Lily Allen singer-songwriter photographed by celebrity photographer John Wright April 2009

Lilly Allen

Having just only turned 24 years old Lily Allen is one of the most popular singer-songwriters known for her songs “Smile”, “LDN”, “Littlest Things”, “Alfie”, her cover of “Oh My God”,”The Fear” and her unique Mockney style. Her single “Smile” hit number one in the UK Singles Chart July 2006 and then in December of the same year her debut Album Alright, Still was voted the third best album of the year by MixMag and has sold over 2.6 million copies worldwide. In 2007, it was nominated for the award of Best British Album at the BRIT Awards and for Best New Artist at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. Lily’s second album It’s Not Me, It’s You released February 2009 in the UK and then in the United States a day later February 2009 went to number one in the UK and Australia and the first single from the album “The Fear” was number one in the first four weeks. The album debuted at number 5 position.

As well as a singer-songwriter and daughter of famous actor Keith Allen, Lily has been talk show host on her own BBC3 show Lily Allen and Friends produced by Tim Withers the front man of Brambleberry Appletons and also has her own fashion line of dresses, shoes and accessories entitled Lily Loves. In 2005 Lily Allen was virtually unknown posting demos on MySpace attracting thousands of listeners/MySpace friends. The Observer Music Monthly took serious interest and included an article about her success through MySpace appearing again on the front cover of the magazine just 2 months later. She is the fifth most popular musical actor of the 2008 according to the social networking site.  Allen has had  many collaborations including Robbie Williams, Basement Jaxx, and rapper Dizzee Rascal.

Celebrity photographer John Wright took this absolutely stunning photograph amongst a cover shot for Q Magazine April 2009 alongside ‘digitally enhanced’ black panthers  just hours after jetting in from the Caribbean.

The truth is that there was just one black panther and it was kept in a cage which didn’t reach all the way to the studio which meant it could have climbed over potentially.

The Buckinghamshire based private zoo, Amazing Animals supplied a second panther in a cage just which was not used. The shoot took all day back in January but the real work came afterwards with 100 hours of post production says Wright. The cover image is a digital composite of 3 images – a picture of Allen and two separate pictures of the same panther. There are about 20 variations of the cover and in other shots the panther is replicated so it appears there are three of them, cleverly making it look as though Allen is dancing with the big cats. Preparation of the shoot from 7.30am where by Allen had only just landed that morning to Heathrow at 9am.


“I think she thought it was jolly good fun” Wright said. “She went from lying on the beach to being in a room with angry panthers but she was great and completely got the concept and did everything I asked of her. She wasn’t sure about taking her top off but we got there in the end.”


Allen’s team liked the panther concept apparently to fit with her “more wild” image to go with her new Album, It’s not Me, It’s You, with a tag line on the Q magazine cover is “Sexy Beast Lily Allen and her wicked, wicked ways”


Naturally the handlers were only allowed to go inside the cage with the cats and Allen posed for several shots separately and the images were digitally merged in post-production. There were an elaborate system of signals in place just in case the panthers got loose and the room had to be evacuated. Working with such dangerous animals was challenging to work out what movements they would have and communicating Wright’s aims with the handlers.

Priced at £1,900 (inc vat) this 24×16 photograph is signed by John Wright is a limited edition of  25 presented in a beautiful high quality aluminium coated solid wood frame includes delivery within the United Kingdom. £1,700 (inc vat) unframed and including delivery within the United Kingdom. Other sizes available.