Why do I even need an event photographer?


Time as a business, a charitable organisation, an individual is a precious resource. A responsible attitude to allocating it can make sure that the valuable effort and money you put into organising the event is effective. An event photographer is invaluable in helping to maximise the exposure of not only your event, but also your organisation and mission to a wider audience. It is not merely about increasing the return your event delivers, it is as much about creating an appetite for future events, interactions and sales.


What is an event photographer ?


A professional experienced event photographer is a part of your team. They are there not just to document what is happening but also to help create opportunities. Presentation is important and your event photographs will never accurately represent the effort you have put in, if your photographer does not match it. That means they must have prepared before the event, anticipating any problems to which they will have developed innovative solutions, and they must be fully engaged with whatever your vision for the images contains. That same care must be shown In the post production, editing and delivery of your images. Event Photography is about communication and your photographer should be easy to engage at all stages of the process.


What can they do to help my business or organisation grow?


Quality event photographs can present to potential clients and customers not just a record of what your organisation does, but also the direction in which it is heading, and the ethos that is driving it there. Developing trust is essential in securing customers who are interested in your story and engaging with your vision, whether you are a holding a corporate training event, a private art view or a community engagement day.


If you want people to invest in you as an artist, a company or a charity, it really helps if the road map charting out your progress so far and the route to your destination is clear, exciting, challenging and engaging. Innovative and consistent event photography is an essential part of presenting that story.



I want an event photographer how much do they charge and how do I go about booking one?


You can contact me by email at – [email protected] or use the contact form here for an obligation free consultation and quote. I offer a variety of pre-made packages and bespoke Live Event Coverage services from as little as £50 Discrete candid reportage coverage for your event, with or without more formal posed shots. 24 HR turnaround for most events with a folder of full sized digital hi resolution (for printing) and social media friendly sized proofs. Multi Event discount, Prints and Photo products are also available on enquiry.



What do I need to think about when booking an event photographer and how do I know they are up to the job?

You need to think about how long you want the photographer for and what type of shots you are expecting

them to deliver. It may make sense for them to arrive early and disappear into the background in order to gather discrete reportage style shots before capturing any presentations and helping you to arrange some more formal photographs of groups and individuals, or it may be that you want them to be more visible as a complimentary part of the event team from the start. Photographing guests on arrival and helping any customers , clients or staff who want to avail themselves of the opportunity to capture memories at the event.


Art Show Documentation / Opening Nights


Black and White Photograph of a Modern Art Sculpture in a galleryRefuge by Rich White May 2016Large nest made from found materials bound together with rope for the art show 'Not Here' at Radiant Space (The Radiant Gallery) in Plymouth UK.


Documenting art show's is something that I have extensive experience of. From capturing the buzz of an an opening nights preview to cataloging the artworks and exhibits, the importance of having a record can not be overstated . Whether it be used to secure future funding or to provide content for on and offline archives, your work, or the work of artists you commission, deserves to be professionally recorded.


People in a gallery on the opening night of an art showUK Contemporary Art Show PhotographyPhotograph of opening night of art show exhibition

I understand the power of reflection and the value of telling stories.That is why I believe my UK wide event photography, stands out from the crowd. My images are created to reward repeated viewings and provide you real value in communicating your message to customers, every time they come back to your website and publications.Today we live our lives in a world saturated with visual media but my Plymouth based photography service can help focus attention on your event.You can trust your event coverage to a local westcountry photographer with years of experience in Art, Sport and Music Event photography. I have been regularly published in the local and national media and offer photographic coverage of events, small or large, personal or corporate, for individuals, families, communities and organisations.



Live music photograph of Pauline Black and The Selecter in PlymouthPauline Black and The SelecterPhotograph of UK Ska legends The Selecter on the Subculture Tour live at The Hub, Plymouth, 27/02/2016

Music is my passion and what I spend most of my time as a photographer documenting. When not photographing it I am either recording it as a producer, creating it as a musician, reviewing it as a writer or distributing it as the owner of a small independent record label. I have shot everything from tiny intimate acoustic gigs to huge outdoor festivals and all that comes between. I have shot album launch shows, album cover art work and band and artist promos (stills and video) and can offer this service as well as the documentation of live performances with photographs and/or High Definition video. I have recently produced a four venue retrospective exhibition of my live music works from the last three years. You can find out more about it here http://www.blindedbythesound.co.uk/

Cloey Gets Good AirCloey Gets Good AirCloey Ramona gets good air at Plymouth Underground on 16/03/2016

Many musicians will perform in a myriad of different line ups and genres without having a visual record of those gigs, festivals or recording sessions. I document these as well as creating original promo stills to help get songs and music into places where they might otherwise have been missed.

Blinded by the SoundBlinded by the SoundElliott Day frontman with The Fluids in the heart of the action with other fellow fans during a 51st State Gig (supporting The Subhumans). Plymouth Underground 20/02/2015.


Theatre / Performance / Stand Up / Award Ceremonies

With years of experience covering Theatre, Stand up comedy and bands we are well qualified to capture all the details and dynamics of a performance. Discounts for festivals and multi lineups at one venue. 

You lift me upYouth Music Theatre UK actors at The Barbican Theatre in Plymouth

I have worked as a sound cue operator in Theater and have shot all kinds of live performance as a photographer from stand up comedy to performance poetry. I am acutely aware of how important it is to be able to disappear in such situations when the last thing those who are enjoying that special night out want is any distraction from the drama or performance unfolding before them.

Corporate, Charity and Community Events

Training days, dog, bike and car shows, fundraising and relief work, community awareness initiatives and more


Shelterbox AuctionShelterbox AuctionDrawing of Hare Auctioned on behalf of Shelterbox UK

I understand the value and importance of good publicity material whether you are a charity, small business or large corporation and will apply the same attention to quality and detail whatever the commission. Time is precious and finite and I make it a priority to focus, be mindful and use it well. Head shots, candid shots of speakers and/or delegates, everything from motorcyclists, mime artists or marathon runners can increase the effectiveness of campaigns and events far beyond one individual date. I make a point of covering at least a few charity events free each year and volunteering to help cover worthwhile community endeavours when I can as a volunteer or at a reduced rate.
Paramedic Charity Bike RideParamedic Charity Bike RideParamedics Ride 100 miles from Bristol to Brixham as part of Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal


Sports and Photojournalism

Negotiable event coverage, batched lots or licensed individual images. Boxing ,Football, Sailing,Cycling, Marathons and Newsworthy events, like Rallies, Demonstrations or conventions all shot for editorial, agents,promoters,media use


Runner caught in mid air at end of marathonJust one more small stepPlymouth Marathon runner approaches the finishing line

In sport things can happen very quickly so anticipation is crucial. Often the combination of low light and fast action (something that sport at a grassroots level can share with music) can make capturing that decisive moment, artistically and technically challenging. This also makes it the perfect arena (like music) to keep one's skills sharp but also a field that can be immensely rewarding. Whilst Portfolio shots can be organised thru my studio style or candid people portrait service, event shots can also be arranged for individual athletes and teams, at or before, dinners and award ceremonies. I have had several back pages in newspapers and work published in Boxing News.



Boxers at Plymouth GuildhallSting like a BeeProfessional boxers caught floating over the canvas in a match at Plymouth's Guildhall




Individually crafted plans to cover your day with a set of images to reflect your style. All with the Greenbeanz promise of uncompromising, unique,and unforgettable memories of your special day.

Wedding at Mount Batten TowerThis is our momentCouple wait to sign the register during Wedding at Mount Batten Tower in Plymouth

Weddings are by their very nature special and unique. That the day should be captured with the same attention to detail that the happy couple have put into preparing for it, and with a style that reflects their theme and personalities, is crucial but not the whole story. I offer the chance to cover the preparation from proposal (candid or re-staged) thru engagement  to the special day and after. I hope that we can build an understanding that if you love my work will help document special moments in your lives, from the birth of children to buying your first pet or stepping thru the door of your first house for as long as photographing these events is important to you.

Catch the hatCatch the hatYoung lad throws hat into the air at his parents wedding in Plymouth




Baby with yellow balloon in mouthBig Yellow BalloonPlymouth birthday party photography showing toddler with yellow balloon

We all like to let our hair down and mark special occasions with a celebration. Birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitzvah's, Christenings, Retirements, Proms they are all unique and deserving of commemorating with a tailor made set of images to remind you and your friends and loved ones of that special event. Like all the events listed here you can order prints directly from the site and have them made into beautiful hand made books, canvases, calendars, mugs, posters, framed art prints and a wide range of other gifts for yourself, guests or family who could not make it with our special Client gallery service.

Child hiding in the bushI can see youYoung lad playing hide and seek at his brothers birthday