BLOG 2017


The Hilton Bankside hotel in London hosted the 25th year of the The London institute of Banking and Finance Pro Share awards, and my 11th year of covering them. The venue is a new one for Pro Share and myself and each year a well known celebrity hosts the evenings festivities in front of a packed audience, this year their were just under 500 guests, the biggest audience to date...
The photography coverage is to document the build up to the evening with guests arriving, the pre dinner speeches, this year hosted by Strictly host and broadcaster Claudia Winkleman. The main evenings photography is to capture the all important awards, covering the jubilation as the winners are greeted by Claudia and then the posed for group photographs with the awards. The location of the stage was perfect as I had a lot of flexibility in my location and the bright and glittering stage display provided a great backdrop of tower blocks at night in which to capture the awards winners for their photograph with Claudia and Gabby, the chair of IFS Pro Share.

The second set of awards takes place in the same venue tomorrow, this time celebrating the Financial Innovation Awards when Claudia will be comparing the event again. Kit wise I had the full frame D4S with the 70-200mm lens and the full frame D850 with 14-24mm wide zoom on, between them they covered candids, group photos and some of the wider interior and exterior photographs. It was also the first outing for the Profoto A1 on and off camera portable studio flash, initial results are superb, capable of producing natural looking images with the TTL facility bringing in just enough ambient light.