Whoop, whoop – Shortlisted for Event Photography Awards 2018

I have just had some great news.  After 2 judging sessions, I’m so pleased to say that I have been once again shortlisted for the Event Photography Awards and this time for the Wedding and Corporate Events categories for images taken last year.

With so many more entries this year, I really am so excited to have gotten this far and you’ll see what I mean when you see all the amazing images shortlisted here

Special mention to Splento, OffToWork and absolutely everyone who entered.

Best wishes for the final judging…

Featured image by @hiroarts – it looks a bit smug but we were having such a great time in this interview and, for those that know me unto well, I like to have a laugh and this was one of those moments…

Looking forward to the EPAs…

Today is the day where the winners of the Event Photography Awards will be revealed…

I’ve been shortlisted for two of my photos from last from last year (see Whoop, whoop – Shortlisted for Event Photography Awards 2018 post) and after a quick job this afternoon, I’ll be scrubbing up and heading to the British Museum for the ceremony.

There’s thick competition which is great and I’d like to take this moment to wish everyone the best (and of course, a little bit more for me! te he he!!)

Standby for a follow-up post to let you know how I did (obvs) and also share some of my favourite fellow-shortlisted images for the event…

 

See you on the other side.

 

A reflective: Home Stay – Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia (2015)

This has got to be one of the most heart-warming experiences I’ve ever had in another country.

As part of a 9 day trip through Cambodia, I spent a night with this warm and welcoming Cambodian family in the village of Sambor Prei Kuk just a few hours out from (and on the way to) Phnom Penh.

The biggest highlight was being escorted by Ox & Cart through the village (which felt a bit like we were on parade) and on to a local English teaching school for the local children – What an amazing experience. So jovial and keen, the children literally ran up to us to the group so excited to test their English on us.

After so games to acquaint us, I was then recruited to play football  (and I wasn’t the last picked!! lol)… Now, for those of you who have travelled to countries near or on the equator, but this was a tough game! The local boys had a great time, laughing and running rings around us as we melted in the tropical heat – I haven’t sweated that much in a very long time!!! buckets!

This is one of my favourite collections

As the sun began to set, we rallied ourselves together said our farewells to their little smiling faces and boarded our Ox chariots for our village home.  The ride back was just as interesting.  We past more homes, another night school and streets dotted with curious residents, the children waving as we pasted.  I noticed that there is a great absence of the elderly here and, I didn’t know it then, but reflecting back after visiting the capitol this is one of the effects of the heart-breaking atrocities Khmer Rouge did to its people. It was eye-opening to see their daily lives and understand why this recent traumatic history is not taught to children until they can process and understand what happened to their grandparents and those who survived to rebuild…  It’s said that, if you see anyone of the age of 70-80 years, they were probably with the Khmer Rouge and thus survived this long…!!

Throughout this whole 9-day trip, I concluded that I truly commend Cambodians on how happy they seem to be and how warm and friendly they treat not just each other but also to us, their guests.

 

Next stop, S21, shock and tears as I came face-to-face this labour camp and learnt the harsh realities of this country’s past…

I do love a good private party…

Happy Birthday Emma…

Here’s just a wee-peek

The Power of Event Design

It’s so great attending an event where you walk away feeling like you’ve learnt something, and I get to do that every time I’m shooting for Event Huddle.

The most recent topic was on The Power of Event Design discussed by Robert Dunsmore, Georgie Moran and Jordan Waid and chaired by the amazing and honourable Kevin Jackson.

I definitely recommend watching this (and other recorded) discussion here

Cabret at the Baglioni Hotel, London

Recently I had the pleasure of shooting for a really nice networking event hosted by The Convention Bureau Italy in the absolutely stunning Baglioni Hotel to introduce London Event Planners to a collection of venues throughout Italy.

The room had quite a buzz and once the networking was done, GS Live had something special in store for the guests whilst they enjoyed their delicious buffet-style Italian cuisine, a stellar Cabret group called Dolce Vita making their debut appearance.

Here are some highlights from the evening:

Read all about it: dbp images make it into a printed publication!!

Teaming up with FAB UK‘s Editor and Music/Lifestyle Journalist Isabelle De Polla, we popped along the to  Glitterbox exhibition in January at the Jealous Gallery in Shoreditch – the article was posted online here and has now gone to print in their recent quarterly magazine!! whoop whoop.

For those not in the know (including myself), Glitterbox is a well established new disco night based in Ibiza by Defected and this exhibition featured some amazing images from these nights.

Sorry about the image quality here – shot on my old iPhone #needsupgrading

Women in Tottenham interview founder of Starbelle (and use some of my images!!)

Women in Tottenham interview Isabelle De Polla founder of All female DJ & musician agency, Starbelle.

See the full article and testament to a dedicated individual here

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