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


University of Glasgow Wedding – Joe and Amy

This University of Glasgow Wedding with Joe and Amy was such a showstopper from start to finish! The day kicked off with Joe and his groomsmen getting ready. The best men were kitted out with fetching kilts and traditional Scottish regalia, including a little dagger (which I found out is called a sgian-dubh) stowed away in their socks. After some trouble attaching the flowers, it was time for the kilt inspection from Amy’s aunt. After a few minor adjustments, they were ready to go.

Meanwhile, just around the corner, Amy and her bridesmaids were getting their hair done. Amy was very relaxed and the girls enjoyed themselves with a with a well-earned glass of Prosecco, which took a few attempts to pop open. A lovely moment was when Amy and her bridesmaids huddled around the mirror to see her get ready for her wedding, with her mum watching on with a tear in her eye.

Joe and Amy got married in Hogwarts. Well, just about as close to Hogwarts as you can get. For the architecture buffs, The University of Glasgow Chapel is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival design, and was built to commemorate the lives lost in the first and second world wars. It is also happens to be a fantastic place to commemorate a wedding.

Amy was walked down the isle to the sweet sounds of the gospel choir Soul Nation, and after the ceremony and group shots, the wedding congregation were escorted to the cloisters, which had the most beautiful light and shadow to take pictures in. Soul Nation continued singing to everyone while they were offered drinks and mini cheddar canapés.

It wouldn’t be a Scottish wedding without some bagpipes, and Joe and Amy didn’t disappoint. Their bagpipe player (who also happened to address the haggis; clearly a multitalented man!) led a procession of guests down the road to the Cottiers theatre, the reception venue. It was beautifully decked out with the most incredible flower arrangements, and fairy lights hung over the tables from the balcony level. Cottiers was originally a church, which means it has a great layout for a wedding party. Once the excellent food and speeches were over, the venue was transformed into a huge dance floor, perfect for the oncoming ceilidh. The guests properly went for it, and as a result, it made our jobs as photographers easy with some fancy (and hilarious) dance routines.

After the ceilidh, it was time for a disco, with Joe’s carefully curated playlist going down a treat. You could really feel the love in there, and by the time it was over no one wanted to go home. Joe and Amy, thank you for asking us to photograph your Glaswegian wedding, it was a blast!

 

University of Glasgow Wedding

University of Glasgow Wedding

 


Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

A couple of weekends ago, we decided to go on a day  trip to Southwold. I used to go regularly as a child, and have fond memories of going on bike rides to the beach and playing in the arcade. Coming back after over 10 years absence, it was interesting to see how much the place has changed. It has definitely become much more popular, being a weekend jaunt for moneyed Londoners, possibly with similar childhood memories of the place.

The pier has witnessed the biggest change. When I used to go there, the place was dilapidated, and I remember being the only kid there pouring my pocket money away into the arcade machines. These days, there are lots of different amusements along the pier, and the fish and chip shop was rammed with customers. Admittedly this was on a Saturday in the middle of August, but it really has improved, otherwise people wouldn’t be voluntarily spending time there!

The high street remains largely the same, although there are more coffee shops and clothing stores. The brewery is still going strong, and it was nice to visit the harbour in Walberswick. The whole area is worthy of a longer stay; it is easy see why we went there so frequently when we were young.

 

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold