Keeping Abreast More Than Just Fashion Shows 2015

This year sees the fifth Keeping Abreast Fashion Shows. I have been lucky enough to have been involved with all of the shows over the past 6 years… Thankfully only once having to appear on stage! I am very safely behind the camera capturing the action. The atmosphere is always absolutely incredible – the first year the sound system cut-out as the decibels breached the legal limit within St Andrew’s Hall – and that was from the cheering and clapping by audience members as the models came out onto the catwalk!

Since that first show, back in 2009, the event has moved to The OPEN venue in Bank Plain, Norwich and is now over two evenings to be able to accommodate the demand for tickets. There are a few images below to give a flavour of what’s to come in a little look back over some of the past shows…

The two nights are really important fund-raisers for the charity and get amazing support from local independent businesses and dedicated volunteers. Once again, I will be doing my best to help the cause by selling portrait vouchers and donating ALL of the money to Keeping Abreast. Across the past shows, I have personally been able to raise more than £2000 in this way…but the vouchers are exclusively sold at the events, so please come along and show your support!

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Hundreds of people queue to get into the 2012 event

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Beautiful dresses from Love Couture

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Two models celebrating the end of a great event!

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Stephen Knight from Knightshift Dance Company on stage with the models for a set

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Philip Browne Menswear combined with dresses by Sophie and Smith on the catwalk

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The Dance Challenge getting cheered on by the audience

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Rock Collection in an action-packed set!

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Make-up for the models for a truly professional finish

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The shows take place on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd April at The OPEN in Norwich. Tickets are still currently available and can be booked online via the Keeping Abreast website via this link, or by contacting the team via the Keeping Abreast Facebook Event page here.

A full set of images from the last shows back in 2013 can be viewed here.

One Woman and Her Dog… and an iPhone

I am lucky enough to enjoy a daily walk with my dog Benjy just minutes from my house in beautiful open countryside alongside Marriott’s Way. The Norfolk skies and scenery of the changing seasons are simply beautiful. Over the past two years I have captured these moments on my iPhone. A selection of these images is now on display at The Mill Cafe Bar & Restaurant in Yaxham, Norfolk.

Capturing images on the iPhone has been great fun with simple editing in Snapseed to bring out some of the colours and shadows.

The images may become particularly relevant as a record of what the landscape looked like, as the proposed NDR will clip the corner of the field and it is uncertain as to whether we will be able to walk the field any more once the new road is built.

Sunset from Marriott's Way Running in the tree belt beside the field

When photographing in the field I had not imagined that the images would be displayed other than on social media. But now that they are the subject of this small exhibition I hope that they will inspire others to build visual diaries or capture impromptu moments with their phone cameras…

Keeping Abreast Portrait Exhibition: Femininity Comes From Within

I thought that it would be timely to write an update regarding “Project KAPE” (Keeping Abreast Portrait Exhibition), now that it has almost been 2 years in the making… The original set of images was exhibited at Norwich’s Undercroft in the city centre for 10 days in November 2013.

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Femininity Comes from Within at The Undercroft, Norwich, November 2013

The exhibition was very well-received, with wonderful comments from visitors who found the images and the accompanying dialogue by the each of the ladies’ enlightening and inspiring. The true essence of femininity, strength and courage in adversity shone through each woman’s unique story in her image and her words…

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Pictured (Me – right) with Victoria White (Left) National Development and Fundraising Manager for Keeping Abreast and Elaine Sassoon (Centre) Patron of Keeping Abreast and Surgeon at NNUH

And so I wondered what about if we managed to invite more women to be involved? Would it be possible to undertake 50 portraits and give the stories of 50 women…And how powerful would that be to give a message to those who are newly-diagnosed, awaiting surgery, contemplating surgery, supporting a loved-one, faced with options and decisions, not knowing their options, or simply in need of inspiration.

Working with regional support groups from Keeping Abreast, more ladies volunteered to take part and now the collection of images represents women from across the UK.

I have now photographed 41 beautiful, lovely, sharing, caring, courageous women, each one happy to give themselves to the project to help and inspire others. I am so privileged that each woman has let me see her strength and vulnerability through my camera. And I am always amazed at the generosity of heart of each lady that I meet.

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Over half of the models (including some from the Bristol and South West Regional Group) attended a photo call, outside The Library Restaurant in Norwich with local MP, Chloe Smith.

I am expecting to have photographed 50 ladies by the end of the Spring and so plans are now underway to reserve exhibition space. In conjunction with Keeping Abreast applications are already underway to exhibit nationally. I hope to confirm very soon when and where these will take place.

If you can offer exhibition space please get in touch either via the Keeping Abreast website or my website.

Original blog from November 2013 on my website can be seen here

Shoot with Jules Knight at Stoke Park

Portraiture is my greatest love and working at a beautiful location with a great subject is a perfect combination for a great work day! I was lucky enough to be commissioned to shoot a range of imagery for the very talented Jules Knight for his forthcoming debut solo album: Change of Heart.

The day started with some studio style shots at Jules’ home and then quickly on to the stunning venue of Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire… a photographer’s dream! With columns, wood panelling, sweeping staircase and huge windows the choice of where to shoot was vast.

I should also mention that it was February, it was England and it was raining. So the choice was narrowed a little and we remained around The Mansion building. I called upon a range of light sources: natural, studio flash and off-camera flash, which provided a range of very different image styles. Jules has a look that can be very diverse, so we managed to get light, intense, and brooding…to name but a few. Here’s just a few images from the day:

Jules is funding his new album via Pledge Music with a range of opportunities for fans, including a photoshoot where I look forward to being part of the team. More information is on the Jules Knight PledgeMusic page here.

Photography: Julia Holland, Venue: Stoke Park, Hair: Rino Riccio, MUA: Caterina Maiolini

Anniversary in Paris

So after 30 years we finally chose to go to Paris for our anniversary celebration… It was chilly, but very welcoming. We walked everywhere and saw so much more. As it was a holiday trip my photography was once again with my compact and lightweight Canon G16. It was stretched to it’s limits on some dark days, but it was great to be in “tourist-mode”. Below is a selection that summarises what I saw – lots of great architecture alongside the world’s current obsession for the selfie. I wonder what Leonardo would make of it…


Snapshot of New York

A first visit to New York City…

I was lucky enough to visit this busy, ever-moving city in November as part of an invitation through my work with a local charity (blog post on this to follow). The diversity of this city is very strong: on close inspection its rooftops are full of very organic-looking water towers which contrast with the bold structures of the buildings themselves. I was very much in tourist-mode with my camera, a Canon G16 Compact, which is lightweight and ideal for a trip where taking pictures is a bonus, not a job! Here are my 12 favourite images grabbed in 48 hours of sight-seeing…

Boudoir affair at the Emporium: Proudlock & Harry at Berry’s & Grey

When I walked into Berry’s & Grey in Norwich’s Royal Arcade several months ago and I was wowed at how beautiful it is. Lots and lots…and lots of gorgeous pieces to fill a home, but it is more than that – the layout of the boutique interior is like a theatrical stage set, dripping with treasures. And so an idea came to mind, why not use the shop as a backdrop for a shoot…Something that would contrast with the decor – designer lingerie from Proudlock & Harry, a stunning lingerie boutique just around the corner in Norwich city centre.

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At close of business on a late Summer’s afternoon the shoot was underway. Two models were given an androgynous look with swept back pony tails and strong make-up. Styling was by Clare from Proudlock & Harry with some stunning pieces by Lascivious Lingerie, Maison Close and Fred & Ginger. We created quite a stir as tourists were still window-shopping in the late afternoon sun and some even walked in to watch! Make-up was by Emily Turnbull of LoveMoi and hair was by Tracey WardGolden.

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With Christmas fast-approaching there are so many gifts on offer at both boutique shops…   And here’s another suggestion – A Boudoir Portrait shoot at Proudlock & Harry. Sessions are now being booked for October dates onwards. You can either book a shoot with framed photograph/s or a choice of albums and have your gift ready to present to your loved-one on Christmas Day. Or, buy a voucher (and lingerie!) for your loved-one for Christmas, with a shoot in the new year… Any lingerie purchased in conjunction with a shoot will be subject to 10% discount. With options from just £75 Call in to Proudlock & Harry in London Street Norwich or visit the Boudoir Portrait website to book your appointment. Boudoir_Ad_Update4