Some days at work are solid gold! There is nothing like the feeling of seeing a piece of your work somewhere that you have aspired to reach for many years. It’s a genuine ‘moment’ in time and I was lucky enough to achieve this recently when not only was one of my images from a shoot I did at The Chewton Glen used in House & Garden, I WAS ALSO CREDITED! A real career high…
It seems everyone is refreshing their look, upgrading marketing and press collateral as well as launching new campaigns and ventures as the lighter days come into play. It’s exciting to see these changes taking place with vim and vigor.
Over the last month I have been lucky enough to shoot the legend that is Harry Redknapp more than once. As someone I knew throughout my childhood years this has been an absolute joy. Harry is always immaculate and hugely accommodating when I am pointing my lens at him and this most recent image is being used for a national campaign that will be released shortly.
‘Remind me one day to share with you the trip we had to this shoot with Harry!’
I visited the International Confex 2017 exhibition at Olympia at the beginning of the month to capture the highly respected hotels consultant and presenter of the Channel 5 series The Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi on behalf of the Grand Harbour Hotel. As keynote speakers go, there is no-one better positioned to offer the hotel industry practical advice in the present climate.
It has to be said that Alex is one of the most striking looking people I have ever met and holds herself with such grace and poise, and is utterly exquisite.
As we march towards the end of the month (I try!) I am seeing a rise in interest from media groups and agencies which is all very exciting. Lets see what spring yields!
Random location? Random location. In a field with a white board.
Most valuable lesson learnt? Sometimes I am lucky enough to involved in some incredible projects. Remember to realise this.
Piece of kit. Zeiss 85mm f2
And finally…. People will join you along the way. Some will stay and some will leave. But remember it’s your journey.
In the words of the inimitable Alice Cooper ‘School’s Out!’ Amongst the joy, excitement and enviable optimism that summer is just around the corner there have been heartfelt tears (some of them mine) as the summer term at Walhampton draws to a close and the leavers bid the school farewell.
I have put together a 13 minute film Walhampton Founders Day Film 2016 hit the link to view that captures the essence of the school, teachers, day pupils and the boarders. I am extremely proud of this piece of work and hope to be allowed a quiet fist pump in the style of Andy Murray by the back office.
What next I hear you cry? Well for the rest of July and into August I am going to be up to my baubles (too racy?) in Festive shoots. Yes, that’s right we are back to the infamous #christmasinjuly and luckily it looks like the weather has opted to join me. Joke!
This year I have bookings from July to September predominantly with hotels, also stylists, house builders and product designers. I’m always excited to see what the season’s trends are and what the palettes are going to be like to capture through a lens.
While some clients favour ‘opulence’ and go all out to pile on the rich deep colours everywhere, others take the Nordic approach, which is neutral, clean and in recent years has featured stars in all shapes and sizes.
There is something magical about turning up on the school run with glitter in your hair and over your glasses, especially when it’s the last day of the summer term!
This year I will not eat a single mince pie… This year I will not eat a single mince pie…This year I will not eat a single mince pie – repeat as necessary!
At the risk of sounding a bit 80s, (a golden era even if I say so myself) a lot of my life is spent looking through a lens and I am thrilled with my new Zeiss lenses, made with the highest quality glass in the world, and they will help me produce images of extreme clarity.
While I was in the ‘shopping zone’ at The Photography Show at the NEC last week I also managed to source some of the Pro Video equipment I have been after for a while which includes an ice white constant lighting system for video and still imagery, a playback monitor and pro-gimbals. There was also a cheeky purchase of Pro lapel and boom microphones for higher quality audio capturing as we have some video and audio contracts to deliver later this year.
It’s at this stage that Mrs L glazed over!
The last few weeks have seem me darting to and from Cliveden House in Berkshire working with Andre Garrett on his latest creations, in and out of Walhampton School to capture World Book Day, the school play a 14 school X-country championship event, to an evening function at the Law Society, not to mention a night shoot in the Chewton Glen Spa.
I have also been lucky enough to get out and take pictures of some stunning sunrises and sunsets for my Lynk Landscape portfolio. For me, there is nowhere else where I could be treated to such magnificent scenery and colour.
Glancing ahead to the next few months, I am looking forward to sticking my bright and shiny lenses into some new contracts and continuing my march along the learning curve.
I may not have hit the gym like the rest of the nation during the opening weeks of 2106, but I have definitely hit the ground running! And while the international kale mountain was being diminished by the masses, I was surrounded by sensational chef glitterati!
I kid you not. I was blessed to have the opportunity to meet and film Luke Matthews, Pierre Chevillard, James Martin, Jean-Christophe Novelli all in the name of work having been commissioned to make the Chewton Glen 50th Anniversary celebration video. I might just throw in Robin Hutson, Martin and Brigitte Skan, Peter Crome, Andrew Stembridge, oh and Sir Ben Ainslie. And did I mention Jody Scheckter?
As you may be aware, I love a landscape and being based in Milford on Sea I have access to both coast and country vistas. Sales of this work have rocketed recently so I have launched a separate site – lynklandscapes.com where all my latest pieces are available to purchase.
With my corporate hat on, I have been working with a lot of clients who are busy refreshing their websites and social media platforms and have required ‘head shots’. To some this may sound like small fry, but never underestimate the power of a good clean set of images displaying your highly qualified and results driven team.
Time is March’ing on (see what I did there?) and next month will be a lot about hotels, business leaders in action, food imagery and a substantial amount of interior property shots for a new client.
In the meantime, I have been ‘instructed’ to join the exercise bandwagon and so having escaped the gym in January, I am now plodding, like a slow plodding thing, my way from my extremely comfy couch to 5 very hot and sweaty K. I’ll leave you with that thought 🙂
At home I am indulging my girls with advent calendars, the Christmas tree and decorations are up and there is a lot of what we affectionately refer to as ‘Santa chat’ during the school run.
At work, I am packaging and posting the exclusive Pre A Porsche 356 Calendars to send all over Europe, the United States and as far afield as Australia, while considering how to lay up and frame the Easter shoots I have booked in for the next week or two and again directly after the New Year celebrations.
Talking of celebrations, I was privileged to be joining the 50th Anniversary event at the Chewton Glen last week. They have produced a magnificent book detailing the rise and rise of the hotel over the last 50 years and it just happens to include a fair few of my images. I have been grinning like a Cheshire cat since my first glance at it! I had my camera with me on the night with a view to being included in the 75th anniversary edition.
It seems odd, with the weather being so un-seasonally warm, to be in the process of compiling a list of which clients require ‘snow’ shots (it’s a technical term!) should the temperature drop and a few flakes make it this far South. With several requests for independent business calendars for January 2017 already in, these images will be imperative for inclusion. Photography tends to make you think a couple of months in advance, a skill set I am yet to master at home much to the disappointment of Mrs L.
After thousands of views of the ‘behind the scenes at Cliveden’ video (insert link) I produced in October, demand is high and I have to concede that this is a piece of work I am particularly proud of, and I am already excited about the contracts I have for 2016 in this genre.
Two weeks ago I was with an old friend, the comedian and satirist, Henning Wehn in London shooting for his new tour poster. Much as I love working with Henning, it is always something of a relief to capture the right image so that I can fully engage with his ingenious wit and humour rather than trying to stay focused. And people think I’m distracted!
There is a general consensus amongst my friends that September marks ‘new beginnings’ and a ‘fresh outlook’, and is streaks ahead of January in the ‘invigoration’ stakes.
This is an overhang from the start of the new school term from all our childhoods I am sure, and the irony of my heading off to shoot at Walhampton School on the 1st September was not lost on me! I almost felt the need to arrive with a pencil case and a new notebook, however I did take lots of new gadgets and camera lenses ☺
The grounds at Walhampton are looking magnificent and after a summer sorely lacking in beach location shoots I am looking forward to be able to capture autumn in the majestic 80 acres in the coming weeks!
While it may not have been perfect ice cream weather, (for which my waistline is eternally grateful) the last few weeks have been action packed in Lynk world. The pictures I took for BH live are now man sized and adorning the walls of the site and I have had some exceptional feedback on them. I found this project particularly captivating – the human form is quite fascinating.
Male Yoga pose
Fortuitously the sun did manage to shine when I was shooting the very lovely Debbie Lister for her new modelling and TV portfolio. We were able to use the pool and the beach to give her revitalised portfolio real breadth and try some new styling, which proved to be hugely successful!
That same sunshine graced us with it’s presence a couple of days later on the day that the Chris Evans and his Dirty Dozen rolled in to the Chewton Glen. It was thrilling to hear the roar of the car engines and an absolute privilege to able to photograph such an awe-inspiring selection of motors. It brought out the real Arthur Daley in me!
As well as shooting the cars I got to meet James Martin who returned to the hotel to deliver the Dirty Dozen evening banquet. He was a lot of fun to work with, generous with his time, and his with his desserts #bangwentmywaistline
I think all the Christmas work is now complete, however I have become very adept with a fairy light should anyone feel the need!
I was privileged to capture pupils from Walhampton receiving their Common Entrance exam results from their Headmaster at the start of the month. Really? You would have to be flat lining not to be touched by the success and compassion in the room. There were a great many tears and I have to say a fair few of them were mine!
I was back at Walhampton to take photographs at Founders Day. The guest speaker was author Michael Morpurgo who was vibrant, engaging and great fun. He finished his speech with a little sing song from War Horse – as you do!
It took me just over 5 hours to style and shoot an absolutely stunning penthouse property, called Tranquility for Pennyfarthing Homes at Canford Cliffs. Not only was it truly tranquil, there were so many fabulous bedrooms and bathrooms and dressing rooms, not to mention a balcony with views over the prestigious Parkstone Golf Course that I had to curtail my artistic nature and not overshoot just so I could stay the night.
I have completed another shoot for Chewton Glen, which I have to say, is one of the most glorious places I have ever had the pleasure of working. It’s sharp, immaculate and has evolved a little bit more every time I go to work. No two days are the same and I am always enthralled with what I get to see.
I’ve also been in the gym this month, impressive I know! To set the record straight, seeing me in the gym actually exercising is a rare and precious thing, however I have been shooting gym scenes with some very sporty types for the lovely people at BHLive. I’ve had worse contracts and we’ll leave that there 😉
The Carnival Ball at Stanwell House was a resounding success. Over 200 people had a rocking night while they raised a lot of money. #Benthechef delivered (again) an achingly brilliant 3-course meal for the guests. His ability to offer up 200 identically dressed plates with exactly the same quantities is testament to his devotion to be the best chef he can be. The chocolate sphere desserts were a thing of great beauty and his accolades this week have been well deserved.
The ‘c’ word is not far from many peoples’ lips and #christmasinaugust has gathered some momentum on social media. I have already completed a shoot at Buckland Manor in Hampshire, a beautiful home that really lent itself to the festive theme. I have two more ‘festive’ bookings before the end of August. It can be quite surreal as you light candles, close curtains and get the fire looking cosy and inviting and then you nip out to your car and its nudging 30 degrees…