Back in June I was asked to photograph the first property lunch hosted by longstanding clients Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce.  It took place at Lancashire Cricket Club and offered an array of prestigious speakers, alongside networking and a delicious lunch (always a plus in my book!).

The event was hosted by Andrew Western, the leader of Trafford Council, and the keynote speakers were the Right Honourable Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Nathan Cornish from Urban Splash, Adam Higgins from Capital & Centric and Nicola Kane from Transport for Greater Manchester.  As usual, my brief was to create images that represented what went on, serving as an archive of the event, as well as creating images that could be used to market similar events in the future.  Or, to go back to the old mantra, “make it look busy, and make everybody look happy”.  Which is what I tried to do; aided greatly by an array of interesting speakers, and a fab looking location (the Members’ Suite in the Pavillion at Old Trafford).

Whenever I’m shooting an event, I try to get a mix of wide shots and close ups.  Wides set the scene, giving a sense of the location, size and scale of the event.  Close ups serve to fill in details – especially good are shots of the speaker in full flow, but reaction shots from the audience also create a feeling of what it was like to be there.  That’s the overall aim of what I’m shooting – to recreate in the viewer’s mind how it felt to actually be in the room.  It’s a pretty simple formula, but one that works well and that I tend to stick to for all events.

Trafford Council leader Andrew Western introducing the Chamber of Commerce property lunch Speaker at a property lunch in the Members' Suite at Emirates Old Trafford Right Honourable Lord Henley speaking at the Altrincham Chamber property lunch Property lunch in the Members' Suite at Old Trafford cricket ground

Many thanks to the usual suspects at the Chamber of Commerce for thinking of, and organising, the event, and for asking me to photograph it for them.

Lunches are just one of the many kinds of commercial and business events that I regularly photograph.  A browse around this section of the website will show you the wide range of events I’m experienced in covering.  If you’d like more details of my event photography coverage, feel free to get in touch.