This month You Magazine published a lovely feature on the ever stylish and talented Bruce Oldfield. It was great to be part of this, to meet Bruce to take his portrait and details of his glamorous creations at his showroom and atelier around the corner from Harrods.
Here below are a small selection of images I shot that morning.
Earlier this year I was commissioned to photograph the very funky eclectically styled bar #houseofwolf, (http://www.houseofwolf.co.uk) in Islington’s Upper Street, London.
My brief was a nice relaxed portrait of the owner Matt Fleming plus, some interior details of the multi level bar and restaurant, and two close-up food shots of a nice cold pint of beer coupled with their chef’s bar snacks: pork filled doughnuts or chunky chips with a chocolate dip… both great yummy combinations, trust me, (dabbing my mouth with the napkin once the shot was done).
After a quick scout around for where to shoot the portrait I fell in love with this first floor room as the backdrop, with it’s gloriously rich swirling coppery embossed wall paper, mustard coloured leather armchairs and huge circular mirror. The natural light spilling in from the open roof top doors sealed my decision. The crucial thing for me as photographer is directing the pose but at same time capturing a relaxed subject. Hopefully I achieved that here… absolutely nothing to do with sipping delicious cold beer. Matt was great, and very passionate about his work which shows in how he has created the locations aesthetics and what original cuisine to serve in the restaurant as well as the bar food.
A very enjoyable shoot. Very inspirational as hopefully something like that multi stranded, multi bulb light feature in one of my images below will soon be making an appear in my home.
Following close behind the book ‘500 Crochet blocks’ (Quintet Publishing, Autumn 2012)
I also was commissioned to photograph ‘HandKnitted Letters’ published earlier this year worldwide. In my photograph above I liked the twist on the old craft of hand knitting a cover but for the modern day Kindle.
Next stop was having fun and games trying to capture kids in whimsical brightly coloured hand knitted hats that took on various shapes and sizes…
The project was started back in October, and thereafter we battled with keeping toddlers and babies from frost bite on various very cold UK winter days – come March still little improvement. You know what they say about working with kids and dogs, well, add freezing temperatures and bitter winds… However, hurrah! Come April we completed it, and the result for us I must say is a very good looking book. ‘Fun Hats’, Search Press (UK) and ‘Whimsical Hats’, Barrons (USA) will be published Autumn 2013. Below, is a small selection of my favorite shots.
What I love about this job is one minute I am shooting a portrait in a pub in Hackney, or ferrying up the Bosphorus towards the black sea, then a summer knee-deep in boxes of 500 crochet blocks and a different sea of colorful knitting yarn…
I had a great commission to shoot a new book ‘500 Crochet blocks’ by Quintet Publishing. As anyone who has photographed a whole book before knows, once you hit the first scheduled day’s shoot it is full on. But working hard at it I loved the opportunity to draw on my professional past experience as an Art Editor along with being a photographer. I propped, pruned and tweaked my way through over 80 main shots. I dreamt of wool and it stuck to me whereever I went in this summer of 2012, but very happy with the results, (nothing to do with the fact I was off to Istanbul for two weeks afterwards : – ) honest!). Thank you to the team for inviting me to work with you. Everyone worked so hard.
‘Highly professional and endlessly creative, Lydia has produced just the right images for our projects. The books have truly benefitted from her involvement – the photos are eye-catching and perfectly arranged.’ – Margaret Swinson, Production Editor, Quintet Publications.
‘500 Crochet blocks’ search Press Publishing 31/01/2013 UK release date.
The bespoke printed furniture and textiles designer Zoe Murphy is now re loving furniture with a little help from Liberty Print. www.zoemurphy.com
I remember very well my day trip to Margate to photograph Zoe at her studio for BBC Homes & Antiques magazine, www.homesandantiques.com. I really loved her designs and it was a privilege to see her at work at her studio. Thanks Zoe for directing me to the best local Fish & Chip shop after the shoot. I enjoyed every mouth full as I sat looking out to sea before my trip back around the M25. Also, big thanks to the Homes & Antiques team for such a nice commission. Here are a few shots I took on the day.
What I love about Joyce is she does not realize just how beautifully photogenic she is. She was so easy to photography, so happy to pose which ever way I asked… a natural Professional! I hope that she enjoyed her photography shoot with me, and that these images are a great mother’s day present to treasure.
A big thank you to the Corker Regert Family for popping along to my children’s studio portrait event. Pretty dresses, pretty smiles… great little models! I hope that your family and friends enjoy looking at them. Thank you Alexis for your feedback … ‘the photos are lovely! Just what I wanted from the family photo session. ‘
What a lovely surprise when I opened an email this week from the mother of a bride that I photographed getting married at Islington Town Hall. Always great to get good feedback and to share it. Here is what Beverly kindly had to say… ‘My all time favorite is Kathryn helping Sophia with her bouquet and Florence is holding onto her dress. The light is amazing. You have caught a precious moment. Many who have seen it come out with the comment that it looks like a fashion shoot. You have this combination of very personal and the wow factor’. (Beverly Lane, mother of the bride).
It has been a while since I met Pippa and definitely one of the most interesting people I have photographed and why I love my job. Her jewellery is very original and distinctly her style. Pippa is also a qualified Anthropologist. The places and cultures she has experienced are fascinating.