In the same way that the cobbler’s children have no shoes, the photographer often finds their own work at the back of the pile. It’s only now that I have had time to work on these two Greenwich naval portraits I took at last month’s unveiling of the newly renovated west wall of Old Royal Naval College’s Painted Hall, Greenwich. There was no brief and we had not been introduced – I just asked these two if they would mind me taking their portraits. Very kindly, they obliged. Don’t they have just the most characterful faces? They are John Furlonger, head of the Greenwich, Deptford and Rotherhithe Sea Cadets, and HMD Middleton MBE. The Painted Hall’s west wall is in the background.
Sheila and Peter are getting married later this month, so we set up a pre-wedding portrait shoot or engagement shoot near London Eye. They very much like the London landmark – so we started their portraits there and progressed along the south bank for some casual photographs of the two of them. Both work in a jewellers, so a photograph of Sheila’s ring was a must.
I had the pleasure of photographing Lynsey and Craig’s wedding last year – and was excited to meet their baby Rory for his newborn portraits, aged 12 days. Guarding the new arrival was Angel Cakes the German Shepherd.
And given that she pre-dated Rory as the first member of Lynsey and Craig’s family – her own portrait.
There were lots of signs of a baby: Â cards, balloons, new toys … and a tired dad.
And here he is – on his own, with mum, dad and together. The second one was especially taken for Lynsey, as she described his hand movements while sleeping as ‘casting spells’.
And finally, Rory visits his local so landlady Judi can have a cuddle (note dad Craig and Judi’s husband propping up the bar behind) and his parents can have a meal without cooking.
I had the pleasure of photographing Claudie this morning for updated professional portraits. Â We have known each other for many years and often shared pots of tea, so we chose somewhere that reflected this. Here are just a couple from her portrait session.
I photographed Jo and Manoj’s wedding about six years ago and since then, they’ve had two delightful daughters – Isabel and Ava. We recently did some family portraits of them in and near their London home in Islington. Â They had a selection of reportage style photographs of them reading stories and playing games and and some more formal portraits of them in a nearby park. Â Here are some of my favourites.
It’s great to be able to share these London business portraits of Jeremy Frost. Â He has rather an interesting job – or seemingly range of them – being Anglican chaplain at Maritime Greenwich and joint co-ordinating chaplain for the University of Greenwich. He’s also chaplain for the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, where he uses his musical experience from his former job as Precentor and Liturgist at Canterbury Cathedral. Â Jeremy commissioned his business portraits after a consultation, where he explained he wanted a number of photographs to use in his Greenwich roles and separate musical projects.
We shot most of his portraits around Greenwich and its riverside walks, ending at the Old Royal Naval College itself for its gorgeous columns and stonework. Here are a selection of photos from our London session.