Corporate Events

BP Dealer Conference – Elangeni Hotel

The Elangeni Hotel has become a regular venue for me to shoot corporate events, this time it was for BP. The day started with delegates arriving from all over KZN to be greeted with hot coffee, then they listened to formalities, asked questions and some of them received some prizes. A lot of them seemed to know each other and some of them owned not one but a few petrol stations. Also in attendance was Susan who is involved with the petrol station next to the wedding venue Brahman Hills which I often shoot at.

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Bless a Granny – John Dunn House

Last week I joined the teams from Dezzo Roofing and Chilli Source Design for a Christmas give-away at John Dunn House old age home. It started off with handing out some food and treats, followed by a modelling show by Mrs India SA and some dancing, then the goodie bags containing perfumes, lipsticks, chocolate, dresses and other odd and ends were handed out. It was a really emotional experience for a lot of the residents, they were so grateful and for some of them it was the highlight of the year.

I tried my best to capture the emotional moments of the day, this a selection of some of my favourites. I’ll definitely make myself available to donate some time again next year.

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Nedo Signing Ceremony – Zimbali and Durban

Every now and then I do a bit of photojournalism work. I was commissioned by Hitachi to shoot a ceremony in which a Memorandum of Agreement would be signed between Japanese representatives and the mayor of Ethekwini. I’m not an engineer so I’m not entirely sure of the details but it has something to do with desalination and Hitachi would be providing technology. After the signing ceremony there was a site visit which they asked me to shoot too, it was within the restricted area on the bluff which I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to go to.

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Aberdare Cables Event – Elangeni Hotel

A corporate birthday party for Aberdare Cables who have international business concerns, complete with a cake cutting. There were speeches by a lot of the leaders of the company, and an MC who was hilarious. They hired the excellent group The Muses to perform who were excellent, they incorporated the theme tune to Game of Thrones into their set list!

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Lord Taverners Corporate Event – Elangeni Hotel

I shot an event for Lord Taverners at the Elangeni Hotel, there were some local sportsmen there including Shaun Pollock and Francois Steyn, as well as other names such as Simon Doull and David O’Sullivan. The aim was to raffle off sporting memorabilia for charity, particularly sporting development for children which is a great cause. Amongst other prizes was a photo with the sportsmen which I took in front of the banner, other prizes included holidays, cricket bats and shirts.

Shaun Pollock told a few funny stories about when he was playing cricket for SA, I could think of a worse way to spend an evening!

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AstraZeneca Corporate Event – Elangeni Hotel

The AstraZeneca corporate event was held at the Elangeni Hotel over 3 days. Medical professionals came from all over the world to the conference which subject was Asthma, they covered everything from the entire history of asthma and the previous cures through to the modern approaches to curing it. It was very dark inside the main hall where everything happened which made photography a challenge, but the use of prime lenses and high ISO speeds worked in my favour.

Thanks so much to Luis and team at African Footprint who hired me to shoot this event.

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POPCRU Corporate Event – Durban ICC

POPCRU is the SA police union. I had mixed emotions shooting this event. On one hand it was an honour to be chosen to shoot an event of this magnitude, the sheer scale and enormity of it was mind blowing. On the other hand, it felt like I had been transformed back in to the seventies or eighties because it was basically an anti-apartheid rally, except it was held at the biggest venue in KZN and millions were spent on it. They gave out prizes to freedom fighters and brought up O.R. Tambo’s grandson to speak. I couldn’t help but imagine what an effect it would have on our country if this much attention, energy and expense had been spent on the future instead of the history. Imagine they had been celebrating the current successes and victories of the police force, for example if they managed to crack down on corruption and violent crime. Obviously they can’t because they haven’t achieved any of that. The other thing which had me thinking was that honest hard-working tax-paying citizens like myself are the ones paying for this massive extravagance, they had SA music legend Ray Phiri on stage, hologram presentations, a massive team of media professionals and a hall decked out like it was a U2 concert. Still, it was something to behold.

Thanks so much to photographers Stuart Dods, Kevin Bender and Stephen Railton who helped shoot this event, all the below images were shot by me.

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Pam Golding Conference – Wild Coast Sun

Earlier this month I spent 3 days down at the Wild Coast Sun shooting the annual Pam Golding conference. I arrived on my birthday with my camera in hand and didn’t really stop shooting until I left, it was full of fun and the delegates all seemed to have an incredible few days. There was a lot of food, entertainment, games, team building and dancing. On the second day there were speakers which made it even more worthwhile, because I was originally hesitant to be away from the office for so long considering the amount of editing I have to do.

From what I gathered and overheard, it’s only the top agents from around the world who achieve Gold Club status and are subsequently invited to the conference. There was an environmental awareness theme which dominated the printed material, stationary and speakers. Pam Golding herself decided at the last minute that she would fly up from Cape Town and attend the closing gala event, she arrived to a standing ovation which was a memorable moment. Here are some of the more creative photos that I took, enjoy!

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Pam Golding Gold Club Awards – Cargo Hold Ushaka

Whichever kind of function that I shoot, whether it’s a wedding, corporate function or anything else I always find that it’s the guests who are in their forties and fifties who seem to have the most fun. Maybe it’s because they don’t mind letting loose a bit more than their younger counterparts, maybe it’s because they feel they have nothing to prove to anyone, but the biggest smiles are always from that age group. The Pam Golding Gold Club Awards was no different, agents came from far and wide to recognise and celebrate the best amongst them followed by a tear-up on the dance floor. What a night it was and such a great venue!

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Alexander Forbes Conference – Durban ICC

I was fortunate enough to shoot an event for Alexander Forbes, it was a lot of information about retirement which has been on my mind recently. Sometimes speakers at corporate events talk about very complicated and highly specialised information, which requires you to be qualified and working in the field to know what they’re talking about. This time though, I was able to keep one ear on what the speakers were saying and I was very interested. I actually even spoke to my financial advisor soon afterwards and updated my retirement policy.

The TV chef Benny Masekwameng finished off the event with a cooking performance, and he even got one of the delegates to join him on stage. All in all it was a good day!

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