Posted in London, Photography, Uncategorized

Fashion and Portrait in Covent Garden

I am in the process of updating my photography website and realised that my portfolio is lacking photos of people. I have photographed at events and photograph people around me all the time but as most of my projects focus on places and street photography, it is rare that I get someone to happily pose for me (it is usually my kids avoiding the camera at all costs)

So recently I have done a few shoots with fashion bloggers in and around London, the first being this shoot with Nupur in Covent Garden.

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Nupur came well prepared with lots of outfits and was a natural in front of the camera which made it really easy for me to shoot. We started at Neal’s yard which is a small yard down the road from Covent garden but is filled with colourful buildings, it is also filled with lots of people and it seemed to be a popular choice for photographers so we didn’t stick around too long and moved on to the more spacious Covent garden market.

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We ended the shoot by grabbing some lunch at the very healthy Suppa in Holborn which does a tasty chilli!

I was a bit nervous about shooting in such a public place but when you are busy taking photos you actually forget that there are people around you and in places like central London where it is so busy, nobody seems to care as they are all rushing around doing their own thing.

I was really pleased with how the pictures turned out and shooting fashion and portrait on location was much more fun than I expected. I am hoping to do a lot more shoots with bloggers in the future and I am currently offering a limited number at a reduced rate for anyone who wants to do a shoot in London. So, if you are working on a particular post or just want to update your profiles then get in touch. You don’t need to be a model or have any experience shooting outdoors, anyone is welcome!

Posted in Food, Lifestyle, London, Uncategorized

Bodean’s – Covent garden

Bodean’s is described as London’s original BBQ smokehouse and was the brainchild of Andre Blais. Back in 2002 his dream was to bring the taste, the style and the soul of his beloved Kanvas city barbeque to the UK. There are currently 8 branches across London.

I am a fan of Bodean’s food, it is really tasty but I find the restaurants themselves a bit too overcrowded. I once visited the Clapham branch with the OH and we had to share a table with another couple we didn’t know which made for an awkward meal! Maybe this is because they are so popular.

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We arrived at the Covent garden branch without a reservation on a Saturday afternoon and was told they could fit us in which was a good job as I was starving. After being shown to our table we waited a good 20 minutes before even being asked if we wanted a drink, the table next to us arrived after us and had their drinks and ordered food before the waiter had even approached us which was quite annoying, especially as the waiter told us we couldn’t be long at the table as we hadn’t pre booked.

When our food eventually arrived it was definitely worth the wait…

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Bodean’s is the perfect place for meat lovers, we were all thoroughly filled up and had no room for dessert! Reasonably priced at under £60 for four of us I would certainly return for more food, it’s just a shame that the service was so slow!

Have you ever tried Bodean’s, what did you think?

Posted in London, Travel, Uncategorized

Jubilee market – Covent garden

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With the summer season upon us it is a great time to shop outdoors at the many markets that London has to offer. When I was younger I spent loads of time at markets, from food shopping with my mum at Hoxton market to clothes shopping with my friends down Petticoat lane, but I have rarely visited any since.

A couple of months back I went to Borough market and it had changed so much, and more recently I decided to pop into the Jubilee market in Covent garden because I hadn’t been inside before and thought I would have a gander at what was for sale.

Jubilee market is open everyday. Mondays is the antiques day, the weekend is for arts and crafts and the rest of the week it plays host to a general market. I visited on a Saturday and it was full of all sorts from candles to baby vests and even tiny models made out of various metallic materials.

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I love that a place with a huge amount of visitors and tourists has a market with small businesses selling their unique creations. I think this is somewhere I will be returning to closer to Christmas as they have gifts that could cater for everyone.

The highlight for me was the sweet shop at the back where we picked up some tradition sweets and reminisced about all the sweets of our childhood, rosey apples or rhubarb and custard? White chocolate mice or bon bons? Just too many to choose!

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I hope to visit many other markets over the summer and do my bit to support smaller businesses. Which markets would you recommend in London?