Architecture

Photography Review 2017

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Photography review 2017

Photography Review 2017 by Bennetto Photography captures many of the photoshoots from the year including the Cliveden Literary Festival, Vodafone Enterprise Conference, TSBE Electric Vehicle conference, Being Human Festival, Notcutts Annual Conference, portraits, objects, locations and more…

What a brilliantly varied and enjoyable year it has been. I am very grateful to all my clients for inviting me into their world in order for me to digitise it forever. I am very fortunate to have had so many exciting projects, unfortunately not all shoots have been added to the video, sorry if yours didn’t make it into the final cut. It’s not easy cutting down 12 months of work into 3 minutes and 36 seconds!

All photographs and video editing was by Bennetto Photography. Music by bensound.com

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Education

Winter warmer event at MERL

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The MERL Winter Warmer - petting zoo

The MERL Winter Warmer event was held on Saturday 2nd of December and I was there with my camera to capture everything. There was plenty for everyone to see, hear and do: including the Millers’ Ark Living Nativity scene and petting farm, a Christmas Cracker drop-in craft activity, the MERL players Traditional Christmas show, opportunities to actually handle some MERL objects, a gift wrapping station, the Shepherd’s hut was decorated by the Mewes Knitting group and Christmas music supplied by the Reading Big Band.

They say never work with children and animals – so I had both to contend with. The donkeys, goats, turkeys and pigs were very well behaved. The children… were understandably excited: I was very glad to spend a quiet evening at home afterwards.

Education

Creating opportunity from adversity talk

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Bennetto Photography Matt Franklin

The Henley Business School welcomed Matt Franklin to deliver the ninth talk in the series, titled ‘Creating opportunity from adversity’. Matt is Managing Director of Roc Technologies, a business process transformation specialist and multi award winner. In April 2017, the Financial Times ranked Roc Technologies 17th in 1,000 fastest growing businesses in Europe.

Matt’s talk covered his role as MD, the inspiration behind Roc Technologies’ growth and the company’s recognition through numerous awards, including winning the most innovative technology company award at Southern Tech 100 Awards in March 2017.

I photographed this event and it was a sober reminder that there are good and bad aspects in business and that failure is often the catalyst to success. Not many people are prepared to talk of the hard times in business so well done Matt!

People

B&W studio portraiture

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Studio portrait in B&W
Black and white studio photography by Bennetto Photography

I had a fabulous time photographing JP recently. He wasn’t expecting such an elaborate studio lighting setup nor the large number of shots taken but the end results were well worth it.

He really embraced the session bringing with him a change of clothes and props to help us get the range of shots we wanted. It was a thoroughly enjoyable photoshoot with a genuinely nice guy (I am showing my age now). The most difficult things to photograph are often when subjects have the same tonal ranges so getting the lighting right was key with this shot.

Events

Cliveden Literary Festival

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Cliveden Literary Festival

I photographed the inaugural Cliveden Literary Festival at the weekend for the fabulous ITM AV

Cliveden is the magnificent English country house (now a five star hotel) with its unique and extraordinary 350 year history of politics and intrigue, aristocracy and espionage, sex and scandal. The literary festival evoked the spirit of the great writers who have stayed there.

I photographed the house and gardens, the Clock Tower Marquee (which hosted ‘Living in the Age of Pussy – Where funny meets fury: the comic novelist on his savage Trump satire’ where John Preston talked to Howard Jacobson) and in the Great Hall (which hosted ‘Behind the scenes at our museums: how the treasures of the past and present shape our future’. Chair: Simon Jenkins Panellists: Nicholas Cullinan, Yana Peel and Hannah Rothschild).

Education

Welcome to the University of Reading

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Welcome Week 2017

Welcome Week 2017 at the University of Reading was colourful, vibrant, exciting, diverse, hectic and highly entertaining. There were far too many activities to put into one post: Volunteering Fayre, Academic Success Fair, RUSU Societies & Media Fayre, Chaplaincy BBQ, study advice sessions, campus tours and loads more. Everyone was getting to know the campus, their halls, the services on offer, the academics and of course, meeting new friends and experiencing University life.

Welcome Week has always been been highly entertaining to photograph so here is a dancing lion with the Reading Knights cheerleaders – nothing more to say!

Education

Graduation celebrations!

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Reading School of Pharmacy Graduation 2017

Congratulations to everyone from the University of Reading who graduated this week. I photographed the Reading School of Pharmacy and Food & Nutritional Sciences graduation receptions. It was good to be back in the familiar surroundings of the MERL gardens offering the perfect setting to celebrate graduation with family, friends and faculty staff. Also great for group photographs – especially if the photographer is leaning out a first floor window shouting instructions!

Events

Magic time for Notcutts

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Bennetto Photography: Notcutts event Marlow, Crowne Plaza

Magician Michael J Fitch entertains at the Notcutts event hosted at the Crowne Plaza, Marlow. Notcutts celebrated 120 years in their industry with multi-session seminars, fun, laughter, learning topped off with an awards filled evening to recognise their talented members of staff.

Magician Michael J Fitch has been on many TV programmes (Channel 4’s ‘Freaky Magic’, and BBC’s ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’) and his close up magic certainly entertained everyone at Notcutts. And, yes, his magic was too fast for my camera – I never caught anything that would help explain what we all witnessed! Doh! See more about Michael at his website

Events

Have you got the X Factor?

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X Factor auditions at the Broad Street Mall, Reading

X Factor Auditions at the Broad Street Mall, Reading as photographed by Bennetto Photography. Many gathered at the Broad Street Mall, Reading last week to audition for the X Factor: here are just two! Young and old alike auditioned for the X Factor – many thanks to everyone who allowed me to photograph them. Many were carrying their guitars or accessories and there were plenty of characters (as you would expect).

Good luck to those who are through to the next stage!