Russell Watson photoshoot for Hello Magazine
Hello! Magazine celebrity photoshoot with tenor Russell Watson and his wife Louise on their new farm in Cheshire.
I was told in school that I should drop Art because it would not take me anywhere. So whenever I do a celebrity shoot, destination wedding, or see my work in print, I feel a sense of pride.
As a photographer, you dream of working with celebrities and seeing your work in Magazines. So, I’m thrilled to share I recently photographed for Hello Magazine as an editorial photographer.
The exclusive photoshoot for Hello! Magazine features former “I’m a celebrity” contestant – singer Russell Watson and his wife Louise on their new farm in Cheshire.
It’s the first feature in the latest issue of the magazine (apparently the first is the best) and an impressive 11-page spread. That’s right! 11 glossy pages of photography by yours truly, Wes Simpson.
Photos from my celebrity photoshoot with Russell Watson accompany Emily Horan’s interview in the latest issue of Hello Magazine. The opening text reads –
Welcoming us to his beautiful new farm, Russell Watson, the tenor and his wife Louise on living in the Cheshire Countryside.
The opening text is accompanied by a stunning three-quarter double-page image of Russell, Louise, and their dogs (a personal favourite of the couple from the shoot).
A snippet from the article reads:
With 15 acres of picturesque rolling farmland and an ever-expanding menagerie of animals to tend to, there is never a dull moment at Russell Watson’s idyllic Cheshire pile.
“Jeremy Clarkson’s farm has got nothing on this place – Watson’s farm is manic,” says the world-renowned tenor with a hearty laugh, as he and his wife Louise welcome HELLO! to their farm in Congleton.
“This place keeps you busy. I’ve hardly been to the gym, but I’m doing more steps and more cardio exercise than I’ve ever done – cleaning the place up, gardening, jet-washing, lots of grass to mow. Every day is a learning experience.”
Salford-born Russell, 55, has seen his life change since he and Louise moved from nearby Wilmslow to their own slice of rural heaven last December.
If you follow me on social media, you may recall I photographed Russell and Louise’s destination wedding in Spain for Hello Magazine a few years ago.
The wedding was later named one of the 50 most memorable celebrity weddings of the decade by Hello. Which is very special.
So it was a privilege to be invited back to photograph Russell and Louise for Hello again. This time for a celebrity lifestyle feature at their new home in Cheshire.
Editorial celebrity photographer
Even though I’ve worked on many TV sets as a cameraman, this celebrity photoshoot was a welcome change of pace at the end of a busy wedding season.
I’m a wedding photographer specialising in documentary wedding photography. Away from weddings, I work as a commercial and editorial photographer.
Although a different market, my photography style largely remains the same and always centres around authentic images of people.
What Is Editorial photography?
Images that appear alongside text in publications to help tell a story or educate readers are referred to as editorial photography.
A feature story about a celebrity’s new home, for example, might include images of the celebrity, the building and the décor.
Fashion photography is a type of editorial photography that uses images to tell a story without words. In these images, photography is used to represent a mood rather than sell products.
Celebrity photoshoot, Russell Watson in Hello! Magazine
As a Cheshire-based editorial photographer, I am grateful for the opportunity to have supported Russell Watson, Louise, and Hello Magazine on this celebrity photoshoot.
It was a fantastic day; we had a lot of fun and produced a variety of wonderful images for the magazine editor to choose from.
Russell’s new single “A spaceman came travelling” is out now, taken from the forthcoming album with Aled Jones out in November.
Tickets for Russell Watson’s 2022 Christmas tour are now on sale.
The latest issues of Hello! Magazine featuring my celebrity photoshoot with “Russell Watson at home on his farm in Cheshire” is out now in print and online today.
Celebrity photoshoot in Cheshire for Hello Magazine photographed by Wes Simpson. Shot on Sony A9 camera and lenses. Thanks to assistant/ lightning Gavin Alexander.
With special thanks to Freddie Sloan.
Russell Watson website
Interview: Emily Horan
Photos: Wes Simpson
Styling: Natalie Read
Hair: Beth Harris
Make-up: Alice Theobald