Shop Tent - Popup Photo Studio

This year's London Design Festival took on an extra level of excitement this year as I turned part of the Tent show into a photo studio! I was there to photograph the work of over 60 designers for the new Shop Tent e-commerce platform.

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Over the four days I met, and photographed the work of many talented designers such as Galvin Brothers, Cascade, Situs, Studio Löfström, Alice Blogg, Kitty McCall, Mr Wingate, Parris Wakefield, Michael and George, James Price and Primary Grey to name just a few.

It was refreshing to work with some larger items of furniture, including a 45kg solid bronze chair from ChiLab - try shifting that!

I caught up with some of my clients too... Studio Flock, Sue Pryke, Wild and Wood, Lorna Syson, Fanny Shorter and Melody Rose all had excellent work on display.

On the last day I even picked up a beanbag from Fatboy - recommended!

To see some of the results, check out the updated Cutouts gallery

Loving the cutouts from Shop Tent? Now I have the studio space, I can shoot smaller groups of products, even at short notice. Find out more here.

Recent shoots

Before and after a very intense on-site photo studio with Shop Tent (60 designers in 4 days!), I've been keeping busy on location in my own studio... here's a sample of some recent shoots.

Studio shoot for Jules Hogan

Studio Shot for Jane Farnham Designs

Dashwood Studio, location shoot in High Wycombe

Georgia Bosson location shoot in Blackheath.

Eloise Hall studio shoot for new greeting cards.

Rosa and Clara Designs Christmas shoot

Location shoot in Gospel Oak with We Love Kaoru (this house was incredible!)

Tent London Photo Studio

This week you can catch me at Tent London, where I'll be running a pop-up photo studio on site.

I'll be creating product shots for designers involved with the new Shop Tent platform.

Find me in Hall T1 - come say hello!

Some of the designers I've worked with be at the show, here's a samples of the shoots.

Sue Pryke. Stand F08, T1

Melody Rose. Stand F12, T1

Studio Flock. Stand D10, T1

Fanny Shorter. Stand K03, T5

Lorna Syson. Stand F04, T1

Sarah Hamilton - inside the studio

Last month I spent wonderful couple of days shooting with artist Sarah Hamilton. We used her mid-century home in Dulwich for the shoot and were joined by the talented stylist Joanna Thornhill.

Here's some picks from the shoot. Look out for more at Sarah's website launching next week!

News from the road...

After a lovely holiday in Australia it was off on location shoots last two weeks. Here's some previews of shoots for Cecily Vessey, Graduate Collection, Rosa and Clara Designs and Reddskin.

Updates coming soon including Sarah Hamilton, Jo HAM, Melody Rose and Bert&May.

HAM goes local at West Elm

Last month I spent a lovely day in the studio with designer Jo Ham and 'paper wizard' Annabel Lam. The resulting shots (below) were used to promote the 'West Elm Local' display in the Tottenham Court Road store. It's a rotating three month in store pop-up to showcase London-based designers and also one of HAM's first forays into colour!

Read more on West Elm's London Facebook page + follow @westelmlondon on Instagram to stay up-to-date on #westelmlocal in London.

Some wonderful card shot were also created (featuring the new rabbits, below) - check out the custom made props!



Recent shoots outside the city

I love my job. Here's some highlights from recent tours to Hove, Winchester, Essex, Nottingham and Saxmundham. Every shoot seemed to involve animals... Nothing like a summer's day in the English countryside. Always nice to return to home in London though.

Club Matters on location near Winchester. Was supposed to be photographing tablemats but the flock of peacocks (literally - there's over 20 resident there) kept distracting me!

Club Matters on location near Winchester. Was supposed to be photographing tablemats but the flock of peacocks (literally - there's over 20 resident there) kept distracting me!

While at the Cole of London manor, I was again directed by animals, this time the three beautiful cats. I did manage to also photograph the lovely Bone China however!

Cole of London on location in Saxmundham. Yes those are real strawberries and yes, we ate them. Tough shoot.

Another shoot, another cat. This time at a lovely cottage near Harlow Town with For All We Know.

More Bone China fun in the sun, with For All We Know.

Fun with MIBO in Hove. We took the animals into the garden. This dude seems right at home.

New Designers panel

I'm proud to announce I'll be on a panel alongside Craft Central, Etsy, Cockpit Arts, SPACE Studios and many more excellent people at the The Design Trust Start Up Day at New Designers, 26 June.

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This information-packed day will run 10.30am – 4.30pm, featuring interviews with journalists, talks and themed panel discussions with a wide range of professional organisations and businesses from across the UK, who can help you to start and run a better creative business.

View the full schedule and book tickets via the Design Trust website for just £9 in advance instead of £14.50 on the door.

First impressions

I'll bet you'll scan this page, including the image below, and move on to another in less than 5 seconds.

Dashwood Studio

Still with me?

I was thinking today about how fast we digest content. When I'm editing 150-200 images from a typical product shoot, I'm scanning through at quite a rate, but there are some images (such as the one above) that make me stop.

I'm sure it's a combination of things, but for me, principally it's about light and composition.

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Photography deserves dedicated time - first impressions count more now than ever before.

The great images may sometimes be created by chance, but it's always within the wider context of diligent work.

Get in touch to see how I could create some for you.