This month saw the new Summer edition of Heart Home Magazine which I am very proud of as my photograph features on the front cover. I met up with Carole and Arianna at the sea side for this feature, Camber Sands to be exact to shoot the beautiful beach house belonging to Rebecca and Mark Partridge and their three boys. They bought the property a year ago as business venture and have transformer the once run down house into a dream beach side holiday let. There is a strong vintage theme throughout and the house is very welcoming, an ideal base for families looking for a beach break this summer.
You are currently browsing the archive for the Lifestyle Photography // category.
I recently shot a huge property which had been a long running project for London and Brighton based interior designer Clare Topham. The double fronted converted vicarage in the center of Brighton is a handsome Victorian property that once served the church that stood next door had been lavishly restored. This was no small task in a property with close to 20 rooms! In the main house this included a kitchen, breakfast room, dining room, snug, dance room, study, music room, living room, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. On the top floor there was also a self-contained apartment.
All the rooms were finished to a very high standard and had their own distinct feel, but one of my favourite spaces was the downstairs cloakroom with its shimmering gold wallpaper, it felt very decadent. The entrance hall featured bespoke chandeliers made from individual ceramic butterflies and the raw silk drum shades in the dining room sported a hot pink lining to tie in with the wallpaper, with the roman blinds in matching fabric.
Clare Topham & Co provides a range of interior design and project management services; Clare and her team create stunning homes that are well designed, of excellent quality and aesthetically beautiful. “Creating a love of your home and happiness with the design process are our key aims” said Clare.
To see more of Clare’s interior design visit // claretopham.com //
Looking for the ultimate in chill out furniture? When it comes to bean bags the Fatboy is king and the Buggle-up has got to be the most versatile. It can be used indoors or out and is rain proof, stain proof and virtually indestructible. This versional features straps so it can be clipped into a seat shape to make it more supportive, alternatively just throw it down and lay all over it. Great for the games room, garden or camping. They also do a range of pet beds so your pampered pooch does not get too jealous.
Photo:Simon Eldon 2012 Designer: Carine Harrington
Earlier this month I had a whistle stop tour of the French alps on a shoot for Tui Travel.
We were out for four coffee fuelled days and stopped off in about five resorts ticking off the shots. No time for skiing though as once one hotel was shot it was back in the snow chain equipped peugeot and down the valley to the next resort. Still it is always nice to be out in the mountains and we came home with some great shots.
If you are looking for a body warmer now that winter has finally decided to put in an appearance then look no further than the Finisterre Bise Mk iv. These are awesome; great close fit so you can wear it under a fleece or jacket, lightweight and tough with a ripstop outer. But most important, they are warm with a Primaloft Eco recycled synthetic insulation. They pack down small as well, so you can throw it in your pack, great for stops on bike rides so you don’t cool down too much.
Photo: ©Simon Eldon 2011
This years Brighton Big Dog Mountain Bike race was, you might say, a bit wet. After I had my fill of standing around in the rain, sipping polystyrene coffee and geeking over the large array of lovely bikes that had swarmed into Brighton’s Stanmer Park, I decided it was time to get some photographs.
The oh so familiar singletrack, which had been so dry and fast a few weeks previous was now a trecherous, rooty mud slide and the rain continued. One thing to remember to keep in your kit bag when shooting outdoors are clear plastic zip lock bags, they are great to put over your speedlights to keep them dry if the weather turns nasty.
It looked like everyone who entered had a great time, despite the weather. Maybe I’ll even enter myself next year.
On one of our regular mountain biking trips to Peaslake in the North Downs, our nearest thing to a trail center in these parts, I decided to take my camera and speedlights along and treat the boys to some action shots whilst they railed the berms at the end of the day. I usually ride everywhere with my little Leica D-Lux stuffed in the back pack, which is great for capturing that lovely view at the top of a climb, but I have been meaning to take some set up shots of bikes and mud for a while.
As the radio triggers that I use with the studio lights do not support TTL, I had to tether one flash on a long lead, with the other flash slaving off it. Not ideal, but this meant I could shoot TTL with the main light and it wouldn’t keep going to sleep either. It did limit the position of the light which is where Pocket Wizard have the answer with their Mini TT1 and Flex TT5 triggers. They allow full TTL from your speedlights, but at around £500 for a couple of these nifty little units they don’t come cheap. However after seeing them in action recently and how flexible they are, I think they will make a huge difference when shooting lightweight on location.
Meanwhile the guys got the berms at the end of ‘Barry’s’ run totally pinned and I got some great shots. A good Saturday had by all.
VW Heritage wanted a series of photographs to advertise their Remtec range of engines for air-cooled VW Beetles and Campers. The brief was to convey a sense of reliability and that garages would recommend the engines. We visited some independent VW restoration garages with an engine in tow and shot the guys standing behind it as if in the middle of installing the motor into a vehicle. We wanted the feel to be quite gritty, so out came the California sunbounce and some hard flash to give a high contrast finish.