Maraschino Photography, Tressillian Road


A typical scene of domestic bliss at BC towers
Joey: Yeah, that’s what I was afraid of.. Okay, uhh…Look Janine I really want you to feel at home here, but some of this new stuff. It’s…too girly.
Janine: Ohh. Like what?
Joey: Like this. Pictures of cute babies we don’t know. We..we can’t have that.
Janine: Joey, it’s Anne Geddes. She’s a famous artist.
Joey: Look I don’t know this baby. I don’t know if she’s a famous artist or not. You know, and I don’t want to be a jerk but you’re changing too much around here.
- Friends, The One With Ross' Teeth
If you've spent the last 30 years on a Brockley bar stool, or your job is to provide an adequate number of school places in the area, then it may be hard to accept, but Brockley is now full of young families. Exhibit A is of course the Brockley Mess. We now bring you exhibit B - Maraschino Photography, a new studio on Tressillian Road. By no means exclusively dedicated to portraits of children, young families are nonetheless a key market for them.
Run by Kath Cherry and Mike Howells, we asked them a few questions about their new venture:
Why did you open a business in Brockley?
We ended up in Brockley because we had some friends here (they've since moved to Seattle and set up eat local) and really liked the area. we had a feeling that it was only going to get better and were drawn to the close sense of community, the green spaces, the quality of the houses and the sense that you were somehow not really in the hustle and bustle of London whilst only being a short train ride away. Also, we could afford it!
What's your studio like?

We have a residential studio - what was an unnecessarily cavernous lounge is now a fully equipped photographic studio with a choice of simple, modern backgrounds and an endlessly customisable lighting setup. It's easily large enough to handle a group of ten or twelve people. The decor is clean and neutral and examples of our work are hung on the hallway walls.

Why did you decide to take the plunge now?

Well, this is a tricky one, seeing as the papers are full of doom and gloom and economic meltdown. However, we believe that Brockley is an area with a strong sense of community identity that is not only on the up, but that supports quality artistic endeavour. Above all of this, however, over the last decade, Brockley has become our home so we'd rather spend our time here trying to serve and enrich this area than any other.

Click here to check out the studio.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good luck guys, looks good.

max said...

You surely caught that baby with an intense expression on his face.
A caption competition about what's the baby thinking?

Anonymous said...

Yay! Big up the Brockley Massive! Go Kath and Mike, I'm behind you 100%. Leo x

Local art lover said...

TEA LEAF arts is in trouble, it will close in December. Please if you can, do visit to give it a little a support, there are exhibition, courses lots of good things going on.
Nick maybe there could be an informal BC art meet up or something?!?

mikey howells said...

leo - thanks! we owe you a beer!

tea leaf - sorry to hear that - we'd be interested in being involved in a collective brockley arty meeting thing.

max - feel free to start that ball rolling!

Anonymous said...

Hello Kath and Mike,

Just wanted to know your photography backgrounds? Where did you study? How long have you been pros? What type of camera are you using? Medium Forma or SLR's?

Look forward to hearing from you.

Best

mikey howells said...

we've been pros for a little over a year now. We've been supplementing our decades (and decades and decades http://maraschinophotography.com/about) of informal experience with endless courses through the MPA and the SWPP.

Regarding kit, we're on Canon 5Ds, Canon and Sigma lenses and Bowens flashheads. and adobe photoshop CS4, obviously. kit advice freely and succinctly given to anyone who wants it!

mikey howells said...

also, can anyone tell me how to add a link to a post? i'm rather new to this blogging malarkey!

max said...

The baby is obviously pondering how long before he can blog about it.

max said...

How to make a link.

mikey howells said...

thanks!

to the person who wanted to know more about us

Baby said...

I live in Brockley, which means I get fed soy milk :-(

Tamsin said...

@ Max - brockley jon answered that on another post - copied here:

Jippy is right, but his/her link didn't show up. Basic link code:

Link text

Then, it's as you say...

Replace the - url - with the website you want to link to.

Replace - Link text- with the words you want to label the link with

Eg. I want to link to the BBC site so

BBC Website

Important - you must use the full URL i.e. http:// otherwise it won't work.

If you forget or this doesn't work search this site for "magic roundabout" and you will be taken to the relevant thread.

What I've done is write it out on a bit of paper as I haven't quite got to the familiarity where I don't need such an aide memoire.

Tamsin said...

Dammn - the system is too clever for its own good, tries to set up links rather than showing how to do it. Go back to the other post...

Tamsin said...

Apologies - meant @ Mikey and didn't register that Max had already answered.

I must go away and go back to work...

cheeky baby said...

Mum, when are you going to tell him the truth?

Brockley Nick said...

"If I book now, I can get a window seat at the Brockley Mess."

Anonymous said...

Looks a great service and we will book (once we get more organised). It would be super to have proper shots of us, jsut a few, on birthdays etc.

lolly said...

Oh good, this thread could become like the budgie one from last week. So hiliarious.

Brockley Nick said...

"Am I happy about being born in to a world where the simple pleasures of a caption competition are met with sarcasm?"

lolly said...

How dare you Nick! I wasn't being sacarstic, I thought that thread was hilairious and contributed!!!

Brockley Nick said...

Oh. Sorry. Unless you are also being sarcastic now ;)

max said...

"I wish he had shaven! Oh well, I guess he'll take that off with Photoshop."

Monkeyboy said...

"Awwwww....cute! Those two cats are walking their human on a leash."

Brockley Nick said...

"Is it just me, or are Lou Baker's arguments a little childish?"

Brockley Nick said...

"I hope I'm not too middle class to skateboard in Telegraph Hill."

Anonymous said...

(dad says) sorry, i've run out of tissues.

Anonymous said...

dad, look at that minicab office sign. i'm sure that must contravene some rule somewhere. it's minging.

mmmmm...boobs

Anonymous said...

"you just know he's going to give me a name like Tristram :("

Anonymous said...

or cherry...

baby said...

What, so you think just becuase I am having my photo taken I am a ponce, anonymous?

drakefell debaser, on behalf of the baby said...

If I hear another fricken mung bean jibe I'm gonna fill this guys arms up with poo.

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