Creative Portrait: Lucy Tops

I’ve been doing a few creative portrait sessions recently and I’d like to share this fabulous shoot with up-and-coming recording artist, Lucy Tops.

You may have seen Lucy in her one woman show ‘Absolucy’ or ‘Face the Music’. She was a National Arts Festival Ovation award winner in 2012. Lucy is managed by Stereotype records and you can listen to a few of her tracks here.

We began the shoot in Woodstock using some of the rocking street art that is decorating the area due to the efforts of A Word of Art.  Lucky for me, Lucy was not too shy to strut her stuff for the camera and the many, many workmen driving past with their tongues hanging out of their bakkie windows.

We were inspired by Lucy’s new song, That’s Not Cool written by Riyaan Cornelius and Neil Payten which will be hitting the radio waves soon.   The song has an Eighties Euro-Pop sound and you can see we had lots of fun with some Eighties pop styling. Big thanks to Courtney Holgate and Claire Hills for the styling and make-up, it was wonderful to work with such a cohesive and creative team.

You can see and hear Lucy Tops at her next public performance at Cafe Manhattan on 18 November or follow her schedule via twitter @lucy_tops or on Facebook.
Photography/Art Direction: Jesse Kate Kramer
Stylist: Courtney Holgate
Make-up: Claire Hills
Artist/Model: Lucy Tops



                                                                                                                                                                The theatre has been Jesse Kramer’s second home since she was a child. This collection of theatre performance portraits showcases the young photographer’s gift of capturing the magic of live performance. A colourful  and dynamic mix of performance styles from opera to stand-up comedy in all of Cape Town’s  well-known theatres gives the audience insight into the sacred, unpredictable moments on stage which draw people to the theatre.

Kramer has made an impressive mark on the theatre scene, having worked with the likes of Athol Fugard and Sir Antony Sher,  shooting Sher’s portrait for the poster image of Broken Glass at The Fugard Theatre and  Vaudeville Theatre on the West End last year.

The photographs are all in limited editions of 20 with signed archival prints available to purchase.

The exhibition can be viewed at 6 Spin Street Restaurant, Monday to Friday between 10am & 10pm, and on Saturdays between 5pm & 10pm until the end of July 2012.

6 Spin Street Restaurant is situated on the ground floor of a beautiful Sir Herbert Baker building facing Church Square in central Cape Town.