BRIDAL >> Town Hall Hotel Vintage Glam Bridal Shoot

I don’t quite know if it’s possible to be in love with a venue, but if it is, I think I’m a little bit in love with the Town Hall Hotel.   A pocket of luxury nestled away in unlikely Bethnal Green, it features not only a Michelin star restaurant, breath-taking,  individually designed rooms, and hallways dripping with pieces by up-and-coming artists, but it also houses a gorgeous set of unique venues for weddings.   (And, word has it, that a certain rock legend did a photoshoot there not too long ago!).

I have to admit, I was more than excited to be able to shoot here….

The venue really called for a vintage vibe, but a sophisticated one.  I was thinking Mad Men, 60s film noir, Sophia Loren.  Speaking of Sophia’s, doesn’t our model Sophia St Viller look breathtaking?  That titan hair is to die for.  And this 60’s style shift dress was on loan to us by the lovely ladies at Fur Coat No Knickers – we had so many lovely comments about this dress on the shoot and every bride owes it to themselves to check out FCNK’s boutique in Carnaby Street!


A few weeks before the shoot, I’d met Kate of Kate Ruth Romey, a wedding stationery designer and she was gorgeous enough to not only give us some stationery for the shoot, but she designed a whole set specifically!  How lovely was that?  But that’s what she’s really good at, finding out what your themes and inspirations are, and transforming it into something just perfect for you.  The stationery was not only absolutely lovely, but perfect for our theme!


You might remember I did a jewellery product shoot not too long ago, for Jane Branney, a talented jeweller based in Yorkshire.  She was kind enough to lend us some pieces for the shoot.  The silver earrings below are my favourite – the silver has been imprinted with vintage lace so it has a unique pattern!


Make up was by Victoria Wallen and Ciara Hatton and I was chuffed to bits when they said they’d be on board, especially as I’ve worked with Victoria before and knew she’d knock it out of the park.  Which both her and Ciara totally did!  I know our models Sophia and Lara are gorgeous anyway, but the hair! The eyelashes! The eye make up!  I would really rather like either Victoria or Ciara to live in my make up bag.  Unfortunately for me, they’re busy beautifying actresses for telly and brides for their big day!


Oh, and did I mention the hotel as the most gorgeous indoor pool?


As you can see, the hotel hosts an eclectic mix of architectural styles and decorative influences, but that’s part of it’s charm.  It all works together beautifully, and there isn’t a dull corner.

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Fashion >> Urban v Retro Fashion Show for MakeUp2Dazzle

A Tuesday night and I’m scuttling across Tower Bridge, wishing the wind wasn’t blowing my hair into a big old mess.  I’m not normally that fussed about the state of my barnet, but I do like to look smart when I’m on a job…and when the job is photographing a fashion show, well, let’s just say I wished I brought a hairbrush with me!

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by the brilliant Marcia of MakeUp2Dazzle to photograph the Urban v Retro Fashion Show, along with my friend and fellow photographer Cristina Rossi.  Organised  by Goat Girl Events, the show featured four different designers, numerous outfit changes and had no less than 14 different models.   We started off backstage, getting shots of the girls getting beautified by the lovely MakeUp2Dazzle team:


Though one of my favourite photos is this little sneaky one through the window:

And it wasn’t long before the  models were ready to go.

To see a full set of photos please go to my FB page.

Big thanks to Marcia and her team, Goat Girl Events, all the talented designers (including Riina Oun and Jason Ellis) and all the models.

 

Fashion >> Jewellery by Jane Branney

Though it was officially holidays last week (cosy b&bs! long country walks! icecream!) I managed to sneak in a wee product shoot for Jane Branney, a talented jewellery designer based in Yorkshire.

I really love Jane’s work and wanted to capture the elegant simplicity of each of her individually handcrafted pieces.  She works predominantly in silver and contrasts it beautifully with old  beads.  She also uses vintage textiles as inspiration and even imprints these on to the silver!  Impressive!

You can get in touch with Jane at janebranney@hotmail.co.uk. She’s really lovely and will be more than happy to discuss her pieces/special commissions/prices (which I think are really good!).

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FASHION >> Vintage Shoot

A little while back, an email popped into my inbox from a lovely and massively talented MUA, Victoria Wallen.  She asked if I was interested in helping her and her fellow MUA Julia Plant photograph some looks they were doing for their vintage portfolios. Interested? ALL over it.

The shoots took place over three days in various locations around Greenwich (including an old laundrette and the Royal Naval College) and a special thank you to the gorgeous models who were absolute troopers despite some very blustery weather conditions.  I hate to think of how much hairspray and Percy Pigs we got through, but I’m absolutely thrilled with the photos.  Here’s just a handful.

Full credits below.


Credits

MUAS: Victoria Wallen & Julia Plant
Stylists : Becksy Lou Styling & Samantha McPherson
Models : Adelka Gyorgy, Sarah Woods, Jenny Guttridge
My right hand gal and fellow photographer : Cristina Rossi
Assistants :  Anna Morgan & Claudia Carter