Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer
The Sunday Times Magazine

 

Some portrait photoshoots are battles, and others are collaborations. When I photographed Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer for The Sunday Times Magazine it was wonderfully collaborative. I shared my ideas, they discussed them with great insight, then they dived into the process with open hearts.

I could’t believe my luck the moment I arrived – the location was incredible. They had arranged for us to shoot in their friend’s flat in Camden and every room had overflowing bookshelves from floor to ceiling – the perfect space for such erudite individuals. We dived into the shoot, Neil and Amanda enjoying a moment of peace in their busy lives, an occasion to cuddle and laugh together.

We were also short walk from Camden lock. I had scouted it out prior to the shoot and thought it would look great so after shooting inside we walked on over. I was slightly concerned about how much attention we would get dropping two rather famous faces in the middle of the crowds of Camden. Thankfully, London is open, and almost everyone politely ignored us, navigating their way around the massive background we were blocking the path with – they just let us do our thing and walked right on past. Only at the very end of our shoot did a fan quietly approach Neil and shyly ask for a hug, she loved his work and just had to say so.

Neil and Amanda, it was great to meet you and share these moments with you. Massive thanks also to Russ O’Connell for introducing me to these fine people, and to Rami Hassen and Olly Mayhall for assisting so wonderfully. Read the article on the Sunday Times Magazine here: LINK

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