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So beautiful… I will die when the broadcast it. You can practically smell his gravitas and charisma…



Spoilers - 2014 10 20 - Benedict Cumberbatch Cast & Crew Filming At Wells Cathedral

Cathedral was open to the public and crew didn’t mind that people filmed in between takes, fyi (info via 



Benedict Cumberbatch - The Flaunt video is finally ‘legally’ available on their site/Vimeo, in case you care about such things.

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We had a brilliant day shooting Benedict Cumberbatch for the November cover story of @outmagazine in the amazing Barbican conservatory amongst all the tropical plants   with photographer @samuelbradley .
Thanks @seonaseonaseona the producer.

I used products from Sisley Paris for a natural and healthy look

Restorative Facial cream which is very soothing and nourishing with Shea butter , it soothes any skin irritations and sunburn so its great to use in the summer when the skin has seen a lot of sun. I find it very light and easy to apply  £85.00. Next i used Nutritive lip balm which is very hydrating without being greasy , some lip balms can look like lip gloss, not a look most men appreciate.RRP £44.00 . Very little makeup was needed , just a little Phyto-Cernes Eclat concealer in shade 2 which is great for smoothing any fine lines and camouflaging imperfections  and finished off with a little Phyto-Poudre in Shade 2 RRP £62.00 . I love this powder because its very sheer and invisible and i find i can use on all light to medium skin tones .

For the ‘Very little makeup was needed’ comment: naturally perfect ;)

benedict being brilliantly funny as “worldly political procedures correspondent will parker" from the bbc’s  broken news (the rumsfeld press conference x)

I liked the tomato flue best…


Benedict Cumberbatch at the Flaunt Magazine & Sand Copenhagen party - 19 Oct 2014


 An afternoon with Benedict Cumberbatch

 Celebrities spend a notable portion of their time with photographers. They spend this allotted time in front of a camera, choosing how much they reveal of themselves, posing, not posing, indulging requests, refusing them… Then they go away, often leaving a lasting impression on the photographer. Which begs the question, how much of an impression can a photographer leave on a celebrity? It would be easy to leave a bad one, just be an arsehole. But to leave a lasting positive impression before anyone even sees the photos, how often does that happen? 

 I am not flamboyant, loud, boisterous, camp or crass. I possess few of the imagined stereotypical celebrity photographer qualities. I am polite, patient, anxious in the beginning, more confident as the shoot goes on, witty if I get lucky and I like to talk to my subject. Not just asking them questions, like some kind of bonus interview, but talking about myself too, so it’s a normal conversation between two normal people. I don’t give enormous amounts of direction when making portraiture. I wait, I nudge, I wait some more, I suggest, I keep waiting until ‘the photograph appears’. Sometimes I take pictures to fill the time waiting for ‘the photograph’ and sometimes those pictures work, but most of the time I know when I have got the shot I’ve waited for before looking at the back of the camera, or seeing the contact sheets. In this case, with Benedict, I shot entirely on film.

 I don’t want to exaggerate, I’m sure my assistant would tell you that to him and anyone else on the shoot observing, there were no remarkable exchanges between myself and Mr Cumberbatch. At one point I told him he was being ‘too sexy’ - I think he’d undone some buttons on his shirt - and that became sort of a running joke for the rest of the shoot, but I’m probably romanticising. Even so, it sticks in my mind, begging embellishment with each retelling. 

  It’s intimidating, in truth, to talk to someone who’s very personality has catapulted them to international stardom. I didn’t achieve some small success in photography because I’m hilarious, brilliant, witty or charming, I got to where I am because of my ‘eye’ (and to an arguably larger extent, my business strategy). Whether or not I did a good job doesn’t become evident until much later on, after the shoot has finished and everyone has gone home. Benedict on the other hand, is required to exude charisma at all times, the nature of his talent means it is instantaneously evident, judged live. To photograph someone with his strength of character is to strive frantically to capture a portion of it. Even if you only manage half a second, that’s all you need, such is the immortality of a still image.

 I’ve had a lot of excellent feedback on the story for OUT magazine, most notably from Benedict’s devoted fan-base, who arguably know him best of all, being followers of everything he does, every photo, every interview, chat show appearance and the like. Still I don’t know what Benedict himself thinks of the pictures, or me as a person for that matter, and am unlikely to ever find out, at least directly.

 All I can say with absolute certainty about my time with Sherlock, Smaug, Julian, Alan, Khan, is that it never felt awkward or uncomfortable, I spent most of it smiling, a handful of it laughing, and whether I made any sort of impression on him or not, I am eternally thankful that he happened to be my first cover.