White Horse Pub Kings Sutton Promotional Shots

Now that winter is in full swing, and the snow comes down around us, who wouldn’t want to snuggle up with a nice glass of wine next to a smouldering fire in a cosy village pub? Well, if you ever find yourself in Oxfordshire, you could do a hell of a lot worse than The White Horse in Kings Sutton.

Hendrik and Julie have been running the White Horse since 2013, and a year ago we were lucky enough to get a taste of what it’s like when we photographed their beautiful winter wedding. Fast forward 12 months, and Hendrik and Julie asked us if we could do some promotional work for the pub. We gladly said yes as we knew what a fantastic venue and business they run.

We arrived on a Saturday morning and got to work photographing the different spaces before they opened for lunch. As you might imagine, they’ve decorated the place with lots of horse related paraphernalia, but you really couldn’t have named it anything else. We saw at least five horses trot by as we took photos!

I’d heard from a our local Airbnb host that the pub had numerous owners before Hendrik and Julie took over, but none had managed to make it work. Judging by the amount of customers that came in for lunch, it looks like they’re onto something great here. What really sets this place apart is the food. We knew we were taking photos of the food, but we didn’t expect a slap up three course meal on the house as part of the job! The food was beautiful to eat and look at as well. I won’t go into too much detail, because you can see the quality for yourself in the photos below.

Anyway, if you’re planning a visit to the area, you can pre-book here. And if anyone else out there is looking for promotional work for their business, please email me on info@buncombe.co.uk.

 

White Horse Pub Kings Sutton Promotional Shots

White Horse Pub Kings Sutton Promotional Shots

 


Les Mis School Edition Show Photos

It’s been a few weeks since Cambridge Theatre Company performed Les Misérables: School Edition, but it left a very strong impression in the mind. Because it was the school edition of this show, they could showcase the local young talent, as well as perform a classic musical that everyone knows and loves. The leads were fantastic, and the singing was top-notch throughout the whole cast.

The staging was very impressive as well. They brought in a revolving stage, which they used to great effect multiple times, but the best time was probably towards the end with the barricade. It was used in combination with theatrical smoke and dazzling lighting with amazing results.

I was asked to photograph the show during the dress rehearsal. It’s nice to get a front row view of the show, but while taking photos you don’t really take the story or the emotion in. I made sure I bought a ticket so I could enjoy it from the circle. For those of you that didn’t get to see it, you can appreciate the spectacle in all its glory through photos below.

If you are interested in CTC’s next show, you can book your tickets to see James and the Giant Peach this Christmas. I will be taking the rehearsal and show photos for this show as well, so watch this space!

 

 

Les Mis School Edition Show Photos

Les Mis School Edition Show Photos

 


Make a Face Book Launch Caravansérail London

My talented friend Anya Kuvarzina held a very exciting event the other day – she launched her first illustrated children’s book at Caravansérail bookshop near Brick Lane in London. Anyone could pop in and bring their kids to the bookshop and see a live reading of the book, alongside live drawing by Anya herself. The challenge for her was to try and keep up with the reading!

Fortunately, a lot of the pages ask the reader to make a face (hence the name!), or in this case, the groups of parents and children watching intently. This gave her a couple of moments to get ready for the next illustration.

In addition to this, the kids were invited to colour in and draw on print-outs of her illustrations. To be honest, I think the parents derived just as much enjoyment out of colouring as the kids! The owners of Caravansérail were very accommodating, and the bookshop looks amazing. It is the perfect place for this kind of event, and they do a good line in fancy teas and coffee if you fancy a cuppa.

If you would like to to buy the book, you can visit the Caravansérail website for further information, or better yet, why not visit in person? You can also check out much more of Anya’s work on her website.

Anya kindly asked me to take photos at the event. They say you should never work with animals and children, but when they’re so cute, surely this does not apply to photography! See for yourself below…

 

Make a Face Book Launch Caravansérail London

 

Make a Face Book Launch Caravansérail London


Corpus Christi Wedding Cambridge Aisha & Matt

Cambridge University weddings tend to have quite the spectacle about them. They have such rich heritage and status that you require a connection to the college to get married in one. Aisha’s stepfather is a Corpus Christi fellow, and they were lucky to book one of only four weddings that year.

Aisha spent the morning getting ready with her bridesmaids in one of the guest rooms. It was a hive of activity, and as each hour went by more people joined the fray. Matt and his groomsmen were only up the stairs, so we had to make sure we didn’t leave the door ajar in case he sneaked a peek!

Corpus Christi Chapel is a glorious place to get married, and feels quite compact and cosy for such a large space. The guests lined the pews and the isle, so it felt very intimate as the brides and bridesmaids entered. Aisha lit a candle in remembrance of her father, and friends and family gave lovely readings.

After the ceremony, it was time for the group shots. Aisha and Matt were blessed with good fortune, as there was a long enough gap in the rain to get them done. As soon as we captured the final group shot, the rain came down, and guests headed for food and drink.

The dining hall was decked out with candles and tasteful flower arrangements, which added to the grandeur. The speeches were quite lengthy, but were very funny, touching and entertaining. As someone that’s listened to a lot of wedding speeches, it’s a good sign when you’re not looking at the clock!

After the reception, it was time to get down and boogie in the Pelican Bar. With a live DJ and an impressive lighting setup jazzing up the photos, Aisha and Matt gave a classy first dance performance, which even ended with a lift!

To sum things up, as we left we thought about how smoothly the whole day went. It was filled with real happiness and joy. Aisha and Matt, thank you for asking us to photograph your wedding!

 

 

 

Corpus Christi Wedding Cambridge Aisha & Matt

Corpus Christi Wedding Cambridge Aisha & Matt


Les Misérables School Edition Stage Fight!

Cambridge Theatre Company are back with another fantastic show, and one which I’m almost certain you’ve heard of. Even if you don’t know a thing about musicals you will have heard about Les Misérables. CTC are fortunate enough to have the rights to the school edition, which means that cast members up to the age of 19 can perform a number of the original songs from the show.

One of the perks of being a CTC Les Mis School Edition cast member is you get direction from professionals working in the industry. I was asked to come in and take photos during a stage fighting lesson. This entails running through the different scenes, especially scenes in which violence is portrayed, and trying to make it look authentic.

You might wonder why it is important to focus on fighting in a show, but after watching a couple of hours of this one rehearsal, the difference is night and day. At the beginning, the cast members were understandably guessing what a stage fight looked like, and quite often ended up feeling sheepish while doing it. This workshop shows you clever ways to create a convincing physical presence on stage that is completely safe at the same time. By the end of the rehearsal, the cast members were grappling, grabbing, pushing and hurling each other all over the place!

If you were to stumble across these photos without context, it would look like an aggressive man is pushing a load of kids around. You could say this shows a degree of authenticity to the professional’s work! I can categorically state that no cast members were harmed during this rehearsal. I can also state that taking these photos was really interesting, and that it was great to get really close to the action and create nice angles to emphasise the energy of the scenes.

Les Miserables Schools Edition by CTC is running from 24th-28th October at the Leys Theatre in Cambridge. Tickets available here.

 

Les Misérables School Edition Stage Fight

Les Misérables School Edition Stage Fight