Monday, 2 March 2015

Another taste of India....

A while back I spent a whole afternoon undertaking a rather mouthwatering task. This was photographing the beautiful Indian food created by Madhu Choudhry, founder of Ethnic Fusion, based near Dereham.

After running a very successful catering business and popular cookery workshops for several years, Madhu now has some of her food available to buy online.

I got to know Madhu through my previous work, and then signed up to one of her full day cookery workshops, which has totally transformed my curry creations and made me very popular with my friends. You can read more about that here.

I returned to Ethnic Fusion to help Madhu create some photos of her dishes for the new food sales section of her website, the aim being to make the selected dishes look just as good as they taste. It was a great day, where I also got to help with styling the food, which was really good fun. And at dinner time, as a special treat, I got to try some of the fabulous food. I can highly recommend the Spicy Kerala Prawn Curry...

To see the photos of Madhu's creations, as well as find out more about her catering and cookery workshops, visit www.ethnicfusion.co.uk











Thursday, 28 August 2014

PinPinFinds Autumn and Winter collection


On Sunday 24th August, the PinPinFinds Autumn and Winter collection launched at the Norwich Gift Emporium. PinPinFinds was created by Norwich designer and NUCA graduate Natasha Lloyd in 2011, and her designs are grabbing attention from far and wide.



Arriving early to carefully unpack all the items from her collection, much time was spent displaying all the different designs.






Many items in the PinPinFinds range is laser cut from sustainable birch wood. Natasha has gone to great lengths to ensure her products are ethically made and this is something that I really like about the work she does. The imagery comes from Victorian books and cigarette cards, and together they make the unique and eye catching pieces in the range.





The launch evening was a great success, with customers arriving from far and wide to appreciate the new collection and preorder items. Many pieces from the existing collection were also snapped up. All in all, a really nice night and it was good to meet so many people strolling around the Norwich Lanes.

There were nibbles...

...and a little celebration

Launch night was busy!

Taking preorders


Checking out the new collection


PinPinFinds new collection can be found in Norwich Gift Emporium, along with hundreds of other handmade products from Norfolk and Suffolk artists. 




Snowflake earrings, being checked out by some porcelain animals

Hand painted porcelain animals


I’m really enjoying being part of the Emporium and meeting other creative folk. 

You can view the PinPinFinds range at http://www.pinpinfinds.co.uk/
 
You can keep up to date with all the latest news from Norwich Gift Emporium at https://www.facebook.com/norwichgiftemporium

Natasha with part of her Autumn and Winter collection
 

Sunday, 11 May 2014

A little taste of Morocco

Just before Christmas I went across the border to Suffolk, to visit Maroque, and get a taste of all things Moroccan. And I mean all things Moroccan.



What started as a small business - selling the beautiful furnishings, lamps and lanterns of Morocco now stocks, cookware, gifts and also the ingredients to make stunning recipes, which are available in the free downloadable cookbooks from owner and chef extraordinaire Julie Woodard.


The showroom at Needham Market features many of the items from the online store and makes for a colourful experience - perfect for my photos and a few experiments with photographing lamps and shadows. It also helps me build on my experience of shooting products, as they actually are on display.

Upstairs in the showroom is the range of furniture, soft furnishings and those lovely lamps, which cast such wonderful patterns on the walls and ceilings.




Downstairs is the warehouse, stocking a whole range of Moroccan items to explore.






It's very easy in today's world of internet shopping to lose that personal touch, but it's obvious from spending a bit of time here that it isn't the case at Maroque. A glass of warm mint tea awaits every visitor, along with a smile and offer of help. Even the mail order deliveries go out with a handwritten note.



Maroque can be found online at www.maroque.co.uk  

If you are interested in photos of your products or business, please do get in touch.







Mirror and a reflection of the warehouse

Tassles