Category Archives: Events

Occasional Lighting

I frequently carry around a set of slimPAR38 LED spotlights. I use these as a contingency for events where the lighting falls short of what is necessary for good coverage.

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One example is a  Year 6 Prom I covered where lighting was not provided for a surfboard simulator. Without the PAR cans the only other lighting option would have been the venue’s main fluorescent lighting, which would have seriously compromised the atmosphere (and accompanying disco!)

Another example was a music event where the main lighting bar was obstructed by decorations, meaning that the performers faces were in relative darkness. I was able to use the PAR cans as uplighters at the side of the stage, which dramatically improved the lighting.

The lights are typically set to slowly fade through the colour spectrum but can also be configured to provide static lighting.

These lights have made otherwise un-photographable events possible, with very little overhead. They are easy to set up and adaptable for any event, either to provide direct lighting or simply to add atmosphere.

The Details

When I’m photographing events I always try and keep an eye out for peripheral details. Whilst the main event principally focuses on the people and places, I make a point of keeping an eye out for small details. This might be a wedding ring or a bridesmaid’s shoes, the features of a building, a buffet or party decorations. Whatever the event,  it’s small things seen in passing that form an important part of the narrative.

A ring is always an important part of any wedding or civil ceremony
Party decorations are an important part of a celebration

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Rhythms Of The World

I regularly cover a number of local music festivals, the largest of which is Rhythms Of The World.  The event takes place at Hitchin Priory and has a capacity of 30,000.

Rhythms Of The World

There are six stages covering a range of musical genres, including the BBC Introducing stage, which together with the Icehouse Stage features the cream, of regional talent.

Amber Run on the BBC Introducing Stage at ROTW 2015
Amber Run on the BBC Introducing Stage

The Main Stage is where the headline acts play whilst the St.Mary’s Stage is focused more on folk and World Music,

The Brand New Heavies on the Main Stage

One of the biggest challenges is the sheer size of the event – two days covering 19 acres is a lot of legwork.

Sukhi Ryatt on the St.Mary's Stage at ROTW 2015
Sukhi Ryatt on the St.Mary’s Stage

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Cantate Alumni Concert

The Cantate Alumni Choir held a gala concert at The Gresham Centre in Central London during April, featuring both the choir and former members who have gone on to form their own outfits.

The Gresham Centre, Central London
The Gresham Centre

Having worked previously with members of the choir I was delighted to be asked to photograph this event. Normally I would visit the location beforehand to get an idea of the layout, environment and lighting but on this occasion I was not able to do this, so I arrived well ahead of time to fully view the space and identify the best angles and plan the best way to move around without drawing attention to myself. Arriving well in advance of the performance also gave me an opportunity to talk to some of the musicians and the stage manager; and to take some shots of the venue and paraphernalia to illustrate the event.

The Cantate Alumni Choir
The Cantate Alumni Choir

The concert ran from 5pm until 7pm, so, being April, there was plenty of natural daylight in the building at the start due to the large windows. However, with the onset of evening, this became mixed with the artificial lighting of the venue (and consequent mix of colour temperatures).

There was plenty here to photograph – performers, audience, venue, instruments, sheet music – lots to give an idea of the feel of the event. There was also plenty to impress the ear too, with some stunning performances from both the choir, individual singers and small groups.

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Renewal Of Vows

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I’m increasingly being asked to provide informal coverage of  events such as renewals of vows and blessings. One such event I covered recently took place in Harpenden. The couple had originally married a couple of years ago in the Caribbean but wanted a ceremony in the UK for those who hadn’t been able to attend the wedding.

I was asked to provide some formal shots of the couple and friends in the grounds of Luton Hoo, followed by coverage of the ceremony and reception at a nearby church and hall in Harpenden.

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Feedback from the client was very positive: “We love the photos. You’ve done such a great job of getting photos of so many of our guests too which we really appreciate.”

If you’d like to find out more about the photography services I offer, please visit my page about family functions, parties and events.

Publicity & Promotion

I work with a number of organisation to provide promotional and publicity shots to accompany press releases and other promotional materials.

Promoting Rhythms Of The World

This shot was taken at an awareness event for the Rhythms Of The World music festival that takes place every year in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

It’s Party Time

I’m getting more and more requests to photograph parties, which of course I’m delighted to cover. Towards the end of February I attended a couple of birthday parties at a local function venue, Castle House in Hertford, which features a bar, dance floor and seating both inside and out for those that prefer to relax.

Here are some photos of people enjoying themselves!

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If you’re interested in having a party, family function or event photographer then you can find out  more by visiting the Party, Anniversary and Family Function page on my website.

Renewal Of Vows

Some shots here of a Renewal Of Vows I covered earlier in the year. These functions have been popular this year, especially around the Tin Anniversary of ten years.

This ceremony took place in a small village church and the couple requested some posed shots at the nearby Amwell Pool, as well as less formal shots after the ceremony in a nearby pub afterwards.

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Feedback from client: “We’re very happy with the photos taken that day and we will certainly advertise your skills to friends and family.”

If you’d like to find out more about the photography services I offer, please visit my page about family functions, parties and events.

Oxford Fireworks: JackFM Stage

Probably the last outdoor live music event I’ll cover this year – the JackFM stage at this year’s Oxford Fireworks display at South Park, Oxford, an annual event run by the local Rotary Club.

The stage featured five live acts, including the house band for the evening – Schrodinger’s Strings – an outfit I’ve photographed on a number of occasions.

Thankfully it was a mild evening for the time of year and the forecast downpours cleared before any of the performers took to the stage, so the only real issue was the mud!

Frankenstein’s Lobster
Frankenstein’s Lobster
Owen Paul
Schrodinger’s Strings
Schrodinger’s Strings
Eddie Brown- Schrodinger’s Strings
Fireworks
Balloon Ascents
Balloon Ascents
In The Pink A Capella
In The Pink A Capella

Poppy Appeal

An interesting assignment for The British Legion to mark the launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal.

An image of poppies was projected on to the side of Hertford Castle, following a small buffet supper for local dignitaries and members of the armed forces, along with speeches.

I was asked to cover both the formalities and the projection, the latter of course being the talking point and focus of a subsequent press release by The Legion.