I had such fun shooting this spring wedding at Bill Miller's Castle in Branford, CT. Jina and Tom were surrounded by so much love from their friends and family that it was impossible not to have a good time! The weather was on our side, the DJs from CNT Entertainment were so upbeat and easygoing, the staff at Bill Miller's castle were a fantastic help, and the whole day went according to plan. I loved how everyone wanted to be on the dance floor at the end of the night. How could you sit down when you have awesome friends like Jina and Tom?!
This is one of my favorite family portrait shoots to date. Amanda, Colin and their lovely son Aidan are all sweet and hilarious to hang out with. We spent a beautiful, sunny Florida day playing with dinosaurs and an awesome game of hide and seek on classic trains at The West Florida Train Museum in Milton, FL. Aidan's spunk and fantastic imagination had us all in stitches. It was hard for me to choose a favorite photo from this wonderful family photoshoot. There were so many that made me smile and wish that I spent another 10 hours playing and laughing with them all.
We were the only people at the classic train museum that day so we took full advantage of our surroundings! Aidan was climbing up the train like Spiderman, Amanda and Colin looked adorable and chic no matter where I directed them, and together they were the picture perfect... The Three Musketeers! It's such a pleasure to shoot loving families like The Smiths. These are the kind of photoshoots that will continue to make me smile for years and years to come.
"This is not a dream, my friend, and it will never end. This one is the nightmare that goes on. Hyde is here to stay, no matter what you may pretend, and he'll flourish long after you're gone." - Mr. Edward Hyde
"Am I a good man... Am I a mad man... It's such a fine line between a good man and a bad man....." - Dr. Henry Jekyll
How do you sum up a week spent with brilliant talent, wonderful new friends and so much photography, in such a way that people can feel how elated you are... It's so hard to write this because it means I'll be leaving soon, but I am over the moon about how everything has turned out. The phenomenal cast of Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical, presented by Musicality and directed by Lauren (Ren) Burkardt, allowed me into their close knit group and it's been an experience that I'll never forget. Not even two hours after landing in Birmingham Airport, rehearsal was in full swing at Nottingham University, head shots were needed for playbills and I had no time for jet lag!
Everyday was full of hours of rehearsing, lots of laughter, being among spirited company, and dazzling singing. I still can't get enough of the music (even listening to the live track from the show right now. Fan girl status!)
The abundantly talented and illustrious Robert Leventhall edited this awesome trailer together from my footage of a dress rehearsal. He's a mad scientist when it comes to editing film. Working with you has been marvelous, Rob! The television/theatre/movie industry needs you. I was immensely captivated by your take on Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, especially in "Confrontation" when you are battling yourself. Those who missed the show should be kicking themselves because your performance was astounding. I can see that your future holds so many beautiful opportunities and I can't wait to say "I told you so!"
Lil' sis, I am so incredibly proud of you. This production was better than any amateur show I've ever seen. You can't even put it in the same category of amateur. From the eerie set, to the sinister and unforgettable music, to all your brilliantly selected cast members, I'm in awe. The first ever female and international director of a musical at your university is a big accomplishment in itself, and then blowing the socks off every audience on top of it all... you were destined to direct. After months and months of listening to you talk about your vision and how much you love the music, it was surreal seeing it all play out so beautifully. This show continues to haunt my dreams.... and I'm thrilled about it. I'm so glad I was able to be apart of this production and can't wait to help you with more of your future projects. I love you so much! xxxx
To the friends who I grew to know and became quite fond of -
Distinguished Lawrence - Mr. Stride... It's always a pleasure. Your performance in the show was fabulous and I love your voice. I knew you could sing, but seeing you on stage just sealed the deal for me that you will truly make a name for yourself in this business. ~You're an actor not a lawyer, you're Sir Lorenzo for a start! And I can tell by your behavior you can TOTALLY tell the two a part~ For more information visit LawrenceHaynes.com ... oh, I went there... ;]
Beautiful Alice - Why... oh why, did you not kidnap me? I never want to leave! FaceTime is a must along with hanging out a ton when I come back. Your focus to make the set changes seamless really paid off in the end. You were one of the biggest assets to the show and I'm so glad to have found a new and beautiful friendship with you. I want to have many adventures with your lovely self! xx
Charming Charlotte - You are the most unsuspecting, crude humored person I have ever met, which makes you even more side splitting-ly hilarious. With that said, you're incredibly sweet and your knowledge of law and life floors me! You are going to be one of the greatest lawyers this country has ever seen, though I do wish you would stick with theatre! Your voice gives me goosebumps and you made me fall in love with the delicate Emma Carew. I just adore you darling! xx
Dashing Simon - Voice of an angel? I think so! You're so ridiculously kind and bonding over our Jim Carrey obsession has been one of the best parts of this trip. Our friendship fits LIKE A GLOVE! You're fabulous and I'm so grateful to have made a friend in you. I'm already going to start counting down the days until we can goof around again!
The lovely Nikki Clarke and Maddie Hardy - You absolutely MUST come visit us in the US! You are both too beautiful on the inside and out. I normally get nervous if people are watching me edit, but I was very comfortable with you both and love your killer personalities. Thank you for setting me straight with candy (sweets) and sneakers (trainers). I would have been very lost without those vital pieces of knowledge. I did look rather silly saying "sneaks"... Woop woop! xx
"If you live around here, lots of people I fear, will make promises they will not honour my dear, and the truth is... you end up getting scarred! There's a beast at the door and he's wild and free, but we don't let him in because we don't want to see what is lurking, right behind the facade!" - Spider
Lauren Burkardt - Director
Katherine Tye - Musical Director
Abbie Cohen - Choreographer
Alice Kent - Stage Manager
Natasha Mortimer - Set Designer
Grace Roberts - Costumes
DR. JEKYLL/ MR. HYDE - Robert Leventhall
JOHN UTTERSON - Lyle Fulton
SIR DANVERS CAREW - Tom Hicks
LUCY HARRIS - Pam MacDuff
EMMA CAREW - Charlotte Harrison
SIMON STRIDE - Lawrence Haynes
SPIDER - Alex Huntley
BISHOP OF BASINGSTOKE - Sam Greenwood
LADY BEACONSFIELD - Imogen Levy
LORD SAVAGE - Patrick McChrystal
GENERAL LORD GLOSSOP - Simon Kale
SIR ARCHIBALD PROOPS - Alex McIntyre
NELLIE - Naomi Lambiase
POOLE - Maddie Lawrance-Thorne
BISSET - Dom Himsworth
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