Annie The Musical – Cambridge Operatic Society (CaOS)

It’s been over a month since I photographed Annie The Musical – Cambridge Operatic Society at Cambridge Arts Theatre, so it’s high time these pictures were shared on the blog. The delay was mainly down to prioritising the sending of DVDs to cast members, but now that’s done I can freely post my favourites.

I was fortunate enough to be asked by CaOS to photograph the rehearsals due to the work I have done for Cambridge Theatre Company (CTC) and Wilburton Theatre Group (WTG). Acronyms aplenty! Photographically speaking, the fun part of this show was the size of the cast – there were two groups due to the amount of children required to put on this show. It was deemed unfair to put so much pressure on one set of kids, so they had two teams – Hooverville and Washington. This meant that there were nearly 30 cast members in all! It also gave me two shows to photograph, and two chances to catch decent shots of the performances.

Having not photographed in Cambridge Arts Theatre before, I was a little unsure about how to go about photographing the show. The lighting designer needed to have a pretty clear view of the stage most of the time, so I was very conscious not to plod about in the middle for too long. This also meant I bashed my legs into the arm rests a lot, as I rushed between the different rows. Suffering for your art is part of the job!

As far as I could tell, the dress rehearsals went without a hitch. The lighting looked great, and the singing and acting was of a high standard. The show has finished its run, but CaOS will be putting on a new show around this time next year. You can keep an eye on their latest productions by clicking here. The photos have been split into three sections – Early rehearsals, Washington Dress Rehearsals and Hooverville Dress Rehearsals.

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Hooverville Dress

Annie The Musical – Cambridge Operatic Society


Banbury Oxfordshire Winter Wedding – Julie and Hendrik

Julie and Hendrik chose to have their wedding right at the end of the year, in the picturesque village of Kings Sutton, near Banbury in Oxfordshire. On the morning of the wedding, while driving from our hotel to take photos of Julie getting ready, a beautiful mist had settled amongst the hills, which was illuminated by the low-rising sun, casting a warm glow across the fields. Light like this always makes for interesting compositions.

Once we arrived in Kings Sutton, we noticed that the frost had created a white carpet around the church, reminiscent of something out of a children’s fairy tale. This idyllic scene was complimented by the white horse that stood waiting for them at the end of the confetti line!

The white horse was a nice touch, but also has added meaning. The pub Julie and Hendrik own and manage is called the White Horse, and is situated across the green from the church. You really couldn’t ask for much more, and both the bride and groom looked picture-perfect. The bridesmaids had pastel blue dresses that matched the wintry conditions outside, and made for lovely group shots on the whitened grass.

Holding the reception in their own pub, they were able to decorate exactly how they wanted, and combined the natural warmth of oak beams, a roaring fire and candlelight with contemporary touches like photo boards and sweetie jars. While the guests ate the delicious food, there was an excellent performer playing stripped back piano versions of modern classics, which the kids were fascinated by and enjoyed dancing to.

Julie and Hendrik capped off the evening by hiring a DJ to play into the small hours. Meanwhile, I managed to sneak out to take a couple of long exposure shots of the pub and the church, which were enhanced by the returning mist. All in all, you couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque and romantic winter wedding. Julie and Hendrik, thank you for asking me to photograph your wedding, and I look forward to putting together a lovely wedding book for you!

 

Banbury Oxfordshire Winter Wedding

         Banbury Oxfordshire Winter Wedding – Julie and Hendrik

 


An Hour in Barcelona (with a camera in hand)

What to do with an hour in Barcelona (and a camera in hand)?

Last weekend, me and the lady visited her brothers for a weekend of fun in Barcelona. While not exactly basking in the heat (in fact, there were very strong winds which threatened to topple any number of terracotta pots from the thousands of balconies lining the narrow streets of Barcelona), it was a far cry from the Baltic conditions of the UK at the moment.

We didn’t manage to get much sightseeing done, unless you count seeing the inside of many, many bars as such. I tend not to take my camera out to bars, so I didn’t get much photography done until the last day. We had a one hour window to stroll around La Boqueria Food Market and grab some tasty chorizo before heading to the airport, so the following images are a small selection of what we strolled past on our way there. It was enough time to remind me how photogenic this city is; even more so without the masses of tourists you get during the summer months.

 

An Hour in Barcelona

An hour in Barcelona


Wilburton Theatre Group – Bonnie and Clyde

It’s a new year and with that comes a new musical! Wilburton Theatre Group are currently rehearsing their latest show – WTG – Bonnie and Clyde. As you probably know, Bonnie and Clyde are the infamous couple that rampaged across America robbing banks in the 1930s, becoming a media sensation in the process. Without giving much away, this show is obviously a shade darker than your usual musical, and contains more than your fair share of guns and shootouts to boot.

The cast are still in the blocking stage and have yet to drop their scripts, but you can see how much fun they’re having with it, and I have to say the singing is top drawer. Tickets are now on sale at the Wilburton Theatre Group website, and the show dates are 23rd – 25th March, 7.30pm.

Anyway, here are some photos from last week’s rehearsal. I look forward to seeing you all there!

WTG - Bonnie and Clyde

WTG – Bonnie and Clyde


Mill Road Winter Fair 2016

Last week I was kindly pointed towards a public request for photographers to document the Mill Road Winter Fair 2016. Having not been to the fair before, I was planning on going anyway, but it was a good opportunity to take some photos, and do a favour for the organisers at the same time.

The Mill Road Winter Fair is a lively festival of food, drink and music, with lots of public performances lining the street as you stroll by. One minute you encounter a folk band, the next minute it’s morris dancers. Lots of people dress up – Christmas jumpers were ubiquitous. We also saw a Darth Vader, creepy clowns, Victorians and a bear to name a few.

The smells emanating from the food stalls entice you to buy their food, and there are plenty of beer and gin stalls to wash it down with. There was a parade, which had a Wizard of Oz theme, replete with cowardly lion. In fact, there was so much going on, it was hard to keep a track of what to photograph next. Lots of side streets and car parks would open up and contain music stages, and tens of different food and drink stalls. I’m pretty sure I missed a couple of hidden gems, but there is always next year to find them!

You can find more of my photos of the Mill Road Winter Fair on their flickr account, of which mine seem to be the latest added, and also on their website. For the time being, have a look at an edit of the day below:

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Mill Road Winter Fair 2016

 

Mill Road Winter Fair 2016