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All well in Wales

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Well we took the plunge and set off for Wales last Sunday to reattempt the shoot cancelled in April – fingers and toes were crossed for a break in the weather. After a 5 hours drive we arrived at a sunny Hay on Wye and started shooting straight away. We got several shots of the tin shack in one location before heading off to the other to do portraits of the couple who own a converted silo. We had to work quickly because the wife was heading back to London for the start of the working week.

The restored medieval barn

We stayed the night in a stable yard cottage near a magnificent restored Tudor Barn called Cwmhir Court a perfect place to hold a big party – in fact the remains of a 21st birthday party were being tidied up as we got up early on Monday morning. Photographer James Balston was so taken with the walled garden that he couldn’t resist a few shots in the morning sunshine

James among the blooms at Cwmhir Court’s walled garden

but by 8.30am we were hard at work photographing the inside of the silo – a tricky task as it is naturally, a round building so there were few places to hid unwanted extras.

It’s behind you James

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Helsinki and holiday

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

As we are heading in to the Jubilee weekend and Bank Holiday I thought I would up date my blog a little earlier than usual. It’s been a busy week with a trip to Helsinki, World Design Capital 2012.

I set off on Monday morning and with a 3 hour flight and 2 hour time difference it felt as though I spent most of the day getting there. And at this time of year it is light most of the time so at 10pm Helsinki time I was trying to get my mind round going to bed in daylight and knowing that it was only 8pm in London, but we had an early start on Tuesday.

We were due to be at the location at 8am which meant getting up at 6.30am ( 4.30am UK time). The reason for this was that we were  shooting Alvar and Aino Aalto’s house and had to be done by 1pm. We managed not only to get some great images but also a good interview with two of  the Aalto’s grandsons. Photographer Ben Anders beavered away and when we got back to town we were both tired and hungry, but we  had a light lunch because we were invited to dine with the UK ambassador Matthew Lodge and his wife Alexia at the Residence that night.

The view en route to the hotel from dinner at the UK Embassy residence

On Wednesday we went to the home of architects Risto and Suvi Huttunen an interesting modern house part of a group of three designed by them – their neighbours were their clients..isn’t that every architect’s nightmare? Sadly it was a bit grey and overcast but Suvi plied us with coffee, berries, croissant and even a farewell glass of champagne!

Ben checking images at the Huttenen home