It seems right that my final Featured Work post of 2015 should be a festive celebration.
Earlier this month, 500 Estee Lauder Companies employees were treated to a glittering Christmas party to wrap up another hugely successful year.
The Queen of Hoxton was the perfect setting, particularly given the fantastic fairytale world the partygoers were transported to on the venue’s panoramic rooftop: a Brothers Grimm-themed escape, high above the City, with a rather magical treehouse inside a wigwam!
With delicious party food, a festive photobooth, and staff – taking advantage of a little DJ Democracy – directing the decks to woo the dancefloor c/o Brighton DJ’s Stick It On, you’d be hard-pressed to think of a better way to toast a brilliant year for a winning team.
For me, this was a wonderful final event to capture, rounding out what has been my busiest, most successful year. I count myself incredibly lucky to work with some truly wonderful clients.
Here’s to a cracking Christmas for one and all, and an amazing 2016!
If you’re going to have a party to remember, have it cruising along the Thames, as the sun sets, on a boat with an open sunroof over the dancefloor.
That’s my key takeaway after a brilliant night back in the summer shooting the Long Service Awards of Estée Lauder Companies.
The amazing Silver Barracuda boat was the venue for a magical night, setting off from the mooring in the shadow of the iconic London Eye, for an evening taking in the wealth of architectural gems dotting the banks of the river over dinner and, later, while dancing, through the cruiser’s epic open sunroof.
With a delicious three course dinner, Jo Malone gift boxes, and an experience none of their staff will forget in a hurry, ELC really know how to say a huge thank you to their loyal team in style. Many of the employees at the event were celebrating a decade with the business while some were toasting more than 40 years!
MAC‘s UK & Ireland team decamped to Amsterdam for a high-energy two-day conference at the brilliant Tobacco Theater, with a chilled meal at the Chapel of the Hotel Arena after day one, and topped off in true MAC style with dinner and dancing in the gallery of the amazing 5&33.
The hardest part of summing such a jam-packed 48 hours is selecting just a handful of images from the hundreds I gave to the MAC team, but here goes…
Back in the saddle with my partner in crime Willa Gebbie for an in-store with the lovely Ted Baker team at Selfridges.
Ted Baker wanted to wow their customers by offering portraits live drawn onto their special tote bags.
For me, this event just shows what a versatile illustrator Willa is. Even though this was the first time Willa had done live drawing with fabric pens onto bags, the results were absolutely stunning.
Another great day at MAC’s training facility The Generator with Director of Makeup Artistry Terry Barber giving a team of retail managers from across the UK a catwalk look demonstration and then it was time to let the creative juices flow with an 80s, 90s and 00s themed body painting challenge.
My first gig for the lovely folks at Crabtree & Evelyn back in July was the launch of their Carribean Islands range with plenty of steel drum music floating through the air…
Assistant Managers from MAC stores across the UK were treated to a great day of updates on latest product launches and collaborations and an eye makeup masterclass from the legend that is Terry Barber, before toasting another record-breaking year with champagne while drinking in the epic panoramic views from the hotel’s rooftop bar Radio, finishing up with a feast to remember care of Cucina Asellina.