Last week saw the annual conference and gala dinner for the Victorian Taxi Association here in Melbourne.
This year was extra special, with the VTA celebrating their 50th year. With the taxi industry facing unprecedented changes and competition it’s good to see a strong association supporting drivers and taxi operators whilst they get on with the day to day running of their businesses.
Starting at The Langham on Melbourne’s Southbank the two day conference, packed full of notable speakers was punctuated by the gala dinner held at Zinc Federation Square.
If you’ve eaten there, you don’t need us to tell you how good the food and the service is!
Amongst the high profile guest speakers was Melbourne’s Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley who entertained the guests with her lighthearted banter.
We shot another corporate function at Etihad Stadium at the start of the 2014 AFL season with plenty of the invited guests on this occasion getting to enjoy a cracker of a Friday night AFL game.
Here is a shot of the view from one of the main entertainment and function rooms.
It’s a very impressive venue with great sightlines right across the field. For such a large stadium it somehow retains a great atmosphere, especially when the footy is on! Heard enough about Etihad Stadium? How about reading about events at the MCG instead?
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Back in Melbourne for todays job.
It was just a few weeks ago that Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were at the hospital visiting some of the young patients, and today saw the media back there for the announcement of the construction of the $250 million hospital getting underway.
Victorian premier Dennis Napthine turned the first sod in front of the assembled media at the site of the new hospital this morning, with the promise of 230 new beds by 2016 in the new state of the art facility.
The majority of the funding has been granted but I’m sure the hospital would be grateful to receive donations to make this facility truly great for all those that will make use of it.
Since Melbourne is a sporting city, how about adding a dash of that into your next event by using one of the superb function rooms at the MCG?
The Melbourne Cricket Ground has numerous rooms available including the Olympic Room which is where this image was shot from.
In our next blog post we’ll offer some more suggestions for venues around Melbourne, including the huge Etihad Stadium.
We were pleased to attend the Crohn’s & Colitis Fundraising lunch at Zinc in Federation Square recently to photograph the event which featured familiar faces including host and Logie winner Paula Duncan, The Block contestant Katrina Chambers, artist Matteo Charles and various other dignitaries including Hon David Davies MP and former Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu MP.
We were pleased to shoot a poker themed corporate function in Sydney last week at which there were some cracking prizes for those who amassed the most chips. A bottle of Penfold’s Grange for the runner up is a pretty good second prize if you ask me!
We thought it was a great idea for getting staff and clients mixing and socialising without it feeling like a networking event as every round saw players switch tables and meet someone new with every poker hand. There was a great mix of novices and ‘expert’ players and it was quite entertaining to watch the players with a gameplan get knocked out fairly early on and for the novices to sail through to the next round each time without really knowing what they were doing.
As well as offering us the chance to get plenty of candid photos of clients and staff playing and chatting, it also offered plenty of opportunity for photos of staff posed with clients and probably few soon-to-be clients as the mood definitely got more jovial as the night wore on. I’m sure the photos will be hitting inboxes soon!
We recently received a call from a client asking about how the Ballroom Theatre at the Sofitel in Sydney worked out as a venue the last time we photographed an event there. She couldn’t quite picture the set up they would have in place for her corporate day of discussion and presentations, so we dug one out some of the photos from the archives for her.
And in case you happen to be wondering what the Sydney Sofitel’s Ballroom Theatre looks like when it’s set up for an event with several hundred guests…. here it is:
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