Billed as the largest public sector ICT expo, the Technology in Government conference and expo at the National Convention Centre in Canberra didn’t disappoint!
There was a large turnout of delegates for the conference speakers and the exhibition space was bustling in between each and every session.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Selecting a corporate entertainer for the social part of your event or conference can be a tricky decision, as you need to balance the ‘fun’ element of whatever you plan to offer with the audience who can quite often be a sedate and serious bunch of thinkers whose are there mainly for the business or learning side of the event.
Do you go with a band, comedian, acrobats or roving entertainers? I’ve seen them all at one time or another, and I have to say that some were absolute stinkers! In my opinion, the vanilla option is best in these circumstances. Send your clients home mildly amused – don’t make them remember the entertainment due to it being bad or offensive.
If you’re using an MC, definitely hire a professional.
I know of one event fairly recently in Melbourne where the organisers had a friend running the MC side of things. Oh man, you can just imagine how that turned out. From missing cues to publicly embarrassing the CEO of a key client and forgetting to announce or mis-announcing sponsors. As you might have guessed, the entertainment couldn’t recover that disaster!
For the right crowd, who are easy going and want a little fun, but to mainly socialise and network, a roving caricature artist is a safe bet. People get to decline if not interested, the subjects get to take something home with them and usually most people get the chance to have a laugh at whoever is being drawn – it’s usually pretty good natured.
Corporate entertainment can add some fun to your conference or event photography so don’t forget to let your photographer know of any key events you have planned during your booking.
ESSA (Exercise & Sports Science Australia) held their annual conference in Melbourne this year at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre with a host of prominent speakers from the world of science and fitness. All sessions were very well attended, but the one session that completely packed out the main auditorium was with speaker Louise Sauvage OAM.
She gave a very frank and funny talk, with plenty of background starting when she was just a kid. It sounds like she had fierce determination from an early age and LOVED winning! By her own admission she is VERY competitive!
With over 30 speakers spread over 3 days, this really was a comprehensive conference and even us photographers learnt a thing or two. One of which is that I need to go to the gym more!
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It was our pleasure once again, to photograph the annual ALC Forum at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.
With a whos-who list of the logistics world in attendance, either as a delegate or speaking, this is one event that the logistics world doesn’t miss! CEOs, Federal MPs, international speakers – it had it all.
Great presentations coupled with a superb conference venue with excellent views and fine dining makes this a really enjoyable few days for both the conference delegates and the conference photographer!
We look forward to being back at Randwick for another conference again soon!
It was a pleasure to photograph the inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Summit hosted by the Australian Logistics Council at the Pullman on the Park hotel in Melbourne recently.
Coinciding with White Ribbon Day, for the Elimination of Violence Against Women the summit covered a broad range of topics with the recurring theme throughout the day being the under representation of women in the logistics industry. Much ground was covered and the ALC are undertaking an action plan to tackle and raise awareness of various issues.
As well as plenty of high profile guest speakers including Kathryn Fagg, Reserve Bank of Australia board member, Brian Kruger of Toll, Gavin Fox-Smith of Johnson & Johnson and Heather Jones & Lyndal Denny of Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, delegates were also able to break into smaller groups for more informal discussion and workshop type sessions.
We look forward to seeing you all next year!
We were pleased to photograph the ENA 2015 Seminar Series, Windsor Hotel, Melbourne as not only does the Windsor offer some amazing sandwiches at lunchtime, but one of our favourite corporate speakers, Ros Sims was on the bill. Rod Sims is the current ASIC Chairman and always has an interesting perspective on events. Not only that, but he is a very humorous gentleman and often likes to pepper a speech with a light hearted anecdote or two. I guess you need to keep a sense of humour with a job his!
We see plenty of musical acts and entertainment at the conferences and corporate functions we attend around Australia, and they vary in quality from the superb to the downright rubbish! Yes, we tell it like it is!
Before booking a band for your Melbourne event please do contact us to check whether we have seen them in action – we’ll give you an honest appraisal. Better still, we might even have some recent footage of them that we can show you.
One act we’re pleased to have heard on several occasions are the musicians Craig Francis Music who are professionals in their field and know how to entertain a crowd!
We look forward to seeing (and hearing) you guys again very soon!
The David Bowie is exhibition opened at ACMI in Melbourne two weeks ago and we have now had several clients hosting corporate functions there.
From what we saw of the exhibit really impressed us, with loads of handwritten lyrics, costumes and photos from his private collection.
We’re definitely going to be taking an afternoon off very soon to return and enjoy it without cameras around our necks!
EB is one of those conditions that affects relatively few people in Australia (a few thousand) and I’m thankful for that. Sadly though there are still many in our community who have to cope with it on a daily basis and the majority of those are kids. You can read up on EB here.
So, we were very glad to be able to donate our time and photographic skills to this worthy cause, which on the night raised over $300,000! Great going guys!
The Internoise group celebrated their 40th anniversary at their recent Melbourne conference at the MCEC and put on quite a party to celebrate the fact! We were excited to be there to photograph the plenary lectures, gala dinners, awards and general merriment.
Over 3 days, delegates from all over the world attended workshops, enjoyed the local sights, got up and close with some Australian wildlife, reaquainted themselves with colleagues and peers and of course, partied! The Welcome to Country opening ceremony with Aboriginal dancers and didgeridoo players was sensational and went down brilliantly with the international guests.
Amongst the fun and entertainment there was much swapping and sharing of accoustical information, with my favourite lecture delivering South Korean research into making electric cars audible to pedestrians for increased safety. It’s the future folks, so we should start thinking about these things!
The accompanying trade show was packed with the world’s top exhibitors in their field and I even got to glean some useful information for eliminating excessive noise at my daughter’s kindergarten!
With hundreds of photos delivered to the client, these are just a few from the event for a flavour of things.
We were delighted to be the official photographers at the annual ALC Forum held last week in Melbourne. Known for selecting impressive and iconic sporting venues wherever they are hosting an event, the world class MCG.
With the Cricket World Cup currently in play across cricket grounds in Australia and New Zealand, in between sessions delegates were able to watch the meticulous care that goes into preparing the best cricket field in Melbourne.
With a packed program of guest speakers, delegates were treated to a bevvy of high profile faces from the logistics industry and Australian federal politics including the ACCC’s Rod Sims, Jamie Briggs MP, and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss MP.
The MCG once again proved itself as one of the best conference venues in Melbourne with it’s exceptional catering, great AV facilities, global reputation and naturally lit function rooms which are a joy to photograph in.
This is the view from the Member’s Dining Room at the MCG last night where we were pleased to be photographing the ALC Forum Annual Dinner.
The pitch is looking in great shape for the upcoming quarter final with Bangladesh!
Cricket aside, there was plenty of informative discussion and debate over the course of 2 days and all the delegates seemed really enthusiastic to be taking part which was great to see.
You may have heard on the event and conference grapevine that Conference Photography Australia are now servicing the Darwin region.
With several major events booked in the diary already, we’re looking forward to spending a little more time up in the heat and getting more acquainted with this beautiful part of the world.
So, if you’re planning an event or conference in the Darwin region then please do feel free to get in touch to discuss your options and to receive a tailored (and great value!) quote.
If you’ve been to the newly opened Darwin Convention Centre, you’ll already know what a great space it is, with it’s state of the art facilities. It really is world class but still keeping the intimate and friendly feel that you always receive in Darwin.
With the G20 summit due to kick off shortly in Brisbane, we’re going to be around the city alot in the coming weeks so whether it’s a cocktail party, corporate function or media launch you need a photographer for, please do keep us in mind as we’ll likely be able to book your event in between our other commitments.
With 3 professional event photographers on the ground covering various events during the G20 summit week we’re bound to have someone available at your required time so give us a call on 0490 340 069 or send us a message via the contact page – we’ll be in touch super fast!
Don’t forget, we our image turnaround is less than 24 hours! Need a photo as soon as we’ve taken it? No problem – simply let us know in advance and we’ll make sure that happens!
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?
Some of our clients have special requirements or would simply prefer a female photographer over a male photographer, and vice versa.
Thats fine with us – just let us know at the time of booking and we’ll ensure that we book in your preference – just another element of the excellent service that we strive to offer you.
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. Donate at http://newchildrenshospital.org/home-mch
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:
Sketch in Melbourne’s Docklands isn’t the first venue I think of when people are hosting a conference in Melbourne, but it’s a great alternative to the usual run of the mill event and conference facilities around the city. With it’s converted warehouse exterior and slick but functional interior it maybe looks a little too cool to be suitable for a conference or corporate event, but why not eh?
It has all the necessary components, including great catering, superb acoustics, professional multimedia infrastructure as well as fabulous views of the Yarra river and Bolte Bridge.
It also transforms easily into a venue suitable for dinners and corporate functions, making it a one stop shop for both your conference and evenings entertainment.
It might look a little odd to bystanders at the time, but we always photograph the details at an event, whether it’s the name tags at the conference welcome desk or the venue staff preparing refreshments for the soon to be arriving guests.
Photographing the drinks at this corporate function in Sydney recently got us some funny looks!
It may not be the photo that gets proudly displayed in the CEOs office, but combined with all the other photos from the function or conference it goes to completing an overall picture of the event which is always useful for people who couldn’t attend.
Even those who did attend your event are often keen to see photos so we are always happy to provide an online gallery for you and your clients to share and view, which is especially important if you had plenty of branding at the event.
We ensure that we photograph a good mix of logos etc that give the viewer a reminder of who hosted the event or who the major sponsors were.
Most of the company parties, nonprofit fundraiser and special galas are popular events. So when you are asked to have some shoots on this event, you need to be fully prepared.
Corporate or conference photography can get you bad reputations among creative because it sounds as unglamorous styles when it comes to photography. Although it is true that there are many aspects of successful events and conference event photos that can be very rote, however, these events has a huge advantage to become more creative in expressions. The reason behind this is that it has schedule and set structure to successful events and conference events that is rarely deviates meaning. It is easy to build a shot list to get essential shots out of your way quickly. This means you have more time on your hands during these kinds of events to get creative. Whether you are a budding event photographer you need tips to build effective successful event and conference photography. This will lead to make your clients happy and can provide you many photography opportunities on them in future.
Here are helpful tips for your successful events and conference photography:
Some clients do not know what kind of photos they will need. So it may sounds frustrating but you need to remember that this vagueness from your clients will give you perfect opportunity. Most of the corporate clients want similar types of event photos. Since they hire you to capture images showing what they do in their jobs set up space and make sure people they invite will show up and will have a good time. Some of these captures are:
Set up shots of trade show booths, empty rooms, signage and promotional items. So you need to ensure that you will arrive early to take some shots before the guest arrive so that everything is intact.
Pose candid shots of VIPs or important persons in the company. Although this is extremely tricky, you do not have idea who is the CEO or big wigs of the company. So to handle this situations ask the coordinator ahead to accompany you to point out the executives and VIPs on the site. You do not need to be afraid in asking help this will help you make your work done right.
Make a wide angles and close-ups shots of any speakers. Get some shots of speakers where you can include the brand and signage in the photo. Remember to bring telephoto lens and prepare for a farther shoot. But if it is close shots make sure you do not block the view of the guest.
Make the guest engaged and interested at the event. Make sure you get images that indicate everyone to have a good time.
Take a shot that indicates event that it was well attended like full room shots having lots of people. Pull out your zoom lens and give focus in larger clumps of people that tell that there are many people attend.
These tips will help you make your conference photography a successful one in your career.
When it comes to event venues and like with our children, we don’t have our favourites BUT….we do prefer some aspects and attributes of Sydney venues over others!
For instance, we love photographing events at the Sofitel in Sydney CBD, which is well worthy of it’s 5 star rating. From the moment you first start working their event organisers you know you’re in very capable hands.
Conference and event photography can be hectic at times, especially when there are multiple rooms used within a venue or when break out group sessions are scheduled in for similar times, but helpful and experienced venue staff really help to smooth over that
Delegates and guests love it, suppliers like ourselves love it and the staff have a fabulous attention to detail – it all goes towards making an event a great success!
Yes folks, we’re back in Melbourne following several jaunts around the country covering various conferences in Sydney and Brisbane.
We’ve even given Melbourne it’s own event and conference page which we’ll update in the not too distant future with recent photos from events and conferences we’ve shoot so far this year.
Are you organising an event or function in Melbourne? Have you heard about our FREE iPad Mini offer? It sounds a bit too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not!
Simply book us for 2 full days of photography and we’ll send you the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini as a thank-you gift. No strings attached!
The cast of the new X-Men movie cruised into Melbourne last week on the final stop of their publicity tour to promote the franchise.
Here is a shot of Hugh Jackman pleasing the fans with a few selfies that are sure to be doing the rounds on social media at the moment.
It was a hectic but fun red carpet event – conference photography is definitely more relaxed and less crazy! And alot less screaming too usually!
We had just finished a corporate function at a venue near the Crown conference centre and were contemplating dinner and a couple of refreshers, when we received the call to cover the Shane Warne Foundation Fundraiser at Club 23 Crown Towers.
Shane Warne with his pal Mick Molloy were hosting a Full Moon Party at Club 23, Crown which was super convenient!
Anyway, here is a pic of Shane with his fundraising shirt shortly before he welcomed all his guests.