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Hi everyone and Happy New Year!  Sorry that the ‘blog has suffered from a lack of updates recently – a busy end to 2008 meant the updates had to go on hold!

So, to kick off 2009, a little taster of an event I covered for Audi on behalf of KTS Events back in November.  This was the Audi national twin cup final.  An annual quiz, with the winners going on to take part in the international final in a secret destination (rumoured to be Russia!)  Now this was no pub quiz, this was serious stuff, with seriously difficult questions all based around Audi service and the actual mechanics of the cars – real ‘know your stuff’ sort of stuff!  There had previously been a number of regional heats and the final was made up of Audi’s top brains!

The quiz was taken very seriously (as it should, the prizes on offer were fantastic!) and was compered by Alan Keegan, the UK’s top compere, MC and (why he’s my favourite compere!) stadium announcer at Old Trafford.

But the evening was much more light-hearted, a formal dinner was laid on for all the Audi teams and was rounded off with an hilarious half hour from the UK’s only ‘ethical comedian’ – Jeff Innocent.  At one point I didn’t think I was going to be able to get any decent shots of him as he had me laughing so hard!!!

Enjoy!

Alan Keegan explains how the quiz will work:

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Some of the prizes:

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The quiz in full swing:
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The winners!

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Jeff Innocent wraps the night up:

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Hi all, sorry this update has been a while coming – the last few weeks have been mad busy!

I shot new Manchester band Kid British for their record label’s press and pr department a few weeks ago. They needed some more up to date shots of the band to use in their continued promotion of them.

So I dropped into their studio in Manchester for a couple of hours to get some shots of the lads in their natural environment (second to being on stage of course!) and then we wandered out and about on the streets of Manchester and got some really great stuff.

Here’s some of the shots Mercury Records will be using in the press:

The Sunday Times tipped Kid British in their “Breaking Act” section of the Culture magazine this weekend.

They also featured on the Times Online website – both pieces used the shot from the band’s original pr shoot with me.

Keep your eyes open over the next few days for some brand new shots of Kid British in their studio in Manchester and out and about on location!

In the meantime, check out this ludicrously long link to see the full article on the Times Online website:

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article4860616.ece

Kid British continued on their meteoric rise to stardom featuring on this months Q Magazine’s ‘Next Big Things’ page.  This shot from my shoot with the band a few weeks back is certainly doing the rounds now!

Yes, you’ve read that right!  Last friday I covered a charity event at the Walkabout Bar in Manchester that got seriously messy!

A team of brave young women donned ludicrous outfits and plunged head first into a paddling pool full of oil in the name of raising money for Soft Power Education!

Soft Power Education is a British charity which works to improve the lives of Ugandan school children through education. Soft Power builds the schools, trains the teachers, and provides the books and materials needed to give more children in Uganda access to learning.

It was a great night and I got some great shots for them to use on their website.

Here’s a few for you to have a look at!

The Ring…

Some of the ‘wrestlers’….!!!

The action…!!!

These boys were collecting money for the charity – in return for your donation, you could rub baby oil into their chests – classy!  But it did go down rather well with the ladies as you can see!

And finally, the weary warriors after a hard night’s wrestling!

The Guardian Online reviewed recently signed Kid British (see my earlier Kid British posts) this week and used one of the shots from the shoot we did together.

For the full article, check out:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/jul/18/bandoftheday

Well, luckily runners weren’t made to take on “The canal turn” or “The Chair”, but that didn’t make this race any easier!  It bucketed down with rain all day but it didn’t dampen anybody’s spirits.  It was an emotional occasion as these fabulous events are, but the ladies who braved the elements didn’t stop smiling throughout.

Here’s some of the shots I got on the day:

Waiting for the starting pistol:

The emotion…

And the fun…!!!


Well, a busy week last week, with the highlight for me being able to cover a fashion show for a brilliant cause.

Gusto Restaurant and Bar (www.gustorestaurants.uk.com) in Didsbury, Manchester hosted a fashion show in order to raise money for local charity Francis House Children’s Hospice (www.francishouse.org.uk) and it was a brilliant night for all involved!

Local businesses came together to support and sponsor the night with models and clothes provided by West Didsbury’s iconic boutique, Steranko (www.steranko.co.uk) hair and make-up by http://www.johnyates.co.uk and photography coverage provided by, you’ve guessed it (!) Jonny Draper Photography.

The evening was compere’d by FHM High Street Honey and lads mag favourite Natalie Pike who did a great job of whipping the guests up into an excited frenzy!

There was a shedload of money raised from the ticket sales and the raffle with some fantastic prizes donated including a signed England shirt, hair and make-up makeovers and of course, a lifestyle and fashion shoot with me!

Have a look at some of the great shots I managed to get:

The models strut their stuff:

Guests enjoy the show (and their wine!)

Gusto staff taking time out for a laugh!

Natalie Pike draws the winning ticket for the signed England shirt