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Lila Rose Harris (part deux)

Posted in Friends & family, Personal work, Portraits by Mike on July 9, 2009

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Last weekend Claire and I were given the honour of becoming ‘Odd Parents’ to Lila, Jen & Simon’s gorgeous baby daughter. We were so chuffed to have been asked and, along with Jenny Stilts, made a commitment to Lila to help her Mum & Dad support and guide her.

Job no. 1 – buy her the Liverpool kit.

We’d spent the weekend with Jen & Si a few weeks earlier on Shoreham beach, where the above frame was captured.  Isn’t she cute!   The term Odd parent is no joke either – during the lovely but unusual humanist naming ceremony, we either got called Odd Parents or Mentors – Simon said he felt ODD Parents suited us better, cheeky b*******!  (I’m sure we’ll find a way to get…EVEN?) (anyone – please – I need help.)

In other news, if you noticed my email server outage post, you may be forgiven for claiming I undercooked the scope of my downtime prediction somewhat – in fact, blog.north-room.com went down for a few days because I decided to change my hosting provider (to BlueHost, who’ve been unbelievably great throughout).  The reason behind this dreadfully dull technical shenanigan is that there’s a new blog on the way and, frankly, it’s a spanker.  Should be live in the next few weeks.  Word on the street?… hot pink!

Next up though will be some shots from a shoot I did for the Hawthorne family recently, but I’ve not quite finished them as the deck is awash with work at the mo.  Watch this space.  Shouldn’t be more than a few days at most.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Jon & Richelle (updated)

Posted in Friends & family, On Assignment, Weddings by Mike on May 21, 2009
The Main Man.

The Main Man.

Two weeks ago, our mates Jon & Richelle got married at the knock-out venue of Bolton Abbey, near Harrogate.  It was a glorious setting for their big day, with the Abbey sitting amongst the ruins of an ancient priory and River Wharfe running alongside it.

Thankfully, the weather just about spared the happy couple a drenching despite some pretty moody storm clouds and numerous downpours!  Unfortunately, my lovely Mrs couldn’t make it along as Jon & Rish’s day coincided with that of Al & Rudy’s down in Plymouth (typically, you wait all year for a wedding…) but it was a super day and we partied long into the evening back at the hotel.  Much thanks to Pagey who willingly stepped into Claire’s shoes to assist me with my lights, cheers fella!  (you’ve got your successful track record to thank ;O)

So to the new Mr & Mrs S – safe travels around Cambodia guys, can’t wait to hear your stories and we’ve got our fingers crossed for you that the weather out there is kinder for you than it was for us!

M&C x

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Love Stu in this - patiently waiting for Gar to finish pouring!

Love Stu in this - patiently waiting for Gar to finish pouring!

 

To the Schusters!

To the Schusters!

 

"Yes hi.  Can you tell me what time Eurovision starts please?"

"Just make sure the caterers know we need the cake cutting BEFORE Eurovision starts, capiche?"

 

"20 quid on Norway: to win, please"

"Yep - 20 quid on Norway to win, please"

 

Dr Margo, in da house.

The Dr will see you now...

 

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MD of his own PR firm and still wearing velcro shoes!

He still wears velcro shoes as well!

 

I can see you in business here Tommy!

I can see you in business here Tommy!

 

This is the beautiful Bolton Abbey, nr Harrogate.

This is the beautiful Bolton Abbey, nr Harrogate.

 

There have been weddings here for almost a millennia!

There have been weddings here for almost a millennia! (I don't think it's always been the same rector though)

 

Tommy with the Father of the Groom.  It was great seeing Jon's Mum & Dad again.

Tommy with the Father of the Groom. It was great seeing Jon's Mum & Dad again.

 

Wisely, the Abbey's rector insisted Shoestring be frisked for whoopy cushions and bangers.

Wisely, the Abbey's rector insisted Shoestring be frisked for Whoopy Cushions before the service.

 

Who could this be?

Who could this be?

 

Hallelujah!

(Hallelujah! :O)

 

"Oh no!!  I KNEW I should have worn the green one!"

"Oh no!! I KNEW I should have worn the green one!"

 

The Schusters!

The Schusters!

 

A nice moment during the formals

A nice moment during the formals

 

There were a few actually!

There were a few actually!

 

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Jon & Rish with their two nephews. What many of us failed to notice, however......

Jon & Rish with their two nephews. What many of us failed to notice, however......

 

...was the full moon.

...was the full moon!

 

Nice cake.  I saw Stu glugging from the moat!!  LOL

Nice cake. Pretty sure I saw Stu glugging from the moat too!! LOL

 

Dr Margie rockin' the happy couple!

Dr Margie rockin' the happy couple!

 

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Our nation mourns the loss of these silky moves to Singapore!

Our nation mourns the loss of these silky moves to Singapore!

 

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More to come…

Islabot!

Posted in Australia, Friends & family, On Assignment, Portraits, Travel by Mike on April 11, 2009
No joke, the last time I saw emotion on the face of a puppet like this, Jim Henson had just passed away.

I love you, Islabot!

 

I had the esteemed job of keeping Isla amused during our car trips around Sydders.  She couldn't wait to hear me telling her about Nikon's new 50mm f1.4 AFS.

(And I'll protect you.)

(I had the privilege of keeping Isla amused during our car trips around Sydders. She seemed genuinely taken by my news of Nikon’s new 50mm f1.4 AFS.)

A quick hello from a scorching Western Oz!  We’re 1300kms up from Perth (or Fremantle, rather – I think it might be twinned with Hove, actually) and are hoping to spend some time swimming with Whale Sharks tomorrow (Easter Sunday, don’t hate us too much).  It’s about 500 degrees centigrade here in Exmouth and Claire is nearing such an extreme shade of red that I’m now wearing Night Vision goggles so I don’t lose her.

This is just a quick segway for anyone who knows Lou & Ru (who kindly put us up, entertained and looked after us during our brief interlude in Sydney – thanks a million guys, was really nice to meet you properly) – and also to show you what their daughter Isla now looks like.  This psuedo-photoshoot now holds the record for shortest amount of advance warning (~6 minutes) as well as shortest window to do it (~12 minutes) – despite which we actually managed two wardrobe changes, and that was just for Ru! ;O)  Hope you like them L&R, see you when you get back across the pond.

M&C x

 

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Safe.

Safe.

 

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After a killer press-up sess, Isla hit me with back-to-back sets of ab-crunches and squats.

After a killer press-up set, Isla hit me with back-to-back ab-crunches and squats. ("Try boring me again with camera-talk, mate!")

 

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Claire outside the SOH.  About 4 seconds later the heavens opened.

Claire outside the SOH.

 

I honestly couldn't get the hang of Sydney's helter skelters.

Sydney's helter skelter is absolutely pants. Dead slow and REALLY painful.

 

Strawberries & cream!

Strawberries & cream?

 

Last recorded attack in Bondi: 3 weeks ago.

Was gutted I'd left my speedos on the, ermm, bus.

More to come…

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Matt & Leanne

Posted in Friends & family, On Assignment, Weddings by Mike on January 3, 2009

I’ll make this brief, as I’m sitting in a lodge in Costa Rica waiting for a cab!  (Get me! – an update on our foreign adventures so far will follow in the next few days, subject to web access).

December 6th saw us making a pilgrimage back to the golden sands of Southport for our friends’ Matt & Leanne’s matrimonials.  The service was held in a church in, umm, Churchtown (by definition, you’d expect a decent church and it didn’t disappoint), and was followed by a reception at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club, don’t you know!

We had such a great day with Matt & Lea (miss you guys!) and look forward to hearing about the honeymoon and catching up when we get back.

Some of my highlights from your top day are below.  Hope you like them.

Cool as a cucumber.

Cool as a cucumber.

 

Again, unflappable.  And soaking up some positive Page influence for good measure.

Again, unflappable. And soaking up some positive Page influence for good measure.

A personal fave.

A personal fave.

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It might look pretty, but this place separates the men from the boys.

It might look pretty, but this place separates the men from the boys.

Pagey doing a sterling job with his speech.

Pagey doing a stand-up job with his speech.

(Help)

Help!

Princess Leanne!

Princess Leanne!

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Ohhhh, I'm flyin' without...Pings?

Ohhhh, I'm flyin' without...Pings?

Sheeeeeeee's electric....

Sheeeeeeee's electric....

Happy Anniversary to my Wife!

Posted in Friends & family, Portraits by Mike on December 22, 2008

Happy Wedding Anniversary Claire, hope you like your photo!  (and sorry again for dropping the umbrella on your head during production…)

I'm the luckiest guy I know.

I'm the luckiest guy I know.

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Tom & Zara

Posted in Friends & family, On Assignment, Weddings by Mike on November 30, 2008
You could eat your dinner off that floor.

You could eat your dinner off that floor.

At 5pm on 21-November I bought a Nikon D700 (camera upgrade), and by 7pm I’d dropped it on the floor and dinged the bloody thing for ever more.  Almost beyond consolation, I fought back the tears and 12 hours later Claire and I were heading down to Dorset for our mates Tom & ZZ’s wedding (you’ll recognise Tom from his last outing).

We always thought it was going to be emotional, but never quite imagined the Groom outdoing the bride on tears by a factor of about 5 in my reckoning.  Not that I’m complaining – it was nice to see the man who governs our nights out with an iron constitution showing his big softy side.

The venue for the ceremony was Poole’s beautifully grand Guildhall, which was followed by a reception at a swish Italian-style villa in the hills above Dorset. As was thoroughly befitting for such a mafia-esque location, Tommy decked his boys out in proper ‘black tie’ outfits and I have to admit they looked almost as good as I did, but nowhere NEAR as good as the new Mrs Von Margham!  Wowoo-weewah!

Congrats again to you both guys, and thanks for a super day!  That singer on Sunday wasn’t half bad either!

Some of the highlights below.

The Von Marghams!

The Von Marghams!

 

Controlling this lot was possibly the hardest thing I've ever done.  Actually, scratch that - I wasn't even remotely in control.  Jonny Schuster - I will remember!

Controlling this lot was possibly the hardest thing I've ever done. In fact, scratch that; who am I kidding, I wasn't even remotely in control. Jonny Schuster - I will remember!

 

Sign our petition to put an end to camera-based violence.

Sign our petition to put an end to camera-based violence.

 

Later I saw him chatting up one of the bridesmaids and emptying a bottle of JD.

Later I saw him clearing the bar out of JD and hitting on the bridesmaids.

 

Drs Margham Snr & Jnr.  It was lovely seeing Tom's family again.

Drs Margham Snr & Jnr. It was lovely seeing Tom's family again.

 

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I might be wrong but I think it was the Argentinian Tango.  Damned hot stuff.

Strictly never had it so good. Damn!

North Room clients dominate World News!

Posted in Client Publicity & Exposure, Commercial, On Assignment by Mike on November 4, 2008

How’s about that for return on investment!?  Ahem.  OK, I can’t take any credit whatsoever for this, but I was still chuffed to see two of the guys I shot from Rational FX on TV recently.   A month or so ago I posted about a photo shoot I did for Rajesh Agrawal, Ross Burland and some of their colleagues at Rational on behalf of PR powerhouse Rocket, and I’m thrilled they’re getting such great exposure.  Go guys!  Huge congratulations on the interviews and looking forward to seeing more of you!

Rational FX's London offices

Snippets from some of their TV interviews are below.

BBC interview with Rajesh Agrawal
BBC News 24 interview with Rajesh
Bloomberg interview with Ross Burland
CNBC interview with Ross

Congrats Jen & Si!

Posted in Friends & family, Portraits by Mike on October 22, 2008

In the early hours of Saturday morning, two of our very good chums, Jen & Si, had a baby girl; Lila (as in Lee-la, not Lei-la, or Ly-la!).  Instantly loving the camera almost as much as her father, Lila was the consumate model who didn’t complain once about the massive light source I’d rocked in with and shoved in her cute lil’ face (she slept the entire way through, waking only for a quick feed right at the end!).

Lila Rose Harris. Aged 1 day

The proud parents!

Luckily Lila has agreed that we can all still go to Ibiza next year.

It was also quite impressive to see the new Dad chipping in with the nappy changing duties, although on reflection we are all satisfied that this was a one-off for the benefit of the crowd that had gathered around Jen’s hospital room.

Already Lila's hands are bigger than her Daddy's.

Already Lila's hands are bigger than her Daddy's...

But Simon won't hold it against her.

But Simon doesn't seem to mind.

 Hopefully more shots to follow as she grows!

On Assignment – with the Entrepreneurs

Posted in Commercial, On Assignment, Portraits by Mike on October 2, 2008

I recently shot for an up-and-coming FOREX company called Rational FX.  Having started out only three years ago they are now – incredibly – approaching the £200m turnover mark.  Suffice to that these guys are very much on the ascent in a very tough market.

I met Chairman & CEO, Rajesh Agrawal (who is just 31 years old at time of writing), his business partner Paresh and the rest of their team to take some shots for a media kit they are putting together.  It was a particularly sweet touch that their sixth-floor city offices overlooked the Swiss Re building (AKA London’s iconic Gerkin – would have been rude not to include it in the shooting) and they were a nice bunch of guys to photograph.







On Assignment – Casa Des Principes, Praia D’El Rey, Portugal

Posted in Commercial, On Assignment, Portugal, Property, Travel by Mike on September 27, 2008

The living area has an inviting but contemporary feel (Lloyd Grossman, move over).

For our wedding, my sis and bro-in-law very very generously gave us a week in their swanky new Portuguese casa.  In return, they asked me to take some pictures for the villa’s website for when they start marketing it to Joe Public in two years time.  If anyone is interested in renting this luxury pad for a snip of what you’d normally need to pay, drop either me or Claire a line and we’ll get you in touch with Deb & Tony directly (see the contact us button if you’ve strayed here).

Why you need to rent this villa…

Located in Praia D’El Rey, Casa Des Principes (working title) is less than an hour north of Lisbon.  Set amongst pinewoods, it offers stunning scenery, world-class beaches and golf courses, Unesco-protected villages and towns, superb food and wine (at more than reasonable prices!) and a lovely, temperate climate all-year round.

In addition to its large reception and lounging area, it boasts:

  • Two bedrooms & two bathrooms
  • Two sun terraces – one upper, one lower (both perfect for al fresco dining)
  • A fully featured kitchen with all mod cons (the fresh coffee maker is recommended!)
  • An indoor dining area that seats six
  • HD TV with Sky, DVD player and stereo
  • A choice of three heated swimming pools.

And, to cap it all off, the local golf course (only a 3 minute walk away!) was voted 2007 European Golf Resort of the Year and Portugal’s #1 course by Peugeot Golf Guide.

(Did someone say gelled flash, shot through pine cones, in the fireplace?)

You might guess that we immediately became huge fans of the place, it’s a lovely villa in a great part of Portugal.  Regrettably, I had to inform Deb that I’m not 100% happy with the photos, and therefore need to go back next year to try again.  Shame…

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

A nice place to lounge around

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