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The Reading Phoenix Choir celebrates 50 golden years. I photographed the choir beside the Reading Abbey Gateway and within the Abbey ruins (what a fitting location).

Over the years, Reading Phoenix Choir has raised over £300,000 in support of various charities. As well as a busy concert schedule, the choir participates in national and international competitions, BBC recordings, their own CD recordings, singing tours and run workshops with local schools to get young people excited and passionate about music.

Take a look at their website for more information including their upcoming concerts: http://www.readingphoenixchoir.com/
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Congratulations to Elspeth and David Luna who were married at Blaise Castle Museum, Bristol last month. I've been really lax at posting recently, just because it's been so busy. Here are just a few images taken on the day...
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04/07/2018
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Recently I undertook two photoshoots at the University of Reading for the Postgraduate Prospectus. They included Whiteknights and London Road campuses along with Reading town. I had a productive but tiring time travelling around with a group of students and staff. I hope that the images reflect how wonderful Reading and the university's campuses really are.

Here is a small selection of the images taken...
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07/05/2018
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Heads Together and Row team to row the Atlantic. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge will see Heads Together and Row compete in an unsupported 3000 mile rowing race from San Sebastian in the Canary Islands to English Harbour, Antigua. To put the challenge into context: more people have climbed Everest or been into space than row the Atlantic!

The race is estimated to take between 40 and 90 days the crew will row in pairs in two hour shifts around the clock. The 24’ x 6’ boat carries all their equipment (and spares), food and a water maker turning sea water into drinking water.

It will not only be a huge personal challenge but they will be raising money for mental health charities. Dr Caroline Rook, Lecturer in Leadership at Henley Business School, will be working with them on a research study before, during and after the race, looking at individual and team resilience.

I was invited onto their boat on the River Thames. Happily I didn't fall in, the camera and lens survived and I got some really interesting action shots. Having being on a very calm river I cannot imagine what facing 40 foot waves will be like. Good luck to the team!

More information can be found here: http://headstogetherandrow.org.uk/ and https://www.henley.ac.uk/row
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04/04/2018
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It's been a while since I did some object photography so randomly picked my Sony headphones. I chose a black background as it highlights the sparkly blue colour really nicely (and it also goes well with my visual identity). I don't mind spending time getting the right lighting, reflections etc but this one was pretty straightforward which is always a bonus.
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On 19 February 2018, a group of business leaders meet at Henley Business School and joined the panel to share their experience of building customer loyalty and offered guidance on good and best practice.

Jurek Sikorski, Executive Director of Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship, Henley Business School chaired the event. The panel consisted of Elizabetta Camilleri, CEO of Shopological, James Malone, VP of Worldwide Sales at Opsview and Sandra Sassow,CEO of SEaB Energy.

'With competition never being greater than it is today, building customer loyalty is uppermost in the minds of business leaders, as well as sales and marketing professionals. Today’s customers have access to an enormous amount of information about your business and research shows that customers remain with companies who go above and beyond to create an outstanding customer experience. Since studies have shown that it costs between 5-10 times more to acquire a new customer than keep an existing one, outperforming your competition and succeeding in business depends upon having loyal customers. Building loyal customers should be a priority for every business leader.

Ultimately, customer loyalty is a measure of the success in retaining a long term relationship with the customer where the customer recommends the company to others and where the lifetime value of a customer is maximised'.

This was a really interesting, engaging and though-provoking event from the Henley Business School about building customer loyalty from different companies and perspectives. Here are just some of the event photographs:
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25/02/2018
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I photographed the T&L Conference: The Curriculum Framework at the University of Reading on Wednesday 31st January. The keynote presentation was by Professor Tansy Jessop from Southampton Solent University. She talked about the capacity of assessment in transforming student learning and making teaching more exciting and rewarding.

There also were a number of workshops on a range of themes including: assessment and feedback, employability, globalisation, student engagement and inclusivity.

It was really lovely to see lots of familiar faces - many thanks to everyone who so willingly allowed me to photograph them. I think I have captured the spirit of the event with this small group of photographs.
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14/02/2018
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I was back on familiar ground last month (in the Miller Building) photographing post-graduate students at the University of Reading. They were a lovely group of people. Some were very nervous, having never been photographed in a studio by a professional photographer before. A fun and relaxed time was had by all, a great set of images were produced and it was really good to catch-up with colleagues from the University.
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Last month I completed the photography of the John Lewis Printing Collection, held at MERL (https://merl.reading.ac.uk/). I began the photography in December 2016 and finished it last month. Twenty thousand individual items mounted onto 1900 display sheets contained within 87 boxes - led to a whole year of photography.

A small number of items are on display currently at MERL but here is a brief description of the collection.

The collection consists of examples of printing, printing ephemera and advertisements, beginning with leaves from early printed books of the 1470s, through many aspects of decorative and commercial printing, down to specimens of fine printing from private presses and from the Royal College of Art, where both John Lewis and Berthold Wolpe lectured in the 1970s. It is grouped under 80 main headings and many of these are again subdivided. And here are just some of those catalogues:

Royal College of Art: c1950-
Photography: c1860-
Engraved & printed titles & dedications for atlases : c1500-
Royalty : c1800-
Politics : c1800-
War, soldiers : c1800-
Music : c1750-
Soap advertisements : 1880-1910

Not only were the items photographed, they were catalogued and conserved - what a group effort!
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I am pleased to announce that Bennetto Photography has a new website design. It’s been an amazing experience to redesign the website by myself: http://bennettophotography.co.uk/

Some Mac testing and a couple of layout suggestions were made by Rachel Warner but everything else really was me! Almost two years ago, I would never have been able to think about this far less actually doing it. It just proves that if you really want something (whatever your age or creative abilities) – you can make it happen!
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