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Many years ago, whilst jovially arranging a group shot of the then Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and his Lords in Portcullis House, he joked, “Never mind animals and children, politicians are the hardest to work with”. I kind of agree with him as I’ve always liked working with kids and to have some very enthusiastic subjects to work with during a shoot down at The Magical Ice Kingdom was great fun.

Walking into The Kingdom is basically walking into a huge freezer set at minus 15 degrees Celsius. I had no gloves with me, and after shooting some of the ice sculptures, my hands virtually stopped working.

When the kids arrived to help add a human element to all the ice sculptures in my compositions, my fingers were virtually stuck to the body of the camera.

I set up a remote flash and with as much crazy, whacky photographer behaviour possible, I set about encouraging some fun poses from Isabella and Ida before my hands started to seize up. As I packed away, a huge amount of condensation formed on my cameras which I had to let disperse before closing the bag.

Very pleasantly surprised to hear that such a fun photograph made The Guardian’s front page.


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