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.
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:
Congratulations to Elspeth and David Luna who were married at Blaise Castle Museum, Bristol last month. Here are just a few images taken on the day…
One location can often provide more than one look to a photograph (even if the subject is the same – okay, with and without a jacket on). This was the case when I photographed Max recently. We went to the Showcase Cinema in Winnersh and took these two shots under the flyover. And they couldn’t be more different.
Now – can you guess who he looks like?
Heads Together and Row team to row the Atlantic. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge will see Heads Together and Row compete in an unsupported 3000 mile rowing race from San Sebastian in the Canary Islands to English Harbour, Antigua. To put the challenge into context: more people have climbed Everest or been into space than row the Atlantic!
The race is estimated to take between 40 and 90 days the crew will row in pairs in two hour shifts around the clock. The 24’ x 6’ boat carries all their equipment (and spares), food and a water maker turning sea water into drinking water.
It will not only be a huge personal challenge but they will be raising money for mental health charities. Dr Caroline Rook, Lecturer in Leadership at Henley Business School, will be working with them on a research study before, during and after the race, looking at individual and team resilience.
I was invited onto their boat on the River Thames. Happily I didn’t fall in, the camera and lens survived and I got some really interesting action shots. Having being on a very calm river I cannot imagine what facing 40 foot waves will be like. Good luck to the team!
I recently photographed Scott Marley from the Science Theatre in action. Science Theatre create shows and workshops mixing stage performance with demonstrations to explain the most incredible ideas in science – in the most memorable way. He presented his Astronomical show in front of Year 9 school pupils visiting the University of Reading.
Scott studied astrophysics at The University of Manchester before joining the Bradford Robotic Telescope group at Bradford University to run their outreach program. It was a really interesting, interactive and informative show which everyone really enjoyed.
I initially was disappointed when all the room lights were switched off: great for adding atmosphere and continuing the space theme but not great for capturing engaging images. I was therefore delighted to get this image – a perfect profile shot for an astrophysicist!
Find out more information about the Science Theatre, their shows, pricing and contact details here: Science Theatre
I had a lovely time in London taking photographs of members of staff and the trustees of the Centre for Ageing Better. They are a charity who work to create a society in which everyone enjoys a good later life.
“We believe that more people living longer represents a huge opportunity for society. But changes are needed so more people enjoy good health, are financially secure, are socially connected and have a purpose in later life. We bring about change for people in later life today and for future generations. Practical solutions, research about what works best and people’s own insight are all sources that we draw on to help make this change”.
Centre for Ageing Better
To find out more about the charity, click here: Centre for Ageing Better
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