Posted: January 26th, 2013 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Architectural, Interior Design Photography | Tags: Bedroom, Interior, Interior Design, Interior Design Photography, London, Refurbishment | No Comments »
A new year, and straight back to work, photographing the newly refurbished home of architect and interior designer Juliano Cordano.
The whole of this south London property had been redesigned, along with some of the furniture in the bedrooms and living room, including this white chest which had been built as an extension of the central seating area.
When photographing interiors, it’s quite simple to give the rooms a completely different feel by creating a night time scene. Here, the client wanted to see the ambience created by the interior lighting.
Overlooking the main living room was the top floor mezzanine kitchen and another seating/television area. This included a bar and the largest collection of plants I’ve ever photographed in one property. Apparently it takes an hour each week to water them!
It was a great shoot with no extra styling needed, and as you can see, a fantastically designed property.
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: 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: July 28th, 2012 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Event Photography | Tags: Dining, London, Outdoor, Performance, Photography, Regents Park, Shakespeare, Theatre | No Comments »
In May, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre opened their £3.3m redevelopment which included a brand new box office, changing facilities and rehearsal rooms, all ready for the 2012 season.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
One of the highlights of the season was A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with artistic director Timothy Sheader giving the Shakespearean comedy a Big Fat Gypsy makeover. Along with shots of the new buildings and dining areas, I was asked to shoot the auditorium during an evening performance.
I was lucky enough to have this picture (above) featured in the Evening Standard’s ‘Big Picture’, a weekly double page spread in the centre of the paper.
Posted: April 12th, 2012 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Event Photography, Press Photography | Tags: Ballet, London, Peacock Theatre, Sleeping Beauty | No Comments »
A second photo shoot for English National Ballet in the space of a week. this one for My First Sleeping Beauty, an adaptation of the classic fairytale for young audiences.
Images were immediately sent to press and have been picked up nationally as the production went touring around the country.
Posted: April 4th, 2012 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Event Photography, Press Photography | Tags: Ballet, Colisseum, London, Russes | No Comments »
A photo call at The London Coliseum to photograph English National Ballet’s ‘Beyond Ballet Russes’. Commencing the afternoon, dancers Zdenek Konvalina (Apollo), Daria Klimentova (Terpsichore) Begona Cao (Calliope) Anais Chalendard (Polyhymnia) performed Balachine’s 1928 masterpiece Apollo.
Dancers went onto perform ‘Jeux’ recreated by English National Ballet’s artistic director, Wayne Eagling, and rounded off the show with Serge Lifar’s ‘Suite En Blanc’.
All images were sent to the Press Association and have been used internationally in the Press.
Posted: March 31st, 2012 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Architectural, Interior Design Photography | Tags: Carnaby Street, London, Portfolio, Property, Shops, WESC | No Comments »
Every so often I’m commissioned to photograph an area of London for a corporate property portfolio. Not only does the client need building shots, they also require lifestyle shots to give prospective shop and business owners an idea of the local area.
I shot the Carnaby street estate over a couple of days, during that blip of warm weather before the rain washed out the rest of the summer. The better weather draws people out, they look happier and there are less scarves, hats and gloves, which results in better shots, and keeps the client happier.
Carnaby Street is busy almost 24 hours a day. So its a case of dropping down the tripod, taking a few frames, and merging the images together taking people out of the scene and revealing the street. It takes a bit of work, but the images would look too busy otherwise, and there’s no way of blocking off the street.
Posted: January 8th, 2012 | Author: David Jensen | Filed under: Architectural, Press Photography | Tags: City, Gerkhin, Heron Tower, London, Shard, St Paul's | No Comments »
The New Year brought with it an opportunity to photograph from the top of the 46 storey Heron Tower in the City of London. Completed in 2011, the tower stands 230 metres tall making it the tallest building in the City of London, and the third tallest in London as a whole. Weather wise, the day couldn’t have been more perfect, clear skies with a few clouds, and an incredible winter sunset.
London Skyline at Dusk
Thames and St Pauls View, photographed from the Heron Tower
This dusk part of the shoot was shot from the 38th floor which will become the home of Sushisamba in the summer of this year. The shots had to be taken through glass, so luckily the space was still a building site, and there weren’t too many lights to create reflections in the glass. It was an incredible experience to be up there, and at times I had to stop and just stare in amazement at this living breathing Metropolis.
These images will be used in promotional material by the tower’s management company, Cushman and Wakefield, and are also available through the Press Association.
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 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.