Thursday, August 30, 2012

Real Simple/ Weeknight Meals/ Sep

Photography: Anna Williams

Photography: Anna Williams

Photography: Anna Williams

Photography: Anna Williams

Photography: Anna Williams

Photography: Anna Williams

Fall has come and gone in the world of styling and photography in the editorial and advertising world (well mostly) I think we are hovering between the end of the holidays and the beginning of Spring. However a couple of months ago when I reconnected once again with another magazine I have had a long history with; Real Simple we were in the middle of shooting Fall. 

The nice thing about Real Simple is they always let me suggest the color palette, So I was quite excited after shooting Summer for a long time to delve into a warmer, richer palette of browns, tans with hits of aqua. 

Anna Williams shot the story and it goes without saying without her touch, the story would not have the richness and layers that are so accustomed to her work. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Inside Out/ A Weekend with Justin Dorset

Photography: Jonny Valiant
Photography: Jonny Valiant

Photography: Jonny Valiant

Photography: Jonny Valiant


Every now and again, I get to do a story for Australian Interiors magazine Inside Out, A magazine I have had a long history with. 

This time they asked me to style a story on fellow Ex-Pat Justin Dorset. Described in the article as one of the greatest white-elephant store hunters in deepest New York, Justin is the owner of his business Dorset Finds and he is opening a new showroom in Brooklyn this October which is exciting. His specialty is Industrial pieces which he meticulously  documents on his blog which can be found attached to his website. With much love and attention in his workshop which we also visited, he restores without removing too much of the existing charming patina, pieces that he finds all over the country and beyond. Photographer Jonny and I worked to create a narrative within Justin's Brooklyn Apartment, I created some still lives based on some of Justin's objects, many of which where extremely interesting.  

I also had the pleasure of bumping into Justin some months later at Brimfield Antique Show, where of course he had clutched in his hand a newly purchased industrial lamp ready for restoring! 

Inside Out also included me on their contributors page, see attached. 

The story was photographed by the ever talented Jonny Valiant 

Friday, August 24, 2012

School Cool/ Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine

Photography: Cheyenne Ellis
Photography: Cheyenne Ellis

Photography: Cheyenne Ellis

In a very small crowded studio in Manhattan in the middle of a NYC Summer, We gathered to create this kids Fashion shoot for Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine. You can imagine the chaos as numerous kids, parents, staff from the magazine, My team and the Photographers team and a blow up giraffe all fought for as much of the little space available as possible. 

It's all in good fun and that we did have. The kids were amazing on set and really performed. The background behind the shoot is that each scenario was to represent different types of schools that focus on different bents such as an environmental focused school vs a sports orientated school, The clothes and sets were to represent this also. We got to play with oversized props and it's always nice to use bright color in an almost hyper real way.

Photographer Cheyenne Ellis shot the story and did an amazing job with the kids.

Hope you enjoy!  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Baby Shower for Winni & Mini Winni



Left: Detail of flowers, Right: Detail of straws, coasters and paper napkins
Left: Winni with hat, Right: Balloons
Left: Pom Poms hanging from the ceiling and Right: A detail, Photography: Marcus Hay
Left: Ink stamp of skull & cross bones onesie on paper napkins, Right: gift bags filled with prizes,
Photography: Marcus Hay
Left: The mantle decorated, Right: Winni's hat pre decorating with ribbon, Photography: Marcus Hay
Left: Our apartment mascot got dressed for the event, Right: platter with flowers, Photography: Marcus Hay
Left: Personalised bags of Popcorn, Right: From above, seating area for guests, Photography: Marcus Hay
Droopy sunflowers, Photography: Marcus Hay
The invite and guests enjoying the opening of presents, Photography: Marcus Hay

It was such a pleasure to host a baby shower for our dear friend Winni Lok who is expecting her first baby in October. She lives in the building so we will be super close when the baby comes. With the cutest working name “Mini Winni” ever, I kick started into decorating mode when we suggested hosting it for her. A while back I remember discussing with Winni what colors she would like, I remember she said a definite No to pink so we went with a yellow, white and pale orange as the colors.

I have done many a baby shower shoot but never hosted one, and as always real life is very different to non reality especially with real life guests, After a late change of time and thus many emails later, balloons deflating and popping before the event upon delivery, multiple trips to Wholefoods ..yet again!, because we forgot something else! Guests arrived and all thank fully went to plan. For entertainment we played a measuring of the tummy game and for a second amusement everybody who bought ribbons on their presents attached to a hat we had especially monogrammed with Winni’s name on it with which she posed for pictures. Andrea my Assistant who doubles as a Bar Tender served for us Rose petal cocktails with stripy straws and Peach Bellini’s which were too delicious, with a baby friendly one for Winni for the official toast. 

For flowers we did small bouquets in small silver rain buckets with gift tags attached with ducks and baby shoes and big droopy sunflowers in vases (which we had to wire up as they kept sagging). I brought out of storage my white animal collection of figurines to create a little forest of woodland creatures to help celebrate the event. We had personalized mini bags of popcorn and prizes in gift bags with tags we stamped with a signature baby onesie with skull and cross bones. Balloons in yellow, white and cream and big paper pom poms hanging from the ceiling.

It was such a fun evening and so great to see Winni smiling ear to ear! Can’t wait to meet Mini Winni for real!      

Sunday, August 5, 2012

New Beginnings/ Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Mykl Cummins, Andrea with power drill
In an ever changing industry, one must keep evolving. Right now it could be said we are experiencing both an exciting but also nerve-wracking period. The digital world is rapidly emerging as a super force and is changing the way we all work particularly in the world of creating imagery for Editorial, Catalogs and Advertising. A Creative in these times has to be adaptable to change and also it helps to be multi skilled. In the past couple of years many new opportunities have evolved and it is for this reason I have decided to create a space that reflects and caters to this need. 


In the past my office has on the streets, In cafes, In Prop House's, In Photo Studios and at my office at home. I am so happy to have been able to open my own Design Studio, A place where ideas can be born, where my trusty Assistants can congregate and meet, A place where clients can come have a cup of coffee and chat about future projects. Working on Editorial, Branding, Advertising, Catalog, Product Development and Interior Schemes, Studio Marcus Hay will be a busy hub of activity, particularly in the coming months.    


14 floors below where I live in Chelsea, Manhattan, Studio Marcus Hay happened very quickly. Mykl Cummins and Andrea Greco (Thanks guys!) helped me move in and we set to work last Wednesday painting, moving in furniture, putting up shelves, fitting wall to ceiling pin inspiration boards, light fittings and hanging artwork. Like Changing Rooms, we took what we do on set and applied it to life. 



Studio Marcus Hay is born and it's very exciting to have a space in which to create, Stay tuned here for exposure on what's ahead.