Category Archives: Kingston

Awards Ceremony Photography in Kingston

The faces change from year to year, but their unlimited energy and enthusiasm remains just the same. It was the annual Rose Youth Theatre awards ceremony, one of my regular bookings. “They love it when you play the paparazzi.” Ciaran O’Connell, the theatre’s Director of Learning and Participation told me. I stand at the end of the red carpet and snap them as they arrive at the theatre dressed up in the best outfits. “Come on, look this way! Smile for the camera!“ Great fun. Last year Cairan adapted and directed ‘Wind in Willows’ and he’s doing ‘Alice in Winterland’ for this Christmas. Members of the Youth Theatre perform alongside the professional cast, a fantastic opportunity for any kids with acting ambitions. And probably good box office once all the friends and family have bought tickets.

Last year’s awards

Cairan’s blog about Wind in the Willows

Silver Lining – to be found in every cloud – event photography in Kingston

The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames staged the first production of a new play written by Sandi Toksvig, ‘Silver Lining’. I photographed the press night star-spangled event. 

Kingston Chamber of Commerce New Board Members – Portrait Photography

Portrait photographs of the new members of the board, Kingston Chamber of Commerce. Elected at the annual general meeting, it’s an awesome weight of responsibility, but they held up well, at least for their first day!

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!


“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.

Breakfast Muffins in the Mayor’s Parlour – Business Event in Kingston

On the desk of the Mayor of Kingston upon Thames – books to makes sure he knows his place…

Kingston Chamber of Commerce’s latest networking breakfast event was in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall.  I had to go and have a look – just too tempting for a nosey person like me.  You always meet some interesting people at these well-attended events, and you find out about their many great business ideas!

Up the Red Carpet – Event Photography at the Rose

The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames are a regular client of mine – I’m the photographer at many of their PR events. But, notwithstanding that I’m a great advocate of their work, both on stage and in the community. The shows I’ve seen have been at least good, and often fantastic. It’s a true community theatre, the building is regularly used for community events and they often cast members of their youth theatre in their plays.

The Rose Youth Awards is one of my favourite events, all the participants get dressed up to walk the red carpet into the theatre and attend the awards ceremony in the auditorium. They are all so excited and bubbling with energy, it’s quite infectious. I play the paparazzo, snapping away with the flash on the camera. Ciaran McConville hosts the ceremony, Director of Learning & Participation at the Rose while writer Jacqueline Wilson gives the awards. I’ve seen Jacqueline at the theatre several times; she’s fantastic with the youngsters, taking the time to talk with them about theatre and writing. She’s a real inspiration, and so is Ciaran. The youngsters absolutely adore him.

“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.
 

New Hotel in Kingston and a Nice Place for a Networking Event

I love a nice hotel. There’s a charming, boutique establishment on a back-street in the Marias, Paris we’re very fond off. But there’s something about a big, grand hotel that’s rather wonderful. Kingston-upon-Thames is about to get one of those. The Doubletree by Hilton is opening soon, and Kingston Chamber of Commerce held a networking breakfast in the new hotel’s Sopwith Suite. Kingston’s aviation heritage has given a theme to the hotel, they’ve used the names and photographs of old Hawker aeroplanes. The purpose-built structure went up seven years ago, but was mothballed by the then owners. Under new owners, it’s been  finished it to a very high standard, king size beds, giant TVs and a carpet with a design based on an aerial view of Kingston. It’ll be a great place for a meeting over a coffee or a bite to eat. And I’m not just saying that because I got a free breakfast! And a chocolate muffin. And a pain au raisin. 

“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.

A Christmas Carol – Press Night Event Photography

This year the marvelous Rose Theatre in Kingston is staging Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. They have a great track record in producing shows with children in the cast. Partly because the theatre has an admirable community and youth theatre. This production is adapted and directed by Ciaran McConville. Once again the theatre asked me  to photograph the press night event.

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