Monday 14th January 2019 I was absolutely delighted to be booked to document a day with Steve Smart, British Hairdressing Association (“BHA”) winner 2018, Revlon Professional and KASHO ambassador. This was to be the third time I had worked with Benjamin Shipman of The Hair Movement in Sidcup. I had previously shot an interiors shoot for their very swanky salon, designed by local designer Annika at LoveIGinteriors, and at a second shoot in November I had documented the stylists in action. This shoot, however, was to be quite different. The brief was to document behind the scenes of the day, which would showcase KASHO‘s amazing range of professional hair dressing scissors, being demonstrated by the amazing award winning hairdresser himself, Steve Smart.  Pre-shoot information was duly sent over and it was an exciting brief; three models were being booked and were going to have their hair cut by Steve into the most amazing styles (more to follow in pictures). A videographer (who was also a fashion photographer) was shooting all day too and I was there predominantly to capture the atmosphere of the day. Everyone began arriving for a 9am start. Also present was a make up artist, a social media expert (who would be tweeting and instagraming all day,) […]

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Food for Thought Just before Christmas, I headed up to London Dock to take some photos of this wonderful restaurant. The brief was to photograph plates of food, prepared by their head chef, document the staff at work and take some interior shots of the restaurant.  Wrights of London is a relatively new bistro restaurant and is very impressive both in its look and its food. The food that is served is far more than simple bistro food; plates that I would liken more to “fine dining” sit on the menu alongside bistro classics, hand made sandwiches and pizza’s. Upon arrival, I had a wander round with a coffee, followed by an introduction and quick chat with the chef and all the staff. This is always the first thing I’ll do on any shoot, whether it’s a commercial shoot or a family shoot. I like to have a quick look around, finding the best light and perfect shoot location and I also start to get to know my clients. I read a statistic the other day, stating “photography is 80 per cent the relationship with your subject and 20 per cent about taking the pictures”. I’m not sure I agree with it […]

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Nina is a documentary photographer and mum of 3 boys based in Bexley Village.