I made this little stop motion video for the Museum of English Rural Life: not bad for my first attempt at stop-motion and done in my living room. It’s made from 80 still frames then edited to show the stop motion effect as well as timed to the music. Some animated text later and it was complete.
The knitted reindeers are made my a volunteer at MERL but due to COVID I haven’t seen her in long time. It was therefore lovely to be able to show her in person at the beginning of December what I had made with her reindeers.
To all the volunteers especially during this festive time – have a MERLy Christmas!
If you go down to the woods today… you may see another family having a fun photoshoot. Admittedly, it was like herding cats but we got a lot of really lovely shots of the boys having fun and being themselves.
This was a win-win-win situation. The family got a great set of images, I earned some income and 20% was donated to a charity of their choice.
Here is just one of ten short films about Hidden Women created for the Ure Museum, University of Reading: Annie Ure
This exhibition is a complement to the ‘Collectors, Curators and Cataloguers‘ workshop held on 12th June 2019. It highlights the histories of ten women who contributed to the Ure Museum in various ways. During their lifetime they held many roles, paid and unpaid. The artefacts and archives were selected to represent the impact they made.
To see and read more, please visit their website: Hidden Women Digital
It was great working with staff and students alike. It also meant that I could combine my skills in one project: photography, recording and video editing. As such, I am another hidden woman in the history of the Ure museum.
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
Here are a few images of the event:
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!
The YouTube video can be viewed here: Bennetto Photography 2019 review
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.
It’s always lovely to be appreciated after a photoshoot but I didn’t expect this…
Photographing the Monotype Archive
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!
Congratulations Hasna and Mark!
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).