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Construction portraits

Not all the environmental portraits I take are set under the blue skies and palm trees of a quintessential French Riviera. France’s number one construction trade magazine, Paris-based ‘Le Moniteur du BTP’, regularly sends me as assignment photographer to take pictures of the industry’s regional leading lights in & around Nice, Grasse and Cannes. Yet, instead of setting these portraits in recognisable South of France locations, I generally shoot them in factories and on building sites. Continue reading…

Cover of French building sector magazine, Le Monieur du BTP, 11 August 2017

Monaco: Lunching in the Fast Lane

Formula One champ Mikka Häkkinen may no longer be racing, and his ex-wife Erja doesn’t present TV any more, but international press are still interested in the pair’s lives in Monaco. Fashion magazine Gloria sent me on assignment to Monte Carlo recently to take day-in-the-life photos of Erja. The article was about the luxury and glamour of the French Riviera and photographer, writer, make-up artist, stylist, assistants & several subjects (inc. a toy dog) made quite a crowd for this portrait and lifestyle photoshoot. Continue reading…

Square crop of a page layout from a magazine showing a photograph of a woman dining outside and text in Finnish

Travel Photographer on Assignment

What does a travel photography assignment involve? How does a photographer plan for a successful reportage away from home? I’m not a full-time travel photographer, but am often sent on commission, be it close to home in the South of France, Italy or Switzerland, or further afield, to illustrate magazine features about a place. Recently, I headed to Provence for a reportage about Montpellier and its medieval past. Here is how I approached the assignment. Continue reading…

Photograph of Montpellier's Arc de Triomphe monument

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

Portraits of Sceptics

In the US, global warming is hotly and very publicly debated. Here in Europe, the climate change denier movement is much more discrete. Nevertheless, those who maintain human impact on global warming is negligible (and those with their own interests in blocking climate change protection laws) are increasingly active in the corridors of power. As photographer with a European team of magazine, radio and TV journalists, I met and took portraits of influential climate change sceptics in France, Brussels & Portugal as part of a ground-breaking press investigation. Continue reading…

Portrait photograph of Lord Christopher Monckton, in a blue suit, outdoors

Double Sport Star Portrait

Taking a double portrait is a rather different affair to taking a single portrait for an editorial photographer. This magazine assignment; a double portrait of a famous Formula One driver and ice hockey player in Monaco who didn’t know each other, got off to a shaky start. Blue sky was ordered but not provided, and an incident between photographer and one of the subjects made bystanding PR people and writers hold their breath. However, while unusual South of France summer weather had disrupted the original portrait plan, a red couch and a helmet saved the day. Continue reading…

Portrait of 2 sportsmen sitting on a red couch with their helmets