Edinburgh welcomes dbp… 🙌🏽🙌🏽

Last week was definitely a busy one which led me to a place I’ve wanted to go to but not yet had the chance… Edinburgh.

And this is one of the reasons I love my job – wonderful people, spectacular events, delicious food, amazing venues and stunning places and Edinburgh delivered on all fronts.

The event was an all-day conference for a confidential financial so, I can’t show you any images of the event but I can show you these pictures of the venue, The Balmoral Hotel (and my Duty-Free – when in Scotland and all that!!).

Another Great EventHuddle: Social Media for Events 2018

Social media is an amazing beast that, if the various platforms are used correctly, can deliver us some great results.EventHuddle_201805-31

As a sponsor of this educational event, I enjoy attending these morning meeting ups for connecting with both regular and new faces and (especially from this event) I always came away with some fantastic insights, best practices and often a list of ‘Do’s and Don’t’ that get offered up by the days esteemed guests.

Speaking of which, today’s session, Social Media for Events pt1

With guests:

  • Chairman – Nick Lawson, Acquisition Marketing Manager at Eventbrite
  • Darren Struwig, Social Media Producer at Festival Republic

  • Sarah Rainford, Senior Account Manager at Born Social

  • Audrey Solvar, Moka Agency – watch this space, a new agency to be launched next week…

Here are a few photo highlights from the session

 

See this full collection and past events here

Watch the whole session here

 

EventHuddle: New Gallery Page / Next Event

This is very cool.  I’ve been working with EventHuddle as their photographer for quite some time now and I’m so pleased that they have recently added a Gallery to their website which features the images I captured of past events as well as a little bio of yours truly…  Awesome!!!

Who is EventHuddle…?

EventHuddle is a regular topical discussion / educational forum for event & marketing professionals. Each gathering takes place at the prestigious 1 Wimpole street (home of the Royal Society of Medicine), in the form of an early morning panel discussion, placed between a sumptuous breakfast offering and an unbridled networking opportunity.

Next Event: 

  • Topic: Social Media for Events: 2018 Edition
  • When: Tomorrow – 30.5.2018, 08:15 – 10:30
  • Where: 1 Wimpole St, 1 Wimpole Street, London. W1G 0LZ. United Kingdom
  • Register here

Event Huddle Apr 2018-57

It’s official! dbp is now a production team

That’s right.

We have produced our first client advert and I have to say, it has been great working with them to create this.  From concept to delivery, dbp work closely with Red Rickshaw to ensure the product meets their needs.

It was a challenge that we happily took onboard and with that comes problem-solving and having to learn and grow the studio skillset into this area.  We’re pleased that the Red Rickshaw management and marketing teams are happy and we are looking forward to our ongoing projects.

Brief:

1 – To create a low cost ‘taste test’ style youtube channel video for food retailer Red Rickshaw to showcase the tasty Alphonso Mango for this year’s Mango Season  – circa 1m30s

2 – To create a shorter version for Facebook advertising – circa 30s

Time: 1 week to shoot, edit and launch – is now live on their channel.  See below…

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