I spent several days over the weekend relaxing and enjoying some time watching Middlesex CCC play Surrey CCC in the LV championship at Lords. My love of cricket has brought me into contact with several journalists and commentators on the sport and one of them is Lizzy Ammon. A writer and blogger with Spin Cricket, Mirror Sport, MSN Sport and sometimes commentator on Test Match Sofa, Lizzy’s life long love of cricket is well known amongst the cricket crowd. She had wanted some new photos for a while, we have probably discussed it on and off for a year or so, but never managed to get our diaries synchronised until this weekend. Lords is of course an amazing and historical ground, though by its very nature, has to be hugely functional as well, but there are still lots of opportunities for some great portrait pictures. Here are just a few of them.
At an Athena networking lunch recently I met a lovely lady called Jill Thorn. Jill runs a Virtual PA company called Blue Umbrella, operating nationally. She is in the process of having her website updated, so wanted her profile pictures updating too. I visited her at her home and we decided to utilise a range of backgrounds to create a small portfolio of images that could be used in different situations, from very plain backgrounds, to more environmental styles.
I was recently contacted by Jason Demant of Inner Life Coaching who wanted some photographs for his website, both pictures just of himself and some of him working with a client. I think we achieved both, these are just a few examples.
A few quick review images from an event at Lords Cricket Ground in London. Sponsored by Cisco, Indian based electronics suppliers attended a gala evening in London as part of a UK tour. The evening included presentations to the companies, entertainment and a buffet style meal cooked by the excellent Cinnamon Club Restaurant.
Dianne Edwards of De-Va Virtual Assistance wanted some nice headshots that were a little more relaxed than straight studio images, but still looked the part. So, we found ourselves a nice room to shoot in.
Last Monday I headed over to St Pauls Church in Hammersmith to photograph the Mayhew Animal Home Tinsel & Tails evening of glamour and of course, fund raising.
Guests of honour were some of the Mayhews former canine residents, but also included actor Peter Egan, radio presenters Jo and Anna from BBC Radio London’s Barking at the Moon, Tv Vet Marc Abraham, a performance by Elsie Music and more.
These are just a few of the pictures from the evening.
Peter Egan with Jo, Anna and the ladies beautiful dogs.
Mayhew CEO Caroline explains why the work of the Mayhew is so important
Ko the Akita, rescued by the Mayhew and now rehomed
Actor Peter Egan did a brilliant reading on ‘How to give a cat a pill’
Events Co-ordinator Lisa and some of the staff & volunteers
We ran a photobooth to help raise more money and have some fun
I recently met a very nice lady who is part of the team that runs Bibliotheque in Muswell hill & Potters bar – a company that specialises in contemporary Porcelain and Mosaic Tiles. I visited the showroom and was stunned by both the range and quality of the materials so was very happy when I received an email asking if I could go and photograph some of the porcelain tiles and mosaic tiles installed in a clients apartment here in North London.
The aim was to show how the tiles blend in with other decoration and enhance the environment into which they are fitted. In this instance, the porcelain & mosaic tiles were used in the bathroom, as well as throughout the apartment on the floor. When you scroll down the photographs you may think the floor is wooden and indeed, it is a very good impersonator, but is actually gorgeous tiles created to replicate the joys of wood without many of the associated issues and maintenance.
If you would like more information about the range Bibliotheque can supply for you, then please visit their website at www.bibliotheque.co.uk Alternatively you can call or pop into their showrooms.
Boutique - 230 Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, London N10 3DU Tel/Fax: 020 8883 3715
Architectural - Arch 2 The Viaduct, St James’s Lane, Muswell Hill, London N10 3QX Tel: 020 8365 2084
Hertfordshire - Unit 11 Devonshire Business Centre, Cranborne Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 3JR Tel: 01707 649932
On Monday I was at The Haven Bistro in Whetstone, London, photographing a Gala Dinner in aid of local charity Cherry Lodge Cancer Care of Barnet. It was an amazing night with a lot of money raised through tickets, sponsorship, a raffle and an auction. Huge thanks and congratulations to everyone that came along, including Zap the Magician and Singer/DJ Daniel Rossen, all the sponsors of the evening and of course the staff & volunteers of Cherry Lodge that helped with the organisation.
Some pictures….if you would like to see the entire gallery and raise even more money for Cherry Lodge by purchasing downloads of them, please do click HERE - thankyou.
As a photographer, my chosen charity is the Mayhew Animal Home here in London and working for them has brought me into contact with a wide range of people I would never otherwise have met.
This week it was Peter, one of the brains behind Grade Design Consultants Ltd, a graphic design company based in Central London. Grade are working with the Mayhew on a new campaign to promote spaying/neutering to prevent unwanted pregnancies and more animals ending up in animal homes like the Mayhew. I was asked if I could do the photographs that would be used in the campaign and there will be more about that when the campaign goes live – suffice to say, the guys at Grade came up with a genius of an idea that had my full admiration.
Whilst discussing this project, Peter asked me if I could do some portrait pictures of him, for use in company marketing, etc, but he wanted to get away from the usual ‘plain white backdrop’ headshots and do something a bit more contemporary and artistic. This was actually quite an easy request, Grade are based in the old Sarsons Vinegar factory near Tower Bridge, a redeveloped complex that boasts plenty of original Victorian architecture, combined with a completely modern glass/steel refurbishment. The perfect backdrop for some great portraits and something I think more people should consider.
If you want to contact Grade Design Consultants to discuss your own design requirements, here are their details