Affinity. Closeness. Longing for connection. These shared experiences are what elevate our lives beyond mere existence. Good or bad, they are the muse for poetry, the rhythm of music, and the ‘heart’ in our heart. This body of work is about exploring just that: our humanity seen through how we connect with something outside ourselves. That moment when we bare our souls and open our hearts.

Shanghai Charm

I had fun buzzing around Shanghai on my last trip, shooting some lifestyle pics depicting a romantic day for a young couple. I think we got some lovely moments.

I love Shanghai as it is so varied! From the old charm of the French Concession to the futuristic modernity and ultra premium feel of hotels in the Pudong. There is something interesting around each corner!

I think I’ll have to stay in the Ritz Carlton next trip, and have a more relaxed drink in their rooftop bar, Flair. It is pretty amazing!

Buying flowers in Shanghai

Girl getting flowers

Couple at cafe

Man getting dressed

Woman shopping

Man in suit

Couple on a date

Couple on date at Flair in Shanghai

A big thank you to my incredible team in Shanghai, Luca for styling and co-producing, Miki for hair and makeup, Oleg for photography assisting, and the models, John and Yanan from Essee Model Management. I hope to work with you again soon.

Cuppa tea?

All you tea lovers need to keep your eyes peeled for Twinings' new range of silk loose leaf tea bags.  They certainly give T2 a run for their money. The client kindly let us keep samples after our shoot, our faves have been the peppermint and earl grey. The intense aroma from the bags was amazing, as they were so fresh. We are definitely converts! Here's what we shot. The brief was to create a lovely daylight feel. In order to keep consistent lighting throughout the day we built our own daylight set. See the before and after below.....

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Thanks to Karen Cotton Stylist, the good team at ProDeuce, and the lovely Kieran Flanagan at McCann's.