Posted: December 16th, 2012 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Celebrity, Event Photography, Press Photography | Tags: Christmas, Coliseum, English National Ballet, London, Nut Cracker, St Martin's Lane Hotel | No Comments »
Signalling the end of the year, English National Ballet’s annual Christmas party was held at St Martin’s Lane Hotel right next door to the London Coliseum, where the company commence their Christmas season with The Nutcracker on December the 14th.
2012 saw a lot of change at the company, including a new artistic director Tamara Rojo, who arrived at the party with 3 other dancers, all dressed in Vivienne Westwood gowns.
Here are just a few pictures from the night including celebrity attendees Arlene Philips and Kristina Rihanoff from Strictly Come Dancing fame, and actors Nathaniel Parker, David Harewood (Homeland) and Andy Serkis (The Hobbit) and Colin Morgan (Merlin)
The young star of Les Miserables, Isabelle Allen who plays Cosette, was also invited.
Other celebrity guests included Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) arriving with Tom Hardy, and Ernie Hudson who played Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters.
Guests were then escorted across the red carpet into the Coliseum to watch English National Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker. During the interval, there was still time to get a few more photos including Perdita Weeks, Myana Buring, Ophelia Lovibond, and Holliday Grainger.
Posted: October 12th, 2012 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Celebrity, Event Photography, Press Photography | Tags: Boy George, Brixton, Philip Salon, Sam Buttery, Taboo | No Comments »
After 10 years away, Taboo: The Boy George Musical, is back on the stage with a brand new cast at the Brixton Clubhouse, London. The show revolves around Billy, an aspiring photographer, who launches himself onto London’s vibrant club scene during the ‘decadent’ 80s. He encounters the ‘New Romantics’ and many of the era’s most notorious personalities – including Steve Strange, Leigh Bowery, Philip Sallon and Boy George himself.
This time around actor Mathew Roland plays Boy George, Sam Buttery has taken over from Matt Lucas, as Leigh Bowery, and Paul Bale plays the infamous Philip Salon.
These images were taken at the press call to help promote the show. The Writers, producers and even Boy George, posed for the camera.
Posted: September 15th, 2012 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Celebrity, Event Photography, Press Photography | Tags: Bestival, fancy dress, Isle of Wight, Rob da Bank, Stevie Wonder, Wildlife | No Comments »
With a last blast of summer sun, celebrating it’s ninth anniversary, this years wildlife themed fancy dress Bestival, was one of the best.
Along with UK Festival exclusive sets from the XX and Sigur Ross, headlining were Florence and the Machine on Friday, New Order on Saturday, and Stevie Wonder closing the mainstage on Sunday evening.
Delilah kicked off Saturday on the main stage in a hot cat suit.
Ben Howard woke up the campsite, and drew in a massive crowd on Saturday Lunchtime, packing out the Big top stage.
Saturday was fancy dress day, and this year’s ‘Wildlife’ theme drew in some fantastic original and unusual costume ideas.
Pink Flamingo Fancy Dress at Bestival 2012
Wildlife fancy Dress at Bestival 2012
Wildlife Themed Fancy Dress at Bestival 2012
Headline act New Order finished Saturday night on the mainstage, and concluded with a homage to their early Joy Division years by playing Transmission and Love will tear us apart.
New Order Headline The Main Stage at Bestival
Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon Enjoying The Last of The Summer
Stooshe Perform live on Stage at Bestival 2012.
Michael Kiwanuka In The Big Top at Bestival 2012
Lucy Rose's Intimate gig at Bestival 2012
To bring the festival to a close, American Funk Legend Stevie Wonder, banged out the hits in a career spanning 2 hour set.
Legend Stevie Wonder playing Bestival, Isle of Wight, 2012
Stevie Wonder Performs live on Stage at Bestival 2012
Posted: August 30th, 2012 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Celebrity, Event Photography, Press Photography, Uncategorized | Tags: Celebrity, Event, London, Marathon, Olympic Games, Olympics, Paralympics, Sport | No Comments »
For 8 weeks over the summer, London was transformed to welcome the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. It wasn’t just sport that needed to be photographed. As my agency diary editor said, ‘London will never look the same again’.
There was so much to photograph from, fans, signs, flags, cakes, Olympic rings, and athletes attending events and film premieres. Some of these images are from commissions, some are from assignments with images being sent to the Press Association.
Each country entering into the Olympics occupied a house/building during the 4 weeks. This gave the fans a place to meet other fans from their own countries, watch the games, and even meet the athletes. I photographed quite a few of them, including Italia House, the French House, and Canada House, but the best atmosphere of all was at Jamaica House at the O2 Arena.
I love this shot I captured of Dame Kelly Holmes arriving at the Chariots of Fire Premiere in Leicester Square. It sums up the washed out month before the beginning of the games.
I did shoot some sport at the Paralympic games, and got hooked on goalball.
Believe it or not, this bag is a cake which was especially made to go on display in the Olympic village. It contains 136 eggs, 6 bottles of brandy, and weighs 11 stone.
Posted: June 30th, 2011 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Celebrity, Event Photography | Tags: Auction, Ballet, Kensington Palace, London, Orangery, Prince Andrew, Summer | No Comments »
On the 29th June, English National Ballet hosted their first Summer Party at the Orangery, Kensington Palace, in the heart of Kensington Gardens.
Prince Andrew meets English National Ballet Dancers in The Orangery – ©David Jensen
A host of designers, including Kinder Aggugini, Giles Deacon, Christian Louboutin, House of Worth, Erdem, and Beatrix Ong, were asked to create tutu’s, tiaras, and shoes for individual dancers. These designer items were then modeled in a catwalk show before being auctioned to help raise funds for English National Ballet.
Along with the designer catwalk show, guests were treated to Jazz and two performances by the ballet, including one taken from ‘Strictly Gershwin’.
Along with the designers a number of VIP guests were in attendence, including Guy Chambers, Katie Melua, Ronnie Wood, Mathew Horne, Olivia Hallinan and Nick Rhodes.
Guy Chambers and Katie Melua - ©David Jensen
Mathew Horne and Beatrix Ong - ©David Jensen
Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Olivia Hallinan - ©David Jensen
English National Ballet’s first Summer Party was a huge success with over 300 guests in attendance who helped raise over £50,000 for the company.
Posted: February 20th, 2011 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Celebrity | Tags: Bora Aksu, Canon, Catwalk, Celebrity, Fashion, London Fashion Week, Models | No Comments »
Models Wearing Bora Aksu's New Autumn/Winter Collection 2011.
Over the last week the fashion world has descended on the capital for London Fashion Week. Bora Aksu, the Turkish Designer, was showing his Autumn/Winter 2011 collection at Somerset House and a number of celebrities, including, Twiggy, Nicola Roberts (Girls Aloud), Laura Whitmore (MTV), Marina Diamandis and Keisha Buchanan crammed into the packed out venue.
Olivia Inge and Keisha Buchanan at London Fashion Week
Marina Diamandis (Marina and The Diamonds) At The Bora Aksu Show.
Laura Whitmore and far right, Tuppence Middleton at Bora Aksu's Catwalk Show
This may sound a bit hypocritical, but there were way too many photographers at LFW, at times it felt like the Canon stand at a photography conference. How the stylists, and make up artists can do their jobs! Every other person seemed to have a camera. Some with ridiculous large soft boxes, when with today’s amazing high ISO camera sensors, one can get much better images with the available light.
Tallulah Harlech, Twiggy and her daughter Carly Lawson at Bora Aksu's Show, London Fashion Week.
Twiggy and Bora Aksu, Backstage After The Designer's Show.
All in all though, the Somerset house venue was packed out, and by the sound of the positive feedback received backstage, and the ovation at the end of the show, Bora Aksu’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection show was a huge success.
Posted: February 18th, 2011 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Celebrity | Tags: Dancing on Ice, Denise Welch, London, Robert Van Winkle, Vanilla Ice, Wicked | No Comments »
Robert Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice) and Denise Welch
Just a quick post, but on Thursday, the Smash hit musical ‘Wicked’
(Sorry never seen it) put on a special night to welcome their new cast to the show. Along with a few other celebrities, the remaining contestants still ‘Dancing on Ice’ were invited along, and the opportunity to photograph Mr Robert Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice!, couldn’t be passed up.
Posted: November 12th, 2010 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Celebrity | No Comments »
The 'Chain of Hope' Fundraising Ball in the Vaulted Central Hall of the Natural History Museum, London, 11th November 2010.
It’s been a busy week for me, I’ve been out every night at a different event photographing and syndicating to Empics Entertainment/Press Association. Last night was the ‘Chain of Hope‘ fundraising ball at the Natural History Museum, and I had the opportunity to photograph Amanda Lamb, Donal MacIntyre, Camilla Rutherford and HRH Prince Andrew.
Chain of Hope’s
Camilla Rutherford and Julienne Davis attend the 'Chain of Hope' fundraising ball,at the Natural History Museum, London, 11th November 2010.
annual ball is organised to raise funds for life changing cardiac surgery for children in developing countries. This years event was hosted by Donal MacIntyre, and the 400 guests were treated to a dinner in the main ‘Vaulted Hall’ of the Museum and entertainment provided by The Jersey Boys
Donal MacIntyre, Amanda lamb, and Brendan Cole at 'Chain of Hope's' Annual fundraising ball.
HRH Prince Andrew at the 'Chain of Hope' fundraising ball, at the Natural History Musueum, London.
Brendan Cole and Zoe Hobbs attend the 'Chain of Hope' fundraising ball at the Natural History Museum, London
Louisa Lytton and Aisha Gustav (Jamaican Beauty Queen/Singer) attend the 'Chain of Hope' fundraising ball 2010.
Edi Gathegi attends the 'Chain of Hope' fundraising ball at the Natural History Museum
Edi Gathegi (Actor – House, X-men) managed to attend whilst taking time off filming the latest X-men film in London.
The Jersey Boys perform at the 'Chain of Hope' Ball at the Natural History Museum, London.
Posted: November 9th, 2010 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Celebrity | Tags: Liz Hurley, London, Luxe, Old Billingsgate Walk | No Comments »
Luxe Digital Artwork displayed at the Red Night by Marrakech Project, 8th November 2010
This week began with a black tie dinner, the ‘Red Night’ hosted by Elizabeth Hurley, at 1 Old Billingsgate Walk
, where the ‘Marrakech Project’ had transformed the building into the Exotic Red city for the evening.
LIz Hurley attends the 'Red Night' by the Marrakech Project at 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London, 8th November 2010.
I caught the underground down to London Bridge and as I crossed the Thames, it wasn’t hard to miss the red glow of the building sitting on the banks of the river. From the large red gates to the music, fashion, and design, the organisers, in conjunction with the Moroccan National Tourist Office
, had created the ultimate Marrakech-inspired experience inside 1 Old Billingsgate Walk.
Natalie Dormer arrives at the 'Red Night', 1 Old Billingsgate, 8th November 2010
The guests, including Natalie Dormer, Cherie Lunghi, Lisa Butcher, Aldo Zilli and Elizabeth Hurley were all treated to a Moroccan Fashion show produced by Albert Oiknine
, one of Morocco’s most famours designers; and an exclusive Red Night dinner created by Zakia Ait Aboulahcen, daughter of one of the revered chefs at the iconic La Mamounia
hotel, who is renowned for her authentic Moroccan dishes.
Lisa Butcher arrives at the 'Red Night' by Marrakech Project, 1 Old Billingsgate, London, 8th November 2010.
Natalie Dormer and Cherie Lunghi attend the 'Red Night by Marrakech' at 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London, 8th November 2010.
Cherie Lunghi and Natalie Dormer with Mr Ali El Kasmi (centre-Director, Moroccan National Tourist Office, London), Mr Hamid Addou (right- CEO Moroccan National Tourist Office) attend the 'Red Night' by Marrakech Project, 8th November 2010.
Posted: July 30th, 2010 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Celebrity | No Comments »
Goodwood Sign at Goodwood Racecourse, West Sussex, 27th July 2010
Renowned as one of the most beautiful courses on the racing circuit, Goodwood is set in the heart of the South Downs, in West Sussex. Each year at the end of July over 100,000 people flock through the gates for Glorious Goodwood, to enjoy the chic, relaxed and incredibly stylish atmosphere. This means a lot of celebrities attend, and so it was an ideal opportunity to get a few images and submit them to Empics.
Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley attend Glorious Goodwood, July 2010.
Elizabeth Hurley attends Glorious Goodwood, July 27th 2010.
Day 1 was the ‘Sporting Greats’ day and was attended by Shane Warne and Lawrence Dallaglio. The penultimate race of the day, was the Dallaglio Foundation Maiden Stakes, which was in aid of the Dallaglio Foundation, a foundation set up by Lawrence to raise money for certain charities and individuals. Elizabeth Hurley was also in attendance and presenting the ‘Tatler Summer Season stakes’, so I managed to get a few photographs whilst she was in the Winner’s Enclosure.
Lawrence Dallaglio attends Glorious Goodwood, Goodwood Racecourse, July 2010
Racehorse and Handler in the parade ground, Goodwood Racecourse, Goodwood, 27th July 2010
Glorious Goodwood also attracts the best Jockeys. Frankie Dettori, who has the record for the most number of wins at Goodwood, was riding on all 5 days. So whilst in the parade ground I had to get a few pictures.
Frankie Dettori in the Parade ground on Ladies day, Glorious Goodwood, 29th July 2010.
Frankie Dettori in the parade ring, Glorious Goodwood, July 2010.
Thursday, ‘Ladies Day’ has become the day to see and be seen! Resplendent with beautifully dressed racegoers, fashionistas and celebrities, Ladies Day is always a sell-out, with the men making a special effort too, wearing linen suits and Panama hats.
Stylish Hat worn by a racegoer at Glorious Goodwood, Goodwood Racecourse, July 29th 2010.
Extravagant Hats on display, Ladies Day, Glorious Goodwood, July 29th 2010.
Shereen Guerin attends Glorious Goodwood, Goodwood Racecourse July 2010.
Racing infront of the Richmond Enclosure, Glorious Goodwood, July 2010.
With a lot of Press down on the Racecourse, it was hard to get exclusive shots of the attending celebrities. I did however manage a few shots of Sophie Ellis Bexter and her partner Richard Jones from ‘The Feeling.’ I also bumped into Matt Lacey, aka ‘Orlando’ who was filming a sketch about horse racing. Matt with his alter ego ‘Orlando’ gained widespread popularity on ‘You Tube’ with the comedy sketch ‘Gap Yah.’
'Gap Yah' in the Winner's enclosure, Glorious Goodwood, 29th July 2010.
Sophie Ellis Bexter and Richard Jones attend Glorious Goodwood, July 2010.