An Unexpected Christmas Carols

An Unexpected Christmas Carols

2020 was different to what we all got used to. There were travel restrictions, social distancing, social bubbles, lockdowns and more. This year Christmas didn’t event have the festive vibes without the Winter Wonderland trip, Ice rings and Carols.

The Kings Centre Chessington decided to give their people a service of normality. An Unexpected Christmas Service gave people with beautiful worship as well as wonderful Christmas Carols. STLS provided all the light and sound equipment. Thanks to their knowledge and expertise, they created a Christmas atmosphere in the Church. The only thing we could have possibly wished for then was snow to make it a white Christmas. Thank you so much for organising such a fantastic socially distanced event.

If you are planning an event and require a photographer ot capture the atmosphere and details, I would are than happy to help. Feel free to contact me via my contact page! 


Thank you NHS and keyworkers

LOCKDOWN.

On Monday 23rd March 2020 UK was put down to a lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak. This had an impact on the whole entertainment industry. A lot of photographers and other suppliers has lost their predicted income and motivation to do anything ever since.

On Thursday 23rd April, exactly one month after the UK has been locked across the country, Thomas Rose, from Fusion Light and Sound has invited me to join his project. He and his team have decided to light up the 100 meters tall IKEA Towers in Croydon in blue to pay respects to all frontliners. We felt really personal about this as we all know at least one person working for the NHS or keyworkers and we wanted to show our support in these difficult times.

Tom and his team have spent pretty much all day, placing out all of his equipment and programming the lights. It was a lot harder than we initially thought. It was only after the sunset when the guys could have positioned the lights in the correct place, and once the dusk came, the magic has happened.

THANK YOU.

At 8pm people were clapping, we heard fireworks and emergency services sirens in the distance. Both of the towers were lit up in NHS Blue with lasers displaying NHS logo and thank you messages to our keyworkers and heros. Once again, I would like to express my gratitude to the Fusion team for having me and giving me a purpose during this rather challenging situation.

A special thank you to the whole hard-working team: Tom Rose, Kieran Edmonds & Nick Jemicz. This wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for you.

If you are looking to hire sound and/or lighting system, get in touch with Fusion Sound and Light and www.fusionsoundandlight.co.uk

And If you are you looking for someone to capture your project or event, get in touch with me for a quote! 


One Night In Shanghai at W London

夜上海 - One Night In Shanghai

Imagine a place in London, not too far away from London’s very own Chinatown. A Place with the boldest Chinese New Year party in the whole United Kingdom. A venue transformed to take you to the underworld of Shanghai’s vibrant nightlife as we relive and celebrated the Year of the Rat. In 2020 we welcomed the Chinese New Year with the hottest DJ’s, flaming fire performers, dancers and London’s exclusive Chinese Dragon!

Come and experience this night with me again. The perception bar at W London showcases every personality’s multiple sides: the dark and the light, the playful and the serious, the substance and the sparkle, the bold and the witty. You name it, and it is there! This is why The Perception bar felt exactly like Shanghai on the 25th of January. As for someone who has never celebrated The Chinese New Year, this was pretty awesome!

Here, forget what you thought you knew. The lines are blurred, the game constantly changes, and convention is turned on its head. Get enlivened and enlightened through unexpected sensory experiences that will defy your perceptions and transport you into a bolder mindset.

Most importantly – fuel your fortune, join the fun, and I hope to see you on the dance floor!

If you are looking for an event photographer, feel free to drop me a line and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.


Color Obstacle Rush tour 2018

Another year has gone and another tour is done. I have been involved with Color Obstacle Rush for a good couple of years and I love watching it grow.

Every year they don’t fail to bring a fresh set of objects and ideas. Each and every year you can expect 20 bouncy obstacles, 8 shades of rainbow colour stations and 20 music zones to keep you motivated throughout the rush. At the end of each race, you are invited to join the colour festival. A festival where hundreds of cheery participants, get to throw their colour packets up in the air and create a unique bright cloud!

DON’T BE SHY AND SPREAD THE JOY!

This tour is quite literately the highlight of my year. It is not about racing each other or to make to the finish line as the first. It’s about getting out there, doing those 5 kilometres with fun stops and enjoying yourselves. You don’t have to run! I have seen many, many people dancing their patch from the very first until the very last obstacle. You are also more than welcome to hang out in the chillout area to relax, listen to music, have a picnic and enjoy the day!

It was a ridiculous 3 months and 11 events. I was able to travel from the North all the way down South, from East to West and don’t let me forget the fantastic event in the heart of France – Paris. On last year’s tour, I managed to take over 35.000 photographs! How amazing is that?! I’m looking forward to what this year has in its sleeve!

Whether you have a friend who loves a ‘fun-run’ or maybe you are planning a family day out. Colour Obstacle Rush is designed to entertain people of all ages (12+)!

Are you already the Color Obstacle Rush lover? Then I hope to see you rocking it again this year! Roll on 2019!

 

Are you planning a bespoke event? I love to experience and photograph new things! Don’t be a stranger and get in touch with me today =)


British Firefighter Challenge 2018

For the third year in a row, I had the marvellous satisfaction to participate in the British Firefighter Challenge at Bury St Edmunds.

This year was the most challenging one to the date with the temperature hitting 33 degrees. A heat wave! Never the less, even on this hot British day with these harsh heat conditions I witnessed the most powerful, determined, and willful group who wanted to prove themselves physically and represent the strength of the fire brigade! This event grows from year to year bringing more and more firefighters from all over the world. Since the very first event, they have expanded the number of entries from 120 to over 200. This has also lead to expanding the competition from one day to a two-day long event.

5 stages of pain

Now, If you haven’t heard about The British Firefighter Challenge before let me tell you a little bit about it. It is an annual event that enables male and female firefighters to confront themselves in 8 different drills.

1. Stair Ascent

Going up the staircase with your hand always holding on to the external rail (three floors). The competitor can skip a step or two as long as they are holding on to the rail. Failure of this will result in a 2-second penalty.

2. Harken Haul Aloft

After reaching the top of the tower, the competitor must haul up a rolled hose and place it into the box provided. If the hose does not make it into the provided box it will result in a 2-second penalty.

3. Stair Descent

Now the competitor must get down the tower as soon as possible! They must hold on to the external rail and not miss one step. Skipping a step will result in a  2-second penalty.

4. Corhaven Force

Once they have made it back on the ground they are required to perform the ‘force entry’ task. The competitor must have both feet on the platform and using the hammer provided, hit the mass through the full length of the device. If they fail to hammer the weight to the end it will result in a 2-second penalty per inch missed. Failing to put the hammer on the mat will also result in a 2-second penalty.

5. Angus Fire Hose Drag

Sounds easy, looks easy but it’s not easy at all. The competitors have to connect one end of the hose to the pump, pick up the other end and drag it 60 metres to the marked line. The branch must be dropped over the line to complete this stage. No connection between the hose and pump will result in a  10-second penalty. Misplacing the hose branch will also result in a 10-second penalty.

6. Angus Fire Hose Make Up

The competitors are required to roll up or fold up a 70 meter long Fire hose. Once this is achieved, the hose needs to be fully placed into the provided storage. If the hose is not completely placed in the box it costs (you guessed it) another 5-second penalty.

 

7. Container Carry

The contestant now has to carry containers weighing in at an awesome 4 20kg over a short length and place them in the marked area provided. Sliding the container or not placing them in the provided area will result in a 2-second penalty per case.

 

8. Ruth Lee Casualty Rescue

Also known as the dummy drag. The adult human-sized and weighted dummy must be dragged from its location to the finish line. It is the most exhausting stage of the competition and requires a lot of strength to complete it. The referee is there to guide you to walk in your lane. Needless to say at this stage the contestants are tired, delirious and dehydrated but, should you happen to steer away from your lane this incurs a 5-second penalty per incident.

 

The race must be completed in or under 6 minutes, going over the time limit will, unfortunately, disqualify the candidate.
Are you a firefighter reading this? Do you wish to challenge yourself and push your boundaries? There are still a few spaces for you to sign up and be a part of this great experience! See you again at the British Firefighter Challange in Watford 2019! It’s not the one to be missed.

SPONSORS

Let’s not forget about the amazing companies who help British Firefighter Challenge every year! Would you like to help become a sponsor? Get in touch with BFC Team!

 

Breeze Event Production     SGC Security Services    Concertus    Ruth Lee    Skills For Justice    Emergency One    Angus Fire    Corhaven    Harken Industrial    iPro Sport    Ballyclare    A1Throphies    Drager    PBI Performance Products     Delta Fire    James Latham    Sainsbury’s    Hunter


 

Are you planning an event? Get in touch! I would love to be a part of it!


Les Deux Alpes 2018

Snow, Music and Adventure! – Les Deux Alpes

 

Bonjour! Bonsoir!

 

I think that would be it for my French! I must admit France and mountains is the most beautiful combination! After 13 years of avoiding winter holidays, snow and skiing; it was about the time I braved it! Yes, it was cold; yes it snowed quite a bit but being above the clouds and seeing the views were priceless.

 

Not to mention the amazing Rise Festival with acts like Annie Mac, Hospitality and S.P.Y (just naming my favourites). The main arena might have looked easy and chilled during the day but at night there was no space to stand! Imagine hundreds and hundreds of people raving to greatest tunes. If you fancy a pre-party warm up it was always good to head over to Pano bar in the middle of the mountains for their happy hour. Watch out though – after one too many drinks you might want to take the lift back rather then snowboard/ski it down the slopes!

 

We were quite lucky with the weather, or at least I think so! We have managed to get beautiful sunny days with great visibility – just perfect conditions for snow activities; as well as snow storms that have lasted a whole day, I could have not seen anything within 3 meters. It felt like a thick snow waterfall – insane!!

 

Overall, I had a great time at both a festival and up the mountains at Pano. Everyone who is considering booking your Rise tickets for 2019 – you should do it! All the party people whom I’ve met over the last couple of days have already guaranteed their attendance the next season! It has been a great holiday for all of us and I cannot wait for my next adventure!

 

Anyway, why trust my words; have a look yourself!


Color Obstacle Rush Tour 2016

For the second year in a row I’ve been invited to photograph one of the most unique and fun run tour. Thirteen days of 5 kilometres long race that took place all over UK! I have traveled between Brighton all the way up to Newcastle. Being 100% honest those long drives there and back were not the most pleasant but that’s not the point. Whether it was 30 degrees or cold with rain, all the participants were ready for the mess. 20 inflatable obstacles and 8 colour stations and 20 music zones were just to good to be missed.

Although this is a ‘running’ event you don’t have to run if you don’t feel like it. In fact, many people were walking, jumping and dancing through the course! After all the fun we’ve had during warm-ups and on the course (my favourite were the inflatable jump balls) it was the time to celebrate! For each competitor who has completed their run, they were rewarded with a medal. To top it up they have received another colour powder bags to use at the colour festival! Now that’s the perfect way to finish off your most colourful day!

If you think this is something you would like to be a part of next year visit Color Obstacle Rush website and sign up for your nearest event.


British Firefighter Challenge 2016

This year I had the greatest pleasure to shoot at The British Firefighter Challenge. It is a competition that is only open for firefighters based all over the world. 120 firefighters took their chances to win the title of Britain’s Toughest Firefighter. Earning too many penalties has disqualified a few competitors. Some just couldn’t go through the tough path.

This over 8 hours long, sunny and hot day showed that being a firefighter is definitely the most difficult and dangerous job role all over the world. The challenge took place on Saturday the 30th of July 2016 at the Jubilee Campus site of Nottingham University in the City of Nottingham, England. It incorporated several aspects of a firefighter’s role including stair climbing, hauling equipment, forcible entry techniques, hose rolling and a casualty rescue, all of this takes place in full firefighting gear and whilst wearing a breathing apparatus on the firefighter’s back.

This year’s overall winner was Joachim Posanz from Germany who had the best score over everyone who took a part in this competition. The runner-up was Jens Ludeke also based in Germany. Last but not least with third place John Gregory from Leicester, UK.

Well done everyone for your efforts and wins and I hope to see you all next year for the second chapter!