I have many years of conference and banqueting experience and I know that the dinner menu at gala dinners or award ceremonies is just as important as the entertainment, the audiovisuals, and every other bit. Or even more! A poorly prepared or plated food will make your guests disengaged, and this is what they will remember later. How many times have you heard from your clients how poorly was the food plated and served at other places? Perhaps the dinner was one of the reasons they left. Trends show that conference organisers are looking for something extraordinary, a venue with wow factor. While great customer service is expected everywhere, you can take the lead and showcase why your venue should be the best choice – via your banqueting menu. A simple .pdf of the menu with fancy font type is not enough anymore. Here are the reasons of the banqueting menu importance: It helps your clients to visualise why your menu is different to your competitors, why yours better than the others. If your competitors are using photos already, it is time to catch up! You eat with your eyes first – simple science. The perfect photo […]
There’s nothing that lights up your Instagram better than a well-made, perfectly created cocktail – after all, every occasion deserves one, and they can be works of art in their own right. Take a look at my tips and tricks below to get the most vibrant shots possible that will appeal to customers and admirers around the world. 1. Get the good light A badly lit, grainy photo isn’t going to tantalise anyone; so when it comes to actually preparing your photo, try and find the best possible light you can to frame your shot. A place with ample natural light, such as by large windows or even on the counter during the brightest hours of the day, can make all the difference to the crispness and depth of colour in your image. For an extra kick, utilise A4 printer paper as a makeshift reflector and try to avoid mixing artificial and natural light, as it can seriously warp the appearance of your otherwise delicious drink. 2. Setting the scene We all want to look our best in our Instagram feed, and our food and drink is no exception to this rule. […]
I am so proud that one of my photos is popular and sold over 100 times. It is clearly a milestone for me 🙂 I took this picture in 2016 at Hilton Manchester Deansgate. I was the photographer for a VIP award ceremony and arrived a day earlier. My room was on the 23rd floor above the city with a stunning view and floor-to-ceiling window. An opportunity for me as I have never seen that city this way. So I set my camera behind the curtain – my little 3year old daughter helped me holding it. The image is made of 11 pictures to capture the tram’s movement, light trails and city lights. It is available for sale since January 2017, and has received numerous recognitions on photo contest sites. Should you wish to have a unique, view of Manchester at Night on a large canvas, just visit my online shop or get in touch for other materials.
The National Seafood Week is coming soon; so I was asked to take some photos of the new dishes at the hotel’s restaurant where I work, plus a few other dishes. Unfortunately, I had no equipment with me at all, so all the photos were taken on my mobile phone. I really hoped that I would manage to get something exciting out of the camera at the end. The tasting is usually during closed hours, so the restaurant was dark and empty, all images were taken in the Kitchen. These pictures are good to use on social media at least. But on the other hand, by putting the dish in a different environment from the usual `food at the table` may add some more interest.
You don’t always need professional images of your dishes you want to showcase (although it is essential to have), sometimes mobile phones will be just fine. It is good when you want to share a sneak peek of your upcoming new menu, or you are creating something extraordinary. Maybe you just want to share your beautifully prepared dish to the public. Here are my tips you can utilise to capture lovely images with your mobile phone Good light is really the key – Take your dish close to the window during daytime for a good light – don’t bother if the restaurant is dark, mobile phones will not perform very well in low light conditions, the built-in flash would not be the best choice either. Try different angles – Mobile phone cameras will distort the dish if you go too Hence you need different angles to see which one fits the best for you, for example, one from above. Keep it Simple – Although many professionals are using props for a better result, I think it is best to keep it simple. You may use the glasses and other bits found on the table, just don’t go too mad […]