Working with truly creative, wonderful people makes my day.
Scabetti is synonymous with beautifully considered and stunning sculptural designs. Based in rural Staffordshire and sourcing bone china for its pieces from nearby Stoke-on-Trent, Scabetti creates iconic installations using multiples of the same form.
The couple behind the brand, Dominic and Frances Bromley create pieces that, in my mind, epitomise British design – exceptional craftsmanship, an eye for the quirky, complex construction but appearing effortlessly chic, and a knack for completely hitting the nail on the head.
Can you tell I love their work?
Their pieces can be found across the globe, in locations as diverse as 17th century listed buildings, newly built military headquarters, restaurants a mere stroll down the road from the studio and cruise ships sailing the oceans.
I’ve worked for Scabetti several times now, capturing the liveliness of the installations and showcasing the brand. Each time the designs inspire and captivate me.
Scabetti’s Shoal, was unveiled at the London Design Festival, and since then has been commissioned and installed in locations across the world, from restaurants and public spaces to private homes and beyond.
The now iconic form, made up of multiples of sculpted English bone china fish, reflects and transmits light through the translucent ceramic bodies.
I was asked to capture the essence of Shoal within a private home. Commissioned as a statement piece, to bring the interior open plan space to life and create a real wow moment.
Shoal was challenging and inspiring to shoot. It’s creative and refined, it is art meets design, meets sculpture, meets interior design, and it has function too.
I made a conscious decision to use natural and available light when photographing Shoal, as I felt it complimented the nature of the design and the materials used to make the piece. The subtlety of light glancing off the edges of those little fish is a fun thing to play with, as well as capturing the gorgeous settings in which they find permanent homes.
How do you capture all that, as well as the captivating play of light and shadow across an interior space? How do you do justice to such a clever yet effortlessly organic product that not only brings life to a space, but feels alive itself?
McKays - Shoal installed in: https://www.mckaysfishandchips.com
McKays design scheme - created by: http://www.sgdltd.co.uk/about.html
Sandsend (private residence) - architect: http://www.brable.com/
Colmans - Shoal installed in: http://colmansseafoodtemple.co.uk/
Colmans - constructed by: https://brimsconstruction.com/
With Gin sales somewhere in the region of £1billion in Britain, we all love a cheeky G&T don't we?! Well, everyone except me, it seems (but I'm hoping my tastebuds mature and one day I too will be able to enjoy in the past time that is Gin).
Brief: The Gin Bar, Newcastle's latest temple for Gin worship, called us in and said "we want it to have a speakeasy vibe".
So, through careful use of lighting we created a dusty and atmospheric set of images to capture
The street food scene in Newcastle and across the North East is absolutely booming. And the best thing is we're all the winners in this game!
But I think it's fair to say that a few players are stand out, such as award-winning street food gurus Papa Ganoush. Father and Son team, Tim ('papa') and Tom (presumably 'ganoush') bring Middle Eastern deliciousness to the North East of England, and were after some photography to capture the essence of their style of food, and also their personality.
We focused in on the hand made and artisanal qualities of what they do. We spent a day in the kitchen (their kitchen, to be precise) and a day on location at a food festival and by the end of it we were all sick of each other! But at least we got some nice pictures ;-)
Since our shoot, they've landed a gig in Fenwick's food market, opened a restaurant, and bagged a few awards. We'd like to think it's down to our photography.................
......and absolutely nothing to do with their damn tasty food.
client website papaganoush.co.uk
A Jesmond institution, The Cherry Tree is a classy place. You can quoff and scoff until your heart is content, while the jazz rolls along in the background.
Using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients to produce some amazingly delicious and beautiful plates of food, the chefs are passionate and very good at what they do.
We were called in by PR and marketing agency, MHW PR, who were steering The Cherry Tree through a rebrand and new website in order to reposition the restaurant. We were commissioned to photograph the food and interiors predominantly for the sophisticated new website, created by the guys over at Room8 Design.
Mangobean are refreshingly cheeky, playful and fun. The new kid on the coffee block, Mangobean are rapidly expanding and quickly achieving their aim of establishing themselves as the fourth high street coffee offering alongside Starbucks, Costa and Cafe Nero.
Brief after speaking in detail with Mangobeans' fearless leader himself, Mr Shane Saunders, and getting to know the brand in its infancy, it
was immediately apparent that Shane's energy and enthusiasm is highly contagious, and (along with his cheeky cheeky ways) is poured into every facet of the business.
We agreed that the images needed to create a sense of fun and vibrancy, and compel the viewer to smoosh that piece of cake into their face or neck that latte and come back for more.
Alongside the food, we've also shot cafe interiors, providing Mangobean with a suite of images for use online, franchisee brochures, and all the marketing collateral you could poke a stick at.
Client Website mangobeanfranchise.co.uk