What an Event !
Camilla, the Managing Director of The Mulberry Inn, is an old friend of mine from when we worked together back in our early-mid twenties (oh the memories!) while I was studying photography. When she told me about the BBC2 Children in Need event back in 2012 I was already booked up with the high wedding season. I was really pleased to have 6th July available this year to capture this fantastic event for such a great cause. The Mulberry Inn public house is owned by Chris Evans, it is in fact his “local” pub.
The day itself was hosted by Chris Evans himself, in his friendly and casual manor, the guests seemed to love him – a very genuine and funny guy. Seeing Camilla at work again was like déjà vu, she is a fantastic Manager and her hospitality skills are second to none. The lovely Michellin star chef Giorgio Locotelli and his team were also preparing a delicious meal for the guests, while Paulo and the rest of the Mulberry’s kitchen team prepared some delicious food for the BBC2 staff in the garden. Paul Hollywood supplied the mouth-watering bread and Olly Smith provided the wine.
I took one of my students, photographer, Anna Rodriguez, to this event as part of her training, she spent the whole afternoon and evening second shooting and, well I would say practising exposures, but she seemed to nail this and was shooting like a pro! Although tearing her away from capturing Gary Barlow on camera appeared to be more of a challenge, haha! Yes you read that right, Mr Gary Barlow performed later in the evening!!! eeek.
Now before moving on to Mr Barlow, I have to just mention Mr Evans phenomenal car collection… Chris had parked his famous 5 and Magnificent 7 collections on the forecourt. I tend to have a need for speed and so a big car lover but his collection is unreal – and so Anna and me got quite carried away with the car photos but as you can see below from just a tiny snippet of the pics, the cars are simply, do I dare say it – yep, they are sexy!
Later in the evening the guests piled onto the dance floor, this crowd certainly knew how to party! Chris Evans positioned himself behind the decks with friends until Gary Barlow entered the stage. The dancefloor was absolutely packed and I didn’t want to block their view of Gary! I crouched down at the front for some shots, and as I squeezed my way back out, Anna managed to find a spot on the opposite side where she captured some great close ups of the band. Gary Barlow sounded sensational and with his classic numbers the crowd went wild!