‘Summer’ in the City – portraits

Richard is a great friend of mine. To celebrate his recent birthday we decided to do a portrait shoot around the City of London with him and his partner Martyn.  It was an absolutely miserable evening weather-wise and normally I would have postponed a portrait shoot in such dark and wet conditions, but we’d arranged it all so carefully and I don’t get to London that often, so fuelled by copious quantities of champagne, we went ahead and had an absolute hoot. Like a policeman of course I wouldn’t normally drink on duty but as Richard is a close friend and was buying the champagne, what could I do?! He’s an architect and was responsible for the fitting out of the Swiss Re Tower (AKA the gherkin), so we got special permission to go to the top to take photographs. Then we wandered around in the rain before heading to Shoreditch House for dinner. What a treat!

Richard has a very cool Egg chair in his office, where we started the shoot…

The top of the gherkin is amazing inside and we had it all to ourselves. Sometimes the fisheye lens is called for…

When we headed back outside it was absolutely chucking it down. It was totally gloomy and my equipment was rather pushed to the limit without resorting to flash but I’d had a glass or two of champagne by this point and was convinced I could make it work! I’m glad we carried on regardless as I love the umbrellas and the reflections off wet pavements.

By the time we got to Shoreditch House I was soaked to the skin and looking extremely unglamorous. Luckily they have very cool bathrooms with hairdryers and straighteners so I was able to transform myself almost back to normal to mingle with the trendy media types. It was a fantastic evening and the shoot, while not done in the lighting and weather I would chose, was one of the most fun and memorable ever!
Thank you Richard and Martyn and I hope you like the results.

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  • NeilI love these shots Susie, great fun and a story 🙂 x

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