The #coadgbursary is back!

Two years ago my friend Katie, who runs the excellent Confessions of a Design Geek blog, had a wonderful idea. Alongside the trade Home show, a bursary would be offered. The lucky winner would receive mentoring, a free stand at the show, press support, coverage on several blogs and networking opportunities. I decided to offer my support by offering a free photoshoot to the winner.

The 2013 Bursary shortlisted designers stand.

The 2013 Bursary shortlisted designers stand.

Surface pattern designer Jess Hogarth came out top the first year and we have since worked together many times. Jess has gone on be a regular at Top Draw and her designs have been licensed all over the world. There's no doubt the bursary gave Jess a huge confidence boost at such a crucial early stage of her career.

One of the shots from the 2013 bursary shoot with Jess Hogarth.

Last year, the bursary grew in scope to include a short film from R&A Collaborations,  a Wallunica stand covering, Design Trust Business Club membership, products stocked at the Southbank Centre Shop PR and Social Media support from WeAreDecorum and more!

Fanny Shorter took the prize with her stunning, nature-inspired prints and we spent a great day shooting her notebooks, cushions and other accessories at my studio. 

One of the shots from the 2014 Bursary shoot with Fanny Shorter.

For 2015, the bursary has grown once again. Additional prizes include free business cards, stand design mentoring from Mini Moderns, 6 months free membership of Press Loft and much more. I'm delighted to be supporting once again, not only will be the winner receive a free shoot at my new London studio, but I'll also be offering a free group shoot to the shortlisted designers. The shoots will take place in early December, so stay tuned.

If you create design-led home accessories, are in your first 3 years of business and have not done a trade show before, make sure you enter. If not, please vote when the shortlist is announced and follow #coadgbursary + @coadg

Shop Tent - Popup Photo Studio

This year's London Design Festival took on an extra level of excitement this year as I turned part of the Tent show into a photo studio! I was there to photograph the work of over 60 designers for the new Shop Tent e-commerce platform.

Primary Grey/Shop Tent

Over the four days I met, and photographed the work of many talented designers such as Galvin Brothers, Cascade, Situs, Studio Löfström, Alice Blogg, Kitty McCall, Mr Wingate, Parris Wakefield, Michael and George, James Price and Primary Grey to name just a few.

It was refreshing to work with some larger items of furniture, including a 45kg solid bronze chair from ChiLab - try shifting that!

I caught up with some of my clients too... Studio Flock, Sue Pryke, Wild and Wood, Lorna Syson, Fanny Shorter and Melody Rose all had excellent work on display.

On the last day I even picked up a beanbag from Fatboy - recommended!

To see some of the results, check out the updated Cutouts gallery

Loving the cutouts from Shop Tent? Now I have the studio space, I can shoot smaller groups of products, even at short notice. Find out more here.

Recent shoots

Before and after a very intense on-site photo studio with Shop Tent (60 designers in 4 days!), I've been keeping busy on location in my own studio... here's a sample of some recent shoots.

Studio shoot for Jules Hogan

Studio Shot for Jane Farnham Designs

Dashwood Studio, location shoot in High Wycombe

Georgia Bosson location shoot in Blackheath.

Eloise Hall studio shoot for new greeting cards.

Rosa and Clara Designs Christmas shoot

Location shoot in Gospel Oak with We Love Kaoru (this house was incredible!)

Tent London Photo Studio

This week you can catch me at Tent London, where I'll be running a pop-up photo studio on site.

I'll be creating product shots for designers involved with the new Shop Tent platform.

Find me in Hall T1 - come say hello!

Some of the designers I've worked with be at the show, here's a samples of the shoots.

Sue Pryke. Stand F08, T1

Melody Rose. Stand F12, T1

Studio Flock. Stand D10, T1

Fanny Shorter. Stand K03, T5

Lorna Syson. Stand F04, T1

Sarah Hamilton - inside the studio

Last month I spent wonderful couple of days shooting with artist Sarah Hamilton. We used her mid-century home in Dulwich for the shoot and were joined by the talented stylist Joanna Thornhill.

Here's some picks from the shoot. Look out for more at Sarah's website launching next week!

News from the road...

After a lovely holiday in Australia it was off on location shoots last two weeks. Here's some previews of shoots for Cecily Vessey, Graduate Collection, Rosa and Clara Designs and Reddskin.

Updates coming soon including Sarah Hamilton, Jo HAM, Melody Rose and Bert&May.

HAM goes local at West Elm

Last month I spent a lovely day in the studio with designer Jo Ham and 'paper wizard' Annabel Lam. The resulting shots (below) were used to promote the 'West Elm Local' display in the Tottenham Court Road store. It's a rotating three month in store pop-up to showcase London-based designers and also one of HAM's first forays into colour!

Read more on West Elm's London Facebook page + follow @westelmlondon on Instagram to stay up-to-date on #westelmlocal in London.

Some wonderful card shot were also created (featuring the new rabbits, below) - check out the custom made props!



Recent shoots outside the city

I love my job. Here's some highlights from recent tours to Hove, Winchester, Essex, Nottingham and Saxmundham. Every shoot seemed to involve animals... Nothing like a summer's day in the English countryside. Always nice to return to home in London though.

Club Matters on location near Winchester. Was supposed to be photographing tablemats but the flock of peacocks (literally - there's over 20 resident there) kept distracting me!

Club Matters on location near Winchester. Was supposed to be photographing tablemats but the flock of peacocks (literally - there's over 20 resident there) kept distracting me!

While at the Cole of London manor, I was again directed by animals, this time the three beautiful cats. I did manage to also photograph the lovely Bone China however!

Cole of London on location in Saxmundham. Yes those are real strawberries and yes, we ate them. Tough shoot.

Another shoot, another cat. This time at a lovely cottage near Harlow Town with For All We Know.

More Bone China fun in the sun, with For All We Know.

Fun with MIBO in Hove. We took the animals into the garden. This dude seems right at home.

New Designers panel

I'm proud to announce I'll be on a panel alongside Craft Central, Etsy, Cockpit Arts, SPACE Studios and many more excellent people at the The Design Trust Start Up Day at New Designers, 26 June.

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This information-packed day will run 10.30am – 4.30pm, featuring interviews with journalists, talks and themed panel discussions with a wide range of professional organisations and businesses from across the UK, who can help you to start and run a better creative business.

View the full schedule and book tickets via the Design Trust website for just £9 in advance instead of £14.50 on the door.