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Friday, 30 July 2010


A short while ago a colleague asked me to take some images of different hair styles for his daughters up and coming website. The shoot would be to promote Terri Capons website, as she is trying to branch out as a freelance hairstylist in the London area.

Terri's website isn't quite ready yet but here is the link so you can have a look at your leisure:-

Monday, 26 July 2010

Status Quo Are "In The Army Now"

Rock band Status Quo have enlisted the British Army in the remaking of their 1986 hit single In The Army Now, which aims to raise money for the British Forces Foundation and Help For Heroes.

Utilising the vast expertise within 4th Battalion The Rifles and musicians from the Corps of Army Music, the band have brought the well-known song and video up to date with some new lyrics to highlight their support for the Services.

Francis Rossi, Quo singer and lead guitarist, said, "It seemed like the right time to do this. This release is intended to show our support for the Allied Forces around the world, and in particular, of course, the British Armed Forces.

“We want people to celebrate what they do, say thank you and also support these vital charities."

When Pip Williams, the Quo’s record producer and lecturer at Thames Valley University (TVU), was approached by the band to reversion the song, the idea to involve the Army was mooted, as some of the Army’s musicians attend the university.

Seventeen singers from across the Corps of Army Music, which includes 22 Regular Army bands, recorded the track at the TVU in Ealing, in the presence of Status Quo, who were clearly delighted with the collaboration.

Captain Guy Booth, of the Corps of Army Music, said: “Our musicians thoroughly enjoyed working with the guys from Status Quo and it was obvious that Francis Rossi and his colleagues appreciated the professionalism of our musicians too.

“We are delighted to be a part of this new modern version of a very well-known song which has been reworked to demonstrate the tremendous support for the British Army and all the Services.”

Following the music recording Rick Parfitt, Quo guitarist, said: "We've even roped the Army in to help us create a stunning video that will really give the song some heavy firepower.”

The video was recorded with members of 4 RIFLES at their barracks in Bulford, on Salisbury Plain, and also at Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset.

During the shoot, the Quos got to experience first-hand the potent performance of some of the British Army’s toughest and loudest equipment and vehicles.

In the Army Now is set to be released on 26 September 2010 with all the proceeds going to the British Forces Foundation and Help for Heroes. And, it is hoped the Government will waive the VAT on the single.

On 25 September Status Quo will perform alongside the Corps of Army Music at the annual Rhythm Force concert.

The event, held in the grounds of Kneller Hall, attracts headline acts from the classical and popular music genres.

Portsmouth Soldier Jumps For Britain

A soldier from Portsmouth is to represent Great Britain in the 19th FAI World Parachuting Championships in Formation Skydiving next month in Russia.
Sgt Aaron Faith (40) of the Parachute Regiment is the only serving soldier in the four-person formation team consisting of two men and two women. His civilian teammates work in telecommunications, a parachuting instructor, and in the building trade.
They are the only team in the world top ten rankings to have full-time jobs outside of competitive skydiving making them the definite underdogs in the competition when the other teams in their rankings are full-time sponsored skydivers.
By contrast the former Priory school student and his team are only able to practice together during leave and weekends.
Despite this, the team, called Satori meaning focus and enlightenment, are seen as strong contenders in the competition, rated as sixth in the world.
“We are the massive underdogs but punch above our weight,” explained Aaron at his base in Netheravon.  “This is the culmination of years and years of effort. We formed three years ago, with the aim to win the nationals last year and therefore qualify to go to the world championships.”
The top three teams of the USA, France and Belgium tend to dominate the championships admits Aaron, but “we are in a real battle with at least four teams to come fourth, and I think it’s fair to say we could easily come sixth, but maybe better.”
That makes this team the strongest UK team to enter the championships.
“This team has got a chance,” says Aaron who last represented team GB in 2004. “If one of the top three make a mistake or have a bad exit we will overtake them and we can be in third place. That can happen. There is not much between us. It’s far more exciting as a competition than before. Before I knew we were going to be in the top ten if we were lucky, but now I know we can potentially be in the top four or very close to third place.
“For every time you make a formation you score points, and you’ve got 35 seconds to score as many points as possible from when you exit. The exit altitude it 10,500ft and the clock starts as soon as you leave the door as a team.”
Satori’s average if 22 formations. The world champion’s is about 23.5.
“I’ve always dreamt about going to the world championships and representing Britain, so this is the chance.”
The championship starts on Sunday August 1st.

Wilton House Wedding Shoot

Today, I had the opportunity to use Wilton House, the home of the Earl of Pembroke for a wedding shoot.

The house is absolutely stunning & the grounds are the same. I could have spent a week there & still not photographed everything I wanted to!

I was lucky enough to have a small team with me today which helped the day run smoother & assist with spotting things with hair that men would just not notice!

I would like to thank Faye for spending hours making the models hair and make-up look fabulous. To Claire & Steph for having the time & patience to be photographed for the day. Also to Jayney for sorting dresses and hair & being Faye's assistant. Not forgetting Russ & Emz for popping by for some couple shots.

This is a small selection of the photos from today. Hopefully Wilton House will use some of my images in their new Wedding Brochure which they spoke to me about today..........fingers crossed!!