Another country another corporate shoot.
This time, in May this year, I was assigned to photograph a group travelling to Thailand for their annual incentive conference. The trip consisted of a few days in Bangkok with the rest of the trip spent on the island of Phuket.
Bangkok is a huge city with the associated crush of heavy traffic. What I did take away from driving around Bangkok is just how patient everyone is. No, or very little, hooting at fellow drivers and everyone is patient and not trying to push the system. I often think about that now back home when I’m caught in traffic or someone else is impatient on the roads. Just let them be.
A popular eating out experience in Bangkok is rooftop dining. Given the warm to hot weather the only detraction from enjoying an open air dinner is if it rains. We enjoyed a couple of these excursions and it was amazing to capture the delegates enjoying their meals while at the same time enjoying the expansive panoramic views of the city.
Excursions in Bangkok included the Damnoen floating market, the Grand Temple, a visit to the tailors, a night time ride through the city on tuktuks (was interesting leaning out of a tuktuk photographing the delegates in the next lane…), a cooking course at The Blue Elephant Cooking School and of course shopping. Lots of shopping. It was my brief to photograph delegates enjoying all of these excursions and to capture them simply having fun.
Phuket – Island styling
The stunning resort of Le Meridien is situated right on the beach facing west allowing for great sunsets and the associated photo shoots of delegates on the beach at sunset. Excursions here included a trip across to Phi Phi Island, Elephant Safaris, snorkelling, Simon’s Cabaret Show, Thai Kickboxing and of course shopping. Again, I was tasked to capture the delegates enjoying these activities.
A requirement of this assignment was to create a personalised photo book for each couple. The emphasis here on personalised made for some creative post production workflow. Firstly I needed to ensure I captured enough photos of each delegate per day, per excursion and then I had to separate the photos into individual folders in order to create the individual books – a mammoth task on it’s own. As I say this meant some very creative thinking around workflow, managing and organising the photos.
I have many years of experience in event photography as well as this type of incentive based photography – I’d love to be the photographer at your next event, be this a gala dinner, awards function, birthday or incentive trip. If it’s an event, it needs to be photographed. Give me a call to discuss our options.