Alzheimer’s Research UK

It was great to work with the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK and creative agency Aardman to photograph celebrity Rachael Riley, who is also a brand ambassador for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The photos were for their recent advertising campaign for The Mighty Quiz, a great way to raise money to help the charity fund the best research that will take us closer to effective diagnostics, preventions and treatments for dementia.

The photos featured on their website:

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#VantagePoint Project

I was contacted by Light.co recently and asked about my favourite place I have photographed, to be included in their #VantagePoint project. Now this was a pretty hard call to make, as I have travelled to so many beautiful locations, each special in their own way. After going through a back catalog of travel photos, I finally choose this photo of central Hong Kong.

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I choose this photo, because it has a very different feel to day time Hong Kong. Hong Kong is densely populated and during the day you are constantly walking through a sea of people, weather it be on the street, or in their metro system, the hustle of people reminds me a little of Manhattan, but on a bigger scale.

At night the city calms down somewhat, I photographed this part of Hong Kong from a bridge using a slow shutter speed, to get some nice light trails. I used a canon 5D mark 3 with a 24-70mm lens, with my camera on a tripod to obtain a slow shutter speed.

Hong Kong is known for their impressive skyline, so I wanted to make sure I added some of their tall buildings in the photo. If you haven’t yet been to Hong Kong, I highly recommend it, it’s an incredibly photogenic place, both offering a modern side in the centre and a grittier side on the outskirts.

You can see more photos of Hong Kong on my website www.nylasammons.com

NEW YORK: SIX HOURS, SIX FACES

Before last month it had been 12 years since I had last been back to New York city, and that’s mainly because when I go to book a holiday I want it to be somewhere new to explore. I have so much love for New York and was very happy to be visiting again after such a long time. I stayed in Brooklyn this time round instead of Manhattan, as I wanted to get a feel of more living like a local instead of running around the city like a tourist.

I could talk a lot about the city and what new things I came across, but being a portrait photographer I’m going to focus on the people I met. The first couple of days I spent exploring Manhattan and yes I did find some of the New Yorkers quite unfriendly and always in a rush, some may say it’s similar to Central London and they would be right. Thankfully I started the ‘six hours, six faces’ project – where I take portraits of six people that best sum up the city I’m visiting, in Brooklyn, where it’s a slower paste and you encounter more locals than tourists.

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I met this guy in a park in Brooklyn, where he was on a break from work with his colleague. What you can’t fully read behind the guy is the words ‘ Live your dream’ when he opened his arms, that best summed up what I was feeling at that moment.

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This is Zak, a friend of a friend. the photoshoot included endless laughter and silliness, photographed in Wiliamsburg.

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This is Neil, my cousin who I visited the day before (it had also been 12 years since I last saw him), he was a kid back then. Now a husband and man with his own business, which he enjoyed immensely. It was great to see how great his life had turned out, there’s no better feeling than seeing your loved ones do well in life.

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This is Durier, who I met a few days earlier and was happy to be photographed and be a part of the portrait series, this ranked high in one of my favourite portrait sessions in New York, because of how much fun we had. For a living he’s a TV producer, which means he’s use to directing all day. On that day, I got to direct him, which he found mildly entertaining.  Photographed in Soho.

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This gentleman I photographed while I was in downtown Manhattan, he was reluctant at first to have his portrait taken, however I think I won him over, he gave me less than a minute to photograph him before he got back to work.

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I met this police office while I was waiting for someone in Manhattan, he was on a coffee break (I will leave it at that). He was very friendly and I would have liked to carry on talking to him, but as I mentioned before everyone in Manhattan is always in a rush (he did have a good excuse after all).

I look forward to the next city I come across and the new faces I meet there. Until next time.

Tears and Fears in New York

Earlier this month, I traveled to New York, only a week after the results of the US election and the announcement of Donald Trump elected as president. When the news broke in London, there was a state of real shock in the air, newspaper headlines haunting and sadness in peoples eyes. We had not long ago experienced our own devastating news of Brexit, and what that meant for our Country. My heart went out to those Americans who were angry and saddened by the news, and seeing it with my own eyes when in New York, conjured up more emotion.

I have been to New York, three times before and this time, I wanted to immerse myself in the history and culture of New York, and really getting to know what New Yorkers are all about. Which led me down the path of going on walking tours. It was the walking tour of Soho, Noho, Little Italy and China Town, that I met tour guide Rachel McKinney, at the end of the tour we got talking about New Yorker’s, where she so kindly shared with me an article she was working on, which entailed stories from New Yorkers on how the election had affected them. Needless to say it brought tears to my eyes, and I felt it needed to be shared with a bigger audience. I got in touch with my friend from The Independent back in London to get her thoughts, thankfully my friend felt as strongly as me, I worked with Rachel for a day meeting the brave people that were willing to share their story and I took their portraits to go alongside their story for The Independent. Which was published today.

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You can see the portraits below and read the full article by clicking on this link – http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/photography/human-new-york-us-presidential-elections-trump-rachel-mckinney-a7437141.html

It’s important now, more than ever that we unite, believe we can still make a difference and be kind, we are all dealing with struggles in life, weather it be at work or relationships. Lets celebrate cultural differences and take the time to learn what makes each of us so unique and special.

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CHILDREN OF HOPE

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Last month I traveled to Bogota in Colombia to photograph a children’s charity to document underprivileged children who have been affected by poverty, civil war and drugs. These children were given hope when the founder, Mama Esperanza of charity Fundacion Colombia Chiquita opened her arms to let them in.

The children I met were in high spirits and full of character, you could see this reflected in the care and love they were given. Of course they are not like this everyday and they have to deal with the hardship they are living with, but this is where Mama Esperanza (Mama Hope) along with her volunteers does there very best in helping and nurturing these children.

I was very happy that The Independent published the story of ‘Children of Hope’ and published my photos. You can see the magazine article below and this is the link to the website article – http://ind.pn/2aAtQJt

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Images: Taken in the home of the charity and the street outside:

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(The Founder Mama Hope in the middle with the pink dress).

A humbling experience to be surrounded by Mama Hope and the children, to hear their unfortunate stories and be surrounded by their love and affection after pulling through such difficult circumstances.

Website: http://www.nylasammons.com

 

Xinx Sports Photoshoot

I recently had the pleasure of working with a great sports brand, Xinx with a brand vision to create an activewear brand which extends beyond the mat. All of their products are created using the highest quality performance fabrics to ensure maximum comfort against your skin when working out and working up a sweat.

It was a full on day, photographing in three locations, a warehouse, a gym and the ever so gorgeous Primrose Hill, although a jam packed day, it was great fun with a good team and models from W Model Management.

Below are some of the images captured on the day.

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To see more image, visit my website here: www.nylasammons.com

The imagery on the Xinx Website

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 Xinx opened up their first London pop-up shop, showcasing the new SS16 collection on 18th May and will be open until the 30th May, they are also running complimentary exercise and yoga classes. (Address: 79-81 Ledbury road, Notting Hill). If you have time, head on down.

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A special thanks goes to the team that helped me put this photoshoot together:

Make up artist: Babs Forman | Hair and Make up: Bex Palmer | Stylist: Fabienne | PR: Francesca Gamble | Assistant: Paul Johnson

Lifestyle Photography

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Some lifestyle photos taken recently, the apartment was very quirky, when I searched online for locations and found this place, I then tailored the styling around each room with stylist Boonya. It’s important when photographing lifestyle you have a great team on board who has the same vision as yourself, and because of this, it was an enjoyable photoshoot. You can see more of my lifestyle photos on my website: http://www.nylasammons.com/lifestyle

Make up artist: Babs Forman | Stylist: Boonya Rodpunyar | Assistant: Paul Johnson

Some Behind the scenes photos (taken by Paul Johnson)

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ABSEILERS AT BROADGATE TOWER

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_Y6A9952_Y6A9992_Y7A0137_Y7A0146_Y7A0154_Y7A9887_Y7A9890A rooftop for most photographers will always be a desirable place to be to photograph people, and being on top of Broadgate Tower in the city of London, was one of those incredible moments when I realised how lucky I was to be doing what I loved.

Last Friday morning I photographed people abseiling down Broadgate Tower, who were raising money for the charity Orchid, which helps fight against male Cancer. Capturing their nerves and excitement while I took in this incredible view, I was attached to a harness while shooting them, as that one angle I may desperately wanted to get, may have gotten me in a bit of trouble, if I leaned over too far!

Below is a short 12 second video to get a glimpse of being up on top of Broadgate Tower.

London: In the city

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London certainly is a pretty picture and when I have time I like mooching around town, today I headed to the city to take some photos of what we Londoners take for granted, the beautiful architecture. I look forward to seeing what we build next…