Category Archives: Events

Supercharge your event photography with StudioBooth from JonHallPhoto

Cramped, automated photo booths are old news.

Whilst many clients want a separate photo area for guests to let out their wedding silliness or an original way to liven up a party, automatic booths often prove underwhelming. Piles of small, unedited low quality prints are a common sight at the end of the evening.

What if your guests could have their photos taken by a real photographer against a custom backdrop, properly lit and edited before being uploaded to an online gallery to share on social media the next day?

Introducing StudioBooth from JonHallPhoto.

With custom designed backdrops to match your theme or colour scheme we provide fully edited studio quality guest photos optimised for facebook and available for free download within 24 hours.

Extras and props can be supplied to encourage your guests to pose for a photo and most can’t wait to get in front of the camera. It’s much easier to interact with a real person than a box and having a professional photographer shooting guarantees high quality photos every time.

How it works

  • Get in touch with the date and venue for your event
  • Select your colour scheme
  • Choose your props
  • Enjoy your party
  • Download facebook friendly StudioBooth photos within 24 hours

Images are made available via an online gallery or on disc.

A professional photographer and mobile studio is the perfect way to complete your party.

A complete StudioBooth setup is available from as little as £250. 

For a quote complete the form below and we’ll be in touch.

Shooting Triathletes in West Kirby – A 48 hour D800 film

West Kirby is a quiet little beach town on the Wirral peninsula. Considering the vast beaches and epic marine lake it’s amazing that it hasn’t been home to a triathlon before.

On the 31st of August hundreds of competitors, friends, family and spectators descended on the lake to witness some extreme athletes put themselves through a combined course of swimming, and cycling before a run to the finish. Organised by Mersey Tri this looked like a huge turnout for a first event.

I had been invited by a personal trainer friend of mine to from Elite Fitness photograph the event with the intention of providing photos for his athletes. Upon arrival I knew I had a problem, more specifically the monster lens of an events photographer peeking out from behind a high-viz jacket.

Oh.

As good as my photos will be, if they already have it covered for the whole event I’m just overkill. So do I stay to watch strangers get wet, then disappear on bikes before returning to disappear again on foot or do I turn around and go straight back to bed (considering that it’s now 7:15 on a Sunday morning)?

Or…  do I make the best of it, put down the rapid fire D700 and see if I can make a film with zero preparation, zero planning and only the kit I have for stills photography?

Never one to waste an opportunity I grabbed the D800 with the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 for it’s long reach, the 16-35 f4 for it’s super wide angle and a sturdy tripod and set to it.

An event like a triathlon poses certain challenges to a lone cameraman. Unable to film more than one angle at once I had to pick my shots pretty carefully on the fly. Fortunately there were three waves of athletes that provided some opportunity to move and reset the camera during the action and with the kind assistance of a driver from Checkpoint motor stores I was able to follow the cycling action whilst hanging out of the window of a VW Polo. This was a real test for the active VR of the 70-200 and obviously an area which requires practice.

The film is shot in 1080p at 30fps so full screen viewing is recommended. It was cut in Premiere Pro and graded with Adobe Speedgrade before titles were added in After Effects.

If you enjoy the video (or not) leave a comment, I’d love to hear what you think. If you have any questions about how this was made or you have an event coming up and want a film for yourself just get in touch.

Enjoy

West Kirby Triathlon West Kirby Triathlon West Kirby Triathlon West Kirby Triathlon West Kirby Triathlon West Kirby Triathlon Wirral triathlon

What the FLUX? – Introducing Liverpool’s newest music festival

Flux festival is here and making it’s mark.

Last week I was invited to shoot a discussion panel hosted by Jay Talyor, a promoter from The Ruby Lounge in Manchester to find out some more about the artists involved in the festival.

Flux is a new arts event in Liverpool aimed at bringing together and sharing skills amongst new artists, producers and performers.

Held at the Camp and Furnace in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle (a hub for creative and media types) the day saw a series of interviews filmed by Dave Harry from LiverpoolTV.com for the Flux Youtube channel.

Introduced by Jay ‘Creaky Bones’ Crawford and Alison James, the artists, producers and promoters chatted about their music, ideas and involvement with Flux.

Artists included Natalie McCool, winner of ‘Liverpool Music Awards – Female artist of the year’ and Rory Taylor of event organisers and record label, Rebel Soul.

For the full video and updates on the festival keep an eye on fluxliverpool.com

 

The Billington Ball, or ‘how to light a cathedral.’

When it comes to throwing a staff party, few can compete with The Billington Group.

A job like this is a dream to a photographer like me. Yes it’s a challenge to shoot a candlelit cathedral but what results!

As you can see from the pictures no expense was spared to transform the inside of this already impressive structure into the perfect space for dinner, drinks and dancing. Guests were received in the lady chapel with a champagne reception and nibbles from Pickled Walnut Catering. PW are a specialist catering firm who created some amazing food served with style and are worth checking out.

Walking through the main space the first thing to hit you is the lighting design from Adlib sound,light and visual solutions. They had bathed the room in blue and purple lighting that was breathtaking and a joy to shoot, complimenting the warm candlelight and flowers from Sentimental moments.

Once the party had settled into their seats they enjoyed a great meal accompanied by Victoria Sharpe, a pianist and singer who looked at home on the huge stage. She’s quite something and worth a listen.

Following Victoria the evening was rounded off by The Capitals, whose lively covers kept  the room dancing till the end of the night.

I caught up with Annika Green from the Liverpool office who had this to say about my work.

Jon was recommended to me from someone who attended one of his night walks and after seeing his photos I had no doubt that he would do an excellent job. The Anglican Cathedral is a difficult venue to photograph due to its size and people had warned me that shooting in there would be very difficult. Giving Jon the brief I felt confident that he captured our spirit and feel for the event, on the night he was super professional and good fun (he also stayed an extra hour to capture the event when it was getting lively!). I was honestly blown away by the level of his work and was delighted by the quick turnaround in receiving the photos back. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend Jon for other corporate events and would definitely look to use him again in the future.

If you are hosting an event whether big or small and want high quality professional images get in touch, or leave a comment.

Musicians and poets go Bananas in West Kirby

Homegrown Bananas is an open mic event run by Transition Town and Creative Watch Area. Anyone can come along and if during a song or poem you end up with the banana it’s your time to shine.

Today’s music was opened and closed by ‘Creaky Bones’, the subject of a previous post and emerging blues talent. The day also saw both light hearted and thought provoking poetry, a superb guitar and vocal duo and a clever reworking of George Formby – ‘Re-installing Windows’.

With local food and drink suppliers on hand the event was a success, check in with the HB facebook page for details of the next event.

You can find the full gallery of the event here at www.jonhallphoto.co.uk/Homegrown-bananas

Creaky Bones aka Joe Crawford at LIMF bandstand, Liverpool.

Today I had the pleasure of attending the Liverpool International Music Festival bandstand in Williamson square, Liverpool. I stayed to listen to ‘Creaky Bones’, an up and coming slide blues guitarist showcasing his skills to the people. He’s got a great sound, his audience commenting that they expected to see an old soul behind the mic when they heard him from the surrounding streets.
Keep an eye out for him, you can find him on facebook or catch him at the Liverpool fringe, 24th August and at Homegrown Bananas, 22nd October.

Single use cameras for weddings? – The future is Capsule

Weddings really are amazing events. I’ve been thinking recently about all the spectacular sights I saw in 2012 and just how much effort from so many people go into just one day. A day filled with unique details and choices, a day where friends and family will travel halfway around the world to be together. Memories are made and shared and it’s my job the capture the day, the story of the bride and groom.

capsuleIn the past it was the sole responsibility of the official photographer to provide every image, to choose where to be and who to follow, essentially deciding which moments you will remember for years to come. Of course now everyone has a camera. When a best man used to look around during his speech he saw faces of tears and laughter, now it’s often a sea of iPhones. Not that that’s a bad thing, we live in a digital age of instant media, brides who have a minute can check on their wedding in real time on facebook and twitter and the photographer is very rarely the first to share provide the couple with pictures. Everyone is excited to see the bride and the venue, the food and the first dance. It’s great to share but the couple now has a lot less control over who sees what and when.

Naturally a bride and groom want as may pictures as possible from their day, I’m all for this. I’ve met wedding photographers who don’t like guests to have cameras, wanting theirs to be the best and only images of the day. Personally I don’t mind, I’m happy when the bride and groom are happy and the more memories they have the better.

The problem is that so much effort has gone into the planning and the couple obviously want control of which pictures are out there. No bride wants an unflattering photo on facebook to be the first one seen and gathering photos from your guests can be a difficult task. With so many guests people away, how can you get all the pictures?

Capsule InfoMost will turn to the single use camera. The same ones you took on holiday as a child. Pre-loaded with a roll of film which must be processed and printed before seeing and sharing them. For weddings these only cost a few pounds each, but you’ll need quite a few, each roll must be developed or scanned and there’s no guarantee of what you’ll end up with. What we need is a way to get all the images from the day in one place from everybody’s camera, today’s phones can take a great picture in the right conditions and every guest has one.

So I started searching for solutions and came across Capsule. They are a new company with fantastic idea.

Collect every photo your guests take in real time direct to a private gallery where you can download them all. Genius.

I don’t know why someone hasn’t thought of this before. It works like this

  • Sign up for Capsule using code ‘JONHALLPHOTO’ to save 15%
  • Download the free Capsule app for iPhone or Andriod
  • Invite your guests to join and download the app

Every photo that is taken using the app is uploaded automatically to your Capsule, photos taken with any other camera can be uploaded via the web. Just ask your guests to use Capsule instead of their camera app for your wedding. Use it before the day to share details and ideas. Members can send direct messages, ask questions, post to the wall or snap a quick photo of the perfect shoes and share it only with those in the know. Think of it like a combined facebook and twitter but just for planning and capturing your wedding. See the whole day through the eyes of each of your guests and share it in real time with those who can’t make it. Anyone you have invited to your capsule can see a constant stream of photos and updates as they are snapped and uploaded.

capsule JONHALLPHOTOI invested in my own Capsule to give it a try and I’m impressed. Overall the app does exactly what it says, my iphone camera functions as normal through the app and images turn up straight away in a live feed within my Capsule. This is the future of collecting images from guests. It’s slick, easy and instant and once you have your images you can download everything to your computer or order prints direct from the site. No more waiting for emails from friends or for film to be developed. Now you can have every image from your wedding as it’s happening, enjoy them instantly and keep them forever.

Currently a capsule for 75 guests costs $99 US (about £60), about the cost of buying and developing 8 single use cameras. A single account lets you create unlimited capsules for any event. Create new capsules for the hen night and stag do if you’re brave, or for your honeymoon to share your snaps with your guests and not with the world.

Use the code ‘JONHALLPHOTO’ to save 15% of any capsule purchase. I recommend Capsule to all my wedding clients as part of their photography package.

Click here to check out their site and see what Capsule is all about.

Capsule Info