Jo and Thierry de Magneval opened up their first wine bar in Woking, Surrey, November 2013 and I was commissioned to photograph their bar and launch party. As soon as I walked in I was so blown away by the styling and obvious passion for wine and exquisite cheeses. Their dream really began when they embarked on a journey around the world, while wandering Vineyards in Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia their love of wine only grew.
Thierry, after working for over 14 years within the catering industry working alongside the likes of Albert Roux (Brasserie Roux Heathrow T5 & Roux at Parliment Square), Herbert Berger (1 Lombard Street), Michel Roux Jr (Le Gavroche & Roux at Parliment Square) and most recently Pierre Koffmann at The Berkeley Hotel. His love of wine, food and high class service is what he is passionate about and sharing this with his customers is what makes him tick. Jo’s love of wine has developed since meeting Thierry and she firmly believes you don’t have to be an expert (or rich!) to enjoy fine wine. Jo is incredibly bubbly and takes the time to get to know you. They have discovered a niche which is truly their own. I love the cheese trolly which on request offers up the most delectable mouth watering cheeses for you to sample with your wine.
The ambiance is created by the use of deep reds, wooden floors and sparkling light. Due to their first wine bar being so hard to resist and being an unprecedented success and second was opened in Fleet, Hampshire. Once again I had the pleasure of photographing wine bar number 2. Each restaurant has it’s own French flair of styling, both totally unique, with collections of antiques, books and quirky items which they have collected whilst on their travels. It is an amazing venue, so friendly, cultured and unique with the offering of delightful cheeses, that will make you think twice next time you are buying cheeses in your local supermarket.
Here are some of the images from my second visit to Cellar Magneval. I have no doubt that is is just the beginning of their future success and I really hope that they will open another wine bar in Kent, so that I can become one of their many regulars!
HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!
Hourah and what a lovely surprise to discover that my newborn baby photos had hiT the National Press. You can check out the editorials for both papers on-line
DAILY MAIL …
“Oh baby that’s cute! Sleeping newborns photographed in adorable poses that can only be taken before they are 14 days old”
“Photographer Joanne Collins captures sleeping newborns | Daily Mail Online
Professional photographer Joanne Collins, 42, who is based in Sittingbourne, Kent, waits until the babies are in a very deep sleep so she can move them about without them waking. Read more… http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2806297/Oh-baby-s-cute-Sleeping-newborns-photographed-adorable-poses-taken-14-days-old.html>
These adorable pictures are the work of Joanne Collins, who specialises in capturing newborns as they sleep. Joanne, based in Kent, says it is best to photograph the youngsters between five to ten days old, before they lose their foetus-like poses