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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

From Sunny Melbourne to Snowy London

A few weeks ago I received a lovely email from Katherine in Melbourne.  Her and her husband, Luke, were coming to Europe on holiday and wanted a shoot in London during their stay.

We got to know each other a little on email and discussed the kind of imagery they were after.  They reminded me of some of my closest friends and I was really looking forward to spending the afternoon with them.

On the 17th March I wrote to them saying "My favourite light is contrasty so let’s pray for some bright weather – who knows what we will get as it has been snowing here again!".  Not for one minute did I think it would be snowing on April 4th with a bitter wind of -2 degrees real feel.

The snow started as a little flurry and whilst we had a cup of tea at their flat in South Kensington it got heavier and heavier.  As a photographer who shoots largely on location I have learnt to deal with weather - but here we had a bitter wind and snow - this wasn't what any of us had had in mind for the shoot.

But shoot we did.  Starting at the flat - inside and out - and actually resulting in some gorgeous portraits of them.  I realised very quickly that they love each other deeply and there was very little directing required - more a matter of looking for interesting backdrops, angles, reflections etc.

After taking some images in the streets of South Kensington we tubed up to Notting Hill.  Where we got a royal telling off from a batty old lady.  Luckily a lovely cafe owner more than made up for this by letting me take photos inside and outside whilst they enjoyed a glass of vino.

Then we cabbed to Parliament Square for the more touristy angle.  We attempted to walk onto Westminster Bridge but were hit by gale force (Siberian) winds.  As a result we headed to the river and found a lovely spot with the Eye in the background.

Thank you Katherine and Luke (and Google) for booking me from the other side of the World.  I hope we will meet again in warmer times! x


  1. These are amazing, and even more so for the conditions. I love the images with their reflection in the pavement, I'm sure they will be blown away by these x

  2. Gorgeous story telling and just love the pavement reflections.

  3. Kate these are so lovely, we can't thank you enough for your time, patience, encouragement and of course talent! We love them and are having such a difficult time choosing which ones to frame! Thanks for posting this so quickly, its been lovely to share with friends and family at home while we're still in the UK. We're still not convinced it is ever warmer given this is mid-spring... but we'd certainly love to work with you again x

    1. My absolute pleasure! Really hope to see you again one day. In the meantime have an amazing weekend ;) Warmest wishes, Kate



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