The Ivor Novello Awards 2015 Edition were held today at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane Central London and played host to an array of stars both classic and new and up and coming. This is the 60th year these awards have been held.

Shaznay Lewis and Nicole Appleton of The All Saints arrive at the Ivor Novello Awards, Park Lane London.  Photo: Frank John for Famefad.com

Shaznay Lewis and Nicole Appleton of The All Saints arrive at the Ivor Novello Awards, Park Lane London. Photo: Frank John for Famefad.com

Headline picture of the day for me is Shaznay Lewis and Nicole Appleton of All Saints. One of my all time favourite girl bands. As far as I’m concerned nothing comes close! Dig Nicole’s platforms!

This is a good event to get names that you don’t normally see on the celebrity event circuit, week in and week out. Some decent classic names that are the very pillars of the music industry along with more current stars that have been noticed by the Ivor Novello’s and who have decided to award accordingly.

A good mixture of candid and standard posed shots featuring names such as Brian May, Boy George, Bob Geldof , Labrinth, Aston Merrygold and more.

 

The Ivor Novello Awards Arrival and Candid Photos 

Sunday 10th May. This was the day of the 2015 Bafta TV Awards. Venue: The Theatre Royal. ETA: 5pm. Broadcast: 8pm onwards.

Pixie Lott and Oliver Cheshire arrive at the 2015 TV Bafta Awards London.  Photo:  frank John for Famefad.com

Pixie Lott and Oliver Cheshire arrive at the 2015 TV Bafta Awards London. Photo: frank John for Famefad.com

Gone with a candid shot of Pixie Lott and Oliver Cheshire looking the happy couple walking up the red carpet at this awards event.

The sun was out, so were the stars and of course so were the crowds Shooting from the crowds meant a wristband only admission which required an early Sunday rise of 5am.. My wristband was No88 which would guarantee a good spot pretty much which means a high chance of some good pictures. Last year they ran out of wristbands and I was lucky to get in.

Anybody that is anybody in the TV industry turns up at this event which covers all genres including soap, documentary, mini series, sport, comedy, drama, news and others. The fellowship gong is the coveted one reserved for those that have been in the industry for a considerable period of time and are highly respected as a result.

A good event for candid shots. All shots taken in front of the interview area which was a good spot for the more unusual shots. Grab the shots via the link  below.

2015 TV BAFTA AWARDS Candid Arrrival Photos 

Latest news at Fame Fad and behind the scenes for May 2015 with a look forward to what will be happening in May.

No celebrity photos were taken in April as I have been snowed under elsewhere and things didn’t go according to plan but it looks like the Fame Fad mysteries could be coming to an end in May. Further details further on in this article.

Therefore no photo of the month FROM April 2015, instead a couple of archive photos from my very early days as a celeb photog. These are my photos of the month.

Amanda Seyfried at the Les Miserables Film Premiere London

Amanda Seyfried at the Les Miserables Film Premiere London

Helena Bonham-Carter at the Les Miserables Film Premiere London

Helena Bonham-Carter at the Les Miserables Film Premiere London

Photo of the month April 2015. Amanda Seyfried close up at the Les Miserables Premiere, London 2013

Helena Bonham Carter close up at the Les Miserables Premiere, London 2013

Why do I like these two photos? Moody lighting, intimate and up close and personal, you can almost put your arms round them, very in your face and they scrub up well on closer inspection. Amanda Seyfried in particular certainly has it all going on!

Criticisms: No connection and no eye contact despite their close proximity. If you can believe it this was taken on a cold winters night and the temperature was just above freezing. Remember repeatedly asking Amanda for a photo and she just kept smiling looking anywhere accept my direction. When I finally did get what we call in the trade “The Eye” she was about 1 foot in front looking straight at me and the biggest smile, took the shot, she then went, checked the shot, completely blown out and over exposed and out of focus (too close) next to useless. You live and learn. Those were the good old days? Every photo has a story. The Amanda Seyfried story is particularly painful and one I will never forget.

So what is happening at Fame Fad in May. First event looks to be the TV BAFTAS further details below. I should be there unless it is chucking it down or I’m down with something serious.

Here’s a few things that are on my radar for May. There will be heaps of other stuff coming up and I’m normally made aware on the day hence just these dates below. Please note I don’t attend premieres anymore instead I try for candid shots at the hotel if I know where they are staying.

Sunday 10 May
TV Bafta Awards, Theatre Royal London

Tomorrowland: A World Beyond – European Premiere

Sunday 17th May

Directed: Brad Bird

Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie

19-23 May 2015
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Chelsea Gardens

San Andreas – World Premiere

Thursday 21st May

Cineworld Haymarket, London

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino

Thursday 21st May Ivor Novello Awards, Grosvenor House, Park Lane W1

Date to be confirmed
Glamour Women of the Year Awards
Normally the first Tuesday of June but has been the last Tuesday of May. Big event this will know nearer the time.

Events that will not be attended.

British Soap Awards will be taking place at Manchester’s Palace Theatre on Saturday 16 May.

Had a blast last year at this event which was held at the Hackney Empire in London but Manchester is just a trek too far for me for this sort of event. So a miss!

As always keep an eye on Twitter for latest @famefad news updates.

Laura Whitmore arrives at the 2015 TRIC Awards London with her lips bag

Laura Whitmore arrives at the 2015 TRIC Awards London with her lips bag

The 2015 TRIC Awards were held today 10 March at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in Central London. Thought I’d take a look and see what is going on!

Picked a tough spot amongst the photogs to get shots of the more posed variety but was right on top of where the cars pulled up which could produce the odd cracking and different shot, which it did.  As long suffering regulars know, I’m more interested in the intimate and candid moment style shots. Just meant I had to scream like a banshee to get people to turn round when they were posing and look right down the end where I was which was tough to put it mildly.

Highlight for me was Laura Whitmore who has ever was “on the money” in fashion terms. The shot above with her “lips bag” did it for me on the day, she was a matter of  feet away and a cracking shot. If you look closely at this shot, hair just gently blowing in the wind, nail polish on display, bag on full view and legs crossed. She’s done this before hasn’t she!

I’m officially back early April but keep your eyes peeled for further sporadic updates. As always watch for further news on the Twitter @famefad

Grab the 2 part arrival galleries below.

TRIC Awards 2015 Arrival Gallery Part 1 Photos

TRIC Awards 2015 Arrival Gallery Part 2 Photos

 

TRIC AWARDS WINNERS

HD Sports Programme: A Question Of Sport

Digital Radio Personality: Chris Evans

Weather Presenter: Carol Kirkwood

Sports Presenter: Jeff Stelling

News Presenter/Reporter: Susanna Reid

TV Personality of the Year: Ant and Dec

Soap Personality: Danny Dyer (EastEnders’ Mick Carter)

Reality Programme: Strictly Come Dancing

Factual Programme: The Great British Bake Off

HD Drama Programme of the Year: Downton Abbey

Digital Radio Programme: Capital Breakfast with Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon

Daytime Programme: Pointless

Crime Programme of the Year: Silent Witness

Entertainment Programme: Gogglebox

Satellite/Digital Programme: Celebrity Juice

TV Soap of the Year: Coronation Street

Tric Special Award: Match of the Day

Tamara Ecclestone at London Fashion Week AW 15 Day 2  at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest news at Fame Fad and behind the scenes for March 2015 with a look back at February and the highlights and a look forward to what will be happening in March.

Photo of the Month February 2015 Tamara Ecclestone family shot including her baby.

Why do I like this shot? It’s basically a family snap taken on the move before the steps of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which was the staging area for the Julien MacDonald event at London Fashion Week. Celebrity babies are a tricky thing to photogragh but the parents are happy about being snapped and happy to have their child pictured as well. Even the baby looks to be enjoying the light show in front from the paps. Very difficult to get these sort of intimate shots and these photos are special and don’t come along too often hence it’s top billing here

Tamara Ecclestone at London Fashion Week AW 15 Day 2  at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Second fave shot is Ella Eyre arriving at the same event posing for a portrait style shot, with some of the general public trying to get her photo in the background. Got some full length shots of Ella coming up the stairs and also near her car on arrival but this shot seems to have something going on more than the others

Ella Eyre at London Fashion Week AW 15 Day 2 at the Foreign And Commonwealth Office

 
Third photo fave is Michelle Keegan on the first day of London Fashion Week at Somerset House leaving the Jasper Conran event. Got loads of shots of her but this close up shot with a strange hand motion and the empty drinks carton in the background stood out in my opinion. Is she waving or just showing her ring or is she showing some nifty finger moves?

Michelle Keegan arrives at London Fashion Week AW15

Michelle Keegan leaving  London Fashion Week AW15

FAME FAD NEWS MARCH
What’s happening March at Fame Fad. March will be an open book and a mystery month. Events are on, celebs will as always be around but this month the updates will be left in the hands of that thing that nobody can control called the weather.

If spring looks to be just around the corner and the weather looks to be lifting off it’s winter lows, updates will be here. March is a tricky month and the Siberian weather could return or the daffodils outside the window where I’m writing this just maybe right and better weather is on the way.

In summary there may be 1 or 2 updates in March or there could be a dozen. Normal service should resume April.

PHOTO STYLE. Have been doing a lot of reading of photography masters, looked at thousands of photos and watched numerous videos. It’s something I do every winter. Whether this has any effect on my photographic style remains to be seen. It’s something all good photographers do otherwise your standard of photography doesn’t progress to higher levels and remains static.

TYPES OF EVENTS. Getting picky on the events that will be covered. My style is increasingly leaning towards very close and intimate shots with what I call a connection as in plenty of eye contact. Events nowadays are chosen to maximise on this situation. Here’s some events in February that were not covered and the reason why?

BAFTAS: Weather was cold but fine but the lack of Hollywood heavyweight names this year = a no show from me.

BRIT AWARDS: Some names were there including the now infamous Madonna but the venue is not the best.

ELLE STYLE AWARDS: Great event and one that I definetly would attend but it clashed with the last day of London Fashion Week. Had a stack of photos that had to be uploaded and edited so time was an issue. A tablet would have resolved this issue. Something that is seriously being looked into.

MOBILE PICS: A first for this website is photos via my mobile. First one went live just after LFW and looks like it generated interest. Could be used for behind the scenes shots, candid shots even video or anything else. Obviously the photo quality will not be as good as from the DSLR but whatever is taken can be uploaded within seconds.

That’s it for the March News. As always keep up to date with the latest developments at the Fame Fad Twitter @famefad

The Fame Fad Candid Moment Photo Awards. The Top 25 of 2014 with the Top 6 in large size. Strange, bizarre and not your normal sort of posed celebrity photos. Stars doing rabbit ears, sticking out their tongue, laughing their heads off, trying to make smoke rings, dancing, wearing space suits, locked in cages by gorillas and much more. What can I say. Celebrity photos with a difference? I’ll let the photos do the talking!

Simon Cowell smoking and Lauren Silverman at The 2014 Pride of Britain Awards London. Arrival Photos.

Simon Cowell smoking and Lauren Silverman at The 2014 Pride of Britain Awards London. Arrival Photos.

Lauren Silverman watching in disbelief and thinking “What the hell are you doing?” as Simon Cowell makes smoke on the red carpet and trying to make smoke rings?

Charli XCX and Celebrity Spotting London Fashion Week 13 September 2014

Charli XCX and Celebrity Spotting London Fashion Week 13 September 2014

No 2 Charli XCX demonstrating her rabbit ear making abilities and asking does my tongue match my jacket OK?

 

Rita Ora at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2014. London. Arrival and Candid Photos

Rita Ora at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2014. London. Arrival and Candid Photos

No 3 Rita Ora and the “Its You” photo whilst arriving at the GQ Men of the Year Awards. She came running over afterwards, why was a mystery?

Rita Ora at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2014. London. Arrival and Candid Photos

Rita Ora at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2014. London. Arrival and Candid Photos

No 4 Helena Bonham Carter showing off some rather strange nifty new moves right in front of me whilst on the red carpet at the TV BAFTAS.

Colin Firth at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2014. London. Arrival and Candid Photos

Colin Firth at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2014. London. Arrival and Candid Photos

No 5 Colin Firth nearly getting run over by a vehicle on the red carpet at the GQ Men of the Year Awards. One of many strange  incidents that happened that night.

 

Jemima Khan arriving at the UNICEF Halloween Ball in London on 30 October 2014

Jemima Khan arriving at the UNICEF Halloween Ball in London on 30 October 2014

No 6 Jemima Khan with that “Get me out of here” look on her face as she arrives at the UNICEF Halloween Ball with a Gorilla?

The Full Top 25 Gallery with brief description of what is going on?

Fame Fad will be going into this in a bigger way in 2015. Keep an eye on Twitter for the latest updates

Emily Blunt  spotted  leaving a Central London Hotel and heading to the "Into The Woods" Premiere at the Curzon Mayfair, London on 7 January 2015

Emily Blunt spotted leaving a Central London Hotel and heading to the “Into The Woods” Premiere at the Curzon Mayfair, London on 7 January 2015. Photo: © Frank John for Famefad.com

Emily Blunt and James Corden were spotted leaving a Central London hotel this evening ( 7 January 2015) and heading off via chauffeured vehicles to the Curzon Mayfair cinema for the premiere of “Into The Woods”. The film also stars Chris Pine, Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick who were not spotted leaving the hotel at that time.

Candid paparazzi style shots of the two leaving the hotel via the gallery link below.

Pre Film Premiere Departure Photos of Emily Blunt and James Corden Gallery (13 photos)

Kelly Brook arrives at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2014, London

Happy New Year from Fame Fad if you don’t follow us on Twitter. The latest behind the scenes news and a smattering of celebrity events that are on their way in January. A bit later than usual as a result of the Christmas and New Year Holidays.

Kelly Brook arrives at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2014, London

Kelly Brook arrives at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2014, London

Photo of the Month: December 2014:  Kelly Brook arriving at the 2014 Cosmo Awards in Mayfair, London

Why this photo?  Kelly is as good a reason as any to kick start 2015 and this photo seems to achieve that result.

Tanya Burr arrives at the British Fashion Awards 2014 London

Tanya Burr arrives at the British Fashion Awards 2014 London

Tanya Burr was a close second with this candid shot of her arriving at the British Fashion Awards standing in front of me doing her latest Vlog update and getting blitzed by flash from compact cameras. Slightly over exposed but has been left   for it’s blingy look. Candids look to be the way forward in 2015. More on that later!

 

What’s hapening in January 2015?  Here’s a list of a few events that are on during January 2015 including premieres and a couple of awards events. This is the tip of the iceberg as there are other things on. They are listed here for reference purposes only, but I personally may not be at these events but elsewhere such as the hotel or maybe but probably not the after party or another event.

FILM PREMIERES:

Monday 5th January
Testament Of Youth Premiere
Empire Leicester Square , London
Starring: Alicia Vickander, Hayley Atwell, Kit Harington, Dominic West

Wednesday 7th January
Into the Woods
Curzon Mayfair, London
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine

Monday 12th January
A Most Violent Year Premiere
London
Unconfirmed
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo

Monday 19th January
Mortdecai Premiere
London
Unconfirmed
Starring: Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow

Wednesday 21st January
Kingsman: The Secret Service Premiere
London
Unconfirmed
Starring: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson

AWARDS EVENTS:

National Television Awards 2015 o2 arena 21 Jan 2015

London Critics Circle Film Awards 18 January 2015 Mayfair Hotel London

Fame Fad Behind The Scenes News: January 2015

As you may have noticed near the tail end of 2014 Fame Fad is gradually changing direction and moving away from premieres and huge crowd events although awards events will still be covered on this website. Here’s whats happening in January and beyond.

1. Increased Fashion Bias. More emphasis on fashion shots, fashion events, female stars including casual, smart and red  carpet fashion. Male stars will still be covered but the more edgy types will be here such as the Brand’s, Pattinsons and other such types. I call them The Heart Throbs!

2. Candids. Increased emphasis on candid style shots such as the Tanya Burr shot above. These are incredibly hard to get and involve a lot of luck and incredible timing to get them but this is the way forward. The Fame Fad Candid Awards 2014 coming in the next couple of days will give you a taste of what is to come and probably better.

3. Video. Still in it’s formative stages but the new mobile I have recently acquired produces shockingly good HD video with matching sound. Trying to figure out how to shoot stills (photos) and video at the same time. Once that is figured out there should be some interesting footage in both formats which again I think is the way forward for this website and in general.

4. Smaller more intimate event coverage.  Things like parties, charity galas and balls and other similar events can produce some great pictures and have a broad cross section of stars in attendance you don’t normally see on what I call “the circuit”. They tend to have a handful of paps in attendance instead of 20-30 you normally see.

5. Reduced coverage at ITV and BBC.  Big names turning up at both these venues of course will be covered such as Rita Ora, Ariane Grande, Taylor Swift and other such names that arrived in 2014 but will be used more as a backup if I didn’t get them somewhere else. A lot of the stars lately have been leaving via back exits and using side doors or other such tricks which is not what you really want after waiting 2-3 hours! Reviewing the photos over the year especially the ITV shots they tend to not be as good as shots taken elsewhere with rather uninspring backdrops. BUT as said before if a big name is in town and I have had no luck elsewhere then I’m left with no choice but to go the ITV or BBC route.

6. Exclusives?  Exclusive photos of celebrities? A laughable and very rare thing in London but something that is being looked into with new information sources recently acquired this could be a step closer to reality but when your face is known and you are waiting somewhere in Central London for a celebrity from a tip off  it’s not long before 1 or 2 other paps turn up who text others and then you are surrounded by 15 or 20 and with you thinking “That’s that exclusive out the window”. Still in the experimental stage but watch this space!

7. Blog Posts: Blog posts could be making a come back in 2015 with a short few words on the latest update and a 600 x 800 or so px photo with a link to the gallery. Maybe a photo of the day similar to the photo of the month. Still being chewed over. Watch for further news!

Maddy Hill at the 2014 Inside soap Awards London

Part 2 of the Fame Fad Red Carpet Fashion Awards. Female Stars who caused heads to seriously turn on  the red carpet in 2014 with their looks and choice of dress/outfit to ensure they created a red carpet presence that hits the media in a big way. The final Hot 25 list includes A listers right through to new and rising stars. If they had the look they made the list.

This section in Part 3 includes the Top 10-6  covering  music, tv soap and film stars including names such as Maddy Hill,  Delilah,  Margot Robbie,  Elizabeth Olsen and Daisy Bevan

Maddy Hill  at the 2014 Inside soap Awards London

Maddy Hill at the 2014 Inside soap Awards London

6 Maddy Hill: A chaotic Awards event held at DSTRKT in Soho produced some interesting red carpet arrivals of the more candid variety. Maddy Hill is a new TV star  on the block who appears in Eastenders,   she was the highlight of the night at this event though and is straight in on this Red Carpet Fashion List at No6. One to watch!

Delilah at London Fashion Week Day 1

Delilah at London Fashion Week Day 1

7. Delilah:  Music star Delilah is a regular at London Fashion Week and always manages to cause a stir when she arrives. This year was no exception when she turned up at Somerset House. Not strictly a red carpet event but she’s got the look that says otherwise and heads did turn en masse as a result. She achieved the desired result.

Margot Robbie arrives at the Harpers Bazaar Women of the Year Awards 2014 London

Margot Robbie arrives at the Harpers Bazaar Women of the Year Awards 2014 London

8 Margot Robbie: Yellow is a colour that you can either pull off or fail mserably. Margot on arrival on what was a miserable wet night, was a ray of sunshine and got the press photogs in a lather within a split second of arrival. She was the girl of the night and ticked all the right boxes.A  plunging neckline does help though?

Elizabeth Olsen at The Godzilla European  Premiere London  Arrival Photos

Elizabeth Olsen at The Godzilla European Premiere London Arrival Photos

9. Elizabeth Olsen: Long flowing gowns need poise and grace to complete the effect and Elizabeth Olsen delivered the goods in style at the Godzilla premiere this year in London. Another star of the show on the night in a blue lacy number with matching shoes.

Daisy Bevan at The Two Faces of January Premiere London

Daisy Bevan at The Two Faces of January Premiere London

10. Daisy Bevan: Actress Daisy Bevan sneaks in at No 10 in a long flowing intricately detailed baby blue number at the Two Faces of January Premiere at the Curzon Cinema in Mayfair, London earlier this year just pipping Kirsten Dunst who was the main star of the film in the process.

Part 3 of the Fame Fad Red Carpet Fashion Awards. Female Stars who caused a sensation on  the red carpet in 2014 with their looks and choice of dress/outfit to ensure they created a wow factor that will be remembered for a long time to come. The final Hot 25 list includes A listers right through to new and rising stars. If they had the look they made the list.

This section in Part 3 includes the Top 15-11  covering TV Reality Stars and Presenters, Music and Film, including names such as Lydia Bright, Florence Welch, Sarah Jane Crawford, Kirsten Dunst and Caroline Flack

 

Caroline Flack (Creative) at the 2014 Glamour women of the Year Awards London

Caroline Flack (Creative) at the 2014 Glamour women of the Year Awards London

11 Caroline Flack:  TV presenter Caroline Flack who recently won Strictly Come Dancing is a Red Carpet regular and knows what’s what and what works when it comes to creating a presence. It’s hard to find fault when it comes to red carpet fashion with this one hence her No11 billing. The photo above at this years Glamour Women of the Year Awards speaks volumes.

Kirsten Dunst at The Two Faces of January Premiere London

Kirsten Dunst at The Two Faces of January Premiere London

12 Kirsten Dunst:  Actress of quite long standing and highly respected in the film world, she is no stranger to film premieres and red carpet events. An all black number is a safe choice and never fails to create that showbiz wow factor

Sarah Jane Crawford  arrives at the Global Gift Gala Event in London

Sarah Jane Crawford arrives at the Global Gift Gala Event in London

13. 13. Sarah Jane Crawford: TV presenter and new girl on the block Sarah Jane Crawford loves to use colour to creative effect and is not afraid to take a gamble on her red carpet dress choices. Here at the Global Gift Gala event in Mayfair, London the wow factor is definitely in play.

Lydia Bright at the 2014 TV Choice Awards London

Lydia Bright at the 2014 TV Choice Awards London

14 Lydia Bright: Lydia the reality TV star of TOWIE fame managed to make an impact on arrival at this years TV Choice Awards with this number and I would say was one of the Top 3 on the night in my opinion, all of which appear on this final 25 top list.

Florence Welch at the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards, London. Arrival Photos and Candids

Florence Welch at the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards, London. Arrival Photos and Candids

15. Florence Welch: Music stars are not afraid to push boundaries as is often demonstrated at music awards events. Florence Welch here has opted for something completely different to your normal red carpet line up crowd and it works. She got top billing in the tabloid papers for her style and panache the following day