Seafood

The Clink.

I got the opportunity to shoot for a brilliant charity earlier this year; one that I'd heard about a few times before and, as someone living in South London, was definitely on my list to explore further.

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The Clink serves 4000 hungry customers across four award winning restaurants within Her Majesty's Prisons each month alone, and each of those meals has been prepared and served by prisoners living and working within Brixton, High Down, Cardiff and Styal. The prisoners gain experience cooking in kitchens, serving (and even growing produce at The Clink Gardens at HMP Send in Surrey!), whilst working towards City & Guilds NVQs in Food Preparation, Food Service and Customer Service. By providing this unique opportunity, funded by the restaurant diners and donations, some 800 prisoners have graduated from The Clink training projects since 2009, and almost 100 prisoners in 2016 alone were released into work as a result.

The Clink Charity also offers events catering and, headed up by a passionate and talented team, will take the events and catering circuit by storm in the years to come, I'm sure.  I was able to shoot some of their brilliant canapes, stunning bowl food and and a selection of their delicious courses for an upcoming campaign.

I think it's a great concept, as I have always personally found cooking food brings comfort and confidence. After all, its the first stepping block of self-sufficiency (everyone seems armed with a recipe from 'home' when you first move into your own place), and food spreads happiness when it's shared with others. It's even been suggested that humans only eat when they feel secure and safe psychologically, so the preparation of food, especially for/including other people, encourages this feeling too. Happily, 250+ companies across the country agree with me and have agreed to employ from the charity's recently released trainees. 

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Book a table and check it out for yourself. Besides all the good stuff on the menu you get a side order of 'warm and fuzzies' with every meal just for supporting such a great cause.  I've said it before and I'll say it again: FOOD (in all of its delicious forms) IS GOOD FOR YOU...and, it turns out, helps other people too.

H x

Pretty Peas.

Another test! This time an unusually spontaneous one, brought on by the kind lending of some beautiful props by the marvellous Sarah Birks (who's name I saw everywhere on all the prettiest props in the prop houses but only recently met!).

I put out an Instagram "shout out" (see below) on the Friday before the bank holiday and the marvellous Tamara Vos got in touch out of the blue after meeting once or twice on other shoots. I've long admired Tamara's airy, pretty style and it was very flattering for her to get in touch. We had very little time to come up with something so I sent some snaps of the props we had to work with and a very loose brief and left her to come up with some ideas!

Tamara went all out and sourced some beautiful ingredients over the bank holiday weekend - not always an easy task as we found out on Tuesday morning! The recipes were simple and elegant and totally delicious.

I'm thrilled the images are kind of different to my usual style; that's what tests are for, after all! Normally I'd say my shots are a little messier, a little punchier and it's great to collaborate with someone who can nudge you out of your comfort zone and create something delicate and fresh.

I really like these images and loved shooting on the day. Plus, I have a new favourite go-to dinner party recipe - those clams were just perfect and, amazingly, come straight out of the freezer! 

H x

 

Orange and Black.

First test of the new year and I've not been able to put these up on my site until now!

In December last year Tamzin Ferdinando, prop styling legend, suggested doing a test together with a theme she'd been working on - Orange and Black. I was IN.

I shot this, with the marvellous Amy Stephenson doing the food styling, the week before the Pink Lady Food Photography Awards deadline and from what I could piece together from the small print you can't advertise online that you're submitting an image so I thought it best to keep them back for a few weeks and avoid screwing it up altogether. I've been meaning to submit work to this competition for a couple of years and never felt particularly strongly about any of my images but I'm determined to enter from now on; every year they put on a fabulous free exhibition and showcases food photographers from around the world and I'm happy to support anything that raises the standard industry-wide.

Anyway, long story short.....they weren't shortlisted. Oh well, better luck next year! I've already got an extremely exciting test booked in for the next few weeks with a new stylist and my Pinterest is a hive of activity right now.  Keep an eye out for new work, my new logo, and a blog post about some new books I've bought.

Do you submit your work anywhere or has your work ever won you any awards? 

H x

Food styling: Amy Stephenson
Photography: Hannah Hughes
Prop Styling: Tamzin Ferdinando