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.
A forest shoot with Xomemo
For the past 11 years I have photographed The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition (SSSSPOTY) together with the Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Award. This year, because of Covid 19, the competition was cancelled. Usually some 70 or so candidates, drawn from theatre and music courses from around the country, audition and the final ten are invited to the gala final in front of a jury of musical theatre greats.
This year the candidates were treated to a Zoom masterclass.
Many of the winners (and indeed competitors) have gone on to star in radio, television, theatre and film.
Poet in the Forest
In common with most people working in the theatre, my work has virtually dried up.
I am still available for headshots and general photography, subject to social distancing and other anti covid measures. The following images are from a shoot ‘Poet in the Woods’ with actor Ellis J. Wells.
Crazy Coqs Cabaret
Another of Harold Sanditon’s Open Mike Cabarets at the crazy Coqs. Always fun to shoot with a great atmosphere.
This time the theme was ‘Disney’
“Ragtime rehearsals reached a milestone this week as the team finished the blocking of Act 1 ahead of their first run this weekend – exciting times! Roll on Act II.
Harold Sanditen’s Open Mike Party at the Crazy Coqs
“Huge thanks to David Ovenden for the amazing pics from Thursdays Harold Sanditen’s Open Mic Party! Live at Zedel.”
‘Blues’ at the Crazy Coqs
Harold Sanditon's 'Blues' open mike evening at the Crazy Coqs, featuring the glamorous Lorna Dallas.
A Doll’s House – rehearsals
Rehearsal photos from Ibsen's masterpiece which examines the way society shapes us and our conception of others. It considers marriage, family,...
Mike and Helen Wedding
Mike and Helen's wedding at the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge in Epping Forest
Based on the 1927 Fritz Lang silent film, METROPOLIS opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1989 with a cast that included Brian Blessed, Judy Kuhn and...
Dress Rehearsal photos of Frankenstein at the Bridewell Theatre. In addition to these shots I took the actors head-shots for the programme and...
Harold Sanditen’s Open Mike Highlights
Pics from last night's triumph, A GLOBAL AFFAIR Live At Zédel, starring Sharon Lenihan, Gavin Brock, Amy Drew and Nina Pelton, accompanied by...
Sister Mary’s Playtime
I am delighted to have been able to do a photoshoot for Sister Mary's Playtime which will be at the Edinburgh Festival from the 4th to the 28th...
Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2017
The final of the 11th annual Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year, incorporating the Stiles + Drewe Prize, was held at the Noël...
110 in the Shade
A rare revival of of the 1963 Broadway musical 110 in the Shade ran at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown pub theatre in Walthamstow, from 9 to 28 May...
The Drowsy Chaperone
Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Book of Musical and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone bursts to life on the Bridewell Theatre...
Ellen and Mike’s wedding
I was invited to photograph Ellen and Mike's wedding in St Martin's Church near Newcastle and the Christening of their youngest son. The Church was...
CurtainUp Show 2017
The Curtain Up Show on Resonance 104.4fm in association with TodayTix had their pre-Oliviers show live from the Delfont Rooms. Among those...
The MMD/MTN Conference is the UK's main industry conference focused on musical theatre. It included six case studies of new British musicals and a...
"We are pleased to bring you David Ovenden’s great first look production photos released from Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs, making its UK debut at...
My Land’s Shore
The show tells the story of Dic Penderyn a Welsh labourer and coal miner who lived in Merthyr Tydfil who was involved with the Merthyr Rising of 3...
Charming Dick is filled with panto classics. Hissing, booing, and enough song and dance to make Eurovision look positively dull, all bought up to...