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Over the weekend of March 12th & 13th, London's Saatchi Gallery was completely transformed to make way for the first ever GLAMOUR Beauty Festival. Hired by the festival's production company, Timebased, it was my job to capture day one of the event. 

GLAMOUR Beauty Festival had a luxurious yet fun and flirty party vibe throughout. Wall signs were written in lipstick to guide ticket holders through the various hair and beauty zones. Hair-braiding, manicures, skin treatments and make-overs were among the many spa-like experiences on offer from brands such as OGX BeautyghdRimmelLiz EarleElizabeth Arden, , LancômeLaura Mercier,  NARS and Benefit.

Ticket holders were also treated to a luxury goodie bag containing around £160 of hair and beauty products, as well as a complimentary ticket to one of the star-studded talks which took place in the GLAMOUR theatre. 

I absolutely loved the Fiat sponsor area, where guests played dress-up to pose for a photo which would see them superimposed into Fiat car, speeding along the open road, Thelma & Louise style. 

Here are some of my photo highlights from this fabulous event. 


Working alongside GLAMOUR magazine in July, I photographed Marian Keyes as she talked about her life, creativity and latest book. Last week GLAMOUR Book Club hosted an event with not one, but two fab authors: Cecelia Ahern & David Nicholls.

I absolutely love these events. As well as being beautifully styled, they are packed full of advice for budding authors, or in fact, anyone undertaking creative ventures. Cecelia & David were incredibly friendly in talking about their latest books: The Marble Collector and Us and their chat with Helen Whitaker, entertainment editor of GLAMOUR, made for a great night out (complete with wine and nibbles!) on a chilly autumnal evening.

The ladies from Hush were also there to bring a fun fashion element to the evening and showcase their gorgeous A/W collection. I'm smitten with their camel Michelle coat and just in time for Christmas too...hint hint!


When I left university, I stumbled on to a career path that just wasn't right for me. I worked as a Secondary school teacher for five years before making a radical change. I wanted to become a photographer. It took a lot of hard work and scary moments but I fully believed that if I enjoyed what I did, my passion would show in my work and more work would come as a result. It was great to hear this same philosophy shared at the Gap/GLAMOUR reader event...

Last Tuesday evening, around 120 GLAMOUR readers braved the cold and headed to Gap's flagship store on Oxford Street to hear GLAMOUR magazine editor Jo Elvin in conversation with TV presenter Jane Moore; executive director of Gap's award-winning P.A.C.E education programme, Dotti Hatcher; campaigner and founder of the charity Kids Company, Camila Batmanghelidjh; and DJ and radio presenter, Annie Mac. 

These inspiring women shared their life and career experiences and I think it's fair to say that everyone left the room feeling like they could achieve anything! I had to lower my camera to applaud the moment when Dotti Hatcher said "Paint your own picture of success, don't base it on what you think other people have... only when I stopped doubting myself and decided just to be me, true happiness set in and my life changed for the better." 

Camila Batmanghelidjh pointed out that many of us will have more than one career in our lifetimes and the resounding message was "Just get on with it!". I couldn't agree more.

"If you're passionate about what you do, it doesn't feel like work"

Dotti Hatcher: "Think of something you like doing and go for it!"

Annie Mac: "You are not defined by what you look like"

Jane Moore: "Self-confidence, self-confidence, self-confidence."

Jo Elvin: "Work-life balance is so important"

Camila Batmanghelidjh: "If I could speak to my younger self I would tell myself to be mad sooner. It's so much fun!"

London blogger


listening on the front row

You can read more about the event in the February issue of GLAMOUR, on sale in January.