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2018 Year Review

Hello and welcome to my 2018 end of year review!

The past 12 months have been extremely fulfilling, presenting some exciting opportunities to cover a whole host of events. Below I have shared a number of my favourite images from each month, presenting a journey through my year.

 
The new 2019 banner for  Stephen Wright Photography .

The new 2019 banner for Stephen Wright Photography.

 


January

The start of the year had me covering Rambert’s Season of New Choreography as well as a portrait session of musician Alex Paton. The new year also marked the first ever football game I covered, photographing Brentford vs Norwich City.

February

February provided more football fixtures, covering games on behalf of both the English Football League (EFL) and the Bradford Telegraph & Argus. During the midst of the ‘Beast from the East’ I was making the journey up to Birmingham to work with and photograph for the DanceXchange capturing images of their open dance classes for use online and on marketing materials.

March

March was the month of Gymnastics with the British Championships taking place in Liverpool as well as the World Cup of Gymnastics in Birmingham. March also provided an interesting opportunity to photograph the rock music band, Feeder at the Brixton Academy.

April

The Women’s Prize for Fiction announced their shortlisted finalists in April, which was then followed by a week of special events and talks hosted by writers, comedians and journalists. National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) had their London performances at Sadler’s Wells, performing Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal.

May

Returning to Sadler’s Wells I photographed Step Change Studios for their performance in the Lilian Baylis theatre which marked the UK's first inclusive Latin and Ballroom dance-inspired showcase. I joined Opera Holland Park to photograph their Prelude event in the grounds of Leighton House Museum, celebrating the start of the season with an intimate performance for special guests. Following on I worked with Arielle Smith, a London based choreographer for a photoshoot to promote her then upcoming show, Lots of Varied Expectations.

June

June marked the start of the Birmingham International Dance Festival, a biannual dance and arts festival taking place in various locations around the city. Having photographed the announcement of the finalists for the Women’s Prize for Fiction back in April, I rejoined the team to photograph the winners announcement and garden party. Kamila Shamsie took the top prize with her book, Home Fire. June also marked the London Festival of Architecture with which Siobhan Davies Studios in association with Theatrum Mundi hosted the event day, How does the City move you?

July

In the surprising heat of the British summer I headed to Garsington Opera to photograph images for their brochures and website/social media. Dancer and choreographer, Hemabharathy Palani who is based in India was in London to work on various research projects with a number of artists, one of which was Hetain Patel. July hosted an early pre-season game for Leeds United as they travelled south to play Southend United.

August

August gave way to yet more football with the Community Shield and the start of the English domestic leagues. I was also given the unique opportunity to photograph Patricia Okenwa and Geoff Holroyde’s wedding which took place in the beautiful Kew Gardens.

September

With the British Basketball League (BBL) season starting, I was sent out to photograph players both on and off the court for use on the official social channels. September marked the start of covering assignments on behalf of Sportsbeat, which presented opportunities photographing on the pitch at Wembley and for SportsAid. Breakin’ Convention hosted Pierre Rigal's Scandale at Sadler’s Wells which presented some eye-catching images.

October

Back at Sadler’s Wells to photograph the Young Associates as they worked on their pieces for the their upcoming Mixed Bill in the Lilian Baylis theatre. I continued photographing for the BBL making my way around the various teams of the league. Yet more events covered for Sportsbeat working with both Land Rover and Adidas for Lifestyle Sports.

November

November hosted yet some more events both with SportsAid as well as SAS Software in partnership with British Rowing. It meant meeting and photographing Greg Rutherford on two separate occasions in as many weeks! I also worked with BBC Children in Need photographing Nadine Coyle as she visited a children’s play centre.

December

Last event of the year before heading away on holiday I was photographing the Club Wembley Christmas party featuring a panel discussion with England international players as well as live entertainment.

I hope you enjoyed the tour through my past 12 months. Bring on 2019!!

See you in the New Year.

Stephen

Variation on a Theme

Hello again and welcome to my blog!

I am very happy to share what I have been up to over the past month. I have enjoyed having a huge variation in subjects, photographing plenty of football but also dance, events and some headshots thrown in for good measure!

A couple of months ago I was up in Birmingham photographing classes for the DanceXchange. This was the first time I worked with the DanceXchange, but the open and friendly atmosphere at the studios made me feel like I had been there many times before! It was a pleasure photographing the classes, observing people dancing for the joy of it. I am looking forward to announcing more collaborations with this great organisation in the future, so stay tuned. To learn about the DanceXchange's open classes find details on their website here.

 
Open classes at the  DanceXchange , Birmingham.

Open classes at the DanceXchange, Birmingham.

 
Open classes at the  DanceXchange , Birmingham.

Open classes at the DanceXchange, Birmingham.

Open classes at the  DanceXchange , Birmingham.

Open classes at the DanceXchange, Birmingham.

As mentioned, I photographed plenty of football over the past month. I attended my first England international game at Wembley, as well as my first Cup Final. I performed club photographer duties for two teams and I even got a shot of ‘that’ Aaron Ramsey goal for Arsenal against CSKA Moscow! Below are some of my highlights in addition to a few of the publications.

As well as sports and dance, I had my old colleague and friend Jon Savage join me in the home studio for a headshot session. Jon has moved away from dance and has now trained to be an actor. Jon wanted his images to express his open and friendly personality whilst remaining neutral. Working on set, Vanessa and I gave Jon thoughts and ideas to help him draw out nuanced expressions. To see Jon's actor profile click here.

 
Actor's headshot for  Jon Savage .

Actor's headshot for Jon Savage.

 
Actor's headshot for  Jon Savage .

Actor's headshot for Jon Savage.

 

Additionally, I was thrilled to work with the Sam Holden Agency and cover this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction photographing the awards and events on behalf of the prize. During the Women’s Prize for Fiction, my job was to capture images from the week of panel discussions at the Bailey’s Book Bar at the Gower Street Waterstones. It was fantastic to spend my time working listening to inspirational, funny and intelligent discussions. To find out more about the Women's Prize for Fiction click here.

Event photography for  Women's Prize for Fiction .

Event photography for Women's Prize for Fiction.

Event photography for  Women's Prize for Fiction .

Event photography for Women's Prize for Fiction.

Event photography for  Women's Prize for Fiction .

Event photography for Women's Prize for Fiction.

Lastly, I joined the National Youth Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells to photograph their new premiere, Used to be Blonde choreographed by guest Artistic Director, Sharon Eyal. This shoot threw up some challenges of being a dark piece with black unitards and black backdrop. Thankfully my Nikon D5 didn’t let me down and let me shoot this work as if the dancers were flooded with light! 

Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company.

Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company.

Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company . Publication in the  Independent .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company. Publication in the Independent.

Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company.

I have lots lined up for the coming weeks, which I will of course share with you in due course.

See you next time,

Stephen