So I made a big decision to leave London behind, take up my trilby and head over to Asia. I’ll be blogging about it here. Since my last post I’ve worked on a few more projects, met some more wonderful people, and come to a few realisations about my life and the direction I want to take in it.
I had some promo flyers designed and went door to door in my local area leafletting – ZERO bites! Very surprising as it’s not a poor area and there’s lots of families. So I thought I’d change tack and head out to hairdressers, barbers and beauty related companies in Streatham Hill. I had a lot of interest, and the guys at Final Touch wanted me to come back the same day and take some in-action photos, as well as a group one for their wall:
A few weeks later I got a call from a friend of a friend wanting to produce her portfolio ahead of returning to Nigeria to take care of her business ventures there. Velvet Rouge Fashion PR Diaries, headed by Funmi.
Funmi is a stylist with great vision and a strong future ahead of her wherever she ends up.. The shoot was for a collection of 8 Autumn/Winter and 8 Spring/Summer.
All were shot in the Brick Lane, Café 1001 area with some glorious weather!
There was some good pick up from blogs and fashion sites, enough to warrant a 2nd shoot some point in December.
Before the Olympics, I heard a buzz about an exciting project from @MeanWriteHook and @Crowable called #CitizenCurators. Based around Twitter during the London 2012 Olympics reporting on London’s locals and visitors during the games, and their reactions to the largest sporting event in the UK in recent years.
Another side project I got involved in was through another friend for her business; Angelique Panagos Nutrition – just some headshots for her website and online profile. Angelique does a great job of instructing you how food can be the best medicine, you should book a session with her!
Both acts definitely worth checking out. The launch party packed out the Albany and lots of great music pumped out the whole night long.
A bit of a random next project, I was walking down the street in Camden on my phone talking to a friend about a shoot and when I’d hung up I got a tap on the shoulder “Are you a photographer? I need some shots for my portfolio” and that’s how the shoot with Jake Osner happened, an up-and-coming actor/entertainer. Gotta love those random encounters..
Then another random encounter led to a veteran actor, James Laurenson, with 50 years of stage and screen under his belt… turns out he’d seen the photo I took of Peter Egan on the National Theatre site and he needed some headshots doing for Spotlight.
Sadly, he needed them next day, and in Somerset, so I had to refuse, but I offered instead for a free session when he returned to London – I have a lot of respect for his work so a free gig wasn’t really an issue. Here is my favourite from the day, and what a nice, sound man James is.
I’ve known Francesca from the Cellophane Flowers for a year or so now, and try to get to their gigs when possible as they’re based in Herne Hill. I’d just got a brand new camera, the 5D MkII so this was the first chance I had to use it, here’s a great photo of Francesca..
I’d been working at ActionAid for a short while to earn enough cash to go travelling and I was asked to attend a parliamentary event discussing the post 2015 (millenium development goals) and what it means for women’s rights. A host of MPs including Secretary of State, Justine Greening MP were in attendance.
In October I had another wedding, the first where I knew less than 3 people who were attending so I knew it would be both a challenge but also that there would be less distractions from getting the good shots I needed for the bride and groom.
The groom is from Wales, so there was a large Welsh contingent, this made for some great comedy moments during the speeches (and even just before the bride arrived)
And my last photo from recent events that I’ll be posting here came when my friend Peter, from Denmark did his usual bi-monthly visit to the UK for a great organisation’s 1st birthday. K-9 Angels are Victoria, Pola and Anneka, a trio who help save stray dogs in Romania and bring them back to loving homes in the UK.
So there you have it.. that’ll be the last blog post here for a while, as I concentrate on the plans to travel East Asia – but you can follow me on Twitter, on Facebook (check out the right hand sidebar ——> to follow me).
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