The yearly Brit fashionista sensation that is the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2012 in association with Pandora was held last night 29 May in Berkeley Square Gardens in London’s Mayfair.With the words Glamour and Awards as part of the event title you just know the female stars will be turning up in their droves and turn up in their droves they did. Do like this event, in theory it’s a red carpet event, but there’s no red carpet just the road.
Myleene Klass grabs the headline in Part 1 and she in my opinion didn’t steal the show outright as there was just too much competition from other celebs who are also hot in the style stakes but she was one of the top girls on arrivals on the night even No1 but it wasn’t a walk over.. Managed to get some eye contact from her to get this shot above………. after a lot of screaming saying how good she looked. Seemed to do the trick for some reason!
This article is written not in the normal news style but from a photographers angle giving you the inside track at these events as to get those eye popping shots takes a lot of waiting, a lot of prep, semi decent gear, a lot of shouting and screaming and a bit of jostling and wrestling for a decent spot to get those decent shots in the first place.
This 2012 event was held a couple of weeks earlier than last years 2011 event due probably to the Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. I was actually there at last years event with just a mobile for a camera (just happened to be passing by), no stepladders, (you’re not a photog unless you have stepladders), and I was in the press pen last year or as I like to call it “the pit” getting some rather strange looks from the press guys but managed to get some shots.
This year things are a bit different and I knew about the event in advance , I had the same mobile but also had some decent albeit rather old kit and a foot stool as a step ladder. Let battle commence.
Arrived at 5pm for the press sign up with the general public queing further down the road and swelling in numbers at a frightening rate. Got in position at 6pm for a 7pm ish celeb arrival onslaught.. The rain clouds started to gather and with rain mac and brolly on standby and two ham rolls and a ring donut from Tesco’s for moral support it wasn’t looking promising but managed to secure a front row slot with photogs on step ladders behind with just a railing seperating me from the stars. It doesn’t get any better than that!
A few test shots using the back of a Security Guards head and a quick natter with some of the photogs and a quick scan of the guest list and STONE ME here they come. Better turn the flash on………does help!
NB All shots taken at this event were taken with the not so artistic non blurred background so they do have a busy background that is not out of focus, so things like security guards, non celeb guests, lamp posts, railings and other photogs are clearly in focus but it was felt they are part of the event and add a bit of ambience to the shots otherwise the shots could have been taken anywhere.
Alesha Dixon of BGT judging fame and music artist was one of the early arrivals that stood out and caused us photogs to get excited and she was looking good.
X Factor winners Little Mix were next up going for the sophisticated but slightly funky look and held their own at this red carpet event.
Ray of sunshine Holly Willoughby was the next notable and was one of the easier celebs to photograph
Jessica Alba was next and looking very Hollywood indeed. Didn’t remember seeing her on the guest list but she was there and it certainly made my day and a few other photogs as well. She’s just got that thing going on, you can see it in the picture but it’s there even more in the flesh
Alexandra Burke was next to arrive after Ronnie Wood and girlfriend and this past X Factor winner was at the event also in 2011 but this slicked back look and psycherdelic number was a head turner on the night, another Red Carpet top 10 stunner.
More in Part 2 of the 2012 Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Wednesday Morning including the all important winners!
Glamour Women of the Year Awards Full Size Arivals Gallery (109 Photos)
Equipment and Techniques
Vintage Canon 30D DSLR Circa 2006 with a mere 8mp + battery grip
Canon Flash in Manual Mode (non automated slow but better) with bracket (non hotshoe)
Canon 50mm f1.8 cheapo AF but good Prime Lens (non zoom)
Mode: Aperture Priority Avge Aperture F6
Distance to Subjects. Average 3-4M sometimes just feet away!
Eye Contact Gain: Via shouting, screaming and loads of sincere flattery
EXTRA: Get the full guest arrivals photos from this event at our NEW Flickr