Woop!  Proud to announce that an image I submitted from a recent test was shortlisted for the Pink Lady Food Photography Award! The shot in question, below, was of a whopper of a baguette packed with goats cheese, prosciutto, griddled courgette, roasted tomatoes, olives and basil oil and styled beautifully by Livia Abraham.


Out of over 8000 entries, to get to the final 600 or so is obviously very exciting but I’m doubly honoured as it sits amongst images by photographers whom I’ve worked with over the years and who’s work I greatly admire.

Interestingly, the one image I got shortlisted was one I wasn't even planning on entering! It's not necessarily my 'usual' style of shooting and I had spent an hour or so one day filing through which images I wanted to put in...I took a screenshot and emailed it to myself before submission so that could look at them with fresh eyes the following day (on the bus to a shoot, which is apparently where I make all decisions, small or large!). That screenshot can be found below...

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I didn't enter anywhere near this many in the final submission, I edited it down that evening to a much smaller number but its interesting to note it didn't appear in my initial selection and I'm not sure I could tell you how or why it ended up in my second! I'm glad it did. Sometimes you have to listen to your gut.

The shortlist has some very strong images this year. I'm occasionally surprised what kinds of image end up being selected in the various categories and its always fun to see current trends in different countries and across different disciplines.  I'm looking forward to the winner being announced soon and hope to visit the winners' exhibition at the Mall Galleries, SW1Y 5BD, its on from Wednesday 25 April - Sunday 29 April 2018 from 10-5pm (closes at 3pm on the final day).

See you there!

H x

January's Self-Assessment

January doesn't have the same effect on me that it does to some others; it doesn't inspire me to turn vegan, paint everything a different colour, buy a plant, learn Mandarin or adopt a new 'skin regime'...whatever one of those is. Nor do I blanket ban all alcohol (though I usually consume less after the excesses of, to be frank, the whole of December!) - the month feels long enough as it is!

The start of the year, for me, is a time for SELF-ASSESSMENT.  Financially (obviously, in the form of a painful and tedious few days of tax submission), but also in terms of my goals, my health and happiness, my career and my relationships.

Part of looking back on my year of work as an assistant and my personal development as a photographer includes taking a few hours and going through everything I've shot that I considered 'finished shots', or 'FINALS', as the folder is named.  It's interesting isn't it, when you go back? What you still like and what you've changed your mind on? What you'd do differently and what you missed the first time round? Does anyone enjoy this process?

Last week I submitted some of the final shots that made the cut to the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards. I’ve done it for a couple of years now, and as a personal rule I only ever enter images I’ve shot in the past year.  It’s a nice way to look back on my tests and how my style progresses, how the seasons affect my lighting as well as the food we shoot and how much I go through phases of inspiration! The submission itself fills me with drive and ideas for 2018's collaborations as I'm pleased to say I've had a lot more to enter this year than previous years - a trend I hope continues!

Empty Plate

The empty plate above is a happy full stop on 2017 and a symbol of the possible shoots, potential jobs and new ideas that 2018 may bring. For now, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed an entry makes the shortlist, looking forward to actually getting to see the exhibition this year! and getting the next test organised...

...oh, and starting February with a nice glass of wine.

H x