DBP will be supporting the ExM Live Forum…

Today the ExM Live Forum invites Event experts to talk technology and DBP will be capturing the event…

Read more:

http://exmlive.uk/darren-bandoo-photography/

http://exmlive.uk/next_event/

Now award-winning…

Yes, that’s right, I have won my first Photographic Award from The Event Photography Awards here in the UK for the best Experiential Event Photograph.

WINNERIt’s funny how things work out – I didn’t start out with a plan to be an Event Photographer, Wedding Photographer or any kind of photographic profession. In fact, I started because I wanted to take great travel photographs and great pictures of my wife. From there, I kind of just fell into it head first.

It all started, with that first message I received in August 2014 from my best friend who lives in NZ.  He messaged telling me that he was heading over to London and that we should plan a trip to Europe – Nice!!  Messages were going back and forth and then finally he dropped the bombshell… “I can get you a camera with my staff discount”!! BOOM!  – It’s probably worth mentioning at this point that this friend works for a large well-known camera manufacturer.  By then end of our conversation, we’d planned a trip to the Greek islands and I had my first DSLR on its way with highly coveted 50mm lens!!

Why is it that time always seem to take longer when you’re waiting for something exciting to happen?!! I felt like a kid waiting for Christmas – so excited.

Putting my eagerness and excitement aside, I realised that it has been a while since intimately knowing the inner workings SLR cameras, let alone a DSLR – Other than a few drunken nights using my friends cameras and despite often switch off from the ‘goings on’ to take pictures, I still, in my opinion, had nowhere near the right amount of knowledge to utilise (or even justify having) such a piece of equipment – I needed to learn and I needed to learn fast.  Now the waiting time didn’t seem so long but at least I had a deadline to work with.

So, after a month of countless late nights, youtube tutorials, MacPro Video Sessions and a book recommended by my friend Fredi, Understanding Exposure, I had grasped the theory and science of taking photographs and felt ready to start the practical side of learning (which being a kinesthetic learner, I was craving for!!).


Without going into teaching here, the key areas a budding photographer needs to know are:

  • How cameras and SLRs work
  • The Exposure Triangle – Aperture vs ISO vs Shutter Speed
  • Correct vs Creative Exposure
  • Composition – the rule of thirds.

Fast forwarding a little, we took some great pictures on holiday, Fredi later asked me to join him doing wedding photography, I volunteered to photograph an event as their usual photographer was no longer available the day before the event, I now have a joint wedding venture, an Event Photography venture and now I showcase my travel photography online.

For events, the first official event: ILEA Panel at Dinerama

Yep, this hobby has got me bad!

I’ve really gone full steam and taken every opportunity to learn more, share my goals with other and expose myself to the work by helping others – it’s been a great and priceless experience and I’ve had support from family, friends (both in and out of the industry) and my clients and it is to them that I dedicate this, my first award, too…

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT

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Enjoy.

Another tasty shoot…

I really enjoyed this last food photography shoot for Smith and Wollensky London’s social media content marketing.

Before I give you a sneak peek, first a warning – these photos contain mouth-watering images of food, I recommend viewing on a full stomach or as a precursor to eating…!!

See more from the shoot here

Jessie Pavelka #PavelkaLive

What an amazing evening at the first of Jessie’s talks on leading healthy and active lifestyles.

I have been fortunate enough to have been the photographer at last night’s event and I have to say, with my personal performance enthusiast and coach hat on, this was an amazing, information and inspiring event and to see the positive impact one person can have on another’s life is truly wonderful…

From activity to eating, mindset to relationships he presented his Four Elements to lifestyle change.

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I’m looking forward to the next show.

Huawei, Pre-MWC17 Briefing

This week I partnered with Huawei and Ogilvy to create social content of Huawei’s Pre-MWC17 Briefing at the Intercontinental, Park Lane, London.

This project entailed working closely with Ogilvy to quickly create content for each part of the day to push immediately to social.

1st Steps @ Digital Catapult

Hi all,

This is a bit belated but it’s very worth sharing these highlights and the great work being done.from the first ever ‘1st Steps’ talks aimed towards giving Events Students insights into transitioning into #Eventprofs…

This was the first ever set of ‘1st Steps’ talks. Talks that invite Event Students to hear the experiences of current and new professionals in the industry to help them transition into becoming #Eventprofs…

To the 1st Steps team, thank you for getting me involved – it was a real pleasure to support you and such a positive initiative 🙂

See the 1st Steps @ Digital Catapult here

Photography Journal, Reflection.

It’s funny how things work out.  I didn’t start out with a plan to be an Event Photographer or wedding photographer or any kind of photographic profession. In fact, I kind of just fell into it head first whilst chasing my passion – to take better travel photos.

It all started, with that first message I received back in August 2014 from my closest friend who lives in NZ.  He messaged me telling me how he was heading over to London and that we should plan a trip, Nice!!  Messages were going back and forth and then finally he dropped the bombshell… “I can get you a camera with my staff discount”!! BOOM!  – It’s probably worth mentioning at this point that this friend works for a large well know camera manufacturer.  by then end of our conversation and planning, we;d planned a trip to 4 greek islands and I had a DSLR coming with some lenses!!

Why does time always seem to take ages when you’re waiting for something exciting to happen?!! I felt like a kid waiting for Christmas…  I was so looking forward to it that much!

Anyway, putting my eagerness aside, I realised that it has been a while since intimately knowing the inner workings SLR cameras, let alone a DSLR – Other than a few drunken nights using my friends camera bodies with their 50mm lens and despite often switch off from the ‘goings on’ to take pictures, I still, in my opinion, had nowhere near the right amount of knowledge to utilise (or even justify having) such a piece of equipment – I needed to learn and I needed to learn fast.  Now the wait time didn’t seem so long, but at least I had a deadline to work with.

I can’t tell you how many late nights I lost to countless youtube tutorials and articles swatting up on the basics of photography, but it was a lot.  Have you ever started to learn something and realised that the more you’re learning, the more you want to know?  …Like a thirst has been awoken. I remember one night I was still going when my morning alarm sounded to wake me up for work!!  I could not wait to get that camera in my hands – the was piling up!

I’m not going to going into teaching here, but if you’re a budding photographer you need to know these topics inside out

  • How cameras and SLRs work
  • The Exposure Triangle – Aperture vs ISO vs Shutter Speed
  • Correct vs Creative Exposure
  • Composition – the rule of thirds.

Fast forwarding a little, my friend arrived and headed to the greek isles for some rest, relaxation and photography.

Here are my highlight images from that mission.

Shortly after this holiday, a friend asked me to partner with him doing wedding photography and, at the beginning of this year, I fell into the events world.

Fast forwarding to present day, Both are moving along their start-up phases, I’m doing what I love more and When I travel I see the world in a different way.  I considered myself a global citizen before but my love of it has increased with my passion for travel photography.

The first official event: ILEA Panel at Dinerama

The most recent: ILEA @ Smith & Wollensky

I’ve really gone full steam and taken every opportunity to learnt more, share my goals with other and expose myself to the work by helping others – it’s been a great and priceless experience. I’m saying you should pimp yourself out but by putting yourself in the right places for networking and building a brand on quality that is exciting to clients takes time and effort and even though I’ve thrown a lot at it this summer, it never seems like work when you’re lovin’ it!!

I hope this has been a useful illustration of how, if you want something and you’re passion about doing it, you can learn it and excel (and if you’re thinking about photography, you have a few starting points).  Also, you never know, this endeavor could even be a game changer – you just have to start at the beginning and see where it takes you

Please feel free to share your successes –  I would love to hear what you’re learning or any new skill you’ve picked up – don’t be shy…!!

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Enjoy.