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.
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.
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.
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!