Amongst the chaos of the massive Etihad campaign I’ve been working on for practically the last month, I have also been working on a surprise 40th Birthday party for my ‘old’ friend Simon whose all time favourite film is Grease – so what better idea than to theme it! All in a days work really – costumes, decorations, props, catering, coordinating guests, invites, poster designing… Ouch and a very large hangover the next day! I know my wig wasn’t quite right as Frenchy, and having tried several times and under advice from ET – nothing would curl the darn thing.
So I know everyone is banging on about burgers at the moment, but I though it was about time I put in my 2 pennies worth…
I am a burger fan.
However it can’t just be anything sourced from convenience – ie. Iceland Horse Burger or Kebab shop Rat Burger. It either has to be the New York way or my way and that’s it!
I’m a fan of Meat Liquor, although not of the queues – so extremely pleased to have Meat Mission (by the same peeps at ML) to join my neighborhood. Its housed in a beautiful old Christian Mission on Hoxton Market – and has kept many of the original features, a little bit different from ML which was a West End strip joint!
So January for me, so far has been rather hectic. I am almost complete on a 9 day shoot for the Airline Giant that is Etihad. Its been challenging at times, but well worth it and an absolute pleasure to be working with Wonder Woman Hat Margolies again at Lucid Rep and the genius that is Photographer Anders Schonneman
As its been a somewhat, shall we say, busy few weeks and shoot days, I don’t seem to have any BTS pics to show. I can however let you all in to the adventure myself, Anders, Assistant Tamin & Art Director Gary Monaghan from M&C Saatchi encountered, it proceeds as follows… Wrap shoot in London, hot step it straight into a taxi, fly Etihad to Abu Dhabi overnight in Business Class (Thank you for me now never being able to turn right on a plan EVER again!!!), upon landing in AD whizzing it in a taxi for a 15 minute turnaround of shower, change & reapply of makeup straight to shoot at the stunning Viceroy Hotel on Yas Island, wrap shoot, change, dinner, sleep, fly back to London.
Now that was an adventure!
Having never been to United Arab Emirates, I don’t really have anything to share on what I saw as I didn’t have chance to see anything. I did however meet some lovely people, shot in a gorgeous hotel, ate good local food and did manage to grab a whole 45 minutes in glorious 28° sunshine – it feels like it will be a long time before this happens again!
So sadly, no behind the scenes pics, just a few sunny backlit photos that make it look like I had a holiday…
Enjoy the sun!