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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Lynk – Mad as a March Hare!


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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.

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‘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.

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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!

 

 

 

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Random location?       Random location. In a field with a white board.

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Most valuable lesson learnt?     Sometimes I am lucky enough to involved in some incredible projects. Remember to realise this.

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And finally….    People will join you along the way. Some will stay and some will leave. But remember it’s your journey.

Spring into err…. Spring!!!


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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂fat

Jim Cregan- Rock and Roll God!!


Last weekend I was very lucky to have the opportunity to photograph one of the legends of Rock n Roll. Jim Cregan, guitarist for Rod Stewart, Steve Harley etc.

What an amazing man. I asked him to sit in a chair in the middle of the road in the middle of the New Forest in Hampshire, at dawn. He was up for it all the way. At that time of day we expected no traffic. How wrong were we!!! In between moving lighting rigs and batteries and chairs and guitars!!!  we got these shots. I hope you like them.

I shot with my new D800 (wow) using a Profoto lighting rig, (4×3 softbox and small ocotbox).

Chair was very kind supplied by The Cave of Milford on Sea.

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Summer Sunrise in the New Forest


What else is there to do at 4.30 am on a Sunday on the hottest day of the year? Yeah that’s it, go into the forest with your dog, that really wants to be in every picture, and catch the sun coming up.

Wow, it was sooooo beautiful. The mist was rising off the stream, the ponies were eating their breakfast. Picture postcard time. These images may be a bit twee but what the heck!

Shot using a 10-20mm on f14 at about 1/10th. Used a tripod and and ND grad. Post process bought the shadows back in, quite a bit of saturation and then used HDR toning. It may be a bit strong I know but anyway.

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