Mark Flynn Photography: Blog https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Mark Flynn Photography mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Wed, 01 Aug 2018 16:10:00 GMT Wed, 01 Aug 2018 16:10:00 GMT https://www.markflynnphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u150448583-o676563162-50.jpg Mark Flynn Photography: Blog https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog 120 86 JYSK OPENS in DONCASTER https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2018/8/jysk-opens-in-doncaster JYSK The Scandinavian Homeware Store Opens In Doncaster

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Danish homeware company JYSK opened a new outlet at the town's Danum Retail Park on York Road on Saturday July 28th and having covered previous store openings, asked Mark Flynn Photography to provide both photography & video to cover the build up to the opening, a VIP night and finally the grand opening. It goes without saying that I was delighted to cover such an exciting event.

This time was extra special as there was increased excitement with the opening of this specific store as it is JYSK's first ever "Concept 3" store in the UK. The store differs from existing stores in being more home and lifestyle led with items presented in beautiful room sets to showcase its range of products. 

So just who are JYSK??

JYSK opened its first store in Denmark in 1979 with a mission to  be a great Scandinavian offer for everyone within sleeping and living. JYSK opens an average of two stores every week (worldwide) & is amongst the largest retailers of duvets, pillows and mattresses in Europe; selling 3.8 Million mattresses & over 10 million pillows each year. As well as offering other items for the rest of the home.

The Brief:

In the first instance I spent the Tuesday prior to open day on a PR exercise going around Doncaster with a giant GOOSE to help promote the store opening; the Goose being the mascot of JYSK. This included a quick shoot with SineFM Radio Station that has also been promoting the new store opening.

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Following this the next job was to record a VIP opening night on the Friday before the store opening. For this and also the store opening both still photography and video where required which involved working alongside Deryn Carr at Grit Pictures who's superb complete video edit can be seen at the end of this Blog.

Friday nights tasks included getting shots of all JYSK colleagues, the inside of the store all nicely laid out and then arrivals, people chatting and general enjoyment, examining items etc. To be followed by the UK Managers address and welcome to the Mayor of Doncaster, continuing with tours of the store and a competition winner’s reaction and presentation. 

Highlight images of the evening then had to be turned around the same night ready for social media and internal website distribution.

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After the Mayors arrival and quick store tour it was time for the Mayor to cut the ribbon. So with excitement building, staff gathered around and massive ques building outside the Mayor officially welcomed JYSK to the town and the store was open!

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As customers rushed inside they were welcomed with a complementary Danish breakfast (Danish Pastries of course!) followed by the chance to enter competitions and of course fantastic open day discounts. Musical entertainment throughout the day was also provided by TRAXFM of Doncaster.

I was tasked with not only photographing all the events taking place but also people trying out furniture, the crowds, JYSK colleagues in action, happy customers, especially ones that had won a competition for a brand new mattress! 

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It was also an opportunity for the company to give something back to the community and for that JYSK teamed up with local charity Cash for Kids who they will be working with going forward.

By mid-morning my job was complete and it was a swift drive back to the office and on with the editing. All pictures and video were turned around by the end of the working day and ready for distribution by JYSK social media and web channels.

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For more info on JYSK and their range of products please check out their website at JYSK to learn more about helping cash for kids please see Cash4Kids and local radio stations TRAXFM & SINEFM and for all your film and video making requirements don't forget to drop Deryn at GRITPICTURES a line. Also for PR info please contact JYSK PR Denise@owlpr.co.uk

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Commercial & Event Photographer Doncaster commercial photographer huddersfield event photgrapher huddersfield event photographer huddersfield event photographer west yorkshire JYSK DONCASTER photographer photographer huddersfield https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2018/8/jysk-opens-in-doncaster Wed, 01 Aug 2018 16:10:26 GMT
EAST AFRICAN ADVENTURE _ PART TWO_ RUAHA NATIONAL PARK_ TANZANIA https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/12/east-african-adventure-_-part-two_-ruaha-national-park_-tanzania RUAHA NATIONAL PARK - TANZANIA

Thank you for joining us for part two of our Tanzanian East African Safari into the Ruaha National Park.

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So after four fantastic days in Selous National Park it was time for another internal bush flight to the great arid region which is Ruaha National Park, staying at one of the English owned Foxes Safari camps, namely Ruaha River Lodge.

Ruaha National Park is one of the best parks for predators in Africa but is generally overlooked by visitors as other parks tend to be more accessible - a blessing for those that do venture here. Not only is Ruaha's wildlife amazing but it is possible to drive all day in the park without seeing another vehicle! In stark contrast to Selous Game Reserve; which when we left was getting very wet; Ruaha when we arrived had yet to experience any rain since spring. This of course was to change the first night us Brits arrived! After being promised a rain free 1st game drive by the camp manager it promptly rained on us! Not that it spoilt anything of course as the shower soon past, leading to some spectacular wildlife views. 

Ruaha River Lodge is situated on one of the many bends of the so called Great Ruaha River but of course at this time of year the river is bone dry. Our banda (hut) was located right on the river bank and we could enjoy splendid views of Elephant digging for water right outside our door! Luckily for them they did not seem to have to dig down all that far to find water but watching them in action was classic David Attenborough stuff!!!

Below are a few highlights of our trip to Ruaha.

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On approach Ruaha Airport and terminal Buildings!

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ELEPHANTS!!!!!!!!!

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Closest relation to the Elephant, the Rock Hyrax, apparently!!!

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The superb Lilac Breasted Roller takes some beating for colour.

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King of the beasts!

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WARNING THESE NEXT IMAGES ARE NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED!!!!!!!!!

As you are about to see Lion eating Elephant!!!!

 

 

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So that concludes our brief three day trip to Ruaha National Park. I hope the picture above the pictures above give a brief insight into our time there. If you you would like to view all of the images from the trip please feel free to follow the links below. It's now time for us to depart the East African mainland and board yet another internal flight to the Island of Zanzibar.

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) east african photography foxes safari camps photography east africa - southern tanzania to zanzibar photography of africa ruaha national park photos ruaha river lodge wildlife photographer https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/12/east-african-adventure-_-part-two_-ruaha-national-park_-tanzania Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:21:43 GMT
EAST AFRICA - SOUTHERN TANZANIA to ZANZIBAR https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/east-africa---southern-tanzania-to-zanzibar EAST AFRICA - SOUTHERN TANZANIA to ZANZIBAR

PART ONE

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For those of you who know me and even for those that don't you maybe interested to learn that it was my interest in wildlife that kicked off my interest in photography, so when the chance arose to book an African Safari with my partner Rachel I was in my element. Initially the idea began after we received a holiday brochure from a travel agent specialising in VERY high end wildlife speciality holidays. After reading the brochure and choosing our favorite one I decided that I could probably work it out & book it myself and that of course was what I did, saving £3000 in the process! Yes you read that right £3000!!  It involved a great deal of work in the planning and a few anxious times getting everything to fit together and even the odd panic of a flight reschedule which I sorted, which is of course just one of the reasons why most people use a Travel Agent. If you cannot cope with this worry and time spent planning than a Travel Agent is still the best option but I would certainly book my own trip again.

So the trip began by flying to Dar Es Salaam (Commercial Capital of Tanzania) with Qatar Airways (awesome) via way of Manchester to Doha (Qatar) this involved two 6.5 hour flights. We left Manchester 20.50 Hrs on a Monday finally arriving Dar Es Salaam the day after at 14.10. We then overnighted before going back to the airport the following morning for our 8.30am Coastal Aviation flight to Selous Game Reserve.

Coastal Aviation fly 16 seater Cessna's (including use of the co-pilots seat for passengers!) landing you on sandy runway strips in the bush, right on the edge of Selous Game Reserve. The experience and views from the plane were amazing, though you must remember this is now Africa and things can run very "pole' pole'" (slowly in Swahili) so when a plane is scheduled to leave at 8.30am it does not always mean it will be 8.30am that day but may even be the next day! Fortunetly for us we found Coastal to be very efficient; indeed being almost always very close to the scheduled time of arrival/departure. (Would avoid FastJet by all all accounts not very fast at all).

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On arrival at the terminal hut (literally) with Fire Engine standing by (yea right!) we were met by our guide & driver from Selous River Camp who introduced himself as POKO. I choose Selous River Camp for a number of reasons: Close to Game Reserve entrance whilst not actually being inside (saved money on park fees which can mount up), entrance was literally 5 mins away from camp: SRC offered Game Drives, Walking and Boat Safari's (not offered in the North of Tanzania ie Serengeti) all which we were eager to try. The camp also had lots of great reviews on tripadvisor & facebook and was more competitively   priced than other camps. SRC offer both Tented and Mudhut accommodation. Being the start of the short rain season we opted for the mudhut to ensure extra shelter but also the Mudhuts had views of the great Rifiji River below, complete with bathing Hippos! All of which were very vocal and added to the great bush living experience. Selous River Camp really looked after us with a very friendly helpful team with a relaxed style and I couldn't recommend them enough!

The Selous Game Reserve is a scenic wilderness covering over 50,000 Sq KM making it one of the largest protected areas in Southern Africa. The Great Rifiji River runs through the Reserve forming channels and ox-bow lakes as it goes. These give way to riverine forests and swamps, woodlands, open grasslands and acacia clad hills, making it home to large populations of Game. This is one of the few places in East Africa where you can experience not just game drives but also boat and walking safari's.

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A Selection of "IN" Camp Visitors:

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ON SAFARI FULL DAY GAME DRIVE INCLUDING PICNIC LUNCH IN THE BUSH

The following day we set off with guide & landcruiser into Selous Game Reserve on our first full day Game Drive. POKO our guide/driver had both amazing driving skills and knowledge of both the local area and its wildlife. My god there was nowhere this man would'nt take his landcruiser in order to get us the best possible views of wildlife. Some people may find this a little challenging as you are jolted around both on unmade roads and off road in some occasions as sharp Acacia trees pushed themselves through the open sides of the jeep but we found it all part of the excitement and loved it! 

Of course the spectacle and closeness of  the wildlife is simply amazing and I would urge anyone with or even without an interest in wildlife to try the experience.

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A young Marshall Eagle with his freshly killed baby Impala, soon attracted the attention of many Vultures!

 

 

 

 

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In the Selous it helps to use two heads always better than one

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What a better way to get around than to use the Hippo water taxi!

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EARLY MORNING WALKING SAFARI (2Hrs) PLUS FULL DAY BOAT SAFARI ON THE GREAT RIFIJI RIVER

Walking safaris are a fantastic way to get close to nature and you learn more about the smaller species and the bush itself. It's an unforgettable experience to walk within such a vast and untamed area of natural reserve(with Park Ranger & GUN). Although we spotted some Giraffes, Impala and Warthogs on the walk and also walked in the footsteps of elephants, the walking safari gave us the opportunity to learn about the things you miss from a vehicle or boat & the ecosystem that the animals live in. We Learned to identify animal tracks, Sh*t and signs and hear fascinating information about the insects, trees and colourful birdlife.

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BOAT SAFARI

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The Selous is one of the very few game reserves in Africa where you can view game from the water, and after the dust and bumpy roads of a game drive, there's nothing more relaxing that drifting along the river watching the wildlife. 

The Boat safari was an ideal way of enjoying the stunning scenery of the Rufiji River with its many hippos, crocodiles and beautiful birdlife. Definitely not to be missed was the sunset from the boat - there is nothing quite like the peacefulness of the river, hippos honking all around you while the sun dips below the horizon. Oh and the unbelievable closeness that you can get to open mouthed 2M long Crocodiles!!! We certainly felt that now;...... we were in Africa!

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That just about completed our boat safari but there are many more pictures to see if you wish by going to the full gallery at the base of this Blog.

The following day and our last day in Selous we enjoyed another full day game drive. here are a few highlights which included getting stuck in the mud and having to be towed out whilst searching for Lions!!!

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After four fantastic days spent at Selous it was time (sadly) to bid farewell to Poko our guide to move on; but wait we were not going home but taking another internal flight further into the interior of Tanzania to explore the great Ruaha National Park.

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Read all about our adventures in Ruaha in the next installment of this Blog.....coming soon!!!

To see all the 700+ images that I shot in Selous Game Reserve feel free to visit the full gallery at: http://www.markflynnphotography.com/selous

 

 

 

 

 

 

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) east african photography photography east africa - southern tanzania to zanzibar photography of africa selous game reserve photos selous river camp wildlife photographer https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/11/east-africa---southern-tanzania-to-zanzibar Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:38:39 GMT
The People's Postcode Lottery - Public Relations Photography https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/8/the-peoples-postcode-lottery---public-relations-photography Have you heard of the People’s Postcode Lottery?

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The People’s Postcode Lottery, as you may be able to guess from the name, is a nationwide subscription lottery that offers people the chance to win cash prizes based on their postcode. I’ve been working with the People’s Postcode Lottery for years now, capturing the different winners’ wide range of reactions for PR photographs.

As you can imagine it’s a very uplifting project to be a part of as you see just how overjoyed people are to have their lives changed with huge cash sums! I’ve seen it all when people are handed their novelty oversized cheques; dancing, shouting, screaming, laughing, people being left speechless – it really is different every time and a pleasure to be a part of.

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I go to the homes of the winning families all over the North, having travelled as far as Chesterfield, Stamford,St Annes and York and take celebratory photographs on their doorsteps. As well as capturing the winner’s reactions, I also have the rather unique dual role of helping encourage the best possible reactions from the winners for the videographer’s benefit. This can include lots of smiling and waving off screen which is all part of the fun shooting for this great client!

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The People’s Postcode lottery raises a phenomenal amount of money for a range of different charities. There are a number of trusts set up within the organisation that donate to a number of different causes. These include the Postcode Animal Trust, the Postcode African Trust, the Postcode Children Trust and Postcode Culture Trust.  Taking part in the People’s Postcode Lottery can help support these charities with at least 30% of the money going towards these causes.

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In recent weeks I was also privileged to photograph one of The Postcode Lottery's Millions Events where all the lucky winners resided in the Dearn Valley area of Rotherham. This was an amazing event where over 600 people were invited. Players and charity beneficiaries all mingled together whilst being entertained by roving magicians all awaiting the results of the millions postcode lottery draw to see how much they had won.

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The Postcode Millions draws offer the players the chance to win a share of amazing £3 Million prize pots* every month. Could you be next in line for a life-changing cheque?

* In accordance with the Gambling Act 2005, the maximum amount that can be won by a single ticket is 10% of draw proceeds up to a maximum of £400,000

Watch me in action here with a particularly happy set of winners here

To sign up to the People's Postcode Lottery click here

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) event photographer uk event photographer west yorkshire event photography huddersfield pr photographer people's postcode lottery pr photography pr photographer in huddersfield pr photographer west yorkshire yorkshire pr photography https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/8/the-peoples-postcode-lottery---public-relations-photography Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:41:07 GMT
WEDDINGS AT THE WOODMAN INN https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/6/weddings-at-the-woodman-inn Weddings at the Woodman Inn

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A wedding is said to be the best day of many peoples’ lives and I couldn’t feel more privileged to be the one responsible for capturing peoples’ special day.

Wedding photos are treasured for a lifetime, and every wedding is different, that’s why I will never tire of being a wedding photographer even though it’s something I’ve done for several years now. (20 in fact!)

I started out my career as a professional photographer by specialising in wedding photography, and I’ve learnt over the years that having the right venue for a wedding is a very important factor in making sure the newlyweds have their perfect day (and photographs!).

One of my favourite locations to shoot wedding photographs is at the Woodman Inn, based in Thunderbridge, Kirkburton, Huddersfield.

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I am one of the recommended photographers for the Inn and over time we have built up a great relationship as I have taken pictures of wedding ceremonies and parties that have taken place there.

For over eight years now I have been photographing weddings at this amazing venue, with the most recent shoot I did there being at a lovely ceremony just last weekend.

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The Woodman Inn was built in the 18th century and is set in the stunning South Pennine countryside.

With its homely feel and wonderful gardens, the Woodman Inn provides the perfect romantic backdrop for any couple tying the knot!

 

The Inn is oozing with character and charm, which makes my job of taking great photographs there very easy indeed!

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The events team and chefs ensure you are well looked after providing excellent service and food.

It’s also the perfect party location, and I always have a chuckle to myself watching the dance floor antics unfold and the dad dancing coming out!

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There is now even more scope for Weddings at the Woodman Inn with the opening of their new beautiful Orangery and gardens which is just across the road from the existing building which; also has the option to bolt on a large marquee to enable you to celebrate or entertain even more guests.

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It’s the ideal place for an intimate wedding day with all your family and friends around you. So if you’re looking for the perfect venue for your wedding, why not visit the Woodman Inn for their Wedding Open Day on Sunday 9th June? For more information, you can visit their website here:Woodman Inn

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Well according to the scenes I saw and captured at this year’s Huddersfield ChocAthlon they actually seemed like a perfect fit! If you’re not the keenest of runners, I bet the idea of chocolate treats at the finish line and at various ‘feed stations’ along the way might be the enough to convince you to get your running shoes on! This 9km trail run takes place in Marsden and is organised by Team OA, a company that was established with the aim of ‘putting the fun back into run’ with their themed races.

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If you’re looking for a boozier alternative to the ChocAthlon, a WineAthlon or Ale Athlon might be more up your street – which, perhaps unsurprisingly, is always a hit with Stag and Hen parties. I’ve had the very amusing pleasure of photographing both these types of events for Team OA in the past. There is even a PieAthlon and CakeAthlon for those who get a bit peckish when exercising. My job at these types of events is to really capture the atmosphere of each event, which is easy to do as everyone is usually in good spirits and ready to laugh in their fancy dress outfits.

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Although it’s not only these fun-themed races that Team OA provide, they also provide more traditional marathons (aka ones that lack the snacks or alcoholic beverages) across West Yorkshire. This year I’ll be in charge of capturing the Huddersfield, Halifax, the Oldham Way Ultra and Wakefield Marathons. It’s always inspiring to see the entrants working so hard to smash their targets and never give up on getting the best possible time they can on the day.

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Pictures of competitors are available for a free download as a memento to remember what is always a great day. The images are also used for promotional purposes by Team OA and are shared on the website and across social media. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Team OA events and sharing all the photos with you on their website here: TEAM OA ,so keep an eye out for these over the coming months!  

"TEAM OA they really are "PUTTING THE FUN BACK INTO RUN"!!!!!!

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Ale Athlon Chocathlon Halifax Marathon Huddersfield Marathon Pie Athlon Running Race Photographer TEAM OA Wakefield Marathon Wine Athlon commercial photographer huddersfield event photographer huddersfield event photographer west yorkshire photographer photographer huddersfield https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/6/marathons-chocolate-ale-wine-pies Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:33:22 GMT
EXTRACTING THE BEST OUT OF PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGY https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/4/extracting-the-best-out-of-photographic-technology EXTRACTING THE BEST OUT OF PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGY

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Extract Technology provide a range of products to help ensure the safety of staff during the manufacturing of pharmaceutical products. Creating pharmaceuticals often involves working with a number of potentially harmful and hazardous substances. Extract Technology manufactures products such as downflow booths, containment isolators and IsoPharm isolators in order to make it safe to work with these substances for members of staff.

 

Recently I went to photograph some of the new machines they had made at their factory on Leeds Road, Huddersfield. Extract Technology have been a great customer of mine for a long time now. However, that doesn’t mean that shooting their products isn’t without its obstacles!

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Extract Technology’s machines are huge, which can make it a challenge to capture the whole machine in its entirety. Also, the industrial lighting in the factory doesn’t particularly lend itself well to photography. With this said, I love overcoming obstacles to get the best possible photos for my clients. I surrounded the machines with as many white screens as possible to improve the lighting. Also, because a lot of the machines are encased in glass, the white screens reduced the reflections from the floor and surroundings for the photographs. After this, I retouched the photos to ensure they were completely reflection-free and then carefully cut them out in photoshop to make the final version of the finished images.

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I also had the opportunity to do something a bit different with the photoshoot at Extract Technology – video work! I am mainly known for my work with stills but I really enjoy working with video too. I relished the opportunity to flex my videography muscles making a short demo video for their machines. It was great to have this opportunity and I can’t wait to continue doing more video work like this in the future.

 

I always talk about how interesting and varied it is to be a photographer, but no two days are the same. The company are very pleased with the results and so am I! The shots I captured will be used on their website, in their brochures and their operating manuals.

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For more information on Extract Technology or to see how the photos are feature on the website, visit EXTRACT

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Industrial photographer in Huddersfield Photography for Extract Technology Huddersfield commercial photographer huddersfield photographer photographer huddersfield https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/4/extracting-the-best-out-of-photographic-technology Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:48:28 GMT
BRADSTONE.......PAVING THE WAY TO A SUCCESSFUL AWARDS EVENT https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/3/bradstone-paving-the-way-to-a-successful-awards-event Bradstone….Paving the way to a successful awards event

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Being a photographer is a varied job and I’m lucky to be able to get involved in shooting a lot of fun and exciting events. However, there aren’t many that are quite as fun as the day I had shooting the Bradstone Assured Awards and activity day recently.

Bradstone, part of Aggregate Industries, are a leading supplier of paving, walling, edging, decorative stone and driveway products in the UK. After a successful year, Bradstone had the idea of putting on a day of fun events followed by a lavish awards evening as a thank you to all the independent driveway and paving contractors that had used their products over the past year.

The attendees gathered at Wild Park, Derbyshire for a day of outdoor fun and activities. First up they took to the woodlands of the park for a hard-fought game of paintball. It made for a dramatic scene to shoot and at times it looked like a paint-splattered scene from a war film! All this action made for some exciting fast-paced shots that were a pleasure to shoot.

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Paintball was followed by some rip-roaring quad biking through the Wild Park fields. I love the dramatic shots of the quad bikes flying through puddles and the mud shooting up in the air. I experimented with some different effects on some of the shots, including the blurred effect on a shot of the guys on the quad bikes to capture the speed and power of these machines!

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Archery was up next for the attendees – and I think it really hit the spot! With a few bull’s eyes being hit, I think this one really resonated with its ‘target audience’ if you’ll excuse the pun. Next up Bradstone had organised some demonstrations to showcase a selection of specialist products at the forefront of the paving and driveway industry. Specialist tool manufacturer Makita was also on site offering product demos.

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With only a short window of 2.5 hours to process the images so they could be showcased on large screens at the awards event, time was of the essence. Thankfully all the photos came out great and looked brilliant displayed around the Roundhouse in Derby, where the ceremony was held. This impressive old building used to be used to be where trains turned around and with its huge timber beams and glass roof, it made for a stunning location for the event, and a lovely one to capture.

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Bradstone had carefully selected the winners of the Bradstone Assured Awards honouring the cream of the crop of the driveway and paving industry. It was a wonderful ceremony with celebrity guests including ITV’s ‘This Morning’ gardener David Domoney and ex Arsenal player Paul Merson to help present the awards to the winning guests.

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It was a privilege to shoot for such a large and respected company and be involved in the day rewarding their clients’ loyalty and success. Take a look at more of the images here and I’m looking forward to hopefully shooting more fun-filled days of this kind in the future!

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Aggregate Industries photography Awards night photography Bradstone Bradstone paving Corporate photography Photos of David Domoney TV Gardener Photos of Paul Merson commercial photographer huddersfield event photographer huddersfield event photographer west yorkshire photographer photographer huddersfield https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/3/bradstone-paving-the-way-to-a-successful-awards-event Thu, 02 Mar 2017 18:46:05 GMT
SHOOTING HEADS https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/2/shooting-heads SHOOTING HEADS

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Being able to put a face to a name is so important in the world of business. With an increasing amount of emphasis being placed on social media with websites such as LinkedIn, it is important to have a smart, professional portrait that reflects you and the business you work for in the best possible way.

Team photos and individual head shots are also a great way to personalise your website with 'about us' or 'meet the team' sections allowing potential customers or clients to feel like they've got to know you more before you've even met. By including these sections, it can increase the feeling of approachability for a business and help them pick up the phone and make an enquiry.

Recently I did some individual and team shots for local Huddersfield-based architecture firm, Fibre Architects. The company wanted the photos for inclusion in a new 'meet the team' section on the website, for social media and potentially for use in PR campaigns.

As with all of my team projects, as well as having the traditional headshots - I wanted to use the team photos to reflect the business. Having worked with Fibre before (after being asked to photograph some of their architecture work for them) I knew it is a modern and creative company with a charming office - and I wanted to get that across in the photos I produced for them.  

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In order to offer them some variation I took photos both in the daytime and at night, I particularly like how the outdoor night-time shots make use of their unique neon sign they have by the entrance to the building - which I am a big fan of.

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The Fibre team were really happy with the photos and are looking forward to using them in the future.

If you or your team think they could do with some team photos or headshots for use on websites, PR or social media - get in touch! We can either visit your premises and photograph you in situ or if you would like a studio style headshot you can simply make an appointment for a visit to our modern studio premises. A couple of example of studio headshots can be seen below:

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Business Portraits Huddersfield Corporate photographer Huddersfield photographer photographer huddersfield https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/2/shooting-heads Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:30:42 GMT
COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY HIGHLIGHTS 2016 https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/1/commercial-photography-highlights-2016 COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY HIGHLIGHTS 2016

In the short video below I invite you to view just a few of my Commercial Photography Highlights from 2016. The video includes a broad range of my photography from Commercial, Industrial, Product, Marketing and PR.  Over the past year I have produced work directly for Manufacturers, Service Companies, Finance Companies, Estate Agents, Marketing and Public Relations, Advertising Agencies, Charities and Web Developers.

In all of the above cases I am pleased to have been able to help raise the profile of my clients and thus increase exposure for them in their chosen markets through the use of high quality imagery.

Not included are two new services which I introduced in 2016 are those of Aerial Drone Photography/Video and interactive 360 degree photography. These will be covered in separate forth coming videos.

For further information on Commercial Photography please contact mfphoto@btintenet.com 07745204331.

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY HIGHLIGHTS 2016 Marketing Photography Huddersfield PR Photographer Huddersfield Product photographer Huddersfield commercial photographer huddersfield photographer photographer huddersfield https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/1/commercial-photography-highlights-2016 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:09:36 GMT
YOUR WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS 2016 https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/1/your-wedding-highlights-2016 Just wished to start the 2017 Blog off with a huge congratulations and equally large thank you to all couples that employed Mark Flynn Wedding Photography services in 2016. Congratulations to you all and very best wishes for the future. In the words of the apprentice here are some of your highlights :) 

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) 315 Lepton Bagden Hall Briar Court Gomersal Park Hotel Holdsworth House Hotel Huddersfield Town Hall Pennine manor Saddleworth Hotel The Dean Water Hotel The village Hotel Victoria Hotel WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY HUDDERSFIELD HIGHLIGHTS 2016 Wedding Photographer in HD5 Wedding Photographer in Huddersfield Woodman Inn photographer photographer huddersfield wedding photographer west yorkshire https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2017/1/your-wedding-highlights-2016 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:33:19 GMT
Green fingers for Forget Me Not! https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2016/12/green-fingers-for-forget-me-not Green fingers for Forget Me Not!

A blog you may not like at first but may soon grow on you :)

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Recently I was asked to shoot the overhauling of the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice's gardens, courtesy of Wyevale Garden Centre. Wyevale kindly provided the materials and some manpower to help makeover the outdoor area which the children enjoy at the Hospice, and they asked me to document the day.

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Forget Me Not Children's Hospice is an institution that provides care and support for children with life-shortening illnesses and their families. I have worked with the charity on many occasions before and have seen first-hand the amazing work they do. This is the latest in a series of big changes the charity has done to make the children in their care's lives as enjoyable as possible.

As well as the Wyevale staff, the rest of the gardening work was done by volunteers, Hospice staff and (when I wasn't snapping away) yours truly! Two staff from Banney Royd Landscaping who built all the structures whilst I was asked to record the transformations.

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The day was a very interesting one to shoot and I find it really exciting to capture things being created as it allows the photographs to really tell a story. It also provides a contrast to some of the more stationary shots I am often involved in and I love diversity in my work.

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The Wyevale Garden Centre have several stores, with two located in Huddersfield at Birchencliffe and Shelley. It was superb to be able to see their generous helping of the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice, and document it through some exciting photos. I had a great day and I look forward to working with them again in the future as well as continuing my ongoing relationship with the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice - maybe with less gardening duties involved next time around... but who knows!

 

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Forget me not children's hospice Green fingers for Forget Me Not! PR Photographer Huddersfield Press Photographer Huddersfield Wyevale garden centers photographer photographer huddersfield https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2016/12/green-fingers-for-forget-me-not Mon, 12 Dec 2016 18:11:07 GMT
PAVING THE WAY WITH TOBERMORE https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2016/11/paving-the-way-with-tobermore Paving the way

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I’ve been working with Tobermore (a block paving specialist) for seven years now, photographing their projects all over the North of England.

Tobermore are a UK based paving and walling manufacturer specialising in the supply of landscaping materials including block paving, paving flags, kerbs, edging and walling products for both the domestic and commercial markets throughout the UK and Ireland.

Ranging from large retail parks, schools/colleges, supermarkets, garden centres, hospitals, sports centres and housing estates.

At first glance these may seem like mundane photography projects – how wrong could you be!  A seemingly ‘run of mill’ job soon brings up its own challenges and allows me to use my creativity in a new way.

The lack of time spent setting up ‘poses’ and making the subject feel ‘comfortable’ allows me more time to perfect each shot and thus get the best out of the project.  

With Tobermore projects, I take on the mantle of photographer/weather man and pore over forecasts when planning each photography session.  The paving must be dry to be photographed and as with unpredictable weather guaranteed ‘oop North’ it can be dry in Huddersfield (occasionally) but may be pouring with rain in Hull or Lancaster.

I also make sure I have a brush to sweep away the leaves and dirt that may have found their way onto the paving (and have even been known to pick off discarded chewing gum lest it ruin my shot).

The great thing about these projects is the way I can arrange the shot and use my architechtual creativity to compose the perfect shot - step ladders are a must to get high shots and padding for lying down on the ground to get up close.  Tobermore also like to have shots with blurry feet or car wheels to show the paving in use (great shots for website and promotional use) and to bring the project to life.

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I love travelling around and photographing their fantastic products and I’m glad this job can only be done in the summer (mostly) – no chilly ground for me.(sometimes)

People skills are vital as I often have to negotiate with schools and sports/shopping centre's so I can get a clear shot without disturbing the day-to-day running of wherever I’m needed and also ensure sensitive people are not included in the shot.

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I feel that working with a company for so long not only shows that they like my work but also shows how well we work together and long may it continue and in the words of Tobermore lets keep producing #Quality like no other!

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For more information on Tobermore Products please see: http://www.tobermore.co.uk/professional/contact/contact-us​

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Architectural Photographer Commercial photographer Industrial Photographer Photographer Photographer Huddersfield Tobermore Concrete Products https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2016/11/paving-the-way-with-tobermore Thu, 24 Nov 2016 19:45:14 GMT
Dock of the Bay https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2016/10/dock-of-the-bay DOCK OF THE BAY

Last month I had the pleasure of shooting for local clothing company Dock of the Bay. Dock of the Bay wanted my help photographing their clothing for their Autumn/Winter campaign, and I was happy to be involved! Their aesthetic is very much to do with the countryside and the outdoors, as it is specifically an outdoor leisurewear brand. Therefore, I took the shoot to the scenic woodland areas surrounding Honley and it couldn't have offered a better environment to shoot their clothing.

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Models Beci, Katy, Amelia, Chris and Katie take to the woods for a fun day capturing what Dock of the Bay's clothing is all about. I really wanted the images to embody the lifestyle that Dock of the Bay represents, which is why we wanted some family orientated outdoor pictures of families and couples enjoying walks in the countryside. The weather was glorious on the day of the shoot, which made for some excellent natural light to shoot with.

 

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All the models loved the clothing that was both stylish and comfortable. I enjoyed taking the catalogue style pictures for Dock of the Bay's website, and also managed to get some great candid pictures. One of my favourite shots of the day was of our youngest model, Amelia, playing in the heather field near the woods. We also had our 'dog model' Alfie bounding around on set which made for some engaging shots with our other models too.  

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It was a fabulous day on set as I love getting out and about to take photos as much as possible. I'm really happy with the images we managed to capture and how they managed to capture the Dock of the Bay brand. The pictures are being used to advertise clothes on Dock of the Bay's website and also on their social media.

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You can take a look at how the photos came out by visiting the Dock of the Bay website here: https://www.dockofthebay.co.uk and follow my Twitter for more updates about photo shoots here: @markflynnphoto

 

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Dock of the Bay Fashion Photography Huddersfield Huddersfield Fashion photographer Huddersfield Lifestyle Photographer https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2016/10/dock-of-the-bay Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:19:15 GMT
DAVID & LISA's WEDDING https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2016/7/david-lisas-wedding DAVID & LISA's WEDDING

Recently I had the honor of photographing David & Lisa's wedding who married on the 17th June at St Mary's Parish Church in Mirfield and held their wedding Reception at The Gommersal Park Hotel. Lisa has been kind enough to write me a wonderful testimonial which follows below. I have also included a few highlights of the day which I hope everyone will enjoy.

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"Mark did a brilliant job for us at our wedding. Our photos are fantastic and we can't stop looking at them. From the moment we met Mark we knew that we wanted him to photograph our special day. He made us feel at ease. He was incredibly patient and offered us advice and guidance when we couldn't decide which package we wanted to go for. - Sorry Mark!

You captured our day perfectly, the photos are amazing and will certainly help us remember every little detail of the day. 

Our photos were ready to view online within a week of our wedding and then transferred to usb a few days after that, the service you offer is brilliant and we will definitely recommend you to anyone looking for a photographer. Thanks Lisa & David Bottomley"
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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) David & Lisa Wedding at Mirfield Parish Church & Gommersal Park Hotel Wedding Photographer Mirfield photographer photographer huddersfield wedding photographer west yorkshire https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2016/7/david-lisas-wedding Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:59:44 GMT
WHAT A LOAD OF BOLLARDS! https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2016/4/what-a-load-of-bollards WHAT A LOAD OF BOLLARDS!

Just recently I was commissioned by Huddersfield based Marketing Company KC Communications to undertake some commercial manufacturing photography for their client Heald Ltd.

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Heald is keen to invest in new machinery and keep production in-house to ensure best value processes. All parts of the manufacturing process, including electronics, are conducted at their base in Hornsea.

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THE BRIEF & OBJECTIVE 

To capture images of the manufacturing process and engineers in action and showcase electronics and software development elements which take place in house. Ensuring the message "Made In Britain" is conveyed.

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It was also essential to capture shots of senior management and group photos of the team which can be used on a new website and to feature in other literature and PR opportunities.

 

In fact an article focusing on Debbie Heald (Director,Joint owner & multi award winning business woman) featuring some of my images and compiled by KCcomms has already appeared in Womanthology Magazine which can can be seen here: https://t.co/s0zkdfO2JV

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Heald are currently looking for more distributors in key markets, and creating new innovations to meet their clients ever increasing security needs. 

Heald can be contacted at: http://www.heald.uk.com/   KC Comms can be contacted at www.kccomms.co.uk

and of course for all your Commercial Photography requirements please contact mark on 07745204331 or mfphoto@btinternet.com

 

 

 

 

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Commercial photography Company Photography Heald Ltd Industrial photography KC Communications Manufacturing photography Professional photographer Huddersfield Staff photography https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2016/4/what-a-load-of-bollards Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:24:53 GMT
MARK FLYNN PHOTOGRAPHY WEDDINGS 2015 https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2016/1/mark-flynn-photography-weddings-2015 MARK FLYNN PHOTOGRAPHY WEDDINGS 2015

Just wished to start 2016 with a huge congratulations and thank you to all couples that employed Mark Flynn Wedding Photography services in 2015. Congratulations to you all and very best wishes for the future. In the words of the apprentice here are some of your highlights:

 

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Huddersfield Wedding photographers Kirkwood Hospice MARK FLYNN PHOTOGRAPHY WEDDINGS 2015 Wedding Photographers Huddersfield event photgrapher huddersfield event photographer huddersfield photographer photographer huddersfield wedding photographer huddersfield https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2016/1/mark-flynn-photography-weddings-2015 Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:19:59 GMT
SHOOTING THE TOWN https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2015/12/shooting-the-town Shooting THE TOWN

Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a TOWN fan? Then why not check out the Huddersfield Town Football Club’s Mega Store, Website & Retail Catalogue.

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Last month I was delighted to be contracted by Worthington Brown of Holmfirth who are Huddersfield Town’s FC Marketing Agency to undertake both Lifestyle & Product Photography Shoots for a new retail catalogue for the club.

The aim was to produce a more modern and interesting retail catalogue for “TOWN” which would display a selection of the clubs retail products both as individual products but which also showed the products in situ or in use.

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We started with the Lifestyle shoot first, which of course had to be at John Smith’s Stadium; the home ground of TOWN.

After recruiting a selection of willing models we went about equipping them with a range of Town retail merchandise which they could model throughout the ground.

It was decide to undertake the shoot on an under 21’s match day as we required shots of out of focus crowds but not so many as on a senior match day when we may not have had room to work.

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We tried to keep the shoot as informal & natural as possible to try and show off the products as they would be in “real life” but of course this did also require some acting from our models that performed brilliantly on the day.  We shot mainly at wide aperture and madegood use of portable lighting for each shot thereby placing more ethnises on the subject and hence ensuring the product stood out from the crowd.

 

 

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With a selection of clothing and other retail products shot on the day it was then back to the studio for what was to be a two day shoot undertaking fairly straight forward product photography. The only problem was that there were 200 individual products to be photographed and all had to be taken out of wrappers and pricing removed which was quite time consuming. Finally it was onto the shoot.

We used classic seamless white studio backdrops with nice contrasty studio lighting to show the products off to their best advantage. This meant that the shots could now be easily cut out and used both in the new catalogue and on the clubs website.

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Catalogue available at HTAFC Shops and HTAFC Canalside and other local outlets.

Come on you TOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HTAFC Retail can be contacted on: http://www.htafcmegastore.com/

Worthington Brown can be contacted at: www.worthingtonbrown.co.uk

 

 

 

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Commercial photographer Huddersfield HTAFC Huddersfield Town Huddersfield photographer Product photographer Huddersfield photographer photographer Huddersfield https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2015/12/shooting-the-town Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:43:43 GMT
It’s a dog’s life! https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2015/12/it-s-a-dog-s-life It’s a dog’s life!

Having previously covered the opening of the Dewsbury Vets 4 Pets I was delighted to be asked to spend a ‘day in the life’ of the Vets 4 Pets team in Barnsley. MAF-119Vets4petsVets4pets

I was asked to spend half a day in their practise taking photos of the staff in action.  I couldn’t wait, especially to see their new hydrotherapy center which uses warm, clean water to support and massage whilst the treadmill controls the exercise accurately.

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The team wanted a few staged portraits but really wanted me to be a ‘fly on the wall’ from reception, consultation to procedures so yes, I had to scrub up!  I was asked to don a PPE gown, hair net (not sure why for me!), foot protection and face mask so I could access all areas of the practise and even watch a first time surgical procedure.

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I was asked to photograph a Doberman who was undergoing an endoscopic surgical procedure – the first to be performed at this practice, it was to correct a twisted stomach and remove her ovaries. (nice....)

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Testimonial:-

‘Mark was fantastic when we asked him to spend half a day at our veterinary hospital in Barnsley. He perfectly captured the balance of clinical imagery along with making the surgery feel a welcome and caring environment. He effortlessly shot in very trick situations from surgery to portraiture and put people and pets at ease.

His costs were reasonable and he was quick at turning around the photographs at the other end.

We’d certainly recommend him for future jobs – a pleasure to work with’

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I really enjoyed the challenge this project brought to me, the very busy practise meant that a shot was there one minute and gone the next as the nurses and vets ran around attending to their patience.

I had to work with the lighting as it was impossible to set up equipment for a specific frame due to the speed I had to work.

The challenges of not only putting the staff at ease but also the animals and their owners made it a very enjoyable day. 

I really feel I have captured the warm environment for their marketing and website needs as well as the possibility of my surgical shots being used for a medical journal. 

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) Animal Photographer Huddersfield Pet Photographer Huddersfield Pet Photographer West Yorkshire Vets4Pets Vets4Petsphotographer commercial photographer huddersfield photographer photographer huddersfield https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2015/12/it-s-a-dog-s-life Thu, 03 Dec 2015 18:38:41 GMT
Its back to School for me!! https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2015/10/its-back-to-school-for-me Its Back to School for me!

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They say never work with kids and animals*, but in our case we’ve done it twice recently thanks to KC Communications!

Following a successful photo shoot for a Temple Learning Academy, which opened in September 2015, KC Communications once again appointed me to undertake a photo shoot for another one of their school clients, Khalsa Science Academy.

Having opened in September 2013 and becoming more established having grown to three-year groups, the time was right to undertake some photography, which could be utilised to create updated literature such as prospectuses.

The photo shoot covered photographing the children in their learning environment, taking part in everything from English lessons, music lessons, IT, PE and even school lunchtime.

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This had to be one of the trickiest shoots I have had to undertake. Having staged a previous school shoot it was easy to showcase the children as engaged in an activity, however, undertaking a shoot during a lesson so as not to disrupt the learning process is a whole different story.

 

 

 

The outcome of the shoot resulted in some fantastic images with one of our favourites being a young girl who was desperate to answer a maths question. It really captured how children love learning and that magical moment which ‘it’ just clicks.

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I’m looking forward to working with Khalsa Science Academy once again as I undertake their individual and class photos in November and again when they move to their permanent site in Alwoodley I will be back to undertake some refreshed photography to showcase the first class facilities on offer at the school.

*For the record, we had a snake on the first school shoot!

 

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Are you a school or academy looking to reach a wider audience and increase your intake? If so then why not give KC Communications a call to discuss your marketing requirements and of course for high quality school photography just drop Mark Flynn Photography a line. mfphoto@btinternet.com 07745204331   & Katrina at KC Communications at katrina@kccomms.co.uk 01484829029.  Khalsa Science Academy can be contacted on info@khalsascienceacademy.org.uk

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mfphoto@btinternet.com (Mark Flynn Photography) KC Communications Marketing for Schools School Photographer School Photography Leeds School Photography West Yorkshire School Prospectus commercial photographer huddersfield khalsa science academy photographer photographer huddersfield https://www.markflynnphotography.com/blog/2015/10/its-back-to-school-for-me Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:30:12 GMT