My Shot Made Front Cover Again!

Having done various photographic assignments for the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce recently I was asked to join them at a Black Tie event at the Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel for their Global Dinner event with speeches from manufacturing sectors of business.

The main topic was Brexit… discussing the positives for a bright future… here the editor of the Inspire bimonthly magazine from the Chamber used one of my images from the evening for the front cover as well as some in the two page article written within.

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Bond Jaws and Odd Job at Shepperton Studios

A great time was had by all with a recent Bond Themed event held at Shepperton Studios for Imperial Brands. I was asked to be the official photographer to capture the evening as the guest sales and marketing teams from various countries made their way into the grand house that sits onsite at the studios with meeting rooms, offices for film industry companies and areas for events they came across the original Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger.

On arrival in the main reception they were greeted by some of the Bond film characters. (actors). Jaws and Odd Job were there to firstly greet and cause some memorable moments with attendees before they were greeted by 007 Bond himself with a few ever popular Bond girls. Many of the fellas were only to happy to have their photos taken with them!

The event progressed with a drinks reception before entering the main area where an awards presentation was held to give recognition to the winning teams within the company. Swiftly moving on with a food buffet and further entertainment of roulette tables and music from the band.
These evenings are a light relief from a busy day of conference. They are also a good way to reward their sales teams in combining fun with a bit of business.

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Hertfordshire Chamber Global Black Tie Dinner Hanbury Manor 5th October 2017


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Don’t Rule out the Professionals

We are all being advised how to present ourself on social media and websites.
There is a constant battle to obtain first place, to be noticed, gain interest and ultimately sell with social media.

I have noticed that past methods have declined and a whole new industry of people with various descriptions of their profession have emerged. They are ‘Strategic …..’ ‘Motivational…..’ and ‘…..Coach’ to help and direct us on the paths of social media.

It’s a new business platform. A great deal of time and money is spent by companies sending employees to attend meetings, gather information and to learn the best methods used. To become the leaders within the marketing team, to promote a companies image, services or product.

I see often within the social media scenes and websites how articles are written, adverts made and posts released with images and videos done using our ‘hand held communication devices’ that really let down all the efforts made by that individual who wants to come across as professional or represent the company in question.

A few favourites have been where the ‘camera person’ videos themselves in a mirror. This is not even noticed in post edit! The office staff portraits for website against windows that give a great scene outside but darkened blobs as subjects! Are these acceptable?

So my question is, shouldn’t a company that is spending a dedicated budget to learn, promote this new area of business put aside budget to have imagery that compliments and enhances their efforts of communication?

Yes The ‘I’ll give it a go myself’ approach may save money in the short term but does it give your audience the right impression or the WOW factor your company deserves?

Professionals in their industry have become so because of a reason.

So don’t rule them out just yet!

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