Category Archives: Event Photograhy

Why have a Photo Booth at your event ?

Suitable for all ages any gathering of people whether for a wedding ,social party or corporate and marketing event -this is a great reason to have a photo booth.

Despite the small area and easy set up the booth will act as a focal point for guests or clients to congregate – what a great way of getting people together.

There are two main types of booth ; the ‘open’ or ‘studio booth’ where the guests stand in front of a custom backdrop or even the background and furnishing of the venue itself ;particularly effective if it’s a high end luxury location. These open photo booths offer a spontaneous experience -commonly ,  groups of people will gather together to see how many they can get into a picture. A fantastic ” ice breaker” and networking opportunity especially with suitable props.

The Smartpicsuk Photo booth on Location. The booth is hand m,ade in oak by everybooth
The Smartpicsuk photo booth hand made in oak by Everybooth

 The other style of photo booth ;-is the ‘enclosed’ booth which is comparable to a passport or driving license photo machine. These usually come with a stool and a privacy curtain. Small groups can squeeze in and pose for a variety of pictures with or without props. Nowadays ,classic motor vehicles are being adapted as working photo booths. Particular favourites are the iconic London or New York Taxis and the original VW camper van.                                                                      

Both types of photo booth offer the ability to instanly print a strip of photos for guests. After all , who does not like to take home a real photo in their hands ? It is both entertaining and something to go in the goody bag or a party favour.

A printed photo strip from the Everybooth photo booth used by Smartpicsuk
A photo strip from the Everybooth used by Smartpicsuk

      Our Everybooth ® integrates the most influential social media platforms and can upload to Facebook ® and Twitter® complete with corporate branding or an ididividual message. Now that is what we call “spreading the news”                                                              

For marketing or ‘brand activations’ this is such a powerful way to promote a business we refer to our booth as “The Swiss Army Knife” of digital marketing. It will add a buzz to your event spreading your message in a subtle way with the possibility of going viral on the web. An amazing opportunity to get increased customer ‘likes’ on your Facebook page or ‘retweets’ for better engagement with your current and potential clients. Great photographs deserve to be put on display -and so does your company or brand.

                                                       

Instant onsite phot strips from the Smartpicsuk photo booth
A printed photo strip from the Everybooth

  Easy to build and break down ,requiring little space or dispuption to the organisers , Smartpicsuk® offers a wide range of pricing to suit most budgets but we are aimed at the premium end of the event photography market where we aim to stand out like a “flamingo in a flock of pidgeons”.                                                        

 

 

6 Essential points for booking an event photographer.

1   What do you actually want and what are your’s and your clients requirements and expectations?

Here at Smartpicsuk® we are accustomed to receiving vague enquiries about “booking a photographer for a couple of hours in London” or wherever. We won’t be able to give any recommendations and certainly won’t be able to quote a price without having some idea of your needs.

2   Expect a potential photographer to ask questions about the venue, the number of guests,the type of function and even if guests are bringing partners or whether the event is themed. If they don’t then something is very wrong. Good communication between photographers and organisers prior to the event is essential to both parties.

Awards event photography London
Kate Blanchett BAFTA awards ceremony London

3   What is your budget?

Again you need to have an idea of your budget and as in point 1 exactly what is required as the cost will be dependent on many factors such as do you need on site photo printing by another team member. Make sure you understand all costs involved to avoid unpleasant surprises later. Ask us for a bespoke quote it may be less than you imagined.

4   Are your prospective photographers event specialists ?

Event photography although it is very wide ranging and varied requires specialist skills ,some of which can only be gained by experience. Study the website and portfolio of a business to check they have a track record and relevant experience.

5   Is the business insured and certified for health and saftey requirements?

It may seem like a small box ticking exercise but there have been many occasions of late where photographers have turned up at an event only to be denied access by the venue management because of missing paperwork. Imagine that scenario in front of clients or guests or worse an important guest tripping over a light stand and injuring themselves. Who would you prefer them to sue, you or us ? Smartpicsuk® is insured for public liability claims up to £5 million ( more by prior arrangement) and we meet all health and safety regulations.

6   Do you wish your pictures to be distributed to the press or archived for future use ?

Many events need pictures to be sent out to the press or social media live from the event and you will need to ensure you have copyright and licensing rights included in your quote. Also ensure you will  have archived copies of your photographs to use in the future for instance publicity or marketing materiel for next years conference or show. It’s no good when you urgently need pictures and they are all on a USB stick or disk you have mislaid or discarded. All Smartpicsuk® commissions are archived on secure servers for a number of years.

These are just a few of the essentials you need to consider before booking and there will be many more. Get in touch now to ask questions and discuss how Smartpicsuk® can deliver the services you need.

 

What is a pop up studio and how will it boost your event?

A pop-up or portable studio along with photo booths are now an essential addition to all high-end events and promotions.

From corporate parties and team building, trade & award events, consumer promotions or brand activations and large fundraising events.

Often compared and often mistaken for a photo booth the  pop up studio offers a studio environment with associated lighting where a professional photographer will direct participants into the most flattering pose for the best looking images.

Awards photography featuring pop up studio
Corporate awards night with pop up studio

The studio is often used in conjunction with instant onsite photographic printing which can be branded with client or sponsor logos and artwork.

As well as walking away with a high-quality photograph guests can also share the photographs online keeping your brand in front of potential clients.

Consumer activation photography Bluewater Shopping Centre
Consumer promotion photography with Greenscreen and instant printing Bluewater Shopping Centre

 

Team building and other corporate & incentive events are becoming more and more popular even in these budget stretched times. A high-quality photograph  will remain long after the food and drinks are cleared away.

Team building photography
Team building event photography.
Making tomorrow’s memories today.

Get in touch today to find out how Smartpicsuk photographers can  help promote your brand or cause by making tomorrow’s memories today.

Fundraising photography
Fundraising event photography with pop up studio and onsite printing

 

 

From The Stig to a Rolling Stones gig, I can get satisfaction!

Another busy month with a variety of commissions from a trade show an international conference and even a Rolling Stones gig.

The Rolling Stones live onstage at Hyde Park
The Rolling Stones live onstage at Hyde Park

We had the chance to photograph The Stig for one of our clients after persuading him to road test a mobility scooter on an obstacle course set up at The International Center in Telford for the Mobility Roadshow. The marketing director was very pleased with this coup and after the pictures were taken even encouraged a little competition between The Stig and myself, having never driven a mobility scooter myself The Stig naturally won.

London’s famous Dorchester hotel was the setting for The Global Citizen Forum London event. Set up by Forbes list billionaire Dr B K Modi the Singapore based oorganisation bought together experts in business, economics and human rights and attracted politicians and business tycoons such as Lakshmi Mittal and the Hinduja brothers.

As for being a global citizen myself I did a count on how many countries I have worked in on photographic assignments and was astounded that it came to 37 and that does not cover passport stamps from Australia to Mexico for holidays. I am very grateful to be in a career I love so much and have the privilege of visiting so many cities and countries.

Dr B K Modi at Global Citizen Forum London
Dr B K Modi at Global Citizen Forum London

Another commission was across Park Lane to cover The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park. After hours of preparation I finally got the chance to photograph probably the biggest and best known rock band in the world. I was only allowed to photograph the first two numbers and was then escorted backstage and out. In those first two songs I managed to shoot over 400 pictures that I had to edit and send 20 pics of different shapes to meet the Sunday Times  deadline for who I was working. After completing this task in record time I was given a cold beer and allowed back out to the Barclaycard VIP area at the front of the stage minus my camera equipment that had to be left backstage as a condition of re entry.

It doesn’t get much better than that and unlike Mick Jagger and the boys I did get a lot of satisfaction.