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“..og snipp, snapp, snute, så var eventyret ute.”

They are the words you would use to finish off a fairy tale in Norwegian, and which is what the Paralympics 2012 has been!

Last Friday I went to see Karen Darke compete in the handcycling roadrace at Brands Hatch. A team of 4 from Riverside Creatives, who all worked on the Karen Darke project for the Back Up Trust back in November, went to show her our support.

Karen had a good start and kept up with the leading group for the first rounds. The 2 Americans upped their speed, and towards the last laps it was clear that 1st and 2nd place were called for. Karen was competing for bronze, and the only woman close enough to challenge her was her own training partner and team GB member Rachel Morris.

Every time Karen passed us we cheered her on as loud as we could! Urging her on to win another medal. But in the end Karen and Rachel showed us the true spirit of the game. After having raced all 6 laps within an arm’s distance they crossed the finishing line hand in hand, hoping to share the bronze medal. Unfortunately for them, Rachel’s wheel was fractionally ahead of Karen’s and the officials declared Rachel as number 3 and Karen got 4th place.

Thank you for showing us real sportsmanship Rachel & Karen! I don’t care what the officials say. Congratulations on your well deserved bronze – BOTH OF YOU!

Below are some photos from our day at Brands Hatch of both the women’s and the men’s roadrace. The men’s roadrace was won by Mark Rohan from Ireland, who seemed to have the noisiest and most colourful supporters of the day!


Photography: Marte Lundby Rekaa, MLR PHOTO
Riverside Creatives Team: Andy Paterson-Jones, Karen Toms & Jonathan Crane
Karen Darke:
Back Up Trust:








Game Fever


The Olympics was a success and London is still buzzing from the excitement as Paralympics is at the starting block. And even I, with an interest in sports that would match a teetotaller’s interest in a drink, have enjoyed the spectacular ceremonies and checked the odd results…

Last year I went to Paris to photograph Oscar Pistorius, the Blade Runner, who is competing in both the Olympics and the Paralympics this year. The shoot was commissioned by Natalie Holland, a truly talented and inspiring artist. Natalie uses my photography in 2 ways; to explore poses with her live models before she starts painting, and to document the paintings once she has finished her masterpiece. You can read more about the artist and the near life size painting of Oscar Pistorius on Natalie’s website.


Karen Darke is another inspiring person I’m looking forward to watch compete. I’ve got tickets to see Karen on Friday this week in the handcycling roadrace. If you haven’t heard of her before make sure you catch up with her story and check out the photos I captured of her training in the Scottish highlands in November.

But the Games are about so much more than the sports. It’s the atmosphere, the dressing up, and not to mention the partying! I captured the Olympic Torch pass through my street in Southfields. I’ve never seen so many of my neighbours before! The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten commissioned me to photograph the colourful supporters, and not to mention the Olympic drinks served at Chinawhite for a jaw-dropping price of £2012 per cocktail. I’ve posted a selection of the photos for you below.

What are you watching this Paralympics?


Photography: Marte Lundby Rekaa, MLR PHOTO
Painting ‘The Blade Runner’: Natalie Holland,
Karen Darke & the Back Up Trust: &
Chinawhite, The Last Lap:











Royal Flush

You might remember the post I wrote a little while back about the Royalties I’ve photographed over the last couple of years?

Well, not long after I had posted the blog, I was approached by Julia Boggio Studios in Wimbledon to help photograph the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. As the most famous wedding and portrait studio in Merton (or even in the UK!) Merton Council invited Julia to capture the Royal visit to a local school as a part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. -And I was of course thrilled to be asked to join her.

Julia is not only a very talented photographer, she is also a great writer. Read Julia’s account of the event and see more of our photos on her blog.

Tweeting about the experience on the day someone replied: ‘Photo, or it didn’t happen!’ So here is a big thank you to James Derbyshire who captured me photographing the Queen on his phone.


Julia Boggio:

Go Team GB!

The Olympics is almost here, and I had an amazing opportunity back in November to photograph one of our Paralympic athletes, Karen Darke.

Karen was paralysed from her chest down when she was 21 in a rock climbing accident. Now she is going for gold handcycling in London 2012. But if that’s not enough, she is also planning to become the first person too sit-ski to the South Pole in 2013 to raise £1 million for the Back Up Trust. 

The Back Up Trust help people like Karen with spinal cord injuries teaching them wheelchair skills, running mentoring programs and effectively changing their life forever. Along with BNI Putney I’ve been fund raising, selling raffle tickets and racing dragon boats for the last 5 years to support them.

Riverside Creatives is a group formed by a few members of BNI Putney offering various creative services, and together we took on this project to tell Karen’s story for The Back Up Trust. The team consisted of Andy Paterson-Jones of New England (art direction and design), Karen Toms of Tyrell Marketing (strategy), Jonathan Crane from Perpetual Films (videography) and me MLR PHOTO (photography).

Jonathan and his crew had been up to Inverness the week before and produced this compelling video ‘The Karen Darke Story’, so the pressure was on to create something equally good! Unfortunately the weather changed dramatically and we started off the day wet, cold and dark. Thankfully, the horrible weather was soon forgotten when the beautiful scenery of the highlands opened up before us and Karen got into highgear. What a kick! Karen whizzed past grazing cows, bleating sheep and foggy lochs. Even in the car, we struggled to keep up with her!

Meeting Karen makes me realise that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. The obstacles are in your mind, not in your body. I can’t wait to see her compete this autumn, and I’ll definitely be there to cheer her on.

Go Karen!

Help Karen Darke raise £1 million for the Back Up Trust

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Athlete: Karen Darke
Charity: The Back Up Trust
Strategy: Karen Toms, Tyrrell Marketing
Video: Jonathan Crane, Perpetual Films
Art Direction, Design and Behind the scenes photography: Andy Paterson-Jones, NEW ENGLAND
Photography of the magazine Transform: Karla Simpson, MLR PHOTO
Photography of Karen Darke: Marte Lundby Rekaa, MLR PHOTO

The Book of the Dark

I’ve been working with a few artists for years, photographing their art, capturing their portraits and the process of their work. It’s such a privilege to be able to follow their workflow and see up close the art they produce. I hope to introduce you to a couple of them with time, but today I just wanted to share with you this beautifully crafted work of art: The Book of the Dark

The Book of the Dark is a book of poems about the dark night of the soul in a modern form – the experience of trauma and the long painful struggle back towards the light. The book is written by writer and director Mark Halliley, and the book binding is designed, written and created by artist Rosalind Wyatt.

I’ve always had a love for materials, paper and calligraphy, and this book has it all! The texture of the book cover, the delicacy of the translucent paper contrasting the dark pages full of strong calligraphy.

The book has a darkness and a hardness to it, but also a softness and a delicacy that comes through in the fine feathers. It’s raw and emotional, yet light and hopeful.
Unfortunately I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the poems. But I totally fell in love with the creative work of artist Rosalind Wyatt. Isn’t she great?

To book me to photograph your treasured objects or work of art, please call me on 02073867078 or send me an e-mail.


Poet: Mark Halliley

Book designer and calligrapher: Rosalind Wyatt,

Photographer: Marte Lundby Rekaa,






A Royal Hat-Trick

Photography definitely open doors you normally wouldn’t dream of. In the last year or two I’ve had the privilege of meeting several members of the Royal family. The most recent encounter being inside Buckingham Palace. First out was HRH Princess Alexandra. I was commissioned to photograph her unveiling a plaque at the British Home. She is the patron of the hospital, who cares for people with severe disabilities.

Shortly after I was commissioned to photograph TRH The Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall; Charles and Camilla on a guided tour of Brixton Market. It was quite a challenge fighting another 15 or so press photographers for the best angles while walking backwards. I wasn’t just the only female photographer, I must have been the only one not used to these big scrums of press photographers. It was survival of the fittest! And my status as ‘official host photographer’ didn’t seem to make any difference at all. I still managed to get some great shots, and my favourite photo must be the one where Prince Charles points directly at me (or whatever he happened to see right behind me). To my surprise I ended up in another photographer’s line of fire, and you can spot me in the background of the photo that was published in the Evening Standard.












During the Royal Wedding in April I was commissioned to photograph the celebrations for a newspaper. Getting around on the day of the Royal Wedding was Mission Impossible. The whole area around the Mall was closed off after 8am and the guard wasn’t going to budge. Thankfully I had an invitation and after a quick call I was inside. My task was to photograph the general public so I only caught a quick glimpse of Prince William and Katherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, on their way to Westminster Abbey. Still, it was fantastic to experience the day, the crowds and the atmosphere.




















To round up my Royal Hat-trick, I had the pleasure of photographing Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace for IOM3 last month. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh presented the Institute’s Prince Philip Award to Biocompatibles UK Ltd for Polymers in the Service of Mankind. Prince Philip impressed with his interest in the award winners and their work. At 90 years old, he is definitely still going strong!

It would be great fun to meet the rest of the Royal family, but whether I’ll ever get the chance again – who knows!

If you would like to book me to photograph an event – with or without Royalties – send me an e-mail or give me a call on 0207 386 7078.


Photography: Marte Lundby Rekaa,

Photo of in the Evening Standard: Unknown Photographer

Photo of Marte on the phone: Silje Glefjell,

Tearsheets: Evening Standard, Lambeth Life and Aftenposten

On a cloud

Being a photographer comes with a lot of perks. I get to visit breathtaking places, taste delicious food and meet inspiring people. One of my favourite portraits is from a shoot I did for The Microsoft Magazine featuring an interview about innovation with Charles Leadbeater.

Charles Leadbeater is considered to be a leading expert on innovation. He is a journalist, a consultant and an author, and he worked closely with Tony Blair’s team during his years in 10 Downing Street. Another fun fact about the man; Charles was influential in Helen Fielding starting her column about Bridget Jones!

It was a typical London day – overcast and grey, not very inspiring! I knew we were going to be tight for time as the journalist had to do his interview at the same time as I was getting my photos. (Meaning no time for creative lighting set ups…)  But walking into Charles Leadbeater’s funkis style house I felt as if my prayers had been answered! The interior design was clean, the furniture minimalistic and the walls were just bare concrete. My creative juices were flowing. And to top it off; the room was bathed in beautiful soft window light. I was in photography heaven.

I positioned the journalist at the end of the table, out of view, so that I could get a clear shot of Charles while they were talking. Facing the journalist meant he was also in a good position for the diffused light coming in through the window. I love how the soft shadows frame his face.

As I was moving back I discovered the reflections in the window, and the scene was complete! The warmth of the wood against the coolness of the grey set the contrast. The oranges in the bowl and the fact that he was wearing a grey jumper, was just the icing on the cake.

To book me for portrait and/or editorial photography please send me an e-mail or call 0207 386 7078


Subject: Charles Leadbeater,
Interviewer: Alex Revheim,
Magazine: Microsoft Magasinet
Photographer: Marte Lundby Rekaa,
Photographer’s assistant: Erin Pewter