South Wales Chamber of Commerce Awards 2014

South Wales Chamber of Commerce Awards 2014

Monday March 02, 2015

Photographing the Awards Celebrating Welsh Business Achievements

Photographing awards ceremonies is one of my favourite projects and on Thursday 26th February 2015 I had the opportunity to cover the South Wales Chamber of Commerce awards for 2014.  The awards were held at the Vale Hotel in Hensol in the Vale of Glamorgan.

We worked alongside the Chamber, Dischrocreative, who were filming the event, and the Chamber's PR company, Freshwater.  For this event two photographers were required and so I worked alongside Jo Davies under our joint brand of Double Take Photography.

There is always a great atmosphere and excitement with awards evenings.  Taking photographs of groups and couples at the drinks reception is quickly followed by the opening of the evening.  Graham Bell was presenting for the 2nd year running and is a great compere.

Having two photographers meant that we could take photographs in the room when the winner was announced and as they were on stage collecting their award, and then in a nearby room where we could stage the more formal press shots.  It worked really well.

This year, the entertainment was provided by two Light Dancers.  The visual effects were amazing and setting my camera on a tripod I took some long exposure shots, some of which worked really well as they captured the moving trails of light.

There are always several challenges to face when photographing awards and this was no different.  The stage area and lighting, both designed and built by Genero, produced a brilliant visual effect but were not necessarily ideal for photography.  I managed to get some decent long-exposure panoramics of the stage area before and during the event.

Taking a photograph of all the winners is always challenging due to the sheer numbers and this time we took shots on stage but also in the Vale Resort's reception area where we could be positioned above and shoot down on the group.  This meant that we were able to clearly see all the winners, which is always difficult if taking the photograph on the same level.

One of my final photographs was of my fellow photographer with Graham Bell, one of her idols.  Her's was maybe the smile of the night.

Many congratulations to all those who were shortlisted and the winners.  It was fantastic to meet some many successful Welsh businesses.  All the photographs from the 2014 South Wales Chamber of Commerce Awards can be seen on my website.

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