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Shop ’til you drop, Monaco-style

Forget queues, sales and stress: Monaco knows how to shop. Champagne while you browse? The sultry beats of a live, in-store DJ? London’s Monocle magazine recently sent me to shoot a brand new fashion concept store in Monaco. While my original assignment as editorial photographer was complicated by the fact that Monaco Marine’s ‘Merci La Mer’ wasn’t actually finished, I returned later as commercial photographer to shoot the completed interiors, and again, as event photographer, for the launch party of a new collection. The life of the store unfolded before my eyes. Continue reading…

Close-up photograph of a white pet toy dog looking out of a handbag

Love Island, Cannes

I’ve been a photographer in France for 12 years now and, although British, I confess to being entirely out-of-date with English television. So when asked to photograph some stars of a current reality TV show for a UK-based corporate client of mine, ITV Studios, at the international entertainment industry trade fair ‘MIPCOM’ in Cannes, I had to look closely at the reference pictures beforehand. ‘Love Island’ had come to this annual South of France event as part of a considerable PR initiative, and success was not hard to find, and photograph. Continue reading…

Close-up photograph of a cocktail glass and champagne glass

London calling

I’ve been living in the South of France for over 10 years, and as an enthusiastic fan of France’s cuisine, I can say unequivocally that food doesn’t figure in the list of things I miss most about England. However, last month a corporate client commissioned me to cover a press trip to London for a group of travel writers from India, and so it was through fresh eyes as a travel and food photographer that I saw my homeland. In the event, I was happy to discover that the British food scene has been changing. Continue reading…

Photograph of a lounge with colourful cushions and curtains

Floating Whisky Palace in Cannes

During the international duty-free trade fair that comes to Cannes every autumn, movers and shakers in the perfume, cigarette and hard liquor businesses get together to buy, to sell and to party. A leading Scottish whisky brewery commissioned me as a Cannes event photographer to capture a rather special evening aboard a superyacht. I was told that “being a photographer is like being a fine malt whisky distiller” and warmly welcomed into the world of fine whisky by a man whose nose is insured for €2.6 million. Continue reading…

countdown to Cannes

Summer is just around the corner in the South of France and the Cannes Film Festival is but weeks away. As a freelance photographer, Cannes generally offers me some interesting commissions. Editorial portraits and corporate event shoots during the festival open doors to places and people that I would be unlikely to stumble across otherwise, although conditions are sometimes challenging. From dealing with a stroppy Palme d’Or winner to battling seasickness in a powerboat, I’ve found Cannes to be anything but dull. Continue reading…

Photography of man stepping off a powerboat onto a jetty in Cannes harbour

corporate portraits: insurance is fun

I packed my bags and traded the South of France for England last month, the chosen photographer for a leading British insurance provider’s new marketing campaign. Portraits were to be taken of over 60 genuine insurance agents ‘being themselves’ – and also being fun, friendly and professional. It was a challenging commission, realised with the cunning use of mood cards – and flapjacks. Continue reading…

Portrait of a woman dressed in black with glasses, raising her fists in a triumphant manner to the camera