Object photography

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Sony headphones - blue

It’s been a while since I did some object photography so randomly picked my Sony headphones. I chose a black background as it highlights the sparkly blue colour really nicely (and it also goes well with my visual identity). I don’t mind spending time getting the right lighting, reflections etc but this one was pretty straightforward which is always a bonus.


Thames Valley Science Park opening

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Thames Valley Science Park Opening Ceremony - ribbon cutting

The University of Reading-owned Thames Valley Science Park opened its doors for business this week as tenants moved into the flagship ‘Gateway’ building.

The building is part of a £35 million investment in the Science Park and is the first to open. It provides 70,000 square foot of flexible office and laboratory space for around 20 technology-led companies ranging from early stage start-ups to global research and development centres. These include companies such as BioInteractions Limited, Covance, Sage People and Clasado BioSciences.

Bennetto Photography captured the opening ceremony and some of the amazing facilities.

For more information please visit the University of Reading and Reading Chronicle press releases.


Building Customer Loyalty event

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James Malone, VP of Worldwide Sales at Opsview

A group of business leaders joined the panel to share their experience of building customer loyalty and offered guidance on good and best practice, which SMEs could benefit by.

Jurek Sikorski, Executive Director of Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship, Henley Business School chaired the event. The panel consisted of Elizabetta Camilleri, CEO of Shopological, James Malone, VP of Worldwide Sales at Opsview and Sandra Sassow,CEO of SEaB Energy.

‘With competition never being greater than it is today, building customer loyalty is uppermost in the minds of business leaders, as well as sales and marketing professionals. Today’s customers have access to an enormous amount of information about your business and research shows that customers remain with companies who go above and beyond to create an outstanding customer experience. Since studies have shown that it costs between 5-10 times more to acquire a new customer than keep an existing one, outperforming your competition and succeeding in business depends upon having loyal customers. Building loyal customers should be a priority for every business leader.

Building customer loyalty is not easy and companies should not think that just because a customer comes back to buy it has achieved customer loyalty. Ultimately, customer loyalty is a measure of the success in retaining a long term relationship with the customer where the customer recommends the company to others and where the lifetime value of a customer is maximised’.

This was a really interesting, engaging and though-provoking event from the Henley Business School about building customer loyalty from different companies and perspectives. Here are just some of the event photographs:


T&L Conference: The Curriculum Framework at the University of Reading

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CQSD T&L Conference 6

I photographed the T&L Conference: The Curriculum Framework at the University of Reading on Wednesday 31st January. The keynote presentation was by Professor Tansy Jessop from Southampton Solent University. She talked about the capacity of assessment in transforming student learning and making teaching more exciting and rewarding.

There also were a number of workshops on a range of themes including: assessment and feedback, employability, globalisation, student engagement and inclusivity.

It was really lovely to see lots of familiar faces – many thanks to everyone who so willingly allowed me to photograph them. I think I have captured the spirit of the event with this small group of photographs.



UoR PG student profiles

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UoR PG student profile 1

I was back on familiar ground last month photographing post-graduate students at the University of Reading. They were a lovely group of people. Some were very nervous, having never been photographed in a studio by a professional photographer before. Whilst others were much more relaxed. However, I don’t think you will be able to differentiate the two groups from the final images. A lovely and relaxed time was had by all, a great set of images were produced and it was really good to catch-up with colleagues from the University.


One year project finished!

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The Daily Mirror royal stories

Last month I completed the photography of the John Lewis Printing Collection, held at MERL (the Museum of English Rural Life). I began the photography in December 2016 and finished it last month. Twenty thousand individual items mounted onto 1900 display sheets contained within 87 boxes – led to one year of photography.

A small number of items are on display currently at MERL but here is a brief description of the collection.

The collection consists of examples of printing, printing ephemera and advertisements, beginning with leaves from early printed books of the 1470s, through many aspects of decorative and commercial printing, down to specimens of fine printing from private presses and from the Royal College of Art, where both John Lewis and Berthold Wolpe lectured in the 1970s. It is grouped under 80 main headings and many of these are again subdivided. But here are just some of those catalogues.

Catalogues include:

Royal College of Art: c1950-
Photography: c1860-
Engraved & printed titles & dedications for atlases : c1500-
Royalty : c1800-
Politics : c1800-
War, soldiers : c1800-
Music : c1750-
Soap advertisements : 1880-1910

Not only were the items photographed, they were catalogued and importantly conserved – what a group effort!


New website design is here!

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New website image

I am pleased to announce that Bennetto Photography has a new website design. It’s been an amazing experience to redesign the website myself.

Some Mac testing and a couple of layout suggestions were made by Rachel Warner but everything else was me! Almost two years ago, I would never have been able to think about doing it far less actually undertake it. It just proves that if you really want something (whatever your age or creative abilities) – you can make it happen!



Lurcher portrait

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Lurcher dog photograph

Here is Daisy who is a rescue lurcher and is unbelievably 12 years old. She is getting a white muzzle but is very active for her age. Like most lurchers, she spends most of the day sleeping but when out and about she runs around like there’s no tomorrow.

I photographed her for a Christmas present which was printed and framed for her owner. The owner was delighted – Daisy however hated the camera and initially ran away from me. Luckily, I have known her for many years so managed to settle her down enough to capture this lovely shot.


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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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.