Music video for Cherry Mint Koala

I have been working on a series of videos of session recordings for Cherry Mint Koala, a trio of talented musicians who recorded music composed by Mark Northfield. ‘Let the Body Go’ is a work produced at an intense time for the composer and the emotive aspect makes itself quite clear.

Video still by photographer and cameraman Simon Bennett for Cherry Mint Koala music video

This series of recordings will be released as an album entitled ‘Beguiling Transmissions’ later in the spring.

This first track in the sequence – ‘Let The Body Go’ – was written by Mark last summer a few days after the death of his mother, Beryl Brown. Although it sprang from this very personal grief, the song was written in the hope that anyone coming to terms with such a loss might find a measure of solace through it. It is both a serene elegy and an uplifting celebration of life and love.

Mark’s vocal version of the song is the title track of a digital EP being released next month under his own name, and there will be a separate video featuring this.

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Hosts at Winterpride

There are some amazing creative make up artists out there and a few of them got the chance to flex their muscle with Seventa Image last month at Winterpride in Tobacco Dock. I was there ready to get them in their finery….

winterpride hosts and make up artists

winterpride hosts and make up artists

winterpride hosts and make up artists

winterpride hosts and make up artists

winterpride hosts and make up artists

winterpride hosts and make up artists

Amazing headsets by Alien Foxx Designs @alienfoxxx
Make Up Sponsor Seventa Image @SeventaImage

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Publicity photos for Iamsoho

You may recognize the models – it’s Class A doing the promo!

publicity photos for iamsoho lifestyle card member promo- photography by simon bennett

publicity photos for iamsoho lifestyle card member promo- photography by simon bennett

publicity photos for iamsoho lifestyle card member promo- photography by simon bennett

publicity photos for iamsoho lifestyle card member promo- photography by simon bennett

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Fancy a tart?

As a photographer I am frequently asked to photograph people; however the remit is expanding. I am currently involved with a new entertainment company who is involved with food, although I had relatively little prior experience of the food sector.  I get asked “do you have any experience of photographing….?”  -the … referring to the subject matter that the client wishes to process. Clients like to know that you can do it, and in our Fordist world we are only good enough if we have done it before. Yet a decent photographer will be able to turn his or her hand to whatever subject matter is placed before them, providing that specialist equipment isn’t necessary and the deadline wasn’t yesterday.

food photography by UK based Simon c Bennett

food photography by UK based Simon c Bennett

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Country to Capital 45 mile run from Wendover to London

These amazing people of all ages and genders took part in a 45 mile marathon (yes 45 miles) to raise money for The Childrens Trust and Teach Africa. These photographs were taken just seconds before the finish line and had I been a participant I doubt very much I’d have looked quite so chirpy and fit. At this stage I’d have been slithering along the towpath looking like something fit to be condemned. Their success was a massive feat of endurance.

country to capital 45 mile marathon from Wendover to London 2014 photo by Simon C Bennett

country to capital 45 mile marathon from wendover to london 2014 photo by Simon C Bennett

country to capital 45 mile marathon from wendover to london 2014 photo by Simon C Bennett

country to capital 45 mile marathon from wendover to london 2014 photo by Simon C Bennett

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A night with makeup and gels.

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Jae came over one evening, the week before Christmas wanting to do something creative and different. We had some make up and body clay left over from a previous shoot which we had wanted to use for ages. Out came the gels for the lights and Jae covered himself in the clay.

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Happy New Year 2014

Time for a party methinks; see out the old year and welcome in the new.

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Behind the scenes at Salon du Chocolat

Salon du Chocolat was held at Olympia and I was shooting the behind the scenes photos and for the fashion show itself. It was a celebration of all things chocolate, with stalls of small artisanal producers from England and France producing some divine products. If you didn’t get there, you missed a treat but it will be repeated next year so make sure it’s in your diary – if you are a chocoholic like me it’s an essential visit!

stefanija - one of the talented make up artists

mannequin of chocolate delights

tools of the trade for the mua

talented mua's and hairdressers create

delicious artisanal chocolates on offer from some amazing chocolatiers

Salon du Chocolat
Client: Seventa Image

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Fashion shoot on the streets

Photographed in North London
Fashion Designer: Francesca Robinson
Creative Director: Ian Massa-Harris
MUA: Dave Darko

tie dye photoshoot in London Autumn Fall 2013

tie dye photoshoot in London Autumn Fall 2013

tie dye photoshoot in London Autumn Fall 2013

tie dye photoshoot in London Autumn Fall 2013

tie dye photoshoot in London Autumn Fall 2013

tie dye photoshoot in London Autumn Fall 2013

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Video to show some of our work over the last couple of years

UniQ Shoots Promo from Simon Bennett on Vimeo.

Fashion and product photography specialists:
UniQ Studios

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