Christmas, New year & Scrooge!
Happy new year to you all!
I thought i'd pop on here and tell you all about my December & Christmas & what has been happening in my photography world!
As a photographer Christmas preparations always begin very early & this year was no exception, we started shooting promotional pictures for Christmas adverts in September!
With the help of the very talented local model Isabelle Angus & my own daughter Lexi, we were able to get some great Christmas advertising shots - even if the girls were a little confused as to why Christmas had come in September!
I then started shooting Christmas pictures for clients in the October half term week, throughout November and the first half of December so it was a pretty busy time for me!
Once I had finished shooting & editing Christmas pictures, I breathed a sigh of relief as all my work was done and I could start thinking about getting ready for Christmas.....or so I thought!
A few weeks earlier I had booked a little 4 day break for my family to go to Butlins so we could relax and enjoy some much needed family time, we had a fantastic time & the little ones (4 years & 2 Years) didn't want to come home.
While we were away I got asked by the lovely Krysty Angus if i'd be interested in photographing the young cast of a production that her daughter Isabelle was in over Christmas.
I said yes, that would be fine & let me know when & where!
The show was Scrooge! at the Shelley theatre in Boscombe, produced by local west end star Earl Carpenter & his production company Gingerboy productions. Directed by Jo Barrington & with a mixed ability cast of both adult & junior performers, it was set to be a wonderful show!
Well, I turned up on the first day (not the first show), and took cast pictures for the BAH cast that were performing that day. I was then asked if I would photograph the actual performance as well, which I gladly accepted.
I was given a position in the lighting box (a lovely old room in the Shelley Manor, which I later found out was the former bedroom of Lady Jayne Shelley, who had a viewing hatch looking into the theatre so she could enjoy the performances when she was too ill to go into the theatre.)
The cast included the talented Bruce McIntosh as Ebenezer Scrooge, Rupert Barrington as the puppeteer, Ali Cox as Wilkins, Tracey Taylor Jenkins as The ghost of Christmas past, Chloe Huges as the ghost of Christmas future & very a clever video appearance of Earl Carpenter himself as Marley, to name just a few.
Most of the cast played multiple roles within the performance.
The Junior members of the cast performed as if they had been on the stage for years, having spent many weeks rehearsing with director Jo and other staff it certainly showed how much hard work had been put into making sure these kids knew exactly what they were doing & I have to say they all performed like Pro's!
I can honestly say that I had an amazing time photographing this performance and the junior cast. The talent that I have seen is incredible and the children were perfectly behaved & professional at all times.
Keywords: barrington, carpenter, childrens, days, earl, earl carpenter, early, event photographer, gingerboy, gingerboy productions, jo, jo barrington, photographer, photography, poole, production, scrooge, shelley, shelley theatre, shows, theatre