Release your inner Goddess!!!

I have a special offer this week

A special photoshoot in the privacy of your own home that will make you feel amazing.

Spice up your portfolio, just for fun or simply because you want some pictures that look different from everyone else? You have an amazing personality why not let it out with an amazing portfolio picture and astounding background to show off your inner goddess.

A special cost of £150 and you will receive 4 photos with the an amazing and exclusive wings backdrop to show off your inner goddess.

Use your best ‘Ascot’ clothes or even perhaps something more exciting. Your two hour shoot will make some awesome photos which can be for you or even for you to share with your partner.

Tricky Formal Points

The photoshoot will take around 2 hours

You will be responsible for your own clothes, make-up and hair

It will be a relaxed lifestyle and dramatic shoot, rather than a usual boring studio shoot. It will be relaxed and personal reflecting your amazing personality

Want a goddess photoshoot? Fill in the form

Give your profile pictures wiiiiiiiiings

I have a special offer this week

A street photo portfolio shoot – spend the day in using Brick Lane as a backdrop for portfolio photos or simply for the fun of it.

Spice up your portfolio, just for fun or simply because you want some pictures that look different from everyone else? You have a dramatic personality why not bring it out with a street shoot in London’s charismatic Brick Lane.

A special cost of £150 and you will receive 5 photos with the amazing backdrop of Brick Lane in the background.

Use your burlesque costume or even your best ‘Ascot’ clothes. Spend half a day with the Burly Photographer to take some awesome street photos which will spice up your portfolio.

Tricky Formal Points

The photoshoot will take around 3 hours

You will be responsible for your own clothes, make-up and hair

It will be a relaxed lifestyle and dramatic shoot, rather than a usual boring studio shoot. It will be relaxed and personal reflecting your amazing personality

Want a street shoot? Fill in the form

Refugee Week

It is refugee week this week. I have a lot of sympathy with migrants, whether forced or who have moved for economic reasons. While it might not look it, it’s part of my own family history.

My father’s parents moved from their home countries, to come to London. They moved to find a better opportunity there than there was at home. Firstly, they lived in Stoke Newington, where my father was born, then moved to the sybaritic paradise that is Hayes in Middlesex. Yes, they moved from Scotland and Wales, but that movement is baked in to my DNA.

I have also been a migrant, first I lived in Germany – when I was a teenager – then I lived in the Soviet Union. In UK terms I was that most disdained character a migrant student. Later on in life I have lived in Germany again. It is a terrible experience being a migrant, you don’t speak the language, everyone is different and the food is not what you are used to at home. I very well remember my feelings on my first day in Germany. I was in tears because I turned on the radio, those of you that know me will know how important the radio is to me, and I couldn’t hear Radio 1, which was my listening of choice when I was 16.

(You have to remember that all of this is before the internet – The time that history has forgotten).

So, now you know a little bit of my history, you will understand why I think that migration is such an important thing to me. I have visited migrant camps, The Jungle Calais, and some informal camps in Northern France. They are utterly horrible places.

As part of Refugee Week I have made a couple of films highlighting the problem and trying to humanise the migrants.

Burlesque Portfolio Shoot

In April I was lucky enough to be asked to shoot portfolio pictures for a number of new burlesque performers by the fabulous Little Lady Luscious.

It was great fun, and the pictures, well I think that they speak for themselves.

If you are looking for some portfolio pics for your act or simply want some professional pics to improve your Linked In profile, give me a call

Burlesque Profile Shots
Burlesque Profile Shots
Burlesque Profile Shots

London becomes a fortress

Terrorism is a fact of life, well a fact of my life anywhere. When I was 7 the IRA blew up the toy-shop I used to buy Action Men in, which was next to one of the pubs that they attacked in Guildford Surrey. When I was a teenager, I remember going to see the broken windows at Harrods following the bomb that the IRA placed there in 1981 or maybe 1982.

In the 1990’s I saw French soldiers hassling a man of North African appearance after a series of terrorist outrageous in Paris. At the same time I remember the complete disappearance of public waste bins after the IRA, again, had taken to leaving fire-bombs in the railway station bins. London’s streets really suffered after these outrages, the streets were filthy.

I have been at the edge of latest bought of terrorism, when I was at Edgware Road tube station 2 hrs before the 7/7 explosions and then had a really difficult time trying to reach my darling sister who worked in the City at the time.

So, it should really come as no surprise to see anti-terrorism measures around London. But, but, but, despite seeing anti-terrorism measures on nearly every London Bridge over the Thames, I was terribly shocked and stunned to see anti-terrorism, anti-suicide and anti-wild driving barriers around Leicester Square.

Concrete Blocks Leicester Sq

The blocks are somehow beautiful, somehow terrifying, somehow stunning. It makes me really sad to see them.

For me, Leicester Square is a centre of fun. When I was 18 I went to see my first X-Rated film there, Risky Business – Tom Cruise (It’s really not that racy), I have been clubbing in the Square, met friends in the Square and bought theatre tickets in it to. There are also pretty nice public loos there too. Leicester Square is also the spiritual home to The Burly Photographer. I have shot Burlesque Idol umpteen times at the Hippodrome Casino. I have probably taken something like 20,000 images there. To have the Square barrackaded like a fort seems almost obscene.

It is obscene, but it is logical

Concrete Blocks Leicester Sq

But – lets look at this another way round.

Leicester Square is a centre of entertainment, it is fun messy, smelly (sometimes) and the place where fun begins. We should want to defend the ability to have fun, if we cannot have fun, have a laugh, get pissed and make fools of ourselves, then terrorism has completely won.

So we have to defend it – the fortress is unfortunate – but it has to be done – Es Liebe Madness……..

Girl in a Headscarf

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine said that she was interested in becoming a model and asked whether I would take some shots of her so that she could practice.

We played around with poses and decided to do a daylight shoot without the aid of flash.

One of the ideas we played with was the use of a headscarf, I think that I had recently been given a book of photos by Steve McCurry and was inspired by his headscarf photos. His photo of an Afghani woman uses a red headscarf, which we didn’t have.

But, Fede – who was modelling that day, managed to pull something quite special off that day.

Woman in a Headscarf
Woman in a Headscarf
Woman in a Headscarf
Woman in a Headscarf