Friday, 3 December 2010

Dita Von Teese- A Pop Up Shoot

A really enjoyable shoot in the company of Dita Von Teese at the launch party of Cointreau's 'My Private Coffret' held in Selfidges Personal Shopping area.  Everyone enjoyed posing in Dita's set and instant colour accented and branded black and white photographs were presented to all those who took part. To find out more about our Pop Up Shoots please contact Boothnation.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The Emeco Navy 111 launch at Conran

At Conran's invitation I helped launch the Navy 111, a modern take on Emeco's classic chair on September 23rd. The chair is made from 111 recycled Coca Cola bottles and comes in six fetching colours. Our shoot was a multi media affair involving a rotating set, three stills and one video camera. Production on a short film of the event has begun. Watch this space for updates. Images from the rotating set are already online and can be viewed here.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

It's all a Blur!

A lovely day away from the Big Smoke to shoot Alex James for a Readers Digest cover. His 'very big house in the country' is simply stunning, a rural idyll filled with small children and countless outbuildings. Alex was charm itself, happily hauling his bass across the landscape for the shoot.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Leaves a bad taste....

The brief was to photograph two children who look like they had just put a foul bug in their mouth. Despite their undoubted acting prowess the youngsters struggled to communicate real disgust. Enter devious art director Paul Ray from agency Rees Bradley Hepburn with a small bag of what must surely be the worst tasting sweets ever created. They come from Sweden and can only be bought in Leicester for some reason. They taste like rotten herring. I tried one and almost gagged. The children lasted longer and produced a range of suitably appalled expressions. They really did suffer for their art.

The shoot was to advertise the Natural History Museum's 'Eating Creepy Crawlies Exhibition' at Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester which runs from July 30th to Auguest 29th.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Charm itself!

This is Charming Baker , one of my favourite artists who has just had a hugely successful show in New York. I took this shot and others in early May one week before the opening. Charming had just emerged from months of self enforced exile in his studio and seemed happy to be  back in society. Click here to read a great review from the Telegraph. To see his website, click here. I can testify that his name is not a misnomer.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Empire Awards

Coming just after the Oscars and the Baftas (which also featured Boothnation) the Jameson Empire Film Awards are widely regarded by film buffs to be the movie award ceremony of choiceEmpire Magazine asked Boothnation to add an element of fun in the VIP area using our retro futuristic Photostream booth. Stars including Sir Ian McKellen, Jude Law, Stephen Merchant and Simon Pegg showed their creativity in a great series of images. Images from the booth then formed part of Empire Magazine's  Awards feature in the June 2010 issue. Click here to see more stars from the night on the Empire site.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Toon Army!

I have always had a soft spot for Newcastle and the Geordies. A beautiful city, full of character. I spent an interesting few days as a visiting lecturer to the talented students of Newcastle College.  This is the image the students came up in one of our studio sessions. The threatening man holding the birdcage is Graham Stouph, one of the dedicated course leaders. The escapees are the students. All the images were shot and retouched by the students themselves. Creativity is alive and well in the North East.

Many thanks to top lecturer Jacky Longstaff for getting me out of London and for her warm hospitality.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Table Talk

Last week's Sunday Shoot, not very imaginatively titled 'Table Top Portraits' was both fun and sombre in equal measure. I enjoyed it so much I may repeat the theme next Sunday. Many thanks to all who took part. To see more of the project please click here.

Keep Mum!

If there's one person we all listen to, it's our Mum. Whatever her size a mother can strike fear in even the toughest of people. Ad agency St. Lukes came up with this clever solution to their client Centrica's  need to communicate to their staff the importance of protecting client data. Their masterstroke was to use actual mothers of members of the Centrica workforce in the campaign. The images were used as posters, notepads, mousemats and even life sized cut outs in the offices. Mums were sent to me from around the country for their shoot. We had a lot of fun on set and the campaign, by all accounts, has already had a marked effect on awareness among staff. many thanks to the spirited mums who took part. Hats off to creative team Jamil Bhatti and Natalia Frizzi for another corker.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010


All hail the new Nancy! This is the latest poster from my recent shoot with Kerry Ellis who takes over the role of Nancy from Jody Prenger on March 29th.  Kerry has just finished two years playing the role of 'Elphaba' in the London production of "Wicked' and has a huge following.

I was lucky to see Jody's last show the other night. Suffice to say she really put her heart and soul into her final performance. Her curtain call was very touching with a warm tribute from Griff Rhys Jones.

The Oliver website has some videos from my shoot with Jody, Griff and Steven Hartley. Click here to view.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Timber Post

After many weeks of trying I finally managed to restart my Sunday Shoots projects. This one is called Timber!!! for obvious reasons. Once more, I'm blown away by the amazing subjects who turn up on any given Sunday. Click here to see this week's weekend wonders.