As it was dry January, a mocktail competition was held at L’Ortolan in Shinfield by Binary Botanical. It was a tough job but someone had to photograph it!
It completely blew my mind the amount of effort, science and attention to detail that everyone put into their mocktails. The criteria was to use low or no-alcohol ingredients (one of which had to be Binary Botanical 0.5%). So what is Binary Botanical? – it’s a table beer which you drink as an alternative to wine or it can be mixed. More information about their wine lover’s beer can be found on their website: Binary Botanical
2019 Photo and Video Review : What an interesting and varied year for photo and video shoots. From photographing a wedding during a storm, the ‘IMAGINE if ‘ enterprise competition launched by entrepreneur and founder of Ella’s Kitchen, Paul Lindley OBE, Dementia Action Week event, an Ordination at St Giles’s Church, Reading, Henley Alumni Regatta, Monotype Ltd photoshoot, Reading’s Phoenix Choir 50th Anniversary Concert, video about Living with Fibromyalgia, Pack & Send Franchisee videos and Brittelstand 2019.
Many thanks to everyone who has been part of a video or photography shoot in 2019 – your participation is greatly appreciated and I hope to work with you again in 2020!
Congratulations: Faith and Deji! Last year I did a proposal shoot in the grounds of the Abbey Ruins in Reading. I hadn’t met either of them before and had to identify them through an image sent by Deji and a text describing what he was wearing. Acting like a tourist, I appeared when he proposed and captured the happy event (she said yes).
Forward on a year and we did another shoot (this one was arranged) to celebrate their engagement. They are getting married overseas next month. There was no better place than the University of Reading’s Harris Garden – peaceful, serene, idyllic and absolutely perfect.
As a professional photographer I am very aware of the need for good quality images and the impact they have. But hearing it from someone else makes me feel appreciated, happy and lucky (to have such lovely clients and to do a job that I really enjoy).
A golden day was had by Reading Phoenix Choir who celebrated with current and past members in the Great Hall, Reading culminating in their 50th Anniversary Gala Concert. It was a lovely day to photograph and hear about their achievements: wins, performances, travels, stories (involving a few colourful characters and a few pubs apparently) and, of course, experiencing their fantastic concert.
If you couldn’t make their concert or if you want to see them perform again, their events continue, please see their website for upcoming dates: Reading Phoenix Choir events
Here is a small set of images taken during the day and of the concert itself – Enjoy!
It was a lovely, intimate and relaxed ceremony and reception with more food than I think I have ever seen before in my life – and it was all delicious (it would have been rude not to partake). It’s always a privilege to photograph a wedding, to be trusted to do a good job, both in terms of photography but also people management and simply adapting to the changing situations.
However, photographing a wedding during a storm was a challenge. There are just some things that you cannot control so the best thing to do is embrace the good elements and block out the bad (in this case, gale force winds and the odd shower). We got some lovely shots, that with a bit of planning, worked out really well and captured the atmosphere beautifully (including the nearby bluebell woods).
Last year I was given the opportunity to photograph for Blandy & Blandy Solicitors, at their Reading office as well as client premises. The resulting images are on their website (delayed reaction on my part) which is always great to see. If you require a solicitor for personal, property or business purposes then take a look at their website here: Blandy & Blandy
What a fun shoot this was! Lots of laughter and football (I’m not a sports photographer but these have come out pretty well). Topped off with tea and cake – what a difficult job I have!! Family photographs don’t need to be staged or formal – they can be full of action and fun.
The Shed Artist at work : the multi-talented Martin Andrews at work in his garden studio. What a real privilege to photograph such a humble man and exceptional artist. I have known Martin for many years but have only had glimpses into his art world. I am not only impressed by the range of work he produces but also by his down-to-earth approach.
Timelapse video of the packing of a Toyota MR2 hard top for Pack & Send in Reading: YouTube video is here.
1.5 hours of work in 35 seconds in the style of a silent movie (film scratches, projector noise, music, black and white and titles). Many thanks to Pack & Send for their cooperation, hospitality and the amazing insight into the world of packing. So whether it’s furniture, musical instruments, artwork, hard top for a car, electronic equipment, antiques, a stuffed giraffe or anything in between – they can advise the best way to pack and send your goods. For more information about their services, visit the Pack & Send website.