I’ve done quite a bit of work with Robbie Williams. He’s a nice guy and a lot of fun. One of the most unusual things I’ve done with him was the concert for the Queen’s jubilee – you know, the one where Bryan May played his hand-crafted guitar on the roof of Buck House.

Robbie was asked to perform, alongside a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of the musical world. Madness also played on the roof, Gary Barlow was there, Will I Am and Jessie J. There was a little section of Golden Oldies like Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and Cliff Richard. The organisers might have been tempting fate by asking Grace Jones to appear – but the most outrageous thing she did was hula hoop on stage and then mistake Ed Sheeran for a girl.

We were next door to Elton John and Take That, so there was a lot of banter. But scanning around backstage we saw how big a deal it was. The Queen came out to meet all the performers while I was still hanging around. She asked me what I did. When I told her, she asked “Well do you think you could do something with my hair?”. I had a look and said “To be honest love, I’m not sure I can”.

I just made that last bit up ;-) But seriously it really was an amazing once in a lifetime experience just to be there.


Brad Pitt & Jonah Hill were in town, promoting their new film at the time, Moneyball. It was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Actor for Brad and Best Supporting Actor for Jonah. Nadav was going to take some pics for the New York magazine, and I was lucky enough to get the gig.

When Brad arrived for the shoot the whole place fell silent. Sometimes when you’re working with these super-famous bods everyone gets subdued and quiet. No-one wants to make a dick of themselves, especially not in front of ‘the world’s most attractive man’. So its like the queen has arrived and everyone is on best manners.

After a few years of keeping it short and sweet Brad was growing his hair long again. He spent most of the time he wasn’t getting his hair done or photographed reading a book about Squirrels, which I thought was a bit strange. But he might have just found it as I know the studio boss was a big Squirrel fan ;-)

But then his pal and co-star Jonah Hill arrived, and the atmosphere changed immediately. They were constantly messing around and having a laugh, popping out to smoke a few reefers. Brad was staggering around and ended up with very bloodshot eyes, which we had to fix in retouching.

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Another job I got to work on with Nadav Kander was a shoot for Sunday Telegraph. It was for an interview with Michael Fassbender. Judging from the films we’d seen him in, we imagined him to be quite an intense type, and expected that the shoot was going to be quite boring.

We heard a knock on the door and when we opened it, Michael was stood there swigging a bottle of wine, with a bunch of mates looking all ready for a party. So thats basically what we did. One bloke accidentally set his thumb on fire and another locked himself in the toilet – No-one could hear him as the music was so loud.

The pictures look quite serene but the actual shoot was anything but... We had a huge selection of clothes for him which the stylist was looking forward to using, but he ended up practically naked… which apparently was quite good for the female readership figures.



Nadav Kander is one of the best photographer’s in the world, and it was a privilege to work with him.

One day he called to ask if I would be interested in a little job for WIRED, a technology magazine – not one of my normal gigs, but because it was with Nadav I was more than happy to go along

The guy we would be working with was called Tim Berners-Lee. Apparently he wasn’t so used to having his photo taken, might be a little bit reserved, and so my instructions were to give him a little trim, nice it up, and keep him relaxed by talking. I’m used to this and see it as part of the job.

But I have to confess I hadn’t heard of Tim before. As he was going to be featured in WIRED I imagined he was one of these tech start-up guys. We chatted for quite a while, mainly about myself and what I’d been up to (one of my favourite subjects)

I finally ran out of things to tell him, so flipped the subject.

“So Tim..” I asked, “What do you do then?”

“Well at the moment I’m working for CERN” he replied

“Sir Who?” I asked

“No, CERN – the Centre European Reseach Nuclear”

“Oh is that why you are being photographed for WIRED”

“Well no actually that’s mainly because of my work on Hypertext markup Language” he explained

“Oh…” I replied “ That’s quite great!”

I nodded as though I knew what he was on about. Later was amazed to find out he was the person who, by developing hypertext, practically invented the World Wide Web.

The repercussions of that are really quite significant – For example, if it hadn't been for Sir Tim you wouldn't have been able to read the exciting adventures of Oliver J. Woods esq