When I met Bella Hadid

My team and I where commissioned by Christian Dior to document, both with photography and video, Bella Hadid’s Art of Colour exhibition in Dubai Mall followed by private dinners packed with some of the most influential people of the Middle East. Check out my portraits of Bella, who btw, is such a beautiful soul. Natural, real and energetic - she was really easy to hang out with. Thank you Bella!






Event Coverage in the UAE

Living in Dubai, as a photographer, there are so many events it’s hard to resist them. Being paid to attend them… it’s the cherry on the cake! 

Myself and my awesome team in Dubai are amongst the most recognised (in my humble opinion) photographers (and filmmakers) in the UAE. I wouldn’t be surprised that our experience and expertise working as a team rivals even some of the best event photographers in the world. 

The talented individuals I work with are also great friends. I guess after so many years of working together what would you expect. It’s like playing in a band.. we all have our speciality.  Some of us focus on being discrete and invisible… like a sniper..  shooting from the shadows capturing precious moments without anyone noticing. Some of us are much more upfront… coordinating, setting-up shots, approaching victims with the sole purpose of making them look great! But watch out… be nice to your photographer at events, he is momentarily in charge of the way you will look… forever… at that event in time.  if you tip him, he might even send you your photo!!! 

Chivas Regal Highest Whisky Tasting Event in the world

In all the years I’ve been shooting events in Dubai (since 2009), I’ve only ever been tipped once. Top floor of Burj Khalifa covering Pernod Ricards’ record breaking event. Part of their PR exercise was to be the highest whisky tasting to have ever taken place. No better place than Burj Khalifa! Chivas Regal was the lucky whisky with Colin Scott, the master blender at the help of this tasteful and quirky private event. Actually, I’m going to look for the photo now in our archives. In the meantime, if you’ve had the patience to read my diabolical English prose, AND you are looking for a highly professional team to shoot your events. With expertise, great lighting and great attitude.. please don’t hesitate to contact me or my production manager…. www.photosolutions.me. 

By the way, this Indian gentleman tipped me 500 AED - pretty great tip - he must have really liked the experience.

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John Gillespie


Wedding Documentary & Albums

I personally love to shoot weddings although I do them much less these days. Usually only for family and friends. My team in Dubai however have incredible energy and talent for covering weddings. We work on the basis of quality over quantity. We shoot with the album in mind. We shoot 1000’s of images in a wedding day, but a typical wedding album would contain 100 to 150 images. It is so important to tell the whole story of the wedding day with those images and with style.  It’s important also that your album doesn’t fall apart or fade after a few years. That’s why we use some of the best suppliers in the world to design and hand make our albums. To find out more about our weddings, contact me directly or visit www.photosolutions.me.





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