Pigeons and Fair Trade Furniture

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Professional photographer Simon de Glanville swaped pigeons in Peckham for shooting fair trade furniture and homewares for Myakka's new catalogue. Four beautiful English proposerties were used in the 10 days shoot.

Back to work, Simon de Glanville left the pigeons in Peckham and headed for sunny Somerset for a seven day photo shoot of Myakka's fair trade furniture and home accessories. Myakka's annual photo shoot is on Simon's professional calendar, whereas the recent national media coverage he received for his photos of London's pigeons were taken in his spare time!

The Myakka annual photo shoot is an intense week providing the imagery required for their new catalogue which will be released in the autumn. The images are also used to promote their latest new products through their ecommerce website.

"We have worked with Simon for four years now and the results we achieve are fantastic. The shoot is intense and exhausting, but we have a lot of fun along the way!" comments Georgie Hopkins, Director of Myakka.

Four beautiful old English properties were used as locations including the impressive Marston House. The manor house on the outskirts of Frome was restored in 1984 by the Foster Yeoman family and is currently used as parent company Aggregate Industries head quarters.

As with every year, the smooth running of the shoot is all in the planning which takes many weeks of preparation prior to Simon arriving with his cameras. Now the shoot has been completed the catalogue designers are busily compiling the new Myakka catalogue ready for release in September.

"We jokingly suggested Simon train the pigeons he photographs in Peckham! Carrier pigeons would be a very environmentally friendly way of distributing our new catalogues across the country, although utilising his training methods we would get through a lot of kebabs!" said Georgie.

Myakka tailors the designs of their furniture for the British market. All the furniture is made in northern India by skilled craftsman using the latest German computer controlled machinery ensuring the quality is second to none. Myakka is an ethical business following fair trade principles and is a recognised importer and retail member of BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops). With a sophisticated ecommerce website, a Warehouse Outlet in Wincanton, Somerset and a comprehensive mail order catalogue, Myakka has a large database of loyal customers across the UK. This summer Myakka is celebrating a decade of business with a huge 10th Birthday Summer Sale.

For more information about the shoot, Simon de Glanville and Myakka visit their news blog at http://www.furniture-home.myakka.co.uk or the online shop at http://www.myakka.co.uk.


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