My favourite corporate client of 2013 had to be the Royal Academy of Engineering, especially Jenny Young and Bola Fatimilehin, the Academy’s Diversity Managers. They organised some great events last year and if you click on the photo you can see some of the highlights
When I’m not out officially covering events, one of my other passions is to sing, and I’m lucky enough to belong to an excellent Chamber Choir here in London. I’ll often take a camera along to rehearsals just to capture those informal moments of relaxation before the focus of a concert. Click on the photo to view a small collection of shots of my tuneful colleagues thinking about perfecting those notes, at the rehearsal for the Christmas Concert
Not many people get to personally thank the world-leading heart surgeon, Sir Magdi Yacoub for saving their sister’s life but Andy Baines, Head of English at The Petchey Academy, was able to do exactly that. Andy’s sister had required major heart surgery some years ago and the pioneering treatment developed and delivered by Sir Magdi literally saved her life. This made for a rather moving encounter on the day that Sir Magdi visited The Petchey Academy, whose specialism is Health, Care and Medical Sciences. It was also an inspirational visit for many students who got the opportunity to debate in front of Sir Magdi and then discuss his own career over an informal lunch. Click on the photo to see a few more pictures of that day
I shoot regularly for The Petchey Academy, a brilliant and exciting secondary school in Hackney. I also run a Photography Club there. In 2013 they staged their first all-school musical, Bugsy Malone, and this year they staged a really entertaining version of ‘Oliver’. There are some VERY talented young people in that school and I won’t be surprised to see one or two of them at the BAFTAs in years to come. Click on the photo to see some of the action
Lloyd Coleman is a genius. That’s not a word I tend to use lightly but if you meet this brilliant young composer who will shortly graduate from the Royal Academy of Music you’ll agree I am sure. He wrote a beautiful flute and clarinet duet for my own civil ceremony and in return I did a portfolio shoot for him a few weeks later. He’s a young man who is going places.
I’ll probably get into trouble for that headline; after all this post is about women. Female engineering students to be precise. They gathered at Aston University for the Annual Women’s Engineering Society Student Conference and were treated to a really great array of speakers. I found it hard to keep taking photographs when the presentations were just so darned interesting. I learned a lot about aircraft engines, lightning and the structure of chocolate for a start. And whilst the small percentage of practicing female engineers in the UK is no laughing matter, almost everywhere I turned somebody was smiling. Click on the photo to see some more of those happy faces
Whitstable. The end of August and the weather forecast is ‘iffy’. As Sarah and Geoffrey’s wedding was going to be outside in the garden of a gorgeous beachside cottage I had my fingers crossed. And, befitting such a lovely, warm and popular couple, the sun simply shone and shone all day. It was a day of love, joy, singing, fish and chips and ice cream! Click on the photo for a few more images
The Womens’ Engineering Society held a tasty event at the Royal Academy of Engineering entitled ‘Words of Wisdom’. It saw the launch of a poster campaign aimed at encouraging more girls to consider engineering as a career. Great support from inspirational role-models, from Jenny and Bola who head up the Diversity Team at RAEng and some lovely cupcakes!
I love covering the National Science and Engineering Competition at the annual Big Bang event. The team at the British Science Association are amazingly professional and make my work a whole lot less complex than it could be. It was also great to be able to set up a little team of ‘togs’ this year (me, Em Fitzgerald and Hannah J Taylor) to capture the 200 or so incredible entries from Britain’s best young scientists and engineers. Highlights for me this year included the huge eagle that landed on presenter Greg Foot, the opportunity to photograph the celebrity judges and hearing about the passion and genius behind the winning entries. Gives one hope for the future!