The Barber of Seville | Theatre Royal, Norwich

The Barber of Seville was the incredible opera performed to an enthused audience at the Norwich Theatre Royall on Sunday as three Norwich schools (Mile Cross Primary School, Valley Academy & St Augustine’s ) took to the stage & performed their own inspired creations of the Barber of Seville that had been developed over several weeks with the help & guidance from a professional team of musicians & directors.
Soprano was again performed by the lovely Lynsey Docherty, while the guest Baritone spot was taken up by Philip Smith.

Should you ever have the opportunity to go and see one of the Norfolk Schools Projects then I would highly recommend it.

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Norfolk Schools Project | Norwich

I feel privileged to be able to continue my long association with the team behind the Norfolk Schools Project at the Norwich Theatre Royal

The Autumn project is well underway and last week I took a trip to Valley Primary Academy in Norwich for the Joint Singing Workshop, which sees all three schools come together for an afternoon of creative expression ahead of their performances at the theatre this coming Sunday.

Embracing their roles, it was a joy to watch the children fulfill their creative potential.

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Stunning Office Space to Shoot in Cambridge

A rather cool office space welcomed me a few weeks back in Cambridge.. This property company had a rather inspirational ‘photo wall’ of their property projects, some nice furnishings and superb coffee!

As well as a collection of people focused imagery, I also had the pleasure of visiting & photographing some of their impressive developments around the city, which, needless to say featured some rather inspiring architecture

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An enjoyable introduction to Golf at Bawburgh Golf Club….

An enjoyable introduction to Golf.
To be honest, I’m not really a big golf fan, I’ve never seen the appeal of spending several hours walking around the course – however, two weeks ago armed with my camera gear, umbrella (not needed, but felt it helped me look the part!) and a golf buggy (thank goodness for this!) I had the pleasure of attending the BIG C corporate golf day at Bawburgh Golf Club.

It took me an hour or so to learn the course, where I could and couldn’t go and how to avoid the flying the golf balls.
What transpired was an enjoyable day shooting images of the various teams taking on the 18 holes – I learnt a lot and a ball (excuse pun!) but for what it’s worth, I’ll stick to the cycle for my leisure activity!

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Atmospheric shoot of the NDR | Norfolk

The brief was to capture some atmospheric and descriptive images of the NDR and in particular where it meets the A1067 in Norwich.. I arrived on site particularly early, greeted by a Autumnal mist and some stunning morning light.
Add a couple of gradient filters and the brief was achieved.
Wish the morning light always played the game and performed when required.

NDR – Norwich A1067

NDR – Norwich A1067

NDR – Norwich A1067

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Lovely Shoot in Dementia Care Home

Recently I have had the pleasure of shooting for a new marketing agency who have been working closely with a dementia care home. I was commissioned to spend a day shooting at the home for a new campaign.
Given a real rundown on the commission prior to arrival, I knew what to expect, but I have to say I was blown away by the way the home has been designed, the facilities, the care and the hospitality.
Residents were treated so warmly and the friendly vibe within the home was evident.
It wasn’t all magnolia walls and a TV in the corner either! Throughout the entire three floors there were themed areas, remembrance corners, colour, love and that feeling of ‘home’.
A terrific environment and a fabulous shoot. Really enjoyed this one!

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Corporate clients invest in photography

I’m fortunate enough to work with a handful of terrific corporate clients who invest in photography – they have ditched cheap universal stock photography and all the associated problems these images bring (the same images on similar businesses etc) and instead believe in creating their own imagery of staff and clients – real people and a real focus on individuals.

Recently I was sent out to the coast to photograph one of their clients, a landlord who has a reputation for providing fabulous property services, as well as renovating some of the gorgeous Victorian properties along the seafront.

 

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Fabulous Business Shoot in Peterborough

Fabulous shoot a couple of weeks ago in Peterborough… lovely people, great building, inspiring tech and shockingly good food…

A long day with the camera gear, saw a variety of shoots throughout the building. People, food and events were the order of the day… timing the food shoots just before lunch enabled us to eat the samples (not all of them.. just the one dish)… bit unusual this, as normally it’s stone cold and heavily ‘made up’ – but the chef prepared it perfectly and it was ready to go on time and looking great.. .no make up required!

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Cameras, lights, horses and horse-feed!

Occasionally I get shoots booked in that require a slightly different skillset.
This particular summer shoot was for a well-known and extremely well-respected horse feed & nutrition company. Coming from a horse background, it certainly helped with dealing and photographing the various owners and their beautiful horses.
Working with animals is always testing (boy am I glad I don’t work with them full time!) but equally it’s rather satisfying when the images come together.
One of my favourites is the head Nutritionist in one of the feed rooms – the light was just right, adding a small strobe and reflector helped illuminate the shadows and provided a pleasing portrait.
#horses #feed #portrait

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Thousands cycle around Norfolk at Tour de Norfolk Sportive

Thousands of cyclists took to the Norfolk roads on Sunday at the 2nd Tour de Norfolk cycling sportive.
Torrential rain on Saturday thankfully didn’t dampen the spirits of the masses on Sunday, as it started off a little damp, but thankfully the sun came out (mixed with a few showers in North Norfolk) and all involved seemed to have a ball on the quiet lanes of Norfolk.

Photographs from the event are now online – pop along to the Tour de Norfolk website or visit the albums by clicking the link below…

Well done to all who took part and congrats on raising thousands for the Big C!
http://julianclaxton.jalbum.net/

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