For people that don't know I am a freelance fashion photographer and an ambassador to a company named Manfrotto, whom are based in Italy and make items such as tripods, backgrounds, lighting modifiers. All kinds of accessories for photographers.They recently held an event in the penthouse suite of the Sanderson Hotel in London for bloggers and invited me along
This post is a mix of a photo diary and some subtle humble brags, sorry not sorry
The Sanderson hotel in London, just off of Oxford Street, is famously known for its Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea. As a side note, totally go! It is so scrumptious and I had been to it before this bloggers evening
Manfrotto had some of the afternoon tea on display to help bloggers learn how to get the best out of their pictures with a product of Manfrotto's named the 'Lumie LEDs'
These are essentially portable little LED lights that can stay in your handbag and be used whenever you need a burst of daylight balanced light. You can also add filters onto the lights to further enhance your pictures
The pictures you will see below are different scenarios Manfrotto had set up and also had their Lumies featured to help light up the scene and for us all to have a play to achieve a dead good snap
You can see from all 3 images above just how small these LEDs can be and they can be handheld, put onto a tripod (these were all put onto Manfrotto's Pixi tripods which again, are really portable and cute tripods) or onto the top of your camera if you are using a bridge, CSC or DSLR camera
So why was I invited along? Well as well as being a blogger, like I mentioned at the beginning of this post I am also a Manfrotto ambassadorI actually shot some ad material for Manfrotto their new Lumie LED lights. I had an interview video being played on TV's within the penthouse and the image above is of some advertising stands that are going into UK retail stores. The picture on it, the portrait of a model was taken by me using the Lumie LEDS
This is a huge deal for me!!
My images have not only been all over the internet and advertised on Manfrotto's website, as well as being used in national photography magazines, they are now going into retail stores where hundreds of thousands more people will see them eeeeekkkk!
They also had an instabooth at the event, so any image you put on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #blogmanfrotto you could then print a physical copy of it. I thought this was a great idea and such a great memento of the evening itself, especially as we all take pictures and keep them on the internet or on a computer. Nobody actually prints anymore
In case you were interested, you can find out more about the Lumie LED's here: Lumies
Within that link you can also see more images I shot for Manfrotto as well as watch the interview video with me where you can see some behind the scenes footage of the photoshoot I did using these lights, as well as me explaining why I use them and how I used them
I hope you have found this different, interesting and informative. If you have any questions at all please do let me know below in the comments and I will be sure to reply to you. Alternatively, you can send me an email and I'd be happy to help any of you out with photography or camera related questions you may have :)
Have you enjoyed this photo diary of an event completely different to what bloggers may be used too?