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It’s been awhile

Lately I have been involved with a lot of video editing – mainly documentary of various sorts, which is why you haven’t seen so much from me. However I am also involved with the Wig Party and help promote it with my camera. This year The Wig Party is raising funds in association with The Elton John Aids Foundation for ‘Freedom To Be’. This excellent cause is raising funds for young people (teenagers) with HIV. The Wig Party itself is an extraordinary event and if you go to just one big party this year make it this one. It’s glamorous, fun, and freeing- you can be anyone you like for the night. It attracts a lively creative crowd of all ages, genders and colours and there is a wig pageant for those that have always wanted to do the catwalk. Here I attach some photos taken last night at Kings Cross Steelers RFC where the lads sportingly donned wigs to help us promote this cause. Expect to see a few of them at the party…

kings cross steelers rugby lads sport wigs for the annual wig party fundraiser #getyourwigon

kings cross steelers rugby lads sport wigs for the annual wig party fundraiser #getyourwigon

kings cross steelers rugby lads sport wigs for the annual wig party fundraiser #getyourwigon

kings cross steelers rugby lads sport wigs for the annual wig party fundraiser #getyourwigon

kings cross steelers rugby lads sport wigs for the annual wig party fundraiser #getyourwigon

kings cross steelers rugby lads sport wigs for the annual wig party fundraiser #getyourwigon

More about the wig party here #getyourwigon

Stealing a bride’s moment

Some people reckon that one’s wedding day should be unforgettableā€¦

For one couple it most certainly was. The day arrived and after weeks of rain and storms one could indeed breathe a sigh of relief as the sun shone in the relatively calm and upmarket neighbourhood of Lincolns Inn Fields. The chauffeur arrived in the gorgeous vintage Roller and lets face facts, the couple looked good. So what now could possibly go wrong? What?

Ah yes; choosing to get married in style the very same day the World Naked Bike Ride descends on the square and takes over! The couple stared out of the luxurious gas guzzling limo’s windows askance at the naked, wigged, painted, pierced, and tattooed people that now surrounded them on their bikes, unicycles, and skates all protesting about the worlds reliance on oil. Where they might have liked to wave at the general wellwishers, they got an eyeful of crossbars and genitals, – and why not? They’ll never forget their wedding day. To be perfectly frank they missed a photo opportunity and a half – if they had got out and walked amongst the crowd they could have had some lovely pics for the mother in law’s mantelpiece.ā€¦.so where was that wedding photographer????

world naked bike ride meets wedding car in lincolns inn in london

world naked bike ride meets wedding car in lincolns inn in london

world naked bike ride meets wedding car in lincolns inn in london

world naked bike ride meets wedding car in lincolns inn in london

world naked bike ride meets wedding car in lincolns inn in london

world naked bike ride meets wedding car in lincolns inn in london

Check out last years photos of the WNBR here

The new studio website

In case you’ve been wondering at the paucity of postings lately, it has been due to the considerable workflow I am managing at the moment. The new website at UniQ has gone up showing what we do and what we can do. Videos for the site are currently in production so be patient! We work on the in house UniQ Clothing line and handle projects for other companies and individuals too. Anyway enjoy these photos from the Roshi collection and I will start posting the videos as we finalise them.

client fashion shoot at uniq studios

client fashion shoot at uniq studios

client fashion shoot at uniq studios

Photography by Simon Bennett @UniQ Studios

One night as a paparazzo

OMG! Last week I ended up at the premiere for the new film “Deviation” starring Danny Dyer. I wasn’t attending the premiere but taking photos of those who were. It had been suggested to me that I might like to be there and I thought it may be interesting, but it is a strange feeling photographing people going into a party you’re not invited to.

I stood with the other photographers who obviously knew this job rather better than I did. And they also knew the faces that were walking through the doors to the Odeon. Therein lay the problem- I am not a big celebrity watcher and as it turned out I knew very few of those at the premiere. Very few indeed.

Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan did the rounds and chatted to us a couple of times, and they spent time with the public who had arrived to see them in the cold of a February night.

However it was the paparazzi that caught my eye (last photo). This motley crew of diehards in various states of dress looked like villains from a Guy Ritchie movie. And it was ironic that these real characters were taking pictures of people paid to be characters in another world.

danny dyer anna walton deviation premiere

deviation premiere london

tamer hassan and fan

deviation premiere london tamer hassan danny dyer

paparazzi on the job

Model for video at UniQ

Seeking one male model and one female model for this Thursday: We are videoing behind the scenes at UniQ Studios in East London for the new promo vid. Expect to look hot after Jae does the makeup. It will take an hour or two of your time so if you are at a loose end let me know. (It isn’t paid but you’ll look good and you’ll get a video for your model profiles).

portrait pic of chloe by photographer simon bennett

Up coming teen actor gets new agency model and actor headshots

Joe has appeared in Waterloo Road and is now looking to spread his wings further so he asked for some updated photographs for his modelling and actor agency profiles.

I am able to undertake actor, model, sports and corporate headshots and profiles at UniQ Studios, which is twenty minutes from Liverpool Street Station in East London. Our charges are very competitive and the new website launches next week outlining our updated services at http://www.uniqstudios.co.uk. Give us a call on 07984 395067.

actor headshots for teen actor photo by simon c bennett

actor headshots for teen actor photo by simon c bennett

actor headshots for teen actor photo by simon c bennett

Indian summer -part 1

I had been waiting since the Spring for a few summer days with clear blue skies. Did they happen? Well there was one day in June but the model cancelled at the last minute due to a heavy night clubbing. Then it was endless gloom as July and August …and September passed with very few clear sunny days. Then extraordinarily in late September the weather forecasters let on that we were due for a short warm spell and I hit the phone. Which models would be available at short notice? I spent several days traipsing down to the coast – three guys and one girly took part and over the next few weeks as the weather gets colder I will post them in memory of a brief but very pleasing warm spell…

lewis oakley models swimwear -october 2011- part of the 'indian summer' shoot by simon bennett

lewis oakley models swimwear -october 2011- part of the 'indian summer' shoot by simon bennett

lewis oakley models swimwear -october 2011- part of the 'indian summer' shoot by simon bennett

lewis oakley models swimwear -october 2011- part of the 'indian summer' shoot by simon bennett

lewis oakley models swimwear -october 2011- part of the 'indian summer' shoot by simon bennett

lewis oakley models swimwear -october 2011- part of the 'indian summer' shoot by simon bennett

lewis oakley models swimwear -october 2011- part of the 'indian summer' shoot by simon bennett

Model: Lewis Oakley

Wig Party preparations step up a gear

Last week the preparations for the Wig Party stepped up a gear with the boys and girls getting into their Gods and Monsters wigs and stepping out on the streets of Soho to let everyone know about it. It is a celebration of individuality, self-expression, tolerance and, not forgetting, really big hair! It is a night where people from all walks of life, from all over the world can enjoy themselves, by being themselves. And for that reason, anyone is welcome at Wig Party

wig party preparations as photographed by simon c bennett

wig party preparations as photographed by simon c bennett

wig party preparations as photographed by simon c bennett

wig party preparations as photographed by simon c bennett

wig party preparations as photographed by simon c bennett

wig party preparations as photographed by simon c bennett

wig party preparations as photographed by simon c bennett

An inspirational PARTY devoted to improving the world for those living with HIV and AIDS.

Fulham Opera presents Wagner’s Das Rheingold

Fulham Opera is West London’s Premier Independent Opera Company. Affiliated with Music@theHeartofFulham, they exist to produce great opera in a fantastic space.So…presenting Das Rheingold, the preliminary evening in Richard Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen when the dwarf Alberich renounces love to steal the gold from the Rhinemaidens, he sets in train a series of events that spell doom for the gods…..

das rheingold fulham opera london  -photo by Simon C Bennett events photography

das rheingold fulham opera london  -photo by Simon C Bennett events photography

das rheingold fulham opera london  -photo by Simon C Bennett events photography

das rheingold fulham opera london  -photo by Simon C Bennett events photography

das rheingold fulham opera london  -photo by Simon C Bennett events photography

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