Event Photography

60th Birthday Party

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Just as I was finishing photographing Emma and Paul’s wedding last year, Paul’s mother Ann approached me and told me that she was having an Hawaiian themed 60th party in April of this year, and stated she would ask me to photograph it.

True to her word, I got a telephone call from Ann earlier this year and I was delighted to agree to photograph her special event.

The venue for this event was Fishley Park, Bloxwich and I hadn’t been here since my wedding reception I June 1989. So as you can see this venue holds some very special memories for me.

As each guest arrived they were presented with a Hawaiian Lei, as was I, the photographer. The most popular concept of a lei in Hawaiian culture is that it is presented upon arriving or leaving as a symbol of affection.

The party was attended by close family and friends and the photographs (http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/anns-60th-party-april-2015/)  show the wide age range of people attending. As you can see, the lei was a fitting presentation from Ann.

Throughout the night photographs were taken of the guests and the cake, and one that was specifically requested, Ann with her Grandchildren. All in all this was a special event for a special person in a special venue.

If you know of anyone that requires their event photographing please feel free to share my website and contact details with them.




Live Music

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Collage 1Live Music

As well as photography my other passion is music, and in particular live music. Therefore it was a dream come true when I was commissioned by Dean of Rattle & Drum Promotions Limited to photograph The Mersey Beatles at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, Cannock, Staffordshire.

The band come from Liverpool and “……since 1999 they have been recreating the sights and sound of the Fab Four with a very authentic Beatles tribute”. The band tour extensively throughout the year and this particular gig was their last in the UK prior to going to America for a series of dates.

The night consisted of songs from all the eras of The Beatles, and throughout the evening I was able to take photos from different vantage points around the venue.

As you can see from the photos, I’ve processed the images sympathetic to the 1960’s era where appropriate.

With PA Hire (http://www.cannocksoundhire.co.uk) providing the sound system the music was perfect for the capacity crowd to enjoy.

The first half consisted mainly of pre Sgt. Pepper songs and if you closed your eyes you could imagine yourself being back in the 1960’s.

The second half were songs from the post Sgt. Pepper era and as you can see from the photos on http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/the-mersey-beatles-april-2015/, the crowd were dancing in the aisles.

This was a top night’s worth of entertainment and I would thoroughly recommend you try and catch The Mersey Beatles when they’re at a venue near you. For further details please go their website at http://www.themerseybeatles.com/.

Unusual Shoot

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In my previous blog I mentioned that one of the great things about photography is the variety.

Well, from photographing a Film Premiere and a Charity Evening in February to photographing models with animals in March is as varied as it can get.

Organised by Dexter Morgan (https://www.facebook.com/DexterMorganPhotography), with three models, numerous sets and a number of animals supplied by Weird n Wonderful (http://www.weirdnwonderful.co.uk), the Bodyline Studio (http://www.bodylinestudio.com) at Nottingham hosted this extraordinary event.

As you can see from my pictures at (http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/scales-tails-shoot-01-03-15/) the ideas were numerous and a very creative day was had by everyone.

It is said to never work with children and animals, however this event was superbly organised and managed, with the animals behaving impeccably.

These images are produced as a result of a team effort, and therefore special thanks go to the models Doe Demure, Serena Harrison, Emma Green, the Make Up Artist Natasha Maria , Melissa Bowen and the team at Weird n Wonderful, the team at Bodyline Studio, as well as Dex Morgan for organising.

I hope you like the images and as always, any comments are welcome.


Job Variety

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Collage Collage 1One of the great things about photography is the variety. The options are endless and this was brought home to me during February of this year.

At the beginning I was asked to photograph a Film Premiere, and then at the end of February I was photographing a Charity Event.

Psychokinesis was premiered at the cinema in Cannock on a freezing night in February to selected guests associated with the film. Psychokinesis is the webseries “brainchild” of Joe Felton, with a lot of the programme being filmed either on location or within the studios “STUDIO 41” of Harvey Pro Media. Please visit http://www.harveypromedia.com/ for more information.

As well as photographing the guests as they arrived on the red carpet, I also took photographs of the props used and the ‘Q&A’ session after the screening of the film.

To view the photographs please go to http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/film-premiere-08-02-15/ and as you’ll see everyone enjoyed a spectacular evening, mixing with the talented actors and actresses, all brought about by the vision and talent of Joe Felton. I’m sure we’ll hear much more of him in the future

Onto the end of February and the charity event. This was organised by James and Rebecca for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and held at the Village Hotel, Dudley. Please go to http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/motor-neurone-disease-association-charity-night-28-02-15/ to view the pictures.

This inspirational and at times emotional evening raised a staggering amount in excess of £4,700. A massive well done to James and Rebecca.

Photographs were taken of the guests as the fundraising got under way, as well as the details that went into making this evening a memorable one.

All in all everyone enjoyed a great evening and you can see the results on as you can see, two different jobs, but with everyone enjoying their nights.

Surprise Party

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In addition to weddings, family shoots and event photography I have also been asked to photograph Birthday parties.

These are great fun for everyone, including me as the photographer. They’re similar to evening receptions at weddings, in that everyone attending is there to enjoy the occasion.

Sally was throwing a surprise 30th Birthday party for her fiancé Luke, and I was honoured when she asked me to photograph the occasion. The event took place at Goals Soccer Centre, Black Country in Willenhall, West Midlands, on the 31st January.

Having arrived ahead odd time and having the luxury of time, I photographed the detail that goes into making these evenings a success, including the homemade and hand decorated birthday cake.

As the guests gathered for Luke’s arrival I was able to get a few shots of them as they milled and mingled.

It’s always an exciting time waiting for the unsuspecting person at these occasions, and this one was no different. Luke turned up with his mates and the surprise turned out successfully for Sally.

Overall at great night was enjoyed by everyone and you can see these in the photos http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/lukes-surprise-30th-party-january-2015/

If you have a surprise party lined up, or indeed a party planned and are interested in getting some photographs of the event please contact me through this website (Contact Page), my facebook page (www.facebook.com/thjphotography66) or e-mail me at enquiries@thjphotography.co.uk.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy browsing Luke’s Surprise 30th Party photos at http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/lukes-surprise-30th-party-january-2015/


Website Support

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Hi everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the website.

When I decided to set up a website for my photography, I never realised the amount of work required to get it up and running. The site itself would not have been possible without the support of a number of people.

Last Summer I attended a ‘Big Shoot Experience’ hosted by Damian McGillicuddy (http://www.damianmcgillicuddy.com). This was a fantastic experience in itself where I learnt a lot of skills that I try to implement into my photography every time I shoot.

I didn’t know it at the time but there was also another benefit of attending this event. I came into contact with Eifion Williams and Lee Iggulden who run Welshot Imaging. I have since come to appreciate how fortunate I was to come across these people.

Through the power of facebook I made contact with Lee and after a couple of conversations I was convinced that Welshot (http://www.welshotimaging.co.uk) could help me develop (excuse the pun) my photography to another level. Welshot is a group that provides….”academy evenings, photography workshops, experience days, software courses as well as other events in a friendly and affordable way….”. They are also a great networking group as well as offering business advice. Through Lee she advised that I need a Logo and a website in addition to my facebook page.

Consequently I contacted Nick Marsh of Nick Marsh Design (http://www.nickmarshdesign.co.uk), who was fantastic and very professional in helping to come with ideas for my logo that appears on my website, facebook page and my administration paperwork. I would recommend Nick to anyone that requires online and offline designs.

Back to Welshot and I was put into contact with James Farley (http://www.jamesfarley.co.uk), who is a photographer and a member of Welshot, as well as Website designer. After much hard work James designed the Website that you’re now looking at. Once again I would recommend James if you’re after a Website of your own.

So, as you can see there is a lot of effort and support that has gone into this site, and for that I would like to say….Thank you

As always if you have any comments please feel free to contact me.