Category Archives: event

Quiz Night Photographs

Apothecaries Hall London event photography

Apothecaries Hall, London

Quiz night photographs from the Apothecaries Hall in London. Every year a I photograph the quizzers at an event held by the Medical Journalist Association. They split into teams for the quiz and soon forget that someone’s taking photographs. It’s always good fun photographing such expression – from concentration to exasperation!

Event Photography

Venues for Events in London

Venues for Events in London

There are a lot of venues for events in London. Photographing the conference, seminar or networking event gives privileged access to some interesting buildings.

While I spend most of time photographing the VIPs and attendees, a few good shots of the hall and the building are always welcomed. This is my excuse to go exploring – I find my way onto the balcony or mezzanine, sneak down interesting, dark corridors or up the back stairs. With a brace of cameras around my neck, I can always claim I’ve got lost!

Most events venues in London look after photographers well, including providing some food and drink, staff in London’s events venues seem to see photographers as being on their side – just doing their jobs. Of course, if I’ve had a sandwich and a bottle of beer I’m more likely to photograph their venue at it’s best!

Photography at exhibitions

Photography at Public Relations events

Photography at awards events

Photography at conferences

Photography at gala dinners


Kingston Dragon Boat Race – Event Photography

Kingston Dragon Boat Race event photographyI really wanted to be in a boat to photograph the great spectacle that is the Dragon Boat Race on the River Thames. But, all event photography really should be done from the sidelines – the photographer’s job at an event is to document; capture it for the interest and amusement of the participants but also for the record. Moving into the middle of a drinks reception isn’t going to alter the event in any way, and can get you some good pictures.  But I couldn’t paddle out to the middle of the river to shoot the dragon boats, so I was on the tow path between Teddington and Kingston with a long telephoto lens.

Once the racing was over a I got to ride in the safety boat, and was childishly excited. It was fast!

I photographed the Dragon Boat Race event for the organisers, Kingston upon Thames Rotary Club.

Writing this I wondered whether it should be Dragonboat or Dragon Boat. So I ask Google, and discovered I wasn’t the first perso to pose the question.

 

Bramble Partners Networking at Gray’s Inn – Event Photography

Photography at an event in Gray’s Inn, or any of London’s prestigious venues is a small perk of the job. Bramble Hub connects public sector organisations with best of breed private sector suppliers through government procurement frameworks. They run regular partner events, some simply social, others opportunities to learn from peers, but they’re usually somewhere really nice. The latest one was in the hall at Gray’s Inn. The building was badly damaged in 1941, a brief history can be read here.

Exhibition and Event Photography

Conference Video

ICT Business Networking Event

The Limbcare Garden Video Story

Video of a Hampton Court Flower Show Garden

The story that the Limbcare Garden video tells has more emotion at it’s core than most business video. That’s because the Limbcare Garden at the Hampton Court Flower Show was inspired by the emotional response of the garden’s designer, Edward Mairis. He learned of Ray Edwards MBE, the UK’s Longest surviving quad amputee and his dream to build the Limbcare Well-Being Centre to support amputees and the limb-impaired.  Edward’s garden was intended to help the fund-raising and eventually enrich the experience of the centre. Edward’s first show garden at the Hampton Court Flower Show, ‘Journey of Lifetime’ was awarded a Bronze Medal by the Royal Horticultural Association. This year the RHA gave Limbcare Garden a Silver Medal.

 
designer Edward Mairis says:

 

“The judges recognised the Limbcare Garden as outstanding because it brings a message of hope to amputees and their families who have the huge challenge of accepting a dramatically changed life. The garden symbolises how the charity gives hope and security. Within this calming space, the amputee can face up to what has happened to them and then learn to think differently about what’s important in life. The garden offers a sense of hope in the healing process, the verve of nature showing great resilience, growth and adaptability to the amputee.

“It was important to us to involve amputees in the creation of the garden. This has been another example of the way that Ray inspires and motivates other amputees, and I am delighted to have had the support of so many people Limbcare has supported over the years.”

Filming with Ray and the other limb-impaired volunteers was a joy and an inspiration.
 
 

Who’d do Their Business in a Stuffy Chamber?

Kingston Chamber of Commerce had a business networking meeting at The Canbury Arms in Kingston. A group of Young Enterprise competitors from a local school came along to pitch their product. They were fantastic – clear, articulate, lucid and with an enviable confidence that many of us grown-ups would envy.

Like many middle-aged men, I wear a suit to these events, but I’m in a minority, Kingston of Commerce is relaxed and friendly. Not that you can’t be relaxed and friendly in a business suit, but the membership is not dominated by grey middle-aged men, like me. Given that is was International Women’s Day, it was great to attend a meeting roughly balanced between genders. 

Bentall Breakfast – Photography at the Business Networking Event

Photography from Kingston Chamber of Commerce monthly networking event. October’s was at Bentall’s department store in Kingston. The event’s are always well attended, despite the impression this shot might give.

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Where’s the Chamber gone? Jerry Irving, CEO of Kingston Chamber of Commerce opens the meeting

As you’d expect from Bentall’s, it was an excellent breakfast, and there were a lot of really interesting people to meet, never mind the business!

Whizzfit Fun and Games – Party Photography

WhizzFit events are fun and friendly, the business has been bringing out the inner child in everyone since 2013. With the emphasis firmly on fun first, everyone can join in, get active and improve their health and fitness. Having already made them a video, Angus got me back to get some stills that capture the excitement. 

WhizzFit started when founder Angus discovered Dodgeball.  He was immediately hooked because he realised it was a sport that everyone can play and enjoy safely, no matter what age or sporting ability.  Since then, WhizzFit has continued to introduce new sports and activities such as Nerf into the business with the primary objective of bringing active, healthy fun to everyone.

Election Hustings in Kingston

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The candidates for election to represent the Kingston and Surbiton constituency in Parliament.The Principal of Kingston College, Peter Mayhew-Smith in the centre.

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Labour candidate Laurie South addressing a question. Green Party candidate Chris Walker works on his shopping list.

It’s election time and the candidates in Kingston and Surbiton constituency have gathered together for a hustings organised by the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, apart from the Monster Raving Loonie Party candidate, who’s ill.

As you see, together the parties have selected a representative group of people. That’s if you ignore the women and ethnic minorities of Kingston and Surbiton, and people with disabilities. Oh, and the young people.

Strong and stable James Berry promises a Tory Brexit that will be sweet as honey and smell of roses.

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Independent candidate, Michael Basman takes a moment to dream up some policies.

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Graham remembers someone saying something about £350,000,000 a week for the NHS.

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We’ll now sing hymn number 135, ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’….

James Berry is a true-blue Tory, but his impression of James the Red Engine (Thomas the Tank Engine, W. Audrey) is just brilliant.

You’re Laurie South. Labour Party candidate. Not a teapot.

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“Can I get fries with that?”

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‘Did I mention I was once a Government Minister?’

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‘Three men walked into a pub, a Tory, a Trotsky and a member of the Social Democratic Party’…

The meeting was in Kingston College and the discussion was business orientated. Naturally, it dwelled on the challenge of Brexit. Although nothing new was said, at least one candidate seemed intent on polishing the blemish on their Party’s image!

Notwithstanding my faintly sarcastic tone, the event was a very worthwhile part of the democratic process.

Antoinette and the Chamber – Networking Event in Kingston

Another networking breakfast event with Kingston Chamber of Commerce. At the Antoinette Hotel in Kingston, they’re always fun and you meet some really interesting people, as you can see below. I take my camera and they’re too polite to tell me to bugger off. Well, usually!

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“Every picture tells a story, make sure it’s the right one!”
Trevor Aston Photography and Video is based in Teddington, Richmond upon Thames in southwest London close Kingston, Twickenham and Surrey.