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

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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…


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

Location shoot with musician Alison Sparrow

Today was my third creative shoot with Alison – a very talented violinist and music tutor based in the same “village” as me. The brief was for a shoot based around a piano to promote Alison’s piano tutorial work. I am lucky to have a friend with a baby grand piano and a home that offers a beautiful location in which to shoot. So we headed off to the South Norfolk location with a car full of potential dresses and accessories to meet up with the hair and make-up team: Tracey Ward for hair and Emily Turnbull from LoveMoi Makeup. A couple of first images are posted – the intention was to use bleeding backlight and textures to create a painterly and atmospheric feel to the imagery. More to follow…DU9A8765aDesat_BkgrdL

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