Pattern Queens Feature

I love being Freelance.  No…Not because there are days when you can work in your PJ’s, but because of all the wonderful different projects I’m lucky enough to be able to work upon. Every now and then a dream brief comes along, allowing you to do pretty darn well whatever you like..and occassionally it comes from a surprising source. Back in the Autumn Dan Duchars and myself were set a very loose brief by the team at Saga Magazine. Hold on, I know what you’re thinking but contrary to common belief  {and although written with the over 50’s in mind} it’s not just for “old folk” Saga have some fantastic features and great photography, whats more it has over 617,000 subscribers making it the UK’s best-selling magazine!  The team were running a feature titled “Pattern Queens”, focusing on British Designers who had made their name with a signature pattern… Three women who need no introduction, Emma Bridgewater; Cath Kidston and Orla Kiely.  Dan and I were set the task of creating three quirky shots to showcase each of the designers signature prints. We put out heads together and with the help of my fabulous set builder James (who made suspending china a breeze without even a sniff of a breakage and made me the most amazing pair of giant scissors you ever did see!) here’s what we came up with…

I think it’s probably my favourite shoot that I worked upon in 2011. Can’t wait to discover that my fave to 2012 will be!




  1. Posted February 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    This is great – really creative styling, an amazing looking location and lovely light. Well done you!

  2. Posted February 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely set of photos to have in your repertoire! No surprise here, but LOVE the Orla set! Nice to have you back!

  3. Posted February 6, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! What a great setting to show off the bright & cheerful patterns. And seeing Orla show up anywhere always makes me smile. 🙂

  4. Posted February 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    This is genius! YOU are a genius. Love the scissors and the contrast between the patterns and the location with its personality and patina.

  5. Posted February 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    So fun and inspired. Thanks so much for sharing! Keep up the great work.

  6. RGM
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    And I thought the shoot was your favourite of 2011… 😉

  7. Posted March 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Very inspiring.

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