my name is David Ovenden and I am a freelance professional photographer providing a wide range of photographic services to individuals and businesses.
I specialise in portraits (for social media, family and business), theatre, fashion and commercial photography but I can help you with all your photographic requirements. I offer studio or location shoots, and with my portable studio I can create studio quality shots in your own home, office or at your function.
I cover all areas of London and the South East, or further afield on request.
Below you will see some of my recent work. Bear in mind that a lot of my work is for private clients and and will not appear here to maintain client confidentiality.
The Guildford School of Acting’s final-year student Courtney Bowman claimed the £1,000 first prize in The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition, held at the Novello Theatre on Sunday 15th May. Courtney’s Sondheim song of choice was “Me and My Town”, reprising her role of corrupt Mayoress Cora Hoover from GSA’s production of Anyone Can Whistle in June 2015.
Runner-up was Eleanor Jackson, a final-year student at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, who sang “Sunday in the Park with George” from Sunday in the Park with George and claimed a £500 cheque.
In the Stiles + Drewe Prize – divided into two parts this year – the £1,000 Best New Song award went to Tim Connor’s “Back to School”, and winner of the much-coveted MTI Mentorship award was composer/lyricist Darren Clark and book writer Rhys Jennings for Wicker Husband. Student Ashley Reyes, who sang Tim’s winning song, also received a £100 bonus prize.
The consistently reliable Rose and Crown in Walthamstow works its magic again, turning its attention to a little-known Cole Porter show and covering it with almost enough glitter and glitz to hide the cracks in the book.
Out of this World opened on Broadway in 1950 and was one of Porter’s last shows written for the stage. The source material – the Greek myth of Amphitryon as dramatised by Plautus – was given a modern-day reinterpretation by Dwight Taylor and Reginald Lawrence. Porter provided the music and lyrics, and while the songs were much enjoyed at the time (although none becoming a hit) it was the book – seen as too vulgar and rambling – that brought the show to an early close after just 157 performances.
Whilst in Paris recently I was able to go on backstage tours, to see areas not normally open to the public, of two great Paris Opera houses, Palais Garnier (famous for the Phantom!) and Le Chatelet.
The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built between 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera and Le Chatelet was built between 1860 and 1862. Originally with 3,000 seats, it has undergone remodelling and name changes over the years. Currently it seats 2,500 people.
Photography was strictly forbidden backstage but I was able to take shots of the lush interiors.
The Kissing Dance, Howard Goodall, and Charles Hart’s musical, based on Oliver Goldsmith’s comedy ‘She Stoops to Conquer’, the musical is a tale of mismatched love, matchmaking, disguise, confusion, and deception, laced with humour and comic misunderstanding.
It is All Fools’ Eve, a night when in the realms of love, the world can be turned upside-down and the lord of Misrule can take control….Mr and Mrs Hardcastle have invited the son of an old friend, Charles Marlow, to their country estate with the intention of pairing him off with their daughter, Kate. Accompanying him is his friend George Hastings, who happens to be the secret beau of Kate’s cousin Constance, who in turn is on an enforced promise to Kate’s half witted half brother Tony Lumpkin. However, the mischievous intervention of Lumpkin results in the pair of visitors thinking the Hardcastle’s estate is actually a country inn, and Mr Hardcastle whom they have never met, is the inn keeper. Mistakes and misunderstandings swiftly ensue.
Another shoot for Sarah, Creative Director of Mouillé, this time for her Look Book. I tried a new studio in London Fields called Studio Time. They have a separate makeup and dressing area which is great when there are multiple changes of swimwear. Nice high ceilings and good kit made for a great shoot and we repaired to the pub next door for drinks afterwards.
It would have been good to have made more use of the studio and the moody lighting caused by a thunderstorm but a look book needs a consistent approach to all the images and therefore controlled lighting in the studio. I used a softbox to light the model and two lights (with amber gels) to give a uniform warm colour to the white backdrop.
Once again Cally Crisp assisted me on this shoot. The model was Jessica Marshall from Leni’s Model Management and our make-up artist was Lorna Kings (I have worked with Lorna before so it was great to see her again). Chourouk Chouchou who is working with Sarah was on hand with suggestions and support.
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