Golden day for Reading Phoenix Choir

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!

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).

Blandy & Blandy

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

Family Football Fun!

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 Shed Artist - Martin Andrews

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

Hard top timelapse

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.

Music by Audio Network

Video Review 2018 has been completed!

It started last year when I made a short video containing some of the photographs taken in 2017. It was fun to continue the tradition this year but with some added video clips as well.

The range of photoshoots has been immense in 2018: a stuffed giraffe, graduations, award ceremonies, portraits, weddings, parties (including the one where all the kids dressed as superheroes), artwork, interior and exterior architecture as well as photographing on a rowing boat on the Thames. That very same rowing boat and crew are currently competing in The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – their current position is here: 19° 53.28 N, 032° 27.90 W.

The YouTube video can be viewed here: Bennetto Photography 2018 Review

easyHotel Reading

easyHotel Reading

I photographed the new easyHotel in Reading recently. It’s on Caversham Road in Reading, so it’s really convenient for transport link and central Reading. As any ‘Easy’ service, it’s low cost, convenient and no-frills.

There are different room types to choose from, they even have two accessible rooms. For more information, visit their website at: easyHotel Reading

Here are a few of the images taken…

Reading Phoenix Choir celebrates 50 golden years

Reading Phoenix Choir group photograph

The Reading Phoenix Choir celebrates 50 golden years. I photographed the choir beside the Reading Abbey Gateway and within the Abbey ruins. As their name suggests it was important to connect them with Reading and what better place than the ruins and gatehouse.

Over the years, Reading Phoenix Choir has raised over £300,000 in support of various charities. As well as a busy concert schedule, the choir participates in national and international competitions, BBC recordings, their own CD recordings, singing tours and run workshops with local schools to get young people excited and passionate about music. Take a look at their website for more information about their upcoming concerts: Reading Phoenix Choir

Here are a few of the images taken on the day:

Fashion photography

Rado-Hicks scarf 3

Sometimes you take a set of photographs and you never see them again – for a number of different reasons. However, sometimes, you know they will eventually be used (you just don’t know when) and this shoot fits into that category. I took them some time ago and the client has completed their website which is now live.

Rado-Hicks scarves are luxury hand-made Italian scarves. For more information please visit Andrea’s website: Rado-Hicks