Fish are jumping and the cotton is high…


19_July_LVMH_Coworth_DP_Sunset-1As the sunburn of summer sizzles and spits into the faded distance I look back at what high jinx and japes I have been up to. With my bucket, spade and a great deal of mirth ’twas off to the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. (Well, a bit further up than that).

19_Aug_links_House_Web_Ready8Links House in Dornoch is a sneaky piece of 5 star luxury hidden at the entrance to The Highlands. With breathtaking views around every corner I started to run out of adjectives. Forget your Swiss Alps, and your Norwegian Fjords we have the very best scenery here on our doorstep.

19_Aug_links_House_Web_Ready126Rich fabrics in every room. Nothing has been left to chance here. This is a really beautiful hotel. You know you are in the Highlands.

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Getting ready for the Glorious 12th, the big sky and vast spaces make you feel very small and insignificant, but also connected with this place. If the idea of the North Coast 500 is not for you,  then maybe a trip to the wilds?

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When the sun comes up, the wind is light and the grass has been cut. It can only mean one thing… get your camera out and stand really tall on your tippy toes. Chewton and Cliveden are timeless. I never really get past how beautiful these hotels are. The teams that work on the grounds are heroes in their own right. It’s an ongoing battle against the elements, golf swings and greenfly. We salute you.

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Handmade bespoke tailoring, classic cars and good looking guys. Why on earth would I not want to shoot this? Richard George Tailoring is like being in a Kingsman movie. A very clever blend of modern gentleman meets classic style. I spent all day keeping a lookout for Colin Firth. I love this image so much that it hangs above my desk.

19_July_LVMH_Coworth_DP-13Dom Perignon, sweetie? Yep, that’ll do!! The very gorgeous people at LVMHasked me to shoot the new ‘Dining Under the Stars’ experience at Coworth Park. Luxury and prestige in the most beautiful setting. 19_july_lvmh_coworth_dp-16.jpg

Everyone of these lights is actually a firefly. They encouraged them to stay still with the promise of untold wealth and endless ‘DP’ Champagne. Needless to say they complied.

(For legal reasons, I must point out that at no point were any fireflies injured in the making of this image).

19_Aug_11CG_General-3Steak night at Hans Bar and Grillisn’t just any old steak night. Make sure you haven’t eaten for the 8 days leading up to it. Chef Adam Englandand his team always turn out the very coolest and tastiest food in Chelsea. I have tried several times this summer to eat vegetarian, then chef does this and the rest is history.

 

19_july_lakes_by_yoo_awr-36.jpgSo those unfeasibly talented guys at Lakes by Yoo have been producing the most outstanding private holiday villas in the Cotswolds. Designed by the likes of Philipe Starck, these imposing properties dot the man made lakes and offer swimming pools on the roof, glass floors to view your car collection and of course they all have their own private jetty so you can swim in the lake.

19_July_Lakes_by_Yoo_awr-5019_July_Lakes_by_Yoo_awr-43Nothing has been missed. Each house, while sharing the same DNA is distinct in its own individuality. Very design led, but stunningly beautiful. If you are looking for an escape, you could do so much worse.

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Art work adorns most of the walls, the rest hold views across the lakes. Something that Gatsby himself would have loved.

19_July_Lakes_by_Yoo_H3-1Contact me if you have any left over champagne or fancy swimming pools that you need photographing.

Now is the Winter of our ‘Disco-Tent’


Never let it be said that I am predictable!! I promised you in early September that I would deliver my blog more regularly, and now here we are in December (How did that happen?) Regularly, every three months, whether you want it or not. But as the evenings draw in and the fires are lit, I tend to turn my attention to my stomach. How much can I store in it to keep me safe until the spring bulbs start to break through and the warm sun shines on my pasty face again?
The festive season is upon us and with that I have been working on my ‘Feast’ series with vigour.
Let the parties begin!

18_Oct_Lygon_Food_Rooms-1718_Sept_Chewton_Heritage_Menu-28As the summer drew to a close and the leaves started to change to rich combinations of raw umber and soft ochres, I found myself reflecting this in the colour palette I was choosing for my images. In November after being asked by the beautiful Calcot Collection of Hotels to capture the essence of their four very different properties, I found that the warm tones of firesides, natural timber and elegant fabrics were echoed throughout them all.

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With its famous award winning spa, open fires, incredible food and spaces that make you want to park yourself for the rest of the weekend. If you haven’t visited then add it to your bucket-list now.

18_Nov_Calcot_Collection_Calcot-140People have played an important part in my work this season. I work with chefs a lot but they aren’t always that happy to have their smiling faces captured for posterity. But occasionally the planets line up, the light is right and BOOM! (and you know how much I love a BOOM!)

18_Nov_Calcot_Collection_Lord_Crewe-10The dark and blue of the kitchen and the warm orange glow of the hot lights. a plate of great food. What’s not to love?

18_July_11Cadogan_Gardens-50The bar at 11 Cadogan Gardens always catches the eye. It’s rich, dark, marble bar top and the gold ornate surrounds. The light catches through the windows in the afternoon and the whole room just glows.

18_Nov_Blue_Mountain-1Anyone who knows me, knows I can get quite passionate about things! (No, not you. I hear you all cry) When the new luxury coffee brand Midnight Blue outlined their plan to deliver the very best coffee to discerning clients with an air of theatre thrown in, I got a bit passionate about it. We shot in a coffee roaster’s in the dark of night with smoke and the heady aroma of great coffee.

18_Oct_Willow_Brockwell-318_Oct_Willow_Brockwell-34We love a bit of Willow Lifestyle. I am always extremely flattered when they ask me to photograph their projects. You know that they will always be beautifully detailed and ooze style and class. Plus, I always seem to spend the entire shoot laughing.

18_Sept_Bournemouth_Beach_Lodges-10518_Sept_Bournemouth_Beach_Lodges-718_Sept_Bournemouth_Beach_Lodges-7418_Sept_Bournemouth_Beach_Lodges-97Writing this today, I am sat in my flat with a blanket around my shoulders and two hoodies on. (Yep, too tight to put the heating on during the day!!) I’m looking at the rain beat against the window and looking through through the work I have shot over the last few months. As I came upon these images of the incredible Bournemouth Beach Lodges, the rain stopped and the sun came out. And everything was alright in the world. Just thought I would share the love…18_Sept_Kitchen_Food_and_Xmas-2318_Sept_Chewton_Heritage_Menu-2018_Nov_Calcot_Collection_Calcot-96Every season has its stars in terms of produce. But there is something about Autumn with rich reds and oranges of beetroot, apples that are just asking to be scrumped and blackberries full of juice and flavour. Visually I am spoilt this time of the year.

18_Nov_Cadogan_Gardens_Festive-11Couldn’t leave you without a couple of festive shots. Hans Bar and Grill in Chelsea know a thing or two about mixing cocktails. If you want to spoil yourself you could do a lot worse than a stroll down the uber-trendy Pavilion Road off Sloane Square and pop in a for a lesson in Mixology.

18_Nov_Bournemouth_Tourism_Xmas_Trees-23The Christmas Tree Wonderland in Bournemouth doesn’t disappoint. There are the most stunning neon Christmas Trees throughout the lower gardens and down towards the beach. Put on a scarf and hat and amble towards the Christmas market and the smell of mulled wine and mice pies.

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