative photos of gilt mirrors, stain glass partitions, brass lamps, green leather upholstery and a record player in a wooden case playing classic albums on request. The narrow shape and dramatic coffered ceiling adds to the traditional ale house character. There is even the whimsical story of the pub being named after a Spanish sailor who bought the pub for his mistress to add to the historical intrigue.
For anyone whom hasn’t been to sample the real ale and excellent selection of whiskies its worth a visit during daylight to see the magnificent feature stain glass window illuminated.
MBL Solution’s fantastic new website is, can be seen together with my photography on the following link; http://www.crownposadanewcastle.co.uk/ for more about MBL’s work see their site on http://www.mblsolutions.co.uk/
Nestled in Lymm, a gorgeous little village in Cheshire there is a fantastic award winning AA Restaurant of the Year Heineken pub which boasts the fantastic menus created by Aiden Byrne. You may have been watching The Great British Menu series on BBC2 recently and this week it has seen competing chef Aiden making it though to the Comic Relief finals. For more information on the programme here is a link to the Radio Times:
These shots were taken for a Heineken article highlighting this particular pub and the success of Aiden and his lovely wife Sarah as the lessees. They have won countless awards for the food at the Church Green and now Aiden has gone on to open a new restaurant in Manchester that will be televised on the BBC later this year. Here are few from the shoot;
This Saturday the hugely anticipated David Bowie is exhibition opens at the V&A in London. It has had a record breaking ticket pre-sales and the reviews are fantastic.
As a rather over excited official photographer I went in on Monday to capture the exhibition specifically focusing on the Environmental Graphic Design for studio HB http://www.studiohb.co.uk/ and for the other team members including AV Designers (Olympic Opening Ceremony & War Horse) 59 Productions http://59productions.co.uk/, 3D Designers Real Studios http://www.realstudios.co.uk/ and DHA Lighting Design http://www.dhadesigns.com/
The grey, orange and black colour palette is a fun and sophisticated nod to Bowie’s Ziggy days and the dramatic projections, sample objects and iconic costumes are a treat to soak up. So for those of you who don’t have an invite to the opening party or cant make it to London before the close in August, here is your own private view…..
….”its the best selling show..oh oh oh……”
My interior photography portfolio is ever-growing as I recently decided to specialise in pub and restaurant imagery. So I was delighted to shoot a series of images for Heineken’s Star Pubs internal pub guide. The document was being created specially to feature Edinburgh and London’s best pubs under the Star Pubs & Bars company owned by Heineken.
Some of the work shot in both capitals, features on my interiors page on my website, however there are a few favourites I plan to blog over the next few months as the interior design was so diverse and interesting and therefore an absolute joy to photograph. The King’s Wark was one of my favourites as it had a friendly and warm atmosphere and has won high acclaim for it’s creative and high quality food offering. It’s well worth a stop by if you happen to be near, so here is the link on google maps; https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ie=UTF8&cid=14389855832584827095&q=Kings+Wark&iwloc=A&gl=GB&hl=en