Dr Leah, winner of The Apprentice

Dr Leah

Dr Leah won a series of Alan Sugar’s The Apprentice, and is pioneering  a new concept, that is a cosmetic surgery drop-in clinic. I got the call from an Irish national paper, with the brief to get a range of shots which show off the place. That wasn’t difficult, as the interior is brand new , and the lady herself is very presentable. In fact the main problem was that she seemed to have had modelling lesson, and made all the moves that looked more akin to a glamorous model rather than an entrepreneurial doctor. We took her outside to get a few city pictures in order to establish the context, but the paper went for some of the more conventional lab shots.

Another portrait of Dr Leah can be found on the portraits section of my website.

Environmental Warrior in a Suit

James Thornton

I had the pleasure to photograph someone that I would put on a pedestal, James Thornton, founding CEO of Clientearth. His practise is Europe’s first public interest environmental law organisation, and he is in the New Statesman’s top ten of people who could change the world . Not only that but he is an ordained Zen Buddhist and author of 3 books, one of which (Field Guide to the Soul) I ordered on my return home. The office of Client Earth is nothing less than you’d hope for when visiting this environmental warrior. Based in London Fields, Hackney, they have a high-ceilinged open plan room with organically shaped windows above stunning vistas of the fashionable park. A bbq sits on the balcony in preparation for summer staff dining. The man himself epitomises calmness and serenity, an agreeable soul with an underlying drive. The day I went to photograph James the sun beamed through the window, providing my subject with a halo which I could only conclude was thoroughly appropriate.

Photographing a group of apprentices

Apprentices

These determined young individuals are all working as apprentices in the city of London.

They have jobs ranging from Housing Officer to part of a communications team.

I like the contrast between fresh faced employees and the sense establishment that the location brings.

The light is a good mix between natural available fill from the windows on the left and behind subject, and brollie to my right.

Best of all there is a professional air about this group, yet it doesn’t feel too staged.