Neil Hannon

A couple of weeks ago I had a very exciting shoot photographing the wonderful Neil Hannon at the Royal Opera House for this weeks Time Out.
Neil is part of this years Opera Shots which begins in a couple of weeks.
I must admit to approaching the shoot with a major bout of hero-worship as my brother and I used to listen to The Divine Comedy loads as we were growing up in the 90’s.
I also had a mixtape made for me by a former boyfriend at school which included ‘The Summerhouse‘, an anecdote which I rather embarrassingly decided to mention during the shoot. The implication of course being that the song outlived the relationship!
So I was a little nervous when I saw him strolling towards me but there was no need as I found him to be an utterly lovely man.
Not only was he was humorous and charismatic when I decided to finish the shoot downstairs in the Piazza, he didn’t hesitate to pick up my case and help me downstairs with it. I must also note that the classical editor from Time Out Jonathan and Laura from the Opera House were equally helpful at this point.
So the shoot ended with my hero-worship even more in tact!